Did Paul Have a Distinctive Christology? Did He Think of Jesus as a Pre-Existent Human Being?

In a recent blog post, Larry Hurtado noted Morton Smith's observation that Christology never turns up as an issue between Paul and the more conservative Jewish Christian groups that he interacted with directly and indirectly, centered in Jerusalem. And so this seems to confirm that Paul did not take a Jewish Messianic figure and turn [Read More…]

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The Jewish Roots of the Vulcan Salute

Most Star Trek fans will know about this, but even if you already did, you may enjoy hearing Leonard Nemoy talk about it. You can either fast forward in the above video to around 10:30, or click here to go straight to the relevant segment. HT Frank Weathers. [Read more…]

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N. T. Wright and James D. G. Dunn on the New Perspective on Paul

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Hebrews: The Point

In my Sunday school class this weekend we reached chapter 8. It was nice, after so many chapters, to finally reach what the NIV renders as “the point of what we are saying.” Those who may have felt like shouting “Get to the point!” in previous classes presumably felt vindicated. But what is the point [Read More…]

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Christians, Monotheism, and the Trinity

As Trinity Sunday approaches, there is bound to be an increase in blogging about the Trinity and about Christian views of God more generally. Here are some items that have already come across my radar: Allan Bevere suggests that the Trinity is not an appendix to Christian doctrine but something central. I find this a [Read More…]

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Remnants from the Jewish Temple?

An interesting story came to my attention via a Greek archaeology feed aggregator, which with a bit of help led me to a story from the Biblical Archaeology Society. If the results of carbon dating indicated in the article are correct, then cedar beams used in the Al-Aqsa Mosque were there long before its construction. [Read More…]

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Retelling Romans: Introduction

I have long said I wanted to write a “blogmentary” (blog commentary) on Romans. I think what I really wanted to do, above all else, is try retelling Paul’s letter to the Romans so that it can be heard afresh by a modern Christian audience. One big challenge for Christian readers of the Bible is the [Read More…]

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Doctor Who, Judaism, and the Ineffable Name

Tablet magazine has an article about Doctor Who from a Jewish perspective. It includes less well known details, such as the Jewish background of the show’s creator Sydney Newman, as well as more familiar topics such as the depiction of Nazism in the form of the Daleks, and the seemingly ineffable name of the Doctor [Read More…]

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Temple of Science Fiction

GakuseiDon left a comment on a recent post pointing out that there is a Buddhist temple, Wat Rong Khun, which includes depictions of characters and scenes from science fiction in its artwork. Here’s an example: Did you spot Neo? Click through for more images from the temple’s artwork and architecture! Also at the intersection of religion [Read More…]

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AAR Traditions of East Late Antiquity Session

Here is the lineup for the Traditions of East Late Antiquity Exploratory Session that will take place at AAR in November: From Jerusalem to the Karûn: What can Mandaean Geographies Tell Us? Charles Häberl, Rutgers University “On the Creation of Adam”: A Greek/Syriac “Kephalaion” from Titus of Bostra’s Contra Manichaeos Timothy Pettipiece, University of Ottawa [Read More…]

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Oy Vey, Christian Soldiers

I am sharing a link to Maud Newton’s recent piece in the New York Times Magazine, not only because I am quoted in it, but because its subject matter is interesting – the move of Christian fundamentalism from anti-Judaism to something that at least looks rather different. Before you ask, yes, I’m disappointed that she got [Read More…]

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