Were the Titles of the Gospel on #Sillyboi?

You may think I’m a “silly boy” for writing about this. But when Sarah Bond recently wrote a blog post about the ancient Greek use of a tag (sillybos) to indicate the author and title of a work on a scroll, I felt I needed to blog in a bit more detail about the possible implications of [Read More…]

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Heart Strangely Cooled

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Identification of Authors in Ancient Literature

A discussion here on this blog brought up the question of whether other ancient works may, like the Gospels, have initially circulated without an author being indicated, with the attribution to the author being added only subsequently to the manuscript tradition. This led to a blog post by Matthew Ferguson, which made comparisons to the works of [Read More…]

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Ten Possible New Names

Anthony Le Donne has responded to my question about possible new names for my blog with a list of ten possibilities. Some of my favorites include: Dinosaurs with Saddles Horus Is Just Alright With Me McGrath’s Gaffes The Epistle of St. James the Nonplussed Click through to read the rest of them. From what I’ve [Read More…]

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Tension Between Author Name and Article Title

I had to share this. Sometimes there are amusing convergences between a person’s name and their job – as when Sorin Frunzăverde was appointed as the Romanian Minister for the Environment. His last name is an exact equivalent of the English “Greenleaf.” Well, today a student cited an article with the title “Navigating “Deuteronomistic History” as [Read More…]

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The Best Evidence for the Documentary Hypothesis is in the Psalms

Students of the Bible learn about the Documentary Hypothesis, the view that the Pentateuch was put together using multiple earlier written sources, traditionally identified using the abbreviations JEPD. Sometimes challenges have been raised to such source criticism on the grounds that varying the way one refers to God is quite common within unified religious traditions [Read More…]

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The Talpiot Tomb and the James Ossuary: What If…?

Being busy preparing for my travels, I only barely caught wind of the fact that a scientific report declared that the James Ossuary, i.e. the one with the inscription “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus,” has a patina with a chemical signature matching the Talpiot tomb, in which were found ossuaries with inscriptions such [Read More…]

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