Paul’s Human Jesus

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul makes a contrast between two human beings, Adam and Jesus. One is mythical. Is the other? And did Paul think that one or both of them were mythical? Interestingly, on this point, if none other, concerns of young-earth creationists and mythicists intersect. Is “human” ever applied without qualification to beings [Read More...]

Richard Carrier and Illiterate Country Hicks

As readers of this blog probably know, I wrote a short and focused review of one aspect of Richard Carrier’s book On the Historicity of Jesus for The Bible and Interpretation. I am planning to follow up with another such focused review, probably focused on the use of the Rank-Raglan scale in assessing historicity. But there are lots [Read More...]

Which Paul Are You?

A couple of students in my class on Paul and his letters this semester have made a Buzzfeed-style quiz of the kind that you have surely seen circulating on Facebook and elsewhere. Click here to take it and find out which understanding of Paul the apostle matches you! [Read more...]

N. T. Wright on Paul and the Invention of Christian Theology

Via Mark Goodacre’s NT Blog [Read more...]

A Polite Bribe Q and A at Butler University

I was delighted that Robert Orlando was able to come to Butler to make a guest appearance in my class on Paul and the early church, and then participate in a Q&A session after we showed his movie “Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe.” Perry Kea of the University of Indianapolis also participated in the Q&A, and [Read More...]

A Polite Bribe at Butler University

A Polite Bribe: See the Movie, Meet the Filmmaker A showing of the critically-acclaimed film “A Polite Bribe” by Robert Orlando will take place onThursday, November 13, at 7pm, in Gallahue Hall, room 108. The showing will be followed by a Q&A discussion, featuring Robert Orlando himself, together with Dr. James F. McGrath of Butler’s Department [Read More...]

Saul of TARDIS

Someone recently heard me make reference to “Saul of Tarsus” and they thought I said “Saul of TARDIS.” I supposed talking so often about the New Testament and also Doctor Who, the two are bound to blur together. I’d love to see an image made that brings Paul the apostle and the TARDIS together under [Read More...]

Help Paul Find His Friends

A student in my Paul class is making a Facebook profile for Paul the Apostle. And since I sent “him” a friend request, I recently saw this greeting me on Facebook: [Read more...]

An Interpolation in 1 Thessalonians?

When we moved from introductory matters to diving into one of the epistles in my Paul class, we started with 1 Thessalonians, usually thought to be the earliest of Paul’s letters. This gave me the opportunity to revisit the question of whether 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16 is a post-Pauline interpolation. It is worth noting that there [Read More...]

Gets the Last Word, the Dark Side Does Not

Via Episcopal Church Memes on Facebook.   [Read more...]

What Paul Left Unsaid

From TheologyGrams [Read more...]


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