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...]

Introduction to Paul

I recorded the class I taught yesterday, introducing Paul the apostle and the interpretation of his letters. I thought I would share it here, in case it is of interest. [Read more...]

Where’s Pauldo?

I previously mentioned the word cloud that students made using PollEverywhere on the first day of my class on Paul and the early church. Today, I asked them to play “Where’s Pauldo?” and click on a map which I had inserted into Poll Everywhere, indicating where they thought Paul had traveled to. It was a map [Read More...]

Myth of the Gaps

Mythicism doesn’t account for gaps in what Paul writes better than mainstream scholarship does. It just fills those gaps with something different, something which is at odds with what Paul does explicitly say in places. People who did not previously know about a historical Jesus would be left with  questions after reading one of Paul’s [Read More...]

What Do You Think Of When You Think Of Paul The Apostle?

I tried something new in the first meeting of my class on Paul and the Early Church this semester. I got students to submit words that they associate with Paul the Apostle to a poll that I had already set up on Poll Everywhere. If more people submitted a word, it became larger, and the result was [Read More...]

Maps for Teaching Paul

The site “Vox” shared a set of “40 Maps that Explain the Roman Empire.” A number of them are interesting for those who teach Biblical studies. Since I am teaching a class on Paul and the early church this semester, a couple seemed particularly relevant. For instance, this one seems like it might help students in [Read More...]

The Doctor Stands Before The Redeemer

The intersection of religion and Doctor Who in this photo from the Doctor Who world tour caught my eye. How would you caption it? What Doctor Who dialogue could you imagine if this were a scene from an episode? In related news, I'm thinking of including on a list of fun assignments for a class [Read More...]

The Rule of Love

The quote comes from Jonathan Bernier’s recent post, “Paul, Conversion, and Homosexuality,” and I highly recommend clicking through to read the whole thing. And after two millennia the world has reached the place in its pilgrim journey that it is submitting the matter of same-sex attraction to the rule of love, and the Church is [Read More...]

Settlers of Canaan

OK, so somehow I had missed, until Jeff Carter and Jonathan Bernier drew it to my attention, that there is a game which is an authorized variation on Settlers of Catan, called…Settlers Of Canaan! I will keep an eye out for it at GenCon tomorrow. Of related interest, Minion Games has one called Kingdom of [Read More...]


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