Take Up Your Yoke and Follow

Historians should not entertain the possibility that Jesus predicted in advance exactly how he was going to die, foreseeing that it would be by crucifixion. And so too historians cannot view Jesus as having called his followers to take up their crosses behind him. But there is a third option between accepting the Gospels’ depiction, [Read More…]

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Philippians 2 and the Historical Jesus

It has been interesting to revisit the death of Jesus in my historical Jesus class this year. I’ve passed through phases of naive credulity and extreme skepticism with respect to the Gospels and other early Christian sources, and am now trying to find a place of balance between the two. On the one hand, there [Read More…]

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Prophetic Blizzard

I had students reading some of the Hebrew prophets recently. I pointed out to them that they never threaten people with punishment in an afterlife. Instead it is always judgment within history. Plagues, famines, pestilence, earthquakes, war, and so on. Do you know what else the Israelite prophets never threaten their nations with? Blizzards. Freak snowstorms. That is worth [Read More…]

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Authorship of Isaiah

My course on the Bible focuses a lot of attention on the identification and use of reliable sources. When students try to tackle an assignment on the authorship of the Book of Isaiah, they consistently find LaMar Adams’ online article, produced at Brigham Young University, which uses computer-generated statistics for the occurrence of certain prefixes [Read More…]

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Why is the Futurist Interpretation of Revelation so Popular?

Last Sunday in my Sunday school class, we continued to explore general and introductory topics related to the Book of Revelation, which we’re planning on studying over the course of the next several months. A question I posed is why, in view of the evidence to the contrary in the Book of Revelation itself, the [Read More…]

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Harold Camping Rap Tour 2011

Hope you enjoyed my attempt at photoshop humor. Either way, here are some links to other blogs that have been discussing Harold Camping in general, or specifically his latest rescheduling of the Rapture for October. Or is it rap tour? Does it really matter? Jasob Boyett, “Harold Camping: Invisible Judgment Day” Wheat Among Tares, “Camping [Read More…]

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Breaking News: Family Radio Prepared to Admit it was Wrong about the Rapture

Via Joel Watts and Peter Kirk I learned that Family Radio, Harold Camping’s organization, has said that if the Rapture has not occurred by midnight Jerusalem time tonight, they were wrong. In related news, Deirdre Good has a round-up of scholars talking about the Rapture. [Read more…]

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