Pretend to be Paul the Time Traveler Day

A commenter drew my attention to the video above, in which apologists for Pauline authorship depict Paul the apostle interrupting Bart Ehrman’s class to insist that he wrote both 1 and 2 Thessalonians. It seems perfect for today, which is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. But it doesn’t really satisfy – not least because [Read More...]

1 Timothy 5:18, Pauline Authorship, and the Gospels

In 1 Timothy 5:18 it says: For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and,“The laborer deserves his wages.” One text quoted is from the Jewish Scriptures. The other is a saying attributed to Jesus in the Gospels. And so the author of this text, not only [Read More...]

Peter and the Flood

I recently experienced the irony of having someone quote 2 Peter in an attempt to show that there must have been a literal global flood. 2 Peter is the New Testament work which is the most universally acknowledged to be pseudepigraphal – in other words, an example of someone writing in the name of someone [Read More...]

BNTC Survey on Pauline Authorship

Rick Sumner shared this delightful image (from a Koine Greek subreddit that I had no idea existed!): Click through to see the image full size. I really appreciate Rick’s comments on the results. And I think that seeing numbers like these can be more helpful than references to “what scholars think” or “the consensus view.” [Read More...]

P. N. Harrison, The problem of the Pastoral Epistles

I just discovered that P. N. Harrison’s 1921 book The problem of the Pastoral Epistles is available for free from the Internet Archive. While plenty of more recent works treat the arguments against Pauline authorship perfectly well, they lack one thing that Harrison’s book has: charts graphing the differences between the Pastorals and other letters [Read More...]


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