Wash Your Hands of Bad History

I have yet to read either of the dueling books, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee and How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature—A Response to Bart Ehrman. When I do, I will discuss them in terms of their contents and arguments. But [Read More...]

Johnny Walker reviews The Only True God

Over at the blog Freedom in Orthodox, there is a review of my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context. Walker manages to be remarkably fair, given his hostility to my stance even prior to reading. I really appreciate that, and encourage readers to click through and read his review, [Read More...]

Michael Kruger again on Jesus as God in the Gospel of Mark

Michael Kruger has written a rather unhelpful response to a post of mine, which was in turn a response to an earlier one of his. He offers a condescending suggestion that I ought to “reread” Hurtado and Bauckham, as though I had not written a book of my own interacting with their views (The Only [Read More...]

From Divine Identity to Unitarian Worship Music

Dale Tuggy, who teaches at SUNY Fredonia, left a comment here recently, pointing out the presence online of an article he wrote critically evaluating Richard Bauckham’s notion of “divine identity.” In the process, I discovered a blog called Trinities, to which Tuggy is a contributor. It really does explore the doctrines of divine threeness and [Read More...]

BibleWorks 9 and the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

Today a wonderful opportunity to continue illustrating more features of BibleWorks 9 has presented itself. With the issuing of Francis Watson’s pdf arguing that the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a fake, the seemingly unparalleled line 6 stands out amid other lines for which Watson claims to have found possible sources of derivation, even if [Read More...]

Round-Up on the Talpiot Patio Tomb (to fish or not to fish – that is the question)

Today’s round-up on the Talpiot tombs and the “Jesus discovery”: James Tabor posted on his blog on the subject of whether the fish might be something else, and whether there is in addition to the fish a man in its mouth. Mark Goodacre continues a theme he began back when the Talpiot Tomb subject came [Read More...]

Nick Norelli on Sacrifice, Monotheism and Christology

Nick Norelli posted an entry on his blog about sacrificial worship, connecting it with James D. G. Dunn’s book Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? and also with my own book, The Only True God. Nick questions whether animal sacrifice was the sine qua non – but doesn’t clarify the sine qua non of what, [Read More...]

Bauckham and the Vague, Confusing Terminology of Divine Identity

Nick Norelli mentioned my name in connection with a discussion of Richard Bauckham’s use of the phrase “divine identity” in relation to early Christology. As I have said before, I do think that Bauckham’s terminology is unhelpfully vague, and until he defines it more clearly it cannot even be assessed in terms of its applicability [Read More...]

Paul’s Expanded Shema in 1 Corinthians 8:6

On the blog Diglotting, in a post with the title “Paul, 1 Cor. 8.6, and the Shema,” Kevin Brown asked if anyone apart from me views what Paul is doing in 1 Corinthians 8:6 as a supplementing of the Shema (adding one human lord alongside the one God) rather than an inclusion of Jesus within [Read More...]

Review of Thomas McCall, Which Trinity? Whose Monotheism?

I am grateful to Eerdmans for having sent me a free review copy of Thomas H. McCall’s book Which Trinity? Whose Monotheism? Philosophical and Systematic Theologians on the Metaphysics of Trinitarian Theology(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010). McCall’s book examines key voices in contemporary Trinitarian theology through the lens of analytic philosophy. The introduction explains the rationale [Read More...]


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