Historical Jesus 2: The Gospels

One way to approach the hard historical and theological questions about the reality and significance of Jesus is through a construct called the “historical Jesus.” Since there are few other sources, most of our information comes from the Gospels. How do the they stack up? … [Read more...]

Secular Sam’s Guide to the Old Testament: Preexistence

Ol’ Sam was a little amazed to note that the lesson for this week included no biblical passages on the preexistence of Jesus. Sounds like a natural opportunity to complement the existing lesson, so here we go... … [Read more...]

Historical Jesus — Italian Trial

From Yahoo News -- Original title "Did Jesus Exist? Italian Court to Decide"Forget the U.S. debate over intelligent design versus evolution.An Italian court is tackling Jesus -- and whether the Roman Catholic Church may be breaking the law by teaching that he existed 2,000 years ago. … [Read more...]

Classical Figures

One way to better appreciate the impact of biblical prose is through attention to the so-called classical figures. The “standard” reference work for biblical figures is E.W. Bullinger’s Figures of Speech Used in the Bible. Bullinger’s work, originally published in 1898 and since reprinted, contains sections on 217 different figures, some with more than 30 variations. … [Read more...]

Secular Sam’s Guide to the Old Testament: Moses and Satan

At Faith-Promoting Rumor, we are inagurating a new series entitled "Secular Sam's Guide to the Old Testament." In this series, our goal is to make the insights of secular scholarship regarding the Old Testament available to the you, our loyal readers. There is some discussion within church society regarding the relative worth of secular training; we are not seeking to replace revealed truth, but rather we are trying to provide a summary of current scholarly thought regarding the Bible and its … [Read more...]

Go-to Sources for Study of Genesis

I was going to hammer out a brief exegesis of the creation of humanity (Gen. 1:26-28), but I thought that would be less productive because it would have represented my viewpoints on it, which most likely don't jive with correlation and would also appear terribly non-Mormon.Instead, I'm offering here a list of good go-to sources for an in-depth look at the book of Genesis. These are sources that I've enjoyed using in my study of the book. I took an advanced Hebrew reading of Genesis this last … [Read more...]

The Historical Jesus (Sources)

Since the Enlightenment, folks have been asking hard historical and theological questions about the reality and significance of Jesus. One of the means by which those questions are dealt with to the standards of a post-Enlightenment world is a construct called “the historical Jesus.” The activity behind this is usually called “the quest for the historical Jesus,” or simply “the quest.” … [Read more...]

Where Did Jesus Die?

Yesterday I noticed that the map "Jerusalem in Jesus' Time," bound as Map 17 in my LDS Bible, shows two locations for the crucifixion of Jesus. I don't know if the folks who included this map knew what they were doing, but in keeping with the Easter themes that have distinguished FPR during this Christmas season, I thought I'd have a say. … [Read more...]