Another explanation for the Bethlehem star

Bible scholar Colin R. Nicholl argues that the Star of Bethlehem was really a comet, a moving celestial object that was considered a type of star in ancient astronomy. [Read more...]

What were the top news stories of 2015?

Patheos is compiling the news stories of 2015 that were most important to “each faith community.”  My editor, former student Barton Gingrich, who runs the “evangelical channel,” has asked for our input.  What I’d like to give him are the opinions of what we could call the Cranach community, those who read this blog.  Lots of you are Lutherans, so that would give the viewpoint of a strain of “evangelicals” who are not always heard from in that group.  But not all of you are, and I want to hear from you as well.   So, in your opinion and from your perspective, what are the top news developments of the last year? [Read more...]

3rd century fragment of John’s gospel offered on eBay

A priceless fragment of the Greek New Testament, a text from St. John’s gospel, was discovered on eBay, with an opening bid of $99.  (Similar texts have sold for $500,000.)  A relative of a deceased Bible scholar and collector came into possession of the document, not really knowing what he had.  Another scholar saw the eBay offering, contacted the seller, and persuaded him to pull the auction and make it available for study.  It turns out that the fragment is especially significant because it appears to come from a scroll, whereas all other ancient New Testament texts are from the book-like pages of a codex. [Read more...]

The seal of Hezekiah discovered

Archaeologists have discovered the seal of King Hezekiah near the Temple Mount.  It is a small piece of clay bearing the imprint of a ring, inscribed with various symbols and the words  “Belonging to Hezekiah, [son of] Ahaz, king of Judah.”  The seal must have been placed on a document ratified by the king’s ring, on the finger of a Biblical hero, one of Judah’s most godly rulers. [Read more...]

The world’s favorite Bible verses

The Bible app You Version has some 200 million users from all over the world. Christianity Today has a story on which verses are the most “bookmarked, shared, highlighted, and listened to” in the 10 countries where You Version is most popular.  See which ones they are after the jump. [Read more...]

The Communion of the Saints

The body consists of innumerable cells.  Each of these has its own distinct life–its own systems of nutrition, reproduction, and protection–and yet these cells group together to form highly specialized organs that, in turn, make up a single body.  The whole scheme, with its incredibly complex relationship of the parts to the whole and the whole to the parts, is astonishing to contemplate.  And the makeup of the body is the Bible’s explanation for the Church and for the relationship each Christian has with the others. This is the “Communion of the Saints” that we celebrated yesterday on All Saints Day. [Read more...]


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