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September 22, 2015
Scripture and (Ancient) Cosmology (RJS)
The Bible is a collection of ancient texts. The most recent, by any reckoning, were...
May 07, 2015
A Chosen People!? (RJS)
The second chapter of R. W. L. Moberly's Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible...
March 11, 2015
Three Ways to Avoid Reading the Old Testament
By Jayson Bradley, where you can read the full essay: What would you add to...
November 17, 2014
Matthew as an Annotated Study Bible
If you read the Gospel of Mark and then Matthew and compare them when they...
November 10, 2014
“Too Scandalous for Direct Speech”
If I could convince ordinary Bible readers of one thing it would be this: look up...
November 09, 2014
Reading the Bible vs. Being Read by the Bible
This set of images comes from a wonderful article by James Bryan Smith, at Friends...
November 03, 2014
Reading the Bible Backwards
Historians want to know what happened, if possible why it happened, and then they want...
September 15, 2014
Does Personal Bible Reading Destroy the Church? (Paul Penley)
Bible Reading Destroys the Church (Part 1 of 2), by Paul Penley (contact info at...
August 20, 2014
The Emperor and Inerrancy
On the inerrancy posts I've had a number ask me to explain what I think....
December 11, 2013
Reading the NT in its Galaxy
Brent Sandy's sketch of reading the NT in the context of its own world of...
December 09, 2013
Reading the Bible in its Galaxy
John Walton, this time with Brent Sandy, has done it again. We have a new...
September 08, 2013
Who Was Moses’ Successor?
Nope, not Joshua. Yes, of course, he was, but there's another successor to Moses in...
September 06, 2013
A Healing Word from On High
Any reading of the stories about Saul leads to a basic storyline: a handsome and...
March 12, 2013
The Brownson Challenge
At the heart of the traditional view of same-sex relations is "gender complementarity." That is,...
January 03, 2013
The Bible Is Not the Center (RJS)
The Bible has always played an unimpeachable role in Christianity ... It is not, however,...
December 18, 2012
Promise and Fulfillment? (RJS)
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the...
December 11, 2012
Indispensable but Insufficient! (RJS)
The second essay in the new book by Marc Zvi Brettler (Brandeis University), Peter Enns...
December 04, 2012
Restoring Theology to Biblical Theology
The problem is that Old and New Testament scholars, almost uniformly, ignore (systematic) theology in...
December 03, 2012
Biblical Theology and Canon
In the late 80s and early 90s perhaps no Old Testament scholar had built around...
November 30, 2012
NT Wright’s “Worldview-Story” as Biblical Theology
In a spectrum from history to systematic theology, where does someone like NT Wright fit?...
November 29, 2012
My Bible – A Jew’s Perspective (RJS)
The first essay in the new book by Marc Zvi Brettler (Brandeis University), Peter Enns...
November 28, 2012
Biblical Theology as Salvation History
How does one read the Bible "biblically," that is how does one read it right?...
November 26, 2012
When is Theology Truly “Biblical”
Everyone claims their theology is biblical. Which means "biblical" is used by everyone and so...
November 15, 2012
The Roles of Biblical Criticism (RJS)
The introduction to the new book by Marc Brettler (Brandeis University), Peter Enns (Eastern University)...
November 01, 2012
Misreading the Bible because we are Western
I speak, of course, only of Westerners. Ah-ha moments in Bible reading come to all...
October 31, 2012
Books You Should Know
My desk is like a revolving door. Books land on it, I have to discern...
October 11, 2012
Do you need a coffee or a nap?
From Vanessa Gregory: Both caffeine and sleep have restorative properties. So should you sip or...
September 22, 2012
The so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: Modern Forgery?
Francis Watson, professor of New Testament at Durham University, has an exceptionally careful study contending...
August 24, 2012
My Favorite Lecture Ever
I return to the seminary classroom this Fall at Northern Seminary. Thinking about a return...
August 08, 2012
More than Story?
Leslie Leyland Fields, at CT, has an article that pushes back against reading the Bible...
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