The so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: Modern Forgery?

Francis Watson, professor of New Testament at Durham University, has an exceptionally careful study contending the recently released fragment from the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife is more than likely a modern pastiche from The Gospel of Thomas. [Read more...]

My Favorite Lecture Ever

I return to the seminary classroom this Fall at Northern Seminary. Thinking about a return got me to pondering teaching at TEDS decades back, and that led me to my favorite lecture ever. Here goes… [Tracy, if you are reading, this one's for you!] In the Autumn of 1989, I gave a lecture to my [Read More...]

More than Story?

Leslie Leyland Fields, at CT, has an article that pushes back against reading the Bible as Story — the title is “The Gospel is more than a Story”. She knows the importance of narrative but wonders aloud if our narrative age has led to the Bible as narrative. She pokes against a number of bad [Read More...]

The Bible, Our Constitution?

Some Christians do treat the Bible as a lawbook (I wrote about this in Blue Parakeet) and in Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity a challenge was given to treating the Bible as a constitution. By which Brian mostly meant a lawbook, but I have been reading Jack Balkin’s book, Living Originalism (Harvard, 2011), and I wonder [Read More...]

The Lost Art

There are some arts that have been lost, none more than diagramming sentences. Some have already clicked to another blog, others have said “You idiot, diagramming isn’t an art, it’s mind-numbing nonsense!” I beg to differ, but I get to my differ from a different angle. I, too, hated diagramming sentence in junior and senior [Read More...]

Baptists and the Bible

This post is by professor of theology at Vose Seminary, Michael O’Neil. Baptists and the Bible 1 In January 2009, an international group of Baptist scholars gathered in Cardiff, U.K. to explore the theory and practice of Baptist hermeneutics; the result of their meeting was an excellent collection of essays published by Mercer University Press [Read More...]

Is It All Imagination? (RJS)

This post today finishes up our series on God and the Cosmos: Divine Activity in Space, Time, and History by Harry Lee Poe and Jimmy H. Davis. The eighth chapter of the book looks at the involvement of God in history and this includes scripture and the historical basis of scripture. The chapter concludes with [Read More...]

More on the Bible and Metaphor

This is from my commentary on 1 Peter and follows my post from yesterday: [Read more...]

Absolute Perfection?… Oh My (RJS)

There is a new book just out, a collection of essays edited by James K. Hoffmeier and Dennis R. Magary Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? exploring a wide range of topics written by seminary professors from several different institutions including Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Dallas, Denver, Southwestern, and a few others. I don’t have [Read More...]

The Problem of Biblicism 7

Christian Smith, in his must-read and challenging book, Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture, contends that what many of us (evangelicals) affirm is impossible to hold with intellectual integrity. He calls this belief “biblicism,” and if you want to read what it is read this post. The [Read More...]