New Testament Scholar N.T. Wright takes the Jesus Seminar Apart…

…piece by piece until there is nothing left of this fraudulent scam. Fun reading for those of us who care about serious biblical scholarship. [Read more...]

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The Sign of Jonah and Asking Questions to Keep from Finding Things Out

The gospel yesterday was about Jesus refusing to give a sign: Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the [Read More...]

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Questions about the Betrayal by Judas

A reader writes: I’ve been reading the gospel narratives of the Last Supper tonight, and an ongoing confusion with a part of the story has resurfaced. I thought maybe you, and your scriptural book smarts, might be able to rescue me from this quandary. In all the gospels, Jesus tells his disciples that one of [Read More...]

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The First Epistle of St. Paul to the Cartoonists

Tom McDonald has written a fine piece about the rank hypocrisy of those who scold Christians on their Philistinism for failing appreciate Piss Christ or the genius of caking the Blessed Virgin with elephant dung or the thousand other cowardly acts of bravely facing the applause of the Christ-haters–all while wringing their hands over Muslim sensitivities [Read More...]

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Cool Little Epiphany

Ever since the Risen Christ told the disciples on the Emmaus Road… “These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, [Read More...]

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This is a Big Deal

Lower rent Egyptians got mummy masks made from scraps of papyrus, sort of like papier mache. So what? So this: it looks like at least one mummy mask dating from the first century has, among other scraps, a fragment of the oldest know gospel manuscript in history, a piece of the gospel of Mark. It [Read More...]

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The Most Bible Geekiest Thing in All of Space and Time

I dedicate this post to Scott Hahn, Michael Barber, Ted Sri, and Tim Gray. [Read more...]

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The Gospel According to Steve Martin

In which we discuss the preposterous claim that Luke thinks you can put a non-existent global census over on the entire world. [Read more...]

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Question About Baruch

A reader writes: A Protestant coworker is asking me questions about the seven “extra” books in the Catholic Bible. He recently asked me why in the book of Baruch it says that the Babylonian captivity would last seven generations when in Jeremiah it says it would last 70 years. I could not find an answer [Read More...]

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The Coolest Christmas Present You Can Give to the Bible or Theology Geek in Your Life

is Verbum 6.0. I got me a copy the other day and it is so amazingly, ridiculously, rich in features that I could fill the blog discussing it.  It’s user friendly and intuitive and it just expanded my library by a thousand+ books.  It gives you a wide variety of Bibles with all sort of [Read More...]

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