SNTS: Second Main Paper and Seminar

Today’s program started with a service in French. Very few members attend any of these chapel services, but today it was interesting to notice that almost everyone who was there was not a native speaker of French. Next on the program was the second main paper of the conference, by Paula Fredriksen, asking “How Jewish [Read More…]

Dilbertian Emergentism

The above Dilbert comic strip came up in a recent discussion here about radically-emergent theism. The discussion that post generated was vigorous and interesting and in my opinion fruitful and illuminating. And so I thought I would share the cartoon and see what thoughts readers of this blog might have about it. [Read more…]

SNTS: Seminar, Main Paper, Disputed Questions

The rest of the day featured three major components. The topical seminars had their first meeting. I am signed up for the one focused on the Gospel of John. The first seminar paper in this section was by Anni Hentschel and focused on intertextual relationships between John and the Synoptics, with particular attention to the [Read More…]

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SNTS: Prayers and Presidential Address

One fascinating aspect of SNTS is the extent to which, because it is a European rather than a North American organization, it does not divide religious practice and critical scholarship the way an organization like SBL does. In the United States, there is a strong conservative Evangelical constituency that likes to do its own devotional [Read More…]

SNTS Montreal: Business Meeting and Opening Reception

The start of the official SNTS program yesterday evening was with the first of two scheduled business meetings. Business meetings are not always emotionally moving, but two moments in this one were. The first was when the names of members who had passed away were read, and we were asked to stand to honor them. [Read More…]

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SNTS Montreal: Arrival

I am in Montreal for the SNTS (Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, or if you prefer, Society for New Testament Studies) conference. I passed by the religion department and was spotted by a Facebook friend, Frederick Tappenden, who kindly showed me around the campus a little bit. The religion department’s building has a beautiful chapel on [Read More…]

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July 2016 Biblical Studies Carnival

Phil Long posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival on his blog. I’m traveling to Montreal today for this year’s SNTS conference, and if I can, I’ll blog about it while it is happening!   [Read more…]

Paul the Programmer

I found this SMBC comic funny, even though its view of Paul’s proclamation is problematic. Paul didn’t even call his message or the movement it expressed “Christianity.” And he was adamant that the gospel he proclaimed was about grafting Gentiles into the tree whose roots were the ancestors of the Jews. Yet the programming analogy still has [Read More…]

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

I agreed to review the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible by today, and although the print copy still has not reached me, I was given access to the ebook of the notes which are available through the Olive Tree app. The volume is edited by John Walton and Craig Keener, and published by Zondervan, and is due [Read More…]

The Immorality of “Pro Life”

I’m not sure why it took me so long to realize that the so-called “pro life” stance is, for the most part, a con, a scam, a diabolical deception. Perhaps it was the recent discussion on many blogs about voting for the “lesser of two evils” that clued in my subconscious on some level. The claim is that, [Read More…]


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