SNTS: Fourth Main Paper and Seminar

This is the last day of the Society of New Testament Studies conference in Montreal. There was a chapel service in German, followed by the last of the main papers, Jens Herzer speaking about the Pastoral Epistles “Between Myth and Truth.” The paper sought to revisit longstanding conclusions that are now taken for granted about these [Read More…]

2 Timothy 3:16

In my Sunday school class, we recently talked about this famous verse, which is cited with incredible frequency in discussions of the Bible's inspiration and authority. And yet very rarely are the details of what that verse actually says noticed. I've already mentioned before that the text does not use the existing word that it [Read More…]

Trusting Tertullian

Tertullian claims that the Acts of Paul and Thecla were forged in his time, and that a particular individual confessed to having done so. In the past, I’ve been willing to accept Tertullian’s account. But I am beginning to think that perhaps I should treat Tertullian’s claim with a greater degree of skepticism. One reason [Read More…]

Tickled Ears

Rebecca Trotter has a wonderful treatment (which I was reminded of recently) of the reference in 2 Timothy to people preferring those who “tickle the ears” to those who speak the truth. Here is a sample: Any clear headed assessment of the evidence would lead one to conclude that there’s nothing more common, more universally accepted and [Read More…]


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