The Poorly-Worded Words of God?

I had a commenter on this blog suggest that 2 Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture comes from the mouth of God”. The actual statement there refers to all writings being “God-breathed” – or perhaps the usefulness of “every God-breathed writing.” There has been a lot of debate about how that phrase should best be translated, and [Read More…]

Schiffman – Messages from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Lecture by Lawrence Schiffman [Read more…]

Baffling Bible Passages

IO9 made a list of “The 9 Most Baffling Bible Passages.” Some of them really are baffling even to all the scholars I’ve read or spoken with about them. Others make more sense with some background information. If you made a list of the most baffling Bible passages, which ones would be the same as [Read More…]

A Mythicist Sympathizer’s Case for a Historical Jesus

A new article in The Bible and Interpretation concludes in the following way: Precisely because I am quite aware of the extent to which the Canonical Gospels are the result of a process of doctoring the historical figure of Jesus – a process which has had wide-ranging distorting effects –, I think I can better [Read More…]

Bible from a Parallel Universe

A comment on Facebook yesterday seemed to me it would be a great premise for a science fiction story. What if it turned out that the Bible originated in a parallel universe, on an Earth that was literally covered by a solid dome, and thus really was literally and scientifically accurate – just not when [Read More…]

History and the Bible on Reddit

Today there will be an AMA session on ancient Jewish and Christian history, including but not limited to matters that intersect with the Bible, on the AskHistorians subreddit. I will be participating. Hope you’ll pay a visit! UPDATE: Here’s a direct link:  http://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/1sbq67/we_are_scholarsexperts_on_ancient_judaism/   [Read more…]

Unhomogenized Bible

Sabio Lantz shared the above image in a post that addresses the way “the Bible says” is used to slip past major issues, such as “Which Bible?” and “Which author?” and “What is the Bible?” Click through to read the entire post. The image of homogenization is particularly apt. The only way to homogenize something [Read More…]

Bible Connoisseur

Perhaps I could instead have called this “Bible snobs” – whether it is a question of wine or literature or pictures of Joe Biden as in the cartoon below, there is a positive and a negative angle on the “discerning palate.” Ian at Irreducible Complexity applied this to the Bible. Certainly there are things which [Read More…]

What’s a Bible?

That the term “Bible” means something very clear and specific with clearly-defined characteristics and attributes is a widespread assumption. And it is wrong. It would make more sense to speak of “Bibles” in the plural rather than “the Bible.” Between Jewish, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Ethiopic Bibles there are significant differences. And the [Read More…]

Scholars Say

David Lamb recently posted his impressions of the first episode of the documentary series Bible Secrets Revealed, the second episode of which airs this evening. I appreciated David’s comments, but also found myself wondering about one point he made (which relates to a topic that came up here on this blog as well). He complained [Read More…]