Paul’s Letters to the Digital Humanists in Corinth

The Corinthian Matters blog has had a whole series of fascinating posts lately, related to Paul’s correspondence with the church in Corinth. Here’s a link to one such post, involving crowdsourcing, but when you click through, take the time to poke around and explore! http://corinthianmatters.com/2016/03/23/crowdsourcing-pauls-letters-to-corinth/ [Read more…]

Mythicism: As Unlikely on Earth as it is in Heaven

I recently received a question in a comment on an older post about mythicism, and thought I would share my answer in a post, since I doubt that many people are still following the post in question, which is from three years ago. Mythicists often emphasize that Paul never explicitly says that Jesus was crucified [Read More…]

#YCAS2015 Fifth Panel

The morning of the second day of the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium began with Gregory Fewster discussing assumptions scholars work with regarding pseudepigraphy, and the question of what made a pseudepigraphal work “successful,” focusing in particular on 3 Corinthians. Among the assumptions we take for granted is that, for pseudepigraphy to work, the reputation of [Read More…]

How a Letter Becomes a Scripture

Having finished a study of 1 Corinthians, my Sunday school class proposed as its next topic to focus on the question of how works like Paul’s letters ended up as Scripture – what the process is, and also how it changes the way we read them. Someone said it reminded them of the Schoolhouse Rock treatment of [Read More…]

Ephesians 4:21 and Mythicism

Mythicism claims that the lack of details about Jesus in the epistles are an indication that their authors did not think Jesus was historical. I’ve pointed out before that this is silly nonsense – the relative silence in the epistles is silence about a celestial Jesus myth, if there was such a thing, every bit as much as [Read More…]

Introduction to Paul

I recorded the class I taught yesterday, introducing Paul the apostle and the interpretation of his letters. I thought I would share it here, in case it is of interest. [Read more…]

Are the Christologies of Paul and Mark Different?

In discussions of Christology, a major divide (as illustrated by the dueling books between Ehrman and several Evangelical scholars) is between those who say that “high” Christology was present as far back as we can trace, and those who see such Christology as a result of a long period of development. Two key pieces of [Read More…]

Scholars Discussing Paul

Fortress Press featured the above video on its website, which has N. T. Wright, Richard B. Hays, and Michael Gorman talking about Paul’s letters. The website also has a discussion guide as well as a couple of other videos. [Read more…]

Salvation by Arrogance Alone?

In a recent conversation on the blog, the common conservative Evangelical conversation point was brought up, which envisages God asking a recently-deceased person “Why should I let you into my heaven?” When asked what his own response to such a question would be, the person who brought it up provided a lengthy speech. While such [Read More…]

Another Polite Bribe

I had the chance to finish watching the documentary A Polite Bribe, which I blogged about briefly on a previous occasion, and so now want to say more about it. I honestly cannot think of another single documentary film about the Bible which has such a wide array of the very best and best-known scholars [Read More…]


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