The Sabbath was not Made for Matthew and Luke

In a recent post I mentioned Jesus' statement (recorded in Mark 2:27) about the Sabbath being made for human beings, not vice versa. A commenter asked about the omission of this statement from the other Gospels, and I thought the subject deserved a follow-up post of its own. The other Gospels omit that element from [Read More…]

Parody of Reza Aslan Fox News Interview

HT Homebrewed Christianity. I still think Timothy Michael Law’s parody was funnier.   [Read more…]

Caption This

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Press Publish Interview

Josh Mann has been conducting and posting interviews with Biblical scholars who blog, and the latest one is the interview that I did. Previously he interviewed Peter Head, Peter Enns, Chris Keith, Nijay Gupta, Stephen Carlson, Mark Goodacre (twice), Scot McKnight, Anthony LeDonne, Mike Bird, Jim West, and Ben Witherington. Also relevant to academic biblioblogging, [Read More…]

GameChurch at #GenCon

Today I've been at GenCon most of the day. There is free wi-fi only in the food court, so I haven't been able to post as I go throughout the morning. I got to meet Peter Davison (I used the good camera for that photo, so it won't appear here until later), and play some [Read More…]

Boring

This came my way today via Facebook: How would you say “That's boring” in your field of expertise? (To see the range of ways this is said in my field, just have a look at the recent reviews of Reza Aslan's book Zealot…)   [Read more…]

Context Changes Meaning

I have often emphasized that fundamentalists do not accomplish what they claim to. Simply repeating the same words in a changed context does not preserve meaning. The image below, which Allan Bevere shared for his latest caption contest, illustrates this point well, I think: [Read more…]

Jesus, the Gospels and History

Amanda Witmer has written an article for The Bible and Interpretation about mythicism. Here’s how it begins: In some quarters it is now fashionable to argue that Jesus did not exist! At the opposite end of the spectrum we find the position that every word of the Bible is literally true and that the gospels provide [Read More…]

The Most Shocking Verse in Hebrews?

The most shocking verse in the Epistle to the Hebrews? No, I’m not referring to that verse near the end of the epistle where the author, apparently seriously, refers to having written “briefly.” I’m referring to Hebrews 10:19, which says “we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place.” I don’t think that Christians today, familiar [Read More…]

Decision-Making Dilemma

Frank Viola shared this image: Although there is nothing wrong with asking what someone we admire would do in a particular situation, ultimately we either admire someone because we share their ideals and find inspiration in them, or because we can project our own ideals onto them. And so we really are asking not “What [Read More…]