If Jesus Had a Wife…

So, it seems that some Coptic Christians in the 4th century maybe possibly thought that Jesus was married. Is this the end of Christianity as we know it?!? I doubt it. I also doubt that Jesus had a wife, but I’m not going to call it the equivalent of proposing that “George Washington was a woman,” as some biblical scholars have.

It’s especially relevant to readers of this blog, as we discuss this week’s Haunting Question about the Gnostic Gospels.

It has, however, led to some fun on Twitter: [Read more...]

Courtney Is a Bible Covergirl

Well, not Courtney herself, but one of her photos is on the cover of a Bible edited by our friend, Mark Oestreicher:

This is not her first cover image. For more, see herehere, here, and here.

Common English Bible: Free Today

Today and tomorrow, you can get the Common English Bible – ePub Edition for free. It’s a great translation, which we’ve been using at Solomon’s Porch recently.

What is the CEB?

The Common English Bible is not simply a revision or update of an existing translation. It is a bold new translation designed to meet the needs of Christians as they work to build a strong and meaningful relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

A key goal of the CEB translation team is to make the Bible accessible to a broad range of people; it’s written at a comfortable level for over half of all English readers. As the translators do their work, reading specialists from more than a dozen denominations review the texts to ensure a smooth and natural reading experience. Easy readability can enhance church worship and participation, and personal Bible study. It also encourages children and youth to discover the Bible for themselves, perhaps for the very first time.

Testimony in the Old Testament

Scot posted a review of Anathea Portier-Young’s book, Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism, last Saturday. I got to work with Thea a couple summers ago, when I taught at Sewanee Summer School. She’s great — one of the shining lights of the future of biblical studies.

Here’s a great video of her talking, passionately, about the Hebrew Scripture:


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