April 12, 2011

Having read the second volume of the Pope’s study of the life of Christ,  I was so enthusiastic about it,  I asked my friends at Ignatius Press  to send me the first volume (and there may be a third one on the birth narratives).  So, despite working backwards,  this exercise will be worthwhile.    In the Foreword to the first volume the Pope both stresses the necessity of historical critical study of the Scriptures, but also of the importance of going… Read more

April 11, 2011

In the desperate search for decent movies you can take most anyone to at this time of year, I finally found one that works—- Source Code, and thus far it is my favorite movie of a year filled with bombs.   This movie isn’t a bomb but it is about a bomb,  and there are so many reviewers who like it so much that it seems to be ‘the bomb’ in the theaters just now, if you catch my drift.    Among… Read more

April 10, 2011

Introduction | Chapter One | Chapter Two | Chapter Three | Chapter Four | Chapter Five | Chapter Six As Bart Ehrman points out in Chapter Seven of his study,  there are in fact a lot of anonymous documents in the NT, including all four Gospels, Acts,  Hebrews, and 1 John.  The practice of presenting documents anonymously, as Bart says, was a great deal more common in antiquity in our age where we even have intellectual property lawyers and plagiarism is a serious crime under… Read more

April 9, 2011

Introduction | Chapter One | Chapter Two | Chapter Three | Chapter Four | Chapter Five I have already warned against Bart’s penchant to make global claims which cannot be substantiated by the evidence, and  Chapter Six begins with another example of this tendency. We read on p.  181—“everywhere Paul went, he confronted Christian teachers who thought he preached a false gospel”.   Really?   In fact, this is far from true.  In an important study,  Jerry Sumney in 1990 wrote a book entitled Identifying Paul’s… Read more

April 8, 2011

Introduction | Chapter One | Chapter Two | Chapter Three | Chapter Four History, as any good student of it knows,  is messy.   Things often do not follow ordinary or orderly patterns.  And the history of the composition of documents in antiquity is no different.    Bart’s attempt in the first half of his book ‘Forged’  to force the read to choose between basically two binary opposites— either the NT documents were composed by who they claim to be composed by,… Read more

April 7, 2011

Honest,  I do not make up the news,  I just report it.    Here is the latest news flash from my NZ source—- In an interview with Hobbit actor Andy Serkis (Gollum) with The Hollywood Reporter, Serkis revealed that Gollum was not his only responsibility in making The Hobbit movies. Serkis has been hired on to serve as the Second Unit Direct for the movies.  Though little details have been revealed about what exactly his roles will be, Serkis says that… Read more

April 7, 2011

Introduction | Chapter One | Chapter Two | Chapter Three As with previous chapters, Bart gives us a bit of his biography and how he came to leave behind the Evangelical faith and take a very different view of the Bible.   Along the way he suggests that there are at least two forgeries in  the OT—- Ecclesiastes and Daniel  (pp. 117-18).   One of the problems in the way Bart deals with both of these books is the failure to recognize the results of… Read more

April 6, 2011

This will in all likelihood be my last contribution to the socio-rhetorical series of Eerdmans.   It will be out in the Fall. Read more

April 6, 2011

One of my favorite old school bands is Train, and one of my favorite songs from their most recent CD has become a popular wedding song in lots of venues.  Here it is in High Def.   Enjoy  BW3 Read more

April 6, 2011

Introduction | Chapter One | Chapter Two (N.B.  This is a long post on this chapter, and you may want to take it in doses, as there is much to deal with). So we may orient ourselves appropriately we will start with Bart’s bold conclusion on p. 114.— “the majority of scholars acknowledge that whereas there are seven letters in the New Testament that Paul certainly wrote, , six others are probably (or for some scholars, certainly) not by Paul…”    I have… Read more

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