Monthly Archives: March 2012

The “Occasional” Nature of the New Testament Documents

Donald Juel, in Messianic Exegesis: Christological Interpretation of the Old Testament in Early Christianity, points out that the New Testament documents were written in response to various situations and needs.  Those for whom the documents were written already had significant … Continue reading

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Did Jesus Exist? Shattering the Christ Myth (JP Holding) Part 2 of 2 – YouTube

J. P. Holding deals with the cults of Mithra, Orisis, and others in this clip and how they are falsely utilized by “Jesus Mythicists.”  Here’s the YouTube description of the clip. Craig Johnson interviews JP Holding on the existence of … Continue reading

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Did Jesus Exist? The Christ Myth Thesis (JP Holding) Part 1 of 2 – YouTube

Here’s the YouTube description: Craig Johnson interviews JP Holding on the existence of Jesus. Holding has written a more comprehensive and scholarly book on the existence of Jesus (author of “Shattering the Christ Myth” [1]) than Bart Ehrman (author of … Continue reading

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Why Do Sectarians Bother to Read the Scripture?

If we subscribe to a given school of thought – whether it be Calvinism, Dispensationalism, Evangelicalism, Roman Catholocism, or any other “ism” – and will only consider as valid interpretations of Scripture that coincide with the subscribed school of thought, … Continue reading

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James Bradford Pate Is Writing on Alan Segal’s “Paul the Convert”

See James’ Thoughts and Musings: Segal on Paul, Judaism, and Conversion.

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James Bradford Pate Writes on John Meier’s “A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus”

This post covers Meier’s view of the Sadducees.  James has written at least one other post on this book. See James’ Thoughts and Musings: Rabbinics.

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Textual Variant in Jude: Who Saved the People Out of Egypt: Ιησους or κυριος | Diglotting

Kevin Brown begins: Out of the several textual variants present in Jude 5, there is one which stands out as a significant variant with quite a significant impact on the text. I am, of course, talking about whether the subject … Continue reading

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Richard Carrier Is Not a Historian – He’s an Anti-Historian

I just wrote this comment to Richard on his blog: Richard, It’s really inappropriate for anyone to call you a historian. A historian seeks to tell us what happened. You seek to tell us what probably didn’t happen, what couldn’t … Continue reading

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Larry Hurtado Comments on Roger Bagnell’s “Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman World”

Larry Hurtado is a student of texts in the time when Christianity originated.  Here’s an excerpt of his post which gives a brief view of “Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman World” by Roger Bagnall: The broad import of the book … Continue reading

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Jew, Judeans, and Commas | Storied Theology

New Testament scholar Daniel Kirk helps us better understand what to think when we see the word “Jew” in the Bible.  Here’s how it starts… A conversation that has been going on for some time now in the study of … Continue reading

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