Category Archives: Context

Biblical, Jewish, and Christian (and more) sources from Google Books | timothy michael law

Biblical, Jewish, and Christian (and more!) sources from Google Books | timothy michael law.

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The First Two Emperors of Rome Their Impact on the New Testament

This article gives background on Caesar Augustus (B.C. 27 – A.D. 14) and Tiberius Caesar Augustus (A.D. 14-37) From the conclusion:         It is amazing when one looks at how God can use people, who at first … Continue reading

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Eric Chabot – Roots of the Christian Faith

Scot McKnight on “Hallowed be Thy Name”: “At no place have Christians been more insensitive to Judaism that when it comes to what Jesus believes and teaches about God. In particular, the concept that Jesus was the first to teach … Continue reading

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Larry Hurtado on the Absence of Christological Controversy c. 30-50 CE

I had this exchange with Larry Hurtado about the comparative absence of Christological controversy in Christianty’s first two decades when compared with all the controversy that came after and still rages today.

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Lawrence Schiffman on the Rabbinic Response to the Rise of Christianity

Opening excerpt: A new set of circumstances confronted the tannaitic leadership when it reassembled at Yavneh after the war with Rome was lost. By this time, the need to close ranks and to face the future as a united community … Continue reading

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Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospels Attributed to Peter?

The short answer to this question is that they appeared too late to have been written by Peter. This blog post is written by J. Warner Wallace. Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospels Attributed to Peter? – Stand to … Continue reading

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Why Did the Ancient Greeks and Romans Stop Believing in Their Gods?

Why did the ancient Greeks and Romans stop believing in their gods?  is a question on Quora.com.  (This link will take you directly to this question on Quora.)  Two helpful answers to be found there (and there may be others) … Continue reading

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Shelby Foote on the Roman View of History

Shelby Foote (1916-2005) was a novelist and historian whose magnum opus was a three-volume narrative of the America Civil War that took him two decades to research and write.  That single work took up 3,000 pages, which amounts to some … Continue reading

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The Crafting of the 4th Century Roman Church, Doctrine, and Papacy (Triablogue)

More from John Bugay on clarifying the history of the papacy.  Here’s how this post begins: There is no question that there were “bishops” in Rome, likely beginning in the late second or early third centuries. But these were not … Continue reading

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The papacy is 1600 years old, not 2000 years old (Triablogue)

How the post begins: In news accounts concerning the upcoming retirement of Pope Benedict XVI and a new papal conclave, one way to check to see if the particular news outlet you are watching had actually checked its facts is … Continue reading

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