Category Archives: Biblical Studies

The Reality of Crucifixion

The Reality of Crucifixion

Two scholars, Bart Ehrman and Craig Evans, are having a debate over Ehrman’s positioni in his recently released How Jesus Became God that Jesus’ body would not have been buried. Evans makes the case otherwise.

While I agree with Evan’s position that Jesus was, in fact, buried, Ehrman is a good scholar, and this post on his blog describing crucifixion is well written. Here is an important snippet:

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Getting Caught Up On Paul

There’s a lot going on with Pauline studies in the theological world (as if that’s anything new). It can really be difficult to keep up with in terms of reading. N.T. Wright’s latest work, Paul and the Faithfulness of God, has over 1700 pages!  If you’re interested in a brief synopsis where things are concerning Pauline studies from Wright’s perspective, the attached video of Wright being interviewed by Michael J. Gorman is a good start. (Thanks to Kurt Willems for posting it).

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Schiffman on Jewish Sectarian Groups At the Time of Jesus

Schiffman on Jewish Sectarian Groups At the Time of Jesus

Professor Lawrence Shiffman, in part three of a series on Schisms in Jewish History, has written a nice summary of some of the differing groups that would have been active near the lifetime of Jesus.  Some of these, the Pharisees and Sadducees, are mentioned in the New Testament.  What is often missed in our understanding of the first century Jewish world is the level of diversity present within it.   Continue reading

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“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Okay, so I have a lot of pet peeves.

One of them is when someone makes expert-like claims about this or that in the Bible as it’s related to Hebrew or Greek when it is obvious they have no knowledge of either language.

So today I’m responding to an article a friend shared on Facebook (I know, I know: people with pet peeves should never even get close to Facebook). The article was titled “Cain’s Wife—Who Was She?” and is apparently part 6 of a series by Ken Ham, a fairly well-known Christian apologist (you know, the one who debated Bill Nye). This article (though written in 2007) is apparently headlining the Answers in Genesis (Ham’s apologetics organization) homepage today.

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Crucifixion

Crucifixion

[originally posted April 2009, some edits have been made to update links. I also removed a passage concerning the discovery an image that is no longer considered authentic.]

Since we are on the eve of Good Friday, I thought I might share some information on early depictions of Christ’s crucifixion.

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Larry Hurtado on the “Jesus Wife” Papyrus

Larry Hurtado on the “Jesus Wife” Papyrus

You may be seeing headlines today on various news sources about the “Jesus Wife” manuscript. While students of ancient Christian texts from the early to Medieval period will find this fascinating, most of the headlines are sensationalistic. It’s important to note that this Coptic manuscript looks to be from the 8th century and has very little potential to have any connection to the historical Jesus.

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Jesus’ Last Journey to Jerusalem

Jesus’ Last Journey to Jerusalem

One thing that I have appreciated since getting back from my trip to Israel is a deeper understanding of the locations and journeys in the scripture.  This week I have been thinking both about Jesus’ last week in Jerusalem (celebrated next week by Christians as Holy Week) and also about his last journey from Galilee to Judea (which likely would have started a week or less earlier).

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