Category: Biblical Studies

From the Dilettante Files: Prismatic Theology

A couple years ago, I attended my very first meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in New Orleans. As I was meandering through the hallways in search of interesting sessions, my attention was drawn by a colorful poster placed upon a board which was in use for the poster sessions. It took about .002 nanoseconds to figure out that… Read more →

Did Clement, Bishop of Rome, Write or Quote from Hebrews?

I’m continuing to work through the fantastic Apostolic Fathers: An Introduction edited by Wilhelm Pratscher, and one of the truly fantastic parts of this book is that every chapter has a section on intertextuality. Besides being a generally fascinating subject, it is important for how we conceive of Christianity in the earliest of the early church. In the chapter on… Read more →

Resource Request: Samaritan Edition

The last year or so I’ve spent a lot of time and energy focusing on historical backgrounds. I’ve read a lot of discussions about Jewish intertestimental literature and the Jewish relationship to the Roman Empire. Today, while reading about 1st-century Jewish attitudes toward the land of Palestine in the midst of Roman occupation, I started to wonder how Samaritans thought… Read more →

The People of the Two Hats—or What Really Drives Me Crazy About ETS

There was a time not so long ago that I would have fit right in at the Evangelical Theological Society. I remember scrambling to come up with ways John 7:53-8:11 could be authentic or attempts to successfully harmonize the Gospels. I felt I had to. I felt that if I couldn’t find the answers to such difficulties, then my faith… Read more →

A Brief Look at James Aageson’s Paul, the Pastoral Epistles, and the Early Church

Those of you who have browsed the what we’re reading tab above have seen that I’ve been reading a book by James Aageson called Paul, the Pastoral Epistles, and the Early Church. The book is interesting largely because of its unusual approach. Aageson seeks to locate the Pastoral Epistles within the trajectory of Pauline theology as it develops after the… Read more →

Complementarian Men Want The Devil to Have Their Wives and Children

This quarter I’ve been thinking a lot about the issue of women’s ordination. I’ve been studying the Pastoral Epistles with the completely awesome David Downs who is an experienced hand at exegeting them. His preferred method is to have us read articles from a wide variety of perspectives and deliberate on our own before ever we enter a classroom discussion… Read more →

Matthean Zombies?

Nick Norelli brings up an interesting issue in a blog post on Matthew 27:52-53. Nick asks why some people seem to automatically exclude the possibility of the dead actually rising. I recently came across this issue in the fantastic book The Death of Jesus in Early Christianity by John T. Carroll and Joel B. Green. Two authors in different chapters address… Read more →