Archive for the 'Biblical studies' Category

Podcast recommendation: introduction to the historical Jesus in context

I was remiss in not sooner noting the recent completion of a podcast series by York University’s Philip Harland. It’s a recently completed set of fourteen lectures on many of the issues surrounding historical Jesus studies entitled The Historical Jesus in context. Those brought up never questioning any aspect of the New Testament’s historicity should find it interesting to […]

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Evidence in the Munich Talmud of the Sanhedrin’s charges against Jesus?

Via Fr. Stephen Smuts, I found this video showing David Instone-Brewer, senior research fellow in rabbinics and the New Testament at Tyndale House, Cambridge, explaining his recent announcement to have recovered a bit of text in the 14th century Munich Talmud that he claims represents an ancient Jewish record of the charges brought against Jesus by the […]

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Jesus’ brother lays a smackdown on Paul – TIL #7: “Fly from Heaven”

The latest episode of Mark Goodacre‘s always excellent NT Pod regarding Jesus’ brothers gave me the perfect opportunity to present this long-time candidate for Theologically Interesting Lyric. I have problems with some of the historical-critical assumptions and theological claims of the lyrics, but concerning the lyrics as art, it’s great stuff. I’ll interact with the […]

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

How well do we know the Gospels?

Take the test as a closed book exam. No open Bibles. This is a test of your retention of gospel stories and sayings (not a test of your ability to look things up!!). This great 50-question test from Yeshua in Context is really something worth looking at. It ranges from fairly easy and innocuous questions: […]

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

No class warfare here: Mark’s Jesus as equal opportunity savior

Keying off a comment from Marc on my last post, I looked at Peter’s response and Jesus’ response to him in the immediately following verses in a slightly different light. Here are the verses immediately following those I quoted in my other post. Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed […]

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Jesus’ astonished disciples in Mark 10

Chalk this one up to staring too closely at the text. It’s not a felicitous scenario when the material you’re analyzing for your dissertation keeps distracting you from the actual subject. Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ […]

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Searchable SBL Greek New Testament with apparatus available online

For those who occasionally want quick access to a critical edition of the Greek New Testament with variants from within your browser, I just came across a site called Study Bible with the entire text of the SBL Edition available. Given the loose distribution license for the SBLGNT, there are probably others, but this one’s […]

Sunday, February 13th, 2011