Toward a fuzzier Jesus

In his review of Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity (edited by Chris Keith and Anthony Le Donne), Nijay Gupta writes, [Morna] Hooker expresses the kind of skepticism towards the authenticity-criteria that is indicative of most of the contributors. She writes, “Perhaps…the time has come to abandon the whole enterprise of trying to discover the ‘real […]

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

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

Can an academic approach to the Bible help nurture faith?

Tim Bulkeley writing in December’s Bible and Interpretation seeks to explain what he sees as a widening disconnect between those who understand the Bible in light of academic research and most other lay Christians who live faith-led lives, e.g. the televangelist and young earth creationist crowds carefully quarantined from intellectual scrutiny. Bulkeley believes that this divide […]

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

LOST techniques of Biblical criticism

Today James McGrath published a post on an intersection between LOST and biblical studies. I know, who would have thought he’d do something like that? Check it out if you don’t believe me. The gist of the post was that neither the Bible nor LOST are inerrant and that we shouldn’t fool ourselves into believing far-fetched and overwrought […]

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010