Monthly Archives: September 2011

Josephus and James, the Brother of Jesus

For my write-up today of Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume Three: The Early Roman Period, I’ll talk about some things from page 770 of J. Carleton Paget’s essay on “Jewish Christianity”. Paget refers to Josephus’ Antiquities 20:197-203.  This passage is … Continue reading

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Chapter 32 of The Stand, and the Season Premiere of Desperate Housewives

In this post, I’ll write about Chapter 32 of Stephen King’s The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition, and tie that in to the Desperate Housewives season premiere. Chapter 32 focuses on Lloyd, who is in jail for murder.  The … Continue reading

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Looking for a Healer

For today’s write-up on The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume Three: The Early Roman Period, I will refer to a quotation of Morton Smith’s 1978 book, Jesus the Magician, which appears on pages 659-660 of E.P. Sanders and W.D. Davies’ … Continue reading

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Following Through

At church this morning, the main topic was following God’s instructions, but a sub-theme was following through on our promises.  The pastor preached about Matthew 21:28-32, in which the father tells one son to work in the vineyard, and the … Continue reading

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Reading, One Cross Look

I have two items for my write-up today of Stephen King’s The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition: 1.  On pages 258-259, I read the following: “Three years ago Stu had gotten a book called Watership Down to send to … Continue reading

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Davies and Sanders on Jesus

Today, in The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume Three: The Early Roman Period, I read an essay by W.D. Davies and E.P. Sanders, “Jesus: from the Jewish point of view”. Davies and Sanders present Jesus as one who predicted the … Continue reading

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Faith and Expectations

This post is a continuation of my series on feedback to my post, Ideas in Christianity Putting Some People’s Minds in a Tailspin!.  Essentially, my post was about how certain ideas in evangelical or fundamentalist Christianity put some Christians’ minds … Continue reading

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Disinterested Nature? Introducing Harold Lauder

Last night, I read Chapter 28 of Stephen King’s The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition.  It focuses on Fran Goldsmith.  I have two items: 1.  Fran’s mother and father have just died from the superflu, and there are thoughts … Continue reading

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Wrestling with Forgiveness (and Hopefully Finding It)

I’m continuing my series on feedback I received to my post, Ideas in Christianity Putting Some People’s Minds in a Tailspin!. I said the following: “To cite my own experience, I long had trouble with Jesus’ teaching that God will … Continue reading

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Morton Smith on Jesus in Josephus’ Antiquities

For my write-up today on The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume Three: The Early Roman Period, I will blog about something that Morton Smith says on pages 512-513 of his essay, “The Troublemakers”.  The topic is a reference to Jesus … Continue reading

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