Monthly Archives: November 2015

Book Write-Up: The Chosen People, by A. Chadwick Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill.  The Chosen People: Election, Paul and Second Temple Judaism.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. In the New Testament, there is talk about election and God choosing people before the foundation of … Continue reading

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65. Does the Giraffe’s neck infer intelligent design or evolution?

Originally posted on 500 Questions about God & Christianity:
As we’ve seen, nature’s extremes can yield clues about whether evolution, or intelligent design, best explains the design choices we observe in nature. The long neck of the giraffe is no exception,…

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Pseudepigrapha Saturday: Treatise of Shem (Belated Edition)

Originally posted on The Biblical Review:
Generally I post Pseudepigrapha Saturday on Saturdays. Unfortunately, due to the business of #AARSBL15 and thanksgiving time, I have been unable to post it. Well, now I present you with the exclusive “Belated Edition”…

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Book Review (part 5: Pseudepigraphy) – ‘Neither Jew nor Greek’ by James D.G. Dunn

Originally posted on The Dustin Martyr Blog:
This is the fifth installment of my recap/review of Dunn’s newest volume, Neither Jew nor Greek. After finishing up his discussion on introductory issues regarding the four Canonical Gospels, Dunn turns to the remaining NT…

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“Jewish” and “Hellenistic” in Recent Scholarship on Christian Origins

Originally posted on Larry Hurtado's Blog:
In some recent studies of early expressions of Jesus-devotion, there are some issues that need clarification.  One of these recent studies is Iesus Deus:  The Early Christian Depiction of Jesus as a Mediterranean God, by…

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Struggles with Luke 1, and Possible Solutions

At church this morning, the pastor preached about the story in Luke 1, which is about the birth of John the Baptist. Zechariah was a priest who was old, and he and his wife, Elizabeth, wanted a child.  Zechariah’s priestly … Continue reading

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Book Review (part 4) – ‘Neither Jew nor Greek’ by James D.G. Dunn

Originally posted on The Dustin Martyr Blog:
In this fourth installment of my review/recap of James Dunn’s Neither Jew nor Greek we will continue his outline of the primary sources from which early Christianity sprung. In the last post, I focused on…

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Book Write-Up: How to Read Job

John H. Walton and Tremper Longman III.  How to Read Job.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to buy the book. John H. Walton and Tremper Longman III are prolific scholars of the Hebrew Bible.  They are also evangelical … Continue reading

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The Book of Giants: Ancient Jewish Literary Creativity beyond the Bible

Originally posted on Remnant of Giants:
Slaying Humbaba – by Leonard Greco Philip Jenkins has written two useful posts on the Book of Giants, the ancient Jewish work which is found in different versions at Qumran and in Manichaeism. In…

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Did Adam and Eve Have the Holy Spirit?: “The Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan”

I am reading “The Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan” for my daily quiet time.  This is a Christian work that probably dates from the fifth century C.E. to the ninth century C.E. Did Adam and Eve in the … Continue reading

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