But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Saturday, 16 November 2019 21:52

Linguistics and Loanwords in the Gospel of Mark

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Scholarly readers of the Gospel of Mark have long noted the conspicuous presence of non-Greek terms and phrases.  A forthcoming article sets the analysis of the phenomena on a more sophisticated level:  Alfredo Delgado Gomez, “Get Up!  Be Opened!:  Code-switching and...

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 20:17

Academic Publishing: Personal Stories

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Mentioning the 20 yrs delay between the initial printing of Hunter’s important book, Paul and His Predecessors, and its subsequent publication and scholarly notice, put me in mind of other stories of the unexpected problems that can arise in academic publishing.  Here are a few of...

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Saturday, 09 November 2019 17:51

NT Textual Criticism: Mistakes and Myths

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A new multi-author book sets out to correct and clarify numerous mistakes, myths, and mis-uses of New Testament textual criticism:  Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism, eds. Elijah Hixson and Peter Gurry (InterVarsity Press, 2019).  The publisher’s web catalog...

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 23:35

Chronology Matters

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Mentioning A.M. Hunter’s book, Paul and His Predecessors, yesterday brought to mind an earlier posting in which I drew attention to Hengel’s essay on “Chronology and New Testament Christology” here.  

In that posting I lay out Hengel’s major points...

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Monday, 04 November 2019 21:20

“Paul and His Predecessors”

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In 1940 a slender book was printed that the author justifiably regarded as a pioneering study:  Paul and His Predecessors, by Archibald M. Hunter.  Unfortunately, because of the war then underway, the book was “still-born.”  It had been printed, but was not published, as...

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 21:34

Ritual Use of Jesus’ Name in Healing and Exorcism

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In 2018 I posted about an interesting conference to which I was invited that focused on exorcism and healing in early Judaism and early Christianity here.

I’m pleased now to see that the papers from that conference have appeared:  Healing and Exorcism in Second Temple Judaism...

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 00:50

“Paul and the Conflict of Cultures”–E.A. Judge

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Just appeared:  Edwin Judge’s latest collection of essays, this one addressing the relevance of Paul (and early Christianity) for the development of things in Western culture that we take for granted (or mis-assign):  Paul and the Conflict of Cultures:  The Legacy of His...

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This site is devoted to the New Testament and the origins of Christianity, but I feel obliged to discuss another matter that pertains to the textual criticism of the Gospels.  A few days ago a reader of this blog site pointed me to a French-language debate between a Muslim apologist and a...

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Monday, 14 October 2019 20:04

A Milestone: 2million+ views

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Sometime over the past ten days or so, the count of views of pages on this blog site passed the 2million mark.  I had intended to keep closer track as we approached that milestone, but have been distracted with completing a writing project.  So, a bit tardily, my thanks to viewers of this...

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Monday, 14 October 2019 19:55

Papyri and Disappointment

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Yesterday, I learned of the recent posting on the Egypt Exploration Society website concerning reports of papyri in the ownership of the EES that allegedly were sold on to Hobby Lobby by Professor Dirk Obbink.  The EES statement is here.

To read the EES statement is, for me as well as some...

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At the meeting of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament, 5 August 2019 in Aberdeen, Loren Stuckenbruck gave one of the main/plenary papers that draws upon his extensive efforts to locate and classify Ethiopic manuscripts of 1 Enoch.  I’m grateful to...

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Saturday, 21 September 2019 18:49

Lozano’s Study of “Proskyneo” (“worship”)

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I give here a heads-up on a forthcoming book arising from the PhD thesis of one of my students:  Ray Lozano, The Proskynesis of Jesus in the New Testament:  A Study of the Significance of Jesus as an Object of “Proskyneo” in the New Testament Writings (London: ...

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:57

“Humane” Values and Christianity

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I’m deep into Tom Holland’s latest book in which he argues at length that values that for many in the West are simply those of any humane, civilized person in fact are shaped heavily by the influence of Christianity:  Dominion:  The Making of the Western Mind (London:...

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Friday, 06 September 2019 20:30

Jesus and Authenticity Criteria

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Especially since the 18th century, scholars have devoted much attention to separating out what they thought was “authentic” material about Jesus from subsequent interpretations that derived from circles of early Christians.  Particularly in the 20th century, this effort grew to a...

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Monday, 26 August 2019 19:22

A Word of Acknowledgement and Thanks

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Especially in the first couple of weeks after my diagnosis of the relapse/return of my leukemia, there were scores of kind and encouraging comments sent via this blog site.  As they were nearly all of a highly personal nature, I didn’t think it proper to publish them.  But I read...

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Monday, 26 August 2019 19:13

The Tragic Case of Ernst Lohmeyer

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One of the books I’ve read during outpatient visits to the hospital over the last few weeks is a newly published book on Ernst Lohmeyer, a celebrated NT scholar who will be known to anyone in the field.  Among his numerous publications is his little monograph, Kyrios Jesus: ...

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Sunday, 25 August 2019 23:52

Jesus-Devotion and Historical Questions

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A reader of my previous posting raised several questions and made several assertions (some of them unfounded) that lead me to offer a few comments about the historical issues pertaining to the origins of Jesus-devotion and correct historical method in addressing them.

The first thing is to grasp...

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(Several months ago, I was asked to write a contribution to a multi-author work on Jesus to be published in French, my contribution to deal with the origins of Jesus-devotion.  I was given a word-limit, and so had to be brief.  The result is something of a capsulized treatment of the...

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Sunday, 07 July 2019 19:02

Health Issues and Blogging

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The leukemia (AML) for which I was treated here last summer has reactivated, after some 9 months of remission.  The further treatment options are quite limited, and may only be palliative care of various sorts.  In any case, I am now fully occupied with exploring various arrangements for...

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 00:51

Keener’s Commentary on Galatians

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Craig Keener’s massive commentary on Paul’s epistle to the Galatians has recently appeared:  Galatians:  A Commentary(Baker Academic, 2019).  At xlvii + 848 pages, it is likely the largest commentary on this epistle.  But Keener is noted for his commentaries and...

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In addition to the fragment of an early copy of the Gospel of Mark, the same volume of Oxyrhynchus Papyri includes a number of other texts that provide data worth noting.

The other identifiably Christian texts include a leaf of a LXX codex of the Psalms (P.Oxy. 5344, Ralfs 2228), dated by the...

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Recent days have witnessed a dramatic turn of events in connection with the newly-published fragment of the Gospel of Mark (P. Oxy. 5345, now with the N-A number of P137).  One individual involved in the early days when the fragment was first mooted has written his account of things in an...

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Friday, 28 June 2019 19:40

“Honoring the Son”: An Entree Work

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As I’m often asked for a short introduction to the line that I take in discussing earliest Jesus-devotion (some finding the 600+ pp. Lord Jesus Christ a bit too much to take in), I think that now I would recommend my little volume that appeared last year:  Honoring...

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Thursday, 27 June 2019 20:04

Irenaeus of Lyons: A KeyFigure

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Today (28 June) in the church year marks the martyrdom of Irenaeus of Lyons (ca. 130-200? CE).  Likely born in Smyrna (in the Greek-speaking eastern area of the Roman Empire), at some point he moved to Roman Gaul, to Lugdunum (Lyons).  He became prominent in the church there, and after...

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Tuesday, 25 June 2019 21:12

Staudt on”Monotheistic” Expressions

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In reading a colleague’s draft essay I was reminded of a book that I found particularly helpful, but has received a disappointing level of notice, even, it appears, in scholarly circles.  I reviewed the book several years ago in the German journal, Theologische Literaturzeitung, but...

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