Disciples Are Fit for Feet

I think Matthew 7:6 adds support to a previous post where I argued for an nontraditional understanding of “salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). Matthew 7:6 speaks of pigs trampling the disciples’ “holy things” and then turning to attack the disciples themselves. In the post titled “Disciples: Salt for Trampling,” I proposed that “salt of the earth” signifies the […]

More Vermes on the Canon

There is an overwhelming consensus in the most recent scholarship that there was no such thing as “Bible” or “canon” in the Second Temple period, and that is why I find it so entertaining how boldly and shamelessly Vermes says things like this: Some colleagues found the phrase, “Rewritten Bible” anachronistic. It is maintained  by Dead […]

Updated Hexapla Institute Website

John Meade just informed me that the Hexapla Institute website has been updated. According to John, they are trying to bring the online hub for “the Field for the 21st century” into the 21st century. Check it out for information on the history of the project, assigments, and more.

From Baptist to Orthodox

Gabe Martini shares his journey from Southern Baptist Protestantism to the Orthodox faith Gabe Martini is a Product Manager at Logos Bible Software and host of the blog On Behalf of All, a group blog seeking to promote the Orthodox Christian faith. I recently discovered that at one time Gabe was a Southern Baptist, he lived in Louisville, […]

On Making Good Arguments

Charles Halton taught me something about making a good argument, and it has stuck with me. I took a couple of his M.Div. classes, and I would frequently observe this exchange (I might have been the student once or twice): Student: “But isn’t it possible that …” Charles: “Yes, anything is possible.” No matter the […]

Recommended Summer Reading

I work at the James P. Boyce Centennial Library, and the staff there are putting together a suggested summer reading list for students. Here are the books related to biblical studies I suggested, in no particular order: The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography, by John J. Collins — This is a fantastically written, carefully reasoned, concise introduction […]

Nonbiblical DSS in Logos

Logos’ nonbiblical DSS database has gone from unusable train wreck to rockin’: http://blog.logos.com/2014/05/studying-the-dead-sea-scrolls-just-got-easier/