Category: Biblical Criticism

The People who Read the Bible

The People who Read the Bible

December 10, 2013 | By | 9 Comments

Have you ever wondered why two people reading or studying the Bible can come up with such different conclusions about the meaning, impact, implications, or application of the same text of scripture?  It happens all the time and in almost every discussion about the Bible. One of the biggest reasons for this is related to […]

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<em>Against the Gods</em>, by John D. Currid

Against the Gods, by John D. Currid

October 14, 2013 | By | 5 Comments

When was the last time that polemical theology was encouraged? It seems as if polemics, a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something, has become quite unfashionable. I recently participated in a conversation on Facebook where several commenters suggested that Christians shouldn’t name theological errors or people who teach them. This is, of […]

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Should Textual Criticism Find Expression on Sunday Morning?

Should Textual Criticism Find Expression on Sunday Morning?

August 6, 2013 | By | 14 Comments

I’m curious about whether any of you pastors and scholars have opinions on how textual criticism finds its way into sermons on Sunday. Perhaps the question needs to be stated as Should preachers talk about textual criticism? Some of you might be wondering what, on God’s green earth, is textual criticism. That is a great […]

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<em>Interpreting the Pauline Letters</em>, by John D. Harvey

Interpreting the Pauline Letters, by John D. Harvey

July 9, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Pauline theology has long been an interest to students of the Bible. With the interest in the New Perspective on Paul, there’s a renewed interest in Pauline exegesis and hermeneutics, though he’s been the subject of many-a-scholar’s focus for nearly 2000 years. Kregel Academic has recently started a new series, Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis, that […]

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Debating the KJV-Only Position

Debating the KJV-Only Position

October 23, 2012 | By | 1 Comment

It’s been a few years since I encountered someone who held to the “King James Only” position regarding Bible translation. It’s hard to imagine that anyone still believes that the King James Bible is superior to all other English translations because it is the English translation. But apparently there are some people out there that still believe […]

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<em>Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?</em>, ed. by Hoffmeier & Magary

Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?, ed. by Hoffmeier & Magary

April 10, 2012 | By | 1 Comment

There are a lot of books that seek to expose problems in the Bible and many others that seek to defend its truthfulness. My shelves are full of books that address issues related to the historicity and truthfulness of the Bible. But there area lot of people, especially in today’s postmodern culture, who tend to […]

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New Testament Documents Date Earlier Than the 4th Century!

New Testament Documents Date Earlier Than the 4th Century!

December 28, 2011 | By | 1 Comment

Took part in a conversation today where someone suggested the following: ” The new testament was not even written until about 150 years after the so called resurection (that would be the book of Luke). The rest were not written until about 300 years thereafter.” Interesting statement. This person is suggesting that the NT documents […]

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Five Reasons Why We Should Trust the NT Documents to Determine Our NT Theology

Five Reasons Why We Should Trust the NT Documents to Determine Our NT Theology

July 23, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

If we are interested in studying the New Testament (NT) to determine what makes up NT Theology, what sources should be our primary focus? Some traditions suggest that Tradition or ecclesiastical leaders (bishops, presbyters, etc.) should share equal ground with Scripture when we theologize. Despite the difficulties related to determining the authority of such extra […]

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Biblical Authors Were Also Editors (Plus Thoughts Regarding the Documentary Hypothesis)

Biblical Authors Were Also Editors (Plus Thoughts Regarding the Documentary Hypothesis)

July 14, 2010 | By | 4 Comments

Within the spectrum of Old Testament scholarship, the majority of non-evangelical scholars are advocates of the Documentary Hypothesis. This theory states that the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) was not written completely by Moses but by different post-Mosaic authors.  The theory suggests that these authors are determined by the usage of different Hebrew […]

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Should Luke 10:42 read “one thing” or “few things”?!?!

Should Luke 10:42 read “one thing” or “few things”?!?!

May 19, 2009 | By | 2 Comments

So I just finished reading the first essay of Fee’s in his wonderful To What End Exegesis? I’ve owned this book for about six years now and I’ve read most of the essays but hadn’t read this one – “One Thing is Needful”? (Luke 10:42). The article was originally published in 1981, which is probably why […]

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CNN Falls for Ehrman Hook, Line, & Sinker

CNN Falls for Ehrman Hook, Line, & Sinker

May 15, 2009 | By | 2 Comments

Is it just me or do most media outlets have an overly trusting infatuation with Bart Ehrman? I recently noted Ehrman’s overall role within NT scholarship (here) and now I just read an article at CNN.com – Former Fundamentalist ‘Debunks’ Bible. There is such a weird intriguing infatuation within most media outlets with this guy. But […]

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