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What About the Genealogies? (RJS)

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I posted last week on a comment suggesting that I view Genesis 1-11 as “just collected stories.” The statement surprised me because I do not view Genesis as “just” collected stories – they are arranged and edited for a purpose […]

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Collected Stories? (RJS)

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I’ve been busy the last week or so and didn’t get as involved in comments as I often do. But Scot put up a couple of interesting posts last Thursday, one on Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 4 with a discussion on […]

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Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Inerrancy broke into a debate in the late 1970s when Harold Lindsell (in The Battle for the Bible ) named names and laid down the law. The law was that a true evangelical believed in inerrancy.  Steve Wilkens and Don […]

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Should Pollsters Go to Seminary? (RJS)

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Pete Enns has a new article up at the Huffington Post: Evolution and Religion: Why Religion Pollsters Should Go to Seminary First. Ignore the forum (especially the ads on the sidebar) and read the article – this is an interesting […]

Bible Atlas

posted by Scot McKnight

I will never forget the first time I read the Old Testament’s historical books (Genesis — 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah) cover to cover with a Bible atlas. I was in college and I learned so much. The atlas I used, […]

Houston, We Still Have a Problem (RJS)

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We had an interesting discussion Tuesday centered on scripture, the reliability of scripture, and the foundation of our faith: Houston, We’ve Had a Problem. One of the key aspects of this conversation was how we view scripture as reliable in […]

Houston, We’ve Had a Problem (RJS)

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Scot forwarded this letter, with permission of the author to post. I am putting it up for consideration because it fits with the general topics I’ve posted on for the last several years. We’ve had a problem – and this […]

Constitution or Conversation? (RJS)

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I am reading Brian McLaren’s new book A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith as part of a book group in discussion with University students and scholars. One thing about this book – it makes […]

Creation, Cosmology, and Context (RJS)

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The introduction to a series on William P. Brown‘s new book, The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder, got off with something of a whimper. Perhaps this post will excite more interest. The formula […]

Seven Pillars of Creation 1 (RJS)

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Today I begin a series on William P. Brown‘s new book: The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder.This book was brought to my attention by David Vinson (who by the way also wrote a […]

Telling Our Story – The Story of Jesus (RJS)

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This last week I (RJS not Scot) have spent my commute listening to the audio from the Wheaton Theology Conference: Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N.T. Wright. This is fascinating stuff – I recommend […]

The Challenge of Adam 9 (RJS)

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Today I wrap up this series on David N. Livingstone’s book, Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins. In Chapter 9, Dimensions: concluding reflections, Livingstone ties together several themes running through his book. For our purposes today […]

Father Forgive Us … (the challenge of Adam 8) (RJS)

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I am currently reading a book by David N. Livingstone, Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins. David Livingstone is Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at Queen’s University, Belfast and this book reflects both of his […]

The Challenge of Adam 4 (RJS)

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This series is primarily a consideration of a book by David N. Livingstone, Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins, but the challenge of Adam extends much beyond this of course. The major conflict over Dr. Waltke’s […]

Of Fleas and Faith (RJS)

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There were two interesting posts last week – on two very different kinds of blogs. The first on Jerry Coyne’s blog “Why Evolution is True,” where he scratches a flea, and the second, a response, on the BioLogos blog “Science […]

A New Commentary Series

posted by Scot McKnight

Baker Academic has done something that should lead all of us to a moment of thanksgiving: I could be wrong, but I think Baker is the first evangelical publishing house that has a commentary series on the Bible by and […]

Bible Study Guides

posted by Scot McKnight

Somewhere in the 1980s two things happened: home Bible studies began to flourish and home Bible studies began to study books other than the Bible. Explanations probably abound, and there is no reason to speculate why this happened or debate […]

On the Public Reading of Scripture

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t know if seminaries teach seminarians how to read the Bible publicly. I don’t recall one student in my dozen or so years teaching seminary students ever mentioning public reading of Scripture as a discipline or as an important […]

Today is Goldingay

posted by Scot McKnight

Our intent is to converse about John Goldingay’s newest OT theology volume (Old Testament Theology: Israel’s Life ) biweekly or at least monthly. Goldingay is quotable, and I love this opening claim: “In understanding what it means to be human, […]

The Problem with the Book of Job

posted by Scot McKnight

Simply put, the problem with the Book of Job is that it is too long for most folks, too long for most preachers to preach all the way through, and too long for Bible study groups. (I’m not excusing our […]

Book Comments: Zondervan’s Encyclopedia Revised

posted by Scot McKnight

Every Bible reader, especially every teacher and pastor, needs a solid Bible encyclopedia that does its best to tell us what we need to know about history and theology and archaeology as well as sketch each book of the Bible. […]

Going Beyond the Bible Biblically 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Brand new book on an important topic: How do we move beyond the Bible? Should we? Better yet: Since we have to, how do we move beyond the Bible into our world but do this biblically? This is the concern […]

Book Comments: Bird and Hansen

posted by Scot McKnight

We’ve now completed our commentary listing, but commentaries will continue to be produced so I will use the Book Comments to update commentaries. I want to mention two that have recently crossed my desk.  First, there is a brand new […]

Faith and the Future 3 (RJS)

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The central portion of Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith lays out the New Perspective on The Church – which is no longer new. It is broad brush summarized as follows: Jesus taught and enacted a kingdom vision. […]

Friday is for Friends: Rachel Held Evans

posted by Scot McKnight

Hello, my name is Rachel, and I’m a recovering Bible snob. I haven’t always been this way.  As a child, the stories of the Bible enthralled me. I believed in them the way one believes in dinosaurs, Camelot, Abraham Lincoln, […]

Using and Abusing Scripture

posted by Scot McKnight

Manfred Brauch, now retired from many years of teaching at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer), calls us to a more serious approach to Scripture in order to end the all-too-common abuse of Scripture.  Scripture is used for everything by […]

Book Comments: Commentary Set of the Year

posted by Scot McKnight

I just spent a bundle of time with John H. Walton, who is the General Editor of a brand new series on the Old Testament, and it is a series we desperately need. This new series is a commentary unlike […]

Bible and Authority Revisited 2 (RJS)

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[We’ve added the captcha text because we were bombarded by a spammer Monday. We hope the captcha text will disappear with the spammer soon.] Last week I posted a question by a reader asking about categories of biblical literature and […]

The Dark Side of Bible Reading: by Jeremy Berg

posted by Scot McKnight

Jeremy Berg is a youth pastor; he’s done some Friday is for Friends for us, but I wanted to get this one up today.  I have long been irritated by a common critique or complaint people have after listening to […]

Bible and Authority Revisited (RJS)

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A couple of weeks ago I had a brief post asking why the scientific theory of evolution was a challenge for faith, but a scientific theory explaining weather was not a problem. (See here for the post: God, Science, and […]

The TNIV: Express your ideas

posted by Scot McKnight

If you have not heard, here’s the basic scoop: Yesterday Christianity Today wrote a piece, a bit on the sensational side, to say the TNIV was being put to rest because of mistakes. Well, as the story developed yesterday, it […]

From NIV to NIVi to TNIV to the NIV 2011

posted by Scot McKnight

From Christianity Today .… [Added: I’m confident, as I look over the CT piece now that it has been expanded, that the NIV Committee for Bible Translation will not squash the TNIV into history but will improve the NIV in […]

A Blue Parakeet Study Guide (Free)

posted by Scot McKnight

This study guide, as noted at the bottom of the study, is from Barb Murphy, and I’m grateful for her efforts. Maybe this can be of use to you in using The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible […]

Darwin and the Bible 3 (RJS)

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A couple of months ago we had two posts based on a book Darwin and the Bible: The Cultural Confrontation – (first, second). This book was designed (with only modest success) to “help readers understand the nature, history, and passions […]

The Primacy of Scripture and The Fall (RJS)

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In volume one of Essentials of Evangelical Theology (2 Volumes in 1), Donald Bloesch has a chapter entitled The Primacy of Scripture and a section in his chapter on Total Depravity dealing with The Story of the Fall. We have […]

The Bible and Authority (RJS)

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A few years ago NT Wright published a short book on the authority of scripture: The Last Word: Scripture and the Authority of God–Getting Beyond the Bible Wars. Scot posted on this book when both the book and his blog […]

The Bible and Knowledge 5 – Inspiration & Incarnation (RJS)

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Over the last several posts we have been considering approaches to interpret scripture that take seriously the nature of the text we have, the information from historical and scientific research, and the inspiration of scripture. This is, in my opinion, […]

Enns, Sparks, Arnold, and Chapman on the OT: Part 3 (RJS)

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Kent Sparks’s book God’s Word in Human Words (GWHW) was the subject of a session organized by Peter Enns at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting last November. Dr. Enns has made some of this session available to a broader […]

The Bible and Knowledge 4 (RJS)

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We have been working through Kent Sparks’s book God’s Word in Human Words (GWHW).  A couple of posts ago (here) I suggested a way of looking at scripture as light rather than foundation; a change in perspective that I think […]

The Bible and Knowledge 3 (RJS)

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We continue our discussion of Kent Sparks’s book God’s Word in Human Words (GWHW) moving into Chapters 2 and 3:  Historical Criticism and Assyriology and The Problem of Biblical Criticism.  Before diving into the topic of Biblical Criticism, Sparks considers […]

The Bible and Knowledge 2 (RJS)

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I don’t ever jump in to introduce posts by RJS. But this post today is a summary and sketch of a very serious proposal for how to understand the doctrine of Scripture and our knowledge of Scripture/theology. Give this a […]

The Bible and Knowledge 1 (RJS)

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In a post a couple of weeks ago (here) we opened a discussion on Kent Sparks’ thought-provoking, and somewhat controversial book God’s Word in Human Words (GWHW). Over the next several posts we will delve into this book more deeply. […]

Bart Ehrman on the Bible

posted by Scot McKnight

Bart Ehrman has become the media’s darling scholar. Bart is a respected New Testament scholar with both a story to tell and a desire to tell it — even if he fails routinely to divulge that evangelical scholars do not […]

Enns, Sparks, Arnold, and Chapman on the OT: Part 2 (RJS)

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A couple of months ago Peter Enns posted on his blog part one of a review and discussion of Kenton Sparks’ recent book God’s Word in Human Words (GWHW).  Although in writing part one Enns expressed hoped that part two […]

Genesis 4-5 – Biblical Genealogies (RJS)

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We discussed the creation narratives in Genesis 1-3 in a series of posts earlier this year.  The questions on the proper interpretation of Genesis don’t stop with Genesis 3 however, and I received an e-mail last week with the following […]

Beginnings 2 (RJS)

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In the second chapter of his book Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives Peter Bouteneff discusses the uses of the creation narrative in the New Testament. The most important New Testament references are in the Pauline literature […]

Beginnings 1 (RJS)

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I am currently reading a book by Peter Bouteneff, a theology professor at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, entitled Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives. This book explores the use of the creation narratives in Second Temple […]

Romans 8: Creation Groans (RJS)

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We have spent several posts looking at Gen 1-3 and at Paul’s understanding of Genesis and its role in his atonement theology in Romans 5. In the course of this discussion several different people have brought up Romans 8, especially […]

The Garden of Eden? (RJS)

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Michael Kruse brought these articles to my attention earlier this week. An ancient temple at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey revolutionizes thinking about ancient human culture and thought. A prehistoric construction, a “temple” dating from some 8000-12000 years ago.  This is […]

Romans 5: Part 3 – Sin and its Solution (RJS)

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Romans 5:12-21 is a great passage – and at the center of the passage is the achievement of Jesus through his death and resurrection. In his commentary on Romans NT Wright notes: Though the word “cross” is not mentioned, and […]

Enns, Sparks, Arnold, and Chapman on the OT (RJS)

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We started a conversation on Tuesday that touched on the subject of the nature of inspiration and the nature of scripture as the inspired word of God.  Many have  serious questions about the intent and interpretation of the Old Testament […]

Romans 5: Part 2 – Adam (RJS)

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Romans 5:12-21 proves to be one of the key texts in any discussion of science and faith these days.  We began a discussion of this passage last week with a consideration of the meaning and nature of the death introduced […]

Intellectual Integrity and Faith? 7 – Romans 5 (RJS)

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Romans 5:12-21 proves to be one of the key texts in any discussion of science and faith these days, and the problem hits full force with v. 12: Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and […]

Genesis 2-3 Part 3 John Calvin (RJS)

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John Calvin of course was one of the principal leaders of the reformation in the 1500’s.  Calvin got many things right and, like everyone, many things wrong.  In the protestant church in general and in the more reformed branch of […]

Genesis 2-3 Part 2 (RJS)

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Genesis 3 is one of the cornerstone passages of the Bible.  Bill Arnold in his commentary on Genesis reflects that Gen 3 starts a new subject and introduces a new character, the serpent or snake.  The significance and identity of […]

Genesis 2-3 Part 1 (RJS)

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Genesis 2 begins another view of creation; another voice; a narrowed focus. First a context: We have discussed the issues of evolution and common descent in several different posts on this blog.  The mounting evidence, most importantly the molecular genetic […]

Intellectual Integrity and Faith? 3: Genesis One (RJS)

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Genesis 1 has been studied, debated, and expounded as much as any text in world history. Scholars and amateurs alike have poured over this text for twenty-five hundred years, and it continues to demand our attention because of its arresting […]

Intellectual Integrity and Faith? 2: Genesis (RJS)

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Bill T. Arnold, Director of Hebrew Studies and the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary has a new commentary out, Genesis (New Cambridge Bible Commentary Series) .  This commentary is described as “an innovative […]

Best Blogs in Biblical Studies?

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve been asked what are the best blogs in biblical studies. What do you think? Provide links if you can.

Bible Readers: “Red Letter” Maestros

posted by Scot McKnight

Recently at Out of Ur blog I posted something about “maestro” Bible readers and I received a letter from a “Red Letter Christian.” Here is a clipped paragraph: I understand completely when you say that when Jesus is made Maestro […]

Bible Readers: Smileys

posted by Scot McKnight

This is what some folks want when they read the Bible: they open their Bible looking for a good word, but by “good word” they mean a daily habit of reading the Bible in search of a blessing (a quiet […]

Bible Readers: Puzzlers

posted by Scot McKnight

A letter from a reader of this blog: I suppose my first question has to do with systematic theology.  Until recently, I would consider myself broadly reformed.  At the moment, I just don’t know.  Recently I’ve grown so tired of […]

The Bible Experience Revisited

posted by Scot McKnight

We’ve talked a time or two about Inspired By The Bible Experience: The Complete Bible. I’ve listened to a number of NT books and most of the Psalms, and I’m wondering what you think of this wonderful tool. You might […]

Third Way and Scripture

posted by Scot McKnight

A friend of mine recently said that theologians can say just about anything about anything about Jesus but to say something fresh or innovative or out of the ordinary about Scripture is to invite trouble. I suppose what is said […]

Blue Parakeet Passages in the Bible

posted by Scot McKnight

Since I was a high schooler I’ve been bugged by what is commonly called “pick and choose” when it comes to the Bible. 30 years later convinces me that (1) we all do this and (2) we need to talk […]

A Conspiracy of Silence? (RJS)

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I was listening recently to a recording of a public conversation between two Old Testament scholars, Dr. Peter Enns and Dr. Stephen Chapman, held at Duke and advertised as Is the Bible Ever Wrong?  It is a fascinating conversation – well […]

Translations: How do they do it?

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

There is no reason here to get involved in all the discussions that linguists and translation theorists get into today. Here are some thoughts we need to consider when we talk about why there are a variety of translations. Again, […]

Translations: Which one is best?

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I got a request from an e-mailer to blog on translations. This is the first one of such posts. There are a number of good translations available, and there are advocates for each one, and they use a variety of […]

Bible Collector

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t know why I like Donald Brake’s wondrous new book, Visual History of the English Bible, A: The Tumultuous Tale of the World’s Bestselling Book , the most: Is it because of the rich photography? the story the book […]

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Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
One of the more important and more difficult pieces of the puzzle as we feel our way forward at the interface of science and faith is the theological implications of discoveries in modern science. A comment on my post Evolution in the Key of D: Deity or Deism noted: ...this reminds me of why I get a

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Almost Christian 4
Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don't do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Kenda Dean's new book is called Almost Christian: What the Faith of Ou

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Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or two with their hands ... but that's what makes this diet

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