The Bible and Culture

There has to be some compensation for losing Lebron and the Browns and Indians continuing to be bad all at the same time.  And here it is residents of Cleveland and Canton.  The chief chef for the Charleston Riverdogs decided you needed more meat in your diet and created this extreme doggone sandwich for Northeast …

The reason I deferred in writing this is because of “the danger of wasting my time, since pretty much no one cares about truth these days; rather they eagerly chase after money and political power and insatiable enjoyment of pleasures, and to such an extent that they think you are crazy if you spend your…

If you are sizing up things to read in 2011, here are some theologically rich books which you may have not read just yet. Start with a short book on Jesus— the one I just reviewed on this blog— Will Willimon’s  Why, Jesus?  (Abingdon, 2010).  It’s a great way to start the year and get…

I subscribe to the skies Even when clouds roll in I simply wait patiently, For the skies to clear again,   I trust in the warmth of the sun Even on a cold winter’s day I know the chill can’t last, It will finally go away.   I believe in replenishing rains Though I happen…

Lord God, maker of all that is good, and true and beautiful, all that is right, and righteous, and holy, all that is giving and forgiving and merciful, we entreat you on this day to have mercy on our nation America. We confess to you that we have been self-centered, self-seeking, self-indulgent, self-absorbed. Sometimes we…

In a year when one could get discouraged about the state of film and music in the English-speaking world, there were a few truly exceptional films and efforts at music making that deserve to be mentioned. Of course, works of art need to be evaluated within their genre.  For example a jazz CD should not…

Temples in antiquity were not merely viewed as the meeting place for a god and his devotees.  They were often viewed as the dwelling place on earth of a god as well and so the center of worship.  But when Jesus came, he became the focus of worship, he became the temple, the meeting place…

“The Master seems to find more joy in careless sowing, miraculous growing, and reckless harvesting than in the taxonomy of [separating] the good from the bad, the worthwhile from the worthless, the saved from the damned.”  (p. 78, with correction).   What sort of Savior was Jesus exactly?    The parables of Jesus portray a picture of…

Why did the authorities want to kill Jesus after he raised Lazarus from the dead?  Its a good question, and it is one raised in the chapter about Jesus as a miracle worker. Willimon’s take is that the authorities couldn’t abide the idea that somebody other than themselves could decide who got life and who…

Ben Witherington
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Ben Witherington

Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over thirty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications, and is a frequent contributor to the Beliefnet website.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

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