The Bible and Culture

If you’re asked the question what is the opposite of well done, the answer should be— half-baked.   And unfortunately, and I didn’t expect to say this, that is what we get for two hours and 37 minutes of the most recent Harry Potter movie.  It is not what it ought to be, nor what it…

The Carlos Museum at Emory has a nice small collection of Greco-Roman remains, particularly busts which I thought I would share with you.  The above bust should be familiar—  it is  Julius Caesar himself. As you can see from this bust of a domina, a patrician ‘ruler of the house’,  the Romans preferred realism to…

I was minding my business drinking my morning coffee, and looking out on the unexpected snowfall on Black Friday which made it white Friday here in Lexington when ‘what to my wondering eyes did appear,  then a plane load of Irish, seeking out reindeer’.    Yes, that’s right.  On CNN this morning we were regaled with…

I’ve always been a huge fan of Gary Larson’s  Far Side cartoons, and his Thanksgiving ones are some of his best. But there are others who have now stepped into his shoes since he isn’t entertaining us any more.  For example,   All kidding aside, I thought we might consider for a moment what the…

Walter Elias Disney, according to one Asheville N.C. legend was once fired as an employee of the Asheville newspaper because he was always doodling— especially drawing pictures of a mouse and a duck.  Whether this story is true or not, it is certainly true that Disney’s creations,  Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck would take him…

The annual general meeting of the whole Society for Biblical Literature (and for ASOR, ETS, and the Biblical Archaeology Society, not to mention the IBR which is the Institute for Biblical Research) was held last week through this Tuesday with the usual screaming hordes of people attending (usually 5,000 or more).  My time involved giving…

‘IN PRINCIPIO ERAT VERBUM’: SACRED TEXTS IN AN ORAL CULTURE                                       BenWitherington, III                                     AmosProfessor of NT for Doctoral Studies                                     AsburyTheological Seminary               Ithas become by now a commonplace to point out that Paul and the other earliestChristians lived in what was largely an oral culture, by which is meant notmerely that most…

  There is an article just posted on MSN about a pastor in Neptune New Jersey who has discovered in marital counseling sessions that Facebook is one of the main sources igniting infidelity and the pursuit of old flames, and so he is banning his congregation from using it, or trying to do so.  He’s…

TOP TWENTY CITIES IN AMERICA (minimum criteria— must be a city of at least 300,000 people)                 As most of you know,  I have lectured all over the place and visited dozens and dozens of cities smallish and largish, and what follows here is my personal favorite cities, so this list is subjective of course. …

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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