Biblical Studies

To paraphrase John Cleese, "and now for something completely overdue." A couple years ago I was sent a copy of Mark Roncace's book, Raw Revelation: The Bible They Never Tell You About for review on this blog, with the understanding that it might take a little while...

As I've worked through my dissertation, which frequently deals with fuzzy second-level categories, I keep coming across a common problem: So much scholarship seems to have an exceedingly difficult time handling the concept of decentralized but common identity. We have categories for (essentialist) top-down hierarchies and their...

I'm pleased to pass along the news that my article, "Altered Because of Transgressions? The 'Law of Deeds' in Gal 3:19a," has been accepted for publication in the first 2015 edition of Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft. Following is the article abstract: Although the textual variants of Gal...

As a teacher of religious studies, one thing that has stuck out to me during the recent Phil Robertson (the patriarch of the "Duck Dynasty" clan) controversy is the seeming ignorance regarding the source of several of the quotes attributed to Robertson. This article, for...

I recently (as in the spring of 2012; wow, this post has been in draft for awhile!) gave a guest lecture in Bart Ehrman's Introduction to New Testament and Early Christian Literature class.Bart periodically has his senior students give a lecture or two for experience...

Another terrific review of Aslan's best-seller, aided by the botched Fox News interview. A few snippets: Zealot’s claim is essentially a conspiracy theory: Jesus was really a proclaimer of violent revolution, but the gospels and Paul covered up the evidence. Aslan then has a typical conspiracy-theory...