Foodie Jesus

Jesus came eating and drinking. We rarely stop to ask, What did He eat and drink? How was it prepared? Douglas Neel and Joel Pugh, the first an Episcopal priest and the second a retired CPA, both amateur cooks, though to ask, and give their answers in their delicious The Food and Feasts of Jesus: . . . . Continue Reading »

Jesus’ strategy

Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, and the Jews who witness it plot to kill him (Mark 3). Jesus’ response is not to initiate a protective counter-plot. He withdraws, but not permanently. His main response to murderous plots is to teach, heal, and continue His ministry of . . . . Continue Reading »

Jesus and Titus

Mike Bull points to a report on the maverick Bible scholar, Joseph Atwill , who claims that Roman aristocrats invented Jesus to compete with Jewish zealotry and wrote the gospels. One of his crowning pieces of evidence are parallels between Roman campaigns against the Jews and Jesus’ . . . . Continue Reading »

End of archaic order

Jesus’ numerous predictions concerning the coming destruction of Jerusalem, Edwards says ( The Miscellanies, 1153-1360 , #1316) demonstrate that Jesus is a prophet. Plus, in prophesying the end of Jerusalem, Jesus was also prophesying the end of the old order of worship and priesthood, and . . . . Continue Reading »

Roman adoption

In a wide-ranging and pungent critique of the theology of today’s adoption movement, Cumberland Law School’s David Smolin points out the differences between Roman and modern American adoption. Roman adoptions occurred among the upper classes, did not necessarily involve orphans, were . . . . Continue Reading »

End of Exile

NT Wright has sparked controversy for saying that Jesus announces the kingdom as the end of exile. It’s hardly a new thought. In his discussion of the “particular and general” in his Tyconius: The Book of Rules , Tyconius observes an alternating movement in the prophets. Prophets . . . . Continue Reading »

Power of Four

There are four fourfold keys to understanding the gospels, argues Eduardo Olaguer, Jr., in The Power of Four: Keys to the Hidden Treasures of the Gospels : the faces of the cherubim, four groups of Old Testament books, four maps, four treasures of seven symbols. Following tradition, he lines up the . . . . Continue Reading »

Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Not

Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies , edited by Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica, aims to provide an accurate and balanced treatment of the New Testament’s treatment of empire. In their introduction, McKnight and Modica define empire criticism as a mode . . . . Continue Reading »