Doing History Theologically?

If you familiar with books on biblical studies, you are quite aware that when Christians scholars are doing history regarding the Bible, their objective is to do a neutral appraisal of the facts, therefore they try to set aside their personal theology and beliefs. Systematic theologian Seth Heringer provocatively contends that this “historical critical” approach is not the best way to do history. In the stimulating interview below at OnScript podcast, Dr. Heringer takes on big names like N.T. Wright and explains why Christian scholars should take an unabashedly theological approach to history. Continue reading “Doing History Theologically?”

Rethinking Torah with John Walton

A few months ago I posted about the wonderful work of Old Testament Professors John Walton and Joshua Berman on Torah. In the following interview for The Holy Post podcast Walton explains why Torah is not really law but is a different genre of ancient literature. Continue reading “Rethinking Torah with John Walton”

The Bible and the Ancient Near East

Just as knowing something about the 18th century Enlightenment, Colonial American history, and the men who attended the Constitutional Convention will inform your historical understanding of the U.S. Constitution, knowing something about ancient Near Eastern history and culture will deepen your historical understanding of the documents that compose the Hebrew Bible. Continue reading “The Bible and the Ancient Near East”

The History behind Pilate

I am not usually a fan of documentaries about the Bible because they often have a sensationalist bent to them. However, the history 2004 documentary Pilate: The Man Who Killed Christ is avoids that by carefully examining and presenting Ponitus Pilate’s role in the crucifixion of Jesus in the context of Jewish-Roman relations in the first century AD. Among the experts it consults are prominent New Testament scholars N.T. Wright, Helen Bond and John M.G. Barclay. What I particularly love about this documentary is it offers much needed historical perspective on the crucifixion accounts in the New Testament which challenges the wrongheaded notion that Jewish people were to blame for Christ’s death. You can watch the full documentary below. Continue reading “The History behind Pilate”

How Christianity forgot its Jewish roots

Dr. Michael l. Brown, a Messianic Jew and a leading figure in Messianic Judaism in the short video below gives a quick overview of how the Church “lost” its Jewish roots. Continue reading “How Christianity forgot its Jewish roots”