History and the Miraculous

Can a professional historian determine miracles happened in the past? Leading New Testament historian on the subject of miracles, Dr Graham Twelftree, tackles this important question in the presentation below. Continue reading “History and the Miraculous”

A Historian on the Great Awokening

Over about the last half decade, I have watched from distance with great interest the rise of intersectionality and identity politics, otherwise known as the woke movement, sweep over the United States and much of the anglosphere. In that time many commentators have remarked on it’s religious characteristics, particularly how much it resembles Christianity. While most are only able to do a surface comparison, classical and medieval historian Tom Holland traces the deep influence of Christian history on the present cultural moment in the English-speaking West. In the interview below, Mr. Holland with great care expertly discusses the enduring legacy of Christianity, the present social and cultural turmoil, the future and much more.

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Doing History Theologically?

If you are 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”