COVID-19 & the Book of Job

In the interview below, Old Testament scholar John Walton shares profound and challenging insights from the Book of Job and how it pertains to the global pandemic. Continue reading “COVID-19 & the Book of Job”

Absent and Present

In the interview below New Testament scholar Peter Orr discusses what it means for Jesus to be absent, why it matters and why it is actually beneficial for us. He also talks about how he is present. Continue reading “Absent and Present”

An Old Testament Theology of the Image of God

In the presentation below, Old Testament professor Catherine L. McDowell presents a brief overview of what “image” in Genesis, such as in the famous Genesis 1:26, means based on her monograph The Image of God in the Garden of Eden(Eisenbrauns 2015.) Her excellent work represents the latest research on the subject as well as providing valuable insights for the church in reading and living out scripture. Continue reading “An Old Testament Theology of the Image of God”

Wright on Sacrifice

In the short clip below, renowned theologian NT Wright comments on the gaps in our understanding of sacrifice. Continue reading “Wright on Sacrifice”

Psalm 34

A live performance by the renowned Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir of “Psalm 34”: Continue reading “Psalm 34”

Text-Collections and an Emergent NT Canon

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A recent survey of the contents of Christian manuscripts from the first three centuries focuses on identifying which texts were combined in the same manuscript:  Michael Dormandy, “How the Books Became the Bible:  The Evidence for Canon Formation From Work-Combination in Manuscripts,” TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism 23 (2018):  1-39.  (TC is an open-access and online journal:  available here.)

After laying out carefully his method and his gathering of data (using the Leuven Database of Ancient Books), Dormandy then classifies extant manuscripts (including very fragmentary ones) as to the level of certainty that we can attain in determining whether the manuscripts contained more than one text, and, if so, what texts they contained.  His approach is cautious and careful, which makes his conclusions all the more sound.

Dormandy coins the term “collection-evident” to designate collections of texts that combine texts that came to form part of…

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Five Elements of the Kingdom

New Testament professor Scot McKnight outlines the basic elements of what constitutes a kingdom in the Bible. Continue reading “Five Elements of the Kingdom”