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What is Fourth Maccabees?

<i>4 Maccabees</i> is included in several manuscripts of the LXX, including Vaticanus but was not included in the Vulgate. The book is therefore not a part …

Adam According to Jesus (RJS)

If it was good enough for Jesus it is good enough for us!<p>This is sentiment I have heard repeatedly in the discussion of Adam, Eve, science and …

Theology

Book Review: John E. Johnson, Under an Open Heaven

<b>Johnson, John E. Under an Open Heaven: A New Way of Life Revealed in John’s Gospel. Grand Rapids, Mich. Kregel, 2017. 256 pp. Pb; $15.99.</b> <b>Link to</b> …

Theology

A Day at Ephesus

Our full final day included a walk through Ephesus. This really the highlight of any tour to western Turkey. Although Perge and Heriopolis were large …

Ancient History

Letters from Paul

The apostle Paul, Christianity’s first and utmost theologian, was most likely born in Tarsus, what is now modern day Turkey, likely around the year 5 …

Christianity

Solomon and the Two Prostitutes

After Solomon became king of Israel, he went to Gibeon to make a sacrifice to God. There the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said: “Ask what I …

Christianity

Long Drive to Pergamum

Our main visit today was Pergamum, primarily the acropolis of the city. Unfortunately the city is quite a drive from Izmir, but we had a nice stop …

Ancient History

Philadelphia, Sardis, and Thyatira

We left the Hotel Colossae and headed to two cites where there is just not much to see, Philadelphia and Thyatira. The problem is both of these …

Ancient History

Colossae, Laodicea, and Hierapolis

Today began with a long drive north out of Antalya, following the general route of the via Sebaste. I was struck by several things on the four hour …

Theology

Perga and Antayla

This is my second full day in Turkey, heading south to the Mediterranean Sea. The day started earlier than a day ought to start, since we needed to …

Travel

Istanbul in the Rain

It was a cold and rainy day in Istanbul, but we were able to see all we planned. The day began at the Hippodrome and Blue Mosque. Nothing remains of …

Ancient History

Book Review: Stanley E. Porter, When Paul Met Jesus

<b>Porter, Stanley E. When Paul Met Jesus: How an Idea Got Lost in History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 435 pp. Pb; $34.</b> <b>Link to</b> …

Christianity

The Incident with the Elephants – 3 Maccabees 3-6

Third Maccabees is perhaps best remembered for God’s dramatic actions rescuing the Jews from Ptolemy IV Philopater (221-205 B.C.). Josephus narrates …

Have Mercy on the Downcast – 3 Maccabees 2

Gold octadrachm issued by Ptolemy IV Philopator, British Museum<p>When Philopater visits Jerusalem wants to offer sacrifices at the temple in order to …

Religion

Theological Moorings for Canonical Readings

My doctoral supervisor, David Hogg, was once asked in my Theological Method PhD seminar what <i>his</i> method is. I still love his response: “I look for …

Theology

Apostasy in Third Maccabees

Third Maccabees book opens rather abruptly with the news of Philopater IVs victory over Antiochus III at the battle of Raphia (1:1-5). Ptolemy IV …

Theology

What is Third Maccabees?

This “historical romance” was written in Greek sometime after the battle of Raphia (217 B.C.) and before the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. The book …

Theology

Simon the Hasmonean Messiah? – 1 Maccabees 14:4-15

In 140 B. C. the people declared Judas Maccabees’ brother Simon as high priest as well as the commander of the army and gave him the title ethnarch …

Christianity

Watch Umberto Eco Walk Through His Immense Private Library: It Goes On, and On, and On!

When Umberto Eco died last year at the age of 84, he left behind a sizable body of work and a vast collection of books. He wrote such hefty and …

Literature

Biblical Studies Carnival 132 – February 2017

It is March 1, and Jacob Prahlow has posted the Biblical Studies Carnival for February 2017 (number 132 for those who want to collect them all). …

Theology

The Challenge of Marcion

<b>2017.03.05 | Judith M. Lieu. Marcion and the Making of a Heretic: God and Scripture in the Second Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,</b> …

Theology

A Curious Clue About the Origins of the New Testament Canon

Although most discussions about the development of the canon focus on the patristic period (second century and later), there is much canonical gold …

Theology

My Review of Griffiths, Hebrews and Divine Speech

This review originally appeared in <i>Review & Expositor</i> 112.4 (November 2015): 628–29. Thanks to Nancy Declaisse-Walford and <i>Review & Expositor</i> for …

Book Review- Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in Christ

<i>Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in Christ</i> is an attempt to shed new light on the Pauline passages concerning …

Theology

“The Lord Leading Them On” – 2 Maccabees 10:1 and Mark 10:32

In New Testament studies it is somewhat commonplace to say the Jews at the time of Jesus were expecting a messiah who was a military leader or a …

Christianity

2017.02.51: A History of the Jewish War, A.D. 66-74

Review of Steve Mason, A History of the Jewish War, A.D. 66-74. New York: 2016. Pp. xii, 689. $150.00. ISBN 9780521853293.

History

Book Review- Neither Complementarian Nor Egalitarian: A Kingdom Corrective to the Evangelical Gender Debate

If you couldn’t tell from my update post, the topic of gender and Christianity is something that I am very intrigued by. The last book I reviewed …

Theology

Tradition and Innovation in the Loeb Classical Library

<i>After years of growing step by step, the Loeb Classical Library takes a leap this month. As General Editor Jeffrey Henderson explains below, the</i> …

Publishing

A Righteous Remnant in 1 Enoch 83-84

1 Enoch 83-90 follows a long section of the astronomical speculations, although it is related to chapter 82 as a continuation of Enoch’s dialogue …

Theology