Paula Fredriksen is Professor of Scripture at Boston University and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In her latest work When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation Fredriksen writes: ‘The Paul of history stands… Read More ›
The Issue of Worship One of the key questions in the debate about the divinity of Jesus has been whether he is worshiped in a way that “principal agents” of God are not (see Hurtado, How on Earth Did Jesus… Read More ›
‘The one big exception to this generalisation about shared moral assumptions between Christianity and Judaism was that early Christians argued with Jews about the extent to which they were bound by the specifically religious or ritual aspects of the Jewish… Read More ›
The Revd Canon Professor Richard Burridge is a Church of England priest, biblical scholar and the former Dean of King’s College London. He writes: ‘To modern eyes, it is almost inevitable that theologians of the early Church will appear to… Read More ›
This short extract gives us a good flavour of what historians have discovered about the gospels. Matthew shows a more profound learning of the scriptures than Mark and is altogether more sophisticated in his language, often polishing up Mark’s Greek… Read More ›
What attracted Jesus to John the Baptist? John exercised a large-scale and high successful prophetic ministry of repentance to Israel. He called upon the whole of Israel to return to the Lord, and he backed this up with ethical teaching…. Read More ›
Historians often ask themselves just what caused the first disciples to believe, after Jesus’ crucifixion, that he was now alive as their exalted and glorified Lord.
Historians often ask themselves just what caused the first disciples to believe, after Jesus’ crucifixion, that he was now alive as their exalted and glorified Lord. My own theory (which is hardly original) starts from the earliest account that we… Read More ›