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 ›
New Testament scholarship
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 ›
The Christian Church today celebrates Trinity Sunday. Here are some reflections on the incoherence of Trinitarianism.
In the Bible, Jesus sometimes appears explicitly to deny that he is divine. Texts include, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone (Mark 10:18), and “The son can do nothing of his own accord,… Read More ›
Did the first Christians worship Jesus? A leading Christian New Testament scholar gives his careful assessment of the evidence.
Book Review: Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness by Richard B. Hays
Another book I recently read is this rather beautifully written work by Richard B. Hays an American New Testament scholar and Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School in North Carolina. He is also an ordained minister in the… Read More ›