Apr 6, 2013

Four Aspects of Early Christian Belief

Paul Barnett suggests that there are “four aspects of early Christian belief that can only be explained by the radical influence of Jesus.”

  • His Followers Called the Preresurrection Jesus “Lord”/Kyrios.
  • The God of Israel Was Now Redefined as Abba, “Father.”
  • Access to God through a New Temple.
  • Atonement Was through His Death, Not Temple Sacrifices.

This seems like a pretty good list. What would you add to that list?

Paul Barnett, Finding the Historical Christ, After Jesus 3 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009), 252–56. 

Apr 5, 2013

Apr 4, 2013

A Pastor's Guide to Blogging

This post is pretty basic but it might help some pastor's enter the blogosphere.

Apr 3, 2013

The Average Salary of a Catholic Priest

This article probably falls into the "just in case you wanted to know" category.

Apr 2, 2013

The History of Applause

The Atlantic has an interesting article on the ancient practice of applauding here. I imagine that there is more than one good sermon illustration here.

Apr 1, 2013

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.

Matthew A. Collins
The Use of Sobriquets in the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls
Reviewed by Ian Werrett

Philip R. Davies and Diana Vikander Edelman, eds.
The Historian and the Bible: Essays in Honour of Lester L. Grabbe
Reviewed by George C. Heider

Kristina Dronsch
Bedeutung als Grundbegriff neutestamentlicher Wissenschaft: Texttheoretische und semiotische Entwürfe zur Kritik der Semantik dargelegt anhand einer Analyse zu zu [akouein] in Mk 4 http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8118
Reviewed by Sidney A. Martin II

Robert Gnuse
No Tolerance for Tyrants: The Biblical Assault on Kings and Kingship
Reviewed by James M. Bos

Douglas Harink
Paul, Philosophy, and the Theopolitical Vision: Critical Engagements with Agamben, Badiou, Zizek, and Others
Reviewed by Troels Engberg-Pedersen

Hayim Lapin
Rabbis as Romans: The Rabbinic Movement in Palestine, 100-400 CE
Reviewed by Steven Fine

Anne Pasquier, Daniel Marguerat, and André Wénin, eds.
L'intrigue dans le récit biblique: Quatrième colloque international du RRENAB, Université Laval, Québec, 29 mai-1er juin 2008
Reviewed by Johanna Brankaer

Martin C. Salter
The Power of Pentecost: An Examination of Acts 2:17-21
Reviewed by Chris L. de Wet

Davis A. Young and Ralph F. Stearley
The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth
Reviewed by David M. Maas