Humanities

The Biblical Roots of Millennialism and the Book of Revelation

This article, published in the December, 1999 issue of Bible Review magazine remains relevant to this day....

The Festival of Tabernacles or Sukkoth and What it Means to Millions of Jews and Non-Jews in 2017

Tonight on the Jewish calendar marks the beginning of one of the lessor known festivals in the biblical calendar. Many non-Jews have heard of Passover, Pentecost (Shavuot), Rosh HaShanah, and Yom Kippur, but the larger culture knows little about Sukkoth–sometimes called the “feast of Tabernacles.” Sukkoth begins when the moon reaches its fullness, marking the [...]...

Conflicting Theology? A Review of Paul and Jesus, Parts 1 & 2

It is difficult for one to imagine a version of Christianity pre-dating Paul with none of the core theological affirmations we find in the Apostles Creed.  Yet that is precisely what our evidence indicates. The original apostles and followers of Jesus, led by James and assisted by Peter and John, continued to live as Jews, observing [...]...

Hearing from Mother Mary: Fatima at 100

When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness She is standing right in front of me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be. –Paul [...]...

James Dunn’s Review of My Book: Paul and Jesus

So a lively and thoughtprovoking attempt to resolve some of the historical problems that Paul poses–yes. But, sadly, tendentiousness and text-selectivity renders most of the thesis increasingly implausible. James D. G. Dunn, who is the Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity in the department of theology and religion at Durham University in England reviewed my new [...]...

Monday Missive – October 2, 2017

 

CLGO Organizes Banned Books Week Events —  The members of the Children’s Literature Graduate Organization (CLGO) organized a series of events related to the annual Banned Books Week, which took place this year from September 24 through September 30.  At the beginning of the week, CLGO set up special displays in the Atkins Library to spread the word about Banned Books Week.

On Tuesday, CLGO hosted their traditional banned books tea party. They served...

Tabor on Paul: Twelve Years Ago

Here is a short interview on Paul over ten years ago: That was then, and here is now, see here and of course my book Paul and Jesus. In fact I still agree with much of what I say here.  ...

Two Hairy Goats and Yom Kippur

Being “washed in the blood of the lamb” has become a more appealing cultural image to our minds than “washed in the blood of the hairy goat,” but it seems that neither image, in connection to the removal or “atonement” of sins, is related to the Day of Atonement or Covering. One of the strangest [...]...

Monday Missive – September 26, 2017 (a day late)

Narratives Are Us — I have a longstanding interest in story-based amusement parks and literary playgrounds, so it was with great anticipation that I visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this past weekend. One of the star attractions of Universal Orlando, this totally immersive world truly provides visitors with a sense that they have somehow magically entered the pages of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. My wife, son, and I are all great admirers of...

When “Jerusalem” Means Jerusalem: Christian Prophecy Belief on the Ground in the Holy Land

My lecture this past summer in Jerusalem at the CENSUR 2017 conference (Center for Studies on New Religions) at the The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in the opening session “Holy City: Jerusalem in New Religious Movements” session....
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