Category Archives: Greco-Roman Culture

Notes on Early Christian Churches

Related posts: Notes on Early New Testament Manuscripts Notes on Population in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity From Encountering the Manuscripts: An Introduction to New Testament Paleography & New Testament by Philip W. Comfort (see Annotated Bibliography on New … Continue reading

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Notes on Population in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity

Related posts: Notes on Early Christian Churches Notes on Early New Testament Manuscripts The Population of Jerusalem in the 1st Century A.D. Joachim Jeremias (1900-1979) said that he thought the population of 1st-century Jerusalem was “around 25,000 to 30,000 inhabitants; … Continue reading

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Conclusions About Historical Accuracy of the Bible by Glenn Smith

This post is mainly about the historical reliability of Luke-Acts. Excerpts: – The best evidence shows that Luke and Acts were composed by 60 A.D. – Luke and Acts are so well attested historically and archaeologically that they have more … Continue reading

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Early Christians Honored Marriage | Michael J. Kruger

New Testament scholar Michael J. Kruger shows how sexual ethics clearly distinguished early Christians from the broader society.  Good thing they didn’t compromise sexual purity in order to advance the movement. (3 min read; 787 words) One Trait that Set … Continue reading

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Mike Licona’s Research on Plutarch’s Lives Relative to the Gospels

On July 12, 2014, Nick Peters interviewed Mike Licona about research on Plutarch’s Lives (links below). Some data points mentioned by Licona beginning about the 30:00 mark: – Licona wanted to research ancient biographies written 150-200 years either side of Christ for … Continue reading

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Ancient and Modern Historiography: What Are The Gospels? | THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

I think the writer here is Eric Chabot.  In any case, he is focused on the genre of the gospels.  In the conclusion, he writes: It is my hope that more people will take the time to look at the genre … Continue reading

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“The Early Text of the New Testament” is Now in Paperback – Michael Kruger

Michael J. Kruger announces on his blog the availability of the paperback edition of this book ($45) for those who thought that the hardback edition ($175) was too expensive.  I think there is a Kindle version for $99 as well.) … Continue reading

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Are There Other Resurrection Myths? – William Lane Craig

One of today’s urban myths is that antiquity is filled with myths of dying and rising gods of which Christianity was just a copy-cat formulation.  In less than two minutes, Christian philosopher William Lane Craig sets the record straight. Are … Continue reading

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Early Church Growth – Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor reports: Robert Louis Wilken, emeritus professor of history at the University of Virginia: At the end of the first century there were fewer than ten thousand Christians in the Roman Empire. The population at the time numbered some … Continue reading

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F.F. Bruce on Porneia in the Greco-Roman World (Gupta) | Crux Sola

In a brief excerpt from his commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians, F. F. Bruce explains why the apostles had to teach sexual purity – things we would have considered obvious – through the Mediterranean world.  (1 min read) via … Continue reading

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