Category Archives: Interpretation

How Ancient Eyewitness Testimony Became the New Testament Gospel Record by J. Warner Wallace

(4 min read; 1,093 words) How Ancient Eyewitness Testimony Became the New Testament Gospel Record | Cold Case Christianity. (HT:  The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)

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Ancient Authors Did Not Attempt to Quote Word for Word – from a post by Timothy Paul Jones

 [T]he notion of word-for-word agreement is a relatively recent historical development. In times of antiquity it was not the practice to give a verbatim repetition every time something was written out. To be sure, I don’t believe that one passage … Continue reading

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The “Original” Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls – Biblical Archaeology Society

(4 min read; 896 words, footnotes included) The “Original” Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls – Biblical Archaeology Society. (HT: Jim Davila’s PaleoJudaica blog)

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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 Lectures That Led to “How We Got the New Testament: Text, Transmission, Translation” by Dr. Stanley E. Porter

Stanley E. Porter is Dean and President of McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, a noted New Testament scholar, and a prolific author.  His book, How We Got the New Testament: Text, Transmission, Translation (Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology), published … Continue reading

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Stanley E. Porter on the Translation of the New Testament

The hour-and-a-half video below is from Day 3 of the three-day 2008 Haywood Lectures held at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia.  Stanley Porter’s recent book How We Got the New Testament: Text, Transmission, and Translation grew out of these … Continue reading

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“How We Got the New Testament: Text, Transmission, Translation” by Stanley E. Porter

Here is the first in a series of five short videos in which Dr. Stanley E. Porter of McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario answers questions about his recent book How We Got the New Testament: Text, Transmission, Translation (Baker Academic, … Continue reading

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“Can We Still Believe the Bible?” by Craig L. Blomberg

Can We Still Believe the Bible? An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions was published in April 2014.  There are six chapters in it.  The first two chapters are on the New Testament text, canon, and translation respectively. Aren’t the Copies of the … Continue reading

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A Very Jewish Jesus | Larry Hurtado’s Blog

An excerpt: His first point is simply that Jesus’ Jewishness, though often downplayed or inadequately factored in scholarly studies, is of major importance.  The growing recognition of Jesus’ Jewishness  is part of a larger body of scholarly work on the … Continue reading

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Would Paul Have Circumcised His Son? | Larry Hurtado’s Blog

People can argue about whether or not Paul would have circumcised his son, but no one disputes Paul’s Jewishness.  And rightly so! (3 min read; 685 words) Would Paul Have Circumcised His Son? | Larry Hurtado’s Blog. Here’s Larry’s post … Continue reading

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