Category The New Testament

Four Theses about the New Testament

I’ve been thinking more about my synthesis about the New Testament. I think my thoughts can be broken down into four theses: The NT consists of theological texts written by theologians. These theologians were mostly educated in Jerusalem pre-70AD, even if they may have written their works at a later date and in other locations. […]

New Category

I’ve created a new subcategory under “Religion” called New Testament. The idea is to bring all my posts about NT studies under one heading. About 50% of my ideas about the NT are derived from either Tom Wright or Joseph Ratzinger* and the rest picked up from various Bible commentaries over the years. I doubt […]

REPOST: Modeling Paul

I wrote this post about a year ago, outlining what I believe to be the basic problem of Pauline studies, one which I am frustrated no bible scholars (that I know of) have attempted to write a definitive treatment on. The earliest evidence of the Church and its teachings is the writings of the Apostle […]

The epistemological problem

In my last post I asked whether Jesus intended to found the church, and I answered yes, given the appointment of the Apostles and the foundation of the Eucharist. This brings up the epistemological problem: the only witness we have to Jesus founding the church is the church itself, so how do we know the […]

Did Jesus Intend the Church?

A couple of weeks ago I looked at Jesus’ career through the lens of a prophet and found it made a lot of sense. Jesus’ career was not only preaching conversion but also preforming prophetic acts such as throwing the money changers out of the Temple, faith healing, and even it seems his acquiescence to […]

The men who wrote the Gospels

A bias we have approaching the Gospels is that we think they were written by simpletons, because: They are short and we are used to smart people writing big thick books. We suppose that since the some of the Apostles were workmen they were uneducated. We figure that all of Jesus’ disciples fit that mold. […]

Interpreting Jesus as a Prophet

N.T. Wright points out that in the New Testament Jesus’ contemporaries categorized him as a prophet, someone who vividly exhorts Israel to greater fidelity to Yahweh, often in a period of national crisis. If that is how people interpreted him, then that is likely how Jesus intended to be interpreted, at least in part. I […]

Back to the Historical Jesus

So to celebrate Christmas the Washington Post tweeted an old article challenging the existence of Jesus. It is outrage inducing click-bait, and I’m ashamed to admit I fell into the trap. Really, atheist trolls are  nothing to be mad about. The article was nevertheless absurd, arguing that since there is no evidence for Jesus outside […]

Early Christian Communists

David Bentley Hart comments on his translation of the New Testament: I knew that much of the conventional language of scriptural translation has the effect of reducing complex and difficult words and concepts to vacuously simple or deceptively anachronistic terms (“eternal,” “hell,” “justification,” to give a few examples). But I had not appreciated how violently […]

The Most Irritating Homily of the Year (Rant)

Today’s Gospel (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time) is Mt 18:15-20 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that […]