Book Review: Reading the Historical Books: A Student’s Guide to Engaging the Biblical Text

Reading the Historical Books: A Student’s Guide to Engaging the Biblical Text: The title tells you what the book is about and the book, itself, is equally clear. Author Patricia Dutcher- Walls is a professor of Hebrew Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology and she blends her academic knowledge with an ability to write clearly and in an engaging […]

How Do We Read the Bible, Historically?

Earlier this week at Jesus Creed, the topic was Biblical authority and the historical reliability of the Bible.  ( by the way, the Jesus Creed post-God, Science, and Evolution is worth a read as well).  These sorts of discussion always cause me to wonder why some of us  Christians are so insistent that Scripture conform […]

Empires, Prophets, and Babies: Jesus birth and the Gospel according to Luke

Last week, I wrote that we trivialize the birth narratives and that we don’t take them seriously enough. Well, I want to try to remedy some of that this Advent and Christmas season. Because this is a blog and not a Biblical commentary, I won’t cover the topic exhaustively. (All though you will be the […]