Christ and Adam at Creation

God’s Grace, Human Agents

One of the problems with getting all super spiritual is that we sometimes tend to… well… spiritualize everything. We think we are learning new levels of faith and trust when we look to God alone–not realizing that God has given us people around us for the purpose of speaking wisdom, caring for us, and receiving […]

Divine Son of Man? (Boyarin review, part 1)

Daniel Boyarin has come out with a short, readable book arguing a provocative thesis. The Jewish Gospels, The Story of the Jewish Christ sets out to demonstrate that early Christian ideas about Jesus are all Jewish ideas about a coming messiah figure. Many Jews, argues Boyarin, believed that a divine being would come to rescue […]

Images Are For Worship

Before I jump into today’s post on The Life of Adam and Eve, I want to say a word to those of you who don’t live in the world of biblical studies. Often, we use ancient parallel material as part of our research. Here’s the point: often when we read scripture we think we know […]

Blasphemy!

Why is Jesus condemned to death by the Sanhedrin in Mark 14? The exchange goes like this: Then the high priest stood up in the middle of the gathering and examined Jesus. “Aren’t you going to respond to the testimony these people have brought against you?” But Jesus was silent and didn’t answer. Again, the […]

Suffering Servant?

The idea of a suffering servant may very well have come from Isa 53. But the idea that the Messiah had to suffer doesn’t come from there. Well, it doesn’t come from there in Mark’s gospel, anyway. For Mark, the invitation to discover that Jesus must suffer is tied to his self-designation as the son […]

What Only God Can Do?

“If Jesus isn’t God, then we are worshiping God and a human being.” “If Jesus isn’t God, then Christians are infringing on God’s right to sovereignty over everything in order to assign Lordship to Jesus.” These are the sorts of claims that lie behind some attempts to prove that the NT presupposes the divinity of […]