Naked Bible Episode 026: Advice for Interpreting Parables

| September 29, 2012

In the last podcast episode I continued the series on studying the Bible in light of its various types of literature – its literary genres. I looked at an example related to the New Testament – how the literary features of Greco-Roman phantom tales and “post-mortem appearances” of the dead inform our reading of NT […]

Can Unbelievers Please God? Part 1

| September 26, 2012

Most readers are familiar with the idea of “total depravity” as taught by many Christian theologians over the centuries — the idea that (in overly broad strokes) humans are unable to turn themselves to God and are inherently sinful. Those who have read with some depth in theology know that theologians disagree as to how […]

The Humanity of Jesus: Could Jesus Have Been Married?

| September 19, 2012

I’m sure by now readers have heard the recent announcement that Dr. Karen King of Harvard has announced (in Rome at a conference) that she is in possession of a small fragment of a Coptic manuscript that has Jesus addressing his wife (the line reads: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …’”). The manuscript also mentions […]

Are You Missing the Naked Bible Podcast?

| September 16, 2012

In case you’re not a listener, here’s a link to the “Bibliography and Resources” tab at the Naked Bible podcast site so you get an idea of what I’ve been covering in recent podcasts. You can go to the podcast website to listen, subscribe to the podcast at the site, or subscribe via iTunes.

Naked Bible Podcast Episode 025: Greco-Roman Genres of Ghost Stories and Post-Mortem Apparitions and the Gospels

| September 16, 2012

I’ve blogged before about recent articles about these Greco-Roman genres. In this episode of the podcast I look at two familiar episodes in the life of Jesus: the incident where he walks on the water and his disciples think they are seeing a ghost, and his appearances to the disciples after his resurrection. It may sound […]