James Tabor’s Essay on Early Christianity’s View of Resurrection: A Review

| April 19, 2012

I have to this point confined my thoughts on the “Jesus Family Tomb” (Talpiot A) and the more recent adjacent tomb (Talpiot B) to my PaleoBabble blog, but my thoughts on James Tabor’s recent blog post entitled, “Why People are Confused about the Earliest Christian View of Resurrection of the Dead” seems to fit this […]

Of Mustard Seeds and TIME Magazine

| April 10, 2012

We’re all familiar with Jesus’ statement about faith and the mustard seed. Now there’s something else I’m not sure I have enough faith for: Larry Hurtado’s post that there’s something of a biblical-theological nature worth reading in TIME magazine (on heaven, no less). My doubt muscles are so exercised against the twaddle of popular journalism […]

The Myth of the Burning Garbage Dump of Gehenna

| April 7, 2011

That’s the title of this worthwhile post from Todd Bolen. Nice work. Technorati Tags: Gehenna, hades, hell, New Testament, Old Testament, Sheol, Tophet, tophetim

Biblical Anthropology, Part 5

| November 7, 2009

In my last biblical anthropology post, I posed these three questions. Here they are again with some proposed answers: 1. When nephesh is described as being in sheol, does the term refer to only the inner part, the body, or the totality? It seems that if Sheol refers to the grave, the answer would be […]

Sheol: The OT “Bad Place”?

| September 6, 2009

In the last post I sketched out how the OT does indeed contain the idea of some sort of afterlife with God beyond and external to Sheol for the righteous. In this post, we’ll look at the unrighteous who are left in Sheol. Does the OT have any sort of view of the afterlife for […]