Passengers or The Bus: Conceptualizing the Church

Steve Hays has posted a fine way to think about the community of Jesus followers with the illustration of vehicles and those who take them. What is the best way to formulate the abstract idea of “church” that will be in concert with the ideas of “members of one body” (1 Cor. 12.12), “living stones” comprising a spiritual house (1 Peter 2.5), and the various … Continue reading Passengers or The Bus: Conceptualizing the Church

The Cyrus Cylinder’s Intersection with The Bible

Chris Rollston wrote an interesting post back in 2013 which covers much ground with emphasis on the Cyrus Cylinder. He gives a nice historical overview and discusses recent analyses of the Cylinder’s significance.    Cyrus the Great of Persia is called “Meshiah” (that is, “Anointed One,” “Messiah”) in the Hebrew text of Isaiah 45:1 and Yahweh’s “Shepherd” in Isaiah 44:28. This sort of grandiose language … Continue reading The Cyrus Cylinder’s Intersection with The Bible

New Testament Transmission

Generally speaking, it was previously thought that most copyists of Christian sacred texts were unimpressive amateurs given how rapid and wide-spread the message of the Messiah dispersed during the middle and later half of the first century. I have stated as much in some blog posts. Of course, I need to acknowledge further research and, if needed, be corrected with subsequent evidence. I am now happy to report … Continue reading New Testament Transmission