Category Archives: Seasonal

The sign above the cross

In the gospels only Gentiles call Jesus king of the Jews. The Magi, Pilate, and the Roman soldiers use the term. Jews prefer King of Israel (John 19:21 below is kind of an exception, but those Jews are quoting the … Continue reading

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Why the good news he preached got Jesus killed

It is holy week and I am continuing to think about what historically led to the crucifixion. Most studies about the historical Jesus assume some things about the synoptic gospels. They assume that Mark was written first and is closer … Continue reading

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The disillusionment of the masses and Jesus’ Passion

As the Christian holy week approaches I am thinking about some of the background for the events that led to Jesus receiving the death penalty. C. H. Dodd was a twentieth century, English New Testament scholar who put a lot … Continue reading

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Herodians and the death of Jesus

Since I am between reading projects, I am going to write a few posts about the end of Jesus ministry and historical life.  For many Christians, the next two weeks are a time to reflect on the last days and … Continue reading

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Fredriksen and my thoughts on Purim

Today is Purim on the Jewish calendar. This holiday has the Book of Esther at its center. Haman hated the Jews and wanted to eliminate them. The Book of Esther tells how they were saved–not how God saved them, since … Continue reading

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Metallica and the apocalypse

This post is an aside. But it connects with the Paula Fredriksen posts that see Paul as shaped by an apocalyptic world-view. Wednesday evening I will go to the Metallica concert in Kansas City. It is part of a year-long … Continue reading

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Let the drummer go

I am not a Calvinist. But this Christmas I listened to a lot of the band, Theocracy. Calvinism kind of fits with the darker themes of Heavy Metal. Anyway, I think their Christmas stuff is great. Sometimes it is hilarious. … Continue reading

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