Tag: Bible

Book review: coming to terms with the Old Testament

A review of Has Archaeology Buried the Bible? by William Dever, and an assessment of how this informs a christian understanding of the Old Testament.

Worrying you can’t believe in the Old Testament any more

A conversation about how it feels to question the Old Testament while continuing to believe in Jesus.

Getting to know Nazareth

Archaeology continues to reveal new insights into Jesus’ boyhood town and the culture of its inhabitants.

Book review: Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes

This is quite simply one of the best and most enlightening books I have read about Jesus and the Gospels. I have learnt so much that has helped me make better sense of the gospels and of my faith (although I am certainly not claiming to be like Maria in the Counting Crows song, Round […]

Indoctrination or exploration?

I was looking today at the notes prepared by a church for their Bible study groups, and I had a minor epiphany. Really minor, but I thought worth sharing.

Book review: The Jesus Legend

Some books on Jesus and the New Testament are clearly apologetic in nature, seeking to argue or defend a certain viewpoint, whether it be sceptical or believing. Other books clearly aim at being academic, impartial, seeking to advance academic opinion. This book, which is almost a decade old, is kind of both. I have only […]

No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord’?

I was reading an article today by a christian minister who I respect, and he said: “Christians gather in order to listen to the Scriptures being read, and to the gospel being proclaimed.” It made me think ….. Why?

Should we believe in Jesus because we believe in the Bible, or the other way around?

Have you ever thought which came first – your belief in Jesus or your belief in the Bible? Do you think it matters?

A great light

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. …. in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan— The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has […]

Christianity is changing

Christianity is changing. Of course it has always been changing – I read once that christianity owes a lot of its success to its adaptability to circumstances and culture. But like most other things, it seems to be changing faster these days. So is it good or bad?