Saturday, January 29, 2011

Some Articles on priestly messiah

Mason, E. You Are a Priest Forever: Second Temple Jewish Messianism and the Priestly Christology of the Epistle to the Hebrews (2008)

Higgins, A . .I. B. "The Priestly Messiah." New Testament Studies 13 (1966-67): 211-
Kuhn, Karl Georg. "The Two Messiahs of Aaron and Israel." New Testament Studies I
(1954/55): 168-80.
Liver, J. "The Doctrine of the Two Messiahs in Sectarian Literature in the Time of the
Second Commonwealth." Harvard Theological Review 52 (1959): 149-85.
Rainbow, Paul. "Melchizedek as a Messiah at Qumran." Bulletin of Biblical Research
7 (1997): 179-94.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Babylonian Talmud Online

For those interested in such things, the Soncino translation of the Babylonian Talmud is available online, along with a number of other resources.

Reading the Talmud is not the most entertaining thing in the world, but its historical importance is immense.  

Monday, January 10, 2011

Internet woes

Here are some observations on the perils of "intellectual" life on the Internet.

1- Never trust Internet sources.  Anyone can say anything on the Internet, and they always do.

2- Never turn to anti-X sources for information about X.  Jewish anti-Christians will not fully inform you of the issues related to Christianity any more than Christian anti-Semites will properly inform you about Judaism.

3- Try to gain an in-depth understanding about an issue before drawing a conclusion.  Conclusions based on superficial knowledge and evidence are inevitably going to be made for the wrong reasons, even if you happen to guess correctly in any given instance.  Knowing the right answer means understanding why an answer is right, not knowing a correct fact by happenstance--like guessing on a true-false question on a test.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

John 1:1-5

My discussion of John 1:1-5 is up on Patheos.

A full version, with notes, can be found here:

I have basically shifted gears in my previous study of John 17.  I decided that I had covered so many issues, and there were so many more to cover, that I would do a commentary on all of John, instead of just John 17.  I'm going to cannibalize my earlier material from John 17 and put it in logical places in my full John commentary.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Introduction to John

My new column on Patheos introduces the Gospel of John

A pdf of the full version, with notes, can be found at:

Next week I'll take a look at John 1.