Sunday, January 5, 2020

Biblical Mythbusting


Proposal for a new Bible study series.

Over the last 10+ years of church attendance, I have encountered a bewildering number of unsound and ill-informed presuppositions about the character and nature of the Bible being held by even the most mature Christian members, laity and leadership alike, that have resulted in terrible misinterpretations and misapplications of Scripture. Only half-jokingly, I refer to these misapprehensions collectively as “myths.” In an effort to dispel some of these myths, and the presuppositions that support them, I proposed taking a short series of seven “mythbusting” Bible studies at my church, RBC, starting in March or April of this year.


Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Abstract


The abstract of my Masters' thesis.

From the time of the Early Church until today, interpreters have employed a variety of hermeneutical methodologies to produce a range of different conclusions about the meaning of the so-called “Good Samaritan” passage of Luke 10:25–37. Nonetheless, when defending conclusions that differed from those of their contemporaries, every sincere and committed NT interpreter still referred to the same texts of Scripture as their contemporaries – a text which they all accepted as authoritative in their day. The present thesis is one such defence. The accepted text of its day is the twenty-eighth edition of the Nestle-Aland critical Greek text. The idiosyncratic interpretation it defends is called the “Grateful Victim Viewpoint” (GVV).

"The Good Samaritan" by Rembrandt (1630) public domain

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Result!


I received my grade for my Masters' thesis.

Great news! Laidlaw Graduate School has given me an "A" for my Masters thesis. The two examiners gave it very high praise indeed. One of them recommended that I submit it for publication; and each of them recommended I go on to doctoral studies. My supervisor concurred with both recommendations. It was a fantastic result and I'm stoked!

"Parable of the Good Samaritan" by Balthasar van Cortbemde (1647) public domain

Thursday, July 18, 2019

On Did Daniel Write Daniel?


An essay on the historicity and pseudonymity of Daniel 4

As with many of the books in the Old Testament, interpretation of the Book of Daniel is beset by questions of pseudonymity and historicity vis-à-vis the book’s author, its characters, and events. Did all of the characters described actually exist? If so, did they act and interact in history in the same way they do in the biblical narrative? If not, how do we account for these discrepancies? Is the eponymous hero of the book the author of any of it? In the case of the individual stories in the Book of Daniel, the fourth chapter’s tale of Nebuchadnezzar’s humiliation and subsequent enlightenment seems a tailor-made subject for these perennial exegetical questions.

"Nebuchadnezzar" by William Blake (1795/c. 1805) public domain

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Preterism Advances


Updates on the End of the End of the World.

Not quite two years ago I posted The End of the End of the World, an introduction to partial-preterism. Today I thought about updating that blog post with a few videos I'd watched recently about preterism. But I decided instead to just fix a couple of dead YouTube links on that original post and then embed these recent videos on a whole new post. So here we are.

"The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem" by David Roberts (1850) public domain

Sunday, June 23, 2019

It's Finally Finished!


The grateful victim has been identified.

I've finished writing the thesis for my master's degree (MTh). The final edit has been done and it's ready to go to the printers. I officially submit next week. Then I get to wait anxiously for three months while it's with the examiners (two of them). Then, sometime in September, I find out just how well the last two years actually went. If it's as well received as I hope, I will probably move on to doctoral studies ... eventually.

"The Good Samaritan" by Jacopo Bassano public domain

Sunday, August 26, 2018

On Six Comments on Daniel


Six short exegetical comments on the Book of Daniel


His hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers
and his nails became like birds’ claws (Dan 4:33 NRSV).



1. Hebrew Supremacism

As well as “set[ting] the scene for the subsequent stories of court life,” the first chapter of the book of Daniel does much to establish one of the many underlying themes of these subsequent stories: the racial and (especially) cultic superiority of the “conquered” Israelites over the “conquering” Babylonians. From a certain perspective, chapter one could be seen as Hebrew-supremacist propaganda.