Papyri and the First Systematic and Empire Wide Persecution of Christians

Quest Post this week is from Clint Burnett.  I am delighted to have a friend and former student write this week’s post. Clint has academic training that has given him the opportunity to study the historical backgrounds of early Christianity.  Clint has completed the MDiv degree from Harding School of Theology and the Master of … Continue reading Papyri and the First Systematic and Empire Wide Persecution of Christians

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LGBT, Constantine, Theodosius, USA

Several recent political victories by the LGBT community and their legal representatives have disturbed various traditional Christian communities.  Adding to the understandable angst of these communities and organizations are the defections to the LGBT agenda by venerable quasi-religious organizations such the Boy Scouts of America.  The number of Christian denominations reflecting what is called Mainline … Continue reading LGBT, Constantine, Theodosius, USA

Archaeology Brings Us Closer to John’s Context

It has been assumed for years by leading NT scholars that the oldest archaeological artifacts that can be traced back to early Christians were produced after AD 180 [Graydon F. Snyder, Ante Pacem: Archaeological Evidence of Church Life Before Constantine, rev. ed. 2003].  Therefore, many do not know that it is time to abandon that … Continue reading Archaeology Brings Us Closer to John’s Context

The B•I•B•L•E in Times of Trouble

The paradox of John’s use of Scripture has been pointed out by many, many scholars who write on the book of Revelation, namely that John’s prophetic work is replete with allusions to the Jewish Scriptures, but seemingly never quotes from them.  From chapter 1 through 22 there is virtually no block of verses that is … Continue reading The B•I•B•L•E in Times of Trouble

PAGANS PERSECUTING PAGANS

  GRANT Graeco-Roman Antiquities & the New Testament There are things you can tell about an entire ocean even if you have only one cup of water from it.  Naturally a scientist would like to have as many cups and as broad a sampling as possible, but even a single cup is of some help.  … Continue reading PAGANS PERSECUTING PAGANS