The Criterion of Embarrassment is an oft-used historical tool by those who seek to authenticate and validate the New Testament Gospels insofar as they are understood as historical literature. However, a thoughtful review of this historical tool in light of… Read More ›
The Gospel of Jesus
There has been a trend of late where evangelical apologists are trying to normalize the use of textual criticism in their understanding of the New Testament. This however, leaves them in an untenable position trying to balance the divergence of… Read More ›
A superb educational lecture by a top New Testament scholar. It mentions many things most Christians do not know about the real historical Jesus and the early church.
For many Christians the authorial identity behind the first Gospel (as per the Augustinian order), commonly attributed to Matthew usually appears to be a matter of little or no concern. This is in part due to the inscriptio of the… Read More ›
Jason Thomas starts with the idea of the Holy Ghost in Islam and Paul Williams compares Dante’s Divine Comedy with the early Church understanding of hell/purgatory and then contrasts this with the Islamic variant!
The images of Jesus historians find in the earliest Jewish Christianity and Islam are very similar and their findings have been discussed extensively by Western scholars such as Hans Küng, Jeffrey J. Bütz and James D. Tabor. That the Qur’an… Read More ›
This Easter Christians ponder a story that has been told over and over for the past 2000 years: that the Jewish Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, made a sacrifice of his own life to make mankind right with God (variants of… Read More ›
The New Testament of today is described as follows regarding the NA28 GNT: “The intention of this edition lies not in reproducing the “oldest text” presented in the oldest manuscript but in reconstructing the text of the hypothetical master copy… Read More ›
Sadly due to a technical difficulty there is no actual video for this lecture. The cameraman took a picture instead. The audio quality is fine though. Recorded on Saturday 10th December at London Central Mosque (aka Regents Park Mosque)
“Where is the Injeel?”: a christian asks. Answered by Ibn Issam: “The four Gospels and Christian scriptures are clearly not the injeel. They make numerous unhistorical claims about Jesus which cannot possibly be true. The injeel is a revelation given… Read More ›
Shalom, Salam This post is a continuation of my previous post where I said I was going to explain why according to the Jewish scriptures, Jesus does not meet the qualifications for being the long promised Messiah.
A fascinating conversation between New Testament scholar J.R. Daniel Kirk and Anthony Buzzard exploring the fact that the Jesus of the synoptic gospels can best be understood not as God but as an idealized human figure.
The significance of this passage lies in Jesus’ declaration of the availability of salvation “today”, long before his alleged death for man’s sins. NT scholars have long noticed that for Luke salvation and forgiveness of sin does not depend of Jesus’ atoning… Read More ›