The Marcion Problem: Canon Formation (Part II)

This post is part of an ongoing series examining Marcion of Sinope and his influence of the formation of the New Testament canon. Hans von Campenhausen Hans Von Campenhausen, building upon Harnack’s reconstruction of Marcion, argued in The Formation of the Christian Bible that scholars cannot speak of a ‘canon’ of Pauline epistles before Marcion,Continue reading “The Marcion Problem: Canon Formation (Part II)”

Book Review: The Reason for My Hope (Graham)

Few people have shaped contemporary Christianity more than Billy Graham. Though not as active, popular, or visible as he once was, Graham’s decades of evangelism, writing, and preaching continue to influence Christians around the world. Even in retirement, Graham continues to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world. It was thus withContinue reading “Book Review: The Reason for My Hope (Graham)”

Recommended Reading: June 20-26

If you read one article this week, engage “I Forgive You” by Dominic Bouck. If you have time for more reading this weekend, check out the following selections from around the internet. As always, if you think there is something else I need to be reading, feel free to let me know in the commentsContinue reading “Recommended Reading: June 20-26”

Eschatological Round Table

“And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and theContinue reading “Eschatological Round Table”

Finding a Definition of “Canon”

Use of the term “canon” has long been subject to debate within the study of early Christianity, as scholars often discuss precisely when the Christian New Testament canon came into existence. Among modern scholars three primary perspectives have emerged as to the meaning of canon. This post outlines these schools of thought.

Ephrem’s Symbolic Transformation

This post is part of an ongoing series examining Ephrem the Syrian and early Syriac Christianity. In his dissertation on Ephrem, Jeff Wickes argues that Ephrem’s symbolic universe constructs a symbolic self through the scriptural world of his hymns (Wickes, 3). In light of an earlier chapter, this is clarified to mean that Ephrem co-identifiedContinue reading “Ephrem’s Symbolic Transformation”

The Marcion Problem: Canon Formation (Part I)

This post is part of an ongoing series examining Marcion of Sinope and his influence of the formation of the New Testament canon. Adolf von Harnack The great Adolph von Harnack was a forerunner in both general canonical studies as well as specific considerations of Marcion, with his works setting the tone for the yearsContinue reading “The Marcion Problem: Canon Formation (Part I)”

Book Review: After Acts (Liftin)

Many readers of the New Testament are both fascinated and perplexed by the book of Acts, the earliest “history of Christianity” put to papyrus. Acts begins to tell the story of the church, following the miracles, lives, and journeys of Peter, the Jerusalem Church, and the Apostle Paul. But Acts also ends abruptly—with Paul underContinue reading “Book Review: After Acts (Liftin)”

Recommended Reading: June 13-19

If you have to read only one article this week, make it Kyrios Christos: The Lordship of Jesus Christ Today by Michael Bird. EDITORIAL NOTE: I have been informed that this link is no longer working. It appears to be an issue on Harvard’s end. I’ve contacted Michael Bird (who originally provided the link), soContinue reading “Recommended Reading: June 13-19”

Reflections on Imago Dei

What does it mean to be made in the image of God? This topic has a long and varied history of discussion, spanning at least the four thousand-or-so-year history of Judeo-Christian religion. For Christians, our reflections on this topic must begin with the words of Genesis: