Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part IV)

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. Memory: The scarcity and bulkiness of texts in the ancient world are often taken to suggest that many texts were accessed via memory.[1] When considering instances of potentialContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part IV)”

Ep25: What Are the Fundamentals of the Faith?

In this episode of the Church Debates series, we look at the Modernist Fundamentalist Controversy of 19th and 20th century American Christianity.

Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part III)

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. Prior Attribution: The principle of prior attribution consults previous scholarship to see if anyone has previously recognized the textual relationship in question.[1] The more previous readers have foundContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part III)”

Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part II)

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. Genre: Consideration of genre similarly affects a historical-critical methodology, especially when the texts analyzed belong to two different genres of literature or the pericope in question comes inContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part II)”

Recommended Readings: March 25

If you read one article this week, look at How a Small, Country Congregation Became a Megachurch Overnight by Chad Bird. For those of you with additional reading time this weekend, check out the following selections, gathered from the blogging world these past two weeks. Think I missed sharing something important? Let me know inContinue reading “Recommended Readings: March 25”

Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part I)

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. These foundational methodological tenets in place, this paper now considers several overarching historical-critical methodological points. Writ large, these criterion stem from the importance of understanding an ancient workContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part I)”

Ep24: Reason or Revival

In this episode of the Church Debates series, we look at the roles of Reason and Revival in the Christian faith, particularly the movements that coalesce around these emphases between 1600 and 1800.

Spectrums of Scripture: Foregrounding Method

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. The method of reception practice should begin with the recognition of the need to clarify assumptions, the subjectivity of scholarship, and the transformative reception of ancient texts. AmidContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Foregrounding Method”

Spectrums of Scripture: The Intersection of Reception and Intertextuality

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. This study‚Äôs location at the intersection of the ongoing conversations regarding reception history and intertextuality means that several aspects of these discussions are formative in the creation ofContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: The Intersection of Reception and Intertextuality”

Spectrums of Scripture: Intertexuality

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. The phenomenon of intertextuality involves the imbedding of portions of one earlier text within a later text.[1] Intertextuality is more than exploring how writers cite other sources, butContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Intertexuality”