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Notes on Christian pacifism
  This is a momentary departure from my usual blogging. Instead
of writing about early church studies, I’m making a brief foray into a subject
that greatly interests me – Christian pacifism. A few notes about history still
have a place here, but obviously t...
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Notes on Christian pacifism
  This is a momentary departure from my usual blogging. Instead
of writing about early church studies, I’m making a brief foray into a subject
that greatly interests me – Christian pacifism. A few notes about history still
have a place here, but obviously t...
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Did St Paul really exist?
Here’s the thing. Some hyper-sceptics claim that the first century
Jewish-Christian missionary St Paul probably did not exist. Have you ever heard of that before? No-one to my
knowledge teaching in a relevant field at a university would claim that Paul
didn...
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Was Jesus internationally famous in his own lifetime?
Was Jesus internationally famous in his own lifetime? I  am going to cover what the Bible tells us about
Jesus’ reputation, and then point towards what we can learn from outside the Bible. What does the Bible
tell us about Jesus' fame? As far as we can tell...
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Is the Testimonium Flavianum too short for Josephus’ writing? Does it even fit the context?
  This post is about some common questions
asked about comments about Jesus Christ in Book 18 of Josephus’ Antiquities.
These were published about 93AD. They are some of the most analysed words in
any ancient Jewish text outside the Bible. BREVITY Question:...
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Mark’s resurrection narrative: where is it?
I come to be writing about the story of Jesus’ resurrection
in Mark’s Gospel in particular for one reason: the ending from Mark 16:9-20
which forms part of it, arguably shouldn’t be there at all. Some would argue
that case by saying that all that should be ...
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Arguments for Luke’s Gospel being written after 70AD: how do they rate?
In another post , I set out clear arguments for why Luke’s Gospel
and his Book of Acts would have been written by about 62AD. However, most
biblical scholars today take the view that Luke’s Gospel must have been written
after 70AD. This post puts that opini...
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What did Tacitus really say about Christ and Christians?
Tacitus was a distinguished
writer, born in the 50s of the first century AD, perhaps in northern Italy. Born
about two decades after the crucifixion of Jesus, he is valuable to us not as
an eyewitness, but as a historian far closer to the time and place of ...
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Did Paul see written Christian materials before his conversion?
Could Paul have had access to written
Christian materials before his conversion, in the 30s of the first century?
This is rarely suggested. So where angels fear to tread… One thing we can say: since Paul
put his own writings into circulation in the early ch...
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Literacy of Jesus and his followers
An ongoing debate in academia, this one. Was Jesus literate?
Were any of his twelve disciples? What about the wider circle of his followers?
Were they among the large percentage of people in ancient populations who could write
their name? Probably some of t...
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