“If to get a good message you need to make Judaism look bad, then you don’t have a good message.”
There is abundant documentation of the intertestamental period. We just haven't read it.
The religious world we know was formed between 250 and 50 B.C.E.
“One second-century pagan critic of Christianity was willing to tolerate everything else about Christians if they would only worship the gods.”
Matthew L. Skinner recommends the best recently published books in his field.
The lines between sacred history and contemporary life are wonderfully, miraculously blurred.
Richard Hays has said for years that he's working on something about "echoes of scripture in the Gospels." But life intervened, so he has produced this slim volume as an appetizer.
In The Sea and the Mirror, W.H. Auden audaciously wrote new poems in the voices of each character in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, all set after the action of the play concludes. The result is a work both wonderfully reverent and plainly modern—you might even call it modern in its reverence. I would have hoped that anyone presuming to put out a book called A New New Testament would borrow Auden’s approach and give us a genuine literary and theological invention.