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Some Thoughts on Defining Reception History and the Future of Biblical Studies

By William John Lyons

Against a backdrop of Western academia—and the humanities in particular— being threatened with loss of posts, dropping of programmes, and departmental closures, it has not been difficult in recent years to find people wondering aloud about the long-term viability of biblical studies as it has been traditionally configured. At the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in San Francisco in 2012, for example, I attended a session titled ‘What Is the Future of Biblical Studies in Academia? Questions, Challenges, Visions’. See complete essay

Heresy in Earliest Christianity

By Robert M. Royalty, Jr.

Heresy is a word that does not need explanation. Unlike more technical theological terms such as atonement, Christology, ecclesiology, or even apostasy, “heresy” and “heretical” are used widely in popular discourse for people and ideas that go against common wisdom, common sense, mainstream politics, or any other form of standard operating procedure. See complete essay

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Critical Questions for the Early High Christology Club

By Michael Kok

Many scholars of Christian origins infer that the Christian understanding of Christ (i.e. Christology) evolved in the first century CE from a human who was exalted to heavenly glory to a divine being who became incarnate in human flesh. They debate how rapidly Jesus’ status grew over time among his devotees. For some scholars, a full-fledged Christ cult was established by the Hellenized communities in northern Syria and was spread throughout the Mediterranean by Saul of Tarsus. See complete essay

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