New College, University of Edinburgh

Mythbusting with Bruce Longenecker (PT. 2)

In this second video of our series, Professor Longenecker examines and challenges the consensus view that the Christian cross was not a visual symbol of faith before the time of Constantine.     To purchase Professor Longenecker’s mythbusting books: Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World The Cross before Constantine: The Early Life […]

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  • 13th July 2017

Mythbusting with Bruce Longenecker (PT. 1)

We had a chance to sit down with Professor Bruce Longenecker to discuss his three “myth-breaking” books: Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and The Greco-Roman World, The Cross before Constantine: The Early Life of a Christian Symbol, and The Crosses of Pompeii: Jesus-Devotion in a Vesuvian Town. In this first interview, Professor Longenecker  challenges the myth […]

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  • 11th July 2017

Early Christian Bibles: Form and Function

What can the physical format of a Bible tell you about its intended purpose? While a compact, thinline paperback version might be used for the ease of travel, a Bible used in personal study might be comparatively larger in size, accompanied by marginal notes and cross-references. On the other hand, a pulpit Bible meant for […]

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  • 7th July 2017

The Grammar of Messianism, PT. 2

In this second (and final) interview with Dr. Matthew Novenson, he chats about the origins of his recent book as well as its most controversial topics.   Share Post:

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  • 2nd July 2017

Novenson Book Giveaway (Ends Sunday)

Enter to win Dr. Matthew Novenson’s newest book, “A Grammar of Messianism: An Ancient Jewish Political Idiom and Its Users”. Six chances to enter and the giveaway ends Sunday (2 July) at midnight.   *See our various social media sites (links at the top of our website) to like, comment, share, retweet, or love this […]

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  • 1st July 2017

The Grammar of Messianism, PT. 1

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  • 21st June 2017

The Book of Enoch the Prophet

The Enochic corpus known as 1 Enoch or Ethiopic Enoch is a composite pseudepigraphic work written in the name of the antediluvian patriarch Enoch from Genesis 5:21–24. The corpus is extant in its entirety only in an Ethiopic (Ge’ez) version that was translated from a Greek translation of an Aramaic original between 4–6th century CE […]

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  • 2nd June 2017

When Did Jesus Get Adopted as God’s Son?

When it comes to the beginning of christology, first century memories, interpretations, experiences, and presentations of Jesus were far from monolithic. Even among those who considered Jesus a “divine” being, there was considerable divergence as to how they articulated his agency and identity in relation God the Father. No-one was walking around with a proto-type […]

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  • 24th May 2017

The Parables of Jesus (Amy-Jill Levine)

Professor Amy-Jill Levine sat down with us to discuss the understandability and line of tradition of Jesus’ parables. We also hear about Professor Levine’s “favourite” parable.   Share Post:

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  • 19th May 2017

What To Do With The Pauline Book?

In its modern form, the study of Christian origins has been dominated by the study of the apostle Paul. Take, for instance, Johannes Weiss’s précis of nineteenth-century scholarship on Christian origins, written in 1917: ‘’The history of primitive Christianity is usually written as the history of St. Paul’ (Primitive Christianity, 1). Or, one might say, […]

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  • 10th May 2017