Posts in Historical Theology

What Pliny the Younger Learned When He Interrogated Christians (ca. A.D. 110)

By Kenneth Berding Jun. 15, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Church Life, Evangelism, New Testament, Historical Theology

For many years I have been curious about a Roman governor known to us from history as Pliny the Younger. My interest initially arose because I resided for four years in one of the principal cities he governed—not to mention that one of my four daughters was born in that city. Moreover, since I have expended significant effort studying the writings of the earliest Christian authors after the period of the apostles (those authors known as the “Apostolic Fathers”), I continue to be intensely interested in learning anything I possibly can about the lives of Christians who lived during the first half of the second century ...

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How to Remain a Truly Christian University

By Kenneth Berding Jun. 6, 2017 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Ethics, Ministry and Leadership, Historical Theology

I just finished reading Owen Strachan’s book, Awakening the Evangelical Mind: An Intellectual History of the Neo-Evangelical Movement. He has some good words for how to keep evangelical universities, well … evangelical. These three paragraphs are worth the three minutes it will take you to read them ...

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The Apostolic Fathers: Interview with Ken Berding

May. 15, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Historical Theology

Kenneth Berding (Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology) recently wrote and published The Apostolic Fathers: A Narrative IntroductionWe wanted to learn more about this book, so we had Ken respond to some questions ...

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Warfare in the Ancient Near East and the Old Testament 2: Going to the Bathroom in Battle

By Charlie Trimm May. 10, 2017 9:00 a.m. Old Testament, Historical Theology

In my previous post, I introduced my book on warfare in the ancient Near East and the Old Testament. Before we look at more serious topics, we will begin our survey of the book by looking at a very practical matter: going to the bathroom in battle. Unfortunately, the ancient kings did not often refer to the topic in their martial accounts. However, a few details have come down to us!

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The Historical Paul

By William Lane Craig May. 5, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, New Testament, Philosophy, Historical Theology

This is the weekly Q & A blog post by our Research Professor in Philosophy, Dr. William Lane Craig.

Dr. Craig,

... Recently I was witnessing to a friend of mine who is an atheist and he had a friend with him who is a religious studies major. As we got into the historicity of Jesus and His resurrection I argued for the origins of the church and the subsequent conversions of James the brother of Jesus and Saul of Tarsus. I was a little thrown off by the response of the religious studies major who stated "Hardly any scholar believes Paul actually existed. It is believed it was a pseudonym for a number of anonymous church members to get their beliefs into church doctrine" ...

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Letters from the Pillar Apostles: An Interview with Darian Lockett

Jan. 26, 2017 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

Darian Locket (Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Talbot School of Theology) recently wrote and published Letters from the Pillar Apostles: The Formation of the Catholic Epistles as a Canonical Collection. We wanted to learn more about this book, so we had Darian respond to some questions ...

 

 

 

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How Did Christianity Prevail in Ancient Rome and What Can We Learn from It?

By Sean McDowell Oct. 13, 2016 12:00 p.m. New Testament, Historical Theology

What was unique about Christian practices and teachings in the first three centuries of the church? And how did such a minority faith — which was considered irrelevant, extreme, and at odd with the role “religion” is supposed to play in a pagan society — ultimately prevail? In his recent book Destroyer of the gods, New Testament scholar Larry Hurtado focuses on the first of these questions. But his book also has powerful implications for the second.

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