Monthly Archives: July 2013

Defining Tradition

Thanks to a long road trip, I’ve had time to read through another book of particular interest. D. H. Williams, professor at Baylor University, has written a helpful introduction to “the formative influence of the early church” and its implications … Continue reading

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The Rise of Scripture

After seeing this book footnoted elsewhere for the umpteenth time, I picked up Kugel & Greer’s Early Biblical Interpretation and have found it exceedingly worthwhile. Writing the first half of the book, which focuses on early Jewish readings of the Hebrew … Continue reading

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The Birth of Christian Asceticism

What possessed early Christians to withdraw from society, living simple lives either alone or in isolated communities? My answer to this question has previously been an merely sociological terms, but it turns out there might be a biblical explanation as … Continue reading

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