The preface and purpose of Luke’s Gospel

Matthew begins his Gospel by tracing Jesus’ ancestry to Abraham (Mt 1:1-17). Mark has no infancy narrative and begins with the ministry of John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus aged about 30 (Mk 1:1-11). John’s Gospel takes us back to before the creation of the universe where we learn that Jesus created all …

The politics of punishment

By Rod Benson Rod outlines the real reason for the Southern Baptist Convention’s recent decision to sever ties with the Baptist World Alliance. One of the chief architects of the Southern Baptist Convention's "Conservative Resurgence," retired Texas appellate judge Paul Pressler. The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) is a fellowship of 211 Baptist unions and conventions …

Origins of the New Testament

Christianity has been described as “a religion of the book.” Other faiths also share this quality, but Christianity is a bookish religion in two important ways. First, it draws heavily on the Hebrew Scriptures for its history, theology and spirituality. Second, the New Testament books, along with those of the Old Testament (or Hebrew Bible), …

So you want to write a literature review

A literature review locates your original research – the kind you’d write up in a thesis, dissertation or long essay –  within the existing academic literature. What exactly is a literature review? It is a critical account of the most salient and relevant material published on a topic. It analyses and evaluates the literature to …

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