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LOEB Index of "Jewish War" by Josephus

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The LOEB digital library is an indispensable resource for the study of the Greco-Roman world. However, the search function does not allow one to look up a particular passage. I am therefore creating indexes which allow readers to jump to any chapter.

Instructions:
1) Click on a chapter in the table below.
2) Click on "show results within."
3) Click on the only page that appears.

Important note: The LOEB digital library requires a subscription, but your university’s library probably has one. In order to use these links, you will therefore need to set up Zotero to redirect you through your library’s proxy. This is easy to do; just follow the steps below. If you have any problems, leave a comment, and I will try to help.
1) Install Zotero with the Chrome/Firefox extension. 2) Access the LOEB website through your university’s library website. (ATS students click here.) 3) Zotero will sense that you are accessing LOEB through a proxy and ask if you want to automatically redirec…

Richard Hays | On the Christology of the Gospels

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Richard Hays is one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars. From 2010 to 1015, he served as Dean of Duke Divinity School. His most recent works include Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness and Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels.

Peter Williams | On Slavery in the Bible

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Peter Williams is Principal of Tyndale House, an academic library and study center in Cambridge. Williams also lectures in Old Testament at the University of Cambridge and is an expert in ancient Semitic languages. 



[Note: In this lecture, Dr. Williams claims that a certain piece of Roman legislation (the Lex Fufia Caninia)made it illegal for masters to release all of their slaves. This is actually not true. The legislation only prevented masters from releasing all of their slaves posthumously by will. I have pointed this out to Dr. Williams, and he no longer uses this argument. For more on the topic of slavery in the Bible, see my academic publicationshere.]

An Error in the Case for Christ

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Last night I watched The Case for Christ, a film adaption of the bestselling book. Based on a true story, the film depicts the spiritual and intellectual journey of Lee Strobel, a journalist who struggles to disprove Christianity in the wake of his wife's unexpected conversion. The film is very well done, and it offers some substantive information about the critical investigation of the resurrection of Jesus.

However, I would stress here that the film barely scratches the surface of the case for Christ. For a much more robust treatment of the historical evidence for the Christian faith, I would encourage you to peruse the library of video lectures I have assembled here.

Moreover, I did find one significant error in the film which deserves mention. In an interview with an archaeologist turned priest, the following dialogue occurs:

Strobel: I understand that a number of people claim to have seen Jesus after his crucifixion, and some of them even wrote it down. But ... how can we be …

Jesus the slave master

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I recently came across a wonderful tale in the apocryphal Acts of Thomas. We are told that after Easter, the disciples gathered in Jerusalem to devise a strategy for spreading the gospel throughout the entire world. They decide to divide up the world by lot, and the region of India falls to Thomas (who is identified in the text as Judas Thomas). Thomas, however, refuses to go. Jesus even appears to Thomas and commands him to go to India, but Thomas still refuses. In response, Jesus finds a slave trader from India.

Now the Lord seeing [the slave trader] walking in the market-place at noon said unto him: "Wouldest thou buy a carpenter?"
And he said to him: "Yea."
And the Lord said to him: "I have a slave that is a carpenter and I desire to sell him." And so saying he showed him Thomas afar off, and agreed with him for three litrae of silver unstamped, and wrote a deed of sale, saying: "I, Jesus, the son of Joseph the carpenter, acknowledge that I have sol…

How I Studied for the Comprehensive Exams

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I recently completed my comprehensive exams in the Biblical Studies Ph.D. program at Asbury. Several students who took the exams before I did gave me helpful tips for preparation, and several students who are taking the exams after me have asked for my input. Here is a summary of my experience with the exams.

1) Coursework Phase 

Context and Method Exams:

During this time I began reading through the books on the core reading list. I typically did not take notes, because I felt this would slow me down too much. In a few instances I did write brief summaries of the books. If I had it to do over again, I would have started with the list of key topics (see below) and used this as an outline for taking notes.

Language Exam: 

I simply read Greek and occasionally Hebrew for my devotional reading.

2) Meeting with Exam Committee 

I made sure to obtain written confirmation that everyone agreed on the basic format of the exam. These were the parameters we set:

Language (Dr. Bauer):
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