H&J on Audio – Introduction and Part 01: “The Primacy of John”

Happy to introduce the new Hermes & John audio series!  This series will provide those interested in the Hermes & John project with another way to digest all the research. The paper which accompanied my recent presentation at the 2017 Theological Conference is rather long and packed full of information.  Since not everyone is able … Continue reading H&J on Audio – Introduction and Part 01: “The Primacy of John”

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“Hermes & John” – 2017 Theological Conference Presentation

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Theological Conference hosted by Restoration Fellowship in Atlanta.  Below is a recording of my presentation, "Hermes & John: The Fourth Gospel in the Early Gnostic World."  Many thanks to Carlos and Sarah for the audio/video work, and to everyone involved in hosting the event! … Continue reading “Hermes & John” – 2017 Theological Conference Presentation

Forbidden Gospels, the Gnostic Jesus, and My Encounter with Dr. James Charlesworth

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by world-renowned biblical scholar Dr. James Charlesworth, Professor of NT Language and Literature at Princeton. Charlesworth was joined by Dr. Lee McDonald (Acadia Divinity College) at the beautiful Lanier Theological Library for an evening of discussions around the Apocrypha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the canonization process, … Continue reading Forbidden Gospels, the Gnostic Jesus, and My Encounter with Dr. James Charlesworth

Dr. Dustin Smith on the Embodiment of Wisdom

Dr. Dustin Smith has recently released two videos regarding the portrayal of God’s wisdom in Jewish literature, and how it relates to the famous prologue of the Fourth Gospel.  I’ve found Smith’s work especially accommodating to my own position on John 1:1-14, and I believe his evidence is worth considering. As I laid out in … Continue reading Dr. Dustin Smith on the Embodiment of Wisdom

Ancient Lit. SpotLight #1: The Suda

The Ancient Lit. SpotLight series is designed to introduce works of Judaism, Christianity, paganism, and Gnosticism to a wider audience, in hopes of increasing awareness of the religious and philosophical thought of the ancient Mediterranean world. With the above goal in mind, there are few texts better to begin our exploration with than the Suda. … Continue reading Ancient Lit. SpotLight #1: The Suda

Artapanus and the Egyptian Moses: Jewish Syncretism in Alexandria

In the study of historical Gnostic religions, one is inevitably drawn towards the period of Graeco-Egyptian syncretism occurring in the wake of Alexander’s Egyptian conquest (c. 300 BCE).  My upcoming (and currently under-wraps) research project has been especially dependent upon such study.  One surprising element I have regularly encountered in this research is the participation of … Continue reading Artapanus and the Egyptian Moses: Jewish Syncretism in Alexandria

Visit to LTL

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the now seven-year-old Lanier Theological Library (LTL), a 17,000 sq. ft biblical research library in Houston.  The library features over 85,000 titles in the fields of Church History, Dead Sea Scrolls research, Egyptology, Theology, Biblical languages, and more.  It is also home to several interesting artifacts, including a … Continue reading Visit to LTL

Webinar & Book Give-A-Way

Last night I had the opportunity to give a webinar on my new book The God of Jesus in Light of Christian Dogma.  The extensive discussion was graciously hosted by Restoration Fellowship, and featured appearances by Sir Anthony F. Buzzard, and Carlos Xavier (Restoration Fellowship); Dr. Joe Martin (President, Atlanta Bible College); Pastor Robin Todd (Washington Church … Continue reading Webinar & Book Give-A-Way

Audio Interview: A Discussion on My Book, and on Pagan and Gnostic Influences on Orthodox Theology

This week I joined Sean Finnegan again for another interview on the excellent Restitutio podcast. In this interview, Finnegan and I discuss my new book, The God of Jesus in Light of Christian Dogma. You'll hear about the books' content and fundamental arguments, and a conversation on how historical pagan and Gnostic thinking influenced the development of orthodox … Continue reading Audio Interview: A Discussion on My Book, and on Pagan and Gnostic Influences on Orthodox Theology