“Is Everything Sad Going to Come Untrue?”: Eschatology in the Lord of the Rings

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In my opinion, some of the most overlooked portions of the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy are the chapters right after the final battle in The Return of the King.  In these chapters, Tolkien expresses a vision for cosmic renewal that closely mimics the one laid down in the biblical accounts themselves.  In Rev 21:5 we read, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’”  God has declared that one day he will set all things right.  Likewise, at the end of The Return of the King, Tolkien describes how evil has been vanquished and all things set …

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Review of “The Early Text of the New Testament”

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This past year, Charles Hill and I edited a volume for Oxford University Press entitled, The Early Text of the New Testament.  This is a compilation of essays from scholars around the world exploring the state of the NT text at its earliest (accessible) stages.  Although the book was released in the UK in June, it was not available in the US until around Sept 1st.  So, there has been no time for any reviews to be published.

However, my friend Tommy Wasserman has pointed out that there has been an online review over at Rick Brannon’s website, ricoblog.  Thanks to Rick for this very positive review!  Here …

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World Magazine and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife

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I just noticed that the most recent print edition of World Magazine had a write up on the recent “discovery” of the so-called Gospel of Jesus’s Wife, a purportedly fourth-century Coptic gospel where Jesus refers to “my wife.”  The online link can be found here.

The World Magazine article referred to my original discussion of this fragment published on the TGC website here.   The article picked up on one of the most critical points I was trying to make in my original discussion: “of all the known ‘gospels’ of Christ, ‘only Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are dated to the first century.'”

This is a rather simple, …

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Everybody Submits to Somebody: Viewing the Submission Issue in Its Larger Context

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In our culture, “submission” is a four letter word.  Few are praised in our modern world for subjecting themselves to those in authority over them.  On the contrary, the model laid out for us is that we should always challenge and question those who are over us.  After all (we think), we know better than they do.  We should be in charge, not them.  The classic bumper sticker captures it well: “Question Authority.”

There is perhaps no place where this is seen more vividly than the controversy over Eph 5:22, “Wives submit to your husbands as unto the Lord.”  Cultural pundits are quick to label Christians as anti-woman or …

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