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Learning From Jesus’ Wife: What Does Forgery Have To Do With The Digital Humanities?, James F. Mcgrath Jun 2019

Learning From Jesus’ Wife: What Does Forgery Have To Do With The Digital Humanities?, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

McGrath’s chapter on the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife sets aside as settled the question of the papyrus’ authenticity, and explores instead what we can learn about the Digital Humanities and scholarly interaction in a digital era from the way the discussions and investigations of that work unfolded, and how issues that arose were handled. As news of purported new finds can spread around the globe instantaneously facilitated by current technology and social media, how can academics utilize similar technology to evaluate authenticity, but even more importantly, inform the broader public about the importance of provenance, and the need ...


Review Of The Sacrifice Of Jesus: Understanding Atonement Biblically, James F. Mcgrath Oct 2018

Review Of The Sacrifice Of Jesus: Understanding Atonement Biblically, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Article reviews the book "The Sacrifice of Jesus: Understanding Atonement Biblically," by Christian Eberhart.


Orality And Intertextuality, James F. Mcgrath Oct 2018

Orality And Intertextuality, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

No abstract provided.


Slow Scholarship: Do Bloggers Rush In Where Jesus’ Wife Would Fear To Tread?, James F. Mcgrath Oct 2018

Slow Scholarship: Do Bloggers Rush In Where Jesus’ Wife Would Fear To Tread?, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

No abstract provided.


What Has Coruscant To Do With Jerusalem? A Response And Reflections At The Crossroads Of Hebrew Bible And Science Fiction, James F. Mcgrath Oct 2018

What Has Coruscant To Do With Jerusalem? A Response And Reflections At The Crossroads Of Hebrew Bible And Science Fiction, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

No abstract provided.


Review Of The Evolution Of Adam: What The Bible Does And Doesn’T Say About Human Origins, James F. Mcgrath Sep 2018

Review Of The Evolution Of Adam: What The Bible Does And Doesn’T Say About Human Origins, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Article reviews the book "The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins," by Peter Enns.


Obedient Unto Death: Philippians 2:8, Gethsemane, And The Historical Jesus, James F. Mcgrath Mar 2017

Obedient Unto Death: Philippians 2:8, Gethsemane, And The Historical Jesus, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Despite the extensive attention that has been given to Philippians 2:6–11 in relation to its Christology, the possibility that v8 alludes to the story about Jesus in Gethsemane has received only cursory mention when it has been considered at all. Philippians 2:8 and the Gospel tradition converge in depicting Jesus choosing to be obedient to God even to the point of death, in the absence of an interpretation of that death as itself salvific. The historical allusion, offered in the midst of a heavily theologized Christo- logical statement, offers an excellent test case for an approach to ...


How Jesus Became God: One Scholar’S View, James F. Mcgrath Jul 2016

How Jesus Became God: One Scholar’S View, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Dr. James McGrath's brief analysis of early Christology. Originally presented as a seminar paper at the University of Michigan, March 19, 2015.


Forward To The Son Of God: Three Views Of The Identity Of Jesus, James F. Mcgrath May 2016

Forward To The Son Of God: Three Views Of The Identity Of Jesus, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

James McGrath's Forward to: The Son of God: Three Views of the Identity of Jesus, by Charles Lee Irons, Danny Andre Dixon, and Dustin R. Smith. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2015.


Religion And Science Fiction, James F. Mcgrath Apr 2016

Religion And Science Fiction, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

As announced by its title, this multidisciplinary book focuses on the intersection between religion and science fiction. Several perspectives are addressed by scholars from different disciplines: theology, literature, history, music, and anthropology. Thus, gathering a range of distinct voices and approaches, this work edited by James F. McGrath shows how multifaceted and multicultural the science's fiction treatment of religion is.


Woman At The Well, James F. Mcgrath Apr 2016

Woman At The Well, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Dr. James McGrath's contribution to Bible Odyssey, a Society of Biblical Literature initiative.


Revisiting The Mandaeans And The New Testament, James F. Mcgrath Apr 2016

Revisiting The Mandaeans And The New Testament, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

The Mandaeans have been known to scholars for as long as there has been modern scholarship. Thanks to advances in technology, you can now find some of their ancient texts online, and videos of their baptismal rituals on YouTube. Yet as fascinating as the Mandaeans are, and as much as modern technologies can facilitate greater familiarity with them, the amount of attention that they receive is surprisingly sparse – although there are encouraging signs that that is at least beginning to change.


“Did Jesus Die In Outer Space? Evaluating A Key Claim In Richard Carrier’S On The Historicity Of Jesus, James F. Mcgrath Apr 2016

“Did Jesus Die In Outer Space? Evaluating A Key Claim In Richard Carrier’S On The Historicity Of Jesus, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

The attempt to use later sources, interpreted in ways that are at best open to dispute, in an attempt to argue against what generations of skeptical scholars have concluded to be likely with respect to the early Christian sources, is never going to make mythicism seem more probable than the hard-earned and intensely-researched consensus of historians and scholars, namely that there was a historical Jesus of Nazareth.


Which John? The Elder, The Seer, And The Apostle, James F. Mcgrath Apr 2016

Which John? The Elder, The Seer, And The Apostle, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Dr. James McGrath's contribution to Bible Odyssey, a Society of Biblical Literature initiative.


Jesus And The Money Changers (John 2:13-16), James F. Mcgrath Apr 2016

Jesus And The Money Changers (John 2:13-16), James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Dr. James F. McGrath's Contribution to Bible Odyssey, a Society of Biblical Literature initiative.


Mark’S Missing Ending: Clues From The Gospel Of John And The Gospel Of Peter, James F. Mcgrath Apr 2016

Mark’S Missing Ending: Clues From The Gospel Of John And The Gospel Of Peter, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

The Gospel of Peter may be unique among early Christian Gospels in its embracing of those details towards the end of Mark’s story that other readers and authors both ancient and modern have found to be problematic, in particular the fear of the women and their failure to say anything to anyone.


Mythicism And The Making Of Mark, James F. Mcgrath Apr 2016

Mythicism And The Making Of Mark, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Carrier’s approach allows him to say that every single thing he finds in the relevant sources is “exactly what we’d expect” if mythicism is true – “as symbolic myth, every oddity is explained, and indeed expected.” This is because “they made this up” is compatible with everything that any text says – especially if one excludes in advance the possibility of using traditional critical methods and criteria for determining that some details may reflect actual historical events.


Polemic, Redaction, And History In The Mandaean Book Of John: The Case Of The Lightworld Visitors To Jerusalem, James F. Mcgrath Apr 2016

Polemic, Redaction, And History In The Mandaean Book Of John: The Case Of The Lightworld Visitors To Jerusalem, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

It is unclear whether there is anything of historical usefulness that can be gleaned from the details of the depictions of figures such as John the Baptist, Miriai, and Jesus in the Mandaean Book of John. This does not mean, however, that the text cannot provide useful information about the history of the Mandaeans, and of their interactions with other religious communities. By analyzing the evidence for redaction in certain key sections, and by distinguishing between core elements and peripheral additions to the stories recorded in it, it is possible to draw conclusions about the tradition history of the material ...


Mythicism And The Mainstream: The Rhetoric And Realities Of Academic Freedom, James F. Mcgrath Apr 2016

Mythicism And The Mainstream: The Rhetoric And Realities Of Academic Freedom, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

But when it comes to the mythicism proffered by people whose knowledge of relevant languages, historical texts, ancient cultures, and other such data is minimal or non-existent, and whose works consist only of web pages and self-published books, scholars are under no obligation to waste their valuable time on such matters any more than on the countless other topics which web sites and self-published books address, and which a quick perusal shows to be bunk.


Monotheism, James F. Mcgrath Apr 2016

Monotheism, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

James McGrath's contribution to the forthcoming edition, Vocabulary for the Study of Religion.


Explicit And Implicit Religion In Doctor Who And Star Trek, James F. Mcgrath Apr 2016

Explicit And Implicit Religion In Doctor Who And Star Trek, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

It has often been proposed that the original series of Star Trek reflected a modern, enlightenment perspective on religion, and that subsequent spinoffs like Deep Space Nine moved in a more post-modern direction. Doctor Who, the longest running science fiction show, provides an interesting basis for comparison. Both television shows offer similar tropes, and in both instances, the rhetoric that claims to explain away religion in scientific terms ends up treating it as literally true. Both shows depict our universe as populated with “natural gods” which are sometimes explicitly identified with the gods and demons of ancient human religious literature.


Religion’S Future And The Future’S Religions Through The Lens Of Science Fiction, James Mcgrath Feb 2015

Religion’S Future And The Future’S Religions Through The Lens Of Science Fiction, James Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

While most scholarship in religious studies focuses on the past and present, the study of what the future may hold in store for religion deserves attention. Studying the treatment of religious themes and characters in science fiction provides one way of accomplishing this objective. From the possibility of time travel to key events in the history of religion, to the possibility of acquiring godlike attributes by technological or other futuristic means, science fiction regularly touches on topics such as the nature and universality of truth or the nature of personhood and of divinity in ways that can be deeply theological ...


Professor Mcgrath Offers A Scholarly Take On Religion And Doctor Who, Marc Allen, James F. Mcgrath Feb 2015

Professor Mcgrath Offers A Scholarly Take On Religion And Doctor Who, Marc Allen, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Take TV viewers on trips through time and space for 50 years and you’re going to pick up some admirers—including some scholarly ones. That’s what’s happened with Doctor Who, the British series that is celebrating 50 years this month.Two of the show’s fans—Butler University Professor of Religion James McGrath and Andrew Crome, a lecturer in the history of modern Christianity at the University of Manchester (England)—have compiled a new book, Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who, in which 19 scholars who also are Doctor Who fans weigh in ...


Monotheism, James F. Mcgrath Feb 2015

Monotheism, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

James McGrath's contribution to: The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics. , 2015. Print.


He Shall Be Called A Nazorean: Intertextuality Without An Intertext?, James F. Mcgrath Sep 2013

He Shall Be Called A Nazorean: Intertextuality Without An Intertext?, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Inexact quotations are a common phenomenon in Biblical intertextuality, and some suspected allusions are so fleeting and/or imprecise as to leave interpreters wondering whether an allusion was intended or not. But in at least one instance, Matthew 2:23, we have a reference to something unspecified prophets are supposed to have said, namely that “He shall be called a Nazorean,” which may not in fact have any intertext at all.


He Shall Be Called A Nazorean: Intertextuality Without An Intertext?, James F. Mcgrath Sep 2013

He Shall Be Called A Nazorean: Intertextuality Without An Intertext?, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Inexact quotations are a common phenomenon in Biblical intertextuality, and some suspected allusions are so fleeting and/or imprecise as to leave interpreters wondering whether an allusion was intended or not. But in at least one instance, Matthew 2:23, we have a reference to something unspecified prophets are supposed to have said, namely that “He shall be called a Nazorean,” which may not in fact have any intertext at all.


Review Of The Messiah: A Comparative Study Of The Enochic Son Of Man And The Pauline Kyrios, James F. Mcgrath Dec 2012

Review Of The Messiah: A Comparative Study Of The Enochic Son Of Man And The Pauline Kyrios, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Article reviews The Messiah: A Comparative Study of the Enochic Son of Man and the Pauline Kyrios by J.A. Waddell (Jewish and Christian Texts in Contexts and Related Studies, 10; London-New York, T&T Clark, 2011)


Review Of The Paraphrase Of Shem (Nh Vii,1): Introduction, Translation And Commentary, James Mcgrath Jan 2012

Review Of The Paraphrase Of Shem (Nh Vii,1): Introduction, Translation And Commentary, James Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Article reviews the book "The Paraphrase of Shem (NH VII,1): Introduction, Translation and Commentary," by Michel Roberge.


Review Of Jesus, Gnosis And Dogma, James Mcgrath Oct 2011

Review Of Jesus, Gnosis And Dogma, James Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Article reviews the book "Jesus, Gnosis and Dogma" by Riemer Roukema.


Review Of The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, And Diversity In Early Christianity, James Mcgrath Aug 2011

Review Of The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, And Diversity In Early Christianity, James Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

Article reviews the book "The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity" by David Brakke