• ‘Maximal Conservatism’

    It occurs to me that theological liberalism reached the height of its influence ...

  • “Love thy neighbour as thyself”

    Baroness Thatcher was a 'devout Christian', according to Dr Eliza Filby, author ...

  • “That’s just your interpretation”

    Many people try to close down any discussion about the meaning of a Bible passage ...

  • Beware the disjunctive fallacy!

    Ephesians 5:23 says: 'The husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the ...

  • Caution: Bible stories at work!

    When we read a narrative from the Old Testament, we want to honour it as God's ...

  • Domesticating the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality

    If people don't like what the Bible teaches, they may try one of a number of ...

  • Don’t overspecify the biblical text!

    Mark Ward comments on the (otherwise excellent) conference speaker who, referring ...

  • Feminist Biblical Interpretation

    The Bible, writes Phyllis Trible, was born and bred in a land of patriarchy, ...

  • Gay marriage and the ‘trajectory’ of Scripture

    The 'trajectory' argument, briefly, is that there are certain practices (such ...

  • Gender, language, and interpretation

    Women who interpret the Bible find three challenges regarding language and ...

  • How to read a story

    No, this isn't advice for parents reading The Chronicles of Narnia to their ...

  • Intentional ‘contradictions’ in John’s writings

    In Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and ...

  • More urban legends of the New Testament

    I have previously listed and summarised the forty 'urban legends' discussed ...

  • Preaching the Minor Prophets

    Alison Lo notes that the Minor Prophets resonate strongly with our contemporary ...

  • Significance of names in the Bible

    In biblical times, a name often had a significance far deeper than that of ...

  • Ten principles for interpreting narratives

    The following 'ten commandments' will help keep the preacher on the straight ...

  • The ‘sensus plenior’ of Scripture

    What follows is based on 'The problem of sensus plenior', by Douglas Moo (chapter ...

  • The Puritans as interpreters of Scripture

    Some general statements:- 1.  Puritan exegetes are pre-modern, in the sense ...

  • Urban legends of the New Testament

    Urban Legends of the New Testament: 40 Common Misconceptions.  By David A ...

  • Urban legends of the Old Testament

    Having compiled a couple of sets relating to texts in the New Testament, I ...