Is there a chronology of early Christian literature from the earliest known New Testament writing to about the year 500? How about a history of the growth of the early church which is completely agnostic as to the historicity of Jesus and Paul? Did the death of Jesus temporarily reduce the Trinity to a Binity? James Patrick Holding says Elisha did not sick the bears on the kids but merely predicted their arrival, and that the mockers were young adult hooligans, not children. Who presents the best case for the Historicity of Jesus? Why did G.A. Wells come to believe there was a Historical Jesus behind Q1? Comparison of Christian and Buddhist/eastern philosophy Evangelical beliefs on hell, infant salvation and abortion as salvific act. Do evangelicals even consider human well-being, or are they merely afraid of breaking ancient and more modern rules? Disgust with sex as a major driving force behind anti-abortion attitudes by Evangelicals. What are the stigmata Paul mentions in Galatians 6:17 and history of Christian stigmata? Isn’t Hitler’s Mein Kampf morally superior to the Bible? If the Bible is not historical, do Israeli West Bank settlers have any right to be there? Is there mention another covenant or “new” covenant anywhere in the OT or Torah? Also, what do you make about Pastor John Hagee and his concept of the old covenant not being superseded by the new (In defense of Israel, 2007). What percentage of New Testament Bible Scholars hold to the Eternal Sonship of Christ? An Amazon review of Hermann Gunkel’s book ‘Creation and Chaos’ says that the discovery of the Ugaritic myths makes Gunkel’s thesis irrelevant. Does this view have any merit?
How could it be that an angel of the Lord could strike down Herod for merely not giving glory to God and yet the angels weren’t able to strike down Hitler or Stalin? Is Acts 12:23 pure Bible fiction or misinterpretation of coincidence? Ascension of Jesus in Luke (immediately after crucifixion) vs. Acts (after 40 days.) Apocalyptic vs. sage Jesus and historical consensus. Can both the “real Jesus” and “made-up narrative” models – the thesis that if we look at a certain class of events depicted in the Gospels, some of them must be expected to generate noteworthy entries in religious and secular historical notes of the time – explain the text of the Gospels? The three sets of 10 Commandments and apologist response. Miraculous catch of fish in John 21 and its connection to Pythagoras. In Psuedo-Philo’s “Biblical Antiquities” Pharaoh and the Egyptians plan to kill the male infants and give the female infants to their slaves so that any offspring wouldn’t be free Israelites but slaves. Did he make up this story or borrow it from another tradition?
What does the word “mystery” denote in Ephesians 6:10? Is it a gnostic or anti-gnostic interpolation? In Bel and the Dragon Daniel is thrown into a lions’ den, just like in canonical Daniel. Why twice? Is Samson not only the sun but also the Trickster? What is the Copenhagen school of Biblical criticism? Why won’t God, if he exists, provide a clear revelation to humanity? What do you think of the suggestion that atheists aren’t sincere when they ask God for revelation? Parallels between real events and earlier fiction in relation to historical veracity of gospel accounts. Christopher Hitchens’ YouTube video “The True Core Of The Jesus Myth” (http://youtu.be/KXAGpCTiGlQ) where (at 0:2:47) he offers the concession that the Nativity story is so clearly fabricated that it suggests the Jesus character has a basis in reality. Valid? Isn’t it ironic how attempts to critically examine biblical texts in light of midrashic traditions requires the historian to engage in exactly the same process of reinterpretation? What evidence is there that mystery religion elements existed in early Christianity? And if Christianity was initially a mystery religion, when and why did this change?
Are there minor or major Jewish myths that Orthodox Jews would not hold as supernatural? Do Protestants or Catholics reject or accept them? Finally what would followers of Islam feel were simply Jewish fables and lacked a supernatural origin? I wonder if the Geek would share some of his thoughts on the Sword and Sorcery genre, specifically Conan and Elric. As an avid listener I’ve only heard vague mentions of Joseph Campbell on the show and was wondering what part he may have had in modern biblical scholarship? You have stated that ‘feet’ is used in the OT as a euphemism for male genitals – how can we know when actual feet were meant? And when did this use stop? Even if Gen 1 and Gen 2 are from different sources, is there evidence that the compilers intended to harmonize the differences by establishing the Hebrews as a special ‘breed’ out of Adam (all the others being equally god-created humans but just not as special)? In Mark’s story of Jesus cursing the fig tree, the first part makes Jesus look like a cranky sorcerer, and it explicitly tells us that he approached the tree because he was hungry, not because he wanted to demonstrate faith. So is the second part just an attempt by Mark to make a meaningful story out of some legendary tale like those we find in the infancy gospels? And could Mark 5:1-13, with the Gerasene Demoniac and the “Legion” of demons, be an attack on Roman paganism?
Is it plausible that 1 Peter was actually written by an educated Hellenistic Jew named Peter in the late first century, and that Peter in Mark’s Gospel is a pure fabrication by a writer some decades later to recast the legendary Peter as a close associate and witness of Jesus? Paul says that he received five times the 40 lashes minus 1 from the Jews. My question is, what power did the Jews have to enforce these decisions? Did Paul submit voluntarily to a Jewish court, to avoid ostracism, or did Jewish courts have coercive powers? Is there any linguist of the Biblical languages who is uniquely expert at separating Biblical from post-Biblical terms, especially when the latter can be misconstrued for the former, and what might they say re color taxonomy in the Bible? What of the speculation that Abel, the herder, and Cain, the farmer, represented the move of the early civilizations from hunting and herding to agriculture, and that this was displeasing to the older gods of hunting and herding? Has any church changed its doctrine based on lower Biblical criticism? Given Jesus’ ascension into the clouds, if we survey the moon in future, could we find tablets of stone on the moon inscribed by Jesus? Evidence that ancient cultures believed that the firmament was a solid blue dome upon which the throne of God sits and that the earth was supported by actual pillars. Is there any evidence that the doctrine of the ascension of Mary might have been developed in order to stop any potential or actual sects that might have venerated any supposed “Tomb of Mary” sites? Suggestions of any good books that show evidence that the early christians were guilty of things such as infant human sacrifice, cannibalism, pederasty, drug use etc. What might things have been like if the canon of the NT only had one gospel in it?