The Bible and Beyond Blog2023-08-20T06:28:38-04:00
The Bible and Beyond Blog

In The Bible and Beyond blog, you’ll read explorations of historical and spiritual questions about Jesus, women, salvation, healing, the meaning of life, and where Christianity came from. This blog, curated by Shirley Paulson and Hal Taussig, opens the conversation that will help us – writers and readers – unlock some of the mysteries from extra-canonical books, forgotten scriptures, so-called “gnostic” gospels, and the Bible.

Read Shirley Paulson’s introductory blog post, “The Big Questions about Jesus, God, Christians, and the Rest of Us,” here.

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Thank you for joining in this great conversation!

Did God Get Away with Murder in the Bible?

By |May 13th, 2024|

Modern misinterpretations of these ancient stories have resulted in disastrous outcomes. We’ve seen these Bible stories used as justification for everything from ethnic cleansing to enslavement to colonization. But this was never the intent of these authors.

Irenaeus’s Revealing Struggle with Valentinus

By |April 10th, 2024|

Despite Irenaeus's effort to discredit Valentinus's Christian contribution by sounding too strange, these Valentinian ideas were similar enough to some other authentic Valentinian texts to suggest that Irenaeus did not invent his "Great Account" entirely himself.

Did Jesus Go to India?

By |March 13th, 2024|

Jesus going to India comes up because we love mysteries. The Jewish rabbi and scholar Sameul Sandmel once said, “Minimal evidence leads to maximal theories.” And where there is no evidence, you are free to make it up.

Was Jesus the Expected Jewish Messiah?

By |January 10th, 2024|

Was Jesus the expected Jewish Messiah? The primary problem is that Jesus was crucified, executed by the Romans. Nothing in Jewish expectation about the Messiah expected the Messiah to lose, much less be executed by Israel’s enemies.

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