• Thanks to everyone who participated in Summer Session! We are shipping our New Testament Cornerstone Certificates today!  It's not too late to submit your essays to receive your certificate! Email your essays to programsofstudy@faithlife.com.
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  • It's been a great run with the three courses in the NT Cornerstone Certificate program. I lurked around the edges of the NT281 course, which had 93 followers, and I moderated NT211 (81 followers) and NT307 (78 followers). Don't forget: If you're doing the Logos Mobile Ed New Testament Cornerstone Certificate, submit a 750 word (max) reflection paper for each of the New Testament Cornerstone courses: * NT281 * NT211 * NT307 Write the papers in any form you like (e.g., opinion paper, critique, summary, response, application, review, etc. ) I just saw the printed certificate proofs. Very suitable for framing and hanging. Email the papers to: programsofstudy@faithlife.com by September 1, 2016 with PDF attachments for each essay. Please allow 14-21 business days for processing.
  • Miriam Ossuary
    1. The Miriam Ossuary
      1. In segment 30, the second lecture on the Caiaphas Ossuary, Craig Evans mentions two journal articles worth reading for further study in regards to both the Ciaphas and Miriam Ossuaries.  They are available on line and I have upload a copy to the documents section of this group for anyone who wants to read deeper into area of study.
      2. The Caiaphas Family
        “The Caiaphas Family,” Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 10 (2012) 3-31.
      3.  — Edited

        A synagogue dating to the second temple era (first century) was claimed to be discovered on the Tel Reches' peak in Galilee earlier this month! There is an article at this site:
        1. Quick note from Dr. Brueggemann: I noticed that quite a few people joined NT307 sometime after the start of the moderated summer sessions. If you did that, or if you fell off the schedule and continue at your own pace, I would encourage you to post to the discussions page for this course. I'll continue to moderate and interact with those postings, and maybe some of your fellow scholars will continue contributing and following the discussions.
          1. In this course I found myself most interested in the actual application of the archaeological findings, the material culture, which was shared. At the start of the course Dr. Evans shared the idea of archaeology as a discipline, and this was helpful in the sense of providing guidelines regarding what is reasonable to expect from archaeology (and so, too, what is not). This task disposed of, he moved through some very interesting areas where the discipline is able to provide helpful information for Jesus’ followers (because shedding light on the world that He lived in). The areas explored in the course are the synagogue, literary findings, society’s leaders, and burial traditions from the time (with one unit devoted to divulging the customs, and another relating these customs to Jesus’ situation. As mentioned, I was particularly interested in the specific situations where archaeology illumines the Biblical text in some way. I was interested to learn about some of the work that’s gone into finding various locations from the gospels: sometimes urban centres and sometimes specific buildings within those centres; places like Capernaum, Magdala, Cana, and so on; places like Peter’s house, Jesus’ tomb, the synagogues in a number of settlements. I had heard the hypothesis that perhaps Jesus had been heavily influenced by Greek culture in nearby Sepphoris (a cynic?) before, but was pleasantly surprised to learn that archaeology has been able to show that craftsmen from Nazareth wouldn’t have needed to go to Sepphoris for work – Nazareth was a large enough centre in its own right, to employ people; and that the Galilean Jews in Sepphoris were quite observant (the example given was the lack of pig bones in their dump), and so Sepphoris wasn’t a huge centre for Hellenizing the Jewish population. I appreciated that He still may have been exposed to the theatre, and the idea of actors (hypocrites) in that city. The large section at the end, which was devoted to burial customs, was also of particular interest to me, and will probably continue as the most helpful part of the course in years to come. The light shed on Jewish funeral rites, and Roman attitudes towards them, was so helpul. I am not sure I’m convinced that the would-be disciple on the road who wanted to bury his father was referring to the second burial – but Dr. Evans does make a case for it, and it does make sense in the culture as he’s presented it. The criteria surrounding the burial of a criminal were helpful, and will be something I look into more (probably more so as Easter approaches). I would recommend this course to a friend, or fellow disciple, as a course that would help them to wrestle with the Gospel and history and truth. And to reconcile the three.