August 20, 2018

The gospels according to James and Thomas – an exercise in understanding oral tradition

Let me introduce you to William Robert Bell, my Irish great grandfather.  He died of the what was then called the Spanish Flu that swept the world in 1918, one hundred years ago.  He was 38 at the time.  He was married to Sarah Jane Gordon, and had three children, Ria, Thomas (my Grandfather), and […]

When the child falls in the well… — On being too biblical

I love the Bible. I have come to have little patience with biblicism. The most “biblical” Jews in Jesus’ day were the Pharisees. We commonly criticize them for their hypocrisy, for exalting human traditions over God’s Word, or for adding a multitude of rules in their attempt to interpret scripture for religious practice. I think […]