Category Archives: Bible

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The ‘First Peoples’ of Palestine

In a recent op ed piece for the Australian Financial Review, Nyunggai Warren Mundine has suggested that the Jewish people are the only surviving descendants of the ‘first peoples’ of Palestine, and as such enjoy an exclusive claim to the … Continue reading

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A birth certificate for Jesus

A Birth Certificate for Jesus This is a pre-publication extract from Gregory C. Jenks,  Jesus Then and Jesus Now: Looking for Jesus, Finding Ourselves. (Melbourne: Mosaic Press, 2014) Pages 118–22. For people researching their family history, the birth certificate of … Continue reading

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Jewish Biblical Scholarship

Contemporary biblical scholarship is mostly non-confessional. In other words, critical scholars are open to insights from all qualified contributors, irrespective of their personal religious affiliation (or lack thereof). The major critical tools will include material written by Anglicans, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, … Continue reading

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Why bother with the Old Testament

A sermon for the ‘Debate the Preacher’ series at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane on Sunday, 2 February 2014. It has fallen to me to begin this new series of ‘Debate the Preacher’ as we explore the significance of the … Continue reading

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The Occupation of the Bible

Wednesday, 20 November, 1100–1230 Text for an introductory presentation to a panel at the Ninth International Sabeel Conference, Jerusalem on Wednesday, 20  November 2013. [video] The conference organisers indicated as follows: What are some of the common ways to misinterpret … Continue reading

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Why visit Israel and Palestine?

Yesterday I was asked by a journalist for a couple of lines about why I visit Israel so often, and what it means to me as a person of faith? For me, the most important thing about taking students to … Continue reading

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Does the Bible have a future?

Thursday, 21 November, 0900–1030 Text for an introductory presentation to a panel at the Ninth International Sabeel Conference, Jerusalem on Thursday,21  November 2013. [video] The conference organisers indicated as follows: This panel discussion arises out of the following critical awareness: … Continue reading

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Motion 16

At the next session of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane in a few weeks time, the following motion is listed for debate: That this Synod:  a)    Acknowledges the request, in the book The Once and Future Scriptures, for dialogue … Continue reading

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Progressive Anglicans

It is surely ironic that the same weekend as I published a set of lectionary notes in which I call for religious leaders to disband the theological thought-police, one of my colleagues in ministry issued a call for people who … Continue reading

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Study Leave — Week Four

It is hard to believe, but already I have been in Israel four weeks. That time has certainly gone by very quickly. I guess one of the indicators that this has indeed been the case is my growing familiarity with … Continue reading

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