The Bible Places blog has just begun a series on the historical reliability of the books of Luke and Acts. The first installment can be found here.
Here’s the opening paragraph:
This ongoing series of posts considers the historical reliability of the New Testament books of Luke and Acts by examining the relationship between the texts and other ancient sources. Primarily intended to assist those with a teaching ministry, it will cover both well documented and obscure correlations and will include periodic summaries and source references as relevant. Public domain photos, or those whose author has given permission for use, will also be provided when available.
I’m happy to announce that there are two new Kindle books available:
Notes on Leviticus from the Naked Bible Podcast ($0.99)
Notes on the Book of Acts from the Naked Bible Podcast ($0.99)
As you might guess from the titles, these are edited version of the transcripts from the episodes on the podcast series on Leviticus and Acts. Since the transcripts are available for free (by episode on the episode page), I had intended to make these free as well. But I’ve discovered Amazon Kindle doesn’t allow me to do that. Hence they are available for $0.99. Both books are over 200 pp., so it’s still a good deal. For those who want all of the material, edited for readability, in one place — and who have Kindle — here you go! I won’t be making these available in print.
Thanks go to Spencer Robinson and Peter Rust for editing and preparing these!
The episode is now live — our trip through Acts is concluded.
Episode 57 is now live. We cover Acts 22, but focus on how Paul’s mention of a “trance” he fell into at one point shortly after his conversion (Acts 22:17) factors into what he wrote in 2 Corinthians 12. The discussion takes us into two powers in heaven material, along with hekhalot and merkabah mysticism texts. If you don’t know those terms, listen to the episode!
The episode (Acts 20-21) is now live.
The episode is live. Longer than usual – some fairly involved questions.