Commentary on Romans 16:25-27

Notes (NET Translation) 25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that had been kept secret for long ages, Verses 25-27 are one long incomplete sentence. The strengthening envisioned is the ability to resist temptations and…

Commentary on Romans 16:21-23

Notes (NET Translation) 21 Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my compatriots. Those mentioned in verses 21-23 are in Corinth with Paul. Timothy is one of Paul’s chief coworkers. Lucius might be Lucius the Cyrene, a prophet/teacher at Syrian Antioch (Acts 13:1-3), or Luke the physician (Col 4:14; 2…

Commentary on Romans 16:17-20

Notes (NET Translation) 17 Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them! It is not clear whether Paul had in mind specific individuals causing dissensions or whether he was giving a general warning about the kind of…

Commentary on Romans 16:3-16

Notes (NET Translation) Paul does not directly greet his friends, coworkers, and kinsmen (“compatriots”). The dominantly Gentile audience is to greet them for him. Many of those mentioned by name in this chapter may have been Jewish Christians who were exiled from Rome by Emperor Claudius and who have now returned to Rome. By having…

Commentary on Romans 16:1-2

Notes (NET Translation) 1 Now I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, 2 so that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and provide her with whatever help she may need from you, for she has been a great…

The Number of Resuscitation Accounts Found in Craig Keener’s Miracles

I’m in a discussion with Jeffery Jay Lowder over at The Secular Outpost concerning Bayes’ Theorem and the adage “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” (ECREE). I’m skeptical that applying Bayes’ Theorem to historical claims will help us in our historical inquiries but it’s worth discussing. One issue is how to calculate the prior probability of…