May 6, 2006
May 6, 2006
Welcome to the Darrell Bock blog. After numerous requests to do something like this, I have finally decided to blog. I want to thank bible.org for the willingness to host such a site. My intent is to let you know what is going on in areas related to the New Testament, especially Jesus and the origins of Christianity. There is so much happening so fast that keeping up is hard to do. I plan to post periodically with what is happening. We shall be trying to let you know what is up from an evangelical point of view. Let me start with sites where I have addressed issues such as the Gospel of Jude and the Jesus Papers, the latest materials relevant tot the study of Jesus. Soon there will also be a posting on Christianitytoday.com on Jim Tabor’s the Jesus Dynasty.
Of course, much of what I am doing these days is related to the DaVinci Code. I leave May 8 for a week in New York. There I will speak to a delegation from the UN on the Code, be part of a training session with the Shepherd’s Conference on May 13 at Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan, and then be a part of a debate on the Code involving myself, an Orthodox Jew, (Shmuley Boteach) and a messianic Jew (Michael Brown). I will representing evangelicals. This will take place at the New York Hilton on May 15 at 7 PM Eastern time. This will also be streamed live over the Net from the site www.davincidebateny.com. So you can attend even if you are not in New York. I will be in California at the Spiritual Formation forum on May 17-20 with another Shepherd’s Conference in LA on May 20. There are numerous specials tied to Davinci that will be appearing including the D. James Kennedy special and a report on CBN, as well as a DVD by Sacred History magazine.
Breaking the DaVinci Code has been rereleased in paperback.
The Missing Gospels will be coming out in late July or early August.
This is a comparative look at the missing gospels and the writings of the first two centuries of early Christianity. It treats the claims that alternative Christianities existed in the first century and examines recent efforts to make this case (Evaluating Koester, Meyer, Pagels, King and Erhman on this issue).
For the URLs with my latest pieces, see:
On Gospel of Judas (Beliefnet): http://www.beliefnet.com/story/189/story_18925_1.html
On Jesus Papers and the Gospel of Judas (Christianity Today): http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/115/43.0.html
On DaVinci Code (Things dan Brown Did Not Tell You): http://www.thetruthaboutdavinci.com/christian-analysis-of-da-vinci-code.html
On Tone in the DaVinci Discussion and Whether To See the Movie or Read the Book:
This last topic is especially important. Many readers of the Code have sincere questions about what the book raises because the author claimed he carefully researched the topics and most people do not know much about church history from AD 100-350. So it is important to know what the novel is claiming exactly and be prepared to respond with a critique that is familiar with how the issues are raised.