Third and Final Part of Webinar on the History of Modern Biblical Criticism


The third part of my three part webinar, “Deconstructing the Bible: Understanding the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation,” is now available through the Institute of Catholic Culture. So if you missed the live webinar, you can still watch it. Once clicking on the link above, simply scroll down to “Video Streams” and check out “Video Part Three.” Enjoy! Most of the material in this installment is coming from research I’m presently engaged in–and have been since the beginning of my sabbatical 2015-2016–for a book I’m co-authoring with Scott Hahn, which is almost completed.

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Second Part of Webinar on the History of Biblical Criticism Now Available


The second part of my three part webinar, “Deconstructing the Bible: Understanding the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation,” is now available through the Institute of Catholic Culture. So if you missed the live webinar, you can still watch it. Once clicking on the link above, simply scroll down to “Video Streams” and check out “Video Part Two.” Enjoy! Much of the material is coming from Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker’s important volume, Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700, so if you haven’t read that book, I highly recommend it.  Some of the material, particularly on the seventeenth century, is taken from my Three Skeptics and the Bible.  The rest of the material is coming from research I’m presently engaged in–and have been since the beginning of my sabbatical 2015-2016–for a book I’m co-authoring with Scott Hahn, which is almost completed. The next and final live webinar installment will be tonight, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from 7:30-9:30pm EST. Hope to “see” you there!

First Part of Webinar on the History of Biblical Criticism Now Available

The first part of my three part webinar, “Deconstructing the Bible: Understanding the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation,” is now available through the Institute of Catholic Culture. So if you missed the live webinar, you can still watch it. Once clicking on the link above, simply scroll down to “Video Streams” and check out “Video Part One.” Enjoy! Much of the material is coming from Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker’s important volume, Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700, so if you haven’t read that book, I highly recommend it.  Some of the material, especially for the next session, will be taken from my Three Skeptics and the Bible.  The rest of the material is coming from research I’m presently engaged in–and have been since the beginning of my sabbatical 2015-2016–for a book I’m co-authoring with Scott Hahn, which is almost completed. The next live webinar installment will be Tuesday, June 13, 2017, from 7:30-9:30pm EST. Hope to “see” you there!

Three Part Webinar on the History of Modern Biblical Interpretation

Over the next few weeks I will be giving a three part webinar with the Institute of Catholic Culture dealing with the history of modern biblical interpretation, a topic of interest to readers of this blog. The three part webinar is entitled, “Deconstructing the Bible: Understanding the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation.” You can sign up for the live webinar here. The webinar will be live from 7:30-9:30pm EST on the following Tuesdays: June 6, June 13, and June 20. Hope to “see” you there. We will not be focusing on my Three Skeptics and the Bible, however some of the material there is bound to come up as well.

My New Book on Jesus’ Resurrection

Just in time for Easter, the Principium Institute has published my new book, Jesus’ Resurrection: A Jewish Convert Examines the Evidence. The book is available both in paperback as well as in Kindle format. The book walks through the evidence that helped me in my initial conversion, but it also adds to that evidence from my more recent research into the historical background to Jesus’ resurrection. I received some glowing endorsements from a number of scholars:

Scott Hahn wrote:

“Dr. Jeffrey Morrow is a brilliant theologian whose work on the Resurrection provides abundant historical evidence for this greatest of biblical miracles. Highly recommended.”

Brant Pitre, author of The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ, wrote:

“As a convert to Christianity from Judaism, Jeffrey Morrow brings a unique perspective to the quest for Jesus. Even more, he leaves no stone unturned in the debate over what happened to Jesus’ body on the first Easter morning. Whether you are a skeptic or a believer, if you’re looking for a clear, concise, and compelling case for the Resurrection, then this is the book for you.”

Ancient Historian Edwin Yamauchi wrote:

“Jeffrey Morrow has produced a lucid and erudite defense of the resurrection of Jesus after years of exhaustive research. His extensive bibliography includes just about everything written in English, French, German, and Italian which supports or denies the resurrection of Jesus.”

My Response to Thomas L. Thompson

The editors at The Bible and Interpretation graciously published my response to Thomas L. Thompson. Initially, I published with that online magazine an article entitled, “On Biblical Scholarship and Bias.” Thomas L. Thompson responded with his article, “On Myths and Their Contexts: An Issue of Contemporary Theology? A Response to Jeffrey Morrow.” My published response is entitled, “Explaining Bias and the History of Modern Biblical Scholarship: A Response to Thomas L. Thompson.” Note to reader, you have to click on the link, “Click here for article,” in order to get the actual article.

Thomas L. Thompson Responds to my “On Biblical Scholarship and Bias”

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Well, my recent article, “On Biblical Scholarship and Bias,” published on the online magazine The Bible and Interpretation, has generated some controversy.  Thomas L. Thompson, Professor Emeritus of the University of Copenhagen, has published an article response, entitled, “On Myths and Their Contexts: An Issue of Contemporary Theology? A Response to Jeffrey Morrow.” I have to admit I am quite honored that Thomas Thompson bothered reading my article, and also that he took the time to respond. I remember reading Thompson’s work for the first time as an undergraduate student. Along with John Van Seters and Niels Peter Lemche, Thompson’s work has played a significant role in casting doubt on the historical veracity of the Old Testament. I remember reading my own professor Edwin Yamauchi’s 1972, The Stones and the Scriptures, which ended on a quite positive note, assuming that the trust biblical scholars placed in the general historically reliable picture of the Old Testament would continue to increase, as it had been doing since around 1944. From roughly 1944-1972, historians were increasingly confident that the Old Testament was rooted in history. This was in sharp contrast to the more skeptical positions of the 19th century, in which many of these historians were trained. Yamauchi’s 1972 assessment, however, was not to prove correct, as he later mentioned in his 1980 reassessment in The Scriptures and Archaeology. The publication of several books would initiate the period of skepticism, which in some ways was more severe even than what came in the nineteenth century. Among these books were John Van Seters’ 1975 Abraham in History and Tradition and Thomas L. Thompson’s 1974 The Historicity of the Patriarchal Narratives. I read these volumes as an undergraduate, as well as what I consider to be one of the most significant (and sane) responses to these unwarranted skeptical claims, namely Alan Millard’s and Donald Wiseman’s 1980 edited volume, Essays on the Patriarchal Narratives (the individual essays by Goldingay, Millard, Bimson, Selman, Wiseman, Wenham, and Baker, are available full text at that link…or click below on the individual essays). The contents of that important volume included:

John Goldingay, “The Patriarchs in Scripture and History.”

Alan R. Millard, “Methods of Studying the Patriarchal Narratives as Ancient Texts.”

John J. Bimson, “Archaeological Data and the Dating of the Patriarchs.”

Martin J. Selman, “Comparative Customs and the Patriarchal Age.”

Donald J. Wiseman, “Abraham Reassessed.”

Gordon J. Wenham, “The Religion of the Patriarchs.”

David W. Baker, “Diversity and Unity in the Literary Structure of Genesis.”

I would add to this list, Kenneth A. Kitchen’s very important yet much neglected 1994 essay, “Genesis 12-50 in the Near Eastern World,” in He Swore an Oath: Biblical Themes from Genesis 12-50, ed. Richard S. Hess, Gordon J. Wenham, and Philip E. Satterwaite, which I also read as an undergraduate, as well as Edwin M. Yamauchi’s more recent essay of 2010, “Abraham and Archaeology: Anachronisms or Adaptations?” in Perspectives on Our Father Abraham, ed. Steven A. Hunt.

Needless to say, I am honored that such a scholarly giant as Thomas Thompson responded to my work, and I plan on writing my own response to his recent essay response.

If this discussion interests you, be sure to check out my Three Skeptics and the Bible.