The Death of Biblical Minimalism

In Associates for Biblical Research: The May/June 2011 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review is an exciting one. On the cover, some of the topics of the issue are listed, at the top of which are the words, “The End of Biblical Minimalism.” Minimalists are those who believe that only the barest minimum of the Bible…

Bishop, Priest, and Deacon – What Do These Words Mean?

Over at Canterbury Tales: Bishop, Priest, and Deacon – What do these words mean? All three come from Greek words and derive from the Greek New Testament. Bishop comes from the Greek word episkopos, meaning “overseer.” The prefix “epi-” means “upon” and “scopus” means “to see,” like a scope or a telescope. The word came…

The Pope Visits German Homeland

The Telegraph reports: In his first official engagement of a four-day visit to Germany Pope Benedict XVI was welcomed to the residence of German President Christian Wulff. Benedict’s predecessor John Paul always met rapturous crowds in his Catholic Poland. The pope from Catholic Bavaria can expect less deference from the Protestants of old Prussia or the…