Peter and AGAPĒ vs. PhILIA

In a previous post I discussed the difference between the two Greek words for love AGAPĒ and PhILIA prominently used in the New Testament: AGAPĒ is more like ‘love as action/commitment’ (“actions speak louder than words”) vs. PhILIA which is more like ‘love as affection, companionship.’ An analogy would be that on their wedding day,…

“There Is No Path”

Traveler, there is no path. The path is made by walking. Traveler, the path is your tracks And nothing more. Traveler, there is no path The path is made by walking. By walking you make a path And turning, you look back At a way you will never tread again Traveler, there is no road…

To Get Better Answers, Ask Better Questions

I walk up to a door and put the wrong key in the lock. It doesn’t turn. Do I keep trying that same key over and over again? Silly me, of course I do! Until it finally dawns on me I might be using the wrong key! We sometimes do something similar when we’re asking…

Some Thoughts on ‘Soul’

The nature of ‘soul’, even limiting oneself to how that word is used in the New Testament, is an enormous topic to which I could not hope to do justice in many lifetimes. But with your indulgence I have some thoughts for your consideration. First of all, the Greek word for ‘soul’ is PsUChĒ (more…

The Gospel of Mary: The Text

The Gospel of Mary takes place after Jesus’ resurrection. Last week I reviewed our sources: two small fragments in Greek likely from the 3rd century, and a longer version in Coptic likely from the 5th century. Even with these three sources, we’re still missing over half of it. Meanwhile, the two Greek fragments together are…