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  • The Good Book Blog

    Kenneth Berding — 

    Here’s something that many people I talk to about Paul’s Letter to the Romans don’t seem yet to have grasped. The earliest house churches in Rome would have been primarily Jewish and would have culturally felt Jewish, but in A.D. 49 the Roman Emperor Claudius kicked the Jews out of Rome. Jewish Christians, of course, would have been expelled along with the rest of the Jews. During the five years between Claudius’s edict (A.D. 49) and his death (A.D. 54) when the edict lapsed and Jews started to return, the composition and self-understanding of the house churches in Rome would have shifted considerably. Paul’s letter to the Romans would have arrived in Rome somewhere around A.D. 57, during the period when Jews were still trickling back into Rome. If you can fix in your mind that the expulsion of Jews from Rome had a tremendous impact on the churches in that city, you will understand the message of Romans oh-so-much better!

  • Biola News

    Biola Welcomes New Students and Families

    More than 1,300 new students arrive for the new school year

    Jenna Bartlo — 

    Biola University President Barry H. Corey, commenced the academic year in Chase Gymnasium, Wednesday, Aug. 29 announcing this year's theme: From...

  • Biola News

    Biola Joins Lawsuit to Protect Religious Freedom

    Biola challenges HHS regulation as unconstitutional

    Jenna Bartlo — 

    UPDATE (Friday, Mar. 15): Nursing professor Susan Elliott travelled to Capitol Hill this month for a national press conference on nurses' right to...

  • Biola News

    Faculty Spotlight: Paul Spears

    Meet Torrey director Paul Spears

    Jenna Bartlo — 

    Paul Spears started working with the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University 14 years ago, when the program fit into one shared office in...

  • Biola News

    New ‘Open Biola’ Website Offers Hundreds of Free Learning Resources

    Biola University launches extensive online collection of free classes and educational materials

    Jason Newell — 

    Biola University today announced the launch of Open Biola, an innovative website that offers open access to hundreds of classes, lectures,...

  • Biola News

    Jeff Hoffman — 

    The Biola University Athletics Department is pleased to induct a trio of standout athletes to its inaugural class of the Biola Athletics Hall of...

  • The Good Book Blog

    Kenneth Way — 

    I want to announce a new resource, as well as make a shameless plug, for small group Bible studies and Sunday School classes. It’s a DVD providing four 15-minute sessions about the book of Psalms. It is part of the new Deepening Life Together video series published by Baker Books, LifeTogether and Lamplighter Media.

  • Biola News

    Recent Graduate Receives U.S. State Department Internship in Rome

    Daniel Cedeno used Biola to secure opportunity at U.S. Mission

    Ethan Froelich — 

    Ambition and perseverance have served political science graduate Daniel Cedeno (‘12) well. Cedeno’s preparation at Biola and hard work have given...

  • Biola News

    Biola Named One of 103 “Great Colleges to Work For”

    University makes Honor Roll of Chronicle of Higher Education list

    Jenna Bartlo — 

    Biola University is one of the nation’s 103 best colleges to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education . In its...

  • Biola News

    Alumna Amy Atkinson (’11) Pursues Olympic Dreams

    Biolan to Compete in London 2012 Olympic Games

    Jenna Bartlo — 

    (UPDATE 8/8/12: Amy Atkinson finished her 800-meter run in 2:18.53 seconds, setting a new national record for Guam, and shaved off almost 3...

  • The Good Book Blog

    Joanne Jung — 

    My article, "Building a Better Small Group," was just posted by The Gospel Coalition.

  • The Good Book Blog

    Kenneth Way — 

    I recently returned from an excavation at Tel Dan in Israel. The season was for four weeks (June 25-July 20, 2012), but I only stayed for the first two. I was accompanied by Ivan Haq, an MA-OT student at Talbot/Biola. Neither of us is a professional “field” archaeologist, but we paid for our room & board and flights and we offered our labor as volunteers.

  • Biola News

    Biola Finishes 12th in Director's Cup Standings

    For fourth-straight year, Biola's athletics program finishes in top 20 of national rankings

    Jeff Hoffman — 

    Biola once again finished as one of the top athletic programs in the NAIA, placing 12th out of over 300 NAIA schools in the 2011-12NAIA Learfield...

  • Biola News

    Graduate Athlete Makes History By Breaking Records

    Nychele Fischetti is the first athlete in school history to compete in 12 national track meets in four years.

    Ethan Froelich — 

    Nychele Fischetti was a great runner in high school before she came to Biola, and a record-breaker when she graduated in May. Graduating with a...

  • Biola News

    2012 Senior Dinner Recap

    Seven hundred graduating seniors and their guests celebrated their accomplishments at Senior Dinner 2012.

    Don Bernstein — 

    Seven hundred graduating seniors and their guests celebrated their accomplishments at Senior Dinner 2012 recently under warm, summery skies on...

  • The Good Book Blog

    Kenneth Berding — 

    A lot of critical-leaning biblical scholars dispute Paul’s authorship of the Pastoral Letters: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. Recently there has been a bit of movement toward greater acceptance of the possibility of Paul’s authorship among those more critically inclined, though there is still a long way to go. One argument supporting the Pauline authorship of these letters is a discovery I made a number of years ago while studying Polycarp’s Letter to the Philippians. Polycarp inadvertently tells us in his little letter that he believes that the Apostle Paul is the author of 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy (and if that is true, probably also of Titus). Why does this matter? Because Polycarp wrote around A.D. 120 (some recent scholars say around 110), and was in a position to know a lot about the apostolic age that we don’t know. Up until this discovery, the earliest known author to both quote from the Pastoral Letters and to connect them to Paul as author was Irenaeus writing around A.D. 180. This discovery moves down the external attestation for the Pauline authorship of the Pastoral Letters by 60 years.

  • The Good Book Blog

    Joe Hellerman — 

    I am receiving an increasing number of e-mails from persons in my church championing this or that conservative political cause. I recently responded in some detail to a dear brother who sent me a note encouraging his church leaders to become aware of a particular political agenda.

  • Biola News

    Ken Bascom Left a Mark on Biola, Physically and Spiritually

    University mourns loss of alumnus and longtime employee

    Jason Newell — 

    Ken Bascom, a beloved Biola administrator who played a crucial role in planning and developing the university’s building projects over the past...

  • Biola Magazine

    Biola Magazine Staff — 

    Man on the Run: Helping Hyper-Hobbied Men Recognize the Best Things in Life, by Zeke Pipher (M.Div. ’01), Howard Books, March 2012. Passionate,...

  • Biola Magazine

    John McKinley — 

    My students usually have trouble grasping Chalcedonian Christology that Jesus, God the Son, lives as one person in two natures, simultaneously. I’...

  • Biola Magazine

    Biolans Up Close: Summer 2012

    Tracy Romine ('91), golden-voiced manager of consumer support for McAfee

    Biola Magazine Staff — 

    In 1991, Tracy Romine had a rooftop revelation that propelled him into a fast-paced and successful radio career. Over the ensuing 20 years, Romine...

  • Biola Magazine

    Alumni Files: Summer 2012

    Remembering Rich Buhler ('68)

    Rick Bee — 

    A great friend of Biola and of mine passed away on May 7, 2012. Rich Buhler (known as “Cotton” to those who attended Biola with him in the ’60s), a...

  • Biola Magazine

    Amy Seed — 

    If anyone could challenge the depth of a rabbi’s knowledge of Jewish studies, it would be the Rev. Yong-Soo Hyun (Ph.D. ’90). He is the founder and...

  • Biola Magazine

    Biola Magazine Staff — 

    Notes Aretta (Hagar, ’57) Loving recently published her third book, Immersed in “The Light of the World” — Jesus Christ!, with Gazelle Press. She...

  • Biola Magazine

    Biola Magazine Staff — 

    Dennis Dirks stepped down in June after 20 years of service as the fifth dean of Talbot School of Theology. While dean, Dirks initiated two...