>Is the Pope the Head of the Baptist Church?

>Jimmy Akin, writing for The National Catholic Register, asks the following question:

“Is the Pope Catholic? Current scholars believe he is the head of the Baptist church, but new evidence points in a Catholic direction.”

Now, if Akin’s question were a real question, it would open the door for an interesting debate. However, I want to assure you that I took the question completely out of context. In addition, Akin’s question is only a rhetorical question used as an illustration to answer some issues raised by Professor Gershon Galil’s translation of the Khirbet Qeiyafa’s inscription.

But imagine if Akin’s question were a real question. The history of the church would have to be completely rewritten.

The reason for introducing Akin’s question is just because I could not resist the irony of this rhetorical question.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary


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