Gimli in the Hobbit? was able to sit down with John Rhys Davis (played Gimli in Lord of the Rings) and discuss his upcoming movie.  Of course, one big thing on the interviewers mind is whether or not he will have a role in the upcoming Hobbit movies… His response may surprise you.  Here is what he said: HeyUGuys:  We saw you on set in the latest Peter Jackson Production diary. What was it like going back and is there any chance you might cameo in it?“I would love to! I’ve had a great sort of … [Read more...]

Six Commentaries Listed in Top 100


In a recent listing of the top 100 NT commentaries, six volumes from my socio-rhetorical series were listed.  Also my Paul's Narrative Thought World was listed as one of the top twenty theological … [Read more...]

Hurtado on Nomina Sacra and Christian Graffiti


Nomina Sacra in Early Graffiti (and a Mosaic) larryhurtado | August 18, 2011 at 9:15 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: (Larry Hurtado):  In connection with my moving office I've run across a few journal articles accidentally misplaced, and have now taken the time to catch up in reading them.  One of these is a stimulating study of nomina sacra (special abbreviated forms of certain key words in early Christian discourse) in graffiti, inscriptions and a mosaic, all … [Read more...]

Why Doctoral Students Can't Get no Satisfaction!

Behold the Scrolling Drones of Duke Divinity School.......Vocal (Mick Jagger):  Joel Marcus, Professor of NTLead guitar (Keith Richards): Richard Hays, Dean and Professor of NTRhythm guitar (Ron Wood?): Norman Wirzba, Research Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Rural Life…not sure what was the inspiration for the hat….Drums (Charlie Watts):  Lori Baron, doctoral student in NT. … [Read more...]

James Howell on Perfection

(James Howell is the senior minister at my home church Myers Park UMC in Charlotte N.C.  The following is taken from his summer series on Genesis).----------In Genesis 17:2, God urges Abraham to "walk before me, and be perfect." Much as we might dream of perfection before God, not many of us think we have the slightest chance to get anywhere near perfection - at anything, much less in the eyes of God.But what is this perfection? and why does God ask such an obviously flawed … [Read more...]

Important Archaeological Finds—- Do Tel

650 lines of cuneiform text, recording Esarhaddon's vassal treaty! This really is important for biblical studies, Deuteronomy especially, but any other discussions of Israel's covenant as well. Tell Tayinat is in southeastern Turkey. to Bill Arnold for this one. … [Read more...]

CKB is Gone to Glory


Several years ago, I went back to my alma mater, the University of Durham to give some lectures and to see my old mentor  C.K. Barrett.  This is the picture I took in his house in Pity Me, a little village outside of Durham. It was the last time I saw him.  This morning an alert student told me that Jimmy Dunn announced his passing.Here is the notice from Jimmy----"Hi everyone. You will be saddened to hear that Kingsley Barrett, my predecessor, died last night (6.30 pm, 26.08.11) - aged … [Read more...]

The Serkis Comes to Town— Gollum Goes Ape, and Has Hobbit News

All seems to be well with The Hobbit movie production.  Both Orlando Bloom and Stephen Fry are in Wellington filming for The Hobbit movie and there have been plenty of sightings.We look forward to another video blog from Peter Jackson, which we suspect will be released in the next couple months.  He has yet to disappoint with these.Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened this weekend, which features Hobbit actor, Andy Serkis, who played the character Caesar, which was also a m … [Read more...]

Down with the Syndrome

This is a grace-filled rap video about the friendship of several Christian guys with a Downs Syndrome mate. Check it out. … [Read more...]