Joni Mitchell– An Interview for the Ages

This is a wonderful, long, very revealing interview done with one of the great artists of any sort of music or visual art of the last 70 or so years. I was fortunate enough to see her live in concert in about 1972 or 73 just after her Blue album came out, now considered a classic, and the concert was frankly ethereal, angelic, and unforgettable. Enjoy. BW3 Read more

I’d really Dig a Camel about Now!

There is a recent archaeological report about camels, or the lack thereof in the Holy Land. John Noble Wilford of the NY Times has a recent article about the findings which can be found here—-http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/science/camels-had-no-business-in-genesis.html?ref=science&_r=0″ title=”Camels”. The findings include the deduction that because evidence has not yet been found for camels in the Holy Land prior to 1,000 B.C. therefore they likely were not part of the economy in that Land before then, and also therefore, the reports in Genesis… Read more

Ephesian Miracle— The Sixth Art West Adventure

https://wipfandstock.com/store/Ephesian_Miracle_The_Sixth_Art_West_Adventure Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more lively for Art West, he goes to Turkey to get married and all kinds of mayhem breaks loose. What is the difference between miracle and magic, and how does that difference make a difference in the life of Marissa, Art’s new bride? And did they really discover the bones of Mary in Ephesus? If so those bodily assumption traditions may turn out to be based on false assumptions. These and… Read more

Sherlock– The Game’s Occasionally Afoot

It is an interesting phenomenon to have two very different presentations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his trusty sidekick John Watson on the telly at the same time. This is only possible really because one is a BBC production which gets farmed to the U.S. a season late by way of PBS, and one is the brainchild or the brain trust at CBS. When you throw in Robert Downey Jr’s. movie Sherlocks the visual arts are… Read more

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Twelve

Much of chapter five is spent demonstrating the evidence for and growth of the Imperial Cult during the first century A.D. Of this there is no lack of evidence. What we cannot directly tell from the archaeological remains is the effect this specific cult had on the mentality of Jews and Christians living in the Roman Empire. We know of course of the repugnance felt about what Jews and Christians called idolatry of any and all sorts. We also hear… Read more

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Eleven

In the wake of recent Imperial cult studies, including studies of the evidence that the NT reflects a critique of the Imperial cult (as Tom likes to put it— Jesus is Lord, and Caesar is not, the latter being the parody of which Christ is the reality), Chapter Five is in some ways the most crucial chapter thus far in Tom’s first volume. It is a pity that Tom’s book went to press shortly before the appearance of Jesus is… Read more

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Ten

In Chapter 4 (pp. 246-78) we have a very useful survey of what has come to be called ancient Greek and Roman religion (not to be confused with philosophy which was treated in the previous chapter). Wright is correct to stress that ancient religion was all about praxis, and very little about beliefs or believing, nor was it much about ethics either. The essence of pagan religion was priests, temples, sacrifices, festivals, calendars, auspices and the like. On this showing… Read more

Into India— Part Fourteen

The very first site Jason and I went to see upon arriving in Delhi was the brand new much publicized Hindu temple (built from 2005 to the present, to the cost of millions and millions) named Akshardham…. You are not allowed to take pictures inside the temple area, so I had to resort to taking pictures of pictures, except for this one distance shot, taken on a foggy morning. Here’ what it looks like at night (taken from an advertizing… Read more

Pompeii— A Disaster That Already Happened

Having spent a good deal of time in Pompeii last October, and since the first century A.D. is my period of expertise, I went with some trepidation to see this ‘disaster’ movie, fearing it would not merely be about a disaster but would itself be a cinematic disaster- disastrous acting, disastrous plot, CG overkill, and so on. Well the good news is that this movie (which lasts only one hour and 38 minutes) is not as bad as the ‘Clash… Read more

Into India— Part Thirteen

Heading back to the Taj Mahal for a last look, my mind was full of impressive images. Passing a sugar cane field on the left, and a overloaded wagon on the right, our drive zipped right back into the heart of Agra….a town crawling with tourists, even in January. You pass the ever present vendors hawking things on the street, in this case hot roasted peanuts! Some sites do not dim with time, or become less impressive with age…. The… Read more

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