More on history and the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament)

Where Bill Dever did much of his fieldwork

  John Gee has posted another pair of interesting (and informed) reflections on the question of history (or historicity) and the Hebrew scriptures, a topic of some recent controversy in the small world of the Mormon bloggernacle: http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2015/01/notes-on-israelite-scribal-training-i.html http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2015/01/once-more-on-chroniclers-sources.html   … [Read more...]

Legalize love!

It culminates in a cemetery, does it not?

  For those of you who can take it -- consider yourselves warned! -- here's an arresting article: http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/01/what-its-like-to-date-your-dad.html And why not, right? They're adults. I mean, are you a hater? Do you remember what the actor Jeremy Irons had to say? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/03/jeremy-irons-on-gay-marri_n_3009495.html What a … [Read more...]

New York Times: “Unlocking Scrolls Preserved in Eruption of Vesuvius, Using X-Ray Beams”

Ercolano, ancient and modern

   Thanks to Paula Hicken, formerly of the Maxwell Institute at BYU, for bringing this item to my attention: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/21/science/more-progress-made-toward-learning-contents-of-herculaneum-scrolls.html?ref=science&_r=0 BYU's Maxwell Institute blazed the way on this effort, beginning back when the Institute was still known as the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (or FARMS), and a video was produced … [Read more...]

New Testament 45

Maquair's Ten Virgins

  Mark 2:18-22Luke 5:33-39Compare Matthew 9:14-17 and John 3:29-30 Jesus' identification of himself as the "bridegroom" in these passages is an interesting one. The relationship between God and his people is often portrayed in the Old Testament as analogous to a marriage in which God is the husband and Israel is the (often unfaithful) wife.  See, for example, Jeremiah 3:1-14, Jeremiah 3:20, and Jeremiah 31:31-33.  And, of course, the little … [Read more...]

“9 Actually Valuable Responses on What Happened to John Dehlin”

Old Main, at Utah State University in Logan

  Yes, I'm linking to yet another item about John Dehlin that I thought worthwhile and potentially interesting to readers here: http://lds.net/blog/buzz/lds-news/opinion/john-dehlin-and-excommunication/#.VL9BZEuisdv My critics on this matter need not trouble themselves to write to me about it again.  I'll continue to post such links.  Unless there's nothing more that comes to my attention on the subject that seems worth sharing.  Then, in that cas … [Read more...]

The past and the present in historical writing

Hendon, Middlesex University

  “History is about the past. Yet it exists only in the present – the moment of its creation as history provides us with a narrative constructed after the events with which it is concerned. The narrative must then relate to the moment of its creation as much as its historical subject. History presents an historian with the task of producing a dialogue between the past and the present. But as these temporal co-ordinates cannot be fixed, history becomes a continuous int … [Read more...]

“Are all terrorists Muslims?”

Demonstration in Paris against ISIS

  This article, brought to my attention by Jabra Ghneim, is a counterpoint that's worth hearing -- despite its inevitable stupid jab at Fox News and despite distorting reality in its own way: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/14/are-all-terrorists-muslims-it-s-not-even-close.html In the meantime, there are scarcely words for such evils as this.   … [Read more...]

Evolution and God?

T. Dobzhansky, geneticist

  "I am a creationist and an evolutionist.  Evolution is God's, or Nature's, method of creation. Creation is not an event that happened in 4004 BC; it is a process that began some 10 billion years ago and is still under way."  (Theodosius Dobzhansky [Феодо́сий Григо́рьевич Добржа́нский] [d. 1975], famous Russo-American geneticist and evolutionary biologist, principally at the California Institute of Technology and Columbia University)   … [Read more...]


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