High on Christology Smack(down)?

Mike Bird has a post reflecting on some of the interactions about Christology in the latest issue of Expository Times, which included reviews of books on this subject both by my Doktorvater James Dunn as well as by me. I look forward to Bird’s own contribution to the discussion, which will be named “Can You [Read More...]

In Abraham’s Shoes Without a Bible (From The Archives)

When I wrote this, I had been reading some student assignments that discussed the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, and was struck by how many are ready to say that Abraham did the right thing in being willing to kill his son. They said this, presumably, because the story is in the [Read More...]

Missing Your Daily Dose of Mythicism?

If you are disappointed that I have not blogged about mythicism today, here’s something that may make up for it: Tim O’Neill has posted a review of David Fitzgerald’s book Nailed. And since he says that mythicists needn’t try again to debate him on the subject, if anyone wishes to comment on the review here, [Read More...]

The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism

I am grateful to Eerdmans for sending me a free review copy of The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism. A dictionary is particularly hard to review, and so no futile attempt will be made here to do justice to the full range of contents and contributors. Among those most directly related to my research interests [Read More...]

Exploring Our Matrix’s New Location

This is just a reminder that Exploring Our Matrix has moved. Its new address is: http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ Soon visitors here will automatically be redirected to the new site. While the blog is still open for business at Patheos, since it is closed at this location, I thought I would offer this entertaining homemade “CLOSED” sign I [Read More...]

Reading Romans as about Christians and not about Christians

As I have been going through Romans once again with my Sunday school class, it has increasingly become evident to me how hard it is – and at the same time how important it is – to realize that this isn’t a Christian document. In saying that, I don’t mean that Paul’s message was not [Read More...]

The Name Above Every Name

Over at Vridar, Neil Godfrey discussed the argument (a point of agreement between mythicist Paul-Louis Couchoud and his opponent A. D. Howell-Smith) that the “name above every name” bestowed upon the central figure in Philippians 2:6-11 is the name Jesus. I concur with Godfrey that this is a matter about which it is possible to [Read More...]

Real vs. Movie Archaeology

This image comparing real life archaeology with Indiana Jones “archaeology” appeared today on the American School of Oriental Research blog: [Read more...]

Trusting the Bible vs. Trusting Human Reason (From the Archives)

I have often encountered fundamentalists who made the antithesis referred to in this title, placing themselves in the first part and me in the second, of course. And so I thought perhaps it might be worthwhile sharing a brief thought on this subject. The contrast is utter bunk. Let me explain why. There are two [Read More...]

An Introduction to Biblioblogs

Having moved to this new site, I suppose there is another thing I should explain about this blog. It is a biblioblog. I know librarians who blog use that term too, but the most authoritative source in the known universe (which is being considered as a candidate to be declared a UNESCO heritage site) says [Read More...]

Evolution and Religion around the Blogosphere

There were so many useful and interesting posts related to evolution and religion that it seemed worthy of a round-up. RJS discusses Tiktaalik, an important fossil of a transitional form. Biologos has a video and post on Intelligent Design as bad theology as well as weak science. Marc Cortez also linked to it. Larry Moran [Read More...]


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