Blogging Israel Round-Up

For those friends and family who missed my series of posts about my trip to Israel while I was there, here’s a round-up of the posts from the trip: Tel AvivFrom Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to Bethlehem and HebronThe Old City of JerusalemQuote of the Day (Jerome Murphy-O’Connor)The Dead SeaLast Full Day in JerusalemOn the [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

P. Z. Myers shared this image indicating the status of the United States as a statistical outlier in at least one important respect (originally from Calamities of Nature): Alison Campbell tries to clear up the ongoing confusion about fact and theory. John Shuck shared some challenging thoughts inspired by Don Cupitt on solar living (and [Read More...]

Exploring Our Matrix is at Patheos

This is just a reminder that Exploring Our Matrix has moved to Patheos. All the things you’ve loved about this blog continue to characterize it at its new home. Hope you’ll continue to enjoy my blogging there every bit as much as you have enjoyed it thus far here! [Read more...]

Trees for the Gods

What do you think of this interpretation? In the Garden of Eden story…Yahweh places the two trees in the garden for the benefit of the elohim. I infer this because Yahweh did not allow the humans to eat from them, and the trees impart qualities by which the gods are identified. Apparently the elohim regularly [Read More...]

Cranks according to Jonathan Kay

What cranks truly crave is the exhilarating sense of independence, control, and superiority that come from declaring oneself a self-sufficient intellectual force. Conspiracism is a natural outlet for this craving since conspiracy theories always exist in opposition to come received truth that enjoys the blessing of experts, and because the associated claims are regarded as [Read More...]

The Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period

Via AWOL I learned of this useful online collection of Neo-Assyrian inscriptions made available by the University of Pennsylvania. Duane Smith is also excited about it. [Read more...]

Let the Text Disturb You

Having posted a link earlier today to Thom Stark’s criticisms of something Mike Heiser wrote, I am happy to be able to pass on something by Heiser himself. He posted what he calls “Heiser’s Laws for Bible Study,” and among them was this sage piece of advice: “If, after you’ve done the grunt work of [Read More...]

The Harvard Classics Free Online

Scot McKnight mentioned the fact that the Harvard Classics can be found for free online in pdf format. Having come into possession of the print set a few years ago (for free!), the big question is, if you have the actual books, are they worth keeping now that the whole thing can be carried with [Read More...]

Is Jesus The Only Way? A Progressive Christian Perspective

Elsewhere on Patheos, as part of the ongoing symposium “What is Progressive Christianity?”, Rev. Susan Strouse shares her thoughts on the idea that Jesus is the only way. [Read more...]

Thom Stark on Biblical Polytheism

Thom Stark has posted a piece, responding to Michael Heiser, discussing a couple of key texts in the Bible that seem to reflect earlier pre-monotheistic beliefs of the Israelites. I was hunting around over the past few days for exactly the same sorts of texts he cites and refers to as background and comparative materials, [Read More...]

Shocking Image of the Youth Minister who broke ALL of the Ten Commandments – Simultaneously!

HT Máire Byrne, who also shared a couple of other cartoons besides this one. Click through to see the rest. [Read more...]


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