Angry Chickens

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A Song About Theologians

I never knew that there was a song about theologians until very recently, when Salman Hameed shared this video for the song “Theologians” by the band Wilco on his blog: Read the lyrics online. [Read more...]

After the Exile: The Transition from Pre-Exilic Judah and Israel to Post-Exilic Judaism

Here’s another audio podcast with screen capture from a class I taught. This is actually the first half of a class period, the second half of which was on the Psalms and which I shared yesterday. [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A Coupon: Trade Your Homosexuality for a Chicken Sandwich

I thought for sure that there must be some good bits of humor out there related to Chick-fil-A (sorry, I meant “chicken restaurant that must not be named”), given the current controversies. But the web’s offerings were surprisingly few – barely an extra-small fries’ worth. But then I found the coupon below on a site [Read More...]

What’s the Matter, Chick-fil-A Protesters? Chicken?

Ever since the hubbub about Chick-fil-A started, I’ve been looking for a way to work in a Spaceballs reference. And so I am glad to have found a way to do so, even if the connection may only become apparent later in the post. Today is both Chick-fil-A protest day and Chick-fil-A appreciation day. I [Read More...]

Class on Apocalyptic, Early Judaism, and the Context of Jesus

Above is the screen capture and audio from a class I taught as part of my course on the Bible, initially focusing on apocalyptic literature (and in particular the Book of Daniel), and moving from there to the Judaism of Jesus’ time. [Read more...]

Class on the Psalms and Hebrew Poetry

I will be working through some screen and audio captures I made during my class on the Bible a while back, looking to see whether some or all of it may be useful when I teach a version of that course online next summer, as well as perhaps for students taking the course during the [Read More...]

Put Zeus Back in the Olympics

  I thought this was a clever parody of the Christian rhetoric about a “war on Christmas.” HT Star Foster on Facebook   [Read more...]

NEH Award Funds Commentary on the Mandaean Book of John

The NEH has issued a press release, and so presumably it is OK to announce publicly that the NEH has awarded a grant for the second stage of our project on the Mandaean Book of John, to add a commentary to the translation and Mandaic text that resulted from our past two years of work. [Read More...]

Remembering Rudolf Bultmann

Two bloggers I read regularly posted about Rudolf Bultmann today, the anniversary of his death on July 30th, 1976. One offered appreciations, the other posted a rather ridiculous denigration that made me suspect the person writing it has never read Bultmann for himself. Bultmann is famous – and in some circles infamous – for his [Read More...]

The Only True God in Paperback

My book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context is now at long last available in paperback! My first author's copy arrived a few days ago, and it now shows up on Amazon.com as available. Click the link above for more details. Some of you have been waiting a long time [Read More...]


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