Mythicist vs. Short Smiling Scholar

It has been a while since I have blogged about mythicism. But several mythicism-related blog posts have appeared over the past day or so. I will start with the most entertaining. Rene Salm managed to get a paper accepted at SBL, and not only has he shared his paper online, but at the blog Vridar [Read More...]

The Most Interesting Bible in the World

When I saw the above image on Episcopal Church Memes on Facebook, my first reaction was, “Why is that supposed to be funny?” The NRSV with Apocrypha is the standard in academic study Bibles – the New Oxford Annotated Bible, the Access Bible, the Harper Collins Study Bible, and many others. And so I use [Read More...]

How The Grinch Stole Christians

And I thought that trying to shop only at stores that say “Merry Christmas” was bad… HT Roger Wolsey   [Read more...]

NRSV on BibleGateway

Henry Neufeld shared the news that BibleGateway now includes the New Revised Standard Version, the translation used in many academic study Bibles used in colleges and universities. [Read more...]

#ProgGOD 2: The Incarnation

I was putting off responding to Tony Jones’ recent provocation to progressive Christians to answer the question “Why an Incarnation?”, but this cartoon a friend shared on Facebook made me decide to get to it sooner: As someone who is not only a progressive Christian, but also a New Testament scholar, the conversation for me [Read More...]

A Final, Difficult Question

David Hayward has created another wonderfully provocative cartoon. This one depicts God asking a difficult question at the final judgment: [Read more...]

Is the Oldest Science Fiction in the Talmud?

Anthony Le Donne suggested on his blog (and in a recent conference paper) that a story in the Babylonian Talmud, in b. Menaḥoth 29b, might be the first science fiction story. In it, Moses time travels to Rabbi Akiba’s time. But is time travel enough to make a story science fiction? I’ve long pondered this topic, namely [Read More...]

Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime

HT Old Testament Space Opera [Read more...]

Just How Racy is the Song of Songs?

Today my class on the Bible focused on Song of Songs. This was my first time including the text as a focus. With so much to cover in a semester, it seemed in the past to be an obvious choice for something to leave by the wayside. But since it is highlighted in the textbook [Read More...]

Finally! Disqus Unsubscribe Button Available

As Sabio Lantz and others have long requested, and I’ve longed to have available, Disqus has finally integrated a separate button into the comment template used on my blog, allowing one to easily subscribe to and unsubscribe from a particular post’s comments. Look for the option at the bottom (and lest anyone be confused or [Read More...]

On Her Majesty’s Carol Service

This is a video I made featuring a musical mash-up I created. Let me know what you think of it! SPOILERS: As you’ll have gathered if you watched it, I noticed that there is overlap between the harmonic progression in part of “Carol of the Bells” and part of the “James Bond Theme.” And so [Read More...]


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