AAR and SBL Call for Papers: The End is Near!

First, Daniel Kirk shared some advice about browser issues when submitting paper proposals – in short, if you have issues with one browser, try another! The SBL paper proposal deadline is a little over an hour away. If you plan to submit one, you need to do so quickly! Bloggers who've submitted their proposals are [Read More...]

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The Boredom of Eternity

Today's Speed Bump cartoon pinpoints an important issue with the notion of an afterlife in which people exist forever more in much the same sort of existence as human beings experience now, with personalities and experience of passing time. It is not just the stereotype of sitting on a cloud playing a harp that seems [Read More...]

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Lil’ Plato and the Allegory of the Cave Rap

A student in my colleague’s class made a rap video about the Allegory of the Cave in Plato’s Republic. It is filmed on the Butler campus and features Butler students. Let me know what you think of it! [Read more...]

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There Are No Contradictions! (A Game for 3-6 Players)

Ian posted this wonderful game idea on his blog, inspired by (among other things) the way fundamentalists deal with the diversity and contradictions within the Bible. If you play it, let me know – indeed, feel free to use the comments section here to play or at least start a game! There Are No Contradictions! [Read More...]

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Modern Exodus

If the Israelites crossed the Red Sea – or any body of water – in our day and age: HT Jim West [Read more...]

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Reluctant Adopter of New Technology

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Did Jesus Foresee, Plan, and/or Interpret His Own Death?

Did Jesus foresee his own death coming and interpret it beforehand? The opinions on this tend to be divided largely into two camps: conservative Christians who will say “Of course Jesus knew, he was God,” and others, including historians, who will say that, while Jesus might well have suspected that he might meet a fate [Read More...]

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Take Up Your Cross

I received a question in an e-mail that seemed worthy of a blog post rather than just a private response. The question was about the depiction in the Gospels of Jesus telling people to not simply follow him, but to take up their cross and follow him. One question is obviously whether Jesus can be [Read More...]

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Review of Thomas Brodie, Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus

Thomas Brodie’s book Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus: Memoir of a Discovery is in fact what the subtitle describes – a memoir of one individual scholar’s life and journey. It illustrates well that an academic career is not an isolated phenomenon, unaffected by the things that may be going on in the context [Read More...]

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SBL Seminar Papers Online

Ancient World Online noted recently that a number of SBL Seminar Papers going back more than a decade have been made available online in pdf form. Mike Heiser mentioned this as well, sharing a list of some that he downloaded, and another rounding up papers on 1 Enoch. [Read more...]

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Last Call for Biblical Studies Carnival Submissions

Via Jim West and Phil Long, I heard that Drewe, who is hosting this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival, has issued his last call for submissions. Please respond if you’ve read something this month that you think should be included! [Read more...]

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