New Testament Transcripts Prototype

AWOL shared a link to the New Testament Transcripts Prototype of the University of Munster Institute for New Testament Textual Research. If you aren’t already following AWOL – Ancient World Online – then you should be. It highlights fascinating online open access resources, such as the one mentioned above, or the Max Planck Institute for [Read More...]

Caleb the Surfer

Today’s Non Sequitur. While Moses seems not to appreciate it, according to the Bible, Caleb was one of the few from the Exodus generation allowed to enter the promised land. And he lived to be at least 85. Maybe surfing had something to do with it? [Read more...]

Judgment and Judgmentalism

Some seem to think that the basis for their judgment before God will be whether they were as judgmental towards others as they think God also is.   [Read more...]

Translating Names

Charles Häberl has blogged about an issue that translators regularly face, and which we must deal with as we work towards the final version of our translation of the Mandaean Book of John (or as it might perhaps better be called, The Doctrine of John or The Teaching of John). How are names best translated? When [Read More...]

SBL Paper Accepted

I’ll be on a panel of invited speakers at SBL in 2014, talking about Bart Ehrman’s latest book. In addition, I’ve had a paper accepted by the Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship consultation. Here’s the abstract: Can University Walls Keep Out The Internet? Statements can be found on the websites of many sectarian educational institutions, indicating [Read More...]

Are the Christologies of Paul and Mark Different?

In discussions of Christology, a major divide (as illustrated by the dueling books between Ehrman and several Evangelical scholars) is between those who say that “high” Christology was present as far back as we can trace, and those who see such Christology as a result of a long period of development. Two key pieces of [Read More...]

Not the Best Spokesperson for Christianity

Then again, the sign did get me to go look at their website and watch a bit of a video, and so if that was the aim, it worked…   [Read more...]

The Triumph of Idealism

A comment on this blog drew the above lecture by Keith Ward to my attention. There is a transcript on the Gresham College website. I have not had time to watch the video yet, but I previously shared another of his lectures on this topic, and blogged about his book More Than Matter? Let me also [Read More...]

Are You Backed Up?

I have often been struck by the parallel between religious terminology about salvation and the ways we talk about digital data: in terms of being “saved. And there are those who hope to achieve longer life, if not ultimately eternal life, by making a backup copy of their mind that can be transferred to a [Read More...]

Top 50 Biblioblogs

Peter Kirby has shared a list of the most popular biblioblogs this month. Exploring Our Matrix came in at number 8. Thanks for reading!   [Read more...]

God is Truth

The above quote on Facebook seemed worth turning into a meme, and so I did so, with the author’s permission. “In my view, Ham’s basic mistake is to separate God and Truth. Not only is all truth God’s truth, but God and Truth are indistinguishable. God is identical to his attributes. Inasmuch as Ham stands [Read More...]


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