Virtual Walking Tour of Old Jerusalem

I came across the above walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. For those who have visited at other times of year, the city will seem surprisingly uncrowded, since the video was made in December. You can also take a virtual tour of Jerusalem using Google Maps street view. [Read more...]

NASSCAL (North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature)

It isn’t NASCAR (although there was some discussion of whether it would be mostly funny or mostly confusing to try to get the acronym of this new organization to have an ‘R’ at the end). NASSCAL is the newly-formed North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature. Please pay a visit to their website, and if you [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar

I apologize for not blogging about “The Witch’s Familiar” sooner – it was airing while I was traveling back from a conference. The title of this episode is no more self-explanatory than the previous one. My hunch is that both are veiled references to Clara Oswald – the Doctor’s apprentice, and yet said by Missy to be “the puppy” [Read More...]

First Man

An interesting way of approaching the idea that religion and science are not necessarily an either/or question. From C-Section Comics. Perhaps what is best about it is its suggestion that sometimes the truth makes neither side in typical debates entirely happy. [Read more...]

Punctuating Romans 1

I have blogged numerous times before about Romans 1, and the problems with reading it in isolation from the chapter which follows it, and which followed it without any break in the original letter. I have also mentioned the evidence that in the section that runs from 1:18 to the end of the chapter, Paul [Read More...]

TTFN Toronto #YCAS2015

I am at the gate at Toronto airport, ready to return to Indianapolis. I thought I would mention it for those who may have wondered if I had enough time to make it! Thank you to the conference organizers, presenters, and attendees, for making he 2015 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium such a wonderful experience! I [Read More...]

#YCAS2015 The Final Session

The final session after lunch was focused on the Gospel of Jesus' Wife. We did things slightly differently, not leaving Q&A in between papers but only after, since the session had a respondent. Brent Landau chaired, comparing the matter of GJW to a soap opera, and inviting the audience to ask for clarification if they [Read More...]

#YCAS2015 Sixth Panel

After the coffee break, Dominique Côté spoke about the Pseudo-Clementine literature, and the question of why it presents itself as a letter which needs to be approved by James of Jerusalem. James is depicted not only as bishop, but bishop of bishops, and the transmitter of the esoteric truth. Despite the marked difference of content [Read More...]

#YCAS2015 Fifth Panel

The morning of the second day of the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium began with Gregory Fewster discussing assumptions scholars work with regarding pseudepigraphy, and the question of what made a pseudepigraphal work “successful,” focusing in particular on 3 Corinthians. Among the assumptions we take for granted is that, for pseudepigraphy to work, the reputation of [Read More...]

Ahab and Jezebel in Psalm 45

A recent post by Wil Gafney about sexuality and eroticism in the Bible made the suggestion that Psalm 45 is about King Ahab and Jezebel. It is an interesting suggestion, which I had probably read before but forgotten about – for instance, Claude Mariottini blogged about the possibility in 2007, and commentaries mention it as [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman’s Keynote Address at #YCAS2015

After a delightful dinner, we returned to the main conference venue. Tony Burke introduced Ehrman, saying that he needs no introduction but it would be rude not to offer one. Burke said he is not one of the Johnny-come-lately Ehrman fanboys. He was a fan since The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, and then Misquoting Jesus [Read More...]