Did Morton Smith Forge the Gospel of Philip?

The Gospel of Philip was found at Nag Hammadi together with other Coptic texts, and so it would have involved quite a conspiracy for Morton Smith to have forged the text and placed it in the midst of the other Nag Hammadi texts. But since some scholars consider Smith to have been a mastermind at [Read More...]

The Doctor Studied at the University of Glasgow

Well done, University of Glasgow! The university dug into its archives and found evidence that the Doctor did indeed study there. [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: Exodus Part 3

In the final part of the season finale, we catch our first proper glimpse of the smoke monster, followed soon after by an even better look, although we still have no idea what we are looking at. Jack, Kate, and Hurley run at the sound it makes, but Locke goes closer, and soon finds himself being [Read More...]

John J. Collins Lectures

Thank you to Nijay Gupta for drawing attention to these two videos of lectures by John J. Collins. The topics of the lectures are “Torah and Jewish Identity in Second Temple Judaism” and “Non-Mosaic Forms of Judaism in Second Temple Judaism.” [Read more...]

Amazing Lookalike?

There is apparently a blog devoted to Biblical scholars and their lookalikes. This isn’t the first time that someone has suggested that I resemble actor Paul Giamatti: I think mine may be the only one on the site where there’s a genuine resemblance. What do others think?   [Read more...]

The Wonder of the Universe and the Language of Science and Faith

I am long overdue to blog about several books that IVP has sent me on the subject of science. Scientific illiteracy is a major problem in the United States in general, but among conservative Evangelicals in particular, and Christians in general, that scientific illiteracy, mixed with equal parts of illiteracy about the Bible, its context, and scholarship [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Exodus Part 2

Part two of the season finale from the first season of LOST begins with a close-up of Aaron’s eye. Moving dynamite out of the Black Rock, Arzt detonates. Hurley blames himself, as bad luck. Kate reassures him that it was an accident. In a flashback, we see Jin confronted by someone who works for Mr. [Read More...]

Why Do Unsexy Things Happen to Sexy People?

SMBC has tackled the problem of evil. What do you make of its response? I have this discussion (about the problem of evil – not about fetishes) in my First Year Seminar class regularly. Does anyone actually want to live in a universe in which you get a cookie every time you do something good, and as a [Read More...]

Entangled Religions

Ancient World Online (AWOL) shared news about a very interesting new open access journal: Entangled Religions. Here is the description: Entangled Religions: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Religious Contact and Transfer Entangled Religions (ER) is a peer reviewed online periodical that complements the book series “Dynamics in the History of Religions” (DHR) published with Brill.Entangled Religions is [Read More...]

Quote of the Day

“It’s not lost, it’s not a gospel, it’s a very naughty marketing campaign.” – Rev. Arun Arora, speaking about the claims in Simcha Jacobovici’s book The Lost Gospel. [Read more...]

If You Attend Just One Session at SBL #sblaar #aarsbl14 #sblaar14

Mike Bird has this recommendation to offer for a session that he and I are both involved in: BIG ALERT! On the Saturday [of SBL], I’m speaking at the Extent of Theological Diversity section where we’re reviewing Bart Ehrman’s book How Jesus Became God featuring Bart Ehrman, Larry Hurtado, James McGrath, Craig Evans, and Dale Martin. If [Read More...]


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