The Buddha has been Upgraded

When I saw the photo above by M. Elsevier Stokmans, which accompanied the news that a CT scan of a Buddha statue had revealed a mummy inside, I presume I wasn’t the only one to think of the Doctor Who episode “Dark Water” and the Cybermen, right? There’s more information on Robs Webstek’s website. [Read more...]

$3,000 per word?

Bart Ehrman recently blogged about the fact that he typically receives at least $5,000 for a speaking engagement, and an extra $1,000 per additional lecture at the same event. And so that is a minimum of $6,000 for a two-lecture event. Daniel Gulotta shared the program from an event at which Bart was giving two lectures. [Read More...]

Matthew Conflator

Chris Tilling shared a link to Alan Garrow’s website, where he explores the neglected solution to the Synoptic problem which views Matthew as having worked with Mark and Luke. That view will also get a treatment in Robert MacEwen’s forthcoming monograph, Matthean Posteriority: An Exploration of Matthew’s Use of Mark and Luke as a Solution [Read More...]

The Gospel of John in a Galaxy Far Far Away

In a recent blog post, Andrew McGowan suggested that the opening lines of the Gospel of John or the Letter to the Hebrews ought, if transferred into a modern idiom, appear in the characteristic scrolling text that opened the Star Wars films. I think it is also interesting to ask the reverse question. Fast forwarding into [Read More...]

Why The Exodus Was Necessary

Grumpy Pharaoh. That was the problem. [Read more...]

The Historical Nazareth of Jesus

Larry Hurtado blogged about an article about recent excavations of structures in Nazareth from the time of Jesus. Mike Kok has an article in The Bible and Interpretation, based on his new book about the Gospel of Mark. Jonathan Burke shared a list of books on the historical Jesus that he recommends. The Christian Post [Read More...]

How Spelling Bees Are Won

From Perry Bible Fellowship. I think this cartoon shows the problem with viewing prayer – whether to the same deity or a different one – as a way of getting an edge in competitions. What do we really think is happening behind the scenes? Do we imagine one deity or many deciding – whether through [Read More...]

Walking on Water

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Invaders from the East

They came from far in the East, thousands of miles away. And they took over a land that did not previously belong to them. Their arrival changed the religious, cultural, and political makeup of the territory dramatically. Is this right? How should we view something like this, when it happened hundreds of years ago – indeed, [Read More...]

The President on Islam

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Why Go To University if You Don’t Understand What It’s For?

There was an article in my school’s student newspaper, in which a student who wished to remain anonymous, self-identifying only as an accounting major, said that they sneak out early from required cultural events, and that they have never been to one that they enjoyed. I decided to blog about it, but also to submit [Read More...]


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