Fourth Picture Meme

I’ve been known to pass on a good meme now and then. I’ve also at least once meant to return to one and failed to do so. Jim West tagged me on one that I’d just as gladly ignored. The rules are as follows: Go to the 4th folder in your computer where you store [Read More...]

Mistaken Memories

Working on the subject of oral tradition has further exposed me to the fascinating field of psychology of memory. Not only is our memory of stories we’ve heard fallible, but our own memories of our own experiences are plagued by the same issues. And so even if Richard Bauckham is right about the importance of [Read More...]

One Hundred Powers in the Blogosphere

Several bloggers have already noted the list of the Top 100 Theology Blogs that has been posted at the Christian Colleges web site. In addition to feeling honored to have made the list myself, I was delighted to learn that there is a blog dedicated to a subject that fascinates me, the rabbinic discussion of [Read More...]

Multiple Attestation and the Markan Apocalypse

My main academic project for my sabbatical is on oral tradition in early Christianity, and what is involved in taking seriously the fact that, even though all we have are literary remains, these are products of a primarily oral environment, and even when a literary relationship can be shown to exist, orality ought not to [Read More...]

Final Battlestar Galactica: Face of the Enemy Webisode

Here is Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy webisode number 10, the last in the series. [Read more...]

Most Recent Comments

I’ve added to the sidebar a gadget with the most recent comments that have been left, so that visitors can see where conversations are ongoing. Let me know if this feature is useful! I’ve also added some daily astronomy pictures, just because… [Read more...]

Cutting Superman’s Hair

Yesterday in my Sunday School class, we moved beyond our discussion of the varied portraits of Jesus found in the Gospels to begin to answer the question posed in Mark’s Gospel, “Who do you say that I am?” Being so used to discussing the views of others, it was interesting and helpful to have to [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Jocelyn Penny Small)

“It simply was not possible physically for ancient historians with their work methods to dissect in memory contradictory variants into separate elements in order to produce a single, more logical version.” – Jocelyn Penny Small, Wax Tablets of the Mind: Cognitive Studies of Memory and Literacy in Classical Antiquity (New York: Routledge, 1997) p.185. [Read more...]

A Death and a Resurrection

While it is being said that NT Wrong (the blog, not the person behind it) is dead, we have also heard glad tidings of a web site’s resurrection. Early Christian Writings, one of the most useful online resources for the study of early Christian sources, has returned to life. So too has Early Jewish Writings. [Read More...]

Jesus with or without Special Effects

Mike Leaptrott has a simply wonderful short reflection on his blog entitled “Jesus in CGI“. He considers the miracles and other such facets of the Gospels as “special effects” and considers how they (like modern CGI effects) have the potential to make the “movie” more or less enjoyable. Here’s a taste: Current flavors of fundamentalism [Read More...]


Recently I finally got around to watching the movie Appleseed and its sequel Appleseed: Ex Machina. You can watch the trailer for Appleseed here and the trailer for Ex Machina here. Like many works of Japanese anime, these movies explore the integration of human and machine, as well as other technologies such as cloning. Both [Read More...]