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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Appleseed

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...]

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Society, Science and Scholarship Around the Blogosphere

The Nation (HT PaleoJudaica) has a piece about Guy Stroumsa’s book publishing Morton Smith’s correspondence with Gershom Scholem, which may shed light on the question of whether Smith forged the Secret Gospel of Mark. Pomomusings is up to chapter 3 in Jack Rogers’ Jesus, the Bible and Homosexuality. Religion Dispatches discusses “Sex and the Seminary” [Read More...]

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When Captain Kirk Met The Doctor

Hat tip to Mark Goodacre for sharing this video clip (originally from Kelvington.com) of the U.S.S. Enterprise encountering the Tardis. [Read more...]

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Mythicism and Inerrancy

There is an interesting parallel between the situation of those arguing for the inerrancy of the Bible and that of “mythicists”, i.e. those who argue that Jesus was originally thought of as a heavenly figure, one who was later then turned into an allegedly historical figure. The case for inerrancy has to be able to [Read More...]

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Jesus, Poets and Prophets

I recall reading somewhere not long ago in my studies of oral tradition (which has touched on folksong, epic, and the Parry-Lord school) that those who composed such works would often withdraw to compose their works, and then would return and send out troubadors or other performers. I couldn’t help but think of the way [Read More...]

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LOST: What Will Happen Next?

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Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy Webisode #9

I’ve neglected for a while to mention when new installments in the Battlestar Galactica webisode series The Face of the Enemy have been made available, but I thought I’d mention the most recent, #9, since it includes a discussion of the human tendency (and ability) to see (or not see) what we want to. You [Read More...]

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Sexual Disorientation?

Having posted several pieces both here and elsewhere on the subject of homosexuality, marriage, and the Bible, I suppose some readers may have been wondering about my own sexual orientation. And so, even though it may cost me some conservative Christian readers, I thought it was time to reveal the truth: I am a heterosexual. [Read More...]

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