Job 41 – Godzilla Edition

Gakusei Don suggested the above in response to my prompting about adding Godzilla to the Bible. One can actually make a serious point by doing this. Godzilla fits the text much better than a dinosaur would, and that supports the understanding of the text as referring to a mythical dragon and not a real prehistoric [Read More...]

Which Biblical Patriarch Are You?

Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those Buzzfeed quizzes – although perhaps I should make it one! But in reading assignments from a course that I teach, I was struck by the contrast between Abraham and Job. Abraham and Job are both tested. Abraham obeys unquestioningly. Job questions daringly. How is it that people can point [Read More...]

Satin Tempted Job

I didn’t have a lot of howlers in student assignments this past semester. But there was one that made up for it: it said that “satin tempted Job.” I thought that was worth sharing. The image comes from the Bible Exploration website. Yes, I know it is a depiction of Joseph and his coat of many colors. [Read More...]

Whirlwind Creation Museum

A post on the blog Internet Monk recently explored the idea of a different sort of “creation museum,” one that accurately depicts the natural world (unlike the Creation Museum in Kentucky), and takes its inspiration more from the end of Job than the beginning of Genesis. The ending of Job depicts God as pointing to creation, not [Read More...]

Ray Comfort Hates Science and the Bible Equally

I am pretty certain at this stage that Ray Comfort is someone who is intentionally trying to make Christianity look bad. Just look at this Facebook post of his, which P. Z. Myers shared on his blog: Ancient people often thought that the dry earth is situated above the chaotic waters from which they were [Read More...]

Book of Job Trigger Warning

Rob Zaretsky’s piece in Inside Higher Ed proposes trigger warnings for a number of pieces of classic literature. Given my field, I particularly appreciated his treatment of the Book of Job: Anonymous’ “The Book of Job” “Are you sure this is part of the Bible?” asked many respondents, who also exhibited intense unease with God’s actions, [Read More...]

The Minimum Bible: The Book of Job

Although most of the images in the series The Minimum Bible didn’t really speak to me in connection with the texts that they were supposed to represent, this one on the Book of Job seemed worth sharing: [Read more...]

Job Biblical Action Figure

Yesterday I saw this on Facebook: the Job Biblical Action Figure. Here’s a picture from Amazon.com: Apparently for a mere $39.95 you can own this sore-covered depiction of Job. Add three friends and a pile of ashes and you’ve got yourself a story. The same seller has WWF and Final Fantasy figures which I am [Read More...]

Is God an Economist?

First, here’s a cartoon from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: Now, let’s note what the cartoon doesn’t show. At the end of the Book of Job, Job receives back double of every type of property he owned. But he only receives the same number of children as he previously had. I suspect that, if anything, this [Read More...]

Job Notwithstanding

That the view that suffering is due to sin is still prevalent, even in traditions that have the Book of Job, just goes to show how tenacious that way of viewing things is. It is easier to accept the view of Job's friends (even if one accepts as authoritative the Book of Job, which condemns [Read More...]

Star Wars Monsters and Biblical Mythology

Yesterday I posted about theology and epic fantasy. Today we cross over (at least partly) into science fiction, with an article that talks about the roots in classic mythology of several Star Wars monsters. In the first part of their article “Drawing on the Imagination” on the official Star Wars blog, Tim Veekhoven & Kevin Beentjes [Read More...]


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