Drought, Earthquake, and the Emergence of Israel

Eric Cline has made the case that an earthquake storm in the Eastern Mediterranean region and Anatolia may have created the context in which early Israel emerged, as the resulting cutting of trade routes and system collapse brought about the demise of Canaanite civilization – and others – as they had existed up to this [Read More...]

Interest in the Bible

Fred Clark recently noted how odd it is that some will make an issue that is of at most tangential interest (pun intended) to the Biblical authors a litmus test of religious identity, but ignore things that are emphasized repeatedly. One obvious example is the Bible's prohibition against charging interest (at least when lending to [Read More...]

Let My People Go!

David Hayward has done it again. Such a simple and yet such a poignant idea – that in at least some instances, the church has become like Pharaoh. Behaving like tyrants, many authoritarian pastors have become the sorts of oppessive dictators that God's people need to be liberated from. Frequently in Jewish tradition, as well [Read More...]

Equality Profile Picture of the Day

Via Lori Baron on Facebook   [Read more...]

Medium and Message

Via Episcopal Church Memes. What so you think? Was it Comic Sans? Or maybe Papyrus?   [Read more...]

Use the Force, Isaiah!

I liked this Biblical parody of the well known meme-image that aims to infuriate nerds. It works just as well. If you are a Biblical scholar, or just someone who knows the Bible well, did it make your head explode? From Cake or Death   [Read more...]

Promised Land Expressway

Today's Non Sequitur is on a Biblical theme once again. It is rather silly, but then so too are those who make assumptions about the historicity of the Exodus story without knowing where the ancient Egyptian toll roads in the region were.   [Read more...]

Ten Commandments – Complete With Carry Case

One could suggest that refusing the satchel is the reason why the commandments so often get broken…   [Read more...]

The Ten Recommendations

When I saw yesterday’s Non Sequitur cartoon, it reminded me of something that I run up against regularly in class: For today’s students, the Ten Commandments have always been ten “recommendations” or “suggestions.” No matter how strongly they were ingrained in them from an early age, they have not had the status of law – apart from [Read More...]

Modern Exodus

If the Israelites crossed the Red Sea – or any body of water – in our day and age: HT Jim West [Read more...]

Lecture on Exodus and Conquest

I had hoped to make a recording of my class today, but we ended up discussing points raised by a student’s presentation, and so I recorded the above lecture in my office later in the day, so that I can post it and not take more class time covering the key points. I’d be interested [Read More...]


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