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...]

Wilderness Wandering: There’s an App for That

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Take These Two Tablets

It looks like someone has reworked the old joke about God giving Moses a “prescription” for the Israelites' problems, saying (as a doctor might), “Take these two tablets and call me in the morning.” [Read more...]

Hieroglyphic Spelling Bee?

This is today’s Bizarro comic: As a Biblical studies professor, the question I find myself asking is why an ancient Egyptian would be using a much later Hebrew “spelling” of “plague”… ¬†:-) [Read more...]

Revelation 8-9: A Bitter Pill to Swallow

Today in my Sunday school class we tackled chapters 8-9 of Revelation, featuring the seven trumpets. We discussed the attempts of some futurist interpreters to see in the locusts Russian attack helicopters capable of launching nuclear missiles, or in Wormwood the Chernobyl disaster (Chernobyl means “Wormwood” in Ukrainian). The biggest problem with that approach is [Read More...]

Lecture on Authorship and Sources of the Pentateuch

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Enforcing the Ten Commandments

I often discuss the unenforceability of the tenth commandment (comparing it to the signs one used to see around New York, which say “Don’t even THINK of parking here.” Now, via Joel Watts, I have this cartoon to offer as an illustration. [Read more...]

Chariot Wheels in the Red Sea Hoax Persists

Wing Nut Daily recently featured a brand new article about a very old hoax, centered on the claim that chariot wheels have been found in the Red Sea. That anyone could see the photos of relatively new and shiny metal wheels and not be skeptical astonishes me. That anyone could simply take the word of [Read More...]

Korngold – Passover Psalm

Erich Wolfgang Korngold is one of my favorite composers. Here is a piece that is rare inasmuch as he wrote little choral music and little religious music: his Passover Psalm, Op.30. [Read more...]

Ceiling Cat’s Commandments

HT Jerry Coyne. While this is worth sharing just as  religion and cat humor, it also connects with my interest in religion and science fiction. Thinking about what other species, whether terrestrial or extraterrestrial, might think about God or morality is an interesting thought experiment. And on that last topic, see this amusing bit of [Read More...]

Moses and the Screenwriter

Non Sequitur HT Kristian Petersen [Read more...]


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