The Sequel to Noah

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The Bible and Time Travel

I was thinking recently that it would be fun to teach a class, whether about the Bible or history more generally, which approached it through stories about time travel to various times and places, and then looked at the actual historical sources. A few recent posts on blogs I read intersected with this, bringing the [Read More...]

The J Source

Students are regularly confused because “J” is the abbreviation for the Yahwist source, resulting from the spelling in German and the fact that the Documentary Hypothesis originated in German-language scholarship. And so that, differences in spelling, pronunciation of letters, and the challenges many have when they need to pronounce Biblical names and words, all seem [Read More...]

The Solid Sky

Hector Avalos has a lengthy and detailed post about the solidity of the sky – the “firmament” – in ancient Israelite thinking, as found reflected in the Bible. Click through to read it, especially if you are not aware of how this provides overwhelming evidence that so-called Biblical literalists in fact pick and choose what [Read More...]

Eve: The Motion Picture

From Saturday Night Live, via Hemant Mehta. What struck me most was the parental nature of God as depicted in the sketch. Disobedience wasn't something surprising, and Eve is not told “Get out of this house, you disobeyed my rules” or something authoritarian like that, but rather than she was going to need to move [Read More...]

Reading Genesis With Ancient Eyes

John Walton discusses the interpretation of Genesis’ creation stories. HT Allan Bevere [Read more...]

Fruit or Vegetable?

I thought this cartoon by Chris Bambrough was worth sharing. I think it is the first one I have ever seen focused on the creation of the tomato!   [Read more...]

Genesis and Other Storytelling

The day before yesterday, I learned that a friend of mine had previously interviewed Tony Banks and chatted with other members of the band Genesis, of which he is a huge fan. Yesterday, the Genesis album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was the focus of an article that came to my attention in The [Read More...]

Genesis: The Cinema Show

Recently brainstorming with colleagues, I mentioned to one who teaches Classics that there are references to classical literature in really old Genesis lyrics, such as “The Cinema Show.” And since it also contains one of my favorite keyboard solos to play at the end, here it is. And if, like my colleague, you are a [Read More...]

Genesis Contracted

This cartoon came to me via God of Evolution on Facebook. It looks to me more like “If the God of Genesis had Shopped at IKEA.” The world we see around us looks more like the work of creation was contracted out to natural processes, including life to a process of evolution. [Read more...]

Noah’s Ark Ant Problems

Via Caitlin Coberly on Facebook. Even seven, were ants kosher, would not have been enough. Anteaters eat thousands a day. Plus ants have lifespans that are much shorter than the duration of the flood. Has any young-earth creationist ever addressed the ant problems with treating the story as a factual account? [Read more...]


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