Defending Absolute Truth?

Zack Hunt, after quoting Isaiah, writes: This is what, or rather who, we should be defending. The orphan. The widow. The oppressed. The least of these right outside our door. But like the Israel of Isaiah’s day, we suffer from an idolatry of faith that values theology and tradition more than people. We’re plagued by [Read More...]

The Liberal Bible

Benjamin Corey has written two posts, one about how reading the Bible makes you more liberal, the other about how reading the Bible makes you more progressive. (See the Patheos Progressive Christian Digest for this and more!) In related news, Bob Cargill drew attention to the fact that, if you missed last night’s episode of [Read More...]

Isaiah in Philippians 2

Abram K-J mentioned today on his blog the experience of noticing for the first time that, in the hymnic passage Philippians 2:6-11, Paul quotes a monotheistic text from Isaiah. Here they both are: Philippians                                           [Read More...]

Authorship of Isaiah

My course on the Bible focuses a lot of attention on the identification and use of reliable sources. When students try to tackle an assignment on the authorship of the Book of Isaiah, they consistently find LaMar Adams’ online article, produced at Brigham Young University, which uses computer-generated statistics for the occurrence of certain prefixes [Read More...]

Assyrian Dalek

HT Stephen Savage on Facebook. If Sennacherib had at least one Dalek and he couldn't take Jerusalem, does that mean that God sent the Doctor to help king Hezekiah? (For a more mundane explanation of the image, see the British Museum web site).   [Read more...]

Lecture on Prophets and Prophecy in Ancient Israel

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The Bible, Barack Obama, and American Business

First, let’s make sure that the president of the United States is quoted correctly and in full (unlike in Bristol Palin’s recent blog post and so many similar corners of the internet): Now, some thoughts relating to those who have been complaining about what the president said. I can see how all sorts of arrogant [Read More...]

Is Jesus Satan?

Now that I have your attention, I should presumably next reassure you by saying “NO!” But hopefully you are still asking yourself why on earth anyone would ask the question in the first place. The reason is a discussion in my Sunday school class last week. We’ve been working through the Book of Revelation, and [Read More...]


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