Outgrowing and Out-learning Young-Earth Creationism

There are a couple of interesting posts around the blogosphere related to young-earth creationism. Fred Clark has a delightful post with the title “Answers in Genesis teaches how not to read a story.” Here’s a sizable sampling: I know, I know, picking on the young-earth creationists is too easy. Fish in a barrel and all [Read More...]

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Khirbet Qeiyafa’s Model Shrines and the Accuracy of the Bible

Being in the throes of grading, I am a bit late blogging about the announcement of the discovery of clay model shrines at Khirbet Qeiyafa dating from roughly 3,000 years ago. The Times of Israel has an article on the subject, and the Hebrew University issued a press release.  Demotix treats the find as evidence [Read More...]

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John’s Apologetic Christology for Kindle

I somehow failed to notice earlier that my first book, John’s Apologetic Christology: Legitimation and Development in Johannine Christology, is available for Kindle, at a much cheaper price than even the paperback version, and a significant reduction off even the digital list price. And so I thought I’d mention it here! [Read more...]

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Richard Strauss, Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome

In the category of quasi-Biblical music from my favorite era, here is music by Richard Strauss! [Read more...]

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Divine Author and Intelligent Designer of Killing Machines?

Steve Douglas has a post on the idea of God as author of Scripture which combined insight with a way of putting things that is simply delightful. Here’s a taste: To put it bluntly, I am no longer of the opinion that Scripture is layered with a special coating of “what God meant” sauce; neither [Read More...]

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April Fool’s Biblical Studies Carnival

Jonathan Robinson has posted a very entertaining Biblical Studies Carnival. In the process he noted that 85% of Biblical Studies graduates cannot spot what is wrong with this picture: The reason, of course, is that 85% of Biblical studies graduates are too young to recognize any of the characters in the picture… Click through to [Read More...]

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Antiultracrepidarians vs. Deliberatefraudists: Smackdown in the Blogosphere

Jim West posted the following definition in a post in which he defined himself as an anti-ultracrepidarian: ul·tra·crep·i·dar·i·an [uhl-truh-krep-i-dair-ee-uhn] adjective 1. noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise: The play provides a classic, simplistic portrayal of an ultracrepidarian mother-in-law. Origin: 1800–20; ultra- [Read More...]

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The Historical Jesus around the Blogosphere

There’s a lot of interesting stuff in the blogosphere in the past day or so related to topics of regular interest on this blog. Bart Ehrman offered a lengthy reply to Richard Carrier. Ehrman also did an interview at Religion Dispatches about his latest book, Did Jesus Exist? Thom Stark deals with Richard Carrier’s attempt [Read More...]

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The Work Of Bibliobloggers Gets Its Due

Bibliobloggers have finally made it into the big league, getting a mention on the front page of the New York Times (click through to see it in full context): Please click through and see the page itself to verify its authenticity before reading further. Now that I’ve put some of you in shock and made [Read More...]

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Names in the Talpiot Tombs

Kevin Kilty and Mark Elliot have an article in The Bible and Interpretation about the names in Talpiot Tomb A. Jim West also linked to it. Among other things, it asks whether it is implausible that Jesus could have had a son named Judah. Bob Cargill opined that each new photo from the Talpiot tombs [Read More...]

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Theme from Exploring Our Matrix

I previously tried to post this but was unsuccessful, and so I am trying again. Blog reader Keika made this video opening credits for the blog: He also made an extended version which features both Darth Vader and a Gorn as creationist foes. Watch what I do to them! Thanks, Keika, for both of these! [Read More...]

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