Ten Commandments Die

That’s “die” as in the singular of “dice,” in case that wasn’t clear. I saw this ten-sided die at GenCon and took a photo. Not sure what you’d use it for – to pick which one to obey or disobey on a given day? There were some impressive companies at GenCon that make custom dice. [Read More...]

Even If The Bible Says

This cartoon from David Hayward highlights an interesting question. Some think that, if they can find a verse in the Bible that says it is OK to be a jerk, then it is OK to be a jerk. But I’d suggest that, at this point, the very act of looking for justification for being jerk, shows that [Read More...]

Psalm 148:4 Disproves Young-Earth Creationism

Young-earth creationism claims to take Genesis literally. It insists that the firmament mentioned there is not a solid dome, and that the “water above” the firmament were water vapors, a vapor canopy that provided the waters for the global flood. Unfortunately for this view, there is no evidence for it from the natural world. But [Read More...]

Biblical Studies Carnival for August 2014

The latest Biblical Studies Carnival has been posted, hosted for the first time by Rob Bradshaw. Mike Skinner will be hosting the next one. HT for the cartoon to Phillip Long. [Read more...]

A Bible Misused

A Bible used as a weapon against other human beings, is always a Bible misused. A recent post by Kristen Rosser ended with a phrase that was so quotable, that I made it into two meme images. Please feel free to circulate either or both! [Read more...]

Noah and Spider-Man

This response to a common argument from conservative Christians is brought to you by the blog God of Evolution. [Read more...]

The Bible – Jerry Sumney’s Interactive Textbook

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to participate in the Patheos book club about Jerry Sumney’s interactive textbook, The Bible: An Introduction. While focused on the academic matters one would expect, such as situating the text in its ancient context, and clarifying scholarly perspectives on matters ranging from its sources to its meaning, Sumney [Read More...]

NETS LXX

Via Ancient World OnLine, I learned about updates to the New English Translation of the Septuagint, which is available for free in pdf format online. The pdfs include significant discussion in addition to the English translation itself.     [Read more...]

The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor

I’m delighted that St. Martin’s Press sent me an advance reading copy of Joel M. Hoffman’s book The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor: The Holy Scriptures Missing From Your Bible. The book is due out September 2nd, and will be of interest to many readers of this blog. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon in both [Read More...]

Gods, Machines, and Blogs

I recently became aware that Frauke Uhlenbruch, who chairs the EABS program unit on science fiction and the Bible, has a blog, gods and machines. It will obviously be of interest to academics who study sci-fi, comic books, and/or fandoms. Also of interest is a site connected with the “Fan Studies Network” which works to keep [Read More...]

Heavenly Hierarchy

This past Sunday in my Sunday school class, we dived back into the Letter of James after a long break. We didn’t get far. We were up to James 1:17, and I decided not to let the cosmological and theological assumptions behind the notion of good gifts coming down from above, and God as the [Read More...]


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