Bake for them Two

An updating of Matthew 5:41 by Jessica Kantrowitz. Click through to her blog to read her further thoughts about that text against the background of its original context, and its application today.   [Read more...]

The Product Placement Bible

A friend drew the Product Placement Bible to my attention. It is an attempt to show what the insertion of advertising looks like when taken too far, by doing so in the Bible. Below are a few that I thought actually kind of worked well. Click through to see more. Yes, I did decide to [Read More...]

Four Things the Bible is NOT

Aric Clark offered this helpful list of four things the Bible is not, and I thought it worth sharing. The Bible is not a text book. It does not concern itself with biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, psychology, sociology, or even really, history. Mostly it is narrative, poetry, letters, and advice/commands. We should not be [Read More...]

Baptism for the Dead: Paul and the Mandaeans

A student who gave a presentation on the Mandaeans in my “Heresy” class used the phrase “baptism for the dead” to describe the masiqta – more frequently translated as “mass for the dead” or something similar in English. The masiqta proper, of course, is a ritual meal which takes after someone has died, and not an [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Dead is Dead

The episode begins with Charles Widmore as a younger man complaining that Richard had brought one of the Dharma Initiative people there. Richard says that Jacob wanted it, and the island chooses whom it chooses. Charles then introduces himself to young Ben. Ben says he doesn’t wantto go back, but wants to stay and become [Read More...]

March 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival

Jacob Prahlow has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. Click through and enjoy! It includes lots of interesting things from the biblioblogosphere, including calls for papers and more. Thank you to Jacob for hosting the carnival!   [Read more...]

Nerd Fundamentalism: What Do Space Can(n)ons Have To Do With Biblical Canons?

The Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship section will have a session in November focused on comparing the canons of science fiction with Biblical canons, and the ways that fans/adherents of each navigate them. I’ve had a proposal accepted for the session, and here is the abstract: “Nerd Fundamentalism: What Do Space Can(n)ons Have To Do With [Read More...]

Carnival is Coming

Phil Long shared a call for contributions to the next Biblical Studies Carnival, which will be on the blog Pursuing Veritas, which is new to me. Click through for more details about how to submit a post for this carnival, and where upcoming carnivals are scheduled to me. [Read more...]

A Journey Round John: Wendy North’s Forthcoming Book

I had drawn to my attention that a new book on a field of great interest to me – Johannine Christology – is due out soon: Wendy North’s A Journey Round John: Tradition, Interpretation and Context in the Fourth Gospel (The Library of New Testament Studies), published by Bloomsbury. You can advance order the book [Read More...]

Churches: Safe Spaces or Self-Destructing Temples?

The above quote from Rachel Held Evans came to my attention soon after a New York Times article noted the misuse of “safe space” as an attempt to try to protect oneself in universities from uncomfortable ideas; and just before Andii Bowsher noted an article in the Telegraph about 38% of churchgoers keeping their liberal views on same-sex [Read More...]

Creative Titles Related to the Bible and Science Fiction

Frauke Uhlenbruch asked on Facebook for some suggestions for titles for an essay on the Bible and science fiction. Here are some of my suggestions: Biblestar Galactica The Scriptures of Distant Earth Where No Interpreter of the Bible Has Gone Before “Use the Bible, Luke!” The Book of Fahrenheit 4:51 The Binding of Isaac (Asimov) [Read More...]


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