The Missing Envelope from Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

HT Joel Watts [Read more...]

Laziness Ancient and Modern

In an essay earlier this semester, a student quoted Proverbs 18:9 as evidence that laziness was viewed negatively in ancient Israel, expressing themselves in a modern way which seemed to envisage someone who relies on handouts or the system and refuses to work. Prov. 18:9 says: One who is slack in work is close kin to [Read More...]

Biblical Studies Carnival February 2015

Jennifer Guo has posted the latest round-up of highlights from the past month of Biblical studies blogging. Click through and take a look!   [Read more...]

#NoahWins

Saturday’s Non Sequitur connected Noah and Twitter. It isn’t the first time such a connection has been made: [Read more...]

COATPEG Miracles

Paul Regnier came up with an acronym for remembering key aspects of Jesus’ miracles as depicted in the New Testament, which is adapted from an A-Level textbook by Gwynn ap Gwilym. Here’s how Regnier explains the acronym in greater detail: Command – Jesus performs some miracles with only a verbal command. This is the case with nature [Read More...]

Was Peter…?

I asked students whether Peter (as in the apostle) was married. Some decided to Google it. What they discovered is that most people who start their inquiry with “Was Peter” are not interested in the apostle and whether he was married. Here are the autocomplete suggestions: On the question of whether Peter was married, Google [Read More...]

Blogger and Online Publication SBL Call for Papers

This is a friendly reminder that the SBL call for papers for the November annual meeting closes Wednesday, March 4th. Here is the call for papers for the Blogger and Online Publication Section: The Blogger and Online Publication Section has focused most of its attention in recent years on the blogging side of its name. [Read More...]

A Missing Page From Genesis

A friend drew my attention to this cartoon from People in White Coats. I’m a bit confused, to be honest. The shape of the bodies being thrown overboard makes me think that they are supposed to be Noah and his family. Were they not primates?! Or is the idea that they were made from modeled [Read More...]

David Clines on the Varieties of Biblical Creation

Biblical Studies Online shared the above lecture by David Clines, which is about the variety of views and depictions of creation in the Bible. And of related interest, Deane Galbraith shared an article by David Clines on the sons of God in Genesis 6. [Read more...]

Escalating Ad Wars

A site like Patheos depends on advertising. The use of ad-blockers not only places the site’s ongoing existence in jeopardy in the long term, but deprives bloggers of their measly income in the short term as well. I was aware that Patheos was going to try to find a way of delivering one advertisement in a way [Read More...]

Matthew Conflator

Chris Tilling shared a link to Alan Garrow’s website, where he explores the neglected solution to the Synoptic problem which views Matthew as having worked with Mark and Luke. That view will also get a treatment in Robert MacEwen’s forthcoming monograph, Matthean Posteriority: An Exploration of Matthew’s Use of Mark and Luke as a Solution [Read More...]


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