The Nag Hammadi Codices in their Monastic Context

The blog Past Horizons has a post today which begins by saying “The texts of the Nag Hammadi codices have commonly been treated as mere witnesses to Gnostic texts in Greek mainly from the second and third centuries. A new research project will now challenge this approach by interpreting the Coptic texts of these codices within the context of their probable production and use in fourth- [Read More...]

Review of Roberge, The Paraphrase of Shem

My review of Michel Roberge’s book The Paraphrase of Shem (NH VII,1): Introduction, Translation and Commentary has been published in Review of Biblical Literature. Click through if you’d like to read it. [Read more...]

Neil Godfrey on Paul-Louis Couchoud

Paul-Louis Couchoud has something in common with other mythicists: he was not a historian. But Couchoud also has something in common with the kinds of mythicists that could, at one point, be taken seriously: he died more than half a century ago. He thus formulated his ideas and wrote about them before the Dead Sea [Read More...]

The Baptism of Jesus by John in the Mandaean Book of John

I have posted a very rough draft of chapter 30 of the Mandaean Book of John, which depicts Jesus coming to John the Baptist in order to be baptized by him. You can read it by clicking through to the Mandaean Book of John blog. This is one of several chapters that I will be [Read More...]

Spirituality and Sci-Fi Around the Blogosphere

At IO9, an article on “Why We Still Love Battlestar Galactica” focuses on Ron Moore’s work not only on BSG but also on Star Trek and other shows, using religion to provide depth and realism to fictional alien cultures. There have also been numerous new posts over at Philip K. Dick and Religion, including one [Read More...]

2013 Conference on Mandaeism

I’d been waiting for an update on a conference which had initially been proposed to be held this summer. Here’s the updated information from the ARAM Society web site: Mandaeism, 25-28 July 2013 (University of Stockholm – Sweden) ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirty Seventh International Conference on the theme of Mandaeism, [Read More...]

An Amusing Anthem for New Doctor Who

Via Maggie Dawn I learned of this hilarious reworking of a classic song, updated to tell the story of the revival of Doctor Who by Julie Gardner and Russell T. Davies, and performed by John Barrowman, Catherine Tate, and David Tennant (perhaps better known to some as Capt. Jack Harkness, Donna Noble and the Tenth Doctor). [Read More...]

Everything Changes from Day One when you start watching Torchwood

You may be surprised to learn what a latecomer I am to Torchwood. I just started watching the show a few days ago – and I don’t mean just started getting caught up on the latest season, but I just watched the first two episodes from season 1 a few days ago. As a Doctor [Read More...]

The Matrix and Gnosticism in the News

There’s a reason why I called my blog “Exploring Our Matrix” – it started as a venue for exploring the intersection of religion and science fiction, which at that point was still more of a side interest than something I taught about and published on. That topic continues to make the news and get attention [Read More...]


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