Melammu, the Mandaeans and other Mesopotamians

Charles Jones posted at Ancient World Online about the Melammu project, which has a digital library dedicated to “The Intellectual Heritage of Assyria and Babylonia in East and West.” The site contains numerous interesting pieces, but not surprisingly the one that grabbed my attention was Amar Annus’ “Some Otherworldly Journeys in Mesopotamian, Jewish, Mandaean and [Read More...]

Are the Bible and the Qur’an like TRON?

This image has been circulating on Reddit and elsewhere: I think it is an interesting comparison to think about – as one who has blogged on more than one occasion about the relationship between religion and both the original Tron movie and the sequel Tron: Legacy. On the one hand, it certainly is mistaken to [Read More...]

Translating (Away) The Son of God

I’ve been meaning for some time to come back to a topic that has been garnering attention, the news that some Bible translations aimed at predominantly Islamic contexts were not using the phrase “son of God”, ever since I circulated an online article mentioning the news and was met with expressions of concern because that [Read More...]

Israel and the Palestinians: Reading Recommendations Sought

I’m hoping to read three books with students who will be participating in the trip to Israel/Palestine in May 2012. The first I’ve already decided on, and it is A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground by Bruce Fisk. I’m also using it as a textbook in my historical Jesus class. [Read More...]

Spiritual Agoraphobia

In my Sunday school class yesterday, we found ourselves talking about Paul’s at times universalist-sounding language in Romans, and how it relates to traditional Christian ideas about salvation, punishment and afterlife. I shared my own thought that it is hard to believe that Paul, having worked in the first part of his letter to demolish [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Crusade

The Doctor Who episode The Crusade sees the TARDIS and its passengers encounter Richard the Lionheart as he fights – and unsuccessfully considers a means of potentially reaching peace with – Saladin. The episode had the potential to have much more reference to religion than it did. But in fact, it was probably realistic to [Read More...]

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: How to Ask Hard Questions

This is the third installment in my blog review of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus, which is part of the blog tour organized by the publisher. In my experience, students are less daunted by or opposed to the asking of really difficult questions when those questions are seen to be posed or raised by the [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The God Complex (and the Complex God)

Today’s episode of Doctor Who, with the title “The God Complex,” was bound to have interesting things to talk about if you are interested in religion and science fiction. But the episode offered far more than I anticipated, and the title (like quite a few recent titles of Doctor Who episodes) turned out to refer [Read More...]


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