Terasem

A recent online article by Giulo Prisco drew attention to the fact that Octavia Butler’s fictional religion Earthseed (a major focus in her novel Parable of the Talents) has apparently inspired the creation of a real-life religion based on it. This new religion, Terasem, is intended to recall “Earthseed” although the article reflects some confusion [Read More...]

Recalling Our Matrix

Paul Regnier made a bingo game to help students spot parallels between Jesus and Neo in The Matrix. I’ve included the bingo card at the end of the post below. Lots of studies have been done which indicate both the recycling of story motifs across literature and film, and also the tendency of historical figures [Read More...]

From Doctor Who to Star Wars

“Today I Learned” is one of the fascinating elements on Reddit. And today I learned that the costume worn by the bounty hunter Bossk in The Empire Strikes Back was the same sort that appeared in the Doctor Who episode The Tenth Planet: Apparently Doctor Who was using a real-life¬†High-Altitude Windak Pressure Suit made for [Read More...]

Vienna

The International SBL conference this summer will be in Vienna, and I’m going to be there for part of it. I’d be interested to know if any other scholars and students of Biblical studies whom I know will be there. If so, let me know! The European Association of Biblical Studies meets jointly with the [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs

The dinosaurs from the Doctor Who episode “Invasion of the Dinosaurs“, although not terrible by the standards of the time, look really awful to some modern viewers spoiled by more advanced CGI special effects. When I rewatched the episode recently, perhaps I had duly lowered expectations, but I didn’t find that the special effects detracted [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Monster of Peladon

The episode “The Monster of Peladon“sees the Doctor return to Peladon. The daughter of king Peladon (whom the Doctor met in the earlier episode “The Curse of Peladon“) is now reigning. Superstition is a major focus in the episode, the plot of which revolves around a rebellion by miners and political machinations that are instigating [Read More...]

Star Wars Bible Translations

I made the first image inspired by a comment made here on the blog recently about Yoda’s Literal Translation, poking fun at Young’s Literal Translation. I made the second one simply because I speak Wookiee fluently and it is such a beautiful language. [Read more...]

Word for Word Translation

This meme image was inspired by a comment left on this blog by Tim, in response to the webpage for a new Bible claiming it is a “word-for-word” translation, in which he wrote, “Trying to read the English translation directly in an interlinear would confuse Yoda.”   [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Time Warrior

If the last episode saw the departure of Jo Grant, the episode The Time Warrior witnesses new opening credits (some elements of which carried over into the more famous Tom Baker credits) and the arrival of a new companion who would remain one of the most popular of all time, Sarah Jane Smith, eventually reappearing [Read More...]

Synoptic Solution, Mon Capitaine

At least twice before, I’ve shared images playing on the fact that “Q” is both a Star Trek character and the designation for a hypothetical source thought to have been used by the authors of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. But I am not sure if I shared this one. And so here it [Read More...]

Klingon Christians

Morgan Guyton has proposed “Klingon Christians” as a better designation for the Gospel Coalition's brand of conservative Christianity than other labels. I think that the association is deeply offensive…to Klingons. Guyton's point, building on observations by Pete Enns, is that this is a brand of warrior Christianity. And that is an unimportant point to make, [Read More...]


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