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...]

Woman at the Well

My latest contribution to the Bible Odyssey website is up. It is in the “Ask a Scholar” section, and is a response to this question: When Jesus speaks with the Samaritan woman in John 4:17-19, is the passage about her husbands literal, or symbolic of the five different tribes that were settled in her town? Click through [Read More...]

Richard Carrier at SBL

Simon Joseph has kindly blogged about Richard Carrier’s appearance at a regional SBL meeting. Here is an excerpt from towards the end of the post: The fact that an SBL regional meeting was hosting a review and discussion of Carrier’s book was intriguing. Richard Carrier is one of the few exceptions among those who doubt [Read More...]

Richard Carrier at SBL

Richard Carrier posted the following on his blog: The big news is that I’ve been asked by the Society of Biblical Literature (the largest academic society representing the field, of which I am a member) to present and defend the thesis of On the Historicity of Jesus at their Western Regional Conference at Azusa Pacific [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 Polite Bribe at SBL

There was a showing of the movie Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe at the Society of Biblical Literature conference in San Diego in November. The video above features Larry Hurtado, Ben Witherington, and Robert Orlando discussing the film after the showing. If you have never seen it, you can rent the movie digitally on Amazon. [Read more...]

Ranking Religious Studies Journals

Several years ago, I shared a blog post which sought to rank the top three tiers of journals in New Testament studies. That list by Peter Head was as follows: PhD students often ask for advice on the top journals in the field. So here is the list, in three separate tiers, of the top [Read More...]

Blogger and Online Publication Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature is now online. Here’s the call for papers from 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. And thus discussions [Read More...]

Assessing the Lost Gospel

Mark Goodacre has been sharing Richard Bauckham’s response to the claims made in the book The Lost Gospel in installments. Here are links to the posts in question: Part 1: The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor – Content and Context Part 2: Misinterpreting Ephrem Part 3: Misreading Joseph and Aseneth Part 4: Responding to Simcha’s Responses We [Read More...]

Scenes from #SBLAAR14

A few people took photos of me at the conference, and so I thought I would share them. I have already shared my papers. I felt that all the sessions I was involved in went well. The discussion of Bart Ehrman’s book on Saturday was great. I thought that the mix of people who agreed [Read More...]

Can University Walls Keep Out The Internet?

This is my conference paper for the Metacriticism of Biblical Studies section at SBL: ______ Can University Walls Keep Out The Internet? James F. McGrath, Butler University   ABSTRACT Statements can be found on the websites of many sectarian educational institutions, indicating that faculty and students are required to subscribe to a particular doctrinal statement. [Read More...]


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