How to Make a Liberal Bible Scholar

Today’s “Quote of the Day” comes from Greg Carey: The best way for conservative churches to produce “liberal” biblical scholars is to keep encouraging young people to read the Bible…Reading the Bible is a terrific cure for fundamentalism. That’s exactly how many of us so-called liberal Bible scholars got our start. Those quotes are from [Read More...]

Marvin Meyer R.I.P.

Marvin Meyer, known to many not only for his work on the Gnostic Gospels but also his appearance in several documentaries, has passed away. Alin Suciu has more details about his career and his passing. Meyer was scheduled to present in the same Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism session as I am in November at the [Read More...]

AAR and SBL Sessions 2012

The program book for the Society of Biblical Literature 2012 Annual Meeting¬†and the program book for the American Academy of Religion 2012 Annual Meeting, which will take place together in Chicago in November, are both¬†now online. I’ll be reading one paper and serving on one panel at the SBL conference, and will be part of [Read More...]

Miriai’s Story

One of the first stories I became acquainted with in the Mandaean Book of John is the story of Miriai. Since it is one of the excerpts from the book that had previously been translated into English, it was interesting to spend some time wrestling with some of the obscure terms and idioms in the [Read More...]

SBL Paper Proposal Accepted: Revisiting the Relationship between the Mandaean Book of John and the New Testament

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a few days. I received notification that the paper I proposed, “Revisiting the Relationship between the Mandaean Book of John and the New Testament,” has been accepted for the 2012 Annual Meeting program unit Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism. Several other bibliobloggers have also shared details about the [Read More...]

CFP Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society

The Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society conference is coming up soon, and while I have tended in recent years to attend and present at the Midwest SBL meeting, because Indiana is at the place where the two regions meet, I have at times attended the Eastern Great Lakes conference and found it a wonderful experience. [Read More...]

Society of Biblical Literature Call for Papers

The call for papers for the 2012 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, which will take place in Chicago in November, is now online.   [Read more...]

Biblical Studies Carnival 69 at Remnant of Giants

As a Doctor Who fan, I was tempted to call this “Carnival of Giants” as a mash-up of two episode titles, “Carnival of Monsters” and “Planet of the Giants.” But even though I didn’t, there is still a giant carnival over at Deane Galbraith’s blog Remnant of Giants. There are some posts from here and [Read More...]

What if This is All there Is? What if I’m not Right?

John Hobbins shared this story which he heard at AAR/SBL in San Francisco, and I thought it was worth passing on (it is apparently a variation on a joke told by Stephen Colbert): A guy commits suicide. And he goes to heaven, which is not what he expected. God greets him there, and the guy [Read More...]

Cylon Resurrection and More from the Last Day #AARSBL #SBLAAR

If you didn’t get a copy of Religion and Science Fiction at AAR/SBL, one of the people you can blame is Jim Linville, who apparently was one of those who snatched up a copy. But when it inspired him to make this LOLcat image, I don’t think anyone can be mad at him, or indeed [Read More...]

Religion and Science Fiction Sold Out at #AARSBL #SBLAAR

Religion and Science Fiction sold out at the AAR/SBL conference, and so the publisher has decided to make the conference discount of 40% off available to anyone who contacts the publisher and indicates that they would have liked to have purchased it with the conference discount but could not because it sold out. I asked, [Read More...]


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