Invaders from the East

They came from far in the East, thousands of miles away. And they took over a land that did not previously belong to them. Their arrival changed the religious, cultural, and political makeup of the territory dramatically. Is this right? How should we view something like this, when it happened hundreds of years ago – indeed, [Read More...]

1913: Seeds of Conflict

I had it drawn to my attention that a movie is being released, focusing on Ottoman Palestine in 1913, incorporating film from that period that was recently rediscovered. It asks how we get from the situation then to the situation now. It looks very interesting! The film is called 1913: Seeds of Conflict. [Read more...]

Modern Ascent to Jerusalem

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Muted Hosannas

Readers of my blog, and people who follow me on Twitter or are connected with me on Facebook, will be familiar with Jeff Carter, whose blog That Jeff Carter Was Here features things like Bible-inspired limericks. But his blog has also regularly featured photography and poetry, and those posts were in some instances precursors to [Read More...]

Academic Conferences Are…

A Facebook page shared this image: I tried typing in those words and didn’t get the same suggestion, and so this is presumably either photoshopped or an indication of what the person who made it usually searches for. When I tried typing in variations, I found this: I’ve never found an academic conference to be a waste [Read More...]

Jerusalem: The IMAX Movie

I have been excited about the IMAX movie Jerusalem since the first time I saw the trailer. The aerial perspectives are breathtaking, and will amaze even those who have been to the places in it. Last night, I had the opportunity to see an advance screening of the complete movie at the IMAX theater at the [Read More...]

Settlers of Canaan

OK, so somehow I had missed, until Jeff Carter and Jonathan Bernier drew it to my attention, that there is a game which is an authorized variation on Settlers of Catan, called…Settlers Of Canaan! I will keep an eye out for it at GenCon tomorrow. Of related interest, Minion Games has one called Kingdom of [Read More...]

James D. G. Dunn on Gaza

Here’s a letter to the editor written to The Guardian by James D. G. Dunn, New Testament scholar and my doctoral supervisor, about the situation in Israel and Gaza: Dear Sir, I count myself as a supporter of the state of Israel, of its resettlement in its historic setting.   But I have been distressed not only [Read More...]

Israel and Palestine in Sunday School

I was asked by my Sunday school class to help them understand what is going on in Israel and the Palestinian territories, and how if at all this connects with the Bible. I was going to try to make a video with a brief overview of the history of Israel, providing maps and illustrations. But I have [Read More...]

In Jesus’ Way

The above photo was kindly taken by Ryan Eller on the recent trip I led to Israel. He gave me the strangest look when I told him that you never know when a photo of oneself exiting a first-century tomb will come in handy. The tomb in the photo is a replica at the Nazareth [Read More...]

Temple Mount Flyover

From SourceFlix. Since the area is a no-fly zone even when there isn’t war going on, this is a rather rare perspective. Sharing this video also gives me the chance to see whether issues I’ve had in the past have been resolved, now that the Patheos upgrade has finished. And so let me try embedding a YouTube [Read More...]