James D. G. Dunn chats with John Byron

On his blog The Biblical World, John Byron has posted a conversation with James D. G. Dunn. Take a look and read his retrospective thoughts on an incredibly productive and influential career in New Testament studies, and his prospective thoughts on where the field is heading in years to come. [Read more...]

The Value of the Liberal Arts

Consider this the “quote of the day.” It is from an article on the Liberal Arts in Inside Higher Ed by Richard A. Greenwald: “The liberal arts always situate graduates on the road for success. More Fortune 500 CEOs have had liberal arts B.A.s than professional degrees. The same is true of doctors and lawyers. [Read More...]

Old Spies

Isaiah Mustafa (the actor from the famous Old Spice commercials) made an appearance on Chuck this week. I find myself wondering why they didn’t make a commercial especially for the occasion: “Hello ladies. Look at your Buy More. Now look at mine. Now back at your Buy More now back at mine…” [Read more...]

September Biblical Studies Carnival

Steven Demmler hosts the September Biblical Studies Carnival at his blog You Can’t Mean That! [Read more...]

The Event: 4400 Lost Heroes?

I’m not sure that casting Zeljko Ivanek in his role on The Event was a good idea. It might have been obvious anyway that there are similarities with a key plot element on Heroes, but having the same actor playing such a similar role makes it seem that much less original. The ordinary human in a leadership position [Read More...]

Noah’s Lunches

Today’s Speed Bump: [Read more...]

The Future of the Book

A colleague forwarded me this video on three directions the book is taking as a result of new technology: Whatever you think of the video, I hope you find it an exciting and encouraging alternative to the future described in the title of an article in Inside Higher Ed: “Book: buk n (obs.)” Also related [Read More...]

What Aliens are Currently Watching on Earth TV

HT Carmen Andres It is interesting to think that, if we continue to move increasingly towards cable and then internet as a means of distributing content, eventually phasing out the antenna broadcasts that leak our shows into space, some show currently on, if it continues long enough, might be the last TV show aliens pick up. [Read More...]

Cartoons and Blogs Old and New

There’s this new one from Naked Pastor: And these older ones from a blog that is new to me, and which Targuman linked to: The Welcome Matt: [Read more...]

Banning Commenters on Blogger

One of the issues those with Blogger blogs have struggled with are spammers who, in spite of repeating the same thing a ridiculous number of times, nevertheless never seem to have their “comments” sent to the spam filter. A solution has been provided at long last. If you need it, BlogBanScript is now available for installation [Read More...]

Mandaic Book of John Project Software

The software/font side of the Mandaean Book of John project is the domain of Steve Caruso, and just today he posted on his blog The Aramaic Blog about where he sees this aspect of the project headed. Pay a visit and find out what he hopes to accomplish! [Read more...]

Bland Green Background

I know that some readers (or would-be readers) have encountered problems on mobile devices and some browsers since the last time I tinkered with the blog’s layout. I think the background graphic was a particular source of slow loading and other problems. If you previously had problems, or had them on some devices, please do [Read More...]

Competing Cosmologies

Thanks to Bob MacDonald for sharing his photos from a recent visit to a science museum, which included a display featuring two models of the universe (in fact, what we’d call the solar system) side by side: [Read more...]

Is The Event the (or my) Next LOST?

It is too soon to tell whether The Event will live up to – or live down – the suggestion that it might be “the next LOST.” But if tomorrow night’s episode manages to carry the story forward in interesting ways, then one thing is likely: I’ll be blogging about it. You might notice a [Read More...]