Biblical Studies Carnival Call for Submissions

Jim West shared a reminder to send your submissions for this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival to Darrell Pursiful. Or perhaps this month we’ll have to call it the “Biblical and Lead Plates Studies Carnival.” [Read more...]

The Complete Biblioblogs RSS Feed

Via Joel and Jim, I learned of the RSS feed for all biblioblogs! [Read more...]

Mark Goodacre on the Synoptic Problem on the Internet Archive

HT to Mark Goodacre on Facebook for letting us know that his book The Synoptic Problem: A Way through the Maze is available for free on the Internet Archive! [Read more...]

The Latest on the Lead Books from the BBC and around the Blogosphere

Presumably spurred by BBC coverage of the topic (the BBC web site has particularly clear photos of the lead codices, but almost entirely without letters or text, and this is presumably intentional), the blogosphere has been buzzing with posts on this topic. Larry Hurtado says “Chill, dude.” (No, seriously, he does!)Andrew Perriman views this as [Read More...]

Student Conference (Why Study Religious Studies?)

Jim Linville has posted an announcement about an upcoming conference for students to be held at the University of Lethbridge. There is also an abstract of the keynote speaker’s presentation, which explains the reasons why people study, and ought to study, religion. [Read more...]

Free Issue of Journal of Early Christianity

Thanks to Nijay Gupta for pointing out that the latest issue (1.3) of the Journal of Early Christianity is available for free download, with articles by James D. G. Dunn, Sean Freyne, Samuel Byrskog and others. [Read more...]

The Hymn of Jesus, Mandaean Hymns, and Other Gnostic Music

When we get up to the Acts of John in my “Heresy” class, I usually have us listen together to Gustav Holst’s “The Hymn of Jesus” op. 37, which is a choral setting of the hymn that Jesus teaches his disciples in the Acts of John. Below is one of the several recordings available on [Read More...]

The Bible’s Buried Secrets, Episode 2: Did God Have a Wife?

Episode 2 of the BBC series The Bible’s Buried Secrets, featuring Dr. Francesca Stavrakopolou of the University of Exeter, focuses on the polytheism of pre-exilic Israel, with attention to El and Ba’al as well as Asherah, the consort of El/Yahweh. As I watched it tonight, I often felt torn when it came to the rhetoric [Read More...]

Analyzing Ehrmanian Fundamentalism and Avoiding Lemminghood

Charles Halton offers a detailed analysis of a specific term in Bart Ehrman’s recent piece in the Huffington Post (mimicking a particular genre to good satirical effect). And Craig Martin describes how he played the steretypical role of the lemming when he warned his students not to be lemmings. [Read more...]

Peter Flint’s Dead Sea Scrolls Web Site

Thanks to Jim Davila for pointing out that Peter Flint has a site on the Dead Sea Scrolls. [Read more...]

Chris Brady on Social Media and the Grad Student

Chris Brady will be presenting at SBL on the pros and cons of using social media as a graduate student, and he would like to hear from you! Chris also shared a link to the BibleTech conference. And of related interest, Brooke Lester shared videos from The Visions of Students Today. [Read more...]

Photo of the Day (Blue II)

HT Brad Matthies (Since I have readers in other parts of the world who may just possibly not be following college basketball, I will explain the symbolism of the photo: the Butler Bulldogs just beat the Florida Gators, and thus they will be in the Final Four. Go Dawgs!). [Read more...]

The Sacred will be with You, Always

I was really struck by a phrase in Chet Raymo’s blog post “A Saturday Reprise.” He begins by quoting Bilhah in The Red Tent who responds to Zilpah’s expression of fear at leaving a place where customs and gods are known and moving to the unknown by saying “Every place has its holy names, its trees [Read More...]

From the Journal for the Study of Painful Experiences with Journals

Robert Holmstead has shared some of his most unpleasant experiences of the process of submitting articles to academic journals, waiting for a response, and the response received. I am sure that those who are students planning on submitting work to journals, scholars who have had similar experiences, and those who have served on editorial boards [Read More...]