Blog vs. Print Reviews

Bill Caraher has kindly shared two reviews he wrote of the same book – one for his blog, one for publication in a traditional print format. He did this expressly to provide an opportunity to compare how scholars write for these two different venues and audiences. I was particularly struck by how he summarized his [Read More...]

Greek Books for Africa

A good friend of mine who teaches at St. John’s University in Tanzania mentioned a particular need that some readers of this blog may be able to help meet: We are still looking for some second hand books that some of you may have lying around from student days. If you have any copies of: [Read More...]

Literally the Apocalypse?

When we talk about “earthshaking” events and even “apocalyptic” ones without meaning either term literally. And so it is not inappropriate that interpreters have been asking whether ancient authors of apocalyptic literature, or who use imagery characteristic of such sources, meant everything they said literally. Two blog posts today touch on this topic: Daniel Kirk [Read More...]

Evaluating Web Sources

Greenflame shared a link to a page created by the Wabash Center, with useful materials on teaching students to critically evaluate web content. [Read more...]

Genesis, Death, Hate and History

While Ken Pulliam’s posts on Adam and Eve in Genesis continue to appear, Joel Watts addresses the issue of prooftexting to justify hatred and unkind behavior and James Bradford Pate shares four reactions to Ken’s passing. I think Ken would be glad to know that he is still provoking bloggers and blog readers to have important and meaningful [Read More...]

Maudlin Mary Magdalene?

Mark Goodacre pointed out that the latest SBL Teaching the Bible is available, and includes an article on Mary Magdalene by Jamie Clark-Soles. [Read more...]

Dale Allison, Minimalism and Mythicism

Loren Rosson reviews Dale Allison’s book Constructing Jesus. Here’s a quote from the conclusion of the review: Constructing Jesus pounds the last nail in the coffin of minimalism. I’ve often said that it’s better to be a mythicist than a minimalist — the former at least don’t pretend to be able to construct a historical [Read More...]

I Voted

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Prester John, Nestorians, and Medieval Life Without Snopes.com – Reenacted with Action Figures!

This video combines too much that is interesting into a single video for me to have any chance at successfully summarizing it. So I’ll just share it and see what you think. Be warned that there’s a little bit of swearing, but that’s a small price to pay to see a famous but unfortunately nowadays [Read More...]

Oral Roberts’ Gay Grandson Says “It Gets Better”

Matthew Paul Turner shared this video from Oral Roberts’ gay grandson, telling not only his own story but a longer tale of family tragedy, writing a letter to his gay uncle who committed suicide. Yet it somehow manages to end with the message “it gets better.” Also to be mentioned is the story of Jim [Read More...]

Deane Galbraith to Host November Biblical Studies Carnival

Deane Galbraith will be hosting the November 2010 Biblical Studies Carnival at Religion Bulletin. No need to wait until the end of the month to submit your posts (although presumably you do still have to wait until after you’ve written them…) [Read more...]

Multitextuality and Orality

There’s a mention of a new book on the blog What’s New in Papyrology: Multitextuality in the Homeric Iliad: The Witness of Ptolemaic Papyri by Graeme D. Bird. The book’s focus relates to a topic that interests me and many other New Testament scholars and students, namely what it means to take seriously the oral composition and oral context of [Read More...]

Blogging the Soulfisher (and translating the fish)

The third installment in the series “Blogging the Soulfisher” has been posted on the Mandaean Book of John translation project blog. [Read more...]

Call for Papers, International SBL, London, July 4-8, 2011

Tommy Wasserman points out that the Call for Paper for the 2011 Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting is open online on the SBL web site. [Read more...]


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