Mythicism, History and Rhetoric

Neil Godfrey is right, when he suggests that I have allowed myself to stoop to engaging in heated rhetoric. There is a fine line between satire and ridicule, and I have no doubt that I have crossed it, and for this I apologize. As for whether he and his regular commenters will see that they [Read More...]

Continuing Conversations Around the Blogosphere

Mark Goodacre has responded to my post which was a response to his (on the orthodox redaction of the Gospel of Mark by Matthew). Doug Chaplin recommends both our posts, as well as others. Bob Cargill discusses using digital course material to make textbooks. As Jim West reminds us, it isn’t too soon to send submissions for [Read More...]

Spiritual Warfare in Revelation

Today in my class on Revelation, we were up to chapter 12, which features, on the one hand, some classic imagery depicting a battle between Michael and Satan and their angelic hosts, while on the other hand, it features a subversive reinterpretation of the way such battles are envisaged, since it describes the “counquerors” in [Read More...]

Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Mark Goodacre posted today on the “orthodox redaction of Mark.” While I certainly agree that we find later redactors transforming their sources to be more in line with their own convictions (whether about “orthodoxy” or other matters), I am not persuaded that the first example Mark offers represents such a case. Mark (Goodacre, not the other one) writes: Take, [Read More...]

Call for Papers on Religion and Popular Culture

HT to The Fire and the Rose for mentioning this call for papers for a conference specifically for doctoral students, to be held at Princeton Theological Seminary. The topic is religion and popular culture – and one of the many specific topics mentioned as possible subjects for papers is LOST. Click the poster below to [Read More...]

Battling Mythicism in the Heavenly Places

Earl Doherty and some other mythicists try to argue that Paul thought that the story of Christ, whatever that story may have involved, was set in a mythical heavenly realm – typically, a realm viewed as having been “in the realm of flesh” and yet “above the firmament.” Such claims apparently seem not merely plausible but [Read More...]

Mythtaken Genre: Epistles and Mythicism

A characteristic feature of mythicism is to make much of the fact that Paul’s letters do not provide a narrative description of the life of Jesus nor much in the way of teaching of Jesus explicitly attributed to him. As one commenter noted in the past, however, the relative lack of information is every bit [Read More...]

More on Academic Blogging and Digital Scholarship

Bill Caraher of The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World posted “More on Academic Blogging.” Inside Higher Ed discusses the “Long Road to Open Access” My colleague Brad Matthies has a new blog called The Digital Immigrant looking at issues related to the intersection of libraries, publications and new technologies. James Tucker shows what his desktop [Read More...]

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Play-a-thon

For those who couldn’t make it, here’s a clip from the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra play-a-thon which took place today at the McDonalds in Broad Ripple. In view of the background noise, I think that next time we may choose something other than a Berceuse (i.e. a lullaby) when performing in such a venue. But the [Read More...]

The Heavenly Court

I have a student who is very interested in the development of the idea of the heavenly court, as reflected in the Book of Job and elsewhere. If anyone has suggestions on articles and books that give a good sense of the state of the scholarly understanding of this subject, I (and the student) would be extremely [Read More...]

Asking Questions on Academia.edu

I just tried out the new feature on Academia.edu which allows you to ask questions and engage in discussion on a variety of academic topic. I posed the same question as in the recent post about translating a technical term in the Mandaean Book of John. I’ll be interested to see whether and to what extent [Read More...]

Religion Program at Butler University: Now on Twitter!

The religion program at Butler University has been on Facebook for quite some time. Now we’re on Twitter too! new TWTR.Widget({ version: 2, type: ‘profile’, rpp: 4, interval: 6000, width: 250, height: 300, theme: { shell: { background: ‘#333333′, color: ‘#ffffff’ }, tweets: { background: ‘#000000′, color: ‘#ffffff’, links: ‘#4aed05′ } }, features: { scrollbar: [Read More...]

April DeConick on Memory and History

April DeConick has posted some thoughts on the relationship between memory and history on her blog, The Forbidden Gospels. [Read more...]

Mandaeans: From Iraq to Massachusetts

Thanks to Jim Davila for pointing out that the Mandaeans were mentioned in an article in today’s Boston Globe. [Read more...]


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