Good Friday News: Jesus Gets Life in Prison

The CNN Belief Blog reported about a group that decided to retry the case of Jesus, as a way of exploring the story and asking how it might have played out in a different time and context. [Read more…]

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Christianity, Confidence and Chuck

I haven’t had an opportunity to mention con artists and confidence men since Sawyer and his fellow crash survivors went into the light. [sob, sniffle] The last episode of Chuck brought the subject up again, however, and at one point focused on the fact that “con” comes from “con man” which comes from “confidence man,” [Read More…]

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The Bible and Related Topics Around the Blogosphere

At Jesus Creed, RJS takes on some recent statements from Al Mohler. There are some points at which a recent series on BioLogos also seems relevant to that exchange. John Byron and Scot McKnight talk about the tendency towards universalism in our time. Paul Flesher comments on the James Ossuary. Deane Galbraith continues his review [Read More…]

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Digitized Lexicons and Other Books

Via AWOL and AMIR, several digitized books of linguistic and scholarly interest: The Jewish National and University Library Digitized Book Repository Oriental Institute Demotic Dictionary Arabic Dictionaries:al-Jawharî: Tâj al-lugha wa-sihâh al-‘arabiyyaIbn Manzûr, Lisân al-‘arabaz-Zabîdî, Tâj al-‘arûsal-Azharî, Tahdhîb al-lugha [Read more…]

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Addicted to Blogging

Thanks to Rod of Alexandria for posting a link to a quiz designed to determine if you’re addicted to blogging. Here’s my result… 80%How Addicted to Blogging Are You? No really, I can quit any time I want to… If you’re looking for something to blog about, Jim Getz suggests blogging your prediction about when [Read More…]

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Society of Biblical Literature 2011 International Meeting Schedule Online

The SBL International Meeting in London in July has its schedule searchable online. It is possible to browse and to search by surname. [Read more…]

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Read the Bible (x2)

Kristin Swenson and Timothy Beal both think you should read the Bible – even if you don’t believe it. In the process all-too-often-neglected aspects of the Bible – such as its diversity of voices – are highlighted. [Read more…]

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It’s Time To Vote For Your Favorite Biblioblogs Again!

Dan McClellan has posted a reminder to vote for your favorite biblioblogger.He also responds to a post by Michael Heiser about a paper he (Dan) read at SBL, all on the topic of monotheism and polytheism in ancient Israel. [Read more…]

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How to E-Mail a Cell Phone

I’m posting this mainly to bookmark it for myself, but I suspect that many others will find it useful. Thanks to Jeremy Smith for explaining how to e-mail a cell phone, and linking to other sites with useful information to help you do so. [Read more…]

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Tit as you would be Tatted

Nick Norelli responded earlier today to my post about God and objective morality. In the process, he mentions John P. Meier’s treatment of the “Golden Rule,” which he feels is best not viewed as authentically coming from Jesus, since it teaches an ethic of reciprocity that is incompatible with other ethical teaching that is likely [Read More…]

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Philip Davies, Jim Davila and Jim West on the Lead Codices

Both Jim West and Jim Davila note the latest article on the lead codices, focusing on Philip Davies’ perspective, which has appeared in the Sheffield Telegraph. Both Jims offer their own perspectives as well. [Read more…]

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RIP Elisabeth Sladen

The news has begun to appear on this side of the pond that actress Elisabeth Sladen, famous for her role as Sarah Jane Smith on Doctor Who and the spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, died from cancer today. She will be missed, and remembered fondly. There will be many melancholic older fans, and many truly [Read More…]

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Christians, the Bible, and Objective Morality

Nick Norelli has made reference to objective morality again. Rather than write a lengthy comment, I thought I’d turn this into a blog post of its own. Nick’s point, if I’ve understood it, is that there is no objective reality. What God says is good, is good. If God commands slaughtering Canaanites, it is good. [Read More…]

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Mark’s Unfinished Symphony Gospel

At both Remnant of Giants and Religion Bulletin, Deane Galbraith continues his series blogging through Maurice Casey’s book Jesus of Nazareth: An independent historian’s account of his life and teaching. The latest post has a doubly-interesting discussion of the ending of Mark’s Gospel. On the one hand, Galbraith presents Casey’s interesting suggestion that the Gospel of [Read More…]

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