The Book

The book arrived today. And in class today I was talking about the book. And apparently while anyone can read the book, not everyone can understand it. “The book” in each of the above statements refers to different things. Yet they seem strikingly interconnected. The book that arrived in the mail today is Earl Doherty’s [Read More…]

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The Burial of Jesus and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

An article I wrote entitled ” The Burial of Jesus and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher” has appeared in The Bible and Interpretation. The article is based on material that appeared in The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith. [Read more…]

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Secret Gospel of Mark Conference Preliminary Program

Tony Burke has shared a preliminary program for the conference on the Secret Gospel of Mark scheduled for April. [Read more…]

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Ancient Christian Resources for Abstinence-Only Sex Education

Here are two early Christian texts which those who favor abstinence-only sex education seem to ignore inexplicably: Acts of Paul and TheclaActs of Thomas [Read more…]

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Fringe: Science, Spirituality and the Soul

I just got caught up on watching Fringe last night. The episode was almost entirely focused on souls – whether that of William Bell in Olivia Dunham’s body (and I have to say that Anna Torv does an incredible job of acting the role of someone else in her body – there were times when it [Read More…]

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Early Jewish Christian Lead Books? A Press Release Provides More Information

Jim West has shared the full press release about the lead books found in Jordan. It suggests that these could be early Jewish-Christian texts written in some sort of code, if they are authentic, which early indications seem to suggest that they are. Here’s the press release: Sealed http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf [Read more…]

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Near Eastern Studies Scholarship in Japan (and Updates on the Lead Scrolls)

Via AMIR, I learned of some open-access journals based in Japan, with articles in Japanese and/or English on a range of topics, including Orient : report of the society for Near Eastern studies in Japan. Also, on the lead “scrolls” that made headlines recently, Jim West has more information from Philip Davies, and Jim Davila [Read More…]

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Lead Books about Jesus? Hype Deflated and Debunked Already!

Via Jim West and Jim Davila, there is further information about alleged lead books discovered in Jordan which supposedly provide contemporary accounts of Jesus. It seems like most of what came through in the Daily Mail article is (surprise surprise) hype and misunderstanding of a bit of old news.  [Read more…]

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Vote for your favorite biblioblogs

Dan McClellan reminds us that the time has come to vote for our favorite biblioblogs. I’ve voted. Have you? [Read more…]

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Quote of the Day (Mason)

“Why are we Protestants, who exist because of people willing to question the status quo, so hostile to those who in turn question us?” — Mason, “In which I’m tired of the witch hunts” at New Ways Forward [Read more…]

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Religion and Science around the LOLcatosphere

There’s serious discussion of religion and science between Francis Collins and Karl Giberson at BioLogos. But you will find Jim Linville’s LOLcat discussion more entertaining: And elsewhere in religious humor, Hemant Mehta shared a cartoon answering the question “What Would Jesus Do?” in an interesting and amusing way. [Read more…]

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Woo Hoo!

I won a copy of Earl Doherty’s most recent book! Thanks for John Loftus for holding the giveaway! [Read more…]

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SBL and Secular Studies Draw Scott Baily Back into the Biblioblogosphere

Scott Bailey has chimed in on the subject of the Society of Biblical Literature’s relationship to secular and confessional Biblical studies. Welcome back, Scott! The decisive contribution to the discussion, however, comes via Scot McKnight’s blog. [Read more…]

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Quote of Day (Doug Chaplin) and More from Around the Blogosphere

Doug Chaplin easily attained quote of the day status with his post on Rob Bell and theories of the atonement, which concludes with a Harry Potter quote, “A pity they let the old punishments die. Was a time detention would find you hanging by your thumbs in the dungeons. God, I miss the screaming.” To [Read More…]

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