Evolution vs. a Talking Snake: Yes They Really Are That Different

Michael Patton has posted a cartoon, and once again I find it troubling. The cartoon asks whether believing in a talking snake (as per Genesis 3) is really that different from believing that what started as a single-celled amoeba became a talking human being. Ugh… When I first saw the post on the Parchment and [Read More…]

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IM Abbreviations for Older Bloggers

Chris Brady shared a selection on his blog. Pay him a visit – they are really entertaining/useful! [Read more…]

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The Holy Spirit as Wife of Adonai in Mandaeism

I’ve been spending some time this evening working on the Mandaean Book of John. In looking up a passage in the important but puzzling text known as Haran Gawaita (which can be found online here and here, and which I am embedding below), Ruha (i.e. the Holy Spirit) is referred to as the wife of [Read More…]

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Ben Witherington (and others) on Bart Ehrman’s Forged

Ben Witherington just posted the first post in what looks like it will be a series on his blog about Bart Ehrman’s most recent book, Forged. Since I posted my own review, other bloggers who have reviewed or blogged about the book include The Clever Badger, Otagosh, John Hobbins, and Eric Reitan. Nick Norelli has [Read More…]

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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…]

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The Complete Biblioblogs RSS Feed

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

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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