The Kingdom of God

I have a student who is hoping to do summer research on the subject of the kingdom of God in the teaching of Jesus, with particular focus on (1) the Jewish background of the concept, and (2) reconstructing as closely as possible the earliest form of kingdom parables with a high probability of authenticity. This [Read More...]

Doubt and Uncertainty

I was going to make this a “quote of the day” post, but then found that more than one blogger had tackled this subject. Scot McKnight offers a response to a letter about doubt. He has many wise things to say, such as the following: you will never go back to where you were and [Read More...]

JohnDave Reads John’s Apologetic Christology

JohnDave Medina has been reading my first book, John’s Apologetic Christology and shares some thoughts and quotes. . [Read more...]

Child Care and Religion in Indiana

It is rather dismaying to find one of my local representatives, Rep. Vanessa Summers, being harrassed and maligned by other Christians because she wants to ensure that even religiously-affiliated child care centers are held to the same basic standards of best practices as all other such institutions. The proposed legislation is available online, and I for one [Read More...]

God, Bears and Hairs

Today the story of Elisha and the she-bears (2 Kings 2:23-25) came up in Sunday school class. Some people there hadn’t encountered the story before. It led to an interesting discussion about the fact that some use the rhetoric of “believing the whole Bible” even when they aren’t sure what it would mean to “believe in” [Read More...]

Pentateuch as Diatessaron

A commenter on my recent post about the Documentary Hypothesis suggested a possible analogy to the activity of the redactor of the Pentateuch, namely Tatian’s Diatessaron, the first attempt to create a single life of Jesus from the four Gospels. I wonder whether the scenario of creating a single narrative from multiple sources, however unusual [Read More...]

Rachel Barton Pine Performs Vieuxtemps’ Souvenir From America

I heard Joshua Bell perform this piece as an encore on Live From Lincoln Center on PBS last night, and was reminded of hearing the amazing virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine perform the piece live. A quick search on YouTube turned up this recording of her performing the same piece, Henri Vieuxtemps’ Souvenir d’Amérique, op.17. If [Read More...]

Memory, Orality and the Documentary Hypothesis

Deirdre Good shared a link to an article about memory research, and mentions its relevance to (among other things) the ending of Mark’s Gospel. Despite my avid interest in that subject, the first thing that came to my mind was the subject of a class I taught today: the Documentary Hypothesis. On the one hand, everything [Read More...]

LOST: The Loophole and the Double Resurrection

I think I just had an “a-ha” moment regarding LOST – and I’m wondering whether I’ve had a flash of insight, a flash of misunderstanding, or am just noticing what is obvious to everyone. We’ve been so focused on the “resurrection” of John Locke this past season, that most fans have failed to connect this [Read More...]

Oceanic Flight 815 Crash in Real Time

None other than Damon Lindelof shared this on Twitter with the simple comment “Wow”: In other LOST tweeting, I came across a speculative timeline trying to connect the flashes (and accompanying shifts in time) from this past season with other things that happened on the show. [Read more...]

More Religion and Science Fiction Links

Two more blog entries related to religion and sci-fi came to my attention today. First, prophetsandpopstars reviewed The Gospel According to Lost. Second, The Onion applied the movie Enemy Mine to the Israel-Palestine conflict.. [Read more...]

Review of Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection

I am grateful to Kris Komarnitsky for sending me a copy of his book Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box?  For some, the title may seem appealing, while to others it may be disturbing, but when it comes to historical study, the simple fact is that there is no way for a [Read More...]

Around the Biblioblogosphere

Markus Cromhout has posted an entire draft of a conference paper on resurrection in Paul, and is asking for feedback. I’ve only skimmed it but it clearly offers some interesting perspectives, in particular on whether the concept of resurrection is one that is culture-bound rather than universal. Torrey Seland shared a link to a document by Larry [Read More...]

Old/New Biblioblog: Treasures Old and New

I just became aware of a new biblioblog by a most unusual manner. Rather than learning of the blog and then getting introduced to the blogger behind it, this time the process was the reverse! James Leonard’s blog Treasures Old and New features a series of posts related to Christology, monotheism and divine identity, as [Read More...]


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