Giveaway Update – Second Chance at Dale Allison’s Constructing Jesus!

As promised, today Baker Academic posted this announcement on their Facebook page: Confused or curious about the historical Jesus? It’s time to get some answers from a luminary in the field. Dale Allison, author of the new book Constructing Jesus, has agreed to answer a few questions on the historical Jesus from our Facebook friends. [Read More...]

PhD Scholarships in Divinity at the University of St. Andrews for 2011

This came via the Hugoye list-serv: PhD Scholarships in Divinity for 2011 Session The School of Divinity is delighted to be offering the following PhD Scholarships once again for applicants intending to commence in the 2011-12 academic session: The Matthew Black Scholarship: for a student working in the field of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible; The Donald [Read More...]

The Tenth International Conference on Jewish Names: Call for Papers

Via various scholarly list-servs: Bar-Ilan UniversityThe Faculty of Jewish StudiesThe Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish HistoryThe Project for the Study of Jewish Names The Tenth International Conference on Jewish Names Call for Papers The Tenth International Conference on Jewish Names will take place atBar-Ilan University on Tuesday March 22, 2011 at Bar-Ilan University,Ramat-Gan, [Read More...]

New Book on Mythicism: ‘Is This Not The Carpenter?’

HT to Jim West for announcing this forthcoming book from Equinox Press, ‘Is This Not The Carpenter?’ The Question of the Historicity of Jesus, edited by Thomas L. Thompson and Tom Verenna. Here’s the table of contents provided by the publisher: Introduction: Thomas L. Thompson and Thomas Verenna Into the Well of Historical Jesus Scholarship [Read More...]

Another Giveaway – Second Chance at Dale Allison’s Constructing Jesus!

Baker Academic Press has informed me that they will be having Dale Allison answer some questions on their Facebook page this week. This announcement is not yet posted, but will be soon. Once it appears on the wall there, people will be able post questions, and the publisher will choose the best question(s) for Dale [Read More...]

Book Giveaway: Carlson and Longman – Science, Creation and the Bible

I have once again ended up with two copies of a new book, and the publisher has agreed to allow the second copy to be given away to a lucky reader of this blog. This time, the book is Richard F. Carlson and Tremper Longman III, Science, Creation and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories of [Read More...]

Babylon the Prostitute as Political Cartoon

Taking as our starting point Ben Witherington’s statement in his commentary on Revelation, that John’s depiction of Rome as Babylon the harlot in Revelation 17 “involves a comic exaggeration of features, such as we see today in political cartoons” (p.219), today in my class on Revelation I had students make their own political satire cartoons, [Read More...]

Religion at the Margins

I am pleased to announce a new site dedicated to the exploration of religious ideas “at the margins” – in other words, ideas that are not considered “mainstream.” But of course, one person or group’s mainstream is another’s “margins.” The web site is called Religion at the Margins. Take a look, and enjoy exploring it. [Read More...]

Automating Arguments and Gamifying Learning

Jen McCreight mentions someone who developed an automated “argument bot” that finds statements counter to mainstream climate science on Twitter and responds to them with mainstream evidence, and asks when someone will make the same thing for evolutionary biology. I’ve long wondered when the day would come when we’ll program computers to argue about matters [Read More...]

The Skeptical Biochemist: Is There an Edge to Evolution?

There is a series at BioLogos by David Ussery engaging the claims of Michael Behe in his book The Edge of Evolution. I hadn’t linked to it before since the first three posts were largely introductory. But today’s fourth post in the series begins to engage the heart of the matter, and offers a lot [Read More...]

Blog vs. Print Reviews

Bill Caraher has kindly shared two reviews he wrote of the same book – one for his blog, one for publication in a traditional print format. He did this expressly to provide an opportunity to compare how scholars write for these two different venues and audiences. I was particularly struck by how he summarized his [Read More...]

Greek Books for Africa

A good friend of mine who teaches at St. John’s University in Tanzania mentioned a particular need that some readers of this blog may be able to help meet: We are still looking for some second hand books that some of you may have lying around from student days. If you have any copies of: [Read More...]

Literally the Apocalypse?

When we talk about “earthshaking” events and even “apocalyptic” ones without meaning either term literally. And so it is not inappropriate that interpreters have been asking whether ancient authors of apocalyptic literature, or who use imagery characteristic of such sources, meant everything they said literally. Two blog posts today touch on this topic: Daniel Kirk [Read More...]

Evaluating Web Sources

Greenflame shared a link to a page created by the Wabash Center, with useful materials on teaching students to critically evaluate web content. [Read more...]