New Word of the Day: Facepsalm

Hemant Mehta shared a new word, but I would like to tweak the definition slightly for use in the biblioblogosphere. FACEPSALM: v. The act of facepalming as a result of the use or misuse of Scripture. When you encounter eisegesis, dilettantism, or anything else that makes you facepalm, now you can do something even more [Read More…]

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Logic, Syllogisms and History

Tom Verenna asked me to express one of my arguments in the form of a syllogism, and Tom has blogged his response to my attempt. Readers interested in the historical figure of Jesus, or more generally in historical method, are encouraged to take a look. But if you have a strong background in formal logic, [Read More…]

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The Progressive Evangelical Bankrupt Church of Cafeteria Christianity

The title doesn’t reflect an actual denomination (perhaps it should?) but a range of views reflected in posts around the blogosphere. Encapsulating the most is an image shared by Jonathan Robinson (originally from Sacred Sandwich): Undeception addresses simplistic assumptions about being “Biblical” or “Evangelical.” And while some continue to stress the supernatural, Diglotting talks about [Read More…]

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neu.Annotate

I’ve discovered a new app for the iPad and iPhone, called neu.Annotate, which does many of the things that iAnnotate offers, but for free. I am a huge fan of iAnnotate and my experience thus far suggests that it is worth the relatively small amount of money it costs. But if you are resistant to [Read More…]

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Space Shuttle and International Space Station

I just went out to see the NASA space shuttle Discovery (on its final mission) and International Space Station transit overhead. I didn’t expect them to be as bright and as clearly visible as they were, especially since there is a bit of cloudy haze. It was pretty spectacular! Below is a video someone took [Read More…]

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Blogs and Blogging in First Monday

A new article in First Monday bears the title “Blogs and Blogging: Current Trends and Future Directions.” It looks at blogging on research and research on blogging. [Read more…]

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FDR’s Second Bill of Rights

As students in my First Year Seminar class have been reading the Communist Manifesto, the U. S. Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, and several presidential inauguration speeches including one of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s, Joel Watts’ mention of FDR’s proposed “Second Bill of Rights” is timely. Here’s a video of the speech in [Read More…]

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Biblical Studies, Religious Studies and Theology Around the Blogosphere

Religion Nerd explains that religious studies is not the same thing as theology. Mark Goodacre shares videos of Christopher Tuckett (talking about Q!) and Geza Vermes (about Jewish life in the time of Jesus): Tim Henderson highlights a chapter by Michael Holmes on textual criticism and the evidence for macro-level stability and micro-level fluidity in the [Read More…]

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Israel and iPads

Things are moving ahead with the possibility of taking a trip or two to Israel in the near future, with the intention of having the visit be part of preparation to lead a short-term study abroad experience for students every couple of years. I’m getting past the stage of thinking about general aspects of the [Read More…]

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Chuck, LOST, Matrix: The Intersect(ion)

I finally got around to watching last week’s episode of Chuck and was delighted by the nods to LOST and then later to The Matrix. A bank account had the numbers and then the bank manager turned out to be none other than François Chau, the actor who played Pierre Chang. [Read more…]

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Don’t RUSH to Judge

I had someone who described himself as a recovering fundamentalist write to ask me a question about a topic that is not entirely outside of my field of expertise, but is nevertheless one in which I have no formal training and about which others are far more qualified than I am. The question was about [Read More…]

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Mrs. Yahweh in the News and Around the Blogosphere

NOT Mrs. Yahweh (in case the title of the post confused you).  A BBC TV show on Asherah – the consort of Yahweh in ancient Israel before a reformation/revolution resulted in the eventual elimination of her worship and the denunciation and demotion of her in Biblical texts – is getting some attention around the blogosphere. Jim [Read More…]

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Google Reader Shared Items Sidebar (Around the Blogosphere)

It seems that the sidebar widget with my shared items from Google Reader stopped working. I tinkered with it, and it seemed to be back in Chrome, but not other browsers. And then it disappeared again. You can always find my shared items here. Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused! Do feel free to [Read More…]

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Valuing Jesus’ Opinion

Soon after I shared on Facebook a post by Adrian Worsfold about “Saying Jesus was Wrong,” Ken Brown reposted an earlier blog entry of his about what it means to trust the Bible. At one point he writes: To trust the Bible, then, does not mean believing it without question, but interactingwith [sic] it, questioning [Read More…]

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