“You Are Not Stuck In Traffic. You Are Traffic”

The blog Nouslife shared this slogan and it seemed to me significant enough that I actually mentioned it in class today. “You are not stuck in traffic. You are Traffic.” There is a profound insight here. We tend to objectify our problems, even when they are other people, even when they are aspects of our [Read More…]

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Could Jesus Read Or Write?

As of this time, the public lecture by Chris Keith planned for tomorrow evening at Butler University is expected to take place as scheduled. Could Jesus Read or Write? Literacy and the Historical JesusA public lecture by Dr. Chris KeithAssistant Professor of New Testament and Christian OriginsLincoln Christian University, Lincoln, Illinois February 3rd, 20116pmGallahue Hall room [Read More…]

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Mythicist Constraints?

Does mythicism have any constraints? Mainstream historiography, at least ideally, tries to allow extant historical sources, sifted through and evaluated as to their reliability, to constrain its conclusions. Often the evidence will underdetermine the conclusion, so that more than one conclusion may be compatible with the evidence. But some “conclusions” (if we can call them [Read More…]

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Technology Transforms Teaching

I and several colleagues who are trying to use technology in creative ways in the service of pedagogy have been featured in an article in the latest Butler University alumni magazine. [Read more…]

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Happy Groundhog Day (with a hint of sci-fi)

Indianapolis is covered in ice and it is snowing. Who can save us, or at least give us hope for the near future? Perhaps one of these guys… [Read more…]

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The Socio-Economic Context of Ancient Israel’s Prophets

An assignment for my first year seminar course asked students to research the social and economic background and context of ancient Israel’s prophets (they read Amos and Micah as part of the course’s assigned readings). I always like to check and see how easy or difficult it is to find useful materials. Below are some [Read More…]

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Urban Dreams and Realities Conference

Jim Linville shares information about a conference which sounds interesting: Urban Dreams and Realities:An Interdisciplinary Conference on the City in Ancient Cultures 21-23 October 2011, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  [Read more…]

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Biblical Studies Carnival and More around the Blogosphere

Jim West is hosting the latest Biblical Studies Carnival.St. Andrews will be holding its first graduate conference in Biblical and Early Christian Studies in June, on the theme “Authoritative Texts and Reception History“.Scott at Don’t Take My Word has two posts about the ending of Mark’s Gospel – a subject about which I have a piece [Read More…]

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Win a Free Copy of The Only True God

Joel Watts is holding a giveaway. The rules are not only simple but brilliant and inspired! The prize is a copy of my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context. Good luck! [Read more…]

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Links for a Snow Day

Adam Kotsko offers a repost of the most original explanation ever as to why Jesus hasn’t come back yet. Religion Nerd has a post on the increasingly widespread phenomenon of imprecatory prayers. Joel Watts asks if the Taliban is more Biblical than supposed Biblical literalists among Christians. Scot McKnight shares an encouraging Facebook update from [Read More…]

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Biblioblog Top 10/50 for January 2011

The Biblioblog Top 10 (by vote) and Top 50 (by Alexa ranking and NT Wrong-approved) for this past month have been posted. Thank you to everyone who voted for me – I came in first again this month. And since I have already been caricatured last month, you can click through and see this month’s [Read More…]

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The BSG Bible

Squarely at the intersection of religion and science fiction is this cartoon (from Hijinks Ensue via io9) depicting the Battlestar Galactica Bible – i.e. the guidelines producer Ron Moore gave to the writers – here being preached upon by Moore himself. [Read more…]

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LOST: Pushing the Button, Protecting the Light

It has been some time since my thoughts turned to LOST, but last night I found myself noticing a parallel between Jacob (and perhaps also his adoptive mother) and Desmond. Desmond came to the island by accident, and was given the task of pushing a button in order to protect and save the world. Jacob was raised [Read More…]

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Doubly Ruined By Fundamentalism

Commenter Brian said something that I thought deserved to be repeated. The original quote can be found in a comment here, but I’ll paraphrase slightly so that it makes better sense on its own: “This is why I dislike fundamentalism so much: it ruins the person both while they profess fundamentalist ideology and when they leave [Read More…]

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