Open Access, Open Source, and Open Ended Textbooks

I have been delighted to see discussion of online and electronic textbooks spreading through the biblioblogosphere. It seems to have begun with a Tweet from Brooke Lester, and then spread in particular to NT Blog and AKMA. I have been spending a lot of time lately looking into the educational use not only of the [Read More...]

‘Recent’ Comments

The “Recent Comments” feature in Blogger was displaying some very non-recent comments, so I removed it. I could make my own using the comments feed, but before doing so I thought I’d ask whether anyone actually visits the blog and looks to see if there are any recent comments. If not, presumably it would be [Read More...]


I just finished watching the movie Invictus. It is incredibly inspirational, and so let me just share the poem by William Ernest Henley that inspired Nelson Mandela in prison, and which gives its name to the movie. “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to [Read More...]

Paul’s Theatrics

Andrew Perriman has an interesting post about how the usual meaning of the term skēnopoios, translated in the English versions of the Acts of the Apostles as “tent-maker” (Acts 18:3), is a stagehand or maker of theatrical scenery. If that were Paul’s profession, how might we think differently about him? How might it change the way we [Read More...]

Blessed by Carolina Wrens

“A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning will be taken as a curse!” – Proverbs 27:14 (New Living Translation) This post is for anyone who has awoken to – or more precisely, has been awoken by – this sound: For such a tiny bird, the Carolina Wren is impressively loud.[Bonus points if they [Read More...]

Final Notice from Strathmore’s Registries

One of the clear signs that various Who’s Who organizations that I’ve mentioned before on this blog are scams is the fact that every day my spam filter usually contains at least one “final notice” from them about my “opportunity” to be included in their Who’s Who directory. All the ones I’ve come across thus far [Read More...]

SBL 2012

Out of curiosity as to where the 2012 International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature might be held, I typed “SBL International 2012″ into a search engine. This quickly led me to a site which informed me that “According to the SBL project director, the extra functions of SBL include “defending/attacking anti-space-based fights (i.e., [Read More...]

Potatohead Priority

Mark Goodacre shared this video earlier today, but I didn’t find the time to watch it until this evening. It explains why most scholars think the Gospel of Mark was the first of the canonical Gospels to be written – using Mr. Potato Head! [Read more...]

The Mandaean Book of John, Apocryphicity, Prayers of John the Baptist and More

Mark Goodacre has pointed out that the long lost and much missed blog Apocryphicity has in fact been continuing its existence at a new location. When I went to pay a visit, I was immediately struck to find a recent post entitled “Prayer of John the Baptist.” Tony gives a longer and shorter version of the [Read More...]

Mission: Plagiarize!

I’ve been thinking about an assignment idea for a freshman class. Has anyone ever given students an assignment that asks them to plagiarize? I’m seriously thinking about it, although I’m also conscious of some potential pitfalls and issues. My thinking is that students could get the following out of an assignment of this sort: Students [Read More...]

Ken Miller on Chromosome Fusion as Evidence for Human Evolution

In the video below, Ken Miller, the renowned Roman Catholic biologist, explains one example of evidence for evolution, and ends with a theological point about why he rejects Intelligent Design: HT Hemant Mehta [Read more...]

Faith From A Jar

Not everyone has the time or skill necessary to make Italian tomato sauce from scratch. Most of us eat sauce from a jar most of the time. But you can certainly improve even store-bought sauce with relatively little effort. Grow your own basil in your garden, or if necessary in a pot or box on [Read More...]

Carnival is Coming!

Jim West has taken it upon himself to revive the languishing tradition of the Biblical Studies Carnival, and asks for posts to be submitted, particularly ones related to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. I hope that Jesus: The Video Game will be included… [Read more...]

Optimistic Chad Reviews Did The First Christians Worship (Political) Jesus

Chad at the Political Jesus blog is reading, and has started a blog series reviewing, James Dunn’s book Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?: The New Testament Evidence [Read more...]