Are God and Keplerism Compatible?

I unfortunately didn’t share it when it first came to my attention, so I’m glad James Kidder reminded us of this recent parody from Jeremy Mohn: “Are God and Keplerism Compatible? Some Catholic, Jewish and Protestant Authors Say No.“ [Read more...]

Call for Submissions for Octoberfest 2010 Biblical Studies Carnival

Jonathan Robinson has emphasized (and Jim West has reiterated) the need to submit blog posts for this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival. The time is at hand! [Read more...]

Have a Happy (and Humorous) Creation Day!

According to the calculations of James Ussher, the world was created 6013 years ago. So happy creation day! How better to celebrate such an amusing occasion than by sharing some amusing things that were shared on blogs I read. First, here’s a video advertising fundamentalist video games (via Stuff Fundies Like): And here’s a bit [Read More...]

Word of the Day: Apocalyptic Literature

This is from the Fortress Press Forum (HT John Byron): WORD OF THE DAY: “Apocalyptic Literature “: uh-PAH-kuh-lihp-tihk-LIH-duhr-uh-chuhr Status: If you don’t know how to read apocalyptic literature, it’s the end of the world; if you do know how, it isn’t. Definition: “Apocalyptic literature is a kind of story that God’s people found particularly helpful [Read More...]


I saw a flyer for a public lecture about Wikipedia and the Cultural Sector, and I was struck by the titles of the two speakers. One is Liam Wyatt, the first ever “Wikipedian-in-Residence” at the British Museum, while the other is a “Wikipedia Campus Ambassador” at Indiana University in Bloomington. I presume that Wikipedia is [Read More...]

Firefox Users and Blogger Backgrounds

I had heard from some readers of this blog, from time to time, that the background basically rendered the blog unreadable. I changed from the binary core background to a plain dark green, and more recently to a transparent one. I am grateful to one reader who took the time to exchange e-mails about this, [Read More...]

The Obligation of Educators to Adapt

An article in Inside Higher Ed today focuses on the need of faculty to adapt to changing technology with respect to the research skills we teach, and the approaches to research that we assume students will use. I agree. It is no longer any good talking about research as though it happens (or happens exclusively) in [Read More...]

Blogging the Soulfisher, Part II

Charles Haberl has posted the second installment of his “Blogging the Soulfisher” series on the Mandaean Book of John translation project blog. Pay a visit and see what some of the linguistic issues are that come up early in that section, and get a taste of the English translation as it is still in the [Read More...]

Web Sources and Students

When students turn to the internet for information, and end up using material that isn’t scholarly in their essays, who is to blame? If the students have been given guidance about where to look, and in particular using databases and scholarly sources, then they must shoulder some, even much, of the blame. But I wonder whether [Read More...]


Christian Beyer at the blog Sharp Iron shares images depicting a number of different Jesuses popular in our time. Take a look. Here’s a sample, which bears the caption “Jesus is my co-pilot”: [Read more...]

Free Book Giveaway! Dale C. Allison’s Constructing Jesus!

By some good fortune I have ended up with two copies of Dale Allison’s new book, Constructing Jesus: Memory, Imagination, and History (Baker Academic, 2010). The publisher has said they are happy for me to give the book to another blogger to review, or to have a giveaway. Since many readers of this blog are themselves [Read More...]

Young Jesus Chronicles

In searching for an image to go with the last post, I found a site called Young Jesus Chronicles (dedicated to a book by the same title) which included the cartoon below (which I may include in powerpoints in the future when talking about the Gospels): “Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, see me after class. Your book [Read More...]

Defining Mythicism

Although I have had to decline any significant committment of time to the project, I applaud Tom Verenna’s recent expression of a desire to bring greater clarity to the topic of mythicism. To briefly chime in, I understand “mythicism” to mean the belief that Jesus is best viewed as having been invented from scratch, or [Read More...]

Technology and Teaching Links

Stephen Garner shared information about The Bible Online, a new real-time strategy game, as well as a variety of teaching and learning links. Matt Page gives tips on incorporating video clips into powerpoint presentations. Also somewhat related, here in Indiana, at Purdue University, there will be a conference about the history of that older technology, [Read More...]