Irtiqa on Paul Davies on ETs and God

The title says it all. There’s a post at Irtiqa about the impact that Paul Davies believes the discovery of extraterrestrial life would have on religion. He also discusses whether biological existence is a transitory phase in the history of life. [Read more...]

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Biblical Studies Carnivals for 2011

Thanks to Jim West for scheduling the Biblical Studies Carnivals for 2011 and listing them on his web site. Anyone who wishes to get a head start on things can write and schedule their posts for next August over Christmas break, and send me the links… [Read more...]

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Oral Tradition and Manuscripts in Biblical Studies – and in PDFs

David Stark pointed out that the free SBL Greek New Testament is now available in pdf format. The Talmud Blog draws attention to the new issue of Oral Tradition which includes a substantial number of articles related to Biblical studies. Matt Montonini points out that Mariam Kamell’s PhD dissertation on the Letter of James, earlier Jewish [Read More...]

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Evolution, Intelligence and Design

A topic that has come up in a comment thread on another post seemed worth bringing out in a post of its own. It is a common misconception that evolution is a matter of complex organisms coming about through a random process. That is ancient Epicureanism, not modern biology. There certainly is an element of [Read More...]

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Joseph Kelly’s Call for Carnival Submissions Using Google Spreadsheets

Jim West shared a request from Joseph Kelly for submissions for this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival. The latter has apparently set up a Google Spreadsheet to expediate the process. [Read more...]

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Junia and the Importance of Greek Accents

Some (especially those who skipped accents altogether when they first learned Greek) are boung to find them puzzling and wonder what they are useful for. For one answer, visit Suzanne’s Bookshelf, which has a post on the accenting of the name Junia in Romans 16:7 and how it provides indication that, in the period when accents were being added [Read More...]

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Christmas Carol Violin Duets

Here are videos of my son and his teacher playing two Christmas carols as violin duets. The first is “Silent Night” followed by “We Three Kings.” Apologies to those who object to the song’s reference to “3 Kings” because they consider only “1 Kings” and “2 Kings” canonical. [Read more...]

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Juggling the Books

Continuing to reflect on the reference to books recording deeds and a book of life in Revelation 20 (and elsewhere), I wonder if this isn’t simply an expression of the dual emphases in some strands of Judaism and Christianity, maintaining both divine election and human freedom. And so human beings are said to be judged [Read More...]

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Development of the Halakhah

On his blog Davar Akher, Simon Holloway has posted a wonderfully detailed yet focused and succinct introduction and overview to the development of Rabbinic halakha and the literature that preserves and transmits it. [Read more...]

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More From the Skeptical Biochemist

I love the synchronicities of the blogosphere. While I was discussing Behe and mentioning evolutionary developmental biology here, a post was going up at BioLogos about the same, as the series “The Skeptical Biochemist” continues with a sixth post entitled “The Cathedral of Life.” [Read more...]

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A Better Pun: Arsenic and Old Lakes

I tried to make a pun in the title of my post about the NASA-funded discovery of a bacterium that adapted to not merely survive in an arsenic-abundant environment, but incorporate arsenic in its own chemical composition. But the blog The Deeps Of Time came up with a better one: “Arsenic and Old Lakes.” Well done! [Read More...]

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Biblical Oddities from around the Blogosphere

Nick Norelli shares an Amazon listing that has God as the author of a particular Bible. Jen McCreight shared a cartoon from the Hipster Bible: And Karyn Traphagen shares a video about an electric eel-powered Christmas tree in Japan: [Read more...]

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The Book of Life and Faith? Judgment by Works in Revelation

I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been using Ben Witherington’s commentary on Revelation in my class on Revelation this semester. In the last class, one of the interesting discussions related to the presence of (at least) two books in the depiction of the final judgment: a record of the deeds of an individual, [Read More...]

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Flash Mob Hallelujah Chorus

This got mentioned in my Revelation class, in which we’ve been using Ben Witherington’s commentary, and so it seemed appropriate to mention it here since Ben is the most recent of several bloggers I’ve seen share this. [Read more...]

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