Another Conservative Christian Repudiation of the Bible

It never fails to amaze me how, time and again, conservative Christians will, in the name of “the Judeo-Christian tradition,” “Christianity,” “faith,” or even the Bible itself, repudiate things that the Bible in fact says, and says in places quite clearly. The most recent case in point is Steve Kellmeyer who says that Islam is [Read More...]

Free Scholarship

I continue to be amazed at how much excellent scholarship is available for free online. There are some I’ve mentioned in the past, but among those made available (or about which I learned) very recently are the following: The 2009 SBL papers (thanks to Michael Halcomb)Tyndale Press MonographsA lengthy list of open access journals in [Read More...]

Reviews of The Only True God

I just learned that two more reviews of my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context have appeared. One is more of a summary than anything else, and it is by Patrick Madigan in Heythrop Journal.The second is by Vlad Todor at Concrete Academic, and offers a thoughtful evaluation not [Read More...]

Igudesman and Joo

The combination of musical ability and humor can be wonderful. I thus thought I’d share a video that I had seen before (and in fact shared on this blog more than a year ago) but which a commenter reminded me of today and which I think is worth sharing again: There are other videos by [Read More...]

Missing Pages From The Self-Consciousness Of Jesus

It seems to me that there is something appropriately symbolic about the state of affairs I’m going to describe. There is an important article by John A. T. Robinson, “The Last Tabu? The Self-Consciousness of Jesus” which I was trying to locate a copy of. It is available in the Google Books preview of a [Read More...]

More Online Lectures

Having decided to see where some of the videos of lectures that other bloggers shared were coming from, I found the University of California YouTube channel, which includes such lectures as the following: Fr. George Coyne, “Evolution of Life in the Universe” Ronald Cole-Turner, “The Genetic Revolution and Designer Babies: Moral and Religious Implications” Bart [Read More...]

Missing Books, Missing Pages

Rather frustratingly, I noticed today that a copy of John A. T. Robinson’s The Priority of John which I bought years ago in the UK has some printing errors and as a result is incomplete. I also seem to be unable to find my copy of James Dunn’s The Evidence for Jesus (which can be [Read More...]

Emerson, Lake and Palmer Online

On Wolfgang’s Vault, there are also concerts by Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Here’s one clip: http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/common/swf/wgv_st_player.swf Next on my list of solos to work on is the ragtime-style piano solo from “Benny the Bouncer” by ELP. You can listen to the whole song on Last.fm, or hear most of the piano solo in this short [Read More...]

Romanian Baptists and the Legacy of the Communist Era

Here’s an item which has been making the newspapers in Sibiu, Romania, as well as various Romanian blogs. The CNSAS (the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives) has revealed that Baptist pastor Beniamin Poplăcean collaborated with the secret police during the decade prior to the fall of Communism in that country. For [Read More...]

The Semi-Pelagian Narrower Catechism

There seems to be a fair bit of theological humor circulating today. David Opderbeck shared a link to The Semi-Pelagian Narrower Catechism. To find it funny, you have to be familiar with both a certain brand of American conservative Evangelicalism and also with one ore more classic catechisms. I also had pointed out to me [Read More...]

John, Jesus and History volume 2

My copy of John, Jesus, and History, Volume 2: Aspects of Historicity in the Fourth Gospel just arrived in the mail today. I contributed a chapter on the temple saying/incident. I’m looking forward to reading the other contributions, which include some by really big names in New Testament studies. This volume, like the first, is [Read More...]

Two Subjects of Great Importance

Celucien L. Joseph has shared a video of Amy-Jill Levine lecturing on Jewish-Christian relations. And AKMA has shared a link to 15(ish) things you should know about coffee, that elixir of scholarship that is central to so many of our lives. [Read more...]

Wolfgang’s Vault

An article in today’s New York Times highlighted a site called Wolfgang’s Vault. I had never heard of it before, but after a brief visit, I had to blog about it. It is essentially an archive of live performances by famous musicians and bands, which you can listen to online for free. Among them, I’m [Read More...]

Choosing Textbooks

Do readers of this blog have any thoughts on what commentary on the Gospel of John works best as a textbook for an undergraduate course on that Gospel ? The context is a university that does not have a religious affiliation, although many students obviously do. I’m tempted to just tell them to pick a [Read More...]


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