Dr. Jim’s Dinosaur Upgrade Shop and Tea Room

Jim Linville is a relative newcomer to blogging, but his posts thus far have been incredibly entertaining. I often kick myself and wonder why I didn’t have some of his ideas first (for instance, lolcats versions of the Review of Biblical Literature). His latest post includes a nice cartoon that nicely complements the one Chris [Read More...]

(Extracanonical) Prophet

Having posted on that “other” Genesis, I thought I’d also answer my own challenge and share a band that most people have never heard of but they ought to have. It is a band whose album I bought on a whim back in the 80s, called Prophet. My favorite song from their album Cycles of [Read More...]

Missing Chapters from the Other Genesis

After I posted on “missing chapters” from Genesis, someone left a comment on Facebook asking if that refers to the period after Peter Gabriel left and before Phil Collins took over as lead singer. I actually have a connection to a different missing chapter from the band Genesis. I went to Bible College with the [Read More...]

Review of The Lost World of Genesis One, Part Four

The fourth proposition or chapter concerns the initial state in Genesis 1 being nonfunctional. The description of the earth as tohu and bohu (translated “formless and void” and in numerous other similar ways) is the focus, and as the latter term only occurs three times in the Bible, always in conjunction with the former, it [Read More...]

Interpreting the Creation Stories Literarily

Chris Brady is blogging about understanding the creation stories in Genesis literarily (pay careful attention to that spelling!). And as if that weren’t enough, he also shared this great cartoon: [Read more...]

Biblical Studies Carnival 45

The latest Biblical Studies Carnival has been posted. It is an impressively comprehensive as well as diverse and entertaining “Bible Theme Park” hosted by none other than Ned Flanders. This month there seem to have been an unusually large number of common threads running through the biblioblogosphere, due among other things to memes and reviewing [Read More...]

Butler, Baker, Candlestick Maker?

I was surprised to find that someone found their way to my blog by searching for “butler, baker and the candlestick maker in the bible“. It led them here. Do you think they found what they were looking for? [Read more...]

Review of The Lost World of Genesis One, Part Three

Proposition three is that the Hebrew verb bara’ has a functional focus. Walton starts off by emphasizing that reading the Bible in English is really of no help whatsoever. The issue is not what the English word “create” means, but what the Hebrew word that is usually translated that was in Genesis 1 means. No [Read More...]

Biblioblog Top 50, August 2009

The Biblioblog Top 50 for this past month has been posted. It isn’t fair really – there are still a few hours for West Coast bloggers to get their rankings up. Ah, well. Jim West hung onto first place using the same method as in previous months: a dozen short posts on total depravity each [Read More...]

Back to (Sunday) School

This summer, the pastor of my church has been conducting a series on Baptist basics, and so my own Sunday school class has been merged in with that one. Today was the last day, and next week I’ll be back to teaching Sunday school again. We discussed a few options. One was to return to [Read More...]

Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database

I recently had drawn to my attention a very useful online database of academic treatments of science fiction and/or fantasy. There’s a lot on religion (my own main interest), but also much much more. [Read more...]

Review of The Lost World of Genesis One, Part Two

The second proposition or chapter in Walton’s recent book The Lost World of Genesis One emphasizes the functional orientation of ancient cosmology. Walton begins by asking what it means for something to “exist”, and in the process he illustrates how existence in numerous cases is not about material or material existence. Curricula may exist in [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

There have been lots of posts this weekend that ought not to be missed. First, Mark Vernon has an insightful and provocative post on Christian agnosticism. Elsewhere there’s a great analogy that gives a sense of what the Gospel might have sounded like to its earliest hearers. Funnily enough, Mark Goodacre has a podcast on [Read More...]

Outsmarted by the Unintelligent

Humans are arguably the most intelligent beings on the planet (the fact that we can act in spectacularly unintelligent ways at times notwithstanding). We have been and continue to be devoted to “outsmarting” diseases. And yet we find it challenging. The reason is not in serious dispute. It is evolution. Were it not for the [Read More...]