Two Pictures of Me #SBL10

Joel Watts snapped a photo of me presenting at the section on blogging at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting: As you can see from the image projected on the screen, my talk was about what happens when matter and antimatter collide. Jim Linville‘s picture, while somewhat more impressionistic, is not for that reason less [Read More...]

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SBLogging

By complete coincidence I am sitting next to Ken Schenck, a good friend and fellow New Testament scholar and blogger, on a flight back from Atlanta, where this year’s Society of Biblical Literature conference was held. Neither of the main conference hotels provided free wi-fi, and so I didn’t manage to blog the conference as [Read More...]

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Continuing Conversation with Larry Hurtado on Monotheism, Christology and Worship

I am delighted that Larry Hurtado has taken the time to respond to my earlier response, and allow his review of The Only True God to evolve into a “bloggersation.” To begin my own brief reply, let me not only share the link to Hurtado’s reply, but also links to a couple of my own earlier blog [Read More...]

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What Just Happened? Jim Davila’s Concise History of Biblioblogging

Jim Davila has made his conference paper on biblioblogging available on his blog. The title of the paper is “WHAT JUST HAPPENED: The rise of “biblioblogging” in the first decade of the twenty-first century.” His doing so also illustrates another potential use for blogs – distributing copies of one’s conference paper, or at least handouts, in a [Read More...]

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Tony Burke reviews The Heresy of Orthodoxy

Tony Burke is blogging his way through The Heresy of Orthodoxy by Kostenberger and Kruger. Today in part 3, he draws attention to some problematic aspects of the book’s approach. It sounds like the sort of book that may (and perhaps should?) simply be dismissed or ignored by mainstream scholars, since its authors choose to attempt [Read More...]

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Project Information Literacy

Many thanks to Jim Getz for drawing attention to Project Information Literacy, and in particular a study they did on the way students use online sources of information. The report, available online as a pdf, is entitled “Truth Be Told: How College Students Evaluate and Use Information in the Digital Age.” The site includes a number [Read More...]

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The Temporary Burial of Jesus

Christians have historically believed that Jesus’ burial was temporary – but that is not what this post is about. A historical/archaeological question is whether Jesus’ burial was supposed to be temporary – the tomb in which he was placed being a burial place for criminals, in which bodies would be placed, allowed to decompose, and then [Read More...]

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Technology, Teaching, Scholarship – and Surprises

The Stoa Consortium shares evidence that open access scholarship gets cited more frequently in other scholarly literature – yet one more argument in its favor. The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World discusses the relationship between blogging, peer review, and scholarly research and publication, with a concrete example of material that was blogged, presented, and published. [Read More...]

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Evangelicals and Evolution

At BioLogos, Evangelical biologist Dennis Vennema continues to present evidence for common ancestry. At Jesus Creed, the series on the implications of modern science (including but not limited to evolution) for Christian theology continues. At Religion Dispatches, Lauri Lebo reports on the attack on science textbooks in Louisiana. [Read more...]

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Responding to Larry Hurtado’s Review

Let me begin by saying once again how much I appreciate Larry Hurtado taking the time to review my book The Only True God and for sharing his review on his blog. I thought it would be worth making just a few points in response, in the hope that I can clarify my own viewpoint, [Read More...]

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God, Geocentrism and Gravity-Denial

Panda’s Thumb offers scientific evidence against geocentrism, with cool astronomy pictures that illustrate the point. And John Loftus shared a couple of videos about young-earth creationism, and why gravity-denial is a necessary corollary of it. Many will say that the heart of the matter is whether God lied to humanity in the Bible. But that’s [Read More...]

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Petition for the Mandaeans

A petition has been created to lobby for the Mandaeans still suffering persecution in Iraq and elsewhere to be allowed to emigrate to the United States as refugees. Please take the time to sign it, and to spread the word! var Care2P_Parameters=["http://www.thepetitionsite.com/xml/petitions/812/718/974/feed.rss", "small", "single", "1007", "0", "#7cbb42", "#eb6924", "#c739e"]; [Read more...]

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The Hebrew Bible’s Hidden Message

This post isn’t about messages supposedly hidden in the Bible in “Bible code” fashion. But there is something in Scripture that is not strictly speaking hidden, and yet many of us fail to see it, at least initially. What I’m referring to is this: In the Hebrew Bible, there seems to be very little concern that [Read More...]

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Fringe: LOST with Answers

Anyone who loved LOST really ought to be watching that other creation of J. J. Abrams, Fringe, if they aren’t already. It isn’t exactly the same show, but it might be useful (given the theme of parallel universes on Fringe) to think of Fringe as LOST in a parallel universe’s version. It explores many similar [Read More...]

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