In The Mail, Hot Off the Presses

A book I’ve been looking forward to reading arrived in the mail today. It is by Judy Klitsner, and the title is Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other (Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2009). It relates to the diversity of Scripture, intertextuality and a number of other topics [Read More...]

Neglected Detail in the Blogger’s Code

Greg Laden, the well-known science blogger, mentioned in a post today a stipulation of the Bloggers’ Code that I must confess I was unaware of. He wrote, “it is against the blogger’s code to live blog someone else while they are unconscious.” I was unaware of this, but I assume that it has implications for [Read More...]

Biblical Studies Carnival LXVII

Kevin Scull has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. Lots of great stuff, well worth the wait! [Read more...]

Ray Comfort’s Bananas

The title of this post is an intentional pun, since it could be a reference to the bananas belonging to Ray Comfort or to the fact that he is bananas. Both are relevant, since he is famous for introducing the laughable “banana argument” into the discourse of apologetics. More recently, he helpfully illustrated that scientific [Read More...]

Review of The Burial of Jesus in Interpretation

The latest issue of the journal Interpretation, 63.4 (Oct 2009), includes a review of my book The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith (on p.426). If your library has a subscription to either the Gale Group database or Highbeam, you can probably read the review already. If not, you may have to wait until it [Read More...]

The Only True God Chapter 5: Monotheism and Worship in the Book of Revelation

The Digital Commons at Butler University obtained permission to share an excerpt from my recent book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context. It is chapter 5, which is on worship, Christology and monotheism in the Book of Revelation. [Read more...]

Review of The Lost World Of Genesis One, Part Sixteen

It is high time to resume my blogging through John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One. I particularly valued chapter 16, which begins by emphasizing that questions about purpose and process are different sorts of questions, and that we simply do not have enough information to enable us to claim that some specific scientific [Read More...]

YouTube As A Resource For Keyboard Players: In The Cage Tutorial

I thought that the videos of people playing the solo from the Genesis song “In The Cage” were helpful when I was trying to learn that solo, but look what someone else did: a tutorial that tells the names of the left hand chords and shows the right hand part note by note as you [Read More...]

Lunchtime Listening

I increasingly turn to YouTube for a bit of music during lunch, and today I happened across this impressive medley of keyboard solos in a progressive rock idiom. Enjoy! [Read more...]

Schroedinger’s Sardine

I’ve been enjoying the ABC sci-fi series FlashForward, but I was annoyed at how they botched the treatment of Schroedinger’s cat in the last episode. The original thought experiment envisaged a cat in a box into which no one can see, in which there is a poison the release of which will be triggered if [Read More...]

Exclusivity and the Name of God

Brian LePort has offered his reply in our continuing conversation about Islam, Christianity, and God or gods. [Read more...]

Turn Your Clock Back!

If you forgot to do it until now, these is still time to change your clock and then go back to sleep for another hour. Today’s the day! Click here for a couple of cartoons relevant to the occasion. [Read more...]

News From The Future: Pat Robertson Blamed For Christian Obesity

Due to my interest in time travel, I occasionally get sent news tidbits sent to me by well-meaning time travellers. I don’t share any of them that might actually change the course of history in some paradoxical way, but I don’t think there’s too much danger with this interesting item from thirty years from now, [Read More...]

That Doesn’t Exactly Settle It

The blog Letters From Kamp Krusty shared a Christian T-shirt which, even though I think the first phrase also deserved to be problematized, nevertheless represents an improvement over the simplistic slogan on which it was based. The image of the text on the t-shirt was too large to reproduce here, so head over there and [Read More...]