The Heavenly Court

I have a student who is very interested in the development of the idea of the heavenly court, as reflected in the Book of Job and elsewhere. If anyone has suggestions on articles and books that give a good sense of the state of the scholarly understanding of this subject, I (and the student) would be extremely [Read More...]

Asking Questions on

I just tried out the new feature on which allows you to ask questions and engage in discussion on a variety of academic topic. I posed the same question as in the recent post about translating a technical term in the Mandaean Book of John. I’ll be interested to see whether and to what extent [Read More...]

Religion Program at Butler University: Now on Twitter!

The religion program at Butler University has been on Facebook for quite some time. Now we’re on Twitter too! new TWTR.Widget({ version: 2, type: ‘profile’, rpp: 4, interval: 6000, width: 250, height: 300, theme: { shell: { background: ‘#333333′, color: ‘#ffffff’ }, tweets: { background: ‘#000000′, color: ‘#ffffff’, links: ‘#4aed05′ } }, features: { scrollbar: [Read More...]

April DeConick on Memory and History

April DeConick has posted some thoughts on the relationship between memory and history on her blog, The Forbidden Gospels. [Read more...]

Mandaeans: From Iraq to Massachusetts

Thanks to Jim Davila for pointing out that the Mandaeans were mentioned in an article in today’s Boston Globe. [Read more...]

Winnebago ex machina

I have been too busy to blog about the last episode of The Event, but I had to say at least this: any show that can inspire someone to coin the phrase “Winnebago ex machina” (even if it isn’t a compliment) must be doing something right. [Read more...]

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark, when not read through the lens of later Gospels, suggests that Jesus was not given an honorable burial: Jesus is buried in accordance with the Law and placed in “a tomb,” without anointing or other niceties that were the norm when someone was buried honorably by their family. The use of a [Read More...]

Are Math Textbooks Next?

By Ben Sargent, HT John Pieret [Read more...]

Mythicism Vindicated

The Onion has the scoop, although it turns out that it wasn’t (just) the New Testament that was invented. [Read more...]

Revelation in Song

Those who focus on the doom and devastation in Revelation are prone to completely overlook the remarkable amount of singing in the book. Here’s a famous piece that uses words sung in the chapter we’re up to today in my class on Revelation: All the singing is a pointer to a major theme of [Read More...]

Ponderings on a Faith Journey…and on Dunn’s Latest Book

Bob Cornwall has a review of James D. G. Dunn’s book, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? over at his blog Ponderings on a Faith Journey. [Read more...]

The Human Faces of God is Available

Before someone corrects the disaccord between number and verb in the title of this post, I should clarify that I’m not saying that “the human faces of God are available” but rather than Thom Stark’s book, The Human Faces of God, is available from the publisher, Wipf and Stock. Thom’s book tackles Christian fundamentalism not [Read More...]

Translating the ‘Utras

I’ve posted an entry on the Mandaean Book of John translation project blog about a translation question. I hope that all readers - and particularly those interested in Aramaic, Gnosticism, translation, and the like – will pay a visit and help get some discussion started on the topic of how best to translate an important Mandaean [Read More...]

October Biblical Studies Carnival

Jonathan Robinson of the blog ξἐνος  has posted that he’ll be hosting this month’s Biblical studies carnival. And so as you read or write things that you think should be included, you can send them to him! [Read more...]