SBL 2012

Out of curiosity as to where the 2012 International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature might be held, I typed “SBL International 2012″ into a search engine. This quickly led me to a site which informed me that “According to the SBL project director, the extra functions of SBL include “defending/attacking anti-space-based fights (i.e., [Read More...]

Potatohead Priority

Mark Goodacre shared this video earlier today, but I didn’t find the time to watch it until this evening. It explains why most scholars think the Gospel of Mark was the first of the canonical Gospels to be written – using Mr. Potato Head! [Read more...]

The Mandaean Book of John, Apocryphicity, Prayers of John the Baptist and More

Mark Goodacre has pointed out that the long lost and much missed blog Apocryphicity has in fact been continuing its existence at a new location. When I went to pay a visit, I was immediately struck to find a recent post entitled “Prayer of John the Baptist.” Tony gives a longer and shorter version of the [Read More...]

Mission: Plagiarize!

I’ve been thinking about an assignment idea for a freshman class. Has anyone ever given students an assignment that asks them to plagiarize? I’m seriously thinking about it, although I’m also conscious of some potential pitfalls and issues. My thinking is that students could get the following out of an assignment of this sort: Students [Read More...]

Ken Miller on Chromosome Fusion as Evidence for Human Evolution

In the video below, Ken Miller, the renowned Roman Catholic biologist, explains one example of evidence for evolution, and ends with a theological point about why he rejects Intelligent Design: HT Hemant Mehta [Read more...]

Faith From A Jar

Not everyone has the time or skill necessary to make Italian tomato sauce from scratch. Most of us eat sauce from a jar most of the time. But you can certainly improve even store-bought sauce with relatively little effort. Grow your own basil in your garden, or if necessary in a pot or box on [Read More...]

Carnival is Coming!

Jim West has taken it upon himself to revive the languishing tradition of the Biblical Studies Carnival, and asks for posts to be submitted, particularly ones related to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. I hope that Jesus: The Video Game will be included… [Read more...]

Optimistic Chad Reviews Did The First Christians Worship (Political) Jesus

Chad at the Political Jesus blog is reading, and has started a blog series reviewing, James Dunn’s book Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?: The New Testament Evidence [Read more...]

Exploring Our Matrix – Now With More Matrix!

I’ve been trying some new templates, layouts, color schemes and other style modifications on the blog. The header is now more “Matrixesque” than it was. I thought about putting a LOST background behind the blog title, but having given the blog a title which mentions the Matrix, it seems appropriate to stick with it, however much [Read More...]


Well, after several attempts at importing the comments from Blogger into Disqus, I’ve returned to Blogger’s built-in comment feature. The transition seems to have kept all previous comments, including those made in Disqus, and so hopefully we can carry on our conversations uninterrupted. Sorry for the confusion, if there was any! [Read more...]

Larry Hurtado Reviews James Dunn’s Latest Book

Larry Hurtado has shared a review he wrote of James Dunn’s recent book, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?: The New Testament Evidence. The review is to be published in the Journal of Theological Studies and can be downloaded from the Essays etc. section of Hurtado’s web site. I’ve only had a chance to skim the review, [Read More...]

New Comments

The Disqus comments feature is now working. But the process of transferring older comments into the system will take longer, as I had to restart the process. But it seems to be working! Feel free to comment on this post and any subsequent ones for now, and hopefully comments on older posts will reappear soon. [Read more...]

Still Waiting

We’re still waiting for Disqus to finish the switch-over process. I’m still hoping this works. Presumably if you are reading this, then you are too. In the mean time, if you have something you really need to say, there’s always Facebook and Twitter… [Read more...]

Disqus Comments

At the recommendation of a number of other bloggers, I’m going to try transitioning to Disqus comments. (Apologies to anyone who saw my previous post about this in a reader and tried to click through to it, as I subsequently deleted it). Apparently the process of transferring over takes a little while, and so hopefully [Read More...]