Blog Interviewer

There’s an interview about my blog at Blog Interviewer. Do take a look, and if it isn’t too much trouble, click on the thumbs up. Apparently they give $50 to the top ranking blogger in a given month… [Read more...]

No Transitional Fossils?

HT Ron Britton [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (John Shuck)

“The way of cross is more than the way of resisting social, economic, and political injustices. But…the way of the cross is not less than that. “ – John Shuck, “The Executed God: A Sermon” [Read more...]

Sunday School Palm Sunday Q&A

Today in my Sunday school class we had a “passion week Q&A;”, essentially an informal conversation that ranged from the burial of Jesus to donkeys to football stadiums (for comparison to the size of the Jerusalem Temple) to Where’s Waldo/Jesus? The conversation will continue next time. [Read more...]

Heaven Has a Hardware Problem

On the last episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, artificial intelligence John Henry noted the wonderful capacity of the human brain to process and store data, and yet its flawed nature inasmuch as there is nowhere to download it all to when one dies. He then goes on to mention that the Bible solves [Read More...]

Following the Historical Jesus

What does it mean to be a follower of the historical Jesus? What does it mean, in other words, to be a Christian who takes historical questions and historical methods seriously? I think it means, among other things, to not simply trust the crowd of other followers around you when it comes to the direction [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (U2)

“Choose your enemies carefully, ’cause they will define youMake them interesting ’cause in some ways they will mind youThey’re not there in the beginning but when your story endsGonna last with you longer than your friends” – “Cedars of Lebanon“, from the U2 album No Line On The Horizon. Lyrics by Bono. [Read more...]

Lost Untangled: Whatever Happened, Happened (April Fool?)

Here’s the latest installment of Lost Untangled, entertaining as always. Perhaps the most interesting clue in tonight’s episode [Spoiler Alert] was the reference to Charles and Ellie still being on the island at this stage, among the Others in a leadership position, although Richard Alpert says he doesn’t answer to them. I had always [Read More...]

April Fools Day at Aisanbrauns

This specialist academic bookseller’s April Fools’ Day sale is always entertaining for students of the Bible and/or the Ancient Near East. This year is no exception. [Read more...]

XL Biblical Studies Carnival

The latest Biblical Studies Carnival is up at James Gregory’s blog. This is not a joke! The next one will be… HERE, at Exploring Our Matrix! That’s not a joke either! [Read more...]

Biblioblog Top 50 – March 2009

The Top 50 Biblioblogs list for this past month has been posted. I came in at number 3 this time. [Read more...]

Evidence for a Semitic Exclave in the Lower Alpine Region

It was some years ago that I learned of research pointing to some remnant of the lost tribes of Israel having settled in the territory of what is now Switzerland. The evidence is both linguistic and cultural. Having left a land flowing with milk and honey, how would they maintain these key components of their [Read More...]

Biblical Scholarship in an Age of Automated Spell-Checker Technology

Historically, Biblical scholarship entrails note only the stud of periscopes in an attempt to make sense of Pacific passages, butt also the publication of woks of erudition in print formal, in boots printed on pauper and made available through perverts of wars which include suck volumes. In the contemporary age, however, the spell-checking technology could [Read More...]

Review of Bart Ehrman, Jesus, Interrupted

In his latest book, Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know About Them), Bart Ehrman seeks to introduce a wider audience to important aspects of the New Testament. The contradictions, tensions and diversity of viewpoints in the Bible which Ehrman highlights, and the historical-critical approach he outlines, are [Read More...]