Early Jewish Monotheisms

I am delighted to be able to highlight further developments related to the Early Jewish Monotheisms project based at the University of Goettingen. The project is directed by Nathan MacDonald of the University of St. Andrews. Here’s the project description from its web site: The origins and development of monotheism in ancient Israel has been [Read More...]

Evolution Links

The National Center for Science Education regularly shares interesting links. Ones I found particularly noteworthy are the Vatican page with links related to biology and evolution, and the September 2009 issue of the Journal of Effective Teaching which focuses on evolution in the high school and college classroom. [Read more...]

Mandaean Heritage In Jeopardy

The Mandaean Associations Union has posted several articles and updates over the past few weeks, including this one about how the scattering of the Mandaean community of Iraq places their cultural and religious heritage at risk. [Read more...]

Audience for Biblical Scholarship?

Julia M. O’Brien has turned her attention to a broader form of a question I posed here recently. Her new article in The Bible and Interpretation addresses the angles from which authors and scholars seek to connect the Bible to concerns and interests of modern readers. [Read more...]

Advertisement for the Conservative Bible

Andrew of the blog The BWAIN (which stands for Blog Without An Interesting Name) shared this gem of an advertisement from Dr. Boli (surely the oldest blogger in the world today): [Read more...]


One of the new songs the musicians and singers at my church have begun working on recently is Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable“. I’ve liked the song ever since I first heard it on the radio, although I’ve sometimes joked that it might have been more appropriate if the lyrics had been just the word “indescribable” and [Read More...]

A Canadian Perspective on the Conservative Bible Project

An article has appeared in the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail about the “Conservative Bible Project”, the subject of much discussion in recent weeks. It includes a couple of quotations from me (Shawna Richter, the article’s author, interviewed me about the topic; as it happens, it was from her that I learned of Stephen [Read More...]

Am I Wrong To Assume The Bible Is Interesting?

I still find it challenging to teach about the Bible in a context in which students who sign up for the classes have varying degrees of interest and prior knowledge, and extremely different assumptions about the Bible and likewise expectations from the class. One can’t assume either skepticism or faith, that students will assume the [Read More...]

James vs. the Cinema Show Solo

I’ve been working on learning the keyboard solo from the Genesis Song Cinema Show. It is a fun solo to play, and I think it is coming along, although there are still some serious rough patches. Nevertheless I thought I’d share how it sounds so far with you. Maybe it’s because other bloggers I know [Read More...]

Jim Wallis Conference Call With Indiana Clergy

Being located in Indiana, I want to share this with clergy here in Indiana who might be interested in participating: Sojourners and Jim Wallis are hosting a call with faith leaders and clergy in Indiana to discuss the health-care debate next week — sign up today to join us. The toll-free call will take place [Read More...]

Light Of The World

My posting of a song by the Alan Parsons Project got a positive response, and so I thought I’d share another song of theirs that I particularly like, from the same album (Stereotomy). The song is called “Light of the World”. I’ll provide lyrics after the clip below. “Light of the World” by The Alan [Read More...]

Colbert on Conservapedia’s Conservative Bible Project

Stephen Colbert gave a “Tip Of The Hat” to Conservapedia’s plan to rewrite the Bible eliminating “liberal media bias” from its pages. He calls on his viewers to make him a Biblical character. Hilarious stuff! The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Tip/Wag – Conservapedia, Louvre & Honda Unicycle www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full [Read More...]

Ezekiel Bread: Who Eats This Crap?

I apologize for the pun in the title, but today I’m teaching on Ezekiel, and had seen mentions before of “Ezekiel bread” and decided to look into it further. There really is such a thing, although the version featured in the picture is, I am guessing, a spoof. But of course, if I see it [Read More...]

Deuteronomistic Music and Pre-Deuteronomic Doodles

As we seem to have a theme going related to all things Deuteronom(ist)ic, I thought I’d challenge other interested bloggers to come up with a Deuteronomy theme song. I have just the piece of music for you to modify, since “Stereotomy” rhymes with “Deuteronomy”: Also of relevance is Steve Wiggins’ post on a famous doodle [Read More...]