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...]

LOST: Get a Glimpse of Jacob

The latest LOST news introduces the actor who will be playing Jacob, the mysterious figure behind the Others and one of the biggest unanswered questions. Will he turn out to be one of the immortal original inhabitants of the island? A time traveller? If the latter, is he from the past, or the future? Is [Read More...]

Homosexuality and Romans 1-3

Today in my Sunday school class I emphasized that those who use the material in Romans 1 about homosexuality as a weapon with which to condemn and “clobber” others have clearly made the error of stopping reading at the end of chapter 1 – which, like all the chapter and verse divisions in the New [Read More...]

LOST in a Wrinkle in Time

EW has a short but interesting article suggesting a possible insight into LOST that those who know books by Madeleine L’Engle (in particular A Swiftly Tilting Planet, from her “Time Quintet” series that also includes A Wrinkle In Time). Even if they are wrong, it is a line of thinking about the show that is [Read More...]

Ken Ham Hypocrisy Redux

This is essentially a follow-up to my earlier post on this subject. Michael Zimmerman has responded to Ken Ham’s denial of his own hypocrisy. I’ve decided to just reproduce what Michael has to say on the subject, since he was there! Dear Members and Friends of The Clergy Letter Project, Wow, Ken Ham, the head [Read More...]

Monsters vs. Aliens

I just got back from seeing Monsters vs. Aliens. Unfortunately it wasn’t in 3D at the theater I went to. I won’t give away any of the entertaining details, lest I spoil anyone’s enjoyment. But I will share a thought about the message of the movie: we are prone to view those who are too [Read More...]