Skynet Apologist

I watched Terminator Salvation this evening, and despite what might be considered a corny ending with a confusion of the metaphorical and the literal, it had enough that was good to make it enjoyable overall. The commercials for the movie annoyingly gave away that one of the characters was a human-machine hybrid of sorts, but [Read More...]

Johannine Literature: Essential for Salvation?

Parchment and Pen has done it again – this time it offers a list of “essentials for salvation” followed by lists of other types of essentials and then non-essentials. What is most striking is that the essentials are a list of doctrinal beliefs. According to the New Testament, Jesus himself taught that the two greatest [Read More...]

Wrong, Wrong

With a new regeneration of NT Wrong in the blogosphere, it is time to give him or her a proper blogger’s welcome. And we all know how that is done, don’t we? By pointing out that, as the saying goes, Wrong is wrong. It is of course true that we project our own ideals, beliefs, [Read More...]

Bibles Under Discussion

It seems that the op-ed piece I wrote about the Conservative Bible Project is currently the most viewed opinion piece on Yahoo! It is getting quite a bit of discussion there, as well as on the CS Monitor page on Facebook. And I was worried that the Conservative Bible Project was already getting to be [Read More...]

Liberalism’s Caped Crusaders?

Although I don’t recognize myself at all in John Hobbins’ depiction of “liberals” in the field of Biblical studies, I still thought I ought to share this photo of me and Ken Schenck from SBL this year. Perhaps others will see a resemblance that I have failed to… [Read more...]

The Syriac Interlinear Project

The Syriac Interlinear Project Call for Participation The Syriac Interlinear Project aims at producing a multi-tier interlinear edition of the Syriac Bible. The project is done with cooperation between Logos Software and Gorgias Press. The text of the New Testament is based on the British and Foreign Bible Society Edition, while the text of the [Read More...]


The faculty reading group I’ve organized has gotten a mention on the college’s web site. Thank you once again to all those who offered suggestions for books to read. We’ll meet to discuss the first of our books next week. In other news, The Only True God has been reviewed in ALA’s Choice Vol.47 No.4, [Read More...]

More on Conservatives, Liberals, and Scholarship

Entering into the discussion of conservatives and Biblical scholarship, Ken Schenck offered a detailed reflection. His most powerful point was about conservative publications as “innoculation” against other views. One doesn’t have to actually successfully make the case for this or that conservative viewpoint – it is often considered to be enough merely that there is [Read More...]

I Once Was LOST

(HT Doc Artz) [Read more...]

Translating The Bible Is No Joke

The Christian Science Monitor contacted me at the end of last week, asking if I could re-write a blog post of mine about the Conservative Bible Project for use as an op-ed piece. Today it appeared under the headline “Translating the Bible is no joke. But what’s in a political ‘translation’?” [Read more...]

Return of the She-Bears

Readers will remember the interesting multi-blog exploration of the story of Elisha and the she-bears that was sparked off by David Ker on his blog Lingamish. Well, here’s a video I happened across that tackles (in places, quite literally!) that same story: I don’t think I’ll ever be able to read that story again with [Read More...]

Digital Theses

The Butler University library staff continue to work on making digital resources available, including undergraduate honors theses and graduate theses, on a range of topics in the natural sciences, the fine arts, and the humanities – including religion. Among the latter is the thesis Eugene Boring wrote for his MA at Butler back in 1963, [Read More...]

The Return Of The Dread Pirate Wrong

At SBL this year, I suggested to Mark Goodacre that NT Wrong ought to be maintained not as a single mysterious individual but more like a “franchize.” In a manner comparable to the famed Dread Pirate Roberts, the mantle of being Wrong could be something that might pass from individual to individual. That way the [Read More...]

The Only True God is Cheaper In Canada

Today I learned of another review of The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context. This one is by Maer dos Santos on his blog Ancient Wisdom Today. I also learned that Canadians can buy the book on Amazon for far less than their neighbors south of the border in the US. [Read more...]