BAR Reprints Morton Smith’s Translation of Secret Mark

Biblical Archaeology Review has reprinted Morton Smith’s translation of “The Secret Gospel of Mark.” [Read more...]

The Da Vinci Brick

After I shared the Brick Testament last supper image, Ari discovered that the artist responsible for it included Mary Magdalene in the painting. The truth about the conspiracy to hide the truth about this shocking secret can be found in his latest novel, The Da Vinci Brick. [Read more...]

Last Brick and Testament

I received an e-mail this morning about a Brick Testament poster that has been made available for sale on the Brick Testament web site. As a fan of the site, I thought I’d draw your attention to this. [Read more...]


Today Exploring Our Matrix will have its 500,000th visitor. Very soon, the moment will arrive when there will have been half a million hits on this blog. If you notice that the counter hits 500,000 on your visit, please do make yourself known. But let me offer to all readers a heartfelt thanks to you [Read More...]

V: The Latest Sci-Fi Reboot Starts Tonight

The new version of that classic 80s sci-fi show “V” debuts tonight on ABC. If you never saw the original version, you should probably avoid this “spoiler” at IO9, but if you have even a minimal familiarity with the original series V, you should click through. You’ll get a kick out of it and understand [Read More...]

In The Mail, Hot Off the Presses

A book I’ve been looking forward to reading arrived in the mail today. It is by Judy Klitsner, and the title is Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other (Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2009). It relates to the diversity of Scripture, intertextuality and a number of other topics [Read More...]

Neglected Detail in the Blogger’s Code

Greg Laden, the well-known science blogger, mentioned in a post today a stipulation of the Bloggers’ Code that I must confess I was unaware of. He wrote, “it is against the blogger’s code to live blog someone else while they are unconscious.” I was unaware of this, but I assume that it has implications for [Read More...]

Biblical Studies Carnival LXVII

Kevin Scull has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. Lots of great stuff, well worth the wait! [Read more...]

Ray Comfort’s Bananas

The title of this post is an intentional pun, since it could be a reference to the bananas belonging to Ray Comfort or to the fact that he is bananas. Both are relevant, since he is famous for introducing the laughable “banana argument” into the discourse of apologetics. More recently, he helpfully illustrated that scientific [Read More...]

Review of The Burial of Jesus in Interpretation

The latest issue of the journal Interpretation, 63.4 (Oct 2009), includes a review of my book The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith (on p.426). If your library has a subscription to either the Gale Group database or Highbeam, you can probably read the review already. If not, you may have to wait until it [Read More...]

The Only True God Chapter 5: Monotheism and Worship in the Book of Revelation

The Digital Commons at Butler University obtained permission to share an excerpt from my recent book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context. It is chapter 5, which is on worship, Christology and monotheism in the Book of Revelation. [Read more...]

Review of The Lost World Of Genesis One, Part Sixteen

It is high time to resume my blogging through John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One. I particularly valued chapter 16, which begins by emphasizing that questions about purpose and process are different sorts of questions, and that we simply do not have enough information to enable us to claim that some specific scientific [Read More...]

YouTube As A Resource For Keyboard Players: In The Cage Tutorial

I thought that the videos of people playing the solo from the Genesis song “In The Cage” were helpful when I was trying to learn that solo, but look what someone else did: a tutorial that tells the names of the left hand chords and shows the right hand part note by note as you [Read More...]

Lunchtime Listening

I increasingly turn to YouTube for a bit of music during lunch, and today I happened across this impressive medley of keyboard solos in a progressive rock idiom. Enjoy! [Read more...]