LOST: On Hearing The Numbers While Landing

Let’s list all the possible explanations for the numbers playing while Ajira flight 316 was landing in the LOST episode “Namaste”. I’ll then suggest one is more plausible than the rest. 1) The flash that took away most of the returning Oceanic Six caused the plane to pass through/touch/hear 1977. This is unlikely because we [Read More...]

LOST in Time’s Tangled Web

[SPOILERS AHEAD] Tonight’s episode of LOST is pulling a closer and closer to the heart of a tangled knot of interconnected time-loops. Ben has met Sayid for the first time, but because of what has happened since Sayid first met Ben in the future, Sayid will now react to him a certain way in the [Read More...]

Jesus, The Final Days: Dishonorable Burial

I’ve been reading mainly the second chapter of the recent book by Craig Evans and Tom Wright, Jesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened. One chapter each is devoted to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. While the volume is not without its shortcomings, I am appreciateive of Evans’ articulation of a persuasive argument [Read More...]

TRON: The Gods Have Become Like One Of Us

As I’ve been reflecting on the far more explicit religious overtones in TRON than I recalled from watching the movie when I was younger, I’ve found one particular aspect of its implicit message intriguing. At one point, Tron says to Flynn that, if he is a user, then he must be in the computer world [Read More...]

Serious Sci-Fi

There is a discussion of Battlestar Galactica taking place at the United Nations right now (HT Galactica Sitrep). This may be an important factor in people continuing to take science fiction seriously even if the Sci-Fi Channel goes ahead with changing its name to something silly. [Read more...]

God and Gays

I want to mention a very recent documentary, God and Gays, featuring gay Christians talking about the struggles they have faced as they have worked through their spiritual and sexual identities. While the segment on the Bible in the second half of the movie could have been better in some ways, the personal experiences shared [Read More...]

Und das Leben ist siegreich!

Harrassowitz Verlag seems to be becoming the publisher of scholarly books on the Mandaeans in German. Their latest such volume takes its title from the Mandaean refrain “And Life Is Victorious!” and is a collection of studies on Mandaean and Samaritan subjects in memory of Rudolf Macuch. You can see the table of contents and [Read More...]

Around St. Patrick’s Blogosphere

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For the occasion, Irenic Thoughts has pointed out that the text of Patrick’s Confession is available online. Indigenous Stranger has a version of St. Patrick’s Breastplate. 3 Quarks Daily points to a New York Times article that is relevant to some of us New Testament scholars, since it is (more or [Read More...]

TRON: The Flynncarnation

I watched the movie TRON with my son tonight, not having seen it for many years. I was afraid he might find the graphics and special effects pretty lame, having grown up with movies that featured advanced CGI effects, but fortunately that wasn’t the case. It had dawned on me at some point in my [Read More...]

C. S. Lewis on LOST (and vice versa)

Entertainment Weekly has an article on connections between LOST and Prince Caspian. Christianity Today has one about connections between LOST and Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It would be ironic if the character Charlotte S. Lewis has died just as we begin to discover the connections between LOST and the writings of the author C. [Read More...]

The Bible’s Bones

A Romanian pastor, the late Rev. Mircu Cocar, apparently used to offer the following wise advice to his congregation: Read the Bible like you eat a fish. Take what’s good, and leave the bones on the plate. [Read more...]

Sunday School: Homosexuality, Genesis 19 and Judges 19

Today we began a new topic in my Sunday school class series “When Christians Disagree”: homosexuality. We’re beginning with those passages that have often been singled out as relevant to the issue, although in the present instance, I suggested that Genesis 19 might not be about homosexuality but rather about hospitality, rape, violence and a [Read More...]

Review of Jesus, the Voice, and the Text

The recent volume edited by Tom Thatcher, Jesus, the Voice, and the Text: Beyond The Oral and the Written Gospel (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2008) provides both an appreciative and critical retrospective on the contribution of Werner Kelber to our understanding of orality and the Gospels, as well as explorations of methods and perspectives both [Read More...]

Clearing Up The Mess (Of Pottage)

I am reminded whenever I think of the story about Jacob and Esau in Genesis 25:29-34 of a student in Romania who said that Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of tripe soup (ciorba de burta). That’s a popular delicacy, much more appealing to some tastes than “pottage” – especially when it is said [Read More...]


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