Illiterate Authors?

Today I started reading Bridget Gilfillan Upton’s book Hearing Mark’s Endings (Leiden: Brill, 2006). It connects up both with my interest in the end of Mark and in oral tradition. At one point she writes the following about the author of the Gospel of Mark: “That the evangelist could read and writer Greek suggests that [Read More...]

A Vast Improvement

I’m grateful to David Ker for giving an extreme makeover to my book cover over at Lingamish… Anyone who doesn’t like the one I came up with is invited to print David’s and paste it on. I won’t be offended, honest! [Read more...]

Judging a Book by its Cover

I’ve posted a larger image of the book’s cover over on The Burial of Jesus blog. I’m posting it here as well. I’ve hopefully gained a new respect for the difficult work cover designers do, if nothing else, through the process of making my own covers! If there is a next time that I publish [Read More...]

Music Archive

I’ve highlighted the wonderful resource that is http://www.archive.org/ before on this blog. But today I took a look to see what was there related not to my scholarly research interests, but to the music I love. I found a book about one of my favorite composers, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, as well as the score for [Read More...]

Amazon Connect

In preparation for the release of my forthcoming books, I’ve set up an Amazon Connect Profile for myself. In addition to syndicating my blog’s RSS feed and highlighting books I’ve written, it also collects in one place reviews I’ve written. Particularly striking was seeing whether or not readers found my combined review of books Francisco [Read More...]

Nature Red in Tooth and Claw

Outside the Box has a post on the problem of death, disease, starvation, animals eating one another, and other such facets of the natural world that drive evolution. Can such a process be viewed as the work of a benevolent God? Here’s what I wrote in response to his post (I also left it as [Read More...]

Another Flyer

Here’s a link to another flyer for The Burial of Jesus, highlighting some of what I think are the more interesting topics discussed and conclusions drawn in the book. I wasn’t sure if it sounded too “sensationalistic” for this flyer to be useful in promoting the book to academic libraries. I also learned that there [Read More...]

Book Progress

My book The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith is close to being finalized, and hopefully will be available within a few weeks from BookSurge. Today I made a first attempt at making a flyer for use when promoting the book. I’d welcome feedback and suggestions about ways to improve it. You can download it [Read More...]

4400 Episodes

Some fans of The 4400, like fans more generally, would have liked the show to go on forever, eventually dying a languishing and humiliating death as it runs out of steam. I just watched the end of season 4, the final season of The 4400, and I think it was a satisfying, appropriately dignified way [Read More...]

Sharing Powerpoints

I’ve had requests from students in the past, asking me to make my powerpoint presentations available to them. But this is the first semester that I’m seriously considering doing so. I wonder whether other educators and students who read this blog have feelings about and experiences related to this subject that they might be willing [Read More...]

If Jesus Came Today, He Wouldn’t Be a Christian

The title of this post isn’t a statement by me, but the title of a song, if you can believe it, by a band called Obadiah and the Minor Prophets: The lyrics are really interesting: I love Jesus And Jesus loves me I know all about him Because I’ve got a PhD Studying Religion and [Read More...]

The Clone Wars: Teaching as Learning

Today I saw Star Wars: The Clone Wars with my son, at a matinee showing. We were the only ones there. I am not sure whether that has to do with the nice weather or the at best lukewarm reviews the animated film has received, but I was surprised. The movie is movie certainly has [Read More...]

Christian Fundamentalism Views Revelation as a Mean Joke

According to the majority of Christian fundamentalists, the Book of Revelation is about the future (perhaps distant, perhaps near and already begun). Our future, that is, and not merely the future from the perspective of the time in which it was written. Yet they appear not to have thought through the implications of treating the [Read More...]

Sunday School

I’ve just posted a brief recap of what we covered today in my Sunday school class, as well as what we’ll be doing next time. I tried to move forward in as open-ended a fashion as possible, and I think the topics we touched on ended up being a bit too scattered. Hopefully by looking [Read More...]


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