Quote of the Day (Mark Goodacre)

“The SBL Annual Meeting is truly the “San Diego Comic-Con” of the world of Biblical Scholarship.” – Mark Goodacre, “SBL Annual Meeting 2009 talk“ [Read more...]

First Foray Into Graf: Sabians and Sethians and John the Baptist, Oh My!

A copy of Georg Graf’s Geschichte der christlichen arabischen Literatur arrived via inter-library loan in the past couple of days. Today I had my first chance to dive in and do more than just take a passing glance. For those who may be unfamiliar with it, it is a 5-volume bibliographical work that surveys Christian [Read More...]

Donnie Darko

I finally watched Donnie Darko (yes, for the first time) last night. It was mainly because Chris Heard had suggested the label for me. So please use the comments section on this post to discuss all things Darko – and the philosophy of time travel – if you feel strongly about these subjects. Elsewhere around [Read More...]

The Only True God and Element 112

Is The Only True God “Copernicum”? Pay a visit to The Church of Jesus Christ and let me know what you think. I’d much rather my book be “Copernican”, personally, but for most authors that’s too much to hope for. But I’m willing to settle for “weighty”, which Element 112 certainly is. I suspect it [Read More...]

On Reading and Hearing Papers at SBL

I will be reading a paper at SBL – and it will be heard by others, I hope. The paper will be about precisely that experience, in a sense – the fact that texts, including texts that contain intertextual echoes about other texts, as well as their prior contact (if any) with the echoed texts [Read More...]

On Knowing

I recently watched the movie Knowing, and as someone who combines the roles of New Testament scholar and science fiction fan, it was perhaps inevitable that I’d blog about it. I will be talking about details right up until the movie’s ending, and there is a sense in which the most enjoyable thing about Knowing [Read More...]

Do You See The Difference?

Over at Ecce Homo someone asked about the difference between Hurtado and McGrath on Jewish monotheism and early Christology. As I said over there, I’m much more interested in hearing how others perceive the difference than attempting to provide my own answer (which I do, to some extent, in my book). Those who’ve read my [Read More...]

Jim West’s Lost Biblical Studies Carnival?

I was under the impression that the next Biblical Studies Carnival was to be hosted by Jim West on his blog. But as I tried to search the internet for his blog or information about the carnival, I found instead some unexpected results. I’ve decided to post some screenshots so that you can see for [Read More...]

Why LOST’s Final Season May Be About Redoing, Not Undoing, The Past

Any attempt to speculate about what will happen on LOST always involves a serious likelihood of being wrong. But I think that the conclusion of the last season involved the creation of a temporal paradox that this season will focus on undoing. As Jack Shepherd set about trying to put Daniel Faraday’s plan into effect, [Read More...]

Subordination to The Only True God

Michael Whitenton seems to have created a stir on his blog by his suggestions about the interpretation of some genitives in 1 Corinthians. He has now posted again at greater length, explaining what he means and why he is persuaded that it is what 1 Corinthians means. If you haven’t done so yet, do take [Read More...]

Old Manuscripts, New Methods

If one reads about the story of Tischendorf discovering Codex Sinaiticus, or Lady Drower’s work in collecting Mandaean manuscripts, one will encounter descriptions of the same issue that has confronted scholars in all sorts of fields down the ages: persuading individuals to part with manuscripts that are in their possession. When possible, it is indeed [Read More...]

A Call To Follow

A while back I noticed some error messages connected with the “Followers” feature on Blogger. Well, Blogger seems to have fixed the problem, and so I’ve re-added that gadget to the sidebar. If you are a regular reader, or a new one who has enjoyed what they’ve been reading here, please do click on the [Read More...]

Reading 1 Corinthians in Light of The Only True God

Michael Whitenton has posted on Paul and monotheism at Ecce Homo, on things that struck him reading 1 Corinthians in light of The Only True God. Please pay his blog a visit, and keep the discussion alive, both there and here! [Read more...]

Commentaries on the Gospel of Thomas

Brandon Wason has posted an annotated bibliography of commentaries on the Gospel of Thomas. Thank you for making this useful resource available! [Read more...]