Continuing Conversation

What are you doing reading this post?! The conversation is currently continuing over at Ecce Homo. Hurry, you don’t want to miss it! [Read more...]

Happy Mandaean New Year!

The Mandaeans’ calendar is fascinating for all sorts of reasons, but its relevance today is relatively simple. It is the Mandaean new year! Happy new year to all Mandaeans around the world! [Read more...]

NBC News Archives On Demand

I just received an e-mail informing me about a new online service from NBC News, making its news archives available. The address is It is a subscription service, but one that it may be worthwhile for educators to persuade their institutions to subscribe to if there are enough relevant archives. One can currently sign [Read More...]


For those who may not have heard of it, I wanted to briefly mention Gallica, a site connected with the Bibliotheque nationale de France. It is a useful site for finding older academic books that have been made available online, on subjects such as the Mandaeans. [Read more...]


I’ve always lived in a world where going to the moon was possible. I wonder if that more than anything else is responsible for various aspects of the generational differences in worldviews one finds in the world today, or whether such generational divides exist even when nothing quite so earth-shattering (er, I mean, sattelite-visiting) separates [Read More...]

Ecce Recensus: The Only True God Persuades A Skeptic

Michael Whitenton has posted a review of my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context on his blog Ecce Homo. Since he has encouraged me to respond and turn his blog review into a bloggersation, I’ll add a few thoughts. First, let me say that I’m very grateful for the [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Michael Spencer)

“It would seem to me that if evangelicals cannot develop a stronger response and skill at conversation regarding the discoveries of science, we are going to find ourselves so marginalized that whatever we say to ourselves will have little effect on those who are visiting other worlds, other civilizations and reading the story of the [Read More...]

A Short Sermon

Asked to share a “short word” in a Romanian church, I decided to offer a short sermon…on the subject of short sermons. The first (brief) point was that there is a Biblical basis for short sermons. The Sermon on the Mount can be read in less than 10 minutes, and it is perhaps the most [Read More...]

Studying the Mandaeans: Sources and Questions

The recent ARAM conference on the Mandaeans in Oxford was a delightful cornucopia of different perspectives and scholarly angles on the Mandaeans, from questions about the origins to their present-day situation, with a number of Mandaeans in attendance as well as scholars interested in their religious tradition, heritage and language. Mandaism is, I’m quite sure, [Read More...]

Jared Calaway Has Finished With The Only True God

I hope no one is getting tired of these double entendre blog post titles. When I chose the title for the book, I was thinking only of John 17:3 and the relevance of that verse to understanding the Christology of John’s Gospel. It didn’t even occur to me what potential entertainment value there was in [Read More...]

Five Primary Sources That SHOULD Influence Richard Bauckham

While I was away a meme has been going around, which in its latest permutation asks Biblical scholars to list 5 primary sources that have influenced them. Ken Brown tagged me, and since most primary sources have already been mentioned, and because I’m reading Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the God of Israel with an aim [Read More...]

The Exodus From Egypt and 9/11

The Exodus from Egypt, had it occurred in literal fashion as described in the Bible, would have been (at the very least) ancient Egypt’s “September 11th”. Even if it did not wipe out every single firstborn child, and the cattle, not to mention Pharaoh’s army, even an event that decimated (in the literal or metaphorical [Read More...]

The Only True God in the U.K. now has The Only True God available for order. It is listed (as of the time of this blog post) as “temporarily out of stock”, but presumably those who place an order will be informed of an estimated date for shipping. [Read more...]

Review of Did The Resurrection Happen? A Conversation with Gary Habermas and Antony Flew

Did the Resurrection Happen?: A Conversation With Gary Habermas and Antony Flew, edited by David Baggett (Downers Grove: IVP, 2009), offers an excellent presentation of contrasting perspectives on the philosophical aspects of the resurrection, all the more compelling because it takes the form of a dialogue between two philosophers whose different views on the matter [Read More...]