LOST Rewatch: Dave

The episode starts with Hurley and Libby jogging. Hurley confesses that he kept quite a bit of food from the hatch. He dumps the food, and says he feels free. Then people go running past – to the place where a new supply of food had been dropped. Standing by it, Hurley sees someone and [Read More...]

The Ideologue

“The ideologue has a singular cast of mind, one that needs bold rules and eschews nuances. Abundant examples exist of those who, devout in proselytising for one belief system, undergo an epiphany, and then reach in sudden disillusionment for a diametrically opposed but equally rigid creed.” Gordon McLauchlan, Great Tales from New Zealand History, (Auckland, David [Read More...]

Ten Possible New Names

Anthony Le Donne has responded to my question about possible new names for my blog with a list of ten possibilities. Some of my favorites include: Dinosaurs with Saddles Horus Is Just Alright With Me McGrath’s Gaffes The Epistle of St. James the Nonplussed Click through to read the rest of them. From what I’ve [Read More...]

The Veils of Salome

Biblical Studies Online shared videos from a conference about Salomé in reception history. The video above is about Salomé in the New Testament and early Christianity. Click through for the rest of the videos. [Read more...]

Time for a Name Change?

I’ve been thinking that the Matrix reference in the name of my blog has become rather dated. And so I’m contemplating changing it. Any suggestions for a new name? Should I just call it “James McGrath’s Blog,” or would something else be better? Silly as well as serious suggestions are welcome. Of course, I could [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Lockdown

In a flashback, we see Locke planning to propose to Helen. She reads the obituaries and says Anthony Cooper, Locke’s father, has died. They go to the burial. A minister reads from 1 Thessalonians about the resurrection. Locke says he forgives his father. Later, we see Locke working as a home inspector – giving a [Read More...]

Origen on Adam (Corrected)

Ken Brown pointed out that the image I shared misattributed the quotation to the wrong work by Origen. I apologize for not having verified every last detail before sharing it. And so, in light of that, and since I wasn’t entirely happy with the use of “man” where “humanity” was meant in the translation used, I [Read More...]

Jewish National and University Library Digitized Book Repository

Ancient World Online linked to the Jewish National and University Library Digitized Book Repository, which includes a lot of rare items, such as a Latin copy of Josephus’ works from 1486.   [Read more...]

Sealioning

I wasn’t familiar with the term “sealioning” until P. Z. Myers used it on his blog recently, linking to an explanation of why it is bad. The term refers to an online debate tactic depicted in this cartoon by David Maliki, which gives the phenomenon its name: I’m in two minds about this. On the one [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Whole Truth

In flashbacks, we learn of Sun and Jin struggling to conceive. We also see Sun meeting with the man from the earlier date, to learn English. A fertility doctor says that there is no way for Jin and Sun to conceive. The doctor says the problem is with her, but later confesses that he lied, [Read More...]

Origen on Adam

Of related interest, see Jared Calaway’s recent blog post about what Origen wrote about animal poop on Noah’s ark. [Read more...]

A Christmas Present Still In The Works

One of my Christmas presents for 2014 is still being made. Here’s a photo indicating the progress thus far. Can you all recognize what it is? [Read more...]

Robo-Scribe

This post is not about the conservative religious view of the Biblical authors and copyists, whose writing activity was supposedly taken over by God to make God the author. No, this isn’t a metaphor – it is about an actual robotic scribe! Bible History Daily reported the story, including the fact that the process does not produce [Read More...]

Final Biblioblog Carnivals and Rankings for 2014

Daniel Gulotta hosts his first ever Biblical studies carnival. It includes lots of links that are of interest to readers of this blog, on all kinds of interesting Biblical studies news, including some of the discussions of mythicism. Brian Small shared his monthly round-up of online activity about Hebrews. Peter Kirby shared the biblioblog rankings, [Read More...]


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