Phil Harland’s Associations

Phil Harland asked me to share (and AWOL also drew attention to) the book and other online resources about the ancient world that are available via his website. He writes: Book info: Philip A. Harland. Associations, Synagogues, and Congregations: Claiming a Place in Ancient Mediterranean Society.  Second revised edition with links to inscriptions.  Kitchener, Ontario: [Read More...]

Job: Head Librarian (Professional Hazard)

I saw this headline on a post on the ISAW blog today: Job: Head Librarian I suspect that I am not the only person in my line of work whose first thought was that this will be some sort of interesting interpretation of the central character of the Book of Job, and only a second [Read More...]

Ancient Greek Hipster Religion

Via “He Has a Wife You Know”   [Read more...]

Evidence from Ancient Texts

How do we know things about the past? Whether in history or in the natural sciences, it involves working with surviving data and using deductive reasoning and logical inference. Dennis Venema has been blogging about “Genomes as Ancient Texts.” In the latest installment, he provides diagrams illustrating how scientists deduce that two organisms are related [Read More...]

Vigiliae Christianae Online

I am grateful to AWOL for pointing out that a large number of back-issues of the journal Vigiliae Christianae are now available online. [Read more...]

BABELAO

AWOL mentioned a new open-access journal, BABELAO, which is an abbreviation for « Bulletin de l’Académie Belge pour l’Etude des Langues Anciennes et Orientales.» Articles include one by J. K. Elliott on textual criticism and another by Thomas Durant on the organization of Thomas Christians in the pre-colonial period. [Read more...]

Open Access Scholarship

I had a librarian mention to me that they had heard about a scholar whose blog got not merely quoted but responded to and interacted with in a peer-reviewed journal article. I quickly responded by saying that I know the blogger in question – Mark Goodacre, who blogged about his experience recently. Blogging is just [Read More...]

Easy Exam Question

Bob Cargill tweeted that he likes to give students at least one easy question on the exams he gives. And he showed what that looks like: I dread to think what Bob would do if a student actually picked “B”… [Read more...]

Logos 5 for iPad

I’m grateful to the folks at Logos Bible Software for the opportunity to review the latest version of their product, Logos 5. I plan to do several posts on this software, including the desktop version. And so in this one, I will focus only on the corresponding iPad app, which provides convenient access to the [Read More...]

Review of Charles E. Gutenson, The Right Church

I responded with eagerness to the invitation to be part of the Patheos Book Club about Charles E. Gutenson’s book The Right Church: Live Like the First Christians. But upon receiving a copy and seeing the subtitle, I began to have doubts – was this going to be yet another of those books that claims [Read More...]

Dividing Land Like Wealth

I reposted this image that came my way on Facebook, and it generated a significant amount of discussion. I find it interesting for a number of reasons, besides the striking illustration of the distribution of wealth in the United States. It helps make the point that, just as one cannot simply produce more land as [Read More...]


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