Max Stern: Bible and Music

I’ve been developing a course on the Bible and music, and so was delighted to see a review of a book on the topic appear in Review of Biblical Literature. The book is Bible & Music: Influences of the Old Testament on Western Music, by Max Stern. Here is a video of the author, reading from and [Read More…]

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The Popularity of Young-Earth Creationism Explained

A quote from a recent post. [Read more…]

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Y’all Version

Y’all have probably heard of the Bible app and website YouVersion. Well now John Dyer, a PhD candidate at the University of Durham, has made Y’all Version, which is not just for fun, but makes the important point that in the underlying languages from which the Bible is translated, the second person plural is clearly distinguished from [Read More…]

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The Hazardous Bible

“People of faith can read the Bible so that almost any perspective on a current issue will find some support in the Bible. That rich and multivoiced offering in the Bible is what makes appeals to it so tempting – and yet so tricky and hazardous, because much of our reading of the Bible turns [Read More…]

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Swing By and Pick Up the Llamas

Yesterday’s Bizarro comic highlighted the absurdity of the Noah’s ark story when taken literally. One has to either have the Earth so completely changed and reshaped that it would involve a greater cataclysm than anything the Bible explicitly states or the geological record bears witness to, or one has to imagine other people in other [Read More…]

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X-Files 10.5 – Babylon

No need to justify discussing this episode of the X-Files in relation to religion – the episode begins with a Muslim man at prayer. The same man goes to pick up another Arabic-speaking friend, and then they go to an art gallery called Ziggurat, where there is a depiction of the prophet Muhammad. They blow it up. [Read More…]

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The Bible is Clear

The Bible could not be clearer. No one should be doing something just because it is in the Bible!   [Read more…]

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What the Bible Says

One of my first posts on this blog, after it moved from its original self-hosted location to Blogger back in 2007, was on this topic. Here is what I wrote: This is just a short entry, just to share a further illustration of how the Bible is mythologized, personalized and in some cases deified by well-meaning but [Read More…]

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These Preachers are Liars

This paraphrase of Jeremiah 14:14 is striking. I’m often in two minds about The Message. What do you think of its rendering of this particular text? [Read more…]

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X-Files 10.3 – Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster

This was a great episode, of the satirical and self-parodying sort that the X-Files regularly offered throughout its history. Early in the episode, Mulder reflects on how much of the unexplained has been explained since he previously worked on the X-Files, often in terms of pranks by college students. He uses a phrase from the [Read More…]

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Reading the Bible in Machete Order

On the first day of my class on the Bible, I ask students what order we should read the Bible in. This year I made explicit reference to “machete order” – the approach to Star Wars that maximizes suspense by starting with Episode IV and V, then jumping back to the prequels (some recommend skipping Episode I [Read More…]

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