The Bible We Actually Have

The quote from Chris Keith is taken from his contribution to Pete Enns’ series about Biblical scholars’ “aha” moments. In almost but not entirely unrelated news, see Hemant Mehta’s post about a Kickstarter project to make a literally indestructible Bible. [Read more...]

Online Resources

A wealth of online resources have come to my attention in recent days: Older issues of the journal Neotestamentica are available online for free. David Meadow shared materials from an epigraphy workshop. AWOL pointed out a wealth of Coptic resources, as well as a free app for taking a field trip to Corinth. Jim West [Read More...]

Bible Stories for Corporations

From BoingBoing via Hemant Mehta   [Read more...]

Is That a Metaphor?

I've shared both of these before, but thought they should be circulated again, since I still hear people talking about “Biblical literalists” as though there were such people. Please be more accurate and call them selective Biblical literalists. Otherwise you give them credit for being consistent where it isn't deserved.   [Read more...]

I’ll Just Finish This Chapter

HT Roger Wolsey’s Kissing Fish page on Facebook. [Read more...]

Same Method, Same Results

Fred Clark wrote the following in a post about the clobber texts for slavery: But the larger problem is this: We have concluded that some of our foremost and most influential theologians, pastors, and biblical scholars were utterly wrong about a monumentally important matter of biblical truth. Yet, because we choose not to explore why [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Harold Vedeler)

“Occam’s Razor does not shave people.” – Harold Torger Vedeler, “Science Fiction, the Bible, and the Narrative Method,” paper read at the EABS and International SBL meeting in Vienna, July 2014, Science Fiction and the Bible group. I was delighted to have the chance to attend one of the sessions on the Bible and science [Read More...]

What’s in your Lunchbox?

David Hayward made this cartoon of someone tired of getting the same old thing in his lunchbox: There are lots of ways one could approach the cartoon. On the one hand, I don't see why this individual, old enough to grow a beard, cannot exercise some control over what he eats for lunch. When someone [Read More...]

Bible Stats

A poster from Slingshot Publishing, which has a lot of familiar information, some problematic information (which ones can you spot?), but some things that are probably new to anyone who happens to read this. Is there anyone out there who already knew (or knew better than) all the details on this infographic? [Read more...]

God in Chains

The cartoon above by David Hayward depicts what ought to be considered blasphemy by anyone who is a monotheist. The idea that there is one supreme God, but that that God can be constrained by or domesticated into conformity with a collection of human writings, is inherently self-contradictory. No wonder so many conservative Christians worship [Read More...]

That Doesn’t Settle It

The quote is from a post of mine, “People Wrote It, You Believe Them, That Settles…Nothing.“ [Read more...]


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