Skewed Conservative Christian Priorities

Bob Cargill created and shared this checklist: I think Bob is right about some things and sort of wrong about some things. I think he is right when he says that the skewed prioritization has to change, and that there is reason to be hopeful that it is indeed changing. I think he is sort [Read More...]

Hey Guys, Eyes Up Here!

I thought this cartoon, which was shared on Facebook, offered a cute perspective on Biblicism. If someone knows who created it, please let me know so that I can give credit where credit is due.   [Read more...]

The Bible and Science

A Facebook friend shared this image: There is a lot here that is problematic. Let’s just focus on one example, and begin with the very first claim, namely that the Bible “foresaw” the near-spherical shape of the Earth. The truth is that the Hebrew Bible uses the term circle – in other words, it says the [Read More...]

Read Between the Memory Verses

A great quote from Craig Keener that came to my attention via Facebook.   [Read more...]

Selective Supernaturalism

If one looks online for sources discussing the date of the Book of Daniel (and a number of other Biblical texts where the same issues arise), one is bound to come across conservative works which inevitably accuse scholars who date those works later than they do of “anti-supernaturalism.” Unless one rejects the possibility of predictive [Read More...]

Review of Rachel Held Evans, A Year of Biblical Womanhood

I’m grateful to Rachel Held Evans for having sent me an advance review copy of her book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”. I confess I am a bit embarrassed that I’m only blogging about it after the [Read More...]

Science Fiction and the Bible CFP

Religion Call for Papers passed on an exciting bit of news: The European Association of Biblical Studies will be holding a workshop in Leipzig next summer on science fiction and the Bible! There’s more information on the EABS website, and the call for papers opened today. Sounds like something I really ought to find a [Read More...]

The Most Interesting Bible in the World

When I saw the above image on Episcopal Church Memes on Facebook, my first reaction was, “Why is that supposed to be funny?” The NRSV with Apocrypha is the standard in academic study Bibles – the New Oxford Annotated Bible, the Access Bible, the Harper Collins Study Bible, and many others. And so I use [Read More...]

Just How Racy is the Song of Songs?

Today my class on the Bible focused on Song of Songs. This was my first time including the text as a focus. With so much to cover in a semester, it seemed in the past to be an obvious choice for something to leave by the wayside. But since it is highlighted in the textbook [Read More...]

How To Misuse The Bible

David Hayward's latest cartoon illustrates one of the many ways…   [Read more...]

Late Texts, Early Traditions continued: Chronicles, John, and the Mandaeans

Yesterday Jim West shared a linkto an article which ties in directly to the question I have been exploring in a couple of recent posts. The article is “THE “SPRING OF THE YEAR” (2 CHRONICLES 36:10) AND THE CHRONICLER’S SOURCES” by Michael Avioz, published in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures. In this particular instance, Chronicles provides information about [Read More...]


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