Class on Apocalyptic, Early Judaism, and the Context of Jesus

Above is the screen capture and audio from a class I taught as part of my course on the Bible, initially focusing on apocalyptic literature (and in particular the Book of Daniel), and moving from there to the Judaism of Jesus’ time. [Read more…]

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Class on the Psalms and Hebrew Poetry

I will be working through some screen and audio captures I made during my class on the Bible a while back, looking to see whether some or all of it may be useful when I teach a version of that course online next summer, as well as perhaps for students taking the course during the [Read More…]

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Anonymous Sources Behind the Bible?

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Are Church and Society Collapsing Together?

On Facebook, I had my attention drawn to an interesting article by Margaret Wente about the decline of the liberal church, focusing on the United Church of Canada. It is an interesting article, but it deserves to be read carefully, since it acknowledges that pretty much the only churches not in decline are connected with [Read More…]

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More Posters

The Facebook group “Christians Against the Tea Party” has turned a few more quotes from me into posters. Feel free to share them!     [Read more…]

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“Barack Obama is an Absolute Moron”

I confess that I was truly shocked when someone I went to school with wrote a comment on something I posted on Facebook, which read as follows: No since Barack is an absolute moron and possibly the most worthless president that ha been elected It wasn't the spelling and lack of punctuation that bothered me, [Read More…]

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Taxation, Charity, and Robbery

I’ve heard the argument made that the government taxing the wealthy and redistributing that wealth to those less fortunate than them is not taxation, but robbery. I wonder how many of those who say such things are Christians or Jews , and would also think Deuteronomy 26:12 was robbery. Israelites had to set aside 10% of [Read More…]

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Segmenting the Bible

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“Folks Haven’t Been Reading Their Bibles” – Barack Obama on Religion and Public Policy

  Someone made the above quote from then senator Barack Obama into a poster. It illustrates what those who are intimately acquainted with the Bible and its interpretation see clearly, but religious fundamentalists less familiar with their own Scriptures often miss, namely that it is not at all straightforward to derive a clear set of [Read More…]

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Review of Gregory Mobley, The Return of the Chaos Monster

I am grateful to Eerdmans for sending me a complimentary review copy of Gregory Mobley’s book The Return of the Chaos Monsters: and Other Backstories of the Bible. Since the book has an overarching focus on stories I thought it might be appropriate to begin this review with a story, a personal anecdote. It is a [Read More…]

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Interactive Bible: Genesis 1:3

Many readers will know that a while back I worked on developing a prototype of an online Interactive Bible textbook (which you can still read and explore online). It covered introductory topics and I wrestled with how to tackle the next section, starting with the early chapters of Genesis. As I will be doing further [Read More…]

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