Abortion and Child Sacrifice in the Bible (From The Archives)

There is an interesting irony in the fact that a tradition that apparently once practiced child sacrifice has evolved into one in which (in certain segments, at least) is adamant in protecting the rights even of the not-yet-born. The teachings on the unborn found within the Bible are somewhat ambiguous. Exodus 21:22-25 appears to make [Read More...]

It’s Hard to be “Biblical”

Many might think of being “Biblical” as challenging because it would be strenuous and demanding to follow every single detail literally, as A. J. Jacobs did in The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible. In fact, there are a large number of different ways of [Read More...]

Eldad Keynan on “A Different Tomb in Lower Galilee”

Eldad Keynan has a new article in The Bible and Interpretation, with the title “A Different Tomb in Lower Galilee.” It is an interested read, and I’m looking forward to meeting Eldad in person when I visit Israel later this month. [Read more...]

Ken Ham and Atheists Agree

Joel Watts highlights that Ken Ham agrees with the logic of atheists. Ken sets up a logical chain which he has clearly linked together backwards. Since he can think of no reason to believe in God if there was no literal Adam and Eve, he tries to prove the latter so as to lead to [Read More...]

Inigo Montoya Addresses Fundamentalists

(The above is a remake of a picture I made a while back. For a more serious treatment of the topic, see the recent article in the Huffington Post, “The Bible: As Relevant (and Misunderstood) as Ever.”) [Read more...]

The Bible’s Teaching on Being Willing to Set Aside the Bible’s Teaching (From the Archives)

In the story about Cornelius in Acts 10, Peter sees a vision in which he is told to kill and eat all sorts of things that were prohibited by the Jewish Law. Peter understandably refuses to eat such unclean things, only to be told by the heavenly voice that he should not call unclean what God [Read More...]

Change Your Perspective

I’ve been enjoying the series on “Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible” over at BioLogos, and the latest installment discusses the reasons why, without additional information provided by astronomy and the sciences more generally, ancient people could not realize that their sense perception of the universe was inaccurate. Changing our perspective is hard, but the [Read More...]

Scholarships at Tel Aviv University

The Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures of Tel Aviv University, in cooperation with TAU’s School for Overseas Students (OSP), is pleased to announce two $5,000 scholarships for international students in the new one year international program for overseas M.A. students – Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible. The new MA program (and a credit [Read More...]

The Sermon on the Plount (Problems with Inerrancy)

Via The New Testament Stumblr I discovered Jeremiah Bailey’s blog, which had the delightful cartoon below illustrating one of the many problems with inerrancy: the extreme lengths to which it often requires one to go in order to harmonize discrepancies. [Read more...]

Clergy Letter for Imams (and More From the Evolutionary Blogosphere)

Open Parachute and Panda’s Thumb both report on the expansion of the Clergy Letter Project to include Muslim clergy voices in support of evolution. Also related, Sabio Lantz tells how evolution cost him his job. Jerry Coyne discusses the laryngeal nerve as evidence for evolution. Biologos continues the series on Mesopotamian sacred geography and the [Read More...]

Definitive Guide to Bible Translation Terminology

Eddie at Kouya Chronicle has posted this definitive guide to the way people refer to Bible translations – and what they actually mean. Hilarious and poignant! Meaning Based: “a translation which prioritizes the meaning rather than the form of the original language.” Form Based: “a translation which prioritizes the form of the original language rather [Read More...]


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