Having Purpose

My students were asked to evaluate the sources they used in their papers this semester. More than one has told me that a particular article or book is reliable because it “has purpose.” What on Earth is that supposed to mean?! I am not sure whether I am more concerned by the fact that students [Read More…]

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Double Irony

In addition to the irony that an atheist meme used an image of the library of an institution with religious roots and affiliation, which houses among other things the Book of Kells, to try to poke fun at Christians as purportedly readers of only one book, there is the additional irony that it speaks of [Read More…]

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RIP I. Howard Marshall

I saw the news on Facebook that I. Howard Marshall has passed away. If you aren’t familiar with this famous Evangelical New Testament scholar, there are a number of his articles and other writings online on the BiblicalStudies.org.uk website. See for instance his article on interpreting the Bible today, as well as his introduction to [Read More…]

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VSR

I’m grateful to Jim Davila for pointing out that Vocabulary for the Study of Religion is going to be available. Click through to see the price set by the publisher, and compare that to the price on Amazon, and then you’re sure to want to snatch up a copy from the latter… You can read my contribution on [Read More…]

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Yoda vs. Yoder

Do you get Yoda and Yoder confused? If so, this Venn Diagram from TheologyGrams will hopefully help you keep them straight. As far as I know, only one of them has warning labels in their books because of sexual harassment and abuse of women. That doesn’t make one great either. I presume Yoda knew that, even [Read More…]

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Self-Help

This made me laugh (even though the labels were clearly contrived by the photographer and not put there by the library). But at any rate, there isn't really a conflict. Reading a self-help book is already an example of helping yourself by seeking help from another. Anyone who thinks they are a completely independent individual [Read More…]

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Books.logos.com

Torrey Seland drew attention to the website http://books.logos.com, where books (mostly on the Bible and theology) that they have scanned but not yet made available through the Logos app are available. I did a search for “Mandaean” and it turned up interesting results. Take a look and explore whatever interests you!   [Read more…]

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Recently Biblical

I’m grateful to J. K. Gayle for drawing the data graphed above to my attention. It shows just how recently the obsession with being “biblical” and all things “biblical” began to take off. There is a lot that can be learned by looking at how the frequency of a word changes over time in publications. [Read more…]

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Why Hymnbooks are Better

From Cartoon Church   [Read more…]

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When To Cut Your Losses

Menachem Wecker has written an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s “Vitae” online career hub, on when to decide to leave a job, drop a book project, or otherwise cut one’s losses and move on. Click through to read it. I get quoted in it! [Read more…]

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Princeton Theological Commons

Princeton Theological Seminary has made a large number of digitized volumes available online, in its Theological Commons. If you have never explored its holdings, I'd encourage you to click through and do so. While it obviously consists primarily of older materials, they are particularly useful ones for academics studying ancient religion or history, Biblical studies, [Read More…]

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