Amazing Grace (Broadway in Chicago)

I am delighted to have had the opportunity to see the musical Amazing Grace at the Bank of America Theater in Chicago. It is based on the story of John Newton, who wrote the famous hymn “Amazing Grace.” But it isn’t focused on the hymn (although echoes of its familiar melody are woven into the score once [Read More...]

Inerrancy vs. Contradictions

Given the title, this post could easily have been about contradictions within the Bible and whether they disprove Biblical inerrancy, or whether one has to start with the doctrine of inerrancy and insist that anything that appears to be a contradiction isn't really one. And I will come back to that. But the fact is [Read More...]

Home From #SBLAAR

I’m back home safe and sound from the conference in Chicago. I expect that blogging not related to the conference will resume pretty much immediately, and I may try to go back and blog about some of the highlights which I have not managed to yet, if there is interest. John Dominic Crossan’s keynote address [Read More...]

#sblaar Bibliobloggers’ Gathering

The bibliobloggers' gathering last night at Kitty O'Shea's was great, and it included several bloggers who had never attended before, and the “coming out” of one whose identity had previously been obscure (not in the photos below). There were quite a number of “lapsed bloggers” in attendance – i.e. people who had not been blogging [Read More...]

Online Version of #SBLAAR Conference Paper: Revisiting the Relationship between the Mandaean Book of John and the New Testament

I have posted a copy of my conference paper which I will be reading at the Society of Biblical Literature Conference. This version has full quotation of several relevant chapters from the Mandaean Book of John embedded within the text of the paper at relevant points, online. Those same texts and more can be found at [Read More...]

Made It To Chicago #sblaar

I drove up to Chicago today for the joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. I have already had a get-together with some other Patheos bloggers attending the conference, bumped into old friends and even one of my collaborators on the Mandaean Book of John project. So far, [Read More...]

Take Me Back to Chicago #sblaar

This one goes out to everyone traveling to Chicago for the AAR and/or SBL annual meetings. There’s something special about listening to Chicago sing about going to Chicago when you’re going to Chicago… [Read more...]

Blogging One’s Conference Paper

The night before last, I put the finishing touches on the first completed draft of my conference paper for the upcoming Society of Biblical Literature conference in Chicago. It will still need to be worked on – most likely to trim it to the appropriate length. I anticipate posting the complete paper on the blog [Read More...]

2012 Annual Bibliobloggers’ Gathering

The supreme council of biblioblog overlords has decided…OK, so of course there is no such thing, but some of us have chatted and have suggested a venue and two possible times for the bibliobloggers' gathering this year in Chicago at SBL. We will gather at Kitty O'Shea's, an Irish pub at the Chicago Hilton. You [Read More...]

Conference Hashtag: #SBLAAR

After some consultation, I think that it is to be agreed that the hashtag to use for those tweeting about the upcoming AAR and SBL joint annual meeting is #sblaar Adding the year seems unnecessary. And while putting the AAR ahead of the SBL seemed preferable for alphabetical reasons, the resulting hashtag #aarsbl – which [Read More...]

Mandaean Studies at SBL and AAR

Here is a round-up of what’s going on at this year’s Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion annual meetings on the subject of the Mandaeans and their literature (including one by yours truly):   S18-134: Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism 11/18/2012 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Room: S505a – McCormick Place Revisiting the Relationship [Read More...]


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