Job 41 – Godzilla Edition

Gakusei Don suggested the above in response to my prompting about adding Godzilla to the Bible. One can actually make a serious point by doing this. Godzilla fits the text much better than a dinosaur would, and that supports the understanding of the text as referring to a mythical dragon and not a real prehistoric [Read More...]

The Bible as Fantasy

I shared some science fictional explorations of Biblical texts by Ben Riddlebarger previously. He has been hard at work since then, and has offered more, including Gandalf as Moses, Shrek riding Donkey into Jerusalem, Peter being asked to perform a waterbender’s feat, and David vs. Godzilla. I appreciate these because they raise questions about how and [Read More...]

Was Jesus Wrong on Purpose?

Mike Skinner shared some interesting thoughts on Mark 2:25-26 from the late Bill Placher: “Is this all a joke? A mistake? By Jesus? By Mark? Mark so rarely misremembers texts that I doubt he is doing so here. I infer, then, that the point of his reply is to show that these Pharisees, eager to [Read More...]

Ruth: Romance, Racism, and Redistribution

In my class on the Bible on Friday, we discussed the Book of Ruth. And as it happened, I discovered that it was possible to encapsulate the three main topics/themes that I wanted to make sure got attention under three headings with alliteration. One topic (the first “r”) was romance. My students were fairly sure [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Jonathan Robinson)

We gather on Sundays to worship the unmarried son of an adulterous polygamous king with a brothel owner for a grandma, we have a Bible that contains multiple stories of incest, gang rape and prostitution of relatives, and yet when someone who doesn’t conform to our ideal middle class nuclear family walks into the church [Read More...]

It’s Pretty Much Definite: Jesus was Descended from David

I am grateful to Gavin of the blog Otagosh for pointing out the genealogical gem that BBC News recently shared. Jesus almost certainly was descended from David – because it is likely that everyone among the Jews in his time was descended from David. Read the article for the genealogical logic behind this statement. Of course, [Read More...]

Eric Whitacre – When David Heard

From the ancient to the modern. Here’s one of today’s great choral composers, Eric Whitacre, for your enjoyment. The choice of Biblical text for setting is interesting – I’m not sure I’ve ever heard another setting of this particular text. [Read more...]

On Rejected Ideas for Biblical Art

HT The Sacred Page. See 1 Samuel 18:27 if you don’t get it. [Read more...]

The Secret of David’s Success?

HT Arni Zachariassen [Read more...]

Ancient Monotheistic Worship: Sacrifice and Prostration

Ben Witherington reminded us of a recent post on Larry Hurtado’s blog about ancient monotheistic worship. It usefully points out that the defining factor of Jewish piety was not always expressed by means of a creedal statement, but often simply took the form of a refusal to worship any other than God. Note how often [Read More...]


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