Problematic Papyri

Brice Jones has brought to light some disturbing news about the alleged first century fragment of the Gospel of Mark that we’ve been waiting to hear more about after tantalizing references to it were made some years ago. It seems to be connected not just with the Green Collection but also with Josh McDowell. Given [Read More...]

If The Egyptians Were Right

Via Jerry Coyne. If the ancient Egyptians were right, then dogs are in trouble. As are we all…   [Read more...]

Ai Ai Ai!

It was in the news recently that Associates for Biblical Research claims to have made a find that indicates that the city of Ai could have been inhabited in a period when it could have been destroyed by the Israelites. Associates for Biblical Research, if you aren’t familiar with it, is an organization which is [Read More...]

Dangerous Superstition

I saw a news article today about the murder of Narendra Dabholkar in Pune, India. Dabholkar was an activist opposing superstition and blind faith. He was killed, not by a spell or a lightning bolt, but by human beings whose love of superstition of whatever sort did not give them supernatural power. They used technology, [Read More...]

Let My People Go!

David Hayward has done it again. Such a simple and yet such a poignant idea – that in at least some instances, the church has become like Pharaoh. Behaving like tyrants, many authoritarian pastors have become the sorts of oppessive dictators that God's people need to be liberated from. Frequently in Jewish tradition, as well [Read More...]

Promised Land Expressway

Today's Non Sequitur is on a Biblical theme once again. It is rather silly, but then so too are those who make assumptions about the historicity of the Exodus story without knowing where the ancient Egyptian toll roads in the region were.   [Read more...]

Lecture on Exodus and Conquest

I had hoped to make a recording of my class today, but we ended up discussing points raised by a student’s presentation, and so I recorded the above lecture in my office later in the day, so that I can post it and not take more class time covering the key points. I’d be interested [Read More...]

Hieroglyphic Spelling Bee?

This is today’s Bizarro comic: As a Biblical studies professor, the question I find myself asking is why an ancient Egyptian would be using a much later Hebrew “spelling” of “plague”…  :-) [Read more...]

Lecture on Geography and the Bible

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Premature Finality

When I saw this cartoon on the blog The Egyptiana Emporium, it made me reflect on how easy it is to revise what we write nowadays compared with in the past… Once it was a matter of starting over carving in stone the entire tablet. Then it was “simply” a matter of typing one or [Read More...]

3 Jesus’ Wife (With Fill in the Blank at the End)

There’s been even more blogged and discussed about the “Jesus’ wife” Coptic fragment since my last round-up. Most of what I have seen on blogs I read regularly have been wise, balanced, scholarly perspectives. Don Burrows clarifies the difference between absurd media claims and what Karen King and other scholars are saying. Craig Evans offers [Read More...]


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