Helicopters and Spaceships in Ancient Hieroglyphics?

OK, admit it, when you look at this picture, it does remind a modern person of helicopters and spaceships, right? So is there a logical explanation for this – one that doesn’t involve ancient aliens? There most certainly is, and I’m grateful to Michael Heiser for drawing attention to it. Click through to the MDW-NTR blog to [Read More...]

Marduk and Sekhmet in the Office

I saw this cartoon, and as a religion professor, my first reaction was to ask what sort of religion would look to both Marduk and Sekhmet as authorities. But I guess stranger combinations have occurred in the history of religious syncretism. If people can write books like Jesus CEO to promote a particular business model, [Read More...]

Horus Trolls the Atheists Again

A colleague of mine shared this bit of internet nonsense on Facebook: I am disappointed when anyone repeats bogus information without fact-checking it, but I am even more disappointed when it is an educator. I sometimes think that young-earth creationists might be atheists pretending to be delusional and dishonest Christians in order to make Christianity [Read More...]

Just Kidding

This cartoon makes a serious point. Deciphering the nuances of ancient communication, in particular things like humor, is challenging.   [Read more...]

Fragments Discovered in Israel

Many bloggers have already noted the discovery of a fragment of an inscribed vessel which originated in the Jerusalem area in the 10th or 11th century. Here is a photo: Christopher Rollston has proposed that what remains of the inscription may mean “pot” followed by the first letter either of someone’s name or an indication [Read More...]

My Egyptian Grammar

Like the proverbial hieroglyphics, the song “My Egyptian Grammar” by The Fiery Furnaces seems like it must have a key somewhere to deciphering it. Can anyone help make sense of it? Both the name of the band and the title of the album from which it comes (Widow City) have religious references. HT The Oriental Institute, [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...]

Fringe: Making Angels (Observers ex Machina)

The episode of Fringe which aired this past Friday, “Making Angels,” explores religious themes in interesting ways. The starting point of the episode is the death of the father of Astrid in the parallel universe. That Astrid, who is autistic, comes to our universe to meet her parallel self who does not suffer from autism. [Read More...]


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