58 Years of Computing

The above photo came to my attention on Facebook. It is a very clever way of making the point about how much computers have changed over the past 58 years. The photo at the top is the first delivery of a computer. The photo at the bottom has one that has a much greater computing power, [Read More…]

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How Widespread is Mythicism?

An English conservative Christian website drew on Barna research and put together a study, which includes the statistic that about one in five people without a church background in England think Jesus was a myth, and roughly the same number are uncertain whether there was a historical Jesus. Conservative Christians are concerned for different reasons [Read More…]

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#YCAS2015 Third Panel

The session after lunch began with Brandon Hawk talking about the use of apocryphal narratives in medieval English preaching (as also in art), using the interdisciplinary approach of transmission studies. His specific focus was Pseudo-Matthew, which was particularly popular in that context, and which is used in the manuscript known as Bercelli 6, a Christmas [Read More…]

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Time Traveler

Marc Cortez was one of several people to share a UK heritage blue plaque about a time traveler. I thought that this one made more sense: [Read more…]

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For Unto Us A Son Is Born

The announcement was recently made that princess Kate has given birth to a son. Those interested in the study and interpretation of the Bible ought to follow such things, not out of generic media or cultural interest, but because many of us, living as we are in societies which do not have a monarchy, can [Read More…]

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Wadham College, Oxford

Today the ARAM conference on the Mandaeans will be starting at the Oriental Institute here in Oxford, England. Oxford is such a great city, and I am staying at bed & breakfast accommodations at Wadham College. The rooms are very nice ones in a modern building, but that building is situated within a very historic [Read More…]

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Final Program for the ARAM Conference on the Mandaeans

I received the final version of the program for the upcoming conference on the Mandaeans at the Oriental Institute in Oxford. Here it is: MONDAY, JULY 08, 2013 (Venue: The Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane) Chairperson:Rifaat Ebied (Sydney University) 09:00-10:00     Charles G. Häberl (The State University of New Jersey) “Dating the language of the Mandaean Book [Read More…]

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CFP: ARAM Society Conference on Mandaeism

I received this from the ARAM Society and wanted to share it: Mandaeism, 08-10 July 2013 (University of Oxford) ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirty Sixth International Conference on the theme of Mandaeism, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, 08-10 July, 2013. The conference aims to study [Read More…]

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Early Gospels PhD Opportunity at University of Durham

John Byron and Sean Winter have already mentioned this opportunity to work with Francis Watson at the University of Durham. As a Durham grad myself, I second (or rather, third) their recommendation of Durham as a place to live and study! My AHRC-funded project on “The Fourfold Gospel and its Rivals” has aPhD studentship attached that [Read More…]

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Mandaean Baptism in Liverpool

I was telling a colleague about the fact that there are Mandaean baptisms on YouTube, and she did a search and found this really nice video I had not seen before, which includes Mandaeans talking about the meaning of baptism for them. [Read more…]

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Change of Location for 2013 ARAM Conference on Mandaeism and CFP

I received this today via e-mail from the ARAM Society: ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirty Sixth International Conference on the theme of Mandaeism, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, 08-10 July, 2013. The conference aims to study Mandaeism and its relationship to Near Eastern religions and [Read More…]

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