A Different Doctor

There has been a lot of discussion of whether a future regeneration of the Doctor could be black, or female. I would like to see humanity reach a point at which this would just be another difference, like whether or not the Doctor turned out to be ginger, or going from the very tall Colin [Read More...]

Mary Magdalene Resources

Anthony LeDonne mentioned on his blog that he has a new book coming out: The Wife of Jesus: Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals. I think the cover, with a woman whose face is obscured, is very clever. Mark Mattison has made an interlinear version of the Gospel of Mary available on the Gospel of Thomas [Read More...]

Female Figures in Mandaean Religious Art

The first presentation this morning was by Sandra van Rompaey and was about the way female figures are depicted in Mandaean religious art. There are distinctive features, such as how the bodies are shaded and whether they have hair. But there is also a parity, an equality to male beings, in how they are depicted, [Read More...]

Review of Rachel Held Evans, A Year of Biblical Womanhood

I’m grateful to Rachel Held Evans for having sent me an advance review copy of her book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”. I confess I am a bit embarrassed that I’m only blogging about it after the [Read More...]

Inclusive Language and Students as Customers

I had my attention drawn to a rather strange article by a Butler student. The article begins by referring to a professor requiring the use of inclusive language – that is, not saying “he” when you mean “he or she” and not using “mankind” when you mean “humankind,” and so on. But the student then [Read More...]

Was Jesus a Hermaphrodite?

I learned via Jerry Coyne’s blog that Susannah Cornwall (a theoblogger and biblioblogger) had made an argument for gender equality in ministry by pointing out that we do not know whether Jesus was biologically male. This led to the Telegraph picking up the story, as well as some negative responses which largely missed the point. Do we [Read More...]

Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day! And a tip for any American reader married to a Romanian woman: you don’t want to forget to wish your wife a happy International Women’s Day today and give her flowers. Especially if you forgot to give her a mărţişor on the 1st or March! [Read more...]

It’s a Girl!

HT Daniel Florien.  Please note that if this cartoon offends you, you are probably still carrying baggage from a patriarchal era. [Read more...]

Sci-Fi Around the Biblioblogosphere

If you hang around this blog a lot, you might not realize that discussion of sci-fi on biblioblogs is not universal, although it is not exactly uncommon either. Today, Scot McKnight shared a link to and excerpt from an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education on what led a programmer of robots to switch [Read More...]

Conservative Christians Promote Sex Change

It suddenly struck me today that, contrary to my assumptions, today’s conservative Christians apparently embrace the notion that one can be transgender, and actively support the idea of sex change operations. How else can one account for their determination to turn Junia into a man? [Inspired by recent posts by J. K. Gayle and Suzanne [Read More...]

(Possible) Bibliobloggers and #ManlyMen Discuss Biblioblogging and Bullying

Several bloggers have joined in the discussion about the term “biblioblog” and the question of biblioblog and biblioblogger identity. Peter Kirk chimed in, noting the irony that the top post of the day was my post about the Doctor Who Experience. Doug Chaplin doesn’t care. Chris Brady seems to, slightly. John Loftus thinks it’s all [Read More...]


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