A Test it is Better to Fail

Rachel Held Evans blogged about the story of Abraham trying to sacrifice Isaac, on the same day that I was scheduled to speak to a group of local artists about the story. She said what I personally consider the most appropriate response: I’d like to think that even if those demands thundered from the heavens [Read More...]

Whirlwind Creation Museum

A post on the blog Internet Monk recently explored the idea of a different sort of “creation museum,” one that accurately depicts the natural world (unlike the Creation Museum in Kentucky), and takes its inspiration more from the end of Job than the beginning of Genesis. The ending of Job depicts God as pointing to creation, not [Read More...]

RIP Wolfhart Pannenberg

I thought I would share this to mark the passing of Wolfhart Pannenberg, the famous theologian. The quote image comes from Michael Roberts’ blog.   [Read more...]

Attacking Genesis

A Facebook friend shared a post of mine on his wall, and it led to interesting discussion. I wrote the following in a comment: Why not pay attention to the clues to the genres of the texts that we find within them, correlating them with other literature? When we encounter a text with a talking [Read More...]

The Solid Sky

In a Facebook group I am a part of, Geoffrey Jones shared this helpful collection of excerpts from Jewish and Christian texts indicating that the ancient interpreters of the Bible understood the firmament to be solid: “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, the middle layer of water solidified,and the nether [Read More...]

Classic Video Game Biblical Epic Art

It is hard to find one title that summarizes what Dan Hernandez's art incorporates and focuses on. So here is an example. Click through to see more of his series “Genesis 2014.” HT Gizmodo.     [Read more...]

Beam Me Up, Lotty

A commenter pointed me to a web site which suggests that Lot’s wife may have been caught in something like a Star Trek transporter beam, a “pillar of vanishing” rather than being turned into a “pillar of salt.” If you are going to bring in Star Trek, you could also have Lot’s wife become a [Read More...]

The Grand Christian Tradition

The quote above comes from the conclusion of a post on David Williams' blog Brick by Brick about John Calvin's approach to Genesis: All too often it is assumed that a “traditional” or “conservative” reading of Genesis will be a literal reading and that anything else is but “liberal” pandering to Darwinism. This assumption is [Read More...]

Inspired by the Flood Story

The above featurette about the making of the ark for the upcoming movie Noah has gotten me much more excited about the movie than I was before. It is not the first adaptation of the flood story to take creative license. That is, in actual fact, what the Bible’s flood story did with earlier versions. [Read More...]

On the Biblical Cutting Room Floor

What else can you imagine being found on the cutting room floor of the Bible's editors?   [Read more...]

The J Source

Students are regularly confused because “J” is the abbreviation for the Yahwist source, resulting from the spelling in German and the fact that the Documentary Hypothesis originated in German-language scholarship. And so that, differences in spelling, pronunciation of letters, and the challenges many have when they need to pronounce Biblical names and words, all seem [Read More...]


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