Temple Mount Today

Via Mystical Politics. Zoom in to see the details. [Read more...]

Chris Keith on Social Memory Theory and the Gospels

Chris Keith shared a link to the above lecture on social memory theory and the Gospels, his inaugural lecture at St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham. See also Chris’s own post as well as Mike Kok’s and Tyler Stewart’s posts about a session at SBL in which Chris and others addressed the same topic.   [Read more...]

Review of The First Thanksgiving

I confess that I accepted with some reluctance the invitation to participate in the Patheos Book Club about Robert Tracy McKenzie’s book The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History. It wasn’t that I thought it wouldn’t be interesting. I just wondered whether I could really afford [Read More...]

Bible Secrets Revealed Secrets Revealed

Joel Hoffmann announced that he is in the first episode of Bible Secrets Revealed, a new documentary series that airs starting tonight at 10 pm on the History Channel. Since I don’t know if or when I am in any episodes, that may mean that I ended up entirely on the cutting room floor, or [Read More...]

Tour Ancient Rome

HT Matthias Rascher [Read more...]

Bible Secrets Revealed Website

Mark Goodacre pointed out that there is now a website for the series “Bible Secrets Revealed” which will be debuting on Wednesday on the History Channel. [Read more...]

Touching Earth

A blog post by Jericho Brisance, “Christian Agnosticism and Touching Earth,” was drawn to my attention. It emphasizes that it is unacceptable to use history and science in an attempt to justify the Bible without being open to the disconfirmation of the Bible through the use of those same methods. Here is a taste: We [Read More...]

Postcards from Butler

Today I learned of the existence of a history blog “Vintage Irvington.” It includes a couple of posts about, and pictures of postcards from, Butler College, which is what Butler University was called when it had its campus there in Irvington. [Read more...]

Bible Secrets Revealed Wednesday

Bob Cargill mentioned that the premiere of the documentary series “Bible Secrets Revealed” has been moved to Wednesday. He also provided this to tide you over until then:   [Read more...]

Ridiculous Hype (but for a series genuinely worth watching)

Scott Bailey shared the promotional video for the upcoming series on the History Channel, Bible Secrets Revealed, on YouTube. I do not think that it will change your mind about everything you think about the Bible. But they really did interview some of the world’s leading scholars – and also me! [Read more...]

This Will Make You Want To Watch Bible Secrets Revealed

HT Bob Cargill. Making a video while driving, and claiming that having a preview for a documentary series with no preachers in it is somehow equivalent to what Hitler did, makes you seem ridiculous. No, really, much more ridiculous than the sensationalized claims  in the ads for the documentary series – and those are pretty [Read More...]