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...]

Ancient/Middle East Academic Resources Online

A whole range of interesting materials have popped up on blogs today, and so I thought I’d gather them and share them here. AWOL shared the Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine project (and also Greek Inscriptions) and the Middle East Research Journals project. AMIR mentioned Michael Hillman’s books and other materials for learning Persian language and culture, available [Read More...]

Temple of Science Fiction

GakuseiDon left a comment on a recent post pointing out that there is a Buddhist temple, Wat Rong Khun, which includes depictions of characters and scenes from science fiction in its artwork. Here’s an example: Did you spot Neo? Click through for more images from the temple’s artwork and architecture! Also at the intersection of religion [Read More...]

Lecture on Exodus and Conquest

I had hoped to make a recording of my class today, but we ended up discussing points raised by a student’s presentation, and so I recorded the above lecture in my office later in the day, so that I can post it and not take more class time covering the key points. I’d be interested [Read More...]

Jesus’ Family and Modern Bethlehem

The blog +972 shared the news earlier today that the Israeli embassy in Ireland had posted a derogatory status update about Palestinians, in connection with Jesus and Mary, on their Facebook page: A thought for Christmas…If Jesus and mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in [Read More...]

Lecture on Amos and Hosea

I recorded my class on Amos and Hosea. There were no separate slides prepared, and so you can simply listen to the lecture as a podcast. I hope to try recording some things in a smart classroom at some point, so that I can even capture writing on the smartboard, much like one sees in [Read More...]

Lecture on Geography and the Bible

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The Bible and Economic and Social Justice: Following Ruth into Leviticus

I’ve been wanting to post some thoughts that came up in my class on the Bible last week. We were discussing the Book of Ruth, which itself challenged Israelite laws and prejudices aimed at Moabites (that itself is a message that some Christians seem not to have grasped). In the process of discussing Ruth, the [Read More...]

Dividing Land Like Wealth

I reposted this image that came my way on Facebook, and it generated a significant amount of discussion. I find it interesting for a number of reasons, besides the striking illustration of the distribution of wealth in the United States. It helps make the point that, just as one cannot simply produce more land as [Read More...]

Two Witnesses, a Woman, a Baby and a Dragon

The Sunday before last in my Sunday school class we talked about the two witnesses in Revelation 11.  I mentioned the fact that, some years ago, I was contacted by e-mail by someone insistent that I ought to share his view on this subject with readers of my blog. His view is that the “two [Read More...]

You Know What I Did Last Summer

Summers are special times for professors. At the start of them, we make implausibly grandiose plans about what we are going to accomplish during them. At the end of them, we wonder where the time has gone. Here are some of the things I did this summer: Took students to Israel. Finished work on translating [Read More...]


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