The End of Job

Yesterday in my First Year Seminar class, we're discussing the ending of the Book of Job, as well as the chapter “Rebellion” from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. I have long found the beginning and ending of the Book of Job to be particularly intriguing (and there have been at least three separate posts by [Read More...]

Job: Head Librarian (Professional Hazard)

I saw this headline on a post on the ISAW blog today: Job: Head Librarian I suspect that I am not the only person in my line of work whose first thought was that this will be some sort of interesting interpretation of the central character of the Book of Job, and only a second [Read More...]

Religious Doubt

Val Webb has shared a lecture she has been delivering, with the title “In Defense of Doubt.” It includes the following: Denigrating religious doubt is a matter of power and control — and a large dose of threat for religious authorities if people think for themselves.  Yet honest creative doubt has long been central in [Read More...]

Content Manager Opening at BioLogos

I received this e-mail and wanted to share it with readers: Dear friends of BioLogos, I’m writing to ask your help. BioLogos is seeking someone to join our team as a content developer and editor at our offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here’s the position description: We are searching for a qualified candidate to develop [Read More...]

Wild Asses

When we recently discussed the Book of Job in my class on the Bible, I couldn’t help but wonder what Job 39:5 sounded like to my students. In the NRSV it reads: Who has let the wild ass go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift ass… If you are a teenager, is [Read More...]

The First Job Creator

Adam Kotsko has posted an economic retelling of the Genesis 1 creation account on his blog. Here is how it begins: In the beginning, God created the wealth and the jobs. Now the wealth was a formless void and darkness covered the sources of value, while the spirit of capitalism hovered over the depths. And [Read More...]

Job in Newtown

That’s not “job” as in employment in the title of this post, but “Job” as in “the Book of…” Someone asked me on Facebook recently what I thought the message of Job is and how it relates to the tragedy in Connecticut. I said that the Book of Job has a number of points that [Read More...]

Lecture on Wisdom Literature in the Bible

The first couple of words seem to have been cut off. I am not sure why it does that on some occasions but not others. All that is missing is my mention that a theme for this week is “Diversity in the Bible” which I then point out connects naturally with the Wisdom literature. [Read more...]

Classics Opening at Butler University

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Ph.D. in Classical Studies, starting August 14, 2013. Three courses per semester. We seek a generalist with expertise in Greek language, literature, and culture. The successful candidate will have an interest in further developing and expanding a small Classical Studies Program. Funds are available for developing a summer civilization course in [Read More...]

Readiness to Revise

There are two great cartoons that appeared on David Hayward’s blog recently which can be related to one another. Here is the first: And this second one seems to be related to the same theme inasmuch as such experiences can and should motivate theological reflection and revision, as they did in Job’s case:     [Read more...]

If You Are Confident You Understand the Whole Bible, You Are Either Dishonest or Have Not Been Paying Attention When Reading It

This was posted at Stuff Fundies Like, together with a reflection on tactics fundamentalists use to avoid acknowledging that there are confusing and unintelligible things in the Bible. Sadly, those tactics lead most fundamentalists to never open a commentary or pursue other lines of inquiry that might actually lead them to understand more than they [Read More...]


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