How To Light a Menorah

A Rube Goldberg device lights a menorah. HT IO9 [Read more...]

The Resurrection in Eastern Iconography

John Dominic Crossan’s presidential address at SBL was incredibly interesting, and made fantastic use of technology to explore key elements in Eastern iconography depicting the resurrection – and that is what it is consistently referred to in ancient times, “the resurrection” (ἡ ἀνάστασις) and not “the resurrection of Christ.” The event is consistently corporate rather [Read More...]

Lecture on Geography and the Bible

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The Only True God for Kindle – Only $15.09!

There is a paperback edition of my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context which continues to sell less well than the more expensive hardcover edition, at least on Amazon.com. I am not sure why that is the case. Meanwhile, the Kindle edition is on sale for only just over [Read More...]

שנה טובה

Wishing those who celebrate Rosh Hashanah a Happy New Year!   [Read more...]

The Only True God for Kindle

Most readers will immediately realize that this post is not going to be about who or what Kindles worship, but is about the fact that my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context is available for Kindle, and for much less than even the cost of the paperback edition. [Read more...]

Revelation 7: The Seal of God, the Earth’s Corners, and Tribal Errors

This past Sunday in my Sunday school class, we talked about Revelation chapter 7. Given my sense of humor, you won’t be surprised that I mentioned that Revelation 7:2 doesn’t mean this: We also talked about how the chapter illustrates problems with both literalism and inerrancy. With literalism, not just because someone reading in English [Read More...]

Review of Richard C. Carrier, Proving History

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to review Richard Carrier’s latest book, Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus. I am grateful to Prometheus Books for sending me a free review copy. Carrier emphasizes from the outset that this is the first of two books, the second of [Read More...]

After the Exile: The Transition from Pre-Exilic Judah and Israel to Post-Exilic Judaism

Here’s another audio podcast with screen capture from a class I taught. This is actually the first half of a class period, the second half of which was on the Psalms and which I shared yesterday. [Read more...]

The Only True God in Paperback

My book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context is now at long last available in paperback! My first author's copy arrived a few days ago, and it now shows up on Amazon.com as available. Click the link above for more details. Some of you have been waiting a long time [Read More...]

The Life and Teaching of John the Baptist according to the Mandaean Book of John

Now that I have finished at least a still provisional but nevertheless complete translation of the chapters in the “Drasha d-Yahia” (which itself might be better rendered The Teaching of John rather than The Book of John) about the life and teaching of John the Baptist, I wanted to share links to them here. 18. Portents of [Read More...]


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