The Praying Jewbacca

Jeff Carter is continuing his depiction of sci-fi and comic book characters in poses and frameworks of religious iconography. Here’s his latest, which he calls “The Praying Jewbacca” since it is based on Marc Chagall’s painting “The Praying Jew.” It is good to see that he is expanding to include other religious traditions, since the images [Read More...]

Shai Held on Reading the Bible Selectively and Morally

Darrell Pursiful shared excerpts from and a link to an article by Shai Held on the use of the Bible in Judaism. The same points could be made for any religious tradition with a sacred text of key importance. Here’s a sample: The world is not divided between those who read selectively and those who [Read More...]

What Can You Assume People Know About Jesus?

Those of us who teach are aware (or should be aware!) of the relevance of prior knowledge to education. One of the things I wrestle with most is the fact that, in the same class, I may have students who have never read the Bible before ever, and some who read it regularly for devotional [Read More...]

Nick Norelli on Sacrifice, Monotheism and Christology

Nick Norelli posted an entry on his blog about sacrificial worship, connecting it with James D. G. Dunn’s book Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? and also with my own book, The Only True God. Nick questions whether animal sacrifice was the sine qua non – but doesn’t clarify the sine qua non of what, [Read More...]

Review of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man chapter 9

Chapter 9 of Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man is a mere six pages in length. Into this small space is packed, first of all, a brief presentation of Platonism and Stoicism, focusing on transcendence and immanence and the use of concepts such as Demiurge, Logos and Wisdom to bridge the gap between the [Read More...]

To Galilee by way of Armageddon

I was excited when I saw that the route to Tiberias, and to Afula where I would be meeting Eldad Keynan who kindly agreed to show me around the Galilee, was by way of Megiddo, even though not all services stop there. The bus took me straight through the plain of Megiddo. It seems more [Read More...]

Review of Holger Michael Zellentin, Rabbinic Parodies of Jewish and Christian Literature

I’m grateful to Mohr Siebeck for having sent me a free review copy of Holger Michael Zellentin’s new book, Rabbinic Parodies of Jewish & Christian Literature (Texts & Studies in Ancient Judaism, 139). Anyone who studies ancient religious literature is bound to have come across stories which seem amusing and/or satirical. But determining when stories [Read More...]

High on Christology Smack(down)?

Mike Bird has a post reflecting on some of the interactions about Christology in the latest issue of Expository Times, which included reviews of books on this subject both by my Doktorvater James Dunn as well as by me. I look forward to Bird’s own contribution to the discussion, which will be named “Can You [Read More...]

The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism

I am grateful to Eerdmans for sending me a free review copy of The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism. A dictionary is particularly hard to review, and so no futile attempt will be made here to do justice to the full range of contents and contributors. Among those most directly related to my research interests [Read More...]

Reading Romans as about Christians and not about Christians

As I have been going through Romans once again with my Sunday school class, it has increasingly become evident to me how hard it is – and at the same time how important it is – to realize that this isn’t a Christian document. In saying that, I don’t mean that Paul’s message was not [Read More...]

Chapter 6 of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man

My blogging through Earl Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man continues here with chapter 6. For those who wish to read a post trying to put a positive spin on the weak and unpersuasive claims in this chapter, Neil Godfrey has what you are looking for on his blog Vridar. What I will offer [Read More...]


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