Young-Earth Creationism vs. the Plain Meaning of the Creation Stories

Having recently addressed a number of points of incompatibility between young-earth creationism and Christianity as most Christians understand it and have understood it down the ages, I was asked if I could address the common young-earth creationist objection that  “No one simply reading what the words clearly say would EVER suppose God/Moses were describing a development [Read More...]

Ten Commandments – Complete With Carry Case

One could suggest that refusing the satchel is the reason why the commandments so often get broken…   [Read more...]

The Ten Recommendations

When I saw yesterday’s Non Sequitur cartoon, it reminded me of something that I run up against regularly in class: For today’s students, the Ten Commandments have always been ten “recommendations” or “suggestions.” No matter how strongly they were ingrained in them from an early age, they have not had the status of law – apart from [Read More...]

Modern Exodus

If the Israelites crossed the Red Sea – or any body of water – in our day and age: HT Jim West [Read more...]

Wilderness Wandering: There’s an App for That

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Take These Two Tablets

It looks like someone has reworked the old joke about God giving Moses a “prescription” for the Israelites' problems, saying (as a doctor might), “Take these two tablets and call me in the morning.” [Read more...]

Is the Oldest Science Fiction in the Talmud?

Anthony Le Donne suggested on his blog (and in a recent conference paper) that a story in the Babylonian Talmud, in b. Menaḥoth 29b, might be the first science fiction story. In it, Moses time travels to Rabbi Akiba’s time. But is time travel enough to make a story science fiction? I’ve long pondered this topic, namely [Read More...]

#SBLAAR Conference Paper Teaser: John-Books and Sabbath-Loosing

I will post a link from my blog to a full version of my conference paper soon, with primary texts and extra sections included that I do not have time to include in the actual presentation. I will post that on the day I actually read the paper, so that the link will be at [Read More...]

Lecture on Authorship and Sources of the Pentateuch

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Anonymous Sources Behind the Bible?

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Moses Pranks Jesus

  Cartoon removed at cartoonist’s request – please visit the cartoonist’s web site to see it! HT Jim West [Read more...]


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