Recently Biblical

I’m grateful to J. K. Gayle for drawing the data graphed above to my attention. It shows just how recently the obsession with being “biblical” and all things “biblical” began to take off. There is a lot that can be learned by looking at how the frequency of a word changes over time in publications. [Read more...]

Durham Research Online

Many readers will already be aware of the University of Durham E-Theses repository, where digital copies of dissertations are made available. But there is also a larger institutional repository, Durham Research Online, which allows one to search and find not only theses but also articles and other materials written and published by Durham academics. Visit http://dro.dur.ac.uk/ and [Read More...]

Scholars Behaving Badly – Er, I Mean, Citing Wikipedia

I've been discussing information literacy in general and Wikipedia in particular not only here, but on Facebook, quite a bit in recent days. One discussion asked about the appropriateness of a scholar citing a Wikipedia article, if only to offer it as a brief introduction to a topic. The question was posed by Joseph Kelly [Read More...]

James D. G. Dunn Blog

I learned today that there is a WordPress site for James D. G. Dunn. Jimmy Dunn supervised my PhD research, and is indisputably one of the top New Testament scholars of recent decades. I have not asked Jimmy whether the site was created by him and is thus official, but even if it isn't, it [Read More...]

Open Access Scholarship

I had a librarian mention to me that they had heard about a scholar whose blog got not merely quoted but responded to and interacted with in a peer-reviewed journal article. I quickly responded by saying that I know the blogger in question – Mark Goodacre, who blogged about his experience recently. Blogging is just [Read More...]

Academia Automatica

Apparently Academia.edu has evolved to the point where it no longer waits for us to add our scholarly content. Like Google Scholar, it is now able to track down our publications and add them to our profiles. And since there were several items that I had yet to add or update, I think this is [Read More...]

Could God Get Tenure?

I came across a bit of educational humor which I thought might be worth sharing, and reflecting on: Publish or Perish : Ever wonder why God never received a permanent job at a good university? The Reasons : 1. He had only one major publication and it had no references. 2. Some people doubt that [Read More...]


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