Rogue One Trailer

As SF Signal and IO9 have pointed out, there is a trailer for the next Star Wars movie, which is not Episode VIII, but Rogue One, set in the rebellion era before Episode IV. It looks great. But let me point out, for the sake of a certain constituency, that this movie is thus a [Read More…]

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#BaltimoreRiots as the Baltimore Hunger Games

I suggested once before that urban violence is our society’s Hunger Games. And so it doesn’t surprise me that Amandla Stenberg, who played the character Rue in the movie The Hunger Games, tweeted about this topic, and retweeted a tweet that made the comparison explicit. I had students writing about dystopian fiction as social commentary [Read More…]

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When Assyria Conquered Israel

Not only students, but other sources regularly refer to Assyria conquering Israel in 722 BCE. This reflects a misunderstanding of the Bible and other evidence. Assyria was already the dominant power in the region, and had been for a decade or more. Israel and Judah were vassal states within the territory of the Assyrian Empire. [Read More…]

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Was Jesus a Seditionist?

A recent article by Fernando Bermejo-Rubio in The Bible and Interpretation raised the question of whether Jesus was a “seditionist” – which he defines as “The hypothesis that Jesus of Nazareth and his followers were in fundamental sympathy with the principles of the members of the anti-Roman resistance groups, the use of violence not excepted [Read More…]

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