Scholarship and Blogging

Larry Hurtado has expressed some frustration with some members of his blog audience. Here is an excerpt from his recent blog post on the topic: Scholarly work intended to have an impact on the field isn’t done in blogging. The amount of data, its complexity, the analysis and argumentation involved, and the engagement with the [Read More...]

Bro, Do You Even Scholarship? (With Eye Roll)

Thanks to Bob Cargill for making this, which features the image that initially gave me the idea for the meme which I shared here recently. Unfortunately I couldn’t find it then, but Bob has rectified things. [Read more...]

Skeptics of a Feather

I happened across a document reflecting mythicist claims and views recently, and was struck when I noticed where it was hosted. The blog is “Citizen for 9/11 Truth.” It is not a coincidence that fundamentalist Christians often accept conspiracy theories about the government and uncritically accept as “news” things that could be easily debunked with a [Read More...]

I Am Biased

In an interview that Richard Carrier gave on the show Inspiring Doubt, Carrier said that I am a great example of bias. He is, of course, correct. Let’s take Christianity, for instance. I grew up in a country where Christianity predominates. I grew up in a family in which I was raised in one of [Read More...]

Jesus Didn’t Think He Was God

I mentioned a few posts about Bart Ehrman’s recent book yesterday, and there are already a couple more. Larry Hurtado offered some amendments to his post, in light of feedback from Bart Ehrman himself. And Ken Schenck blogged about chapter 3 and whether Jesus thought he was God. In it he writes: I think we [Read More...]

ASMEA Opportunity to Research the Mandaeans

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa has research awards to support scholars. The 2014 subject areas include repressive regimes, Minority Faiths and Co-existence/Adaptation, and the Ancient Sources of the Modern Religious Traditions. If there’s someone interested in branching out to include the Mandaeans as part of their scholarly research, this would [Read More...]

The “Bible Scholar” App

I have mentioned before the need for an app that makes Biblical scholarship available to the general public for free. A recently-publicized app called “The Bible Scholar” illustrates why it is needed, rather than actually providing what is needed. The app is the King James Version of the Bible, Matthew Henry's commentary, and many other [Read More...]

Serbian Academics Dupe Romanian Magazine

If scholarly publications in the English-speaking world can be duped (think the Sokal hoax) into publishing a spoof as a serious article, how much more, one might think, could this happen in Eastern Europe? Now we know, as a group of Serbian academics sokaled (if that isn't a word, it should be) a Romanian periodical. [Read More...]

PhD Studentships: The Worlds of Mandaean Priests

I am delighted to be able to share this research opportunity at the University of Exeter, and am grateful to Daniel Kirk for drawing it to my attention! In addition to it being an exciting opportunity for PhD students, the project itself will result in additional important resources related to the Mandaeans being freely available. [Read More...]

You Know What I Did This Summer

Classes start at Butler University this week. I find it useful to look back over the summer’s activities, not only because blog readers may be interested, but also because I find it encouraging to look back and realize that something was accomplished! I taught my course on the Bible online to two sections of students [Read More...]

ASOR TV

The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) have launched a YouTube channel. Here’s a sample of the sort of thing you can find there: HT AWOL [Read more...]


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