Settlers of Canaan

OK, so somehow I had missed, until Jeff Carter and Jonathan Bernier drew it to my attention, that there is a game which is an authorized variation on Settlers of Catan, called…Settlers Of Canaan! I will keep an eye out for it at GenCon tomorrow. Of related interest, Minion Games has one called Kingdom of [Read More...]

Two Shekel Chuck

It has been proposed that the above Hebrew inscription may have indicated that the vessel contained wine of the lowest quality. The article’s proposed connections with Solomon are pure speculation, but given the traditions connecting Solomon’s court with a school of wisdom, it is fun to ponder whether, then as now, grad students were among [Read More...]

Solomon’s Speed Date Night

Solomon illustrates “Biblical marriage” at its most extreme: patriarchal marriage aimed more at creating alliances between families than at love or relationship in the modern sense. Of course, this doesn't mean that he might not have written the occasional erotic limerick for one or more of them.   [Read more...]

Nothing New Under The Sun

It is being reported that Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert is saying that same-sex marriage is something that has historically been introduced at the end of a civilization's history. He appeals in support of this claim to Solomon as the “most wise man” [sic] and his statement that “there is nothing new under the sun.” Solomon, [Read More...]

Remnants from the Jewish Temple?

An interesting story came to my attention via a Greek archaeology feed aggregator, which with a bit of help led me to a story from the Biblical Archaeology Society. If the results of carbon dating indicated in the article are correct, then cedar beams used in the Al-Aqsa Mosque were there long before its construction. [Read More...]

Schelomo

I had the privilege of attending a concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater tonight. It featured cellist Zuill Bailey as soloist on Ernest Bloch's Schelomo and Nico Muhly's new Cello Concerto, together with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. They also performed Camille Saint-Saens' Symphony No.3, the “Organ Symphony.” It was wonderful! I had heard Schelomo several [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

I’ve been writing a lot about how Doctor Who has from the very outset been several different types of show. One of them, comedy, is to the fore in much of tonight’s episode of Doctor Who, “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.” But other genres are there alongside it, and at times come to the fore, including [Read More...]

Ancient Monotheistic Worship: Sacrifice and Prostration

Ben Witherington reminded us of a recent post on Larry Hurtado’s blog about ancient monotheistic worship. It usefully points out that the defining factor of Jewish piety was not always expressed by means of a creedal statement, but often simply took the form of a refusal to worship any other than God. Note how often [Read More...]


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