Who Wrote the Pentateuch?

Rachel Portnoy Bradley shared the following in a comment on Facebook, in response to my post about JEPD as four-part harmony: In my intro to OT class, we were required to do an “art project” — something creative about what we’d learned that quarter. A group of us got together and sang, “Who wrote the [Read More...]

Farrer-Goulder-Goodacreian Rhapsody

Is this a real source? Is this just fantasy? Scholarly landslide An escape from reality Open the Gospels Find parallels and see Because it’s Markan priority Then Matt and Luke agree Anyway the wind blows, Q stuff really matters to me, to me Farrar debunked the trend Laid out evidence and said The Q theory [Read More...]

Gospels and Other Ancient Texts in the Blogosphere

There have been several interesting posts related to the study of the Gospels in recent days. Mike Kok blogged about the old form critical view of the Gospels as sui generis. Tim Lewis mentioned an article by Kyle R. Hughes (available online) about the possibility that the Pericope Adulterae could be from the L source. [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...]

The Penalty for Citing Wikipedia

John Anderson shared on Facebook the wonderful threat he makes to students if they should dare to cite Wikipedia in an assignment. He said he tells them he will change the Wikipedia article, penalize them for citing Wikipedia, and then penalize them again for not citing it accurately! The point he is trying to get [Read More...]

I Take the Bible too Seriously to Not Fact-Check Internet Quotations

This quotation, often attributed to Karl Barth, came across my feed on Facebook this morning: “I take the Bible too seriously to read it literally.” Whenever I try to trace a quotation to its source, especially if the source is famous, and what I find are pages and pages of just the quote with no [Read More...]

Quality on the Internet

Chris Spinks linked to and commented on a Lifehacker article by Alan Henry with the title “How to Conduct Scientific Research On the Internet (Without Getting Duped).” Michael Patton blogged about finding trustworthy scholars. Jona Lendering has a post about what the future might look like if the tide of poor quality information and simple [Read More...]

Mythicists at Long Last Ready to Embrace Mainstream Historical Methods Like Divination?

There have been a couple of amusing posts over at Vridar. In one of them, Neil Godfrey discusses Daniel Boyarin’s claim (in his book The Jewish Gospels) that there may have been an expectation about a suffering Messiah prior to Christianity. Whatever your thoughts on this (the view is not unique to Boyarin, but neither [Read More...]

Recycled Stories in the Bible: The Flood

In today’s class, we discussed how awareness of an earlier tradition of telling versions of the same story – as in the case of the Genesis flood story, paralleled in ancient Mesopotamian literature in the Atrahasis and Gilgamesh epics – can be important for understanding the later version of the story in question. [Read more...]

Lecture on Authorship and Sources of the Pentateuch

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Online Sources in the Classroom

In my current teaching, I focus increasing amounts of attention on the discerning use of online sources of information. People no longer rack their brains to recall facts learned in school. They will pull out a device and look up what they want to know. And so, while some factual information is crucial in order [Read More...]


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