Interactive Bible: Genesis 1:3

Many readers will know that a while back I worked on developing a prototype of an online Interactive Bible textbook (which you can still read and explore online). It covered introductory topics and I wrestled with how to tackle the next section, starting with the early chapters of Genesis. As I will be doing further [Read More…]

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Why There Are No Guns In The Bible

Today in my Sunday school class, in mentioning the depiction in Nehemiah of armed Israelites wielding both weapons and tools, inadvertently said “guns” instead of “swords.” This led to an important observation: if the Bible were not a collection of texts constrained by the knowledge available to its authors, but included revelation of information not [Read More…]

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Chuck and Beans on New Technology

Someone shared the first cartoon below on Facebook, which led me to the Shoebox blog and a bunch of cartoons all centered on how technology is changing our lives. Bonus points if you read all the way through the first panel… R2-D2 gets passed over for a smartphone. But why didn’t they just put the [Read More…]

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BibleWorks Birthday Contest Winners

BibleWorks has announced the winners of its birthday contest. Click through to see the winning entries, and some of the others, some of which are among my favorites. Mike Bird has posted some of his favorites over on his blog. In related news, I’ll be offering a detailed blog review of BibleWorks 9 here at [Read More…]

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The Latest Roman Technology: aBook

HT Mark Goodacre for this wonderful parody of the iPad from Horrible Histories. [Read more…]

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The EThOS of Open Access

Thanks to Nick Norelli for highlighting that a number of UK doctoral dissertations – including my own – are available for download from the British Library database EThOS, which stands for Electronic Theses Online Service. There are also a couple of theses related to the Mandaeans, one of which served as the basis for the [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death

The Doctor Who episode “The Seeds Of Death” witnesses the return of the Ice Warriors and the introduction of what later on would be referred to as a “trans-mat” device, but which here was referred to as a “T-mat” which stood for “Travel-Mat.” I wonder what the Ice Warriors will look like if they ever [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors

The episode The Ice Warriors from the Patrick Troughton era is particularly interesting to watch today, because it is set in a time in Earth’s future when humanity faces a crisis as a result of anthropogenic climate change. In this case, developments in both food production and population led humans to reduce the amount of [Read More…]

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Words With Spouse

Rumors are circulating that Zynga is planning on releasing a new game, “Words With Spouse,” which will allow married couples to enjoy a version of the popular game “Words With Friends.” Until now, spouses have had to largely refrain from enjoying this word game with one another, and not only because of qualms about describing [Read More…]

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New iPad (aka iPad 3): What’s New, What’s Necessary, What’s Pedagogically Useful?

The iPad 3 has been mentioned on surprisingly few blogs I read regularly or subscribe to. When the iPad 2 came out, there was more buzz among educators. Perhaps it is simply the fact that whether educators could afford to upgrade to iPad 2 (or use university funds to get one), or could not afford [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: Mark of the Rani

“The Mark of the Rani” was the first episode in which the Sixth Doctor traveled back into a famous period in Earth’s past – in this case, the time of the Luddite movement and its opposition to technology that threatened to eliminate human jobs. This setting provides the symbolic background for discussions between three timelords [Read More…]

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