Archives for October 2009

Questioning Q…and Mark

Having read Mark Goodacre’s The Case Against Q, I followed up by reading the volume he co-edited with Nicholas Perrin, Questioning Q. It contains a lot of interesting and intriguing studies, but part of the problem with the study of the Synoptic Gospels and their interrelationship is that, as with the historical Jesus, it is [Read More…]

John, Jesus, and History Volume 2

I received an e-mail today from the Society of Biblical Literature about a new volume that I think is really interesting – and not just because I’m one of the contributors! The question of what if anything historians can do with the Fourth Gospel has received a lot of attention, but developments in Johannine studies, [Read More…] Reboot

They’ve successfully rebooted Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek. They made a stab at Bionic Woman and Knight Rider. V is soon to appear on ABC. And so it was only a matter of time until got rebooted as well. John Hobbins has the latest on this, including a draft of criteria for inclusion. Those [Read More…]

Searching for a Dean

Butler University is currently searching for a new Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The advertisement has now appeared on both the university and the college web sites, and I thought I’d mention it here, since you or someone you know might be interested in the position! [Read more…]

Raising the BAR for discussion of the Secret Gospel of Mark

For those who don’t get the pun, BAR – that is, Biblical Archaeology Review – has an article in their latest issue which can also be read online, about the Secret Gospel of Mark. It is by Charles W. Hedrick and the title is “‘Secret Mark’: An Amazing Discovery” BAR 35:06, Nov/Dec 2009. [Read more…]


Given that my sense of humor is extremely “Onionesque”, I don’t know why I continued for so long to rely on others to fill me in on the latest “news” from that wonderful satirical source. I’ve now subscribed, but I am grateful to John Wilkins for drawing to my attention the recent piece about how [Read More…]

Six New Scholarships to Celebrate 600 Years of Divinity in St Andrews

I just received this notification and thought I’d share it: The School of Divinity at St Mary’s College, St Andrews, Scotland is offering six PhD scholarships to be taken up in the Autumn of 2010-or as soon as possible thereafter-to work in the following fields: 1. The Matthew Black Scholarship: for a student interested in [Read More…]

At Home In The Garden Of God

I received an e-mail today about a new book on theological cosmology, from which the table of contents, preface and first chapter are available online for free. The book is The Garden of God: A Theological Cosmology (Theology and the Sciences) by Alejandro GarcĂ­a-Rivera. Given the interest I and many readers of this blog share [Read More…]

Talking About God Near Emmaus

Brian LePort has been blogging about whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God (on his blog Near Emmaus). I’ve commented on those posts and we’ve had some interesting discussion, and now Brian has offered a complete post dedicated to addressing some of the points I made in comments, and asking a few new questions. [Read More…]

For the Love of Boaz

The textbook I’m using for my class on the Bible refers more than once to “romance” and “falling in love” as elements of the Book of Ruth. This is a common interpretation from the standpoint of many modern cultures, but does it really have any basis in the text? It seems that it is perhaps [Read More…]