Around the Blogosphere: From The Sublime To The Surreal To The Student Journal

There has been a lot of interesting stuff around the blogosphere today, including in unexpected places. I usually look to IO9 for science fiction updates, but today they had a post about developing computer programs to decipher languages, and it was tested on Ugaritic!

Meanwhile the blog I recently discovered, Jesus Needs New PR, shared a video of one of the least intelligible “arguments” I’ve ever encountered to support any point of view, anywhere, ever. It came from another blog which was new to me, Stuff Fundies Like, which also had this poster to share:

Of course, the allusion is to a story that has been discussed here before.

I’ve saved the serious stuff for last. Via DukeNewt and Evangelical Textual Criticism, I learned that there is a new journal in which students can publish their New Testament research. It looks like a fantastic opportunity.

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  • Anonymous

    If you haven't seen this depiction of the story of the she-bears, it's hilarious.

  • James F. McGrath

    I shared it here a while back but it deserves mentioning again!

  • C.J. O’Brien

    The Story of locks-less and the 42 bears came up for the usual ridicule on an atheist blog of note a while back, and having little patience with that kind of cherry-picking (hey, I'm an atheist who likes the bible, and tries to understand it, at least in historical and literary terms) I went looking around for interpretations. One I came across was that the bears represented the Medes, who maybe razed Bethel at some point? Ever heard that one, and do you give it any credence?

  • James F. McGrath

    I had not heard of that interpretation before, and tend to avoid allegory. But I'm glad you mentioned it in particular because I don't recall hearing the story called "locks-less and the 42 bears" before. That's great!

  • C.J. O’Brien

    Actually just made that up, thanks. On reflection, I thought "Baldilocks and the 42 bears" is perhaps even better…I know what you mean about allegory in general. I think it's often used as a fundamentalist dodge: when in doubt, just make up an allegorical interpretation, but, in this case, the story would seem to cry out for some reason why it was included in the Elijah/Elisha material. As a folk tale it's not that hard to understand, and I know there's plenty of folk-tale-like material in the Bible, but this one seems jarring in the context, which is pretty serious and theological overall. God's is a still, small voice, WITH BEARS!!! I find it puzzling.

  • James F. McGrath

    I think I'm going to call the story that from now on. I couldn't think of anything better (I did try, but "Hair-he-lacks" just doesn't have the same ring to it).