Archives for May 2011

In Mythicism but not of Mythicism

It is perhaps ironic that there is a well-worn conservative Christian phrase, of Biblical derivation, which illustrates wonderfully a point that Earl Doherty and Neil Godfrey either are missing themselves, or are fully aware of but hope that their readers will miss, namely that in and of are not universally interchangeable or synonymous. There are [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Almost People

Loren Rosson has a spoiler-full review of the latest episode of Doctor Who. I have felt at a loss to know how to blog about it, but in what follows I’ll just post questions for those who have seen it. If that isn’t you, stop reading now, unless you don’t mind finding out things that [Read More…]

High on Christology Smack(down)?

Mike Bird has a post reflecting on some of the interactions about Christology in the latest issue of Expository Times, which included reviews of books on this subject both by my Doktorvater James Dunn as well as by me. I look forward to Bird’s own contribution to the discussion, which will be named “Can You [Read More…]

In Abraham’s Shoes Without a Bible (From The Archives)

When I wrote this, I had been reading some student assignments that discussed the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, and was struck by how many are ready to say that Abraham did the right thing in being willing to kill his son. They said this, presumably, because the story is in the [Read More…]

Missing Your Daily Dose of Mythicism?

If you are disappointed that I have not blogged about mythicism today, here’s something that may make up for it: Tim O’Neill has posted a review of David Fitzgerald’s book Nailed. And since he says that mythicists needn’t try again to debate him on the subject, if anyone wishes to comment on the review here, [Read More…]

The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism

I am grateful to Eerdmans for sending me a free review copy of The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism. A dictionary is particularly hard to review, and so no futile attempt will be made here to do justice to the full range of contents and contributors. Among those most directly related to my research interests [Read More…]

Exploring Our Matrix’s New Location

This is just a reminder that Exploring Our Matrix has moved. Its new address is: http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ Soon visitors here will automatically be redirected to the new site. While the blog is still open for business at Patheos, since it is closed at this location, I thought I would offer this entertaining homemade “CLOSED” sign I [Read More…]

Reading Romans as about Christians and not about Christians

As I have been going through Romans once again with my Sunday school class, it has increasingly become evident to me how hard it is – and at the same time how important it is – to realize that this isn’t a Christian document. In saying that, I don’t mean that Paul’s message was not [Read More…]

The Name Above Every Name

Over at Vridar, Neil Godfrey discussed the argument (a point of agreement between mythicist Paul-Louis Couchoud and his opponent A. D. Howell-Smith) that the “name above every name” bestowed upon the central figure in Philippians 2:6-11 is the name Jesus. I concur with Godfrey that this is a matter about which it is possible to [Read More…]

Real vs. Movie Archaeology

This image comparing real life archaeology with Indiana Jones “archaeology” appeared today on the American School of Oriental Research blog: [Read more…]