Archives for June 2011

Quote of the Day (Jerome Murphy-O’Connor)

“One expects the central shrine of Christendom to stand out in majestic isolation, but anonymous buildings cling to it like barnacles. One looks for numinous light, but it is dark and cramped. One hopes for peace, but the ear is assailed by a cacophony of warring chants. One desires holiness, only to encounter a jealous [Read More…]

The Old City of Jerusalem

Today I managed to squeeze a substantial portion of the Old City into the day. I began with the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The edicule was barricaded off, but I may pay another visit to the church to see if I can get closer. The church is magnificent in many respects, and if you [Read More…]

From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to Bethlehem and Hebron

Scheduling issues meant that I headed straight to a tour of the West Bank my first day in Jerusalem. Fortunately I was able to at least see the Old City briefly and step inside it’s gates. Jerusalem can seem like an ordinary Israeli city. It is much more conservative by far than Tel Aviv, in [Read More…]

Tel Aviv

Arriving in Tel Aviv airport provides a wonderful gateway to the country. The airport is modern, lavish and sophisticated, but ancient mosaics with Greek inscriptions also greet you. The situating of ancient and modern not merely side by side but surrounding each other. Then you get outside, and find out what the 25 degrees Celsius [Read More…]

Antidisestablishmentarianism (From the Archives)

OK, although it proves I’m a nerd (as if any of you had any doubts) I will come right out and admit it: ever since I was a child and first learned about the longest word in the dictionary I have been eagerly awaiting an opportunity to use it in a sentence. I suppose that [Read More…]

Next Biblical Studies Carnival

Chris Brady just posted that the next Biblical studies carnival will be held at his blog Targuman. Please click through and suggest posts to be included from Biblical Studies blogs you read. [Read more…]

Is God Bald?

I heard from a relative today a story about a younger child in our family who asked her parent if God has hair. The parent had at least enough theological sophistication to recognize that it is inappropriate to say “yes” in response to such a question, and so answered “No.” The child looked puzzled, and [Read More…]

In Romania, Briefly

I made it to Romania late last night. I just learned that my luggage has made it to Romania too, and should catch up with me this evening. Even so it has been nice to see relatives here, and I feel refreshed after the time spent in airports and airplanes. Tomorrow I leave for Israel. [Read more…]

Transitional Forms as Evidence for Evolution: Tiktaalik and cdesign proponentsists (From The Archives)

I wrote this post back in 2007, after I had  just finished watching the episode of NOVA, “Judgment Day”, about the Dover intelligent design trial. What I liked best about it was the way it highlighted the predictive power of evolutionary theory, something often denied by creationists of various sorts. When we hear about the discovery of a [Read More…]

Recipe for Biblical Literalism (From the Archives)

Take one part overly-familiar Bible verses. Repeat these verses over and over again until a thick, opaque layer is formed. Use this layer to cover the remaining 39 parts consisting of Bible verses that do not talk about the same subject as those more familiar verses, verses which seem to disagree with them, as well [Read More…]