Archives for June 2011

Review of Holger Michael Zellentin, Rabbinic Parodies of Jewish and Christian Literature

I’m grateful to Mohr Siebeck for having sent me a free review copy of Holger Michael Zellentin’s new book, Rabbinic Parodies of Jewish & Christian Literature (Texts & Studies in Ancient Judaism, 139). Anyone who studies ancient religious literature is bound to have come across stories which seem amusing and/or satirical. But determining when stories [Read More…]

Testing 1, 2, 3

As regular readers will know, I will be traveling to Israel in a little less than 2 weeks’ time. I am intending to blog about the trip as it unfolds, and so this is a test to make sure that including photos taken using my iPad in my blog posts will work smoothly. For the [Read More…]

Climbing Mount Slippery (From the Archives)

I have blogged before about the metaphor of the slippery slope and suggested variations on itor rejecting it entirely. The image came up again in my Sunday school a while back, when Scot McKnight (in his book The Blue Parakeet) problematized the notion that changing your mind in one area automatically leads down a “slippery [Read More…]

Prove John Hobbins Wrong: Criticize Patheos!

I shared a link in my last post, but I think this deserves a post of its own. John Hobbins has shared why he can’t recommend Patheos. I can understand some of his points, while others I think are off target. But one in particular seems way off base, the idea that by joining Patheos, [Read More…]

Conversations Around the Blogosphere

Here are some links to posts either directly responding to, or simply on the same topic as, recent posts here at Exploring Our Matrix. Daniel Kirk, Brian LePort, Joel Watts and Tom Verenna chime in on the Shema and Pauline monotheism. Tom also explains why he is no longer a “mythicist.” More people have joined [Read More…]

Conference Papers: Converting Pages to Minutes

It seems like every time I prepare a conference paper, I wonder how long it should be, in terms of number of pages, so as to correspond to the allotted time. You would think that by now I would have the ratio perfected to a science, but in actual fact, I still find that even [Read More…]

The Mandaic Book of John

As an update on the Mandaean Book of John translation project, let me share the news that a blog has been created for the purpose of posting completed drafts of both the typed Mandaic text and English translation of the Mandaean Book of John. It can be visited at http://rogueleaf.com/book-of-john/ Please keep in mind that, [Read More…]

Galatians 3:13 and Romans 8:3 Without Penal Substitution?

Mike Bird posted on his blog Euangelion about a couple of my recent posts. Having addressed the first theme, inerrancy, in yesterday’s post, this one turns to the question of penal substitution. Since Mike asked specifically about Galatians 3:13 and Romans 8:3, I will make them the central focus of this post. Galatians 3:13 is [Read More…]

God Beyond the Bible

Two humorous images related to this theme. First, here’s a cartoon from David Hayward: And via Jesus Needs New PR, a sign from a church that believes that God is still speaking: [Read more…]

Not Born This Liberal: Further Thoughts on Inerrancy

I think it is hilarious that Mike Bird referred to me as the “Lady Gaga of the biblioblogosphere.” But if I’m a Liberal/Progressive Christian, it isn’t because I was “born this way.” The views I now hold are ones that it took me a while to reach, and while I wasn’t born into conservative Evangelicalism [Read More…]