Blank Page

Via Peter Head on Facebook. Which is the blank page? The one that says it is – and as a result is not? Or the one that does not claim to be blank but is? [Read more…]

Defamation of Character in Biblical Interpretation

Kerry Connelly wrote in a recent blog post about a commentary on the story about a “sinful woman” in Luke 7: Wait. What? We don’t need to blacken Simon’s character, but it’s totally cool to call the woman a whore even if there’s no evidence of it in the text? We can construct an entire [Read More…]

Babylon Bee Christian Movie Ideas

The Babylon Bee is a great source for Christian satire. Just recently they posted a list of 23 Christian movies that need to be made. Here’s a sample of what they suggest: I also particularly liked #19: A NASA astronaut is stranded on Mars. Every Christian on earth comments, “Praying!” on NASA’s Facebook post announcing the [Read More…]

Not What I Planted

This cartoon by David Hayward seems like a suitable updating of the parable of the wheat and the tares from the Gospel of Matthew. What do you think? [Read more…]

Caption Needed

Diana Butler Bass shared this image on social media: All-purpose, go-to question: Can you imagine if President Obama had done this? (Whatever it is that he is doing….) pic.twitter.com/BroLVDTdp8 — Diana Butler Bass (@dianabutlerbass) May 22, 2017 I’m very curious to learn about the actual ceremony, but I think it will be more fun to [Read More…]

It’ll Be OK Mom

Here’s how Abdul Saltagi’s essay, which won this year’s Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest, begins: “It’ll be okay mom,” I lied, trying to comfort my distraught mother. She had just heard the news that her nephew, my cousin, was captured by the Syrian Government and her sister hadn’t heard any news of him for days. [Read More…]

Scholars Love The Bible

Something I said a while back has been turned into a meme and begun to circulate on Twitter: .@ReligionProf: Quote of yours from 2015 that I liked and kept. Came across it and figured it needed a meme. pic.twitter.com/exTGNLZ7sc — ChristAlmighty.net (@xalmightyblog) May 20, 2017   [Read more…]

Doctor Who: Extremis

The story begins with the Doctor at an execution for Missy, a long time ago, at which he is supposed to pull the lever, but apparently finds a way to save her. And so we find that she is the one in the vault. It is a planet and order of people dedicated to ending [Read More…]

Not In The Spaces We Know

A special issue of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, exploring the intersection of the Hebrew Bible and science fiction, is now available in print form as a book from Gorgias Press. The title is Not In The Spaces We Know, and I mentioned the online edition here previously. You can read the blog post that the volume’s [Read More…]

Review of Luke’s Christology of Divine Identity

The review I wrote of Nina Henrichs Tarasenkova’s book Luke’s Christology of Divine Identity has just been published in Review of Biblical Literature. Here is a brief snippet to whet your appetite: Unfortunately, from early in the book readers will realize that they are dealing with the kinds of special pleading that have long characterized conservative evangelical writing on [Read More…]