Bible Games at #AARSBL16

The first paper I went to hear at SBL this year was Chris Heard’s survey and analysis of board games related to the Bible.  His examination of the biblical exegesis in the games was fascinating. The game Kingdom of Solomon, for instance, requires players to pursue precisely those aims and activities that the Deuteronomistic History [Read More…]

Don’t Forget the #AARSBL16 Blogger Dinner This Evening!

I thought I should post a reminder about the bloggers’ dinner tonight at Yard House (849 E. Commerce St.). It starts at 7pm, but if you show up later, some of us who have other plans later in the evening might be able to cycle out to make room for new arrivals at the table. Looking [Read More…]

Digital Futures of Religious Studies at #AARSBL16

Chris Cantwell blogged about this interesting session tomorrow, which the powers that be at AAR and SBL thought it would make sense to schedule simultaneously with the SBL Digital Humanities program unit. [Read more…]

Off to San Antonio for #aarsbl16

I travel to San Antonio today for the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting(s). I will be blogging about the conference from there. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with many friends and colleagues, including at the blogger dinner. I’ll be bringing Canon: The Card Game for those who are interested in [Read More…]

Trump or Vader?

In my course on religion and science fiction, I actually asked students recently who was worse, Donald Trump or Darth Vader. I had forgotten (if I ever knew) that a poll back in 2014 had millennials preferring Vader to Trump. The reason for asking this question was to highlight the discrepancy between what we sometimes claim [Read More…]

Green Lights and Privilege

Everyone gets frustrated sometimes when they are in a hurry and they encounter a red light. But some people get frustrated every time they encounter a red light. (You know who you are.) I realized recently (yes, while stopped at a red light) that this is a perfect illustration of privilege (or “advantage” if you prefer [Read More…]

Guest Appearance as God

One of the projects that students in my First Year Seminar course “Faith, Doubt, and Reason” do is to create additional scenes that could be added to Goethe’s Faust (Part One). From time to time, students have needed one more actor than the number of people in their small group, and have written in a guest part for [Read More…]

Are You Suffering From Post-Trumpatic Stress Disorder?

People on my campus are in a funk. The mood is somber, melancholic. Today, a colleague made reference to PTSD – “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” – and I realized right away that the acronym could be adapted to fit the current situation perfectly. We have “Post-Trumpatic Stress Disorder.” I had lunch with a colleague yesterday, [Read More…]

Ancient Worlds in Digital Culture at #AARSBL16

About a month ago, the blog Evangelical Textual Criticism drew attention to the first volume in a new series, Digital Biblical Studies. For those interested in the volume, which really is an incredibly fascinating survey of the Digital Humanities in relation to Biblical studies, there will be a panel discussion at SBL, in which I am [Read More…]

Blogging from a Phone

It seems that one can increasingly do crucial tasks with smaller and smaller mobile devices. It used to be challenging to blog from an iPad. Now one can do so easily from one’s phone. This post is a test of that, as I try to decide what devices I need with me at the upcoming [Read More…]