Aramaic: From Peter Rabbit to Civilization V

Steve Caruso, part of the team working on the Mandaean Book of John translation project, has also been doing other interesting things related to Aramaic, including providing lines for Darius in Civilization V and translating Peter Rabbit into Galilean Aramaic. Anyone interested in Aramaic should keep an eye on his blog – and not only [Read More…]

Daniel McClellan on Dunn on the Worship of Jesus

Daniel McClellan has started blogging through James Dunn’s recent book, Did The First Christians Worship Jesus? [Read more…]

Debunking Creationism, DNA, and the Flat Earth

The blog address Debunking Creationism appears to have changed hands – and has witnessed some interesting recent posts, including one on the Biblical texts assuming that the earth is flat, and another on the scientific meaning of “theory” in such phrases as “the theory of evolution.” In related news, Jim Kidder links to a CFSI [Read More…]

Mythicist Eisegesis in 1 Corinthians 11

In 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, Paul addresses issues related to the communal means the Christians in Corinth were practicing. In the process, in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Paul cites the following famous material: For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, [Read More…]

Fringe, Variables and Constants

Last night’s episode of Fringe provided more evidence that Fringe is exploring some of the same themes as LOST. Whether it will do so in more satisfying ways remains to be seen. In this episode, “The Firefly,” the observers are back and playing a prominent role, apparently working on “course correcting” a universe tottering out of [Read More…]

Scholarships and a Call for Papers Around the Blogosphere

Doug Mangum shares BAR and ASOR archaeology scholarships. And The Talmud Blog shares a call for papers for a conference entitled “Emerging Normativities: Examining the Formation of Proto-Orthodox Christianities and Rabbinic Judaisms 200-800 CE.” [Read more…]

Religion Online is Gone

Mark Goodacre has drawn attention to the diappearance of Religion Online, a very useful site with a collection of articles and even complete books related to religion, including Biblical studies. If the site has gone defunct, that is truly a loss for the internet and its users. There are older backups at the Internet Archive, as [Read More…]

Preparing to Lead Short-Term Study Abroad in Israel

I’ve mentioned before my interest in going to Israel, and it looks like this distant possibility is turning into a more concrete one to begin to be realized in the near future. The idea is for me to go once or twice myself, in preparation for taking a group of students there every couple of years on [Read More…]

Review of Science, Creation and the Bible by Carlson and Longman

I am grateful to Intervarsity Press for sending me a free review copy of Science, Creation and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories of Origins by Richard F. Carlson and Tremper Longman III (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2010). The book provides a useful overview of key matters of Biblical interpretation, the natural sciences, and other matters relevant [Read More…]

What Would You Like To Study?

Matthew Malcolm, almost as if sensing how well this would follow on the heels of my earlier meme, has asked what further study you would like to engage in, if you could. It would be pretty dull to simply go back to the list of languages I’d like to learn, although those are obvious and [Read More…]