Jesus the Mystic in the Gospel of John

Ben Byerly has posted a lengthy quote from my book The Only True God as well as a series of questions, comments, thoughts and reflections. This was sparked in turn by Michael Whitenton’s post on amateur vs. professional study of the Bible, in which he noted that I had written something in my book that [Read More…]

Continuing Conversation

What are you doing reading this post?! The conversation is currently continuing over at Ecce Homo. Hurry, you don’t want to miss it! [Read more…]

Happy Mandaean New Year!

The Mandaeans’ calendar is fascinating for all sorts of reasons, but its relevance today is relatively simple. It is the Mandaean new year! Happy new year to all Mandaeans around the world! [Read more…]

NBC News Archives On Demand

I just received an e-mail informing me about a new online service from NBC News, making its news archives available. The address is It is a subscription service, but one that it may be worthwhile for educators to persuade their institutions to subscribe to if there are enough relevant archives. One can currently sign [Read More…]


For those who may not have heard of it, I wanted to briefly mention Gallica, a site connected with the Bibliotheque nationale de France. It is a useful site for finding older academic books that have been made available online, on subjects such as the Mandaeans. [Read more…]


I’ve always lived in a world where going to the moon was possible. I wonder if that more than anything else is responsible for various aspects of the generational differences in worldviews one finds in the world today, or whether such generational divides exist even when nothing quite so earth-shattering (er, I mean, sattelite-visiting) separates [Read More…]

Ecce Recensus: The Only True God Persuades A Skeptic

Michael Whitenton has posted a review of my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context on his blog Ecce Homo. Since he has encouraged me to respond and turn his blog review into a bloggersation, I’ll add a few thoughts. First, let me say that I’m very grateful for the [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Michael Spencer)

“It would seem to me that if evangelicals cannot develop a stronger response and skill at conversation regarding the discoveries of science, we are going to find ourselves so marginalized that whatever we say to ourselves will have little effect on those who are visiting other worlds, other civilizations and reading the story of the [Read More…]

A Short Sermon

Asked to share a “short word” in a Romanian church, I decided to offer a short sermon…on the subject of short sermons. The first (brief) point was that there is a Biblical basis for short sermons. The Sermon on the Mount can be read in less than 10 minutes, and it is perhaps the most [Read More…]

Studying the Mandaeans: Sources and Questions

The recent ARAM conference on the Mandaeans in Oxford was a delightful cornucopia of different perspectives and scholarly angles on the Mandaeans, from questions about the origins to their present-day situation, with a number of Mandaeans in attendance as well as scholars interested in their religious tradition, heritage and language. Mandaism is, I’m quite sure, [Read More…]