The Poor You Will Always Have With You

Liz Theoharis writes: Keeping in mind these emphases of Deuter­onomy, we can grasp the liberative dimension of Jesus’ words in Matthew 26:11, “you always have the poor with you.” After an unnamed prophetess anoints him to be ruler of God’s kingdom, Jesus responds by quoting to his disciples from Deuter­on­omy 15:11, which is embedded in [Read More…]

NIV Faithlife Study Bible

I was supposed to join in a blog tour about the new NIV Faithlife Study Bible, but got overwhelmed. But I still want to make sure that I mention it, because I have to at least share what got me excited about this study Bible. As is often the case with such volumes, it was was [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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Why Canon the Card Game is Necessary

A recent post on the blog “History for Atheists” (which critiqued the meme above) highlights the reason why I felt the need to develop Canon: The Card Game: there is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation on the subject. The challenge for a professor teaching a one-semester course on the Bible is when and how to cover [Read More…]

Fond of Quoting Leviticus

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Steve Reich, Tehillim

Indiana University has an interesting archive featuring Steve Reich’s exploration of the Psalms. And the recent Past Forward composer spotlight on Reich is also very interesting. [Read more…]