YouTube Video: Conversation with Anthony Buzzard

Here is the video recording of the conversation I had with Anthony Buzzard yesterday about Christology, monotheism, and related subjects. I talk about how I came to a personal faith and ended up studying the things that I did, and explaining my views on the Christologies in the letters of Paul and the Gospel of [Read More…]

Psalm 110:1 and Hebrew Vowels

I thought I would try to clarify the point I was making when the webinar last Friday got interrupted. I don’t at all dispute the interpretation of Psalm 110 as involving Yahweh saying to another distinct figure, whom the author of the Psalm refers to as his lord, that he bestows upon that individual an exalted [Read More…]

Singing Psalm 109

Psalm 109:8 got significant attention in recent years as Sen. David Perdue used it as a prayer against President Barack Obama. And so I wondered about musical settings of the Psalm. Some of them skip precisely those kinds of details, as for instance this version by Carol Clayton: Orlando di Lasso likewise selects a smaller section of the Psalm [Read More…]

Mansplaining to Mary

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Hipster Nativity

Via The Ancient Bookshelf, I learned about this “Modern Nativity.” It is apparently a real product – although ironically, one that you cannot buy on Amazon.com. I think that there is something more valuable than mere humor that can emerge when we ask “if this story were set in our time, what would be different?” [Read More…]

Not in the Spaces We Know: An Exploration of Science Fiction and the Bible

Frauke Uhlenbruch organized and edited an issue of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures which explores intersections between science fiction and the Hebrew Bible. I was delighted and honored to have been asked to write a final response article for the volume. The issue has now appeared online and so you can read it here: http://jhsonline.org/Articles/article_221.pdf It [Read More…]

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…]

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…]

Romans 13

Romans 13 has been getting a lot of mention lately. Romans 13:1 was the one biblical text that the Communist authorities in Romania consistently knew. “Submit to the authorities” – the Bible says so! We all know that the Bible can be used both to build and to bludgeon. The Bible itself contains multiple perspectives on [Read More…]