My Soul Hath Refuge in Thee, “Psalm 91” by Evelyn Simpson-Currenton

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The Bible as Tree of Knowledge

In a recent Facebook exchange, I formulated some points that seem to me to have a wider applicability, and so I am sharing them here, more or less in the same form as I first wrote them… Your underlying aim is to escape from the uncertainty inherent in the human condition. Historical study, for instance, [Read More…]

O Lord Our Lord

I have mentioned before that I will be teaching a new course this semester on the Bible and music. And I also shared a setting I made of texts from Amos, to music that I wrote. The score to the piece is now available on IMSLP. Well, another option for students is to take an existing melody [Read More…]

The Unknown God Beyond God

Job 36:26 is such a striking statement in just about every translation. Some simply say that we do not know God. Others opt to render it in terms of our not understanding God. A recent post on Jeff Hood’s blog connected the verse to Paul Tillich’s idea of the “God beyond God.” By definition, a God [Read More…]

This Book is Meaty Indeed

The Center for the Study of Christian Origins shared the above video interview with Meredith Warren, about her book My Flesh Is Meat Indeed: A Nonsacramental Reading of John 6:51-58. [Read more…]

Biblical Studies Carnival #130

Jennifer Guo hosts the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. Phil Long has information about upcoming carnivals, and your opportunity to volunteer to host one. [Read more…]

Top 10 Posts of 2016

Counting down the top ten posts in 2016 (some of which were actually written in years past, but they continue to get traffic): #10 The Novelty of the Personal Relationship with Jesus #9 Silent Night (Quaker Arrangement) #8 The Original Aramaic Lord’s Prayer is None of the Above #7  Not Liberal Just Literate #6  Ayn Rand [Read More…]

Preserve Me, O God

A setting of Psalm 16 by my colleague Frank Felice. You can find the score for the piece on his Selected Works page. [Read more…]

Netanyahu vs. Jesus

There is a long history of uncritical support for Israel among American conservative Evangelicals. Somehow the fact that the prophets criticized ancient Israel for wrongdoing, and that the Bible depicts obedience to God as essential to possessing the land, is lost on them. But perhaps Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent statement will change this. Because now it is not [Read More…]

Christmas Convention

Inherit the Mirth has produced so many fantastic comics. But this one, which I don’t recall ever seeing before, is just so perfect, on so many levels… [Read more…]