Restricting the Bible

A cartoon from ASBO Jesus. An irony I see is that, precisely because the Bible cannot talk in the way depicted in the cartoon, it cannot object to conservative Christians who say things like “the Bible says….” They often try to treat God in the same way.   [Read more…]

The Early High Christology Club

Larry Hurtado has a post about the group of scholars who have come to refer to themselves in humorous fashion as the “Early High Christology Club.” The post includes this delightful story which Larry told me and some others at dinner one evening at SBL in Chicago: An incident often cited subsequently took place after [Read More…]

Grants for Cataloging Eastern Christian Manuscripts

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) announces grants available for cataloging work in its eastern Christian collections in Arabic/Garšūnī, Armenian, Old Church Slavonic, and Syriac. These grants are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Many of these collections are greatly understudied and catalogers thus have prime opportunities for new and further research, as [Read More…]

When the Good Book Isn’t Good

Eric Seibert has written a guest post on Pete Enns’ blog in which he says things like this: [I]f we are going to keep the Bible from harming others, we need to learn to have problems with it. We need to protest what is objectionable and condemn what is immoral. Otherwise, we run the risk of [Read More…]

Well, That Escalated Quickly

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Wilderness Wandering: There’s an App for That

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Disqus 2012 Redux

I’ve switched Disqus 2012 features back on. Hopefully the threads and replies and other nice functions will go back to the way they were and will now work on all browsers. It seems to be working OK to me now. Please let me know if something seems strange or doesn’t work, or if it all [Read More…]

Even Ken Ham Doesn’t Believe in his own Saddled Dinosaurs

Ken Ham is apparently willing to compromise about more than geocentrism and the firmament. Now he is backtracking on the claim that people rode on saddled dinosaurs. That is something depicted in Ham’s own book, Dinosaurs of Eden: Tracing the Mystery Through History. Just take a look at the sample page on Amazon.com: I still [Read More…]

January 2013 Biblical Studies Carnival

Jim West has posted the premiere Biblical Studies Carnival of 2013. Click through to read it – and then you’ll see the title he gave it and understand why I made the image below… [Read more…]

Jesus of Gallifrey?

Libby Anne wrote an interesting post recently about the experience of her child encountering the New Testament stories against the background of both other classic children’s mythology as well as more recent stories. And so the child came up with not only the angel Gabriel as “Mary’s fairy godmother” but also (with prompting after some [Read More…]