Every Eye Shall See Him, Even Those Who Pierced Him

Revelation 1:7 reads: Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. The implications of that verse for what the author of Revelation thought are noteworthy. One could perhaps [Read More…]

Bart Ehrman has a New Blog

Bart Ehrman has a new blog, called Christianity in Antiquity: The Bart Ehrman Blog. He will be doing something very different, and very interesting, with it. The blog offers some public content but also has subscriber-only content. Money from subscriptions to the blog will be donated to charities, and so in addition to offering blogging, [Read More…]

The Seven Spirits of God and Heavenly Bureaucracy in the Book of Revelation

A few weeks ago we began working our way through the Book of Revelation in my Sunday school class. Two points that I drew attention to in the text relate to the same theme of the cosmology of the author and readers, with its heavily populated spiritual and celestial realms. Right in the first paragraph, [Read More…]

Theme from Exploring Our Matrix

Jeff Carter has created a theme song for this blog, incorporating a snippet of Mandaean text. Click through to have a listen! If you like it, you can download a copy from Archive.org Please leave a comment to let me know whether that’s what you think this blog sounds like! [Read more…]

Fringe: Philip Broyles did not Spare his Only Son

There was a lot of God-talk in the episode of Fringe “The Consultant.” Discussing a case which (like almost all of them on Fringe) involved someone dying under unusual circumstances, the subject comes up whether God killed the man in question, as Walter quotes from Romans 1. Walter adds that some would say that God [Read More…]

The Only True God in Paperback

At long last, the wait is almost over for those of you who’ve been awaiting a paperback edition of my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context. University of Illinois Press will be releasing the book in paperback in a few months’ time, and it is already available for pre-order [Read More…]

The Doubly Upside-Down Jonah Ossuary

Steve Caruso noticed that the supposed name of Jonah is upside-down on the ossuary. Of course, so is the supposed stick figure of Jonah himself. So is this two strikes against the idea that Jonah is depicted, or do they fit nicely together? Rogue Classicism has a lengthy discussion of the documentary and its claims. [Read More…]

And the Award for Best Reworking of a Classic Painting from the Biblical Apocrypha with Muppets goes to…

Hilary White, definitely, for the painting below, “Beaker Slaying Honeydew” based on Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Judith Slaying Holofernes”: IO9 shared this and many others. Several involve characters from Star Wars, superheroes, and many other figures that were not yet around when the original paintings were created. See the full collection here on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wytrab8/sets/72157626449405026/ [Read more…]

Moses Pranks Jesus

  Cartoon removed at cartoonist’s request – please visit the cartoonist’s web site to see it! HT Jim West [Read more…]

New Look

Patheos blogs have a new look, and Exploring Our Matrix is no exception. The changes that were being made are the reason for my not posting until now. Now that the changes are done, please let me know what you think – and those of you who read this blog in a feed reader, please [Read More…]