May 2017 Biblical Studies Carnival

Thanks to Jeff Carter for hosting the latest Biblical Studies Carnival – and apologies for not mentioning it here until today. As always, Phil Long has details about upcoming carnivals. The carnival includes this image of what happens when you ask an overworked grad student to do the index for your book:       [Read more…]

PAVONe

Via NASCAS I learned of the following web resource: I am pleased to inform you that [the] Digital humanities Center at the University of Balamand has publicly and successfully launched “PAVONe”, Platform of the Arabic Versions of the New Testament. The following is a general overview of the database : The “About” section: It includes a [Read More…]

The Creation “Museum” vs. the Bible

Ben Stanhope drew the above photo of a display at the Creation Museum to my attention. It is truly illustrative of the character of young-earth creationism. They claim to be all about the Bible, and yet they can’t be bothered to get the Biblical text correct in a display like this one, and don’t know enough about [Read More…]

The Bible is Getting More Loving

The bible is getting more loving as time goes on. Here is the number of times the word “love” appears in different English translations of the bible along with their publication dates: 1611 Authorised Version (KJV) 310 1963 New American Standard Bible 348 1978 New International Version 551 1989 New Revised Standard Version 538 2002 [Read More…]

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…]