March 2017 Biblical Studies Carnival

Jonathan Robinson has posted a five-part Biblical Studies Carnival. Here are the links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. Since he has made the theme one of “March Madness,” I will seize this opportunity to mention the “March Madness of Religion” which includes my friend and Butler colleague Brent Hege! [Read more…]

Disrespecting Scripture

When sharing a recent post on Facebook, I prefaced it with the words above, and thought it might be worth sharing them as a meme. I had young-earth creationists particularly in mind when I said this, but I think it applies more broadly. Those who most loudly and adamantly proclaim themselves the defenders the Bible, [Read More…]

Singing the Song of Songs

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Redistributing Wealth the Biblical Way

This meme seems to overestimate the antiquity of the Biblical laws. But is it right nonetheless that this is the earliest example of wealth redistribution being legislated, even if the law turns out to be from the time of the monarchy or even post-exilic? The law that is being referred to is found in Deuteronomy [Read More…]

Call for Submissions for Next Biblical Studies Carnival

Jonathan Robinson is hosting the next Biblical Studies Carnival. Please let him know about posts you’ve written, or posts you’ve liked on this blog, that you think ought to be included! [Read more…]

Jesus’ Personality and His Father’s Business

Last Sunday in my Sunday school class we started off with the question of whether Jesus was ever a student. We got there by way of a discussion the previous week about whether Jesus had been John’s disciple. This time we turned to Luke, which depicts Jesus as staying behind in Jerusalem in the temple [Read More…]

Luigi Dallapiccola – Job

More information about this sacred drama can be found here. [Read more…]

Across Time and Space: A Choral Concert

Across Time and Space: A Choral Concert Sunday, April 23, 6:00 PM Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler Arts Center Tickets: Adult: $15; Senior: $10; Student: $7.50 This annual performance features the ensembles of the Butler School of Music Choral Department–Chorale, Spectra, University Choir and Chamber Singers—performing selected works from four centuries of choral repertoire [Read More…]

Mr. g at Butler U

Mr. g Monday, April 17, 7:00 PM Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, Butler Arts Center Free Play by Wesley Sacik, adapted from the novel by Alan Lightman A Dramatic Reading directed by Janet Allen “In the beginning,” the book of Genesis tells us, “God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis describes the six-day process, but like [Read More…]

Fake News is Old News in Religious Studies

It was recently drawn to my attention that the fact-checking and debunking website Snopes links to a blog post of mine, on the subject of the hoax that regularly circulates about chariot wheels allegedly being found in the Red Sea. It struck me not long after that that hoax is in fact an example of [Read More…]