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…]

Ruth Watson Henderson

Another woman composer that I omitted from my post on the subject was Ruth Watson Henderson. Her Cantate Domino is above, and below is Psalm 100. [Read more…]

Truth and Christmas

It can be so hard to find balance when it comes to anything having to do with the Bible. This seems particularly true when it comes to matters related to Christmas. On the one hand, there are those who are determined that the Bible be “right” no matter the cost. I have had someone telling [Read More…]

How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place

One piece that I omitted from my post on settings of biblical texts to music by female composers is that featured in the video above: “How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place” (Psalm 84) by Victoria Bond. You can read Bond’s notes about the composition in The Bible Retold by Jewish Artists, Writers, Composers and Filmmakers, [Read More…]

Jesus’ Coronation Anthem

As I was preparing to speak about Handel’s Messiah recently, I came across a great description of what the Hallelujah Chorus is, stylistically speaking, in Calvin Stapert’s book about the piece (p.135). It is a coronation anthem for Jesus. I think that grasps the feel of the piece perfectly, and it is striking as well [Read More…]