Korngold – Passover Psalm

Erich Wolfgang Korngold is one of my favorite composers. Here is a piece that is rare inasmuch as he wrote little choral music and little religious music: his Passover Psalm, Op.30. [Read more…]

Melammu, the Mandaeans and other Mesopotamians

Charles Jones posted at Ancient World Online about the Melammu project, which has a digital library dedicated to “The Intellectual Heritage of Assyria and Babylonia in East and West.” The site contains numerous interesting pieces, but not surprisingly the one that grabbed my attention was Amar Annus’ “Some Otherworldly Journeys in Mesopotamian, Jewish, Mandaean and [Read More…]

Translating (Away) The Son of God

I’ve been meaning for some time to come back to a topic that has been garnering attention, the news that some Bible translations aimed at predominantly Islamic contexts were not using the phrase “son of God”, ever since I circulated an online article mentioning the news and was met with expressions of concern because that [Read More…]

A Mention in The Dish (about the Bible’s neglect of what’s in a Petri dish)

Andrew Sullivan quoted and gave a mention to a post I recently wrote. In it I pointed out that if the Bible contained more advanced knowledge that was humanly available in its time, as young-earth creationists and others like them are prone to claim, then we ought to expect more advanced medical advice, too. But we [Read More…]

Ceiling Cat’s Commandments

HT Jerry Coyne. While this is worth sharing just as  religion and cat humor, it also connects with my interest in religion and science fiction. Thinking about what other species, whether terrestrial or extraterrestrial, might think about God or morality is an interesting thought experiment. And on that last topic, see this amusing bit of [Read More…]

New Online Jewish Studies Resources

Two major resources that I want to share: The Cairo Genizah Collection at the Bodleian Library in Oxford (HT Dan McClellan and AWOL) The Israel Antiquities Authorities National Treasures (HT Jim West)   [Read more…]

Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones

The Doctor Who episode “The Faceless Ones” from the Patrick Troughton era is a gripping mystery set largely in Gatwick Airport, where aliens have infiltrated and are working to abduct human young people. Most of the action revolves around the Doctor’s attempt to determine what exactly is going on, who is responsible, and why they [Read More…]

Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts Online

The British Library blog shared a long list of links and some sample images from their collection of illustrated and illuminated Hebrew manuscripts, many of which are available online. [Read more…]

Nerds Reconsidering Star Wars Religion

A recent article in Tablet Magazine challenges the religious message of Star Wars in interesting ways (HT The Lead and Religion Nerd). On the one hand, the article makes some good points about the superficiality of some Star Wars spirituality, or the attempt to let “following one’s bliss” be a guide to life. Yet on [Read More…]

The Latest on the Indiana Creationism Bill: Adding Still Other Views on Creation

“Unconstitutional Crusade Hurts Critical Thinking” is the title of a letter to the editor which appeared in today’s Indianapolis Star about the creationism bill that is going before Indiana’s senate. You can read it online. Also in the news today, as reported by the Daily Reporter and Skeptic, was the fact that the bill was [Read More…]


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