What Jesus Thought of the Apostles

Jesus says, “The apostles were stupid and lazy men, who wrote whatever they wished with a great deal of paper and ink.”  The quotation comes from the work known as Dialogue of the Paralytic with Christ, which you can read on Tony Burke’s blog (in a shorter version that lacks this particular statement). I’ve been meaning [Read More…]

What Do Conservatives Conserve?

We all need a reminder from time to time that the traditions which the conservative hold on to and seek to preserve are not from time immemorial. This topic came up in my Sunday school class recently, and one individual said that he knew people who remembered how the advent of electric lighting in churches in [Read More…]

Cities that Built the Bible

Bob Cargill’s latest book, The Cities That Built the Bible, is now available for pre-order. There is a website about the book, and you can pre-order it on Amazon.com. Since it is now available, I thought I would share the full version of the blurb I provided to Harper Collins about the book: In The Cities [Read More…]

Still Worth Actually Going (The Israel Museum Is On Google Street View)

Don’t get me wrong. I am delighted that one can use Google Street View to visit the Israel Museum. It is an amazing place, and everyone ought to rush to do this immediately. It really is very cool. But for those who may be wondering, it is still worth actually going to the museum, not least [Read More…]

Where Jesus Prayed

I am happy to have the chance to participate in the Patheos Book Club about Danielle Shroyer’s book Where Jesus Prayed: Illuminating the Lord’s Prayer in the Holy Land. I was eager to participate, since I’ve been to the Holy Land multiple times, and will be leading a group of students traveling there again next [Read More…]

Violence in Israel and the United States

Given that I am leading a trip to Israel and the West bank next summer, I’ve been watching the news about increasing violence in Jerusalem and other places with some concern. But the fact that I have friends who live in these places, and can see what they post on Facebook, provides an interesting perspective [Read More…]

Blogging Temples (and Jim Davila the Prophet)

Jim Davila has been highlighting how the New York Times has been backtracking on and correcting an article which engaged in the common denialist tactic of treating diverse scholarly views about specific details as though it were evidence that the existence of the very thing under investigation were in doubt – in this case, in [Read More…]

Virtual Walking Tour of Old Jerusalem

I came across the above walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. For those who have visited at other times of year, the city will seem surprisingly uncrowded, since the video was made in December. You can also take a virtual tour of Jerusalem using Google Maps street view. [Read more…]

TTFN Toronto #YCAS2015

I am at the gate at Toronto airport, ready to return to Indianapolis. I thought I would mention it for those who may have wondered if I had enough time to make it! Thank you to the conference organizers, presenters, and attendees, for making he 2015 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium such a wonderful experience! I [Read More…]

Are Israel and Palestine Safe to Travel To? (Fear and Statistics)

When I’ve sought to reassure students and their parents that travel to Israel is relatively safe, I have often used statistics. In light of the things that have been in the news recently, I thought I should blog about this topic. One is much more likely to be a victim of a homicide in the [Read More…]


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