Fundamentalist in Chains

Another thought-provoking cartoon by David Hayward: David expresses astonishment that some Christians think that this image depicts exactly the way things should be. For me, the astonishing thing is that those same Christians think that they can imprison God in Biblical chains, even though the freedom of God is one of the many emphases running [Read More…]

Late Texts, Early Traditions continued: Thomases, Johns, and Marks

Here I am continuing some preliminary reflections related to my upcoming conference paper (which I began in an earlier post). My research interests which intersect with the methodological question I raised in my previous post, about the discerning of ancient traditions and of independent traditions in relatively late texts, seem to revolve around Johns and Thomases. [Read More…]

Don’t Be a Jonah

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What has Zwingli to do with the Sisters of Plentitude?

Jim West shared this image: Am I the only Doctor Who fan whose first thought was not about Zwingli or goldfish but the Sisters of Plentitude? [Read more…]

How and What we Learn and Teach

I am taking an online course at Butler, offered to faculty who are gearing up ourselves to offer online courses. Here are some videos that were shared as part of the course, which I think offer important food for thought for educators. This classic bit of comedy makes the point that if you are going [Read More…]

We Have To Go Back!

Nikki Stafford, whose wonderful blog became known to many of us during the era of LOST but also focuses on many other shows and topics, created Lostaholics Anonymous a while back. Have any readers of this gone back (as I still hope to do at some point) and rewatched the show from the beginning, knowing [Read More…]

The Long-Awaited October 2012 Biblical Studies Carnival

Sandy disrupted things, but human beings endure and rebuild. And that is true in particular, it seems, of bibliobloggers. It was delayed, but not prevented, and now, at long last, the Biblical Studies Carnival – BLT edition, is here. Yes, there is bacon, lettuce, and tomato in it, as well as Bible, and blogging, and [Read More…]

Jesus’ Wife Sightings

Since no announcement about lab results testing the ink from the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife has been forthcoming, scholars and other interested parties continue to discuss, report, and try to draw conclusions as best we can based on the available evidence. Andrew Bernhard, author of several online articles exploring the possibility that the text is [Read More…]

The Odious Penal Substitutionary Theory of Atonement

PZ Myers posted an entry on his blog with the title “Odious Christianity.” He is commenting on a tract that came his way which includes the following cartoon: After sharing it, he writes: Whoa, hang on there. How is justice served by punishing an innocent? So, with this judge, if I get a parking ticket [Read More…]

Lecture on the Interrelationships Between the Gospels

Here’s a recording of a class I taught, recapping the Synoptic problem and then looking at the distinctive features of the Gospel of John: [Read more…]


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