John the Baptist and the Gnostics

Miguel Conner has an article in The Examiner highlighting the various mentions of and views about John the Baptist in Gnostic sources. In it, he links to one of the chapters I translated from the Mandaean Book of John! There is a need for a detailed scholarly treatment of this topic. When G. R. S. [Read More…]

Remembering Marshall Gregory

My colleague Marshall Gregory passed away a couple of days ago, and I thought it would be nice to mark his passing by drawing readers’ attention to some of his many articles which are available online. Himself an English professor, “Greg” (as he was know) was a champion of the Liberal Arts and passionate about [Read More…]

December 2012 Biblical Studies Carnival

Abram K-J has posted a linguistically rich Biblical studies carnival, which starts off with a quote from Spurgeon explaining why carnivals are necessary. Click through to read it!   [Read more…]

On The Burial of Jesus

On Facebook, Kristi Outler Byrd mentioned that she was trying to have read 81 books this year, and that #79, which she had just finished at that point, was my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? (published by Patheos Press, and available as an ebook for only $2.99). [Read More…]

Blink to the Future

To welcome you to 2013, I give you “Blink to the Future” – a Doctor Who/Back to the Future mash-up. HT IO9 [Read more…]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all readers of this blog! (Obviously in saying this, I am simply wishing you happiness, and not trying to impose my calendar on you if you follow a different one, nor am I implying that my calendar is superior to yours.) I hope your year regenerates successfully… [Read more…]

Make It So

Via George Takei on Facebook   [Read more…]

2013

  HT Eric Whitacre   [Read more…]

The Year in Rewritten Bible

My recent shared image of “The American Samaritan” and of a fundamentalist version of Proverbs 3:5 were not the first times this year that I rewrote parts of the Bible, whether to poke fun at those who take it to mean something other than it seems to, or to relate it in a more serious [Read More…]

Questions vs. Security

This cartoon from David Hayward seems to me to be a good one for the transition to a new year: I like this one better than the previous one that I commented on. It illustrates a number of things, in my view correctly. Choosing a path of openness and exploration vs. pat answers and the [Read More…]