Astăzi vin să-mi plec genunchii

Another favorite Romanian Christmas carol, this one written by Nicolae Moldoveanu.   [Read more…]

Profiting from Tragedy

As always, when some individual or groups pull out their guns and mow down innocent victims, as happened today in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there are people who will try to profit from it. I'm not talking here about the makers and sellers of guns, although they do indeed profit both at [Read More…]

BibleWorks Special Offer

The folks at BibleWorks let me know about this special offer and asked me to spread the word: 12 day special Through December 25, when you buy BibleWorks 9, we’ll include the ESV Study Bible module for free ($20 value)! This is the full text of the ESV Study Bible, withhigh-resolution images and maps. (Offer does not apply to upgrades.) Learn more about [Read More…]

Jesus was NOT born in a Manger

Let me start by saying that Jesus was not born in a manager. I had that spelling error on an exam this semester. For that to have happened might have looked something like this: Assuming, of course, that the father in the picture was some sort of manager. But even if you get the spelling right, [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Ken Schenck)

I don’t think the values of the thirty-something evangelicals have gone away. I think they have gone silent over and against the VERY vocal Boomer evangelicals of these last days.  I suspect the election results in part support this hypothesis.  Boomer conservatives were shocked to lose the election because they had been so vocal and [Read More…]

N. T. Wright Meme (The Most Interesting New Testament Theologian in the World?)

Someone mentioned an “N. T. Wright” meme, and while they meant a quote from him superimposed on a photo of him teaching, I confess that the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the title of the post looked more like this: As you think about theologians you’d like to see on [Read More…]

Scary Solstice

Another modern classic, shared lest Cthulhu feel neglected this holiday season…   [Read more…]

Utopia/Dystopia

Next semester my freshman course “Faith, Doubt, and Reason” focuses on “The Quest for Community” and in particular on utopias and dystopias. We read a range of works, from the real to the fiction and from the ancient to the modern – including a significant dose of science fiction. Science fiction provides a great way [Read More…]

Durham Theses of Interest

Via Ancient World Online, I learned of an enormous horde of doctoral and masters theses that have been made available online, on topics including the Bible, ancient Judaism, Roman religion, Patristics, and much else. There are too many to make it seem worth listing them all here (click through to AWOL for a list of [Read More…]

Sketchy-Looking Academic Web Sites

I was grading final exams from my class on the Bible this evening, and a student’s comment made me chuckle. I focus in this course on information literacy skills, i.e. the identification of reliable sources of information online. One student found a reputable scholar’s academic web site hosted at their university. I won’t say which [Read More…]