Quote of the Day (Damien and John Keown)

The religions of the world are becoming increasingly aware that what unites them in ethics is greater than what divides them in theology. — Damien Keown and John Keown, “Killing, karma and caring: euthanasia in Buddhism and Christianity” in the Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (1995) 265. [Read more…]

Reading Philo in Greek

I just recently started meeting with some colleagues and a student in a Greek reading group. I suggested to a colleague in Classics that it might be interesting to read Philo of Alexandria together, and she got very excited about the idea, and some other colleagues in Religion also expressed an interest. And so lately, [Read More…]

Jerusalem in the Mandaean Book of John and the Origins of Gnosticism

Mandaean texts like the Book of John make reference to Jerusalem quite often – more often than one would expect if this religion had its origins in Mesopotamia, and so the very attention given to Jerusalem provides important hints about the history and geographical movements of the Mandaeans. Here are links to the passages which [Read More…]

Jesus’ Wife Spotted With Anthony Le Donne in California

Anthony Le Donne asked me to share this announcement about an upcoming speaking event of his: The Gospel of Jesus' Wife: A Discussion of a Recent Biblical Controversy Nov 12, 2012 Dan Brown's 2008 novel “The Da Vinci Code” had a controversial premise – that Christian savior Jesus married and had children. The fictional book [Read More…]

Three Wise Women

Via my wife   [Read more…]

Almost Christmas Time Is Here

The title will probably attract grammar nazis in large numbers. But the wording is intention, indicating that what I play in the video below is almost “Christmas Time Is Here,” the classic jazz piece by Vince Guaraldi from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. Alas, it is a bit rusty (I don’t play it that often apart [Read More…]

Recycled Stories in the Bible: The Flood

In today’s class, we discussed how awareness of an earlier tradition of telling versions of the same story – as in the case of the Genesis flood story, paralleled in ancient Mesopotamian literature in the Atrahasis and Gilgamesh epics – can be important for understanding the later version of the story in question. [Read more…]

Revelation 17: Key To Interpreting the Book of Revelation?

I have mentioned before that Revelation 17:9-10 seems to me to provide decisive evidence against the futurist or “end times” approach to understanding the Book of Revelation. We got up to chapter 17 of the Book of Revelation in my Sunday school class yesterday, and so we focused attention on that particular set of verses [Read More…]

Auto-Correct Christmas

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Bad News From Prof. Gandalf

This Strange Brew comic featuring Gandalf as a professor saying “You Shall Not Pass” seems worth sharing as the end of the semester draws quickly near. [Read more…]