Prophets and Prophecy in Ancient Israel, Take Two

Steve Douglas spotted that something went awry with the version of the lecture I uploaded earlier today, and so I’ve uploaded a revised version. The image quality is slightly lower, but this one doesn’t skip the slide with the text of Wisdom of Solomon. [Read more…]

Hieroglyphic Spelling Bee?

This is today’s Bizarro comic: As a Biblical studies professor, the question I find myself asking is why an ancient Egyptian would be using a much later Hebrew “spelling” of “plague”…   [Read more…]

Lecture on Prophets and Prophecy in Ancient Israel

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Error 404: Halloween Costume Not Found

Not a bad idea for a last minute non-costume! [Read more…]

What is a Library?

I spent a day during  Butler’s Fall break at a strategic planning retreat for the Butler University libraries. Being rather philosophically minded, I asked a small group I was in “What is a library?” as a way of trying to generate discussion on our assigned topic. The answer was multi-faceted, and included not only a [Read More…]

Heaven is Hotter than Hell (a Cautionary Example)

  I think the graphic above  illustrates very well how approaching the Bible expecting scientifically factual information that is literally true leads to dubious conclusions. Thankfully, most so-called literalists and promoters of creation “science” don’t go to these extremes – but if they would exercise the same common sense more consistently when approaching the Bible, [Read More…]

Death by Powerpoint Rap

Doug Chaplin shared the above video, and I think it might be useful viewing for those gearing up to present at SBL and/or AAR in November. Or any other conference, or business, or educational institution, or… On a related note, there is a panel session at SBL this year, in which I am participating, on [Read More…]

Change of Location for 2013 ARAM Conference on Mandaeism and CFP

I received this today via e-mail from the ARAM Society: ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirty Sixth International Conference on the theme of Mandaeism, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, 08-10 July, 2013. The conference aims to study Mandaeism and its relationship to Near Eastern religions and [Read More…]

Crazy Beliefs

Almost everyone finds the religious, political, and economic views of others “crazy,” and often the feeling is mutual! This post looks at how religious, political and economic types of “faith” resemble one another – for better or worse. [Read more…]

More from the MYO Play-a-Thon

Here’s a video (in which I unfortunately didn’t capture the first couple of notes) of music from Super Mario Bros.: And then a couple of Irish fiddle tunes –  Porthole of the Kelp: And Toormore Polka No.1 and No.2: [Read more…]