Having Purpose

My students were asked to evaluate the sources they used in their papers this semester. More than one has told me that a particular article or book is reliable because it “has purpose.” What on Earth is that supposed to mean?! I am not sure whether I am more concerned by the fact that students [Read More…]

Top 10 Posts of 2015

Over the past year, this blog received more than a million and a half pageviews, by more than 900,ooo distinct users. In the past, I’ve listed the most popular pages of the year regardless of when they were written, and I’ll mention a few from previous years later. But here is a countdown of the top 10 posts [Read More…]

RIP I. Howard Marshall

I saw the news on Facebook that I. Howard Marshall has passed away. If you aren’t familiar with this famous Evangelical New Testament scholar, there are a number of his articles and other writings online on the BiblicalStudies.org.uk website. See for instance his article on interpreting the Bible today, as well as his introduction to [Read More…]

Footnoting Blogs in Academic Publications

Christopher Skinner asked a really great question on the Crux Sola blog: Do online resources belong in academic footnotes. Chris offers a qualified “no.” I would suggest a qualified “yes” instead. Several people who responded to the question rightly pointed out that even the best blog posts are more like conference papers than articles – not [Read More…]

The Five Stages of Peer Review

Via @!$! Academics Say on Facebook [Read more…]

Muted Voices

There is a call for papers for a conference to be held at the University of Durham in 2015. The title is “Muted Voices,” and it is focused on non-Pauline and non-Johannine epistles from the early Christian centuries. Of related interest, Larry Hurtado pointed out that the journal New Testament Studies has made a number of articles [Read More…]

Jesus is #5

A list has been drawn up of the 100 most frequently edited Wikipedia articles (HT Jezebel). The article about Jesus is #5 on the list: There are lots of observations that need to be made about this. One is that Jesus continues to be edited. That process has been going on as long as there [Read More…]

When To Cut Your Losses

Menachem Wecker has written an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s “Vitae” online career hub, on when to decide to leave a job, drop a book project, or otherwise cut one’s losses and move on. Click through to read it. I get quoted in it! [Read more…]

Durham Research Online

Many readers will already be aware of the University of Durham E-Theses repository, where digital copies of dissertations are made available. But there is also a larger institutional repository, Durham Research Online, which allows one to search and find not only theses but also articles and other materials written and published by Durham academics. Visit http://dro.dur.ac.uk/ and [Read More…]

Academic Scholarship on Reddit

Today I learned (sorry, I couldn’t resist using that popular Reddit phrase in this context) that there is a subreddit on Reddit dedicated to matters pertaining to the academic study of the Bible. One interesting discovery there was an article by Greg Jenks, available on Academia.edu, on “The Quest for the Historical Nazareth.” There is [Read More…]


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