Theology and Science Fiction Interview

I’m delighted that Wipf and Stock gave me the opportunity to speak at length about the subject of my recent book, Theology and Science Fiction. The video above is a short excerpt, part of their ANNOTATE series. The fuller interview is below. I hope you enjoy them, and that they convince you to read the [Read More…]

God’s Author Page

The second commandment is being observed, I see…or rather, I don’t see. [Read more…]

The Endings of Mark Explained

Joel Watts suggested that this might explain the issues related to the endings of the Gospel of Mark: What do you think? [Read more…]

Moses on Moses

I came across the above meme, which nicely highlights one of many absurdities that result from viewing Moses as the author of the Pentateuch. [Read more…]

Max Stern: Bible and Music

I’ve been developing a course on the Bible and music, and so was delighted to see a review of a book on the topic appear in Review of Biblical Literature. The book is Bible & Music: Influences of the Old Testament on Western Music, by Max Stern. Here is a video of the author, reading from and [Read More…]

What Could a Fisherman Compose?

I shared a link to a blog post by Jonathan Bernier a while back, which questioned the relevance of the purported employment of the traditionally-proposed author of the Fourth Gospel. Here’s a list which someone put together of occupations of tannaitic rabbis: The sages of the Talmud worked at many diverse occupations. For instance, Hillel was [Read More…]

Thanks, Google

A student pointed out to me that, if you ask Google “Who wrote the Pentateuch?” you get the answer, in big, bold letters, “Moses.” I decided to click the “feedback” button and indicate that this is incorrect. Here’s what I wrote as explanation for why I thought so: There has been extensive research on this [Read More…]

God as Author

The Onion has a clever piece which explores what happens if you actually treat God as the author of the Bible, contrary to the clear evidence that the Bible is a human work by multiple fallible human authors.  Here’s a sample: Hailed by critics as one of the most important authors in recent millennia, the [Read More…]

RIP Frederick Pohl

SF Signal and IO9 are both reporting that science fiction author Frederick Pohl has passed away. UPDATE: When I first saw this news and blogged about it, I somehow managed to muddle Frederick Pohl and Poul Anderson in my mind. The latter passed away more than a decade ago. I apologize for the confusion. [Read more…]

Pauline Authorship: Visualizing the BNTC Survey Numbers

Dan Wilkinson was not entirely happy with just the numbers provided in Paul Foster's article, from which I shared some statistics in a previous post. So he made this:   There are exceptions and unusual viewpoints. I know someone who doubts Paul wrote Galatians. If he had been there, the chart would have an outlier. [Read More…]