Chamber Chat Before Messiah

The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra has two performance of Handel’s Messiah this coming Sunday and Monday. The first is a performance of the entire oratorio; the second is a sing-along. You can find more information about the performances on the ICO website. My colleague Paul Valliere and I will be having a pre-concert chat on Sunday (starting at 2pm, [Read More…]

Not in the Spaces We Know: An Exploration of Science Fiction and the Bible

Frauke Uhlenbruch organized and edited an issue of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures which explores intersections between science fiction and the Hebrew Bible. I was delighted and honored to have been asked to write a final response article for the volume. The issue has now appeared online and so you can read it here: http://jhsonline.org/Articles/article_221.pdf It [Read More…]

Setting Amos’ Hymn Fragments to Music

As I’m gearing up to teach a course about the Bible and music for the first time next semester, one thing that I’ve been giving much thought to is the fact that students are expected to participate in the creation of a creative work in these core curriculum courses. I don’t like to ask students [Read More…]

Behold, The Look Buddy Bible

This came my way in The Toast some while back, and I have been meaning to share it ever sense. “Behold” is an awkward archaism that Bible translators regularly preserve, because alternatives don’t consistently have the same function in modern English. And so, while this Bible doesn’t always use “Look, buddy” – for variety, it [Read More…]

A Killer Goes to Jael

Hemant Mehta posted an SMBC comic in which someone asks God about the story of Jael in the Book of Judges. The story about Jael (and Deborah) is not at all hard to understand. It is about two women who rise to the challenge of defeating an enemy of their people, in a patriarchal context in [Read More…]

Changing Canons: Bible, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Harry Potter

The subject of canon in sci-fi and Biblical studies isn’t just something I’ve created a card game to explore. It is the focus of a chapter in my forthcoming book, Theology and Science Fiction, in the Cascade Companions series. The publisher, Wipf & Stock, shared the following sneak peak from the book: The subject has been [Read More…]

Cards Against Divinity

In discussing Canon: The Card Game on Facebook, Anthony Mills mentioned Cards Against Humanity as an example of a game he currently enjoys playing. I suggested that a religion or Bible-themed version might be called Cards Against Divinity. He followed up by imagining what that might look like: If we confess our ______ he is [Read More…]

Jesus’ Sermon at Ground Zero

I confess that when a friend of mine posted a link on Facebook to an article about a Bible that was found fused to a piece of steel in the wreckage from the collapsed Twin Towers after 9/11, I hesitated to click, and expected it to be the kind of thing that disturbs me rather [Read More…]

The Holy Bible, Abridged Beyond The Point Of Usefulness

I saw the above on Reddit and knew I had to share it. It is the creation of Zach Weinersmith, the person behind Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comics. It is apparently a real product that you can purchase, although you can also download a pdf version for free. See also the TL;DR version of the Bible [Read More…]

The Bay Psalm Book

I just learned that, through a bit of poor communication within my department, I’ll be teaching my new core curriculum course on the Bible and Music the same semester that my colleague teaches his course on the Psalms. Although we would have avoided this convergence if we had noticed it, the intersection should be beneficial and there [Read More…]