Carnival Call

Phil Long has posted a last call for submissions to this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival, as well as an appeal for volunteers to host future carnivals. [Read more…]

Genesis 1 as Myth

I had my attention drawn today to an article by Howard Bess, a retired American Baptist minister. The title is “Rethinking the Genesis Message.” Here’s a sample: Genesis 1 is the Israelite response to chaos and endless war. In the Genesis 1 myth, the Israelite God confronts a world that is without form and is [Read More…]

The Bible: Lens or Blindfold?

David Hayward posted another thought-provoking cartoon: There are so many points that one can make in relation to this. The problem of looking for God in the Bible, when by definition any reality worthy of the designation “God” is not to be found in a book. The fact that so many atheists are convinced that [Read More…]

Core Doctrines Between the Lines and on the Margins?

Has anyone else ever noticed that conservative Christians of various sorts tend to emphasize things which are either not actually spelled out in the Bible, or which are mentioned in passing or by lone authors and so arguably less than central to the faith and practice of early Christians? As a New Testament scholar, I [Read More…]

Remnants from the Jewish Temple?

An interesting story came to my attention via a Greek archaeology feed aggregator, which with a bit of help led me to a story from the Biblical Archaeology Society. If the results of carbon dating indicated in the article are correct, then cedar beams used in the Al-Aqsa Mosque were there long before its construction. [Read More…]

Studying the Bible, Loving the Bible

A Facebook friend asked me the following: I’m sure this is an extremely broad question but I’m really curious! How do you combine a love for scripture and a respect for it’s authority whilst still acknowledging the non-historical nature of it? I responded by saying that I thought the question deserved a long reply, and [Read More…]

Use the Force, Isaiah!

I liked this Biblical parody of the well known meme-image that aims to infuriate nerds. It works just as well. If you are a Biblical scholar, or just someone who knows the Bible well, did it make your head explode? From Cake or Death   [Read more…]

April 2013 Biblical Studies Carnival

The Biblical Studies Carnival for April 2013 has been posted on the blog ἐνθύμησις. Click through to enjoy it, and many thanks to Jacob Cerone for hosting it! [Read more…]

Biblical Studies Carnival

Thanks to Phil Long (host of last month’s carnival) for posting a reminder about the next Biblical Studies Carnival, which will be held at the blog ἐνθύμησις. Click through for details on how to submit posts. [Read more…]

Practical Revelation

I spotted this on Reddit: I’ve blogged about this before. It is a good reason for concluding that the Bible is the work of human beings who were not given scientific knowledge beyond what was available in their own time. The alternative is to say that God chose not to reveal some basic facts that could have [Read More…]


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