Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views

Just as it was a privilege to read and review a book about Galilee while visiting Galilee and adjacent territories, so too it was a privilege to read Michael Stone’s book Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views while traveling to and participating at a meeting of the Enoch Seminar, since ancient Judaism in general, and [Read More…]

The Young Messiah: Recording of Today’s Chat with Cyrus Nowrasteh

The video above is the recording of today’s chat that myself and several other Patheos bloggers had with director Cyrus Nowrasteh about his new movie The Young Messiah. If you missed the live chat earlier today, this is your chance to hear the conversation. There were some technical hitches that kept me from being there [Read More…]

The Permeability of Scripture

The Bible’s edges blur into the world around it. There is no human encounter with a text that does not involve that person interpreting what they read, which in turn connects with their upbringing, their culture, their language, and many other aspects of the world around them. On the composition end, the Bible also blurs into the [Read More…]

Nerd Fundamentalism at #AARSBL15

Today I travel to the joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. I will try to blog about the conference as it happens. My conference paper for this year’s SBL conference will be presented in a session of the Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship program unit on the theme Imaginal [Read More…]

Secret Scriptures Revealed Reviewed

I am grateful to Eerdmans for providing me with a free review copy of Tony Burke's recent book, Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha. As Burke says towards the end of the penultimate chapter, his book “is merely an appetizer; the main course awaits” (p.150). The volume manages to squeeze in [Read More…]

Awesome Cracked Headline for Apocryphal Gospels and Acts

On, an article appeared today with the title “5 Miracles Deleted From the Bible For Being Too Awesome.” While the idea that the contents of the extracanonical Gospels and Acts were deleted from the Bible is simply wrong, it is very cool to see the Gospel of Peter, the Acts of John, and other such [Read More…]

Rick Brannan Apocryphal Gospels for Logos

Rick Brannan’s edition of the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha for Logos offers an important new resource that anyone interested in the early history of Christianity will want to have. There are in fact two “volumes” – the Greek texts themselves in the original language, and an English translation with an introduction to each [Read More…]

Early Gospels PhD Opportunity at University of Durham

John Byron and Sean Winter have already mentioned this opportunity to work with Francis Watson at the University of Durham. As a Durham grad myself, I second (or rather, third) their recommendation of Durham as a place to live and study! My AHRC-funded project on “The Fourfold Gospel and its Rivals” has aPhD studentship attached that [Read More…]

Noah: The Motion Picture

For those interested in the Bible as perceived and depicted in popular culture, the motion picture “Noah” that is in the works, starring Russell Crowe as Noah and Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, is certainly one to keep an eye on. The blog Remnants of Giants mentioned today that the movie will include extracanonical characters such [Read More…]