An Article Conceived on this Blog is Born!

About a year ago, I floated an idea in a blog post, something that had struck me in teaching my class on the historical Jesus. Anthony Le Donne noticed it and encouraged me to explore the topic further and consider developing it into an article. I did so, and submitted it to the Journal for the Study [Read More…]

Mark’s Linen Sheet

I had a conversation with Rev. Paul Albrecht recently, and he shared with me his view on the man who runs away naked in the Gospel of Mark. It is an interesting way of connecting the dots between elements in the story, and not necessarily an implausible one. Let me know what you think. Paul [Read More…]

Gethseminary

For some reason, just as I was waking up one morning some weeks ago, I had the mash-up between “Gethsemane” and “seminary” that is the title of this post pop into my head. And then I read a piece in the Chronicle about the educational power of discomfort. It was not specifically about seminaries, but about the [Read More…]

Holy Week History

I spent quite a while simply believing the Gospels. And I have spent quite a while being as skeptical of them as I think is reasonable. Now I am at the point where I recognize the pitfalls at either extreme, and seek to be open to what the evidence suggests – and what the evidence [Read More…]

Adam and Eve’s Neighbors

From today’s Bizarro [Read more…]

Armed and Pre-Existent?

Simon Joseph, author of The Nonviolent Messiah: Jesus, Q, and the Enochic Tradition, has offered a response to the recent articulation by Dale Martin of the view that Jesus and his followers may have been armed in the garden of Gethsemane. It promises to be the first of a series of posts on this subject. Brian [Read More…]

Genesis 3 (World Cup Translation)

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Genesis 3: How It Should Have Ended

Today's Speed Bump. Initially I was going to give the post the title “There's a Snake in my Boots!”   [Read more…]

Job Creation: The Beginning

This cartoon from The New Yorker came to my attention via Facebook: The comments on the Facebook page were interesting, with many pointing out that the perspective of Genesis is that God did create jobs for Adam and Eve: gardening. But is it the job of God or government to create jobs for human beings? [Read More…]

The Tree of Idiocy

“See that thou partakest not of the fruit of the tree of idiocy that is in the midst of the living room. For in the day after day after day that thou partakest of it, thou shalt surely become brain dead.” From Non Sequitur [Read more…]