NIV Faithlife Study Bible

I was supposed to join in a blog tour about the new NIV Faithlife Study Bible, but got overwhelmed. But I still want to make sure that I mention it, because I have to at least share what got me excited about this study Bible. As is often the case with such volumes, it was was [Read More…]

Not In The Spaces We Know

A special issue of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, exploring the intersection of the Hebrew Bible and science fiction, is now available in print form as a book from Gorgias Press. The title is Not In The Spaces We Know, and I mentioned the online edition here previously. You can read the blog post that the volume’s [Read More…]

Steve Reich, Tehillim

Indiana University has an interesting archive featuring Steve Reich’s exploration of the Psalms. And the recent Past Forward composer spotlight on Reich is also very interesting. [Read more…]

Ancient Hebrew Cosmology

Ben Stanhope shared the following image he made depicting how ancient Hebrews understood their physical world: I might quibble about minor details – for instance, I think that when Genesis talks about the waters gathering together into one place called “seas,” it has in mind the Mediterranean and adjoining seas in the midst of the [Read More…]

A Paulish Mistake in the Mandaean Book of John?

Charles Häberl has started blogging again recently, about the Mandaean Book of John and related texts, in a series of truly fascinating blog posts. I’d like to highlight a few of them here. The one that got me most excited is the one which makes sense of lines in the Mandaean Book of John which Mark [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…]

Early High Subordinationist Christology around the Blogosphere

Let me start this round-up of recent blogging about Christology with a quote from a blog post by Larry Hurtado: All early expressions of Christology have a “subordinationist” character, in that they portray Jesus as sent, empowered, vindicated, and glorified by God (“the Father”). They weren’t touched by the concerns and issues that arose in [Read More…]

Dust in the Wind (Ecclesiastes 1:2)

This meme was inspired by a comment left on Facebook, after I shared Robert Holmstedt’s post about how to render the Hebrew word hevel in Ecclesiastes 1:2 and elsewhere. I think “dust in the wind” (a la Kansas) is a better fit than the Rolling Stones rendering, “I can’t get no satisfaction”… [Read more…]

A Unique Hat

Joel Willits wore a very striking hat yesterday at the Enoch Seminar. Can you read what it says?   [Read more…]

Strong Ability in Biblical Languages

As I sought feedback on the Swahili lyrics of Baba Yetu recently, one of the most crucial kinds of feedback I received was of the sort that said “X rather than Y sounds more natural to a native speaker.” As Bill Mounce pointed out in a recent blog post, this is the kind of instinctive [Read More…]