Magnifi-Cat

After posting about the Magnificat this morning, a friend shared the above image with me on Facebook.   [Read more…]

Passion According to Mary

Finding music related to the Bible is easy. Coming across a composition in Syriac, on the other hand, is a real rarity. And so I had to draw your attention to this piece by Zad Moultaka. [Read more…]

Spontaneous Singing in the Bible

As I prepare to teach my course on the Bible and music next semester, I’ve been thinking more about the music behind and in the Bible, as well as music that takes up the already-existing Bible and works with it. As I think about the depictions of spontaneous singing by individuals (or what is often so construed [Read More…]

Mansplaining to Mary

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Mythicist Defenders of Christian Orthodoxy

It never ceases to amaze me, when I talk to Jesus mythicists online, how eagerly they embrace and defend Christian orthodoxy. They do not accept that Christian orthodoxy is true, of course. But they accept that it gets the facts right – an odd stance for such so-called skeptics to accept uncritically, never mind do battle about. But they [Read More…]

Mary Played while Joseph Sang

The person who shared this Christmas stamp from the UK suggested that it depicts Mary playing a Yamaha keyboard and Joseph with a microphone. What do you think?   [Read more…]

Jesus, Save Me a Spot!

On Facebook, Scott Paeth shared this creative way someone in Chicago found of claiming a parking spot: conscripting Jesus and Mary (or is it Mary and Joseph, from a nativity set?) to indicate that the spot is taken. Who’s going to argue with members of the holy family? I’ve heard people pray to find a parking [Read More…]

Doctor Who Nativity

I came across this picture on Reddit. I hope that someone is keeping their eyes on that angel! Can you envisage the story? Baby Jesus attacked by a Dalek and a Weeping Angel, and the Doctor arrives to save the day? What details would you fill in?   [Read more…]

The Gospel According to the Other Mary

American composer John Adams’ opera, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, has been released on CD by Deutsche Grammophone. It can be purchased through Amazon.com, which also has some videos of the composer talking about Peter Sellars’ minimalist realization of the piece. The English National Opera will be performing its stage debut later this [Read More…]

Christmas: Damage Control or Outcast Inclusion?

Johnny Walker drew attention to one view of the Christmas stories in the Gospels that is heard about less often in churches: that they were an attempt at damage control, to cover up or distract from stories about Mary having been raped by a Roman soldier or simply having gotten pregnant without being married. Michael [Read More…]