Goodwin Chair Transformation

Every working day, I pass by a plaque that was set up to commemorate my installation as the Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature. Lately, the difference between myself and the photo has been noticeable, even jarring. But yesterday I noticed that I may be starting to resemble the photo on the [Read More…]

Introducing Adobe Spark Video

I think that the Adobe Spark Video app is going to be a perfect tool for students to use on my upcoming trip to Israel and the West Bank, to comment on photos as they go and essentially work on their final project for the trip on the go, as they create presentations which they [Read More…]

Jerusalem Virtual Library

Via The Ancient World Online, I was reminded about the Jerusalem Virtual Library, which includes a wide array of historic photos, maps, illustrations, documents, and other materials related to Jerusalem. I hope you enjoy exploring it and find it to be a useful resource! [Read more…]

Observable Proof of Macro-Aging

In a discussion on Facebook, a young-earth creationist demanded “observable proof of macro-evolution.” I realized that the demand is rather akin to someone asking for observable proof of aging. Perhaps one can see “micro-aging” as it occurs in one’s cells. But what proof do you have that the younger person in the photo albums in [Read More…]

Bethlehem Fire

Last week I visited the Church of the Nativity with students. Then the pope visited. Now it seems that there has been a minor fire there, which started when a candle tipped over and ignited a curtain. I mention this for a number of reasons, one of which is that I have seen some photos [Read More…]

First Photos of Jerusalem

James Tabor drew attention to something on the Smithsonian website: a collection of photos of Jerusalem taken in 1844, and thus the earliest photographs of Jerusalem ever taken! Click through to see the others. [Read more…]

Post-Apocalyptic Churches

The science fiction site IO9 posted some photos altered by a Russian artist to depict post-apocalyptic scenes. Several of them are very striking. This one, however, particularly caught my attention: I suspect that churches that remained standing after an apocalypse would take on new or renewed significance – not necessarily in a manner that was [Read More…]

Blogging Israel with an iPad

Although getting access to the Internet while in Israel was not always straightforward, that was largely a result of my decision to not go overboard with the 3G option. While I had it, it seemed to work fine, and the key will presumably be to get a larger data refill right away and then be [Read More…]

Testing 4, 5, 6

Gearing up for the trip to Israel and blogging while there, I want to test the performance of the iPad WordPress app, which allows you to take a photo while blogging and insert it directly into the post. And so here is a shot from the Butler University campus… The only issue is that you [Read More…]