Historical References in Mandaean Sources

Charles Häberl has written a blog post (and a follow-up, and then another which brings an eclipse into the picture) about the historical references in a section of the Ginza Rba which ought to be considered a Mandaean Chronicle. There is also a lecture he gave, “From Jerusalem to the Karûn: What Can Mandaean Geographies Tell [Read More…]

Prophetic Blizzard

I had students reading some of the Hebrew prophets recently. I pointed out to them that they never threaten people with punishment in an afterlife. Instead it is always judgment within history. Plagues, famines, pestilence, earthquakes, war, and so on. Do you know what else the Israelite prophets never threaten their nations with? Blizzards. Freak snowstorms. That is worth [Read More…]

Hieroglyphic Spelling Bee?

This is today’s Bizarro comic: As a Biblical studies professor, the question I find myself asking is why an ancient Egyptian would be using a much later Hebrew “spelling” of “plague”…   [Read more…]

Doctor Who: The Visitation

As I continue my Doctor Who re-watch, I suspect that I am going to end up with two streams of it – not inappropriate for a time-travel series in which the Doctor’s various regenerations intersect, I dare say! As I continue working through from the beginning, because there are so many lost episodes, I will [Read More…]