June 8, 2011

Sometimes it is a help to a writer like myself, or at least a relief, to discover that other writers also learned on the job, honed their craft over time, and became better novelists as time went on.  Crown in Darkness is an early Hugh Corbett mystery set in Scotland involving solving a mysterious regicide and it shows some of the talismans of an early novel.    Here is the description on Amazon—- 1286 and on a storm-ridden night King… Read more

June 7, 2011

Down the road and indeed across the road that heads to the Iranian border is a little site about 30 or so miles from the actual Mt. Ararat.  The sign you see to the right attests to the Turkish name of the site. Now this site became somewhat famous in the 1980s due to the claim of one American named Wyatt that the imprint of the bottom of the ark had been found at this locale.  And so much work… Read more

June 6, 2011

Mt. Ararat is one big beautiful mountain, still snow covered at the end of May.   The Bible in fact does not tell us Noah landed precisely here.   What Gen. 8.4 in fact says is he came to rest on the mountains (plural) of Ararat, or as a better rendering would be, on the mountains of the Urartu range, which frankly range quite a ways to the south of Mt. Ararat.  Modern Ararat itself is twin peaked, and is not part… Read more

June 5, 2011

O.K. so I am minding my business coming home from Turkey during which time I visited many places including Mt. Ararat and the Gobeckli Tepe Temple.   And I open the International Herald Tribune and there is a picture of a life-sized ark— already built and floating in Dordrecht in the Netherlands.   Who knew?   I thought Noah landed in the Urartu mountain ranges somewhere, but apparently not.   Or perhaps he went into the cruise lines venture after the flood, as this… Read more

June 4, 2011

LAYING IT ON THE LINE: THE ROLE OF LAITY IN MINISTRY THEN AND NOW  (A Lecture Given in Houston) Ben Witherington, III I have been reading an important recent volume by Ramsay MacMullen, the doyen of social historians, now retired from Yale—The Second Church. A.D. 200-400 (SBL 2009).  In this volume, MacMullen chronicles in detail, region by region throughout the Mediterranean world how the church, its leadership structures, and its buildings developed over that period of time, with the great… Read more

June 3, 2011

I have to admit,  I have not been the world’s biggest fan of  the X Men, either the previous movies or the comic book originals.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved Marvel comics as a kid growing up, but I mostly focused on Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, Captain America (who shows up in theaters next month) and the like.  There were lots of different comic lines in the Marvel arsenal, and X Men, as far as I was concerned was… Read more

June 3, 2011

During my 11 and a half hour flight from Istanbul to Chicago after a two hour flight from Izmir to Istanbul and followed by an hour and a half flight from Chicago to Lexington I watched two pretty good movies I missed first go around.  This was indeed a long days journey into night (ever had a 32 hour day?).  The first of these films I watched was  127 Hours, James Franco’s star turn portraying the true story of  a… Read more

June 2, 2011

The following is another post from a good colleague and friend, Larry Hurtado. ————– George W. Houston, “Papyrological Evidence for Book Collections and Libraries in the Roman Empire,” in Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome, ed. William A. Johnson and Holt N. Parker (Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), 233-67. One matter Houston addresses is how long manuscripts appear to have been in use.   On the basis of manuscripts from Oxyrhynchus and from Herculaneum in particular,… Read more

June 1, 2011

As most of you know, I enjoy good mysteries, especially those well grounded in historical realities of the given period.  ‘The Prince of Darkness’ is such a mystery written by the prolific novelist and headmaster of a Catholic school in England,  P.C. Doherty.   I have enjoyed getting to know the redoubtable Paul and his novels, of which there are many.  He and I share various things in common, not the least of which is a fondness for Durham (no not… Read more

May 31, 2011

Here is something to whet your appetite for my reports when I return from Gobecklitepe and from Mt. Ararat.   BW3: Read more

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