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October 31 2016, 9PM

Unapologetic offers the Philosophy of Religion the swift, ugly end it has long deserved. This single book will cause the death of a discipline.-- Dr. Peter Boghossian, philosophy professor at Portland State University, and author of A Manual for Creating ...

August 30, 2AM

This is the sixth installment of my grandfather's prophecy book. I present his words exactly as they were in 1960. They are very interesting from a historical perspective.____________________IV. How Far Has God Progressed With This Program?When the Lord b... [Harry Shepherd] [modern prophecy]
You can read the continuing conversation with Ben Witherington arising from my forthcoming book, Destroyer of the gods here, here, and here. [Uncategorized]


Envy is not a word I would use to describe how I feel about those trying to piece together the earliest stages of humanity. Evolution, naturally, is a given. Once beyond that, however, the landscape gets dicey. Clive Finlayson is an author I don’t en... [Animals] [Books] [evolution] [Posts] [science] [Social Consciousness] [Bro-Magnon] [Clive Finlayson] [Homo sapiens] [Neanderthal] [The Improbable Primate: How Water Shaped Human Evolution]

August 29, 10PM

BEN: Talk to us about the quote of Tertullian from the end of the chapter. Is this really the beginnings of ‘religious identity should be a matter of personal choice’? Is it also, as Judge suggests, the beginning of the notion of the secular as distin... [Uncategorized]
Ένα ενδιαφέρον εύρημα στην κοιλάδα Jezreel ίσως δηλώνει το πέρασμα των εποχών και συνδέεται με σχετικές τελετουργίες σύμφωνα με δημοσίευμα το... [Ισραήλ] [αρχαιολογία]
In my previous post I discussed the Masoretes’ contribution to the transmission and preservation of the biblical text. That post was part of my attempt to explain Rabbi Mark Sameth’s statement about Eve and Rebekah. In his effort to explain … Co... [Hebrew Bible] [Masora] [Masoretes] [old testament] [Translating] [Translation Problems] [Rabbi Mark Sameth]
John Nugent, in his book Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church, comes now to a decisive point in  his proposal: how does the church related to God’s vision of the “better place”? Recall that Nugent sketches thre... [Uncategorized]


Études théologiques et religieuses 91:3 (2016)Katell Berthelot, "L’Empire romain, un défi politico-religieux pour le judaïsme antique," 339-349 (abstract)Yvan Bourquin, "Encadrement et circularité dans les Évangiles : variations sur le renvoi du l... [ETR] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [αφηγηματολογία] [ερμηνευτική] [ευαγγέλια] [ρωμαϊκή αυτοκρατορία]
Themelios 41:2 (2016)Gary E. Yates, "The Problem of Repentance and Relapse as a Unifying Theme in the Book of the Twelve," 248-262W. Edward Glenny, "The Septuagint and Biblical Theology," 263-278Douglas J. Moo, "John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift and the ... [Themelios] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [Παύλος] [μετάφραση Ο΄] [προφήτες]


South Carolina.  Under arrest.  For stealing his favorite candy whilst naked.  This would necer have happened if he hadn’t started rooming at SBL with Doug Campbell….Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Bob Santos.  The Touchpoint: Connecting with God Through the Bible.  Indiana, PA: Search for Me Ministries, Inc., 2016.  See here to purchase the book.I read and reviewed Bob Santos’ The Divine Progression of Grace over a year ago and fou... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion]


Taken as a whole, we Christians are just like the natural human body, which, so long as it is on earth, is never entirely pure, neither internally nor externally. Inwardly it is impure, for there it is full of mucus, snot, ulcers, pus, excrement, filth, a... [Luther]
Have you ever visited the Grand Canyon? Have you ever wondered how it was formed? As you may know, there are two competing and contradictory explanations for how the Grand Canyon was formed. Most Young Earth Creationists (Creationists who believe the e... [Redeeming Books] [z] [Books I'm Reading] [flood] [Genesis 6-8]


And his sycophants were beginning to worry that he had experienced writer’s block.  Not to worry, dear sycos.  He’s got another bucketful on its way to your dinner bowl… It’s due to be released on James Crossley’s birthday... [Something Else I Won't be Reading]


Daniel 1 by Bob MacDonald via Dust (#78857)
Finally I chose from the bottom of my list instead of the top. I was surprised that this chapter had as much done as it did, about 20% or so. It has a feel like the historical books, but the common words with Kings and Chronicles are 1 and 2 at a time rat... [Daniel]
Introduction #contextchangeseverything – yes, it does. But how? With the vast array of Bible study materials that are available in the English language comes a problem. How does one choose what materials are worth my time, shelf space (or HD space!)... [bible backgrounds] [Bible books] [Bible Commentary] [Bible Passages] [Bible Study Tools] [Christianity] [religion] [Hebrews] [NIV] [NLT] [NRSV]


Isaac Oliver de Oliveira has pointed out a review of Michael Satlow's How the Bible Became Holy, for the Enoch Seminar. Gregory Paulson's review of Satlow is fairly critical of his treatment of the Christian literature, which follows on Ron Hend... [authority] [Bibliology] [Reviews]
Dunn, James D. G. The Acts of the Apostles. Foreword by Scot McKnight. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2016. 421 pp. Pb; $32.   Link to Eerdmans   Seriously? This is not a new commentary from Dunn, but a reprint of the 1996 Epworth commentary. Unfortuna... [Book Reviews] [Acts] [Book of Acts] [book review] [James Dunn]

12 PM

The University of Helsinki is calling for applications for doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, and university researchers. Having spent the past two years with the Centre of Excellence, "Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions," I can personally v... [Helsinki] [jobs]
Estátua do Imperador DioclecianoNo início do século IV, os cristãos tiveram de enfrentar a famosa perseguição de Diocleciano; tal perseguição foi muito provavelmente a mais violenta da história do cristianismo. Ela foi particularmente dura e...


Live Like You Give a Damn! declares the very good news that God is raising up a new generation, largely outside the church, to bring impressive change to the lives of our neighbors locally and globally by creating innovative forms of social enterprise and... [Books] [Tom Sine] [Wipf and Stock Publishers]
Because when you’re absent, you miss more than you gain.  Like Thomas.  The Gospel of John relates this exchange on the day Jesus rose from the dead after he appeared to the 10 (Judas was dead and Thomas was absent): Now Thomas, one of the twelve,... [Modern Culture]


The seminar at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo, mentioned in an earlier posting, found place today. As it was in honor of the New Testament professor Reidar Hvalvik, it was good to see both former and present colleagues and not a few students being ... [Bible] [conference] [New Testament] [Persons]
Je suis l’invité de l’émission “Face à face” sur la chaîne CNA. La “Chaîne Nord-Africaine” (CNA) est une chaîne satellitaire chrétienne à destination des pays du Maghreb. J’ai répondu aux questions de Mustapha Krim, pasteur en Algé... [TV] [archéologie] [Bible] [CNA] [épigraphie] [histoire] [religion]
I am interviewed in “Face à face” on CNA Channel. CNA (“Chaîne Nord-Africaine”) is a Christian satellite channel in the Maghreb countries. Mustapha Krim, pastor in Algeria, interviewed me on “The Bible in Light of Archaeology”. You can wat... [TV] [Archaeology] [Bible] [CNA] [epigraphy] [history] [religion]


I’m grateful to PZ Myers for sharing a link to the LEGO Grad Student. The image above is just a sample. Here is one more: Click through for more! [Academia] [grad student] [grad students] [lego]
Or more precisely, the parson who babbles on about his views instead of preaching Scripture. BATTLE CREEK, MI—Boldly taking up Scripture’s charge to preach the truth, shepherd his flock, and contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the... [Modern Culture]


  The Data Team at Automattic is pleased to announce a new blog for everyone who loves data! Data for Breakfast will feature posts about our data stack, trends in usage, and whatever currently tickles our data fancy. We’re data sc... [Automattic] [Stats] [] [blog] [Data] []
  The Data Team at Automattic is pleased to announce a new blog for everyone who loves data! Data for Breakfast will feature posts about our data stack, trends in usage, and whatever currently tickles our data fancy. We’re data sc... [Automattic] [Stats] [] [blog] [Data] []
Journal of Semitic Studies Table of Contents Alert Vol. 61, No. 2 Autumn 2016 Articles -------------------------------------------------------...
Matthew Harmon gives us four reasons here. [Jeremiah] [old testament]
From time to time I hope to share with you some photos without much narrative. The photo today is scanned from a slide I made early one morning when I left my group at Antalya (biblical Attalia, Acts 14:25) and drove east along the Pamphylian and Lycian c... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle Paul]


What is it that we are are hoping students gain from our classes? What do we want them to experience? What excites us about what they'll bring to the table? What scares us about it? What are we too quick or too afraid to name in our courses of study? R... [Personal] [teaching] [#acrel] [Academia] [classroom] [College] [Critical Theory] [education] [higher ed] [higher education] [pedagogy] [religion] [Richard Newton] [Theory]


The Southwest Commission on Religious Studies (SWCRS), i.e., the regional SBL/AAR/etc. gathering, has posted its Call for Papers for the 2017 meeting a while back, but it’s always worth noting since the deadline is coming up. The deadline for paper... [Academia] [Conferences] [NABPR] [SBL] [SWCRS]
The Faculty of Theology ( at the University of Helsinki is a non-denominational academic community. The Faculty educates experts in religious traditions, worldviews and values. Our mission is to offer best scholarl... [Modern Culture]


I have been interviewed by Le Monde de la Bible magazine on the seal of King Hezekiah, following the discovery of a new bulla a few months ago. I had written an article about this discovery, so I naturally answered Estelle Villeneuve’s questions when s... [Press] [Archaeology] [Bible] [Egypt] [epigraphy] [Hezekiah] [history] [Judaism] [kings] [Le Monde de la Bible] [Mesopotamia] [religion] [Tanakh]
Je suis interviewé par le magazine Le Monde de la Bible à propos du sceau du roi Ézéchias, dont une nouvelle bulle a été annoncée il y a quelques mois. J’avais d’ailleurs écrit un article à ce sujet, et c’est donc tout naturellement que je ... [Presse] [archéologie] [Bible] [Égypte] [épigraphie] [Ézéchias] [histoire] [judaïsme] [Rois] [Le Monde de la Bible] [Mésopotamie] [religion] [Tanakh]
Ezra has his final vision three days later while sitting under an oak (14:1-18).  The Lord calls to him and tells him to store up all of the visions he has received because the ages are growing old and the time of the end is drawing near.  History has b... [apocalyptic] [pseudepigrapha] [Sibylline Oracle] [4 Ezra] [Fourth Ezra] [Old Testament Pseudepigrapha]
NUMISMATICS: Silver denarius was centerpiece of Rome’s currency for centuries. Most famous ancient coin is silver ‘Eid Mar’ denarius (Jeff Starck, Coin World).Just as the Greeks had a signature silver coin, the Roman denarius (plural: denarii) was t...
Le magazine régional réformé “Réveil” (Centre-Alpes-Rhône) m’a interviewé pour en savoir davantage sur mes projets scientifiques en cours. J’ai répondu aux questions de Jacques Moraël, dont je vous propose de lire l’article ci-dessous :... [Presse] [archéologie] [épigraphie] [hébreu] [histoire] [judaïsme] [religion] [Réveil]
Regional Reformed magazine “Réveil” (Centre-Alpes-Rhône) interviewed me on my current scientific projects. I answered Jacques Moraël’s questions and invite you to read his article below: “Comprendre l’Israël ancien”, Réveil 483, avril 2... [Press] [Archaeology] [epigraphy] [Hebrew] [history] [Judaism] [religion] [Réveil]


Je suis l’un des orateurs du camp Psalmodia qui se tient à Gagnières du 5 au 14 août 2016. L’association Psalmodia, domiciliée à la paroisse luthérienne d’Illkirch-Graffenstaden (à côté de Strasbourg), organise chaque été un stage artisti... [Conférences] [1 Corinthiens] [arts] [Bible] [exégèse] [Nouveau Testament] [Paul] [Philippiens] [Romains] [théologie]
I am one of the speakers of the Psalmodia Summer Course in Gagnières on August 5-14, 2016. Psalmodia is located in the Lutheran parish of Illkirch-Graffenstaden near Strasbourg. Every year, Psalmodia organizes an artistic summer course, and I have been ... [Conferences] [1 Corinthians] [arts] [Bible] [exegesis] [New Testament] [Paul] [Philippians] [Romans] [theology]