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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 ...

July 25, 9PM

In this indispensable volume, Christianity in the Light of Science, John Loftus and his colleagues demonstrate all the different ways in which science undermines and threatens religious belief. The only way you can rescue God from this book is if you forc...

July 24, 10PM

The new museum in Urfa is mind-blowing. It is big, it is beautiful and it is full of things from Gobeckli Tepe….. There are helpful re-creations in this museum of the Gobeckli site, for example….. This drawing helps us picture the building of ... [Uncategorized]
The consequences of the fall of Jerusalem and the deportation of the population of Judah to Babylon were devastating. The number of people killed by the Babylonians probably were in the thousands; many of the buildings in Jerusalem and several … Con... [Babylon] [Deutero-Isaiah] [Exile] [Ezekiel] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament]


Instead of blinking at them or winking at them or just blowing them off.  Read this report of the Munich killer, which includes the following: On the day of the [Munich] attack, according to the newspaper Bild, Sonboly told associates via a computer game... [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Στις 24 Αυγούστου του 79 μ.Χ. η πόλη της Πομπηίας μαζί με εκείνη του Herculaneum καταστράφηκαν όταν ο Βεζούβιος εξερράγη και σκέπασε την γύρω περιοχ... [Πομπηία] [Ρώμη]


Evil murderers. A man was arrested on DUI and other charges after he hit several cars and a scooter and kept going with the scooter’s rider on the car hood, police said.  According to New Port Richey Police, this happened right after midnight Saturday.... [Total Depravity]

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Let’s all remember… no one has ever sent an email they wanted kept private…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


“We shall never lack those who persecute Christ in us, even though they proudly attack us in the name of Christ.  Is this not the fire that proves the character of each man’s work, whether he goes into battle for the honour of this world or of Christ... [Church History] [Zwingli]
From our Saxon friends on FB- July 24, 1518-  Philipp Melanchthon receives a letter from Frederick the Wise, Elector of Saxony, appointing him professor of the Greek language at Wittenberg University, founded in 1502. It was a momentous calling. Fi... [Church History] [Melanchthon]
In celebration of Pope Francis’s declaration to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences last onth that evolution is true, this tribute to Darwin. The New Oxonian What does it mean to “believe” in Darwin’s theory of evolution? What would the sage... [Uncategorized]


Today let's look at early church leadership structures. This is the second post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series, now moved to Sundays. In this seminary series, first I did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minis... [church management] [seminary in a nutshell]
Meet Lady Sattjeni, daughter of Governor Sarenput the younger.I'd love to be able to tell you what she looked like ... but, really, I can't. Her funerary mask (left) was too badly damaged. Anyway, the mask was never intended to be a true likeness. Portrai...


It was interesting to have an article come across my feed, providing guidance about whether one should quit one’s job and create video games instead, at the same time that I became aware that Leigh Grossman has a Kickstarter campaign for an RPG app:... [games] [history] [church] [Council of Nicaea] [course] [gaming] [role playing games] [RPG] [students] [university]


In the face of insufficient data, any judgment is weakly founded. Since the Qumran texts are the very epitome of incomplete data, caution is necessary.—Ronald Hendel in Steps to a New Edition of the Hebrew Bible, forthcoming from SBL Press <idle ... [Books] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Idle Musings] [Textual Criticism]


“Forty-five shipwrecks, many dating back to ancient times, have been discovered off a Greek archipelago that is one of the Mediterranean's richest underwater archaeological sites.” A large and Roman mosaic has been discovered in Larnaca, Cyprus. A s... [Discoveries] [Egypt] [Exodus-Conquest] [greece] [Mesopotamia] [Museums] [Travels] [Turkey]
holylandphotos, aka Prof. Carl Rasmussen, left a helpful comment on our recent post, “A crown of thorns and a reed.” Great article! Some of your readers might be interested in the “crown of thorns” that I have posted on my web site. He lef... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Books] [israel] [Photography] [Travel]


As they travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’  Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.’ Ano... [Modern Culture]


Working in Midtown Manhattan, it’s rare for a week to go by without passing through a street that’s set up for a film or television shoot. New York isn’t the largest city in the world, nor does it have the tallest buildings, but it is a city instan... [Current Events] [feminism] [movies] [popular culture] [Posts] [Social Consciousness] [Ghostbusters] [ghosts] [New York City] [Social Consciousness]
John Morehead shared this exciting call for submissions: Call for Submissions for an anthology volume: Fantastic Fan Cultures and the Sacred They ways in which people pursue religion has changed in America and the West. Traditional, institutional religion... [Call for Papers] [fantasy] [science fiction] [Call for Papers] [CFP] [fandom] [fans] [John Morehead] [Sci-fi]


NEW BOOK FROM MOHR SIEBECK:ALAN MUGRIDGE Copying Early Christian Texts A Study of Scribal Practice [Die Vervielfältigung frühchristlicher Texte. Eine Untersuchung der Praxis des Abschreibens.] 2016. XX, 558 pages. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum...
BRYN MAYR CLASSICAL REVIEW:Krystyna Stebnicka, Identity of the Diaspora: Jews in Asia Minor in the Imperial Period. JJP Supplement, 26. Warszawa: Journal of Juristic Papyrology, 2015. Pp. xi, 380. ISBN 9788393842568. €60.00. Reviewed by Søren Lu...
AWOL: GOSHEN-GOTTSTEIN, The Bible in the Syropalestinian version. Cross-file under Aramaic Watch.

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Journal of Semitics 24:2 (2015)Kristopher Lyle, "Benefits of a principled analysis of Biblical Hebrew prepositions," 403-426 (abstract)Jock Matthew Agai, "Rethinking Yoruba culture in the light of Yoruba origins," 427-450 (abstract)Gudrun Lier, et al., "A... [Journal of Semitics] [Εγγύς Ανατολή] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη]
THERES AN APP FOR THAT: Ancient Jewish Texts Now Accessible in English Talmud App.[] Chicago, Illinois - Davka Corporation today is proud to announce the release of the Soncino Hebrew-English Talmud for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The Soncino T...
What is the origin of the rabbinic word for "inn" - פונדק pundak?Klein provides the following etymology:From Greek pandakion, from pandokos (= innkeeper, host; literally 'all-receiving'), which is compounded of pan (= every), which is of uncertain or...
READING ACTS, having concluded its series on the ancient Books of Enoch, has begun a new series on ancient Old Testament pseudepigrapha, this one dealing with the Sibylline Oracles. The first post is: Introduction to the Sibylline Literature. Past PaleoJ...
Miracles aren't "improbable"; they're either fraudulent or divine. Reports of miracles tend to be dubious, so doubting supernatural reports is entirely understandable. What I do not understand, however, is blaming that doubt on "probability". That's a cat...