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December 5 2017, 12 PM

Although nonviolent offenders get the most attention from reformers, they account for less than 20 percent of all prisoners.

April 4, 5AM

Very few professors become best-selling authors, but it happens.

April 3, 5AM

Charles R. Morris reviews "Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality" by James Kwak.
Kristin Gilger reviews "The Confessions of X" by Suzanne M. Wolfe.

March 24, 9PM

Candy Gunther Brown's The Healing Gods is an effort to explain how Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) “entered the American cultural mainstream,” and especially how it achieved “a niche among evangelical and other theological...


Most folk think that ‘Luther’ is a form of the family name ‘Luder’ and that Martin Luther simply took to spelling his name in the more modern format. Not so.  Rather, sometime after the 95 Theses made him well known he adopted the... [Luther]


Pope Francis said opportunity can come by restoring “the pillars” on which the union was first founded.


This is an interesting essay. Im Jahr ihres 500-jährigen Jubiläums ist die Reformation auch auf der Leipziger Buchmesse ein großes Thema. Neben zahlreichen neuen Titeln, die sich mit der Erneuerungsbewegung und Martin Luthers Leben und Wirken auf ganz ... [Church History]
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.Giuseppe de Carlo Il Bagliore delle luci antiche: Una lettura sapienziale della Bibbia ebraica http... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

12 PM

You are like mouse-dropping in the pepper. –  Martin LutherFiled under: Luther [Luther]
Sister Carol Keehan condemned the G.O.P.-sponsored health care plan, calling the measure “anti-life” and citing concerns over how the measure would affect pregnant women and young mothers.


Michael Nugent sent me this link, thanking me for helping him prepare for the debate. I couldn't really detect how my advice helped him, but then that's the way it's supposed to work, lest someone merely use my words. Nugent did well. In watching debates ...
Just a brief follow-up on the subject of whether fallen angels can be redeemed. One of the curious points to me in this matter has been how some refer to the idea of angelic salvation as a “doctrine.” That word conveys the impression (intentio... [Ancient Texts & Manuscripts] [angels] [baptism] [Biblical Theology & Doctrine] [Gnostic Texts, Gnosticism] [Uncategorized] [angels] [early church] [Gnosticism] [redemption] [salvation]
In 4 Maccabees the role of the law as nearly equivalent to reason. Although God created humans with emotions and passions, he also “enthroned the mind among the senses as a sacred governor over them” (2:21). The mind was given the Law, in order to “... [Second Temple Period] [Fourth Maccabees] [New Testament Background] [Second Temple Period Judaism]


Some of the tensions still troubling Liberian life have deep social and historical roots.
“This bill is catastrophic for Catholic social teaching and particularly for the people who we’re called to serve,” Sister Carol Keehan said.


I just received the cover for my new book. I’m very excited. Here it is: Design credits go to Taylor Myers. Please share this post with others! [Redeeming Books] [book cover] [Books I'm Writing] [Nothing But the Blood of Jesus]
When you don’t bother to have your work checked…Read more »


Local Catholic couple Jenny Barkley and David Rondo, who have been cohabiting for two years with no intention of marrying, announced to friends during lunch today that they would have to stick to fish options due to the Lenten fast. “I grew up super Cat... [mockery]
Jonathan Robinson is hosting the next Biblical Studies Carnival. Please let him know about posts you’ve written, or posts you’ve liked on this blog, that you think ought to be included! [Biblical Studies Carnival] [biblioblogging] [bibliobloggers] [Biblioblogs]
Over the past few months we’ve been working to dramatically improve users’ experience on iPad — and we’re proud to share those with you now, in our WordPress app for iOS, available in the iTunes Store. The apps were originally designed with o... [Admin Bar]
Over the past few months we’ve been working to dramatically improve users’ experience on iPad — and we’re proud to share those with you now, in our WordPress app for iOS, available in the iTunes Store. The apps were originally designed with o... [Admin Bar]
Over the past few months we’ve been working to dramatically improve users’ experience on iPad — and we’re proud to share those with you now, in our WordPress app for iOS, available in the iTunes Store. The apps were originally designed with o... [Admin Bar]


The day before I posted “Ben Carson v Frederick Douglass: when slaves are immigrants,” there were many already making much of some many more siding with Dr. Carson and his repeated stubborn assessment of slaves chained in the dark and dank hol... [poetry] [June Jordan] [Phillis Wheatley]
Playing the religion card so openly is unusual in France, where the official separation of church and state is normally taken so seriously that politicians rarely if ever mention in public whether they have a faith or not.
More than 35 years after Blessed Romero's death, documentation regarding an alleged miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Romero is being studied at the Vatican.
"I have no idea about anything that's going on in the world," she said, because she is busy helping her nine children acclimate to life in the U.S.
"I have no idea about anything that's going on in the world," she said, because she is busy helping her nine children acclimate to life in the U.S.
Bishop Cantu said the meeting was to let Tillerson know "that our only motive is to help build the common good, that we don't have ulterior motives."
ArticlesEmpowering Followers in the Politics of Spiritual Leadership: A Narrative Critical Study of 1 Samuel 1:1–28Mark S. AidooCircumcision of the Heart: Extrinsic and Intrinsic Religiosity in Romans 1–5 Marion L. S. CarsonSermonSermon Preached ...


Indeed, despite all the alleged stupidities of Christians, Celsus expressed a willingness to tolerate them, if only they would honor the gods and follow the polytheistic customs that everyone else, excepting, of course, Jews, affirmed. By their refusal to... [Books] [Destroyer of the gods] [gospel] [Idle Musings] [theology]


Thanks to Richard Goode for pointing this out- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is H... [hilary]


CSCO BLOG: Scripture and the Oracles of God (Matthew Sharp).... The first thing to acknowledge when bringing this comparison into the ancient world is that things are not nearly so clean-cut as the comparison suggests. Greek oracles, for instance, were ...
It is possible the book of 4 Maccabees represents the “fourth philosophy” mentioned by Josephus as a subgroup of Judaism in competition with the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes. It has been thought that this “fourth philosophy” referred to the Z... [Second Temple Period] [Fourth Maccabees] [New Testament Background] [Second Temple Period Judaism]
ANCIENT JEW REVIEW: Dissertation Spotlight | Nathalie LaCoste.Nathalie LaCoste, Waters of the Exodus: Jewish Experiences with Water in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt (University of Toronto, 2016). Jewish narratives are products of their physical environments....
SARAH VEALE: Ancient Curses. This is the first I have had a good look at this website, although I see that Sarah put it up back in 2014. It has interesting information about a range of curses in antiquity, including biblical curses. There's also a blog, a...
At the blessed crack of well-before-dawn on Sunday I'm heading south for what promises to be a truly extraordinary week. Each year, the chaplains at Williams College partner with the Center for Learning in Action on an interfaith service trip to Tuscal... [Tikkun olam] [Travel] [Williams]
For modern readers of the Bible, studying the ancient context of the text can be extremely difficult. There are so many unfamiliar details that get lost in translation. Cultural concepts that would have been woven into the fabric of these ancient societie... [Misc.]


HENDRICKSON PUBLISHERS BLOG: A Conversation about Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook.If you study Biblical Aramaic and haven’t yet gotten a chance to explore this new handbook, you’re in luck. We sat down with Amy Paulsen-Reed, one of the edito...
My Dad has an ancient phone, which only does calls and text messages. From time to time, we exchange text messages - often when I'm on holiday. Some of these seemed worth sharing…KeySimonDadPrague (Sept 2011)Arrived in Praha! Have I got everything?...
READING ACTS: What is Fourth Maccabees?4 Maccabees is included in several manuscripts of the LXX, including Vaticanus but was not included in the Vulgate. The book is therefore not a part of the Apocrypha although it is often included in introductions to...
It was striking to listen to Enya’s latest album and to hear this stream of alleluias… [music] [Alleluia] [Enya] [Hallelujah]
After weeks of intense competition, only two authors remain in this year’s Logos March Madness. You’ve made your voice heard, and now F.F. Bruce must face Douglas Moo in one final bout. You have until March 31 to cast your ballot and crown the Logos M... [Misc.]
Chapter 9 of John’s gospel belongs to a much longer passage that begins in chapter 7. This entire section takes place in and around the temple during the Feast of the Tabernacles, one of the three annual festivals which Jews from throughout the world we... [Reflections] [John]
Why are Dostoevsky’s novels so compulsively readable? What makes his characters seem so alive? Continue Reading »


I fear anyone named Ronald. Being named’s something a kid can’t help, I know, but associations run deep and irrational fears are the flavor of the day. When a friend sent me a link to the original Ronald McDonald clown concept, I had to look. Now, ... [Bible] [Current Events] [Memoirs] [popular culture] [Posts] [Social Consciousness] [clowns] [Clowns for Christ] [Godspell] [Jesus Christ Superstar] [McDonalds] [Ronald McDonald] [tertullian]
Expository Times 128:8 (2017)Mark S. Aidoo, "Empowering Followers in the Politics of Spiritual Leadership: A Narrative Critical Study of 1 Samuel 1:1–28," 365-375 (abstract)Marion L. S. Carson, "Circumcision of the Heart: Extrinsic and Intrinsic Religio... [Expository Times] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [προς Ρωμαίους]
Currents in Biblical Research 15:2 (2017)Andrew M. Mbuvi, "African Biblical Studies: An Introduction to an Emerging Discipline,"  149-178 (abstract)Kelly J. Murphy, "Judges in Recent Research," 179-213 (abstract)Nicholas G. Piotrowski, "The Concept o... [Currents in Biblical Research] [Ιουδαϊσμός] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [ιστορία έρευνας] [κατά Ιωάννην]
More on Herman Hoskier courtesy of an email from Maurice Robinson. The mustache is quite impressive I must say. Here’s Maurice:I don’t think I can attach photos or the like in reply segments, but you perhaps might want to post these in the main sectio... [Hoskier]
By John Frye I was meditating through John 13-17 recently and a startling question popped into my head. Did Jesus in his humanity ever have an inkling of his pre-incarnate life? We know that at the age of 12 Jesus had some idea of his special mission: “... [Uncategorized]
Hemos dicho que los milagros de Jesús tienen un sentido de signo, es decir, un aspecto simbólico con el que Jesús nos quiere ir revelando su misión. Hoy nos fijaremos en algunos de los milagros con los que Jesús nos revela su poder salvífico, es ... [Jesus de Nazaret] [Nuevo Testamento] [tras las huellas de Jesus]

March 23, 10PM

Never has the church been more obsessed with the meaning of “mission” and, at the same time, so babbled about accomplishing that mission. There is much hand-wringing and flag-waving and panel-discussing about mission but Michael Stroope, profe... [Christianity] [church] [missional]


I don’t know which answer is the correct one, but those are your options. Click here for a short-but-telling proof-positive indictment of De Longe’s “insider access to UFO truth” by Lorin Cutts (hat tip to Jack Brewer at the UFO Tr... [ExoPolitics & Disclosure] [UFO Religions] [UFOs] [UFOs and Hollywood] [disclosure] [secret machine] [Tom De Longe]
Summarizing the argument of Walter Scheidel's The Great Leveler , the Economist reports: “inequality within countries is almost always either high or rising, thanks to the ways that political and economic power buttress each other and both pass d...
Two hundred years ago this month, Jane Austen put aside her pen for the last time, dating an unfinished novel that has come to be known as Sanditon . Anthony Lane thinks the novel shows that, despite her physical decay, Austen had lost none of her powe...
At the American Interest , James S. Henry examines Trump's Russian connections. It's an unnerving read. Whatever his relationship with Putin, Trump “has certainly managed to accumulate direct and indirect connections with a far-flung private Russia...
“T here's a new ‘sacred' in town,” write Juan and Stacey Floyd-Thomas in The Altars Where We Worship . Continue Reading »
Patrick Deneen ( Democratic Faith , xiv) tells the story of the desacralization of the Cathedral of Saint Genevieve in 1791. The national assembly decided to “rededicate the basilica as a resting place for France’s revolutionary heroes. Above ...
Zygmunt Bauman thinks we are awash in nostalgia. We have created a Retrotopia . Continue Reading »
Hesiod's “Hymn to Hekate” seems to interrupt the Theogony to no good purpose. Hekate isn't a major goddess, and the hymn doesn't seem to be integrated into the rest of the poem. Continue Reading »
In his book, Disenchanted Night , Wolfgang Schivelbusch considers the difference between lighting by torches and lighting with candles. With the torch, “the site of combustion and the fuel are one and the same thing, while in the candle they are ...
In his Aesthetics of Architecture , Roger Scruton summarizes RG Collingwood's distinction between art and craft. It has a surface plausibility: “Initially it seems quite reasonable to distinguish the attitude of the craftsman - who aims at a certai...


Let's jump right in with both feet, just like I did today. The first session today was Contemporary Narrative Theory, two hours before any other session began. It started promptly at 8:20 am and I'd estimate 150 - 200 people were there. We heard two fifte...


My guessing algorithm could be so much better if I applied a few grammatical rules to prevent silly single word guesses, and it will improve when my calculated stem is corrected in the estimated 10% of stems still to be corrected. But here are the results... [reading project status]
This is the second post in the Classical Civilizations" unit of my World History series.This is part of my "General Education in a Nutshell" series. The series consists of ten subjects you might study in a general education or "liberal arts" cor... [Egypt] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [world history]