Monthly Archives: August 2006

Biblical Studies Carnival IX Call for Submissions

Just a quick reminder that Biblical Studies Carnival IX will be hosted by Stephen Carlson over at Hypotyposeis during the first week of September 2006. His call for submissions may be found here. As you are reading posts around the … Continue reading

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Acronyms and Spam Plugin Update

Since Kevin Wilson showed his, I thought I would show mine — of course I’m talking about my list of acronyms for the Acronym Replacer plugin for WordPress. My list is also incomplete, but feel free to copy and paste … Continue reading

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Need ONE Shirt?

Bono is one of a number of celebrities who are getting behind a new “ONE” t-shirt. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts will benefit the battle against AIDS, extreme poverty, and bring fair trade to the country of Lesotho … Continue reading

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The Hebrew Bible and Humour

If you are of the opinion that the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament is only a serious book about a serious God, then you need to read Simon Holloway‘s post, “The Hilarious Hebrew Bible” over at Divrei ben Abuya. The post looks … Continue reading

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A Biography of Satan

Cambridge University Press released today a new book about Satan by a UCLA medievalist: Henry Ansgar Kelly, Satan: A Biography (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Buy from | Buy from Here is the book description from the publisher: Christians … Continue reading

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U2 by U2

Since I am on this U2 kick, I figured I would highlight a forthcoming book release. It will be released on September 26, 2006. U2 and Neil McCormick, U2 by U2 (HarperEntertainment, 2006). Pre-order from | Here is … Continue reading

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Irish Bog Psalter Follow-Up

I can’t recall if anyone followed up on the medieval book of Psalms discovered in Ireland last month (Jim Davila surely did!), but the specific location of where it was found has been revealed (somewhat old news I realize). According … Continue reading

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Jonah and the “Big Fish”

I found this dialogue on Bits & Pieces: A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large … Continue reading

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Addendum to U2 Spiritually Significant Songs: The First Time

I was chatting with a Ken Ristau today and he wondered why “The First Time” (Lyrics; from Zooropa 1993; Buy from | wasn’t on my list of spiritually significant U2 songs. I was dumbfounded since we were talking … Continue reading

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Khirbet Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

The New York Times has an article (based on a BAR article) that challenges the connection between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qumran settlement entitled, “Archaeologists Challenge Link Between Dead Sea Scrolls and Ancient Sect.” Chris Weimer has also … Continue reading

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