Monthly Archives: October 2006

Biblical Studies Carnival XI Call for Submissions

Michael Pahl, fellow Albertan and blogger extraordinaire, has posted a call for submissions for the next Biblical Studies Carnival on his The Stuff of Earth blog. I encourage you to submit a post today! This can be one of your … Continue reading

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Microsoft Drops the Hebrew F-Bomb

It appears that Microsoft has committed a marketing faux pas with the name of their iPod competitor Zune — at least for Hebrew speakers. An ITWorld news article, “Microsoft Zune: Doesn’t sound sweet to everyone,” reports that the word “Zune” … Continue reading

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God in the Academy

Inside Higher Ed recently reported on the findings of a survey regarding the religiosity of college and university professors in the United States. The study was conducted by by two sociologists, Neil Gross of Harvard University and Solon Simmons of … Continue reading

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Kugel on Jacob

James Kugel’s new book, The Ladder of Jacob: Ancient Interpretations of the Biblical Story of Jacob and His Children (Princeton University Press, 2006; Buy from | Buy from is reviewed in today’s New York Sun. Here is an … Continue reading

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Turkey Archaeological Dig Linked to Garden of Eden

The First Post has an article on the archaeological dig at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey which links it to the garden of Eden story in the book Genesis. Interesting read. Tags: Archaeology, Genesis, Garden of Eden, Gobekli Tepe, Turkey

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James Barr Dead At 82

Dr. James Barr, an amazing biblical scholar, theologian, and linguist, died October 14 in Claremont, California. Students of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament will be familiar with his works (if not, they should be!). Here is an excerpt from the Vanderbilt … Continue reading

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The Bible, Little Green Men, and Flying Saucers

The ForteanTimes (a magazine devoted to the world of strange phenomenon) has an interesting article entitled, “Flying Saucers From Hell” by Dr David Clarke, lecturer at Sheffield University’s Centre for English Cultural Tradition. Here is an excerpt: On the one … Continue reading

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What is “Real” Beauty?

This video advertisement is remarkable. Tags: Popular Culture, Media, beauty

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The Costly Loss of Lament for the Church

I have been working on this post for a week. Actually, I haven’t really been working on it for a week; this post has been sitting as a draft in WordPress as I have been avoiding it in light of … Continue reading

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Prayer Request

I will on occasion share a prayer request via my blog, usually only with serious issues. It is with a heavy heart that I share this request. A good friend’s fiancée and her one-year old daughter were killed yesterday in … Continue reading

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