Monthly Archives: May 2007

Colbert on Modern University Education and An Inconvenient Truth

Last week Stephen Colbert responded to the news report of a college student refusing to watch Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim, 2006) because he “didn’t believe in it.” All educators will want to watch Stephen’s response. It’s hilarious! … Continue reading

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Once Again… What’s in a Name?

No sooner than I go out of town to a conference than an interesting debate begins in the blogosphere. It appears that the question of the appropriate label for what Christians traditionally have referred to as the “Old Testament” is … Continue reading

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Canadian Society of Biblical Studies 2007

I am heading off to the 2007 annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (CSBS) today. This year it is being held at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and runs for three days (May 27-29). A … Continue reading

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Dame Mary Douglas (1921-2007) and Purity in Leviticus

Upon hearing the sad news of the death of Dame Mary Douglas last week, I was thinking of writing up a short post on her significant contribution to the study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible — in particular her ground … Continue reading

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Top Ten Old Testament Scholars Since 1800

Charles Halton has written an interesting list of the “Top Ten Old Testament Scholars Since 1800” over at Awilum.  The only surprises on the list (IMHO) are the inclusion of Thompson and Van Seters at number nine.  While I am … Continue reading

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Seven Deadly Sins of Blogging

See John Lyons’s humorous post over at Reception of the Bible. I would probably add to his list, “Blogging without Jim West’s Imprimatur.” Tags: Blogs, Blogging, Biblioblogs, Humour

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Banning Books and Blogs – Jim West’s Imprimatur

Gee, you turn away from the computer for a second and a firestorm breaks out! Michael Bird started the “kerfuffle” (using Chris Heard‘s description of the controversy) when he listed as one of his “pet hates” when his students cite … Continue reading

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“The LXX says…” – Taking Septuagint Criticism Seriously

Shawn Flynn over at Palimpsest has some interesting thoughts on Septuagint criticism and its use in biblical studies, particularly in the study of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. One of the primary issues that he raises at the beginning of his … Continue reading

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MR HBRW WTHT VWLS (More Hebrew without Vowels)

John Davies, Principal of the Presbyterian Theological Centre in Sydney, Australia sent me this poetic response to Jessica Shaver’s poem: TH MTRS LCTNS T’s NT s bd s y mght thnk; “vwl-lttrsâ€? hlp y swm, NT snk! Jst whn y … Continue reading

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Seven Deadly Sins in Writing

On the topic of writing in biblical studies, Loren Rosson over at The Busybody has a thoughtful post on the “Seven Deadly Sins in Writing.” The deadly sins are taken from Constance Hale’s book, Sin and Syntax: How to Craft … Continue reading

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