Unity and Diversity – Categorizing Decentralized Common Identity

As I’ve worked through my dissertation, which frequently deals with fuzzy second-level categories, I keep coming across a common problem: So much scholarship seems to have an exceedingly difficult time handling the concept of decentralized but common identity. We have categories for (essentialist) top-down hierarchies and their opposite, seemingly infinite diversity (e.g., the propensity to pluralize everything: […]


Big Names in Biblical Studies: On Precise Ngrams and Search Engine Syntax


A couple weeks ago, Robert Myles responded to a few recent discussions about the next big thing in biblical studies with an Ngram looking at the relative popularity of recent scholars associated with Historical Jesus research: Check out this very insightful N-Gram on the relative popularity of a number of historical Jesus scholars over the past […]


Article on Galatians 3:19a Accepted to ZNW

I’m pleased to pass along the news that my article, “Altered Because of Transgressions? The ‘Law of Deeds’ in Gal 3:19a,” has been accepted for publication in the first 2015 edition of Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft. Following is the article abstract: Although the textual variants of Gal 3,19a have typically been dismissed as the result of […]


Biblical Illiteracy Rears Its Head in Phil Robertson Flap

As a teacher of religious studies, one thing that has stuck out to me during the recent Phil Robertson (the patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” clan) controversy is the seeming ignorance regarding the source of several of the quotes attributed to Robertson. This article, for example, purports to compare “some of Pope Francis’ remarks about […]


Update on our House Fire

Down into the master bedroom. Note the burnt tresses.

This summer was pretty difficult, as we had a minor dishwasher flood that required us to replace our lower-level flooring and led to the discovery of a mold problem in the downstairs half bathroom, requiring new drywall and a new vanity. In the midst of all that, I had two surgeries (ankle reconstruction and abdominal […]