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Review of Raw Revelation by Mark Roncace

To paraphrase John Cleese, "and now for something completely overdue." A couple years ago I was sent a copy of Mark Roncace's book, Raw Revelation: The Bible They Never Tell You About for review on this blog, with the understanding that it might take a little while...

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...

Hobby Lobby Ruling No Surprise, Highlights Real Solutions

The US Supreme Court's decision on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby announced on Monday produced predictable joy and angst from those on the political poles, but I must confess to some surprise at how many seem either surprised at the result or find the decision somehow...

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...

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...

Down into the master bedroom. Note the burnt tresses.
Update on our House Fire

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...

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Guest Lecture on Pauline Ethics (Audio)

I recently (as in the spring of 2012; wow, this post has been in draft for awhile!) gave a guest lecture in Bart Ehrman's Introduction to New Testament and Early Christian Literature class. Bart periodically has his senior students give a lecture or two for experience...