Time’s a wastin’!

Time’s a wastin’!

The first newspaper comic strip I remember reading was “Barney Google and Snuffy Smith,” a mostly lame characterization of a hillbilly family from a place called “Hootin’ Holler.” One of the oldest strips around, it started in 1919 and...
Maybe, maybe not

Maybe, maybe not

Christianity Today recently released a list of “Top Ten” archaeological discoveries in 2018, and several important things were announced during the year, though some of them had been found earlier. On the first day of 2018, for example, Israeli...

A good life lived

She had been giving Phyllis, the weekend daytime caregiver, step-by-step instructions on how to prepare chicken and dressing in the crock pot. “People will eat that,” she said. “It’s going to be good.” She worried about having enough eggs for cooking when the family...
Don’t. Just don’t …

Don’t. Just don’t …

Israel, like America, has its fair share of ideological activists determined to have their way even if it endangers the country — and possibly the world. For years, a group of Ultra-Orthodox Jews — supported by American fundamentalist Christians anxious...
Not just plain vanilla

Not just plain vanilla

A paper presented at the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) meeting last week put me in the mood for pound cake. Really. I didn’t get to hear the lecture, because my teaching schedule renders it impractical to attend both ASOR and the Society of...
Oh, come now!

Oh, come now!

I’ve generally tried to stay away from politics lately not wanting to repeat the obvious flaws of our current administration that so many others do an effective job of point out. But here’s something that has an Old Testament/Ancient Near Eastern...

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