No, it’s not the end.

No, it’s not the end.

To my friends around the world: Yes, America appears to have gone off the deep end wearing lead boots. No, we are not going to drown, despite the rising waters of bigotry and greed. Yes, evidence continues to mount that we have made a terrible mistake. Somehow, this...
Where everything old is new again . . .

Where everything old is new again . . .

Yikes. That’s what I said to myself when I realized I hadn’t posted a blog in more than a month: that’s what finishing up a semester and the big rush of completing a book can do for you — along with being determined to take a few days off...
Does history matter?

Does history matter?

One of the more interesting books I picked up at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting is a new one by Richard Elliott Friedman, a professor of Jewish studies and Hebrew Bible at the University of Georgia. Friedman does the best job of anyone I know in explaining...
A real horse town

A real horse town

Sunday at the annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting as a day of learning on many counts. If you’re curious about things biblical and archaeological, keep reading … Rather than reviewing all of the (sometimes) fascinating sessions I attended and...
From arcane grammar to wilderness wanderings …

From arcane grammar to wilderness wanderings …

The annual Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) meeting offers an opportunity to hear from a broad variety of scholars addressing hundreds of topics serving an overflowing smorgasbord of interests. Sessions relate to every conceivable part of the Bible, along with...
What you don’t know …

What you don’t know …

An old saying claims “What you don’t know can’t hurt you,” which is manifestly false, as anyone who’s stepped in a hole they didn’t know was there can attest. What you don’t know can also slow you down and generally wreck your...

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