Daily Archives: February 15, 2006

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This is great news! I have access to most of this via Tulane’s library, but it is great news for all SBL members (this alone is worth the membership). Just in time to celebrate JBL’s 125th birthday, the SBL is pleased to offer all members free access to the full text of the Journal of Biblical Literature (1881-) within the JSTOR archive (recent issues will continue to be made available on the SBL website). Thus, […]

New Blog via iWeb

Markus McDowell’s blog has now come to our attention thanks to Mark Goodacre. Dr. McDowell covers Second Temple Judaism, Philo, and early Christianity. His book looks intriguing, at least judging by the title. Prayers of Jewish Women: Studies on Patterns of Prayer in the Second Temple Period. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006. I look forward to its appearing. It also happens to have been created via iWeb (and published on mac.com). […]

Large congregations rely on conservative values, strong pastors, study finds

I must admit that I regularly find myself “defending” megachurches, not that I argue for their correctness, but just that so many of my colleagues (and the media) seem to be misinformed about them. This study offers a corrective. I wonder how much coverage it will receive? Among the megachurch myths that the study “debunks,” Thumma said, are: — All megachurches are nondenominational. Reality: Most are affiliated with a denomination. — Megachurches water down theology. […]

Out of the Ashes – Pompeii & Katrina

My colleague Susann Lusnia’s course on Pompeii has made the Tulane news. Pompeii. Herculaneum. New Orleans. Natural disasters that destroy part or all of a city are nothing new, says classical studies assistant professor Susann Lusnia. The spring course she teaches at Tulane about Pompeii, before and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, has allowed students to discuss parallels between New Orleans, Pompeii and Herculaneum, a second city devastated by the eruption.