Yearly Archives: 2012

139 posts

More on the new online Dead Sea Scrolls project

The IAA and Google partnership that has resulted in the the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library received a lot of press (and blog attention) when first released a few weeks ago. Now, on the IOQS Facebook page Shani Tzoref ask for this additional help from us on the project as it enters phase two. Shani Tzoref On the IAA digital library again… the IAA is about to start working on Phase 2 of […]

Repentance, what is it good for?

Sunday before last was the Second Sunday of Advent. Our readings were  Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, and Luke 3:1-6. The Gospel reads in part The word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.  3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Our preacher, who is usually very solid if not dynamic, included a few odd assertions. And by odd I […]

Theology and the Bible

Theology and the Bible should never be separated. (Unless it is systematic theology. After all, the Bible isn’t very systematic.) I “overheard” this on a listserv today. A priest proudly describing her sermon: It was pure theology, no specific biblical references. That is wrong on so many levels. I think even Jim would agree.  

6 True Facts about A Charlie Brown Christmas | SMOSH

It is Christmas time (well, technically Advent) and most of us will at least listen to the music from, if not watch, A Charlie Brown Christmas. has a great little piece with six little known facts about first release. (I know all but the Coke fact.) What is also clear and what we can all be thankful for is Charles Schultz’s determination to produce the show that he wanted. Executives Were Freaked out by Linus’s Speech […]

Making a Positive and Lasting Difference

Written for our Presidential Leadership Academy blog. Life should be about making a positive difference in the world around you. That is the vision of our college: To educate men and women who will have an important and ethical influence in the world, affecting academic, professional, civic, social, and business outcomes. It is important that we specify “positive” and “ethical” when we talk about someone’s impact on the world. In fact, when I first arrived […]

MAR-SBL Paper Proposal Reminder

Just a reminder to everyone that the deadline for MAR-SBL paper proposals is December 5th. I have a great paper title and I am working on the actual conclusion. (Almost kidding.) I will share more in the near future, but I am turning my attention to Esther. What can I say, I have a thing for biblical women. CALL FOR PAPERS 2013 SBL Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting March 13-15, 2013 Sheraton Baltimore City Hotel   Proposal Due Date: […]

SBL – I knew you well

I feel as though I have severed a deep and passionate and complicated relationship. I feel a bit hollow inside. I am supposed to be doing something, but what? Oh yeah, I am not going to SBL this year. For the first time in 17 years I will not be attending the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. I am not making any statement in not attending this year’s SBL, not political stand or […]