“The Lost History of Christianity” Reviewed

My colleague, parishioner, and prolific author Philip Jenkins has a new book out that has just been given a brief review by Publishers Weekly. The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Philip Jenkins. HarperOne, $26.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-147280-0 Revisionist history is always great fun, and never more so than when it is persuasively and cogently argued. Jenkins, the Penn State history professor whose […]

Images from the Solger MS of Tg Lamentations and Tg Ruth

I am pleased to be able to post on the Newsletter for Targumic and Cognate Studies images for TgLam and TgRuth from the Codex Solger MS 1-7.2° (Solger) manuscript. The images are made available with the permission of the Stadtbibliothek Nürnberg. They can be found under the “Targumim of the Megillot” section of the NTCS site. The images are also available at this site following the tabs above to my pages on TgLam and TgRuth. […]

The Unlikely Missionary recommended in the Anglican Digest

My wife’s novel The Unlikely Missionary has just been recommended by The Anglican Digest in their Transfiguration A.D. 2008 issue. The issue will be out soon, but in the meantime the review is here: A novel set in 1990, this is the story of Episcopalian Katherine Tierney who spends a year working in a mission outpost in Burkina Faso.   The story might be predictable but Brady’s descriptions of the setting, the culture, and their impact […]

“The 50 most influential figures in the Anglican Church” (and eyebrows)

That is the headline of the Telegraph article and it says it all. Check it out. With the Lambeth Conference, the Anglican Communion’s landmark summit, beginning next week, The Sunday Telegraph has compiled the Lambeth Power List, a countdown of the most influential figures in the worldwide Church. A panel of experts has voted for who they think are making the biggest impact, both in making the headlines, and working behind the scenes. This list […]

Chronicle of Higher Ed on Enns

The Chronicle of Higher Education has noted that Peter Enns will have his hearing at Westminster Theological Seminary next month. A tenured professor at Westminster Theological Seminary will face a hearing next month to determine if he will be dismissed for his teachings about the Bible, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported this morning. The professor, Peter Enns, teaches the Old Testament at the conservative Presbyterian seminary in Glenside, Pa. In 2005, Mr. Enns published a book, […]

The Sign of Jonah (and a stone tablet)

I have not been following the various stories very carefully about the so-called "messiah tablet" (but Jim West has a nice collection of links and his usual trenchant comments here ). Reading the Time article , however, I was struck by Israel Knohl’s quote regarding the origins of the three day resurrection model. But, as Knohl told TIME, maybe the Christians had a model to work from. The idea of a "dying and rising messiah […]

Plagiarism in the NYTimes

They haven’t plagiarized anyone (that I am aware of at this moment) rather "The Ethicist" is dealing with a case of possible plagiarism. It is an important and challenging issue in academia, but it is also a real-world problem as well. The Ethicist – Hidden Doings I am a student intern at a nonprofit theater. In researching a new play, an assigned task, I discovered that many passages were taken verbatim and without citation from […]

Photo: The Beach

We are spending the 4th weekend with our family in Rehoboth Beach DE. It has been a great time and very relaxing. Pictures are going up on Flickr so feel free to take a look. Most are just going to be snap shots (and photos of the kids are for friends and family, just let me know if you want to be included), but please stop by and critique the images and let me know […]