Sadly missed this beautiful visual reconstruction site throughout our Sunday School study of Ezekiel and Daniel, but the images will help Biblical and ancient history students better visualize one of the great ancient cities. Really great stuff.
See it here
The new History Channel show, the first episode of which I watched last night, is available for internet viewing here.
I repeat, the show is just a fast review of controversial aspects of the Bible that have been pondered by believers and scholars and skeptics for a very long time. It is a good way to become acquainted with biblical scholarship and see some current scholars of note in the flesh, as it were. It raises questions without really giving full answers, as television usually does, by nature.
HT: Bob Cargill
History Channel’s Bible Secrets Revealed is aiming for controversy, but truthfully most of what it should talk about is long familiar to those acquainted with bible scholarship. My goal is just to see people talking about the Bible in this post-Christian era. Also it’s a chance to see several folk I know from social media.
Been a while since I posted a link. So, in honor of Halloween season, here’s one. Dorothy “I blog for dog toys” King gives an intro to excavated “vampires” here.
Courtesy of Logos5’s new Timeline feature, significant events around this quarter’s curriculum in Lifeway’s Explore the Bible series
We all know at some point Mark gets/got/ is getting (tenses are hard) a ride in the TARDIS. (See here, for example). I think he dropped his Ipad (Maxi or Mini, I wonder?) in Jerusalem 33 AD or Alexandria 49 AD and some scribe(s) spent the life of the battery copying out what he recognized, NA28 or NA29, Nag Hammadi, Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, etc. These things spread and we have the remaining bits and pieces of Goodacre’s Bible (so to speak) today.
This is too much, you say? Well, remember there are no more Time Lords to clean these things up, and the Doctor and the Missus probably get a big laugh out of the whole thing. So the timey whimey mess still stands.
So, Mark Goodacre is one giant time loop, as it were, giving himself and the rest of Bible scholars employment. Mark being a modest fellow, he won’t want you to mention it at conferences, meetings, etc. Especially the ones he attends. But the cat is out of the bag now….
“Come along, Goodacre”, it seems, are some of the most important words ever spoken.
That’s the breaking story today. The gospel fragment has been accused of being a modern forgery, dependent on the one copy of the Coptic Gospel of Thomas available to us. Now some scholars are going further, claiming they know which transcription of Thomas the forger used.
Mark Goodacre has the heart of the story here, while Andrew Bernhard has a preliminary article with several points against Jesus’ Wife here.
This is going to get a lot of coverage today. Strap yourself in.
Including Peter Head addressing some of Karen King’s arguments for the authenticity of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife papyri. McGrath the Roundup dog has this and a few more links here.
Mark also re-emphasizes the strength of Francis Watson’s argument against the papyri’s authenticity. It’s available here.
Or that’s my conclusion from James McGrath’s latest roundup about the controversial papyri.
I have suggested we have a thumb wrestling contest between the gospel and fake crowds and settle this once and for all. Steel cage optional. Either that or figure a way to ask The Machine from Person of Interest what it knows. Maybe Siri can fix it up for us.