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Robert Holmstedt

You know, John, I think I agree. I tried to follow McGrath's blog over there, but I really don't find the reading experience enjoyable anymore. How odd, because I am committed to substance over form, but the ads on the side are just too distracting.

Once again, my will bows to McLuhan. Sigh.

Rob

James F. McGrath

Wow, I'm really sorry to hear that the ads are that offputting. As someone who reads most blogs most of the time through Google Reader, I'm hardly even aware of them on most blogs that have them.

I was asked to move my blog to Patheos because of the content, rather than to adapt to something they hoped I would change to. How it will turn out, I can hardly say at this early stage. But I've found the comments and conversations thus far lively, and the blog post on inerrancy has generated some discussion among and between blogs more than on my own blog, but as far as I'm concerned, that still counts.

For what it's worth, I don't think the ads are any worse than Jim West's photos of people at Wal*Mart, and we all manage to put up with those, somehow. :)

And as far as what Patheos is, and Beliefnet was/has been/is, I look at the opportunity to blog there as an opportunity to be part of a conversation. I also edit Wikipedia sometimes, not because I think that it is always reliable, but because I know people want it to be, and I know that the only chance of it actually being remotely reliable is for folks like us to get involved.

Anyway, I hope we can still interact, even if you choose not to update the address of my blog on your blogroll! :)

C. Stirling Bartholomew

John,

You know, I read your stuff because you don't tow the party line. I know nothing about Patheos, can't even spell it. Mark D. Roberts is a liberal evangelical? Friend of mine was an "artist in residence" at his summer camp. She isn't any kind of evangelical what so ever.

You could liven up the comments by posting something favorable about Louis Farrakhan or a review of the recent bio of Malcom X.

as usual, I really don't have anything constructive to say and my syntax is really abominable, I live in neighborhood were everyone speaks ESL.

Robert Holmstedt

Hey James,

I don't blame you for the distractions I encounter at your new spot. And I do enjoy reading your posts enough that I'll continue to try not to let them off-put me (I love intentionally mangling English). ;-)

Rich Griese

Looks like a bunch of supernaturalistic hacks. I looked it up on wikipedia, and see that is was begun by a evangelical catholic and her husband that worked in the computer biz. I checked it out, and looked at the page that lists the writers. All kinds of supernaturalistic groupings. But... I subscribed to the RSS of the folks in the HISTORY category ( i think there were three). Well after about a week, I realized that these posts that were in the history category were all pretty much promoting standard supernaturalistic dogma. So... imagine if the 3 of writers that are billed as writing on HISTORY, imagine what the ones that are out of the supernaturalistic closet are slinging.

Seems like a worthless site. I would just give it a miss.

Cheers! RichGriese.NET

James F. McGrath

OK, well here's a link to a post soliciting comments of a sort that I hoped would prove you wrong. So far it hasn't been particularly successful, so feel free to liven things up or get the conversation on track over there... :)

JohnFH

James,

It was nice of you to pick up on this. I don't see any evidence yet that you or other bloggers I used to follow before recruitment to the Patheos project are willing to discuss the Patheos project, its proof of concept and execution.

That's the first thing I am asking for. I'm confident that if you discuss the project, you will make a number of telling criticisms and note positives as well, because that is your standard modus operandi.

James F. McGrath

@John, I'll be honest that I don't see my move [to Patheos] as an adoption by me of some abstract Patheos concept. The site aims at providing perspectives on religion, and I was invited to be one of them. I honestly think that Patheos will be whatever everyone who is involved and contributes to it makes it. And I certainly don't see my blog being hosted here as indicating my agreement with what anyone else who blogs here has to say.

I hope I have not been churning stuff out because I have to. I have been privileged to work at an institution which did not set the bar for tenure at a level that necessitated speed and quantity regardless of quality. I know that if I blog simply for the sake of blogging, I will lose readers. And so if I don't have something to say, I plan on saying nothing.

If one thinks of other sites for religion information that people turn to, whether The Huffington Post, CNN's blogs, or any others, they a simply platforms which give experts and other interested parties a place to express themselves, and in return become or continue to be a place people turn to in order to hear such voices.

The recent Lead Plates fiasco provides a useful illustration of why blogging in this way is useful. When one is connected with a recognized site, it offers a connection for journalists and the media. We discovered in the case of the lead plates story that not only did the media not find scholars' blogs, but they often rejected them as sources of reliable information about religion and related subjects! I think that if even one of the scholars in question had had a blog that was associated with either a media outlet or a major site, we might have been able to interact with the media more effectively.

As I said earlier, I am still in the early days of my Patheos experience. And Patheos is itself a project still in development, as indicated by the fact that it is still inviting new bloggers and participants. I am willing to give them a chance and see what Patheos becomes, with me as a part of it. The alternatives, to refuse to be a part of the process and then either complain about what they become without me and others like me involved, or complain about the fact that it turned out well and I was not and no longer have the chance to be involved, don't seem to me in any way preferable options.

JohnFH

Okay, James.

The takeaway as I see it is that you are not committed to the details of the Patheos project, its proof of concept, profile for marketing purposes, etc., but to Patheos as "simply [a] platform[ ] which give[s] experts and other interested parties a place to express themselves, and in return become or continue to be a place people turn to in order to hear such voices."

I understand that, but since you have a contract of some sort with Patheos with economic benefits attached, I would think you owe Patheos a degree of brand loyalty.

If that is the case, the details of that brand are of interest, to you I would think, and to your readers, actual and potential.

My misgivings about Patheos, to which one might add those expressed by others on this thread, stand.

As opposed to a self-promoter, you are a community-oriented blogger - a huge plus in my book.

Most members of the community of biblical bloggers will remain outside of the Patheos community for a variety of reasons.

Perhaps they are not recognized experts; perhaps they don't fit into the business plan of Patheos (they may have quality content, but not enough traffic to attract the attention of Patheos); perhaps it matters to them, as it does to me, that the marketing profile of Patheos is, to put the best spin possible on it, aspirational rather than actual, a work in progress that will no doubt undergo a series of course corrections in the future.

In my case, James, multiple commitments keep me from blogging as often as you are able. I notice that you continue to publish a blogroll; unlike mine, it appears to be up-to-date rather than a historical relic. Kudos to you for all that you do on behalf of NT scholarship and the biblioblogging community.

JohnFH

For a great discussion on this topic, check out this thread on F & T:

http://faith-theology.blogspot.com/2011/06/moving-blog.html

seth sanders

"Despite my disappointment in his behavior and my concerns about his capacity to be in a leadership position, my heart still aches for him and his family." Sounds like it's straight from the heart.

JohnFH

I agree: Kirsten Powers comes out of this just fine. A class act. Can't say the same for Anthony Weiner.

Brian Mitchell

Patheos? I had never heard of this site until, now. Reasons, 1, 2, and 4 ring true in my opinion as well. From a cursory glance I didn't notice any articles specific to exegesis, textual criticism, nor to classical Hebrew.

While, some portals of the site mentioned texts, there appears to be no outlet for blog readers to check up on quotations/references in a digital online library on their site(If I am wrong please correct me) nor any links in articles to accurate critical texts of faith. If the writers on that site are real 'experts' I would expect there to be copious footnotes, and quotations from original language texts. Where are the Japanese language texts? Where are the classical Hebrew and Aramaic texts? these and other questions come to mind as I scanned through the Patheos site.

G. Kyle Essary

I really like the individuals selected to write at Patheos, but it has killed the community atmosphere of biblio/theoblogdom. Honestly though, Jesus Creed has unquestionably been the most popular of the sort for quite some time (if you don't count pastoral blogs like John Pipers), but I'm sure he saw a great bump in readership once he moved to Beliefnet and that continued at Patheos.

Believe it or not, I had a theoblog from about 2001-2005 and quit thinking that blogging had come to an end with podcasts and vodcasts. I was wrong...really wrong. About two years ago, I started to wonder if it was declining again and how the blogging world would progress.

I assumed that there would be two trends, and that one would ultimately win out. The first was groupblogging. Near Emmaus has been trying this, as well as sites like Parchment and Pen. I like this idea because the bloggers interact with each others posts and there is still a community feel. The other option was the platform blogging. Scienceblogs, Beliefnet and others really took off doing this back around 2007, but with sites like Patheos, The Gospel Coalition, etc. moving to the form, it looks like this trend will win out.

I think it's good in that it moves a lot of quality content to one site, and in terms of pagereads, google hits, etc. I'm sure it gets you more traffic. I think it's bad because when all of the biblio/theoblogs were "free agents" there was a biblioblogging community. With Beliefnet all of that changed, and has continued to change. There is no longer a biblioblogging community, but biblioblog communities. Without a doubt, BW3 and Scot McKnight reign supreme in terms of biblioblogging, and have for quite some time. But they only made the earliest rankings, because they weren't ever really part of the biblioblogging community. Now with Patheos grabbing up some of the more well-known biblioblogs, it moves others out as well. I expect this trend to community.

G. Kyle Essary

The final line should read, "I expect this trend to continue" not "community," haha.

JohnFH

Hi Kyle,

Thank you for insightful comments as usual.

Let me push back a bit.

I don't think of Scot McKnight or Ben Witherington as bloggers on the Bible any more than I think of Justin Taylor or Al Mohler as biblical bloggers. McKnight and Witherington are established NT scholars but they rarely blog about things that occupy the attention of NT scholars as such. They don’t even blog about things that occupy the attention of lay students of the Bible that much. In all four instances, it's more about modeling and showcasing a particular strand of evangelical Christianity and polemicizing against other strands. I don’t think any of these guys belongs on a big media outlet like HufPo, CNN, or NYT because the terms of their conversation tend to be intra-evangelical rather than world-engaging in the sense that Paul was on Mars Hill in Athens.

It might be true that the above four bloggers have a combined readership that outstrips that of the Biblioblog Top 50 combined, but that's beside the point for a bunch of reasons. As already noted, it is comparing apples to oranges – the four bloggers named are not true biblical bloggers. To be clear: there aren't that many biblical bloggers on my definition in the Top 50 list either. Most of the traffic that sites like those of Jim West, John Loftus, and Matthew and Madeleine (just examples) generate has little to do with the things biblical scholars and/or lay students of the Bible occupy themselves with. Most so-called biblical bloggers in the top 50 are better termed theological or anti-theological bloggers.

The question is another: which blogs out there are dedicated to being places where the best of biblical scholarship and interested students of the Bible, serious and not so serious, can meet? *Interactive* places where specific passages and themes are discussed in full awareness of the primary sources and secondary literature?

There is a crying need for that kind of blogging. Speaking for myself, I am still learning how to blog effectively in that sense and help people interested in that kind of blogging to find what they are looking for.

I realize that most people who claim to want to know what the Bible says are not willing to acquire the reading skills necessary to make progress in understanding what the Bible says as opposed what the faith tradition or lack thereof they identify with says the Bible says.

Still, I believe that there are hundreds of thousands of people of all ages who are interested in what “the naked Bible” has to say, even if that throws their certainties into question.

I'm not sure it's true that moving to Beliefnet or Patheos acquires a broader readership for those who do. Are there published figures on this, or is this guesswork?

Re: true-blue biblical bloggers. Mike Bird and James McGrath regularly blog about things that occupy the attention of NT scholars as such. I could be wrong but I don't think any of the group blogs or platforms of which you speak have bloggers who regularly blog about things that occupy the attention of Hebrew Bible / OT scholars.

If a really large readership is what you are after, it is far better to become a columnist for HufPo, CNN, or NYT. Posts in those media generate hundreds and even thousands of comments.

I am not after a really large readership - though I have explored partnering with others to get occasional content up on HufPo. All green lights so far; I just haven’t had the time to pursue it.

When all is said and done, the limitations I set on my blogging are self-imposed. Today is Pentecost Sunday. Four families were received into membership in my parish; three of the families consist of brand-new Christians in the sense that, though they may have been raised as Christians for brief periods of time in one sense or another, they are claiming the name of Christian as their own with joy and assurance and deep commitment for the first time in their lives. I know enough about these families to know that their Christian walk is a literal life-saver at this juncture of their existence. On days like this one, I know for a certainty that my commitment to evangelization will always trump my commitment to biblical scholarship and biblical blogging. I also enjoy campus ministry. In that context, college students with little, and, more and more often, with no religious background to speak of, commit their lives to Christ and the Gospel. It is gorgeous to be a part of it and to mentor college students who plan to go to seminary and become ordained pastors.

Everything I just mentioned matters more to me than blogging. And why do I blog? The purpose of my blogging is to bring the truth claims of the Bible as I understand them into the public square; to be a place where the best of biblical scholarship and interested students of the Bible, serious and not so serious, can meet. An *interactive* place where specific passages and themes are discussed in full awareness of the primary sources and secondary literature.

Is a place like Patheos suited to these purposes? Not that I know of. So far as I know, Patheos is bereft of bloggers who discuss passages and themes from the Bible with the Hebrew or Greek as the point of departure. My commitment to interpreting the Bible and interpreters of the Bible on the basis of engagement with the texts in the languages in which they were written is non-negotiable.

G. Kyle Essary

I agree with almost everything you say, and would never look to any of those blogs for insights in biblical studies, but the critique cuts both ways.

I included theoblogs in my comments because that is what most of the biblioblogs are in reality. Few meet your definition of a biblioblog. Some are attention seekers (you've mentioned a few, but there are more in the top ten). I love M&M and Glenn Peoples stuff, but do an occasional post on interpreting Joshua (through the lens of Wolterstorff) or on preterism make you a biblioblog? I am pretty sure that both BW3 and McKnight make the cut for biblioblog above these. The same could be said of Vridar, Loftus, Watts and most of the top 10. If you are in biblical studies, little related to biblical studies will be of interest from these blogs.

Some are popularizers. This is where I would place McGrath. His posts go from science education to science fiction to television to debunking mythicism, etc. but rarely moves to the level of anything that I think biblical scholars would be interested in (and that's not an attack on his site, because it serves another purpose). The quality of his biblical studies posts is much better than some of the others, but it still is written in a way to speak to those outside of the field. I think it exemplifies a type of mainline Baptist, Protestant Liberal theological popularizing. And that's a voice that needs to be in the conversation no doubt. As such, I hardly see it as that different from Jesus Creed five years ago (it has moved further and further away from biblical studies topics over the years, as I think McKnight himself has tired with it).

Are any of these sites Paleojudaica? No. Or from a different perspective, Bible Places? No. And it's surprising to me that Bible Places makes the top ten. I think it has more to do with the name than with the content (which I love). The non-passionate, unengaged blogs are of interest, but rarely make people want to engage them. Jim West may make people insane with his posts, but there is little doubt that he is passionate and inspires people to engage him.

And that's what I don't like about the platform blogs, it works against engagement by creating cliques of particular perspectives. McGrath becomes the mainline blogger for Patheos, and Bird the evangelical. I love Dalrymple's posts, and BW3 and Bird and much of the Patheos evangelical portal, but the format works against their engagement with others.

Your blog engages. You discuss politics, philosophy, religious experience and theology, biblical studies, etc. and write in such a way that people want to respond. As a free agent in the non-structured biblioblogging/theoblogging community, you inspire others in that community to join in the conversation. I see platform blogging as moving the conversation to a different community altogether, which seems to be more focused in a particular perspective. It draws a larger readership, but I believe a more homogenous one.

In our discussions and emails over the last few years, you know that my heart is in ministry alongside yours (as well as in the First Testament), and it's for that reason that I respect greatly what you write and look forward to most everything you post.

JohnFH

I should also mention that Dan Welch of Patheos contacted me via email in order to sound me out further on these matters. That was a classy thing to do on his part, and speaks well for Patheos, even if my criticisms still stand.

Welch Daniel

Thanks, John, for what you said in your comment above. I’ve already thanked you over email for your input, but I’ll write a quick comment here in case your readers are interested.

Plenty of people have suggested that Patheos is a crazy idea. We’re bringing serious scholars and accomplished writers from across the faith spectrum in one big marketplace of ideas. We’re two years in. We’re proud to have some of the best and most popular writers on the web contributing to Patheos. We’re growing quickly as visitors come in through one article, and then find several more writers to enjoy. Our writers benefit because they find new audiences for their work. I hope it’s doing some good in the world, but of course we’ll probably never know that.

We often say that you’ll always be able to find something you love on Patheos – and something you hate. Patheos is by no means a finished project. It would have been fun to start with unlimited resources and build the religion site of all of our dreams. Instead, we’ve built it piece by piece, and it’s continuously evolving.

To briefly address a few of John’s specific points:

Any big site has more energetic parts, and more dormant parts. When I last checked, we were in the hundreds of thousands of pages on the site. The Buddhist blog is clearly one of the more dormant parts on our site right now – good find. But the evolution will continue, and at some point a wonderfully skilled managing editor will make the Buddhist portal a great resource.

We’re thrilled to begin some improvements to our library this summer. This is an expensive project (our library content is written and peer-reviewed by scholars in the field), and most parts of it don’t generate tons of pageviews. But it’s an important part of what Patheos is and stands for. Even when we’ve made large investments in the library, experts will find pieces to debate, as you did. But it’s evolving in the right direction. John has made some good suggestions, and I’d welcome more from his colleagues.

I can’t say it any other way than that John is mistaken on the independence issue. We don’t interfere with what our bloggers write.

On pay: John and his blogging peers invest a lot of time in their blogs. If someone wants to be paid for the time and the value they’re sharing with readers, I don’t think that’s anything to be sniffed at, and it certainly doesn’t mean they’re “churning out stuff because they have to.” John presented a false choice of freedom vs. compensation, but I don’t begrudge him for not wanting to be paid for his blogging (although he’s a fine writer and I enjoy his site).

He’s also mistaken on this point: Patheos is not an “all-paths-up-the-mountain-are-equally-good” site. Instead, it’s a marketplace where ideas from across the spectrum are exchanged. The debate is sharp and vigorous, as it is on this great site and many similar blogs.

On quality control: We don’t copy edit blogs (as I said above, blogs are independent). I don’t think most bloggers want to be copy edited. We do edit columns and articles, which are of excellent quality and cleanliness. Can a poorly constructed sentence be found on Patheos? Sure – same with most places.

Believe me: There are plenty more shortcomings that John didn’t pick out! It’s an ambitious undertaking, but you’ll find some great writing and thinking being done at Patheos – as you’ll find on John’s blogroll to the right.

By the way, I think John’s advice in the last paragraph is great. The vision for Patheos has always been to help whet the appetite for learning more about the world’s religions – not to quench it.

If your readers have input for Patheos, I’m sincere in saying I’d like to hear it. I’m at dwelch [at] patheos.com.

Thanks for the invitation to respond in your space, John. Keep up the great blogging.

Dan Welch


JohnFH

Thank you, Daniel, for a vigorous and thoughtful response.

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    delightful fare by David Ker, Bible translator, who also lingalilngas.
  • Looney Fundamentalist
    a scientist who loves off-putting labels
  • Menachem Mendel
    A feisty blog on rabbinic literature and other Judaica by Michael Pitkowsky, Rabbinics Curriculum Coordinator at the Academy for Jewish Religion and adjunct instructor at Jewish Theological Seminary (New York)
  • mu-pàd-da
    scholarly blog by C. Jay Crisostomo, grad student in ANE studies at ?
  • Narrative and Ontology
    Astoundingly thoughtful comment from Phil Sumpter, a Ph.D. student in Bible, resident in Bonn, Germany
  • New Epistles
    by Kevin Sam, M. Div. student at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon SK
  • NT Weblog
    Mark Goodacre's blog, professor of New Testament, Duke University
  • Observatório Bíblico
    wide-ranging blog by Airton José da Silva, Professor de Bíblia Hebraica/Antigo Testamento na Faculdade de Teologia do CEARP de Ribeirão Preto, Brasile (in Portuguese)
  • Observatório Bíblico
    Blog sobre estudos acadêmicos da Bíblia, para Airton José da Silva, Professor de Bíblia Hebraica / Antigo Testamento na Faculdade de Teologia do CEARP de Ribeirão Preto, SP.
  • Occasional Publications
    excellent blogging by Daniel Driver, Brevard Childs' scholar extraordinaire
  • old testament passion
    Great stuff from Anthony Loke, a Methodist pastor and Old Testament lecturer in the Seminari Theoloji, Malaysia
  • Old Testament Pseudepigrapha Blog
    A weblog created for a course on the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, by James Davila (archive)
  • On the Main Line
    Mississippi Fred MacDowell's musings on Hebraica and Judaica. With a name like that you can't go wrong.
  • p.ost an evangelical theology for the age to come
    seeking to retell the biblical story in the difficult transition from the centre to the margins following the collapse of Western Christendom, by Andrew Perriman, independent New Testament scholar, currently located in Dubai
  • PaleoJudaica
    by James Davila, professor of Early Jewish Studies at the University of St. Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland. Judaism and the Bible in the news; tidbits about ancient Judaism and its context
  • Pastoral Epistles
    by Rick Brannan and friends, a conceptually unique Bible blog
  • Pen and Parchment
    Michael Patton and company don't just think outside the box. They are tearing down its walls.
  • Pisteuomen
    by Michael Halcomb, pastor-scholar from the Bluegrass State
  • Pseudo-Polymath
    by Mark Olson, an Orthodox view on things
  • Purging my soul . . . one blog at a time
    great theoblog by Sam Nunnally
  • Qumranica
    weblog for a course on the Dead Sea Scrolls at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, taught by James R. Davila (archive)
  • Ralph the Sacred River
    by Edward Cook, a superb Aramaist
  • Random Bloggings
    by Calvin Park, M. Div. student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton MA
  • Resident aliens
    reflections of one not at home in this world
  • Revelation is Real
    Strong-minded comment from Tony Siew, lecturer at Trinity Theological College, Singapore
  • Ricoblog
    by Rick Brannan, it's the baby pictures I like the most
  • Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
    Nick Norelli's fabulous blog on Bible and theology
  • SansBlogue
    by Tim Bulkeley, lecturer in Old Testament, Carey Baptist College (New Zealand). His Hypertext Commentary on Amos is an interesting experiment
  • Ancient Near Eastern Languages
    texts and files to help people learn some ancient languages in self study, by Mike Heiser
  • Midrash, etc.
    A fine Hebrew-to-English blog on Midrash, by Carl Kinbar, Director of the New School for Jewish Studies and a facultm member at MJTI School of Jewish Studies.
  • Phil Lembo what I'm thinking
    a recovering lawyer, now in IT, with a passion for a faith worth living
  • Roses and Razorwire
    a top-notch Levantine archaeology blog, by Owen Chesnut, a doctoral student at Andrews University (MI)
  • Scripture & Theology
    a communal weblog dedicated to the intersection of biblical interpretation and the articulation of church doctrine, by Daniel Driver, Phil Sumpter, and others
  • Scripture Zealot
    by Jeff Contrast
  • Serving the Word
    incisive comment on the Hebrew Bible and related ancient matters, with special attention to problems of philology and linguistic anthropology, by Seth L. Sanders, Assistant Professor in the Religion Department of Trinity College, Hartford, CT
  • Singing in the Reign
    NT blog by Michael Barber (JP University) and Brad Pitre (Our Lady Holy Cross)
  • Stay Curious
    excellent comment on Hebrew Bible and Hebrew language topics, by Karyn Traphagen, graduate, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia PA (archive)
  • Sufficiency
    A personal take on the faith delivered to the saints, by Bob MacDonald, whose parallel blog on the Psalms in Hebrew is a colorful and innovative experiment
  • The Sundry Times
    Gary Zimmerli's place, with comment on Bible translations and church renewal
  • Sunestauromai: living the crucified life
    by a scholar-pastor based in the Grand Canyon National Park
  • ta biblia
    blog dedicated to the New Testament and the history of Christian origins, by Giovanni Bazzana
  • Targuman
    by Christian Brady, targum specialist extraordinaire, and dean of Schreyer Honors College, Penn State University
  • Targuman
    on biblical and rabbinic literature, Christian theology, gadgetry, photography, and the odd comic, by Christian Brady, associate professor of ancient Hebrew and Jewish literature and dean of the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State
  • The Biblia Hebraica Blog
    a blog about Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the history of the Ancient Near East and the classical world, Syro-Palestinian archaeology, early Judaism, early Christianity, New Testament interpretation, English Bible translations, biblical theology, religion and culture, philosophy, science fiction, and anything else relevant to the study of the Bible, by Douglas Magnum, PhD candidate, University of the Free State, South Africa
  • The Forbidden Gospels Blog
    by April DeConick, Professor of Biblical Studies, Rice University
  • The Naked Bible
    by Mike Heiser, academic editor at Logos Bible Software
  • The Reformed Reader
    by Andrew Compton, Ph.D. student in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (focus on Hebrew and Semitic Languages) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • The Sacred Page
    a blog written by three Catholic Ph.D.s who are professors of Scripture and Theology: Michael Barber, Brant Pitre and John Bergsma
  • The Talmud Blog
    a group blog on Talmud News, Reviews, Culture, Currents, and Criticism
  • Theological German
    a site for reading and discussing theological German, by Mark Alter
  • theoutwardquest
    seeking spirituality as an outward, not an inward quest, by David Corder
  • This Lamp
    Incisive comment on Bible translations in the archives, by Rick Mansfield
  • Thoughts on Antiquity
    By Chris Weimer and friends, posts of interest on ancient Greek and Roman topics (archive). Chris is a graduate student at the City University of New York in Classics
  • Threads from Henry's Web
    Wide-ranging comment by Henry Neufeld, educator, publisher, and author
  • Tête-à-Tête-Tête
    smart commentary by "smijer," a Unitarian-Universalist
  • Undeception
    A great blog by Mike Douglas, a graduate student in biblical studies
  • What I Learned From Aristotle
    the Judaica posts are informative (archive)
  • Bouncing into Graceland
    a delightful blog on biblical and theological themes, by Esteban Vázquez (archive)
  • Weblog
    by Justin Anthony Knapp, a fearless Wikipedian (archive)
  • Writing in the Dust
    A collection of quotes by Wesley Hill, a doctoral student in New Testament studies at Durham University (UK), and a Christian who seeks the charism of chastity
  • גֵּר־וְתוֹשָׁב
    by David Miller, Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism, Briercrest College & Seminary, Caronport, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • ואל-תמכר
    Buy truth and do not sell: wisdom, instruction, and understanding - a blog by Mitchell Powell, student of life at the intersection of Christ, Christianity, and Christendom
  • משלי אדם
    exploring wisdom literature, religion, and other academic pursuits, by Adam Couturier, M.A. in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

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