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Mike Aubrey

I hadn't realized you were a climatology, John.

Gary Simmons

"I don't recall you soliciting help from people to review the 2,000 page healthcare bill...nor did you do it yourselves." Comment 12 on NYT's "Help Us Investigate..." Hah. And I recommend several other comments on the first comment page there.

I think that it's rather douchey to invoke an open records law with the intent of finding stuff to smear someone with. Legal, perhaps, but kind of douchey.

Krugman is very one-sided in his critique, however. As a proud moderate independent (he gar politeuma hemon en ouranois uparchei), I am disgusted by
1. The Republican demand for only specifically anti-Republican statements. One should search for anti-Democrat statements also to see if he is an equal opportunity critic (as I try to be).
2. NYT's search of Palin's emails for juicy gossip. She failed in office. Critique her for thinking that Paul Revere fired warning shots on a musket and rang a bell while on horseback. And critique her for trying to defend that. But don't go digging in the dirt when there's no clear reason. This violates the intent of the 4th amendment. Perhaps the best thing to do is ignore Palin altogether.
3. Krugman's one-sided bashfest. I get characterized as a homophobe (though I have gay friends and coworkers that do not invoke trembling or panic) and as anti-choice or an opponent of women's health for my beliefs. Gee. Now which party is it that encourages those labels?

Politics. Bleh. Of course, when the NYT gets involved with a Religion and Sex quiz, things get demonstrably worse. I finished Gagnon's book today, and hearing any more about Knust gives me a headache.

JohnFH

Mike,

You might remember that my first intellectual home is Madison WI. When I was perhaps twelve years old, I had an intellectual crush as it were on Reid Bryson - that is the etiology of my long term interest in climate matters. Here is his obit (June 2008):

Reid Bryson, 88, perhaps the world's most eminent spokesman for the global cooling theory of climate change, died Wednesday in his Madison home.

Bryson founded the meteorology department at UW-Madison in 1948 and founded the Center for Climatic Research in 1963. In 1970, he helped found the UW-Madison Institute for Environmental Studies, now known as the Gaylord Nelson Institute. During his long career, he inspired hundreds of students to consider careers in meteorology and climate studies.

But it was his advocacy of the idea that the Earth is in the early stages of the next ice age for which Bryson was best known and most controversial.

He was convinced the Earth started to cool about 2,000 years ago and predicted that "within the next 300 to 400 years, we'll start seeing enough ice to lower the sea levels."

Bryson was not convinced a buildup of greenhouse gasses would produce long-term climate warming, but he did believe air pollution, which blocks the sun's rays, had the potential for short-term global cooling.

Overall, however, Bryson believed climatologists had to look at the history of the Earth's cultures to determine long-term changes in the climate, and he scoffed at the use of relatively brief changes in temperature as indicators of climate change.

Bryson saw little reason to alter his views when the concept of global warming became the scientific consensus.

"Consensus doesn't prove anything in science or anywhere else, except in democracy, perhaps," he said in a 2007 interview, adding "there is very little truth in what is being said (about global climate change); it is almost a religion."

His published views prompted colleagues at the Nelson Institute to write an open letter noting that "we want to make it absolutely clear that his opinions on global warming are not shared by other scientists at the UW-Madison's Center for Climatic Research and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies."

Bryson took the criticism in stride. His views had been controversial for decades longer than some of his critics had been alive.

And disagreement on the issues didn't keep climatologists from revering their personal relationships with Bryson.

When emeritus professor John Kutzbach retired in 1994, he noted that a course he took from Bryson when he was an undergraduate inspired him to a lifelong career, one in which his opinions veered sharply from Bryson's but his affection didn't.
Kutzbach said Bryson's personal interests, which ranged from poetry to archaeology and limnology "allowed him to see connections that others missed and to initiate studies that are still at the cutting edge of climate research."

A native of Detroit, Bryson served as a major in the Weather Service of the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he specialized in forecasting weather at 30,000 feet, the altitude at which B-29 air crews flew bombing missions. He joined the faculty of what is now called UW-Madison in 1946.
Bryson is survived by his wife, Francis, whom he married 66 years ago, and by four children.

JohnFH

Keep the faith, Gary.

My point, however, is another. It's a personal thing. I don't expect many people to share it. I am also (!) a true believer in science. So I hold science to a high standard.

It seems to me that when scientists let political convictions most of them take for granted create the illusion of a *scientific* consensus when there isn't one do an immense disservice to the cause of science - and humanity.

On the top of that, it cannot be emphasized enough that science properly so-called and consensus are mortal enemies.

Gary Simmons

John, I've read a few of your posts before where you've expressed skepticism about global warming. To be honest, I couldn't really tell that that was the central thrust of this post.

Now I have a better understanding of your concerns as you expressed them in your reply to Mike.

I sometimes feel a twinge of guilt over the way American society, myself included, uses and throws away things rather than reusing. I'm not scared of global warming, but I do abhor our decadence.

You're right to be skeptic in the face of a supposed consensus if the data does not clearly support the consensus. In all but the most elementary of things, a scientific consensus is merely a very confident stagnation.

David Reimer

Hi John - you probably already know the Skeptical Science site. But perhaps it's worth tossing into the comment thread as relevant to the climate-change part of this post.

JohnFH

Gary,

I don't remember expressing skepticism about global warming. On the contrary, I label those who deny warming is taking place as crackpots.

http://ancienthebrewpoetry.typepad.com/ancient_hebrew_poetry/2009/10/the-myth-of-anthropogenic-global-warming.html

When Bryson calls anthropogenic global warming alarmism "a religion," he is, I believe, making an accurate assessment. At the same time, he slurs religion, which is more evidence-based than
said alarmism is.

David,

I've run across that site, but I cannot recommend it. Any site that touts itself as scientific and showcases a t-shirt which reads: "97 out of 100 climate experts agree that we are causing global warming" is simply engaging in (counter-) propaganda. I don't take the anti-global warming propaganda seriously; I sure am not going to take the anti-anti-global warming propaganda.

"97 out of 100 climate experts agree that we are causing global warming" is a ridiculous slogan. 100 out of 100 climate experts know that there are anthropogenic drivers of warming; there are also anthropogenic drivers of cooling; there are, in addition, plenty of non-anthropogenic drivers of climate change.

Climate science rightly so-called would reconstruct the drivers that contributed to global warming and global cooling in past periods in which anthropogenic drivers were of less to no importance. It would then seek to understand to what extent those same drivers effect climate today. Once it is determined to what extent current climate variability is the result of the same factors paleoclimatologists identify as the drivers over the long duration, it makes sense to examine to what extent current climate change depends on human activity.

I have had many conversations with specialists in the field. So far the answer seems to boil down to: we are working on the answers; we don't know them yet. Specialists are often okay with the alarmism because all of the policy proposals the alarmism brings into the public eye are agreeable on independent grounds - and the alarmism brings in a tremendous amount of money for research purposes.

The Royal Society's motto is: nullius in verba, Latin for "on the words of no one" is truth established; rather, through experiment. Climate researchers experiment every time they make predictions about the future, or about the past, based on their models. When models produce inaccurate predictions, as they continue to do, it's back to the drawing board.

You will know that climate science is a mature discipline when it will be possible to ask a few simple questions and get a straight answer:

(1) Over the last million, last hundred thousand, last five thousand, and last thousand years, what were the chief drivers of climate change (percentages please)?

(2) Over the last hundred years, when mean temperatures declined, what were the chief drivers (percentages please)? When they increased, what were the chief drivers (percentages please}?

Once this baseline information is determined, one can go on to ask:

(1) Over the last million, last hundred thousand, last five thousand, and last thousand years, when temperatures rose/declined, in the ecosphere who were the winners and who were the losers?

(2) Over the last hundred years, when mean temperatures rose/declined, in the ecosphere who were the winners and who were the losers?

David Reimer

Hi John - thanks for the further reflections.

On that site I linked: I ran across it through this blog post which wasn't so deterred by the T-shirt as you seem to be. :) (Or maybe that's a recent innovation! Dunno...)

JohnFH

Thank you, David, for contributing that link.

The blog post tugs at the heart strings effectively, and brings things back to first principles. I applaud it, even though I cannot agree with some of its premises, in particular, that particular weather events, or even trends in weather events, can be confidently associated with climate variability.

This side of th pond, that kind of association was proposed by many, even a few scientists, with respect to hurricanes like Katrina.

If you are going to associate a lack of rain, when that occurs, with global warming, are you also going to associate a lot of rain, when that occurs, with global warming?

Anyone who has studied climate science and meteorology will understand why I raise the question. The same applies to hurricanes and their relative (in)frequency.

I have a Giovanni, an Elisabetta, and an Anna in my life. I talk about these things with the older two, but it's along different lines. What is the value of consensus? How seriously are we to take climate projections (there are new projections every day; they do not agree among themselves)?

Kenneth Greifer

I have read many blogs by Bible scholars who get mad at dilettantes for thinking they know better than Bible scholars who have PhD's and have spent many years working hard to learn so many things involved in Biblical scholarship, so it is interesting to see Bible scholars acting like weather dilettantes toward people who have PhD's in meterology and climatology. Bible dilettantes say Bible scholars don't know everything about the Bible, so they can be right too, and you Bible scholars say meteorologists and climatologists are not sure about the global warming, so your opinions are just as good. Then you point out a few bits of information you know about weather which is a good example of a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I have a feeling that people with PhD's in weather actually know a lot more than weather dilettantes who have read a few articles or books. Don't you think their PhD's mean they know a lot more than what those articles say or are you now like the Bible dilettantes who think you know very little because you there are things about the BIble you don't know perfectly.

Personally, I think everyone has the right to talk about every subject and not just people with PhD's, so I think Bible scholars should be consistent. They should not mock Bible dilettantes and then turn around and be weather dilettantes who feel perfectly good about saying they know just as much as the weather experts. I doubt it.

Kenneth Greifer
Bible Dilettante (I hate that word. It is so hard to spell.)

JohnFH

Hi Kenneth,

If you wish to point out something which I said which a weather or climate scientist PhD would take issue with, please do. Please situate your discussion of my reflections in the context of the ongoing *controversy* among weather and climate scientists since, as you know, *controversy* there is.

Otherwise, you are simply making an argument from authority - an undocumented one at that. If you care about science, its credibility, you might take to heart the Royal Society's motto:

nullius in verba, Latin for "on the words of no one" is truth established.

Furthermore, if you, a Bible dilettante, wish to argue whatever positions you have on the Bible with care and acumen, I promise to discuss those arguments on the basis of their merits, not on the basis of the fact that they come from a self-confessed "Bible dilettante."

Kenneth Greifer

John,

I am not a weather expert and I can't argue against what you said. I am not saying you are right or wrong because even the experts don't really know for sure what is the truth. I am just saying that supposedly people with PhD's in meteorology and climatology would be in a better position to judge all of the evidence than Bible scholars. I believe that they know a lot about weather that you and I can't even imagine because we (I assume) both are not educated at their level in the subject. I think that they are being treated like their expertise is so simple that anyone who reads some articles or books is ready to argue with them.

I don't think I am arguing from authority. I am saying that weather is a complicated subject that takes many years of education to understand, and I don't think Bible scholars should be acting like they know better than weather experts. Don't you need some foundation in the subject before you are able to do that? You might actually be right, but is it right to accuse weather experts of warning people falsely of global warming when they also might turn out to be right. If they are right, then now is the time to fix things before it is too late.

Just like Bible scholars disagree with each other, weather experts disagree with each other, but they are qualified to disagree with each other. Interested amateurs can argue with each other about what they say, but in the end, we don't have the expertise to know if we are truly right or wrong or which expert is right or wrong. Your statements about the weather sound like you know better than them, so I think you are going too far for an amateur in weather. I don't know if you have studied meterology, so I might be wrong about your qualifications.

Go ahead now and tell me how I am being illogical for expecting people to have qualifications when they discuss the highest level scientific knowledge. I think the Bible is actually a little easier for amateurs to discuss than PhD level science.

Kenneth Greifer

JohnFH

Kenneth,

Whether you are willing to admit it or not, you are making an argument based on authority. As if the kind of things I am talking about are not accessible to anyone with a decent high school and college level science education. You make it sound so esoteric: on what grounds?

Few scientists doubt that temperature change is a function, among other things, of anthropogenic carbon emissions. The question is, to what extent. How does that factor interact with the other factors? Finally, how does climate variability and weather variability interrelate?

Based on your comments, what are we supposed to do? Take an expert's word for it that Hurricane Katrina was a byproduct of global warming? Give me a break.

If you do not feel qualified to pose questions and challenge statements made by experts; at the very least, to "teach the controversy" (to borrow a phrase from Hillary Clinton), I suggest that that is false modesty on your part.

It is ironic that you, a self-published amateur in the field of biblical studies, is trying to protect meteorologists and climate scientists from me, a lay person relative to those disciplines. I have friends of course who are trained in particular scientific disciplines. I notice that they love to have a conversation with someone who has probing, intelligent questions. Perhaps your maternal instincts are misplaced.

I note that you claim that Judaism and Christianity "are wrong [in their interpretation of passages in the OT] because the quotes are either misunderstood or have mistakes in them that neither side has noticed." I am willing to look at one or two examples in which you feel you have a strong case. But it's up to you to bring them to my attention and summarize your arguments.

CD-Host

Just to throw in $.02. The issue is not temperatures today. They are fine. The issue is whether we are burning up syncs in the earth.

a) The ocean has absorbed a lot of CO2 as is converting it into Carbonic acid. Acidification of the ocean is a potential very big deal. If that stops (which seems to be happening) than the ocean pH isn't a big problem but atmospheric CO2 will rise quickly. So we are looking at atmospheric CO2 rising more quickly per ton of gas we release.

b) We are currently melting ice rapidly to keep the planet cool. You will remember from middle school chemistry it takes a tremendous amount of heat to take water from 32F ice to 32F liquid water. That's where a lot of the heat is going right now. But that's a one time sync. We melt the Arctic and Western Antarctic we can't use them anymore to keep the planet cool.

c) We are currently warming the oceans, which are too cold for the current air temperature. That's another big heat sync.

So if we look out over the next few centuries we have pretty estimates of what temperature the world will stabilize in at various levels of atmospheric CO2. Getting there will take several centuries.

We have so/so models of what will happen to climate at very levels of global temperature. We have pretty poor models of how humans will adapt to various climate changes over the next few hundred years.

Finally we have some scenarios / concerns that there are aspects of earth's climate that could cause global warming, once it starts to start accelerating even without any further human input. For example a few degrees hotter might cause the Amazon to be less wet and that might cause it to convert to plain. Freeing up that much carbon would then warm the planet further.

Finally we have one scenario that we poorly understand from about 250m that hints that at some breaking point the earth can start shifting back towards a sulfer, hydrogen, nitrogen life cycle which is terrible for mammalian life. We understand the mechanism by which this occurs we just aren't sure what the cutover is in terms of temperature. Lethal amounts of hydrogen sulfide in the air (the unpleasant small in flatulence and feces) is something we would all like to avoid.

There are natural cooling and warming periods of the earth and we are well within those. What we aren't well within are certain long term chemical factors that should lead to greater warming. Temperature is a lagging indicator of changes in the composition of the atmosphere.

JohnFH

Thanks, CD, for your comments.

I think it is probably true that current temperatures are not an issue, despite voices raised that suggest the contrary.

The reliability of projections remains a problem, as anyone knows who has followed the retraction of projections made in the past, or the extent to which the scientific community has given someone like Paul Ehrlich a free pass to make one ill-founded prediction after another in the name of science. These free passes end up besmirching the reputation of science rightly so-called.

There are so many ways in which we might be cooked, literally or figuratively, in the short and medium terms, through no fault of our own or through choices we are currently making.

It is also possible to devise countless doomsday scenarios with mean global temperatures nevertheless assumed to remain constant, or set to fall within the short or midterms.

What to make of it all?

I am reminded of something Douglas Martin wrote in the New York Times in his Mary Douglas [a great anthropologist] obit:

Drawing on her field experience in Africa and expansive reading, [Mary Douglas] saw little difference between “modern” and “primitive” societies, and sometimes drew startling conclusions. In the provocative 1982 book “Risk and Culture: An Essay on the Selection of Technical and Environmental Dangers,” she and Aaron Wildavsky argued that environmentalists’ complaints reflected an antipathy toward dominant social hierarchies. The authors compared environmentalists to religious cults and superstitious groups of the past.

Quite honestly, I think that is going on here. A climate scientist who has long said the same is Philip Stott.

I am a nuts-and-bolts environmentalist. For example, I am all in favor of mining with strict standards in place.

That is why I am entirely against the environmentalist movement's choice to shut down mining in the United States wherever possible - the movement has been very successful at shutting it down in Wisconsin - such that the mining that is done to build the laptops and vehicles we use is done in Indonesia with lax controls. The cure is far worse than the disease it seeks to remedy.

CD-Host

John --

We agree on the modeling issue. Ultimately there is no principled way I know of judging essentially: should we trust scientific models that:

a) Have a large scientific consensus currently
b) Whose early phases are mostly confirmed by experimentation
c) Whose later phases are untestable

When the cost to implement is very very high and the consequences of non implementation could be catastrophic but most likely are just highly annoying?

At some point you gotta decide if you have the best hand or not, muck or raise.

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III

Dear John,

The short answer to the question is YES!

The long answer is "What is good for the goose is good for the gander."

Furthermore, I believe in intellectual honesty. That means that I give credit when the opposing viewpoint is correct and condemning the opposing viewpoint. It also means that I have to condemn those who are incorrect on my side of the argument and give credit when they are correct.

Jesus Himself provides us with example of "intellectual honesty." Matthew 23 and the denouncing of the "scribes and Pharisees." He stated that they are in "Moses seat," they have the authority, the people were to obey, but the people were NOT to do what they did.

When it comes to the truth, scholarly consensus does NOT make the truth true, but it is the truth no matter what the scholarly consensus makes of it.

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III

Dear John,

The short answer to the question is YES!


CORRECTION!!!
The short answer to the questions is NO!

That is what I get for fat-fingering the enter key before proof-reading.

The Epistle of James indicated that teachers would be held to a higher standard. Politicians, Prophets, Preachers and Teachers are examples of teachers that will be held to a higher standard; cf also Ezekiel 34.

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III

JohnFH

CD,

The computer models in place ten years ago which predict climate change over a fifty year period turned out to be quite wrong over the one period we can verify: the past ten years. Why would you trust them for the four decades still on the horizon?

Every year new models are developed. Some of them predict temperature stagnation for the next 20 years, followed by a rapid rise. This is evidence, not that one model is right and another wrong, but that climate science has not yet developed models climate scientists themselves feel they can rely on.

The consensus that there is is minimal, amounting to something like "we humans contribute to global warming [to a significant extent]," "if we reduced our carbon footprint, it would make a difference in the mid term [to an unknown extent]." Said consensus is not enough to justify something like the Kyoto Protocols, which the signees eviscerated anyway.

Models that succeed in interpolating global mean temperatures for a period of antiquity on the basis of good data for the chief known climate drivers do not exist to my knowledge. If that is true, it is only logical to suggest that models that succeed in interpolating global mean temperatures for a period yet to come do not exist either.

As an environmentalist, I would love to see the US, Europe, China, India, and Brazil get serious about a host of questions, such as addressing the questions of air, water, and soil pollution, deforestation, and strip mining wherever they are most severe. The global warming focus is a distraction in this sense.

I care about these matters deeply, for two reasons. (1) I want smart environmentalism, not Sierra Club environmentalism (NIMBY environmentalism, which combines easily with xenophobia). (2) I want the integrity of science to be respected. Scientists who manufacture one neo-Malthusian apocalyptic scenario after another should called out on the carpet. The dystopian prophecies of a Paul Ehrlich or a Barry Commoner, supported as they are with scientific arguments, discredit science, given that such predictions have failed to come true time and time again.

The record of such forecasters is as abysmal as that of economists and their economic forecasts. That is saying something.

The difference is simple. It is considered good form to put a good face on things if one is an economist. It is considered good form to put a bad face on things if one is a climate researcher.

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    Tim Ricchiuiti’s place
  • Imaginary Grace
    Smooth, witty commentary by Angela Erisman (archive). Angela Erisman is a member of the theology faculty at Xavier University
  • James' Thoughts and Musings
    by James Pate, a doctoral student at HUC-JIR Cincinnati
  • Jewish Philosophy Place
    by Zachary (Zak) Braiterman, who teaches modern Jewish thought and philosophy in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University
  • kata ta biblia
    by Patrick George McCollough, M. Div. student, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA
  • Ketuvim
    Learned reflection from the keyboard of Jim Getz
  • Kilbabo
    Ben Johnson’s insightful blog
  • Kruse Kronicle - contemplating the intersection of work, the global economy, and Christian mission
    top quality content brought to readers by Michael W. Kruse
  • Larry Hurtado's blog
    emeritus professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology, University of Edinburgh
  • Law, Prophets, and Writings
    thoughtful blogging by William R. (Rusty) Osborne, Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies as College of the Ozarks and managing editor for Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament
  • Lingamish
    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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