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Mission Lawrence

I'm still waiting for the "high paying" part!

Brian Mitchell

I am rather fond of this blog entree!
It was pleasantly surprising to learn that MIT offers a Biblical literature course.

Here are a few nuggets I will keep in mind from this post:

"The Bible, whether or not one thinks of it as a resource for life today, is one of the main sources of our civilization. If you don’t know your way around the Bible, you don’t know your way around a perennial wellspring of your own culture."

"If you think the Bible is true, you need to understand why others do not. If you think the Bible is useless, you need to understand why others believe just the opposite."

"...it is important to see what “happens” when the text is read as a text with a single divine author: it comes alive in a special way."

I also, think that those who teach in the humanities and Arts could do a better job explaining to generation Y & Z the practical importance of studying subjects that may or may not yield immediate satisfaction or benefits. I think you Sir have done a good of making your case.

JohnFH

Clergy in the Midwest are better paid on average than in the South. Of course, megachurch pastors are paid megabucks, but I didn't have them in mind.

Danilo P. Artez

I think it is important to start out by stating that I do agree with this article because as it touched on, the Bible is a cornerstone of American culture. It is important to understand that many of the founding principles, as well as the founding people (other than the Natives who already inhabited the continent) came to this continent with Christian views, values and norms. Using this they weaved and developed a nation around the principles found inside the Bible. In this fabric we find ourselves today living a life that has freedoms so entrenched in biblical teachings that a person would find it hard to understand America, without also understanding the Bible.
While it could be very easily argued that as a country America is now changing and becoming more diverse in different faiths and religions; which then makes the essay and above paragraph and views dated. I would argue that this would not take away from the need of understanding the Bible, but also add to the necessity of understanding it, and increase the growing need to understand the writings of other books of faiths as well. Because of this shift in America’s views, and the ability of the youth of America to be more accepting of other religions; is why as talked about in the essay, it is important for people to understand historical holy books if they want to understand and help each other.

There can be no doubt that the Bible and other faith based material focus strongly on the aspect of service from one person to another. The world today revolves around the service industry and to find techniques or principles that can sharpen an individuals’ skill in that area would be beneficial. This essay articulates service well, but does it in a more enthusiastic meets you should know the Bible way than I might. I see it more as a practical understanding of the time of the world and the necessity such as schooling to get a better understanding of these things, so that a person may put him/her self in a more advantageous position for their future.

This essay reads as more of an advertisement for Christianity and the author gives away that they themselves are a Christian. It would be interesting to see this same article written by an unbiased individual, who is not swayed by their own personal beliefs. With that said, the truthfulness of the essay is without question, and the teachings of it are also sound. I do not find myself swayed by the personal anecdote about the architecture, but I do see the meaning behind the reasoning for putting it in the essay. It is true that people of a similar arena will have many similarities, but this would be better understood if their biological, psychological, and sociological knowledge was understood as well.

It can not be disputed that the Bible is full of wonderful poems, love stories, and psalms that like Psalms 23, is recognized by many, but to stop there would be merely scratching the surface of it. Humankinds need to understand themselves and the world around them better, which includes where it came from, has always been a driving force behind their search for knowledge. The Bible starts itself off in a Book called Genesis that breaks down the awesome power of God, and the ability to bring forth life. While this feat by itself has caused many to raise arguments, and has caused many of disputes over dinner, it is still one of the three best accepted answers along with the big bang, and evolution to date.

The Bible in all of its rich literary accounts takes an individual from understanding the world like a child, based on just what they see, and expands it to trying to comprehend what they do not see and the possibilities that lie within that line of thinking. It tells stories of a people that were not always the most dominant in there surrounding areas, but actually nomads that were led by a God, to a promise land here on earth, and one hereafter. The written works speak of trials and tribulations that the people endured, and how they were chastened, and rewarded for their faithfulness, while at the same time showing the characteristics of their God. This by itself is enough information to confound even some of the wise, but it is important to understand that this is only the Old Testament I wrote of, which is accepted as truth by many religions and faiths.

I agree with this essay that it is important to teach on the Bible if for no other reason than the Bible is the number one literary work sold to this day. It is irrefutable and to deny the importance of reading a book of this magnitude would be obtuse and very self centered in my opinion. The other main reason for my agreement in teaching on the Bible would be for the fact that as stated in the essay, a large number of Americans believe in the Bible, and to assist them, it would be smart to know where there values are derived from.

JohnFH

Danilo,

Thanks for your comment, in which you make a number of excellent points. The one ideal you hold up that I do not share is the ideal of the unbiased individual.

I do not see that as a healthy ideal. As I see it, the world is in need of people with deep cultural loyalties, that is, of highly biased people, who nonetheless savor peaceful coexistence with other highly, but differently biased people.

The last thing the world needs is more people with shallow to non-existent loyalties outside of a commitment, conscious or unconscious, to conformity to the capitalist system.

This hit me hard when a friend of mine, who wanted to be a Buddhist, was advised by a Buddhist monk to become a knowledgeable and practicing Christian first of all. If you are unable to treasure your own heritage, if you are clueless to the point that you cannot make it work for you, the chances of you becoming a knowledgeable and practicing something else are next to nil.

I advise along the same lines. I remember a Jewish young adult I became friends with while a pastor in Italy; he wanted very much to be a Christian. I wasn't going to deny him his wish, but at the same time, I invited him to deepen his understanding of his own heritage, if nothing else, for the sake of his mother [honor your father and mother, says the Bible]. It pains me to remember that he chose not to, and also, not surprisingly, chose not to take Christianity with sufficient seriousness either.

In my view, a lot of the unseriousness of young people with respect to cultural loyalties - they excuse their unseriousness by saying "it's all good" - true enough on its face - is simply an index of the ease with which the last few generations dishonor their parents.

Tue Grit 2

This was a very pleasant article to read. I am a Christian woman but lately I have felt lost and as I read this article I realized just what I was missing. My faith has been slowly pushed out of my life and my knowledge about it. I have read parts of the bible before but having a class to help really understand its entirety is amazing. MIT and Yale have it right! Getting people to know the bible will help with class scores, and living a happier, more successful life.
I really enjoyed the part where he explains how much it can help you in a work place as well as to help understand your own culture. Combining faith and work will make you more passionate about what your doing. More people need to read and understand what they do not know. Many people make rash judgments about whether they believe in God or not without first reading the bible and trying to understand it. Are they too scared that they will like it or that it will help them?

Korey

I feel that at MIT and Yale you should be able to study, learn, and perceive any religion you would like. Of course people will say "You must study this religion," but persons around the world will always try to get you to learn "their" religion. The reason I'm so bold with that is because no matter what people see as the form of correct, there will always be somebody who sees them as wrong or different. I'm not saying I'm optimistic about religion, but people do get me thinking at times. I am a Christian, but I've listened to many other students on my campus preach to me about different religions. If MIT and Yale want biblical literature than so be it. If you are not religious or do not agree with that, then simply don't go there or just deal with it. There are things in life that you are not going to like/love and things you will adore and cherish, which is why everyone has a choice in this life. A choice such as reading the Bible. I had a choice when i was younger to read it and felt that it was not necessary because I was still a child. The more and more I grow I notice myself finding passages i enjoy reading. This was my choice and I'm thankful that I have this choice rather than no choice at all.

The last thing people need to do is read the Bible from cover-to-cover. Its not meant to be read like that. You don't go to church and have the priest say "Now where did we leave off, Ah yes PSLM 138." It is noticed that the more and more I read the Bible it is when I'm in need and search for a scripture that will fulfill my anxiousness about the next step in my life. This maybe be a bold statement about reading it from cover-to-cover, but everyone has their own opinion and that's why i commented on this blog.

Breaker Morant 2

While I am glad that there are classes being taught about the Bible around the US, we should not forget that there are other religions that are just as prominent in the US as well. I believe that the other religions, like Islam and Judaism, should also be taught in college, for people who want to learn. Not only would this open people's eyes to different cultures and ways of life, but it would also help us rid some of the fear that is associated with religions, especially Islam. We only fear what we do not know, and the best way to eliminate that fear is through knowledge.

The classes also allow for people who have not been raised in a home that has used the Bible for moral teaching or religion to understand what Christians believe and how the Bible is an important part in our everyday and spiritual lives and well beings.

JohnFH

Hi Breaker Morant 2,

You make a good point. One value of a course on the Bible and its history of reception is that part of what Christians call the Bible, their Old Testament, is the Jewish Bible, the Old Testament. A course in biblical literature, if taught with attention to its history of reception, serves as an introduction to Christianity and Judaism, and even Islam to some extent, since Islam builds off of Judaism and Christianity.

There are many good reasons why it is helpful to have an introduction to the Quran, the Bhagavadgita, the Vedas, the Tao, and other foundational writings of world religions.

On the other hand, the Bible is of unique importance in Western civilization and literature.

If you have never read the Bhagavadgita, you will never understand what it means to say "Hare Krishna" ("Praise the Lord" in Hindu religion). Not good.

But if you haven't read the Bible, you are really stuck. Hallelujah / Alleluia ("Praise the Lord" in Hebrew) will lack texture and resonance, which means that much poetry and music in our culture will be a closed book for you.

Just an example, but an important one. Music is a cogent expression of religious yearning. China remains afraid of independent-minded religions; Christianity included. Would it surprise you if I pointed out that China has banned Handel's Messiah? Smart move on the part of the government, if the goal is to slow the spread of Christianity.

http://ancienthebrewpoetry.typepad.com/ancient_hebrew_poetry/2008/12/china-bans-handels-messiah.html

JohnFH

Hi Korey,

By the same token, you should be able to take a course in whatever language and literature you like, not only at MIT and Yale, but anywhere, and in particular, in the University of Wisconsin system.

But that is not practical, so a university has to make some hard choices. Just as we all must do, as individuals.

Do you know the saying, "Drink from your own rain barrel, draw water from your own spring-fed well"? That's from the Bible, Proverbs 5:15, but every culture has a similar proverb. For someone raised as a Christian or a Jew, for anyone, really, who is raised in the West, the well the drink from, first of all, is the Bible. You will not be able to understand where your neighbor is coming from if you don't. You will not have a grasp of what you may have decided to reject; but what does it mean to reject something of which you know little? That is the same as prejudice. At the very least, intellectual honesty ought to compel you to reserve judgment.

In the same way, if you live in India, even if you are Christian, a Muslim, a Sikh, etc., it would be a great mistake to be ignorant of the Rigveda or the Bhagavadgita; in Pakistan, of the Quran.

Once you have drunk deeply from the well of the tradition(s) which are your birthright and in which you are immersed, whether you like it or not, you might try a taste of water from a well of which you know very little.

I love to travel, but I appreciate another culture far better if I have drunk deeply from the wells of my own.

Shawshank Redemption3

I am very interested in this Blog 1 because It simply shows that there are still schools that believe that you can learn a Great deal for the Bible. And 2 because teaching the bible is a great way to get peoples emotions going weather they agree and are excited about it or they disagree and are furious about it! It is a great way to get "employees who care about people, who care about the same things people care about" Working in a nursing home it is great to try to feel what the residents, who mostly grew up in a "religious" setting. Understanding some of what they believe makes it easier to communicate and relate to them!

I feel it is great to have a back ground and this is just what more schools need.

The Mission 3

I really enjoyed this article. I think it has really shone some light on the connection between a student's performance in school and the openness of their minds towards what the bible has to say. I am a Christian and I think the Bible is true, but then this article turns it around and asks us to understand why others do not think the Bible is true. Is it because they are not Christian? Is it possible to not believe the Bible is true and still be Christian?

Pulp Fiction 5

This article was very interesting to read for me. I am a business major and prior to taking my biblical studies course I thought that the Bible had little to do with business. This post makes me think it will be extremely beneficial for me to have a basic understanding of the Bible in order to better suit my future customers and employees. It is clear that if I intend to be a successful business person I need to have a good understanding of the Bible and its meanings.

If MIT has a bible course that is built on the premise that you must read the Bible cover-to-cover it must be extremely important to being a successful person in life and business. I grew up with a small appreciation for the Bible but by taking this course and reading this article I am starting to have a new level of appreciation for God and what he has to offer to us.

DeadManWalking2

I really do enjoy the fact that such prestigious schools are studying the Bible, but I do believe that there is a fine line between studying the bible with an understanding and respect for it, and preaching about it. I think that it could scare Americans because the people who go to these schools most likely in most cases get the higher, more influential jobs. Now, I can see how non-Christians would be afraid of a country that was once founded on choice of religion would be mostly run by a certain religion. But yet I believe that it is wonderful how they are studying this, and how it can advance you within your career. I grew up in a very Irish-Catholic family, and I believe in christianity obviously, but I hope that most people don't view the teaching of it in the wrong way. Something like this shouldn't be feared, but celebrated. And hopefully these colleges will in the future offer the study of other religious texts as well.

Nell 5

This article is really spot on. In order to fully understand people or truly understand yourself, you must learn to see how others see the world around you. I would imagine that that in itself is the true purpose why MIT and Yale teach biblical literature. I mean, there is no better place to learn about human nature and learn about ethics than in the Bible.

I grew up going to a Lutheran school so I understand a little about the bible. In no way shape or form can I honestly say that I know it all, and neither can anyone else. However, the way that college systems are including biblical text in their course selections is very important. I agree with everything this article is saying.

True Grit 1

I do agree with Nell 5 that college systems are including biblical text in the course selections is important, because people who goes to church still does not understand what the Bible is about. Having school teaches Bible classes is a great idea of getting others to know the God and spread his what his words really mean and take that into life. People who do not know God that are taking classes talking about Bible and etc will learn how God works through others life and how to use a Bible better and treat it better. I go to Alliance Church and even though I have a Bible with me sometimes I don't even know what the Bible really means. I do agree what this article is talking about, it is a great article.

Shawshank Redemption 1

John FH,
In repsonse to your post, I think it is imperative for us not to become so self rightous that we do not even give consideration to other holy books. I do agree that it is important to honor thy mother and father, I also see the hypocritical side of that in the belief that not following what your parents believe is some how not being true to your heritage. If we look at the strong push that was done to the Native Americans to accept Christ, and when certain ones did we called them good and civilized. We did not as a good God fearing people say they were being untrue to their heritage. It was quite the opposite in that we put them up on pedestals and used them as examples hoping other Native Americans would follow.

It is imperative that each person works out their own faith, and where and how they find their higher power. We have been given a spirit by God that will guide our path. To follow it is not causing dishonor to our parents, because in the end a wise Christ once said who is my mother, my brother and my sister? Those that follow God are my mother, my brother and my sister (Paraphrase from the Bible). I do not think at the time of saying that he was intending to dishonor, but rather make a point.

True Grit 5

I think it is of great value for public schools to bring in classes of a religion that is very populated in our country and western civilization. It gives an open minded understanding to the bible and how it is used and understood in today’s culture is important. I am actually in the process of attending school for a while and going to a biblical college to become a pastor so just being able to attend some classes in a state school that talk about the bible and being able to hear others standpoints on it gives me a real opportunity to know how everyone interprets the reading. I think it’s beneficial for everyone to at least have a taste of what the bible teaches and understand from points of views why it is a huge religion and why it has spread all over western civilization and other countries as well.

Praying with Lior 2

I am not surprised that colleges and universities all over the country are teaching the bible to students. Religion has been a large part of peoples lives for hundreds of years. It has helped shape our country and many other countries. The Bible teaches people lessons about life. If studying the Bible has a positive impact on people, that only makes our community stronger and a better place to live.

The Truman Show 3

I found this article interesting because of the way it explained how the Bible relates to the culture we live in. Although I do not 100% agree with the statement "If you don’t know your way around the Bible, you don’t know your way around a perennial wellspring of your own culture." I believe that it does not take a great deal of knowledge about the Bible and that a rather basic understanding and history of the Bible can provide a better understanding of one's own culture. Surely, a deeper and more in-depth knowledge of the Bible will certainly result in being able to make more connections to our culture, but I don't feel as if a basic understanding is going to result in problems understanding our culture.

Praying with Loir 5

I’m a little skeptical about the importance of this article. Is the University of Jeddah offering a course about how understanding the Quran will make you a better business person? What do the students in China study? I think understanding the Bible will help you understand yourself and people who are Christian. But we all know that the U.S. is religiously free. Many people have faith, but they all don’t have the same interruption of it as I do. I hope by the end of class I will have changed my mind.

Chariots of Fire 2

I found this post to be very interesting and the idea of combining religion/Bible knowledge with future jobs. I never really thought that understanding the Bible would help you in the job market or with your future career. I also think it is kind of intense that at MIT they think you should read it front to back. Just because you read it front to back doesn’t mean you understand the context. Breaking down the book I think is a good idea. Just because you read the whole thing does not mean you can deal with life better and address problems better. I think that understanding the Bible and other religions helps to make you a well rounded person since it develops your ability to take context and translate it into meaning. By being able to understand it does not mean you necessarily have to believe it. Adding biblical study classes to schools I think would be beneficial for the students that want to deepen their understanding of the Bible. I think it would also help those that aren’t as well educated with religion to understand the different ideas and thoughts behind it.

Brian

I found this article very interesting, along with all the comments made. Now shifting from the perspective in helping in the job market. One thing that I keep thinking about as I read the comments is that the very thing that this college is doing is what is not being done in most churches here in the south. This should be done in the Sunday school rooms as well. Most of my learning now comes from the INTERNET. One of my goals is learning the Hebrew language. I want to be able to read the TaNaK in its own language. What I didn't expect to happen is now things have become more of a struggle when it comes to fellowshipping at church now. I'm finding that most people don't really want to know what the bible is really saying. From my experience Sunday school is taught more from the perspective, what you read in the books should match what every you have been taught from childhood.

The very tools that a pastor learns in seminary to help understand the word of God is not being shared with the fellowship. And to the pastors defense, how do you go about convincing the student sitting in the fellowship that these tools that are learned in seminary is very helpful in learning the bible. When I bring up learning the Hebrew language, most responses that I get is, “That's to hard”, or “that's the pastors job”. What has been most of everyones experience here reading this article? How do you study God's word?

JohnFH

Hi Brian,

In my experience, there are plenty of very smart people, pastors and laypeople, who might be encouraged to learn the languages of the Bible and understand the cultural matrices of which the biblical texts are an expression. It is too hard for most to learn another language well, but not for everyone. Far from it.

One day, there will be the equivalent of the Khan Academy for learning ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. But we are not there yet.

Brian

Hello JohnFH,

I went to the Khan Academy site, Thanks for the information. I now have it book marked. For the ancient Hebrew have you seen Jeff Benner's website ancient-hebrew.org. He has a lot of good videos dealing with learning the ancient hebrew. I'm now learning the ancient Alephbet, in my learning I know the modern hebrew script. Through this site and other resources I'm learning that even the Greek alpha-bet came from the Hebrew. This site can be a good start for the Khan Academy in getting the Hebrew language added.

JohnFH

Hi Brian,

Jeff Benner's website is introductory. It's a nice place to start. Learning the language is another matter. If you are serious about learning Hebrew, I suggest you find a qualified flesh-and-blood teacher. She or he may cost a pretty penny, but it will be money well spent if you apply yourself.

Brian

Hello JohnFH,

Thanks for the suggesting, money and local resources are both what I don't have at the time. I learned the aleph-bet from a teacher who lives 1 1/2 hours away. He has bible studies at his home sometimes. He travels so I have had the opportunity to study with him a few times. He speaks Hebrew, and teaches from a Hebraic perspective. But due to my current circumstance I use certain sites in aiding me to learn to read Hebrew. ancient-hebrew.org, animatedhebrew.com and mechon-mamre.org are my main sources that I vist to learn from. Sometimes I will use google.com to help find more sites. I'm going through the book of Genesis at the moment.

When you learned the language, did you pay for a teacher to come and teach you? And now when you study do you study in English or Hebrew?

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I really enjoyed the part where he explains how much it can help you in a work place as well as to help understand your own culture. Combining faith and work will make you more passionate about what your doing. More people need to read and understand what they do not know. Many people make rash judgments about whether they believe in God or not without first reading the bible and trying to understand it. Are they too scared that they will like it or that it will help them?

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    an insightful blog by a pastor with a background in journalism, one of three he pens
  • Gentle Wisdom
    A fearless take on issues roiling Christendom today, by Peter Kirk, a Bible translator
  • Giluy Milta B‘alma
    by Ezra Chwat and Avraham David of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jewish National and Hebrew University Library, Jerusalem
  • He is Sufficient
    insightful comment on Bible translations, eschatology, and more, by Elshaddai Edwards
  • Higgaion
    by Chris Heard, Professor of Religion, Pepperdine University
  • Idle Musings of a Bookseller
    by James Spinti of Eisenbrauns
  • if i were a bell, i'd ring
    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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