“The History and Archaeology of the Bible” by Jean-Pierre Isbouts

I finally finished all 24 lectures of The History and Archaeology of the Bible by Jean-Pierre Isbouts. For me, this National Geographic / Great Courses production is a cut above most of the Great Courses I’ve seen, perhaps because it strikes a good balance between detail and accessibility. Some of the other Great Courses start… Read More “The History and Archaeology of the Bible” by Jean-Pierre Isbouts

And yet another chatbot… this one biblical

Seems there’s a new bot on the block, one that answers with biblical references. Religion is interesting because we have so many different ways to look at it, so many interpretations and ways to cherry-pick scripture to ‘prove’ what we believe. For me, experience is king, thinking about that experience comes second. But thinking is… Read More And yet another chatbot… this one biblical

Prophet David’s Psalm against False News and Evildoers | Rabbi Allen S. Maller

Intro by Michael Clark, Ph.D. Rabbi Allen S. Maller most generously submitted five articles to Earthpages.org for publication over the holidays. Being myself, however, I had to do things at my own pace over the festive season. As with everything at Earthpages, I post and make edits when I believe the time is right. This… Read More Prophet David’s Psalm against False News and Evildoers | Rabbi Allen S. Maller

The History and Archaeology of the Bible | Kanopy | Opinion

Source: The History and Archaeology of the Bible | Kanopy Opinion: After watching episodes 1-4 and most of episode 16, this National Geographic | Great Courses video proves to be a worthwhile journey into the world of the Bible. For those who think we should take the Bible literally or assume it is historically accurate,… Read More The History and Archaeology of the Bible | Kanopy | Opinion

Hebrew – Another special language for God’s elite?

Is one group more special than another? Classical Hebrew is the ancient Semitic language of the Hebrews in which the Torah was written. A modern form is used in synagogues but Jewish prayer and study usually involve classical Hebrew. Both old and new forms of this ancient language are used by the Samaritans. Ancient Hebrew… Read More Hebrew – Another special language for God’s elite?

Opinion | Barabbas

Barabbas (/bəˈræbəs/; Aramaic: בר אבא Bar ʾAbbaʾ, literally “son of the father” or “son of the teacher”),[1] also called Jesus Barabbas (Aramaic: ישוע בר אבא Yeshua Bar ʾAbbaʾ) in some manuscripts[citation needed], is a figure mentioned in the New Testament, in which he is an insurrectionary held by the Roman governor at the same time as Jesus, and whom Pontius Pilate freed at the Passover feast in Jerusalem, while keeping Jesus as a prisoner.… Read More Opinion | Barabbas

Pope Francis: There is an Urgent Need for ‘Spiritual Fatherhood’ Today | National Catholic Register | Opinion

Pointing to St. Joseph as a model for fatherhood, Pope Francis reflected that Joseph had a remarkable “ability to know how to listen to God speaking to his heart.” Source: Pope Francis: There is an Urgent Need for ‘Spiritual Fatherhood’ Today| National Catholic Register Opinion: We really don’t know too much about St. Joseph. Most… Read More Pope Francis: There is an Urgent Need for ‘Spiritual Fatherhood’ Today | National Catholic Register | Opinion

Jonah – Could a person be swallowed whole and survive to tell the tale?

Jonah is a reluctant prophet in the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament. The account of his strange life appears in The Book of Jonah, thought to be written during Israel’s exile (5th to 4th century BCE), and set in the middle of the 8th century BCE. According to the story, Jonah fears the consequences… Read More Jonah – Could a person be swallowed whole and survive to tell the tale?

John The Baptist – For Christians, a link between the old and the new

Here’s a slight update to a Think Free entry of 2011. I didn’t add too much other than a new reference to a non-canonical account of John. For anyone interested in Early Christianity, I recommend the very accessible The Story of Christianity, Volume 1 by Justo L. Gonzalez and its audiobook format, read most expertly… Read More John The Baptist – For Christians, a link between the old and the new