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January 1970 Archives

Obsolete Truth– Truth in the Ruins

posted by Ben Witherington

İ have been pondering something for a while on this trip as İ have visited one archaeological site after another. Here we find facts, hard realities in the ground which of course can be subject to various interpretations. Nevertheless we […]

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Turkish Delight

posted by Ben Witherington

So here I am ın Turkey mındıng my own business near the Syrian border and checking out Antioch and there ıt ıs– the Davincı Code billboard advertising the movie.Its omnipresent apparently. Off to Singapore next to speak to the World […]

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Da Vinci Code– the Movie: “So Dark the Con of Man”

posted by Ben Witherington

Ron Howard’s two hour and 29 minute adaptation of Dan Brown’s mega-selling thriller “The Da Vinci Code” has now hit the big screen to mostly negative reviews (see www.rottentomatoes.com). Having read some thirty criticisms of the movie I was prepared […]

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Da Vinci Code Movie Falls Flat– the Early Returns

posted by Ben Witherington

Maybe Ronnie Howard has done us all a favor. The early pre-screening reviews of the critics are out— and they are all negative. All of them. In fact, on the Rottentomatoes.com tomato meter it gets a 0%. I am sure […]

Ossuary Rises from the Patina Dust– the Latest Bombshell

posted by Ben Witherington

Hershel Shanks and BAR are now reporting that we have further, and perhaps definitive confirmation of the authenticity of the inscription on the James ossuary from one of Europe’s leading micro-biologists. The article on the report which you will find […]

Heads up on the Da Vinci Movie and an Hommage to the West Wing

posted by Ben Witherington

This is just to let all of you know that I have been granted an early viewing of the Da Vinci Code movie, and by Thursday night late I intend to post a full movie review and viewer’s guide, if […]

Crunchy Conservatives?

posted by Ben Witherington

My Colleague Lawson Stone (prof. of OT at Asbury) shared the following with me. While some of this I would certainly disagree with, there is much worth pondering BW3 ————- Am I really the last person to discover Rod Dreher’s […]

Dan Brown Comes Out of His Rabbit Hole

posted by Ben Witherington

Dan Brown has finally surfaced in front of a live audience. Granted it was an audience in Portsmouth New Hampshire near where he lives, and granted it was for the New Hampshire branch of NPR which I had to have […]

Omar’s Story– The Tale of a Shiite Christian

posted by Ben Witherington

Omar Alrikabi is one of my students who has had a difficult journey living in the U.S. and has experienced a good deal of racism within and outside the Church since he is of Iraqii Shiite descent and is also […]

The Poet Laureate and the Budding Poet

posted by Ben Witherington

Today, May 7th was a proud day for the Witherington clan. Our only son David graduated from the University of Kentucky today with a degree in English Literature (like his Dad) and a concentration in Japanese (totally unlike his Dad). […]

Jesus on Thin Ice?

posted by Ben Witherington

Well its settled. We now know how Jesus managed to walk on water on the Sea of Galilee. It wasn’t a miracle after all. Jesus was on thin ice, and probably near the shore line of the Sea of Galilee. […]

MI III— Mission not so Believable

posted by Ben Witherington

“Suspend your disbelief” I kept telling myself. After all, this is supposed to be just 126 minutes of summer fun, and after all we can’t expect serious drama from Tom Cruise. This has to be a action and special effects […]

How Bad Theology can Kill You

posted by Ben Witherington

I make no claims about the historical veracity of the following story. I strongly suspect it is just a story, not a report of fact. It was sent to me by a student who thought it was a true story, […]

Commentary on Matthew is Now Out!

posted by Ben Witherington

Just to give you an FYI, my new Matthew commentary is now out. In it I have tried to present a consistent reading of this Gospel in light of Jewish wisdom literature, with some interesting results for Matthean Christology and […]

Hays vs. Ehrman on the Da Vinci Code— the Debate

posted by Ben Witherington

On April 25th 2006 there was a dialogue on the Da Vinci Code and the issues, historical and theological it raises. The debate was held at the new chapel at Duke Divinity School (attendance about 500) and it goes an […]

Previous Posts

The John Wesley Fellows Meeting at Candler---- The Senior Fellows
The John Wesley Fellowship began in 1977, with Steve Harper and yours truly being two of the first John Wesley Fellows chosen.  I have told the story of Ed Robb and AFTE  this past Fall on the blog so I will not repeat it.   Here ...

posted 5:46:30am Jan. 11, 2011 | read full post »

Guns and Religion--- Enough is Quite Enough
I was sitting at the traffic light when a pickup pulled up next to me.  On the back of the cab window was a bumper sticker saying 'Guns and religion. Now more than ever.'   Then I found the picture you see above, and then this one ...

posted 7:05:08pm Jan. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Revival 2011--- At My Home Church in Charlotte
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posted 9:58:02am Jan. 10, 2011 | read full post »

The John Wesley Fellows Meeting at Candler---- The Art of Theology
The John Wesley Fellows meeting this January was held in Atlanta at Candler School of Theology, and its Dean,  Dean Love is a collector of art for the seminary, with some 50 or so paintings now gracing the walls of their beautiful new ...

posted 5:30:50am Jan. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Ancient Readers and Manuscripts--- William A. Johnson's Take
  In the American world of bigger is better (and more erudite) it is refreshing to find a smallish book  (207 pages of text, including some pictures)  that makes its points in detail with full primary source documentation and then ...

posted 9:30:59am Jan. 07, 2011 | read full post »

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