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The Bible and Culture

The Bible and Culture

July 2009 Archives

Colbert on the Bible in Public School Classrooms

posted by Ben Witherington

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c

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The Wright Stuff Hits the Fan

posted by Ben Witherington

Tom and Maggie Wright in front of Bishop Auckland Palace, the episcopal residence. Bishop Tom Wright is not a shy retiring sort. I have watched him meticulously dissect and vivisect one of Dominic Crossan’s works in an SBL session.  Reacting […]

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Five for Five– 5 of the best Jazz CDs of the last 5 Years

posted by Ben Witherington

First let me clarify something. When I say ‘jazz CDs’ I am not referring to the jazz inflected pop played on most ‘smooth jazz’ stations. I have no problems with that sort of music, but its much closer to pop […]

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Sacred and Mundane Nominated for National Book Award

posted by Ben Witherington

My small book of poetry, largely written this year whilst on sabbatical in Vermont has been nominated for a national book award! Each year the Conference on Christianity and Literature (CCL) offers a Book-of-the-Year Citation to the author and publisher […]

Prophetable Thoughts— James on Hosea

posted by Ben Witherington

Another of my favorite prophets is Hosea, both for the tragic story of the prophet’s life, and the message of mercy that Hosea shares. See what you think of James Howell’s reflections on this book of the Bible. BW3

Prophetable Thoughts— James on Jonah

posted by Ben Witherington

Here’s James Howell’s reflections on Jonah. I am less skeptical than he is that the story has historical substance, but he may be right that it is a parable about a historical person. What is clear is that Jonah was […]

Pottering Heights: Half Blood, Half Venom

posted by Ben Witherington

In a summer of miserable and unwatchable movies (there have been some exceptions, Ice Age is o.k. and fun, and Star Trek the Restart was good) The Harry Potter Saga as movie series continues, after about a two year hiatus, […]

Prophetable Thoughts–James on Amos

posted by Ben Witherington

Amos is certainly one of my personal favorite prophets and here is a helpful synopsis of what his prophecy is all about from Dr. James Howell.

Prophetable Thoughts— James on Isaiah

posted by Ben Witherington

Dr. James Howell, senior minister at Myers Park UMC in Charlotte N.C. has some excellent teaching on the prophets which is on UTube. I will be sharing some of it with you here in the next several weeks. See what […]

John Calvin is Old, and Not Looking a Day over 500

posted by Ben Witherington

John Calvin’s birthday deserves to be celebrated, not least because he was one of the truly great Christian exegetes and indeed systematic theologians of all time. Never mind that I disagree with a great deal of what he has to […]

The Dead Shall Have Their Say– More on the James Ossuary

posted by Ben Witherington

It hardly seems possible that it was seven years ago that Hershel Shanks and I wrote the book The Brother of Jesus (Harper) about the James ossuary. It is also hard to believe that the trial of the owner of […]

M.Div. Lite! Less Filling— Tastes Great!!

posted by Ben Witherington

The full page ad said it all.  A Masters of Divinity degree offered now with only ONE required course in Bible, ONE in theology, and none in church history over a three year period!  And a more economical one as […]

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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