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The Bible and Culture

The Bible and Culture

November 2009 Archives

Ascension Photograph taken by NASA

posted by Ben Witherington

Word to the wise to the editor of the Economist—- Jesus’ name is not Brazil, even in Portugese BW3

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The Bonding— A Christmas Poem

posted by Ben Witherington

THE BONDING     A cold and listless season, And full of cheerless cheer, When hopes are raised and dashed again And joy dissolves in tears.   The search for endless family The search for one true Friend Leaves questers […]

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The SBL in New Orleans– Archaeological Revelations Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

The annual national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature met this year in New Orleans last weekend, which I have to confess I would be glad to meet in every single year. The French, Cajun, and Creole food is […]

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Blindsided by ‘The Blind Side’

posted by Ben Witherington

You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of memorable football movies there are out there in which there is actually some decent acting and a good plot.  When you add the requirement of it being a […]

SBL Lecture— Wise and Sagacious Vistas on Matthew

posted by Ben Witherington

Wise and Sagacious Vistas: The Past and Future of a Sapiential Reading of Matthew—                            My earliest memories of serious study of the Gospel of Matthew come from my time in college at UNC.  There was this book […]

Deer Me!!!

posted by Ben Witherington

You can see some squirrely things in this world.  But this one is right up there.  Can you hear the conversation at the local barbershop between Bubba and Ernest? “I’ll bet you a buck you can’t ride down the street […]

Remember the Alamo— Tony Alamo

posted by Ben Witherington

The story of Tony Alamo is bound, someday, to be made into a movie.  It’s so bizarre, so improbable, so full of incident and crime and sin that it makes some soap operas look clean!   The horrifyingly saddest part of […]

Christmas Ideas Part Two:– Disney’s a Christmas Carrey???

posted by Ben Witherington

Jim Carrey has already grinched his way through a previous Christmas, and now he gets to see if he can top that by Scrooging his way through this one.  I went to see this movie in 3D and one has […]

Christmas Ideas Part One: ‘Skipping Christmas’

posted by Ben Witherington

You may well have missed this one.  It’s a small book, pocket sized, and though it says a novel on the cover, its really a novella– 177 pages even with gracious spacing. You can easily read it in a day, […]

2012– Noah will you build me an Ark?

posted by Ben Witherington

Last summer the movies went to the dogs. Fortunately for the movie industry, most Americans love dogs. There have been some dogs this fall in the theater as well, and one kind of movie most prone to be both loved […]

School’s Out Forever– The Rise and Fall of the Religionsgeschichtliche Schule

posted by Ben Witherington

I was reading a withering review (no not by me) of Robert Price’s recent salvo, Jesus is Dead, published by one of the atheistic presses. This book is not merely an assault on the idea that Jesus rose from the […]

E Pluribus Unum– Social Identity and Diversity in Acts

posted by Ben Witherington

(My friend Mark Fairchild, who is a professor of Bible at Huntington University invited me to come give some lectures at his school in Indiana. What follows here is the Forrester Lecture on Diversity delivered Nov. 4, 2009.Kudos to Mark […]

‘This is It’– And Dat’s All Folks

posted by Ben Witherington

Michael Jackson was many things, and when he died at 50, his demise was so sudden, and so much like the demise of Elvis, that inevitably comparisons will be made.  For sure, had it not been for the Beatles, Michael […]

Gravity

posted by Ben Witherington

       I      Gravity To be specific An attraction Sometimes fatal   The gravity Of depravity Is seldom seen In time.   The Gravity Of an occasion Spreads solemnity Silently, surreptitiously.   Like love Gravity is invisible But undeniable As […]

Catholic Bishops Play Important Role in Passing Healthcare Bill in the House

posted by Ben Witherington

As it turns out, it was the elimination of funds for elective abortions from the healthcare bill that finally satisfied conservative Democrats in the house, and got the healthcare bill passed. The persons perhaps most responsible for eliminating the logjam […]

MP3s are not the MVPs of the Music World

posted by Ben Witherington

When I was born people were still playing Victrolas and 78 rpm records.  My father had a collection of Big Band records– Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller, Benny Goodman etc. Then there were albums and 45s (i.e. singles), and then 8 […]

By George, He Got my Goat–‘The Men who Stare at Goats’

posted by Ben Witherington

George Clooney loves political satire, and here we have yet another film of that ilk. The movie is less than two hours long, but it seems slower as there are stretches in the film that drag.  The cast on the […]

Culture Making Part II— ‘Three Cups of Tea’

posted by Ben Witherington

‘And the day will come when they beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks…’ Is. 2.4  Culture-making comes in many shapes and sizes, and sometimes the positive act of doing it proves to be not merely […]

Francis Collins, the Language of God, and Stephen Colbert

posted by Ben Witherington

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

Wild Thing– Maurice Sendak at the Movies

posted by Ben Witherington

I remember the 60s well.  One of the things that happened in the 60s was that a children’s book got banned from a lot of libraries, perhaps especially in the South.  It was Maurice Sendak’s  Where the Wild Things Are  […]

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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