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July 2010 Archives

Me and Orson Welles– a Classy Period Piece

posted by Ben Witherington

In a small art theater in the Carlton district of Melbourne, here in Australia, I was taken to see this classy period piece telling a small bit of the story of Orson Welles (the man who famously read War of […]

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Lands of the Bible 2010–Name those Greek Deities

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Are the Gospel Accounts Unreliable?

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What Changed Paul into Christ’s Follower?

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Lands of the Bible 2010— the Rock Cut Tombs in Lycia

posted by Ben Witherington

The cult of the dead, and the honoring of the dead was of huge importance in all of the Biblical world, including in the Greco-Roman portion of that world.  People spent huge sums of money to be buried in prominent […]

Gulet Boat Pics from St. Nicholas’ Island

posted by Ben Witherington

That’s Levent Oral,  my tour company owner friend from Izmir with me.

How Historical are the Gospel Accounts?

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Lands of the Bible 2010– The Island of St. Nick

posted by Ben Witherington

When Christians began in the fourth century to go on pilgrimages to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, if they were coming from Italy, Greece, Turkey or anywhere west of Israel, they tended to come most of the way by boat. […]

What’s the Most Crucial Part of Jesus’s Life?

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Lands of the Bible 2010–The Gullet Boat Trip

posted by Ben Witherington

At the end of our time in Turkey, my friend Levent Oral arranged for us to do a boat trip around the south coast of Turkey, stopping here and there to see some ruins on several islands and a couple […]

What Did Jesus’ Family Think of his Ministry?

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Our New Thriller— Papias and the Mysterious Menorah

posted by Ben Witherington

The third archaeological thriller in the Art West series (of seven) has just come out, and is available from Amazon, and even more cheaply from www.wipfandstock.com.  I am challenging you fiction hounds out there to get a copy and put […]

Was Jesus the Son of Man?

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Lands of the Bible 2010 The Underground Churches and the Churches of Constantine

posted by Ben Witherington

          You can clobber your head by visiting the underground churches, but what is most important to realize is that they were part of a huge network of underground cities or dwelling and storage places. The […]

Of Inflatable Churches and Holographic Pastors

posted by Ben Witherington

Sometime back I told you the story of an inflatable Catholic Church a priest was using on a beach to get Catholic beachcombers to come to Mass and take the sacrament, apparently with some success.  Below is a picture of […]

Donald Miller and the Gospel of ‘Gentiles’

posted by Ben Witherington

Like many others, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Blue like Jazz;  There is now a new book by Donald Miller  ‘Father Fiction’   Here is the cover—   There is a connection between Donald Miller and Don Piper, and it is a […]

Was Jesus a Qumranite?

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Lands of the Bible 2010– Inside The Cave Churches

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the more fascinating aspects of Capadoccia is of course the cave churches, and when I say cave churches,  you should not think primitive.  I mean elaborately carved, painted, decorated churches in caves. This practice of course began when […]

Lands of the Bible 2010-Aspendos

posted by Ben Witherington

Certainly one of the most spectacular Roman theaters in Turkey is at Aspendos, not least because the vast majority of it has been preserved or restored and one gets such a clear image of such a gargantuan place.  Here Greek […]

How Influenced was Jesus by his Context? Was he a Peasant?

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Inception— a Trailer

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The Immaculate ‘Inception’— a Great Psy-Fi Thriller

posted by Ben Witherington

“To sleep, perchance to dream-ay, there’s the rub.” Hamlet (III, i, 65-68) I have a friend in Charlotte who records all his dreams in a dream journal.  He loves to try and ponder what the heck is going on in […]

Was Jesus a Political Figure with a Political Message?

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Sin–A Dark Tale— Final Chapter

posted by Ben Witherington

SIN— FINAL CHAPTER               Gary Anderson concludes his study of the history of the concept of sin with a discussion of Anselm’s treatment (11-12century) of the subject in a classic work Cur Deus Homo?  Or Why the God-Man or […]

Despicable Me—- the Trailer

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Despicable Me— a Wicked Good Movie

posted by Ben Witherington

For those of us with gray hair, the iconic image above is all too familiar.  It is the image of Alfred Hitchcock, or at least a caricature of him, as he appeared in some of his famous ‘Alfred Hitchcock presents’ […]

A Prayer for Leroy

posted by Ben Witherington

The preacher said, “Anyone with ‘special needs’ who wants to be prayed over, come forward to the altar.”   With that, Leroy got in line and when it was his turn, the preacher asked, “Leroy, what do you want me […]

Lands of the Bible—Ballooning over Capadoccia II

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Up up and away with Dan the camera man in our beautiful balloon.

Did Jesus do Miracles?

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What We Do in Kentucky When we Can’t Afford Drums

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Voyage of the Dawn Treader– The Official Trailer

posted by Ben Witherington

Before I head off to Narnia, errrr, Australia, where I will visit the set of the new Narnia adventure, here finally is the official trailer for the movie scheduled for release on Dec. 10th.

Lands of the Bible—Ballooning over Capadoccia I

posted by Ben Witherington

Capadoccia came to be called the Christian region of Turkey. It is indeed where the many famous cave churches and underground churches are, the region of the really amazing looking fufa hills which are soft and can be carved into […]

More Finger-Pickin that Finger-Lickin Good—Don Ross

posted by Ben Witherington

Don Ross sometimes collaborates with Andy McKee and they are both indebted to Michael Hedges, which is in no way a bad thing. This one is called Klimbim. Enjoy

What Did Jesus Look Like, and Does it Matter?

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King James Puts his Head in a Miami Vice

posted by Ben Witherington

No athlete in history who has won no championships at either the college or professional level has ever received the hype Lebron James has gotten in the last couple of months as basketball fans waited with baited breath to see […]

Lands of the Bible—The Sea of Galilee

posted by Ben Witherington

Call it a sea, call it a lake, call it Kinneret, the Sea of Tiberias (see John 21), or the sea of Galilee, it is certain a beautiful place, but a sea, by any normal modern definition, it is not.  […]

More Andy McKee— Driftin’

posted by Ben Witherington

Here is a good example of Andy McKee playing much in the same mode as Michael Hedges. This is a very good song indeed.

Knight and Day— Get Your Motor Runnin’

posted by Ben Witherington

 I realize this may come as a total surprise to many of you, but sometimes movie critics get it wrong.  Really wrong.  I had hesitated to go see the new Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz movie (see their smiling faces […]

Sin–Chapter 11

posted by Ben Witherington

SIN–CHAPTER 11               In Chapter 11 of his study,. Gary Anderson focuses on texts (Biblical and rabbinic) that he believes are of relevance to the discussion of the concept of a treasury in heaven, and of almsgiving to the […]

The Art of Motion–Andy McKee

posted by Ben Witherington

As most of you know I am a string player (guitars, violin etc.) and I know talent when I see it. Here is an enjoyable introduction to Andy McKee. This song is in the tradition of Michael Hedges.. I will […]

Lands of the Bible— The Dead Sea and those Scrolls

posted by Ben Witherington

So who is that dude in the Dead Sea with the T-shirt that reads Med. Sea (with a blue fish) and below that Red Sea (with a Red fish) and finally below that Dead Sea (with a dead fish)?  Yep, […]

Sin— Chapter 10

posted by Ben Witherington

SIN–CHAPTER 1O               Anderson begins his tenth chapter by quoting a couple of church fathers that provide evidence that sin and salvation were seen in mercantile terms, in terms of credits and debits,  benefits and deficits. The quote from […]

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