Tag Archives: Humor

“Not Really the Study of Religion At All, But the Practice of It”

Jim Linville has some thoughts to share about SBL and its “unhealthy (and too ‘damn’ ‘holy) dalliances” with Bible thumpin’ organizations. See ’em here. Plenty to chew on, especially the questions at the end regarding what biblical studies brings to the table as a discipline. Most people working in humanities have had to defend their craft multiple times in their lives, but biblical studies has the added benefit of piggybacking into cultural relevance on the back of religious conviction. Does it still have anything to offer if we take that away? Watch Fox News tonight or you’ll never know, and it could kill your family!


Too Cute for Words

Please excuse the departure from biblical-related posts for the moment. My 26-month-old daughter was trying to sing one of her dolls to sleep last night before her bedtime and said something adorable:

In the Mail: An Upside Down Book

I received Andre Lemair’s The Birth of Monotheism in the mail today, but when I opened it up I noticed something peculiar. (I throw the dust jackets out with the rest of the packaging.) That’s right, the cover is upside down. The book begins on the other side of the book. I don’t know how I feel about this.

Where Is Your Blog Ranked the Highest?

According to Alexa, my blog is ranked #1,559 in Knoxville, Tennessee. For Jim West and James McGrath it’s New Zealand. Joel’s blog is ranked #249 in Charleston-Huntington, West Virginia. Where is your blog ranked the highest?

Top 10 Bibliobloggers for December 2010

Go to bibliobloggerstop10.wordpress.com for your blogger-determined top 10 biblioblogs for December! And just to show that the talent at Bibliobloggers Top 10 extends well beyond basic photoshop (zing!), we’ve included a professionally drawn caricature by award winning editorial cartoonist (for BYU’s Daily Universe), Daniel O. McClellan.

We’re Number One

NT Wrong has posted his Jouissance-meter-determined top 50 biblioblogs over at Biblioblog Top 50, and I appear to have been sarcastically placed at #1. I take my accolades wherever I can get them, though. For those who haven’t yet logged your votes for the blogger-determined top 10 biblioblogs, follow up here.

The More You Know

In response to an exchange with a dilettante, James McGrath offers a brief PSA regarding gospel genres. You may or may not learn something, but you should be entertained.

Sumerians Look on in Confusion as Christian God Creates World

From The Onion:

Members of the earth’s earliest known civilization, the Sumerians, looked on in shock and confusion some 6,000 years ago as God, the Lord Almighty, created Heaven and Earth.

According to recently excavated clay tablets inscribed with cuneiform script, thousands of Sumerians—the first humans to establish systems of writing, agriculture, and government—were working on their sophisticated irrigation systems when the Father of All Creation reached down from the ether and blew the divine spirit of life into their thriving civilization.

“I do not understand,” reads an ancient line of pictographs depicting the sun, the moon, water, and a Sumerian who appears to be scratching his head. “A booming voice is saying, ‘Let there be light,’ but there is already light. It is saying, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass,’ but I am already standing on grass.”

It goes on. Quite a knee-slapper.

And Now For Something Completely Different


Jon Stewart on Hanukkah

There is an article in a Jewish magazine featuring an interview with Jon Stewart, of Daily Show fame, on being Jewish. An interesting quote from the article (from memory, so not verbatim):

I bet every Jew around Christmas has thought at least once, “So you’re celebrating the birth of your savior? We’re celebrating that oil lasted longer than we thought it would.”

I’m in the middle of a pretty hefty class on Jewish history in the Greco-Roman Period, so my first thought was “well, it’s more of a propagandist recognition of the legitimacy of the Hasmonean high priesthood, and don’t get me started on Christmas.” Then I remembered how good I feel about humanity during Hanukkah and Christmas, and how much I enjoy the opportunity to spread a little extra love around. Then I wondered why I don’t just do that all the time. I hope my education never turns me into a cynic.