The Best Part

My late professor, the eminent Brevard Childs, used to say, “The Old Testament is best part of the BIble. . . except for the New Testament.” I have used that line myself, but usually adapted to my role as a lecturer in New Testament Introduction classes: “Mark’s Gospel is the best in the New Testament.…

Post Facto

Traffic here spiked dramatically what with the BoingBoing link. It was nice to welcome visitors, and perhaps some of them will stick around for side orders of ruminations about hermeneutics, technology, semiotics, theology, and family observations. Some visitors seem to have been unimpressed, and that’s their prerogative, of course.   When I dashed the Chess/MMOG…

Crowd-Sourcing

My colleagues and I need to devise a name for the biblical-studies component of the Theology and Religious Studies Department (soon to be “Subject Area” within the “School of Critical Studies” of the “College of Arts” of the University of Glasgow). The two main rules are: (1) it should sound like a place more than…

If Chess Were Invented By MMOG Developers

After millennia in beta, Échecs Games presents the interactive strategy game for the twenty-first century: Shah-mat 64.0!   • More character possibilities — now any unit can be any colour or gender! Male queens, female bishops, chartreuse rooks!   • New game board maps featuring additional continents and unoccupied areas — no reason ever to…

Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus i bawb

Happy St David’s Day to all, especially to my friends named “David” and to you vegetarians out there. David is patron saint of vegetarians, a patronage he shares with St Wulfstan of Worcester, evidently. Unfortunately, Dewi forbade his monks the consumption of beer, which would reduce his popularity with the theologians I know by a…

Horrors!

I just remembered a terrible dream from last night, in which Josiah — in a well-intentioned effort to do something nice for his old dad — polished the Mont Blanc 149 fountain pen I inherited from my father, except that Si was polishing it so vigorously that he was rubbing the gold plating off the…