A Response to Michael Kok

Esteemed Canadian Person of Note, Michael Kok, has recently commented on this blog questioning the completeness of my of my report on my upcoming session at the SBL. Read it for yourself (the first comment). Let it be known that I take all such comments very seriously and I am deeply sorry for any shortcomings in my previous post. Here, Mike, let me make it up to you.


Secular Biblical Criticism and Introductions to the Bible

The Society of Biblical Literature has had its preliminary program for the November meeting in Atlanta online for some time.

Dr. Jim will be there and presenting a paper this time. Given the hoopla over Hendels’s claims the SBL is too religious to bother with anymore, it should get a good audience. I will address Hendel and the SBL soon. I have a big post in draft form, but see my comment, #80, on the SBL’s response.

Anyway, here are the details about our session.

Ideological Criticism
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Secular Biblical Criticism and Introductions to the Bible

Johanna Stiebert, University of Leeds, Presiding
Hector Avalos, Iowa State University
What’s Not So Secular about Introductions to the Hebrew Bible? (20 min)
James Linville, University of Lethbridge
Why is this mythology different from all other mythologies? (20 min)
Esther Fuchs, University of Arizona
Christian Bias in Feminist Introductions to the Bible (20 min)
Zeba Crook, Carleton University
A Course in Miracles, or a Secular Introduction to the New Testament? (20 min)
Barry Bandstra, Hope College, Respondent (30 min)
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Harvard University, Respondent (30 min)

I’m very glad that Barry Bandstra is responding. I had to buy his Reading the Old Testament book as an undergrad and used it in my first year of teaching Old Testament at the University of Alberta. Can’t say it did me any harm, but I will make some polite comments on how such introductions tend to affirm a kind of exceptionalism about the religious world behind the Old Testament that is unfortunate. I will use the Exodus myth as my starting point, hence the title of the paper that takes off on the Passover questions about why Passover night is different from all other nights.

Jesus (the not-quite) Superstar Musical (sort of).

And you thought disco was dead!

Spring is here! Yes, its mating season!

And here is someone with, well, “standards” (is this Roland Boer?). This shirt is actually all the rage for student members of the SBL who will be holding a special symposium on “The significant Other. How to get one” in Atlanta this year.

Shamelessly stolen from Poorly Dressed.

NEW POLL! Why the bear suit?

And vote for my Lol! click the pick.

Add your own option!

I am offended by this video. It can just priest off.

Sent to me by some God Mocker.

I refuse to be entertained by such “comedy” or to distribute it any further. Just watch it and you will see what I mean. Totally repellant. It really bugs me.

Jesus is a Jam-Tart!

John V. sent me this, saying I had to post it. I agree!

Its from the Far Left Side, the best web comic ever!

But should that not be a penitent butter and Jesus jelly sandwich?

Now, what else can I put here so I’m not just ripping off a FLS cartoon? Hmmm. I know, some music!

Here is Jelly Roll Morton and the Jelly Roll Blues!


Couldn’t resist.  I can’t stand the goof-ball and his right wing, bad acting and those stupid Chuck is God jokes and shit.

EVERYBODY is tagged.

Why Religious Studies is Important, ESPECIALLY for Business Students

In the big debate between humanities and “practical” university subjects like business or management and whole “Getting a Real Job” spiel, the humanities often looses out. But here is why even management and business students NEED Religious Studies, the pinnacle (pit?) of the humanities.

Will Resurrect to Suit Tenant

In these troubled times, leasing a god may be a better strategy than buying one outright.

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