I’ve gotten this question before in podcast Q & A, but I was reminded of it today when someone posted this article on Facebook, aimed at “flood geology”: Twenty-One Reasons Noah’s Worldwide Flood Never Happened. It’s by a retired geology professor. I don’t understand the science as I’m not a geologist, but I do know biblical […]

I recommend reading Peter’s even-handed review of “Fragments of Truth,” created by Faithlife Films. I’ve posted the trailer before, but here it is again. The visual quality is very high and, as Peter notes, it’s filled with many scholars whose expertise in New Testament textual criticism is well known in the academy.

Those who follow this blog and the Naked Bible Podcast might find the Exegetical Tools podcast worth your time. I was recently interviewed for that podcast. Enjoy!

The interview with Jon Fuller for his “Are You Real?” podcast was posted on Feb 18. I had forgotten to blog it, but was reminded of it today by an email from someone who really liked this particular interview. And so here it is!

The New Testament Textual Criticism blog posted this link to Dan Wallace’s course on the basics of New Testament textual criticism. It was created under the auspices of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM), Dan Wallace’s non-profit. Here’s the iTunes description: Textual Criticism remains today as one of the most overlooked […]

Short answer: Nope. A bit more of an answer: Nope, and let’s stop the “Easter is pagan” madness. For the longer answer, keep reading — both what follows and the article I’ve linked to. I thought I had posted this last year, but I guess I had not. I want to share a scholarly article specifically […]

The Atlantic just published this interesting short article on the Atacama “alien” — a subject I have blogged about several times: “The Controversial Study of a Girl Who Ufologists Called ‘Alien’.” As to the racism element, you can read the article — the short version is that the remains were foreign (as opposed to White […]

I recommend the video below created by Dr. Michael Brown. It’s more than a debunking of the deeply flawed, nonsensical idea that the meaning of Hebrew letters is to be found in their original pictographic (picture) representations. Like myself, Dr. Brown is a trained Hebrew scholar and Semitist. He knows what he’s talking about here. […]

This short post over at the Exegetical Tools blog draws attention to accessible introductions to the Septuagint. Several books on the Septuagint are mentioned: Invitation to the Septuagint, by Jobes and Silva The Septuagint (Understanding the Bible and Its World), by Dines The Use of the Septuagint in New Testament Research, by McLay Of those […]

Part 3 of a series by Dr. Ronn Johnson   My thanks to many of you who have emailed me about Parts 1 and 2. Some have expressed concern about going down the road of challenging historic Christianity on this issue of the Big Story of the Bible. I agree that this should always be […]

That’s an important question — and the title of this post by John Meade over at the Logos Academic blog. It’s worth a read, so check it out!

  Remember the Atacama “alien” that was the centerpiece of a Steven Greer film? Well, the important peer-reviewed journal Genome Research published the following article on the specimen today. Bhattacharya S, Li J, Sockell A, Kan M, Bava F, Chen, S, Ávila-Arcos M, Ji X, Smith E, Asadi N, Lachman R, Lam H, Bustamante C, Butte A, […]

The Strange Remains blog recently published a worthwhile post on the fakery of giant (and otherwise) human remains in the 19th century. I recommend it. Folks who are into newspaper reports of giants in North America are often ignorant of the fact (or just don’t want to acknowledge) that the 19th century is well known […]

Back in June 2017 I blogged about the newest hoax by serial hoaxer Jaime Maussan — the “discovery” of three-fingered alien mummies in Peru. Maussan of course was one of the people behind the ridiculous Roswell slides. I suggested at the time the same hoaxing techniques that seemed to obviously (at least to me and a […]

Brett Tingley at Mysterious Universe summarizes more reasons to doubt that the videos most of the US knows via the NY Times are what their promoters claim them to be. Don’t expect this to be the last of the problems.

Faithlife TV has created a feature film documentary on New Testament manuscripts and textual criticism. It’s hosted by Dr. Craig Evans. The visuals are stunning. The content takes on folks like Bart Ehrman (Dr. Evans has debated him a number of times) and their claims about the authenticity of New Testament manuscripts. Check out the […]

It doesn’t happen often, but Brill is dribbling out 25 journal articles over the next few weeks that appeared in the journal Dead Sea Discoveries. Have a look!

Short answer: Because the demise of real Christianity in the West (Europe and America), is being replaced by theological flim-flam and all sorts of occulture. (This is part of the reason why I object to Christians baptizing that stuff; “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”). Longer answer: This important […]

The recent movie The Shape of Water won the Academy Award for best picture this past weekend. Like most of the country, I wasn’t watching. However, it appears I’m going to have to see it. Its plotline sounds a little too familiar. In case you’re not familiar with the film, it’s about a captured amphibious fish-man (think […]

This is Part 2 of a guest series by Dr. Ronn Johnson.   What is the Bible’s Big Story? Part 2 Dr. Ronn Johnson In my opening post I recommended that locating the Big Story of the Bible can be difficult, and that simply being more fluent in the Bible does not solve the challenge. […]

I recently got an email requesting that I comment on something called “The Book of Og.” I’m not sure what is being claimed about this book. You can be sure, though, that this book is NOT a book that goes back to the biblical period (i.e., the OT time period when Og was taking a […]

Here are the slides to the last night (which was tonight). You can catch the video on my Facebook / Youtube channel. Wk4-Chaos-and-Calendar

A guest post by Dr. Ronn Johnson I recently heard that we see more images or pictures in one day (whether on our phone, on the TV, on a billboard, etc.) than a pre-Renaissance person would have seen over the course of their entire lifetime. Apparently our brains have been able to adjust to this […]

Well, if you can read paleo-Hebrew that sure looks like: [לישׁעיה[ו] נבי[א as in: ל = “belonging to” [ישׁעיה[ו] נבי[א= Isaiah the prophet (with some letters missing) We’ll see. I can hardly wait for the minimalist crowd to come up with another “what you see really isn’t what you see” argument. They’re good at that. […]

If you have not yet read Nick Redfern’s two books on the Roswell UFO incident, you should. Body Snatchers in the Desert: The Horrible Truth at the Heart of the Roswell Story The Roswell UFO Conspiracy: Exposing A Shocking And Sinister Secret Nick believes the Roswell incident had nothing to do with aliens. He writes: […]

You have to wonder after reading this essay at Wired.com: “What is Up with those Pentagon UFO Videos?” The article basically traces the history of the videos that accompanied the now famous NT Times article about a secret government program investigating UFOs (the AATIP: Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program). Part of that history involves Tom […]

Here are the slides for tonight’s session. This one will be livestreamed from the Grace Church Bellingham Facebook page, not my Facebook page. Wk3-Sacrificial System

Here are the slides for this second talk. I will post a link to the livestream / video once we have that. Wk2-Sacred Space and Sacrifice-Heiser-GCB

I had blogged a few days ago about the availability on the upcoming (May 6-16) Israel tour. We are down to 5 openings left. If you are interested in going to Israel with me (and Derek and Sharon Gilbert), follow this link. Maybe it will help to note that Trey is going, too! There is a […]

Discovered in 1929, the Piri Reis map, dated to 1513, was virtually unknown except by those who may have seen it displayed in its current home, the Topkapi Palace Museum in Instanbul. That all changed when Erich von Däniken made it part of his ancient astronaut theory in the 1960s. Other ancient aliens theorists have […]

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