After a few years ago writing a fascinating exposé of the forger (Walter Fritz) behind the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife and his duping of Karen King at Harvard, just yesterday Ariel Sabar published an equally fascinating exposé about stolen and misrepresented New Testament papyri, including many from Oxford’s Egyptian Exploration Society (EES) and its famous Oxyrynchus papyri collection.Read More »
Over the years I’ve developed a variety of individual handouts for New Testament classes that I’ve taught. Today I decided to compile them into a brief New Testament Introduction Sourcebook to share freely and openly with the world.
The sourcebook materials are well-suited to accompany my introductory video lectures for New Testament (RLST 201) at CSU Fullerton. The related RLST 201 course syllabus for Spring 2018 is also available.Read More »
Got to see Aida at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome last summer and had a lovely time. I was delighted today to hear that Aida will performed by the Los Angeles Opera early in the summer of 2021.
Always enjoyable to come back to paleography. Today’s task is to finish my critical edition of CANT 78.3, The Hospitality and Perfume of the Bandit, based on a collation of texts found in two manuscripts, Vatican Library Lat. 6300 and British Library Harley 3199. The story is likely 13th or 14th century, one among several medieval variations of the Good Thief’s hospitality to the Holy Family during their sojourn to Egypt.
This story is unique in that it ties the miraculous perfume the Good Thief receives from Jesus’ mother Mary to the alabaster-carried perfume that Mary Magdalene used to anoint the feet of Jesus.Read More »
After obtaining or checking for permission with my publishers, I’ve uploaded open access versions of many of my recent publications. All of these self-archived publications now have DOIs and are linked in my ORCID record. This was also a good reminder to update my ORCID record more generally, so I added all of my missing presentations and service work. I’m almost up to 100 academic works!Read More »
Recently through the grapevine I heard about the passing of Phil Wallack. I knew Phil as the devoted husband of my pastor, Alice Piggee-Wallack, under whom I served as an associate pastor for four years at the church she planted, True Light Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City, Missouri.Read More »
Campus news piece sent out by email today featured our recently edited book on Mimesis Criticism of the New Testament. Thank you to the most excellent team in Strategic Communications for sharing this publication and those of other faculty!