So Proud of Chris Tilling- His New Book Arrived Today

Thanks Eerdmans!  And thanks, Chris (et al).  I hadn’t realized Chris had a few co-authors.  I’m sure they made it a quite different affair than the previous version published by Mohr Siebeck…


#Maeday2015 Is Coming Soon!

I’m SO EXCITED!  Did you know that if you go to and type in Maegan Gilliland that the first photo that comes up is… well see for yourself:



Yup- it’s the one on the top left.  How FUN is that?!?!?!?!

Join the meme Mae Day fun and use the hashtag #Maeday2015 (and not #Maedae2105 because only lunatics spell ‘day’ ‘dae’).  Let’s see what photo of Mae we can push to first place this year.

Congratulations to Thomas Römer – futur docteur honoris causa de l’Université de Tel-Aviv

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVous avez beaucoup travaillé sur les origines du monothéisme. Vos recherches sont-elles perçues de façon différente dans une université baignée par la culture chrétienne comme Paris et Lausanne que dans une université où la culture dominante est juive, comme à Tel-Aviv?

En fait, je pense que l’Université de Tel-Aviv a des méthodes de travail très proches de celles de nos universités. Ce n’est pas du tout une université avec une idéologie religieuse. Par contre, jamais je n’aurais reçu un doctorat honoris causa de Jérusalem!

Ce qui change vraiment entre Lausanne et Tel-Aviv, c’est qu’en Israël, ils sont à côté des sites historiques. Alors, assez logiquement ils accordent une place plus importante à l’archéologie. Finalement entre Lausanne et Tel-Aviv, il n’y a pas une idéologie différente, mais une complémentarité. Ils travaillent beaucoup avec l’archéologie alors que nous recourons davantage à des outils linguistiques et de travail sur le texte.

Congratulations, Thomas!  This is very well deserved and an honor to the University of Tel Aviv as well.

The World is A Crazy Place… But There Remains One Important Constant…

And it’s this:


Poor Jacob

I took one of those impressive facebook quizzes and it turns out…


Jacob would immediately leave the country!

Lincoln Harvey Wants Protestants to Worship Mary…

Or something like that. It’s hard to tell. He’s British, so his deviousness is so polite it’s hard to spot… He writes (at the conclusion of his relatively good article)

Mary’s response to God’s gracious gift of her child – and the love between Jesus and his mother – is a faithful image of the Christian life; one that rightly draws our gaze away from its fixation on ourselves, and teaches us the love of God and neighbour as part of our own transformation in the Church.

As a result, whether we’re Catholic or Evangelical, we should be able to join in Peacey’s wonderful hymn, singing as one, “For Mary, Mother of the Lord, God’s holy name be praised, Who first the Son of God adored as on her child she gazed.”

I can only reply- NEIN! There’ll be no mariolatry here dear Rev. Dr.

Congratulations to the Cargills!

Bob and Ros are expecting a little one.  Another little one!  Bob has posted his gleeful response (humorous of course) on the facebook-


Congrats to them and all the family on this exciting news.


Mark Goodacre: An Observation

I like Mark.  He’s a good scholar, a good speaker, a good writer, and a good guy.  He’s always polite and even when he disagrees with you and you disagree with him he maintains civility and friendliness.

I know this at first hand because though we are fairly compatible in many if not most interpretive questions I’ve not been fully agreeable with the CNN special ‘Finding Jesus’.  Nonetheless, Mark has not yet once acted or spoken any differently than he has before.

I appreciate his maturity and scholarly demeanor.  Not all scholars are or act that way.  Some, if you disagree with them about anything, suddenly become your mortal foe evidencing thereby that they weren’t really friends but rather simply friendly (and that itself a mask put on for personal advantage) in the first place.

Having known Mark for a good many years now and anticipating his collegiality of spirit for many years to come, I simply wished to express my appreciation publicly for him, his work (which is generally good except for his whole doubting Q thing) and his learning.

Even CNN can’t ruin Mark for me.

Tilling’s Lecture Was a Smashing Success!

You can tell by the reactions of audience members how utterly gripping and amazing the lecture was!


Pulling Aside the Curtain a Little…

And letting you see inside the inner sanctum…


“We’re probably talking about you right now, laughing. And whenever you do speak to us we’re silently correcting your grammar.”  —  Chris Tilling

“It’s true.  It’s how we spend the entire SBL annual meeting.  That and mocking the AAR weirdos.”  — Jim West


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