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.

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.

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

Congratulations to Jacob Wright

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible Jacob L. Wright has received a $50,000 Templeton Foundation grant to underwrite new research and a book award recognizing his most recent scholarship.

The grant from the Templeton Foundation will enable Wright’s participation in a philosophy research group at Jerusalem’s Herzl Institute. Within that group, Wright’s individual project, “To Know in the Biblical Sense,” will examine the highly developed discourse regarding the knowledge of God in the Hebrew Bible, as well as comparative work with the New Testament. Rather than merely undertaking an exegetical or historical analysis, Wright will deal with the subject matter through philosophical, metaphysical, and theological lenses. 

Wright’s 2014 book, David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory (Cambridge University Press), received an honorable mention in the theology and religious studies category at this year’s PROSE Awards, administered by the Association of American Publishers. Recognizing excellence in professional and scholarly publishing, the PROSE Awards acknowledge pioneering research and landmark work in more than 40 categories. Entries are judged by peer publishers and librarians, and awards are given each year at the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Conference in Washington, D.C.

According to a recent CHOICE review, Wright’s award-winning book is written “in engaging, limpid prose occasionally seasoned with humor” and it “succeeds in making painstaking textual inquiry into a stimulating book for general readers and experts alike.” The book compares the function of the David and Caleb accounts in the Bible to the role war memorials play over time.

Well done!