Seminar: What is Biblical Scholarship?

I have put together a syllabus for my upcoming Religion Senior Seminar at Furman, organized around the question: "What is biblical scholarship?" More precisely, what is "critical" and "academic" scholarship on the Bible? How and when did it develop, and how are contemporary questions and debates rooted in that intellectual…

Texts and Lies

Why are the "devout" so quick to believe accusations against people with whom they disagree? I read two posts recently that address this question in different ways. First, Fred Clark discusses the recent Christianity Today article, An Embarrassing Week for Christians Sharing Fake News," by Ed Stetzer. Clark argues that…

The perils of modern translation. Or, nothing ventured, nothing gained?

Allow me to introduce to you the first "modern language" biblical translation produced in the United States, "A New and Corrected Version of the New Testament" by Rodolphus Dickinson (1831). When I first encountered this work, I was excited because Rev. Dickinson was rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in…

The "meaning" of the Confederate flag

At Culture on the Edge (from the University of Alabama Religious Studies Department), my friend Steven Ramey makes some important observations about the current debate surrounding the Confederate flag, touched off by the horrible race-motivated slayings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last week. I have been vocal, and much…

KJV and the rejection of translation

James McGrath has posted an interesting and extreme example of "KJV-Onlyism," which asserts that the King James Bible contains the very words of God, replacing even the Hebrew and Greek text. This view is rooted in a Western imperialism that regards American Fundamentalism as the pinnacle of God's work in…

Teaching the Bible with Technology session

At the Annual Meeting this fall, the SBL unit Global Education and Research Technology will sponsor a session with Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies on "Teaching the Bible with Technology. I am inordinately excited about this session, and very pleased to be part of the program. They have released the…

Emoji in Translation

There is a new Kickstarter to create a translation engine for emoji. This page has all of the wonderful details, including several examples of emoji in translation. This reminds me of the project last year to fund an emoji Bible, which ended up with about 100 bucks. People realized that…

Website relaunch

I am happy to have my new site up and running. All of my old bryanbibb.com content is here, and internal links are all fixed. Bookmarks to the old site will not currently work because of a change in the way URLs are formed, but it should't be a…

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