When I say “myth”

Myth… <br /> This came up recently… When I say myth, I do not mean fiction. Rather, I mean taking our words and talking about things we do not understand. We do this via stories or analogies or whatsoever poetic form this may take. The book to the left has helped convince me of the use of myth in explaining a lot of things. Most peoples of the ancient world, including Canaanites (and the Romans of New Testament time), viewed the world from the perspective of myth. Contrary to what I have often heard from the pulpit, the term

Bible Translation / Books / Doctoral Work / etc.

SBL 2014 Interviews

SBL 2014 was great and I had the opportunity to interview three scholars for MAP. Dr. Yael Avrahami is the author of the award-winning book Senses of Scripture: Sensory Perception in the Hebrew Bible. In our discussion, she addresses why the 5 senses alone don’t hold up in the epistemologies of the Hebrew Bible. Yael is also one of the creators of Hendrickson’s new Reader’s Hebrew Bible. Dr. Bob Bascom is a Hebrew Bible scholar and Bible translator. Bob is a friend who has taught me a lot about life and love. Literally. He’s a cognitive linguist who can

Linguistics / Logos Bible Software / Technology

Case-frames in Logos 6 #Logos6

First of all, Joel told me that I should post here because no one reads my blog. And that’s not very nice. But, he’s probably right. And, once I changed his blog’s tagline to “Where Joel incessantly brain vomits nonsense into cyberspace” for an entire day without him noticing while letting everyone else in on the gag. ¬†So I suppose we’re even. At any rate, I’m cross posting. I’ve written a post on my personal blog about what I’ve been up to for the past year, namely working on the new case-frames feature in Logos 6. Here’s a teaser

Linguistics / Logos Bible Software / Technology

Check out Bible Sense Lexicon “Sense of the Day”

I haven’t availed myself of my privileges here at Unsettled Christianity for quite some time. At least not since the time I changed the tagline to “where joel incessantly brain vomits nonsense into cyberspace.” Thanks to Jim for preserving that for perpetual memory, or at least until he decides to shut down his blog again. But, I wanted to take the opportunity to put in a shameless plug since Joel is constantly doing that for his books here anyway and you’re all accustomed¬†to it … Actually, I breakfast with Joel recently and he said I could/should. For about two


Will the notion of “Authorial Intent” be killed soon?

Over the past two weeks, Mr. Grunberg has spent several hours a day writing his novella, while a battery of sensors and cameras tracked his brain waves, heart rate, galvanic skin response (an electrical measure of emotional arousal) and facial expressions. Next fall, when the book is published, some 50 ordinary people in the Netherlands will read it under similarly controlled circumstances, sensors and all. via Arnon Grunberg Is Writing While Connected to Electrodes – I believe the author is not dead, nor hidden… well, maybe hidden. But not dead. The author is every bit as important, if


Appalachian English #linguistics

“We are twenty ‘ears behind the country, but I wouldn’t trade places with nobody” Anyway, it is a decent, short, program on some of the uniqueness of the English in these hills. And remember, it is Appalachia, not Appalachia


Our language is too straight

In my recent piece on the Historical Jesus, I chose to use these words: …just a story told like other divine imaginations, to help out one person or another in achieving something of an ethical collusion, or mythicism. I realize some have a difficult time understanding nuanced writing. (Throughout this post, I have linked words to various pages giving their meaning.) Anyway, the above quote was one singled out as a means to attack. That’s fine, because that is the route of the weakened mind, a mind only able to fight back by fleeing into imaginations vain. Regardless of