Category Archives: Pedagogy

Religious Essentialism

I spend a good bit of time in my courses trying to disrupt religious essentialism: the idea that all practitioners in a religious tradition share some essence, that such an essence determines their behavior, or that their beliefs are the … Continue reading

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The Worst Book Cover in Religious Publishing Awards 2010

Religion Bulletin would like to open nominations for the The Worst Book Cover in Religious Publishing Awards 2010. This is the first year in which these awards have been run, and we sincerely hope it will become an annual fixture. You have … Continue reading

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November 2010 Biblical Studies Carnival – Call for Submissions

The Biblical Studies Carnival is a monthly blog carnival which has been running (albeit with a few interruptions) since April 2005. It collects and showcases a selection of posts on academic biblical studies, and is normally run by a different biblical … Continue reading

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“Sausage” Blacklisted by the Society of Biblical Literature!

A controversy threatens to expand out of all proportion over an academic’s use of the term “sausage” in the title of his paper scheduled for the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in November. The paper, by ballsy Australian biblical scholar Roland Boer, is provocatively entitled … Continue reading

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Neutrality in the Classroom

A friend of mine recently shared this Chronicle story on Facebook. In this piece, Professor Timothy Hill explains why he refused to tolerate what he saw as a bigoted student opinion. While I don’t agree with everything Hill writes, I … Continue reading

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Listen to Babylonian Online – And learn how to pronounce a lacuna!

Martin Worthington (pictured right), of St. John’s College, Cambridge University, has done a great service to enthusiasts of Ancient Mesopotamia, by putting together an online audio archive of Ancient Babylonian. As I listened to the reading of a segment of The Epic of Gilgamesh … Continue reading

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Starting the Semester Right

My classes start next Tuesday, and I’m currently stressed out, as I’m sure many of us are. The summer is over, although we didn’t get everything on our summer to-do list done. Classes are beginning, although we don’t have all … Continue reading

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