Monthly Archives: November 2015

SBL/AAR 2015 Annual Meeting in Atlanta

I am currently in Atlanta, Georgia at the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion 2015 annual meeting. So far I have had the chance to meet a lot of people face to face whom I have previously … Continue reading

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Presenting at the AAR Western Region 2016 Annual Conference

I just received news that my abstract has been accepted to the American Academy of Religion West Coast Region 2016 annual conference. I will be presenting on ancient polytheism and the problem of defining Paganism as the cultural and religious “other.” … Continue reading

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Whitney Shiner, “Creating Plot in Episodic Narratives: The Life of Aesop and the Gospel of Mark”

In my last post I discussed Lawrence Wills’ comparison of the Gospels’ literary genre to the Life of Aesop, as a hybrid of ancient novel and biography, in The Quest of the Historical Gospel. In this followup post, I will also discuss Whitney Shiner’s … Continue reading

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Lawrence Wills: “The Life of Aesop and the Hero Cult Paradigm in the Gospel Tradition”

In an earlier blog essay I compared the genre of the New Testament Gospels with The Certamen of Homer and Hesiod as a hybrid of ancient novel and biography. As I discuss in my essay “Are the Gospels Ancient Biographies?: The Spectrum of … Continue reading

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