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Blogging and Honesty

A ramble rather than a rant. How do you put your blog posts together? Photo after erix! There’s been a spate of ‘Why Blog?’ posts in the Biblioblogosphere. They happen every so often amongst bloggers. Sometimes they’re insightful and sometimes...

Neanderthal Ethics

Here’s an oddity I started thinking about following a tweet by Dr Kiki who pointed to this article Return of the Neanderthals: If we can resurrect them through fossil DNA, should we?. The strange thing was my reaction to this. The answer seems obvious. I thought...

Why other histories matter

Photo Lupinare III (cc) Nick in exsilio. I have an interest in ancient prostitution. It’s not what I’d call a guilty pleasure, because when you read about the miserable lives the women had it’s hardly pleasure, but there is plenty of guilt. I...

Bad news for the Christians

There’s a 1st century BC tablet which has been found predicting a Messiah that will rise after three days. I can’t really see this shaking Christianity by connecting it to Judaism. The whole concept of a Messiah is Jewish. It’s not like Judea was...

Why context matters

Finding burials is not always easy. Bodies decay over time, and their visibility can vary for a number of reasons. One reason in particular is the wealth of the deceased. If you’re rich you can afford a very lavish and very visible burial. As a result our...