Humanities

Monday Missive – April 10, 2017

March for Science — On April 22, many scientists and scientific organizations plan to gather in Washington, D.C., for an event that is being billed as the March for Science.  While reading about this event, I was reminded about the English Department’s involvement with science and technology.  Our faculty members have published numerous books and articles that deal with these topics, including Alan Rauch’s Dolphin, Aaron Toscano’s Marconi’s...

The Famed Triumphant Arch of Titus in Rome in Living Color Again!

Perhaps some of you have heard about the fabulous project at Yeshiva University pioneered by my friend Professor Steven Fine and others to restore the original colors to the famed Arch of Titus. It is finished and now can be viewed in this remarkable video. This project is as fascinating as it is chilling, remembering [...]...

Last Days of Jesus: PBS Two-Hour Special Airs This Week

This special two-hour PBS program airs tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 4th, 8/7c and is repeated Wednesday and Thursday, see local listings for times. I am one of the presenters and we filmed on location in Israel this past January. I have not seen it yet but I think it will take a nicely different direction [...]...

Was Jesus Naked at his Resurrection?

I never thought much about it until looking at this lovely painting by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio c. 1500), where Jesus is ever so discretely clothed–though barely so–as his companion Mary Magdalene tries to “touch” him (John 20:11-18). The baby Jesus is regularly portrayed nude in Middle Age and Renaissance paintings, presumably to emphasize the reality [...]...

Monday Missive – March 27, 2017

Supporting the National Endowment for the Humanities — From March 11-13 Jeffrey Leak attended the annual conference for the National Humanities Alliance with a delegation from public and private colleges and universities across North Carolina.  During this conference, the delegates heard many presentations about the President’s proposed budget and its harmful impact on the NEH and affiliated programs throughout the country.  However, Jeffrey reports...

The PBS Two Hour Special “Last Days of Jesus” is Available On-line Free of Charge

If you missed the recent PBS two hour special “Last Days of Jesus” you can stream it free of charge on-line here, though this might be only for viewers in the United States, I am not sure:...

Monday Missive – April 3, 2017

Sigma Tau Delta News — The 2017 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention took place in Louisville, Kentucky, from March 29 through April 1under the theme of “Recreation,” and UNC Charlotte students represented the English Department well.  On Thursday, Thomas Simonson, Chelsea Moore, Sara Eudy, Kelly Brabec, and Maria Lignos presented a panel that they proposed on Recreation of African American Female Identities.  On Friday...

Was Christianity All a Mistake? Prof. Strange’s Review of My Take on Jesus (Part 1)

In December, 2006 my friend and senior colleague Prof. James F. Strange, Professor of New Testament at the University of South Florida wrote a very interesting and provocative two-page review of my book, The Jesus Dynasty for Biblical Archaeology Review. That review has now been archived on the Biblical Archaeology web site, so you can [...]...

Happy New Year!–at least on the Biblical Hebrew Calendar

Today brings the New Moon or a new month on the Jewish calendar. But it is not  just any new moon. According to the Torah, “This month (literally “new”) shall be to you head of the months…Exodus 12:1. Today is the beginning of Nisan or Aviv, the biblical name of this new moon/month. This is [...]...

The Forgotten Brother of Jesus (Part 3)

Parts 1 & 2 are posted here and here. These were introduced by another post on “Another Comforter: The Forgotten Brother of Jesus” which you can read here. The disciples said to Jesus, “We know you will leave us. Who is going to be our leader then?” Jesus said to them, “No matter where you [...]...
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