Welcome

This is a blog about a variety of issues pertaining to the Bible, religion, government, and conduct. This combination of topics reflects my own interests and professional background. One focus of the blog is the Bible because I am a scholar of Bible (Professor of Bible and Ancient Systems of Thought) in the US at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Rather than a single book, the Bible (or the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible or just Bible, depending on the religious understanding one has of these texts) is a library of books. Within each of the books that comprise the Bible are a range of social, political, and religious ideas and understandings about Israel, land, space and place, government, relationships with others, and the deity. It is a rich collection of ideas without a single, unified or unifying theme, despite public perceptions or pronouncements to the contrary. It is an important, in some cases primary, book within three significant religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The role and use of the Bible and other authoritative books within religions thus is a second focus of the blog. Government and conduct are related terms. Government is not restricted to centralized institutions or offices or legislation. As the French philosopher Michel Foucault (1926-1984) noted, government in its older meanings refers to conduct and behavior of individuals and groups, both the actions taken (conduct as a noun) and how actions are directed or guided (conduct as a verb). It is the ways in which bible and religion intersect with government and conduct that are my primary topics in this blog.