Something is missing

When you’re looking at a book on Amazon, there’s a blue tab that says, “Look inside” to allow you to magically look at some content, a free sample like you get at Costco.

I looked inside a few days ago to peruse the list of contributors for the new Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.  I had written twelve articles, so I guess I was being a bit narcissistic (see my post on the dictionary and the twelve articles here).

There was something missing between Brian Labosier and Bernon Lee.  An author was left out.

I think my narcissism was duly punished.  Ouch.

Some Bible Dictionaries include the name of the author after each article.  Unfortunately, this one doesn’t do that.

I emailed my contacts to inform them of the oversight.  I then received several apologetic emails.  I was told the problem would be fixed in the next printing.

When I told my wife she said, “That sounds like plagiarism, using someone’s work and not giving them credit.”  Yes, but there were thousands of articles and scores of contributors.  It’s a reasonable mistake.  (But why not leave someone else’s name out instead of mine?)

They are sending me a free copy of the dictionary (without my name).

My favorites were the articles on Jacob, Lot, Jephthah, Hosea the book and Hosea the person.

I’ll get over the blow to my pride.  But my inner narcissist thought I should blog about it.

How do you feel when you don’t get credit for something you’ve done.  


How much is your Bible worth?

So Einstein’s Bible was just sold for $68,500 at an auction in New York.$68500-in-nyc-auction/

How much is your Bible worth?

Einstein’s inscription says (translated from the German) that “this book is a great source of wisdom and consolation and should be read frequently.”

I agree.

A few years ago I had my old Bible re-covered because it was looking worn.

About 20 years ago, I drove past a church that had a sign out front that said,

“A Bible that’s falling apart, belongs to someone who isn’t.”

My Bible was falling apart, and while I’m not sure it’s appropriate to say I’m not falling apart, things would have been worse.

One Big Thing and Three Small Things

Jesus CrossThe big thing today is Easter.  Jesus rose from the dead.  Everything is small in comparison.

Last night at dinner, my son Nate said, “Hey, the last episode of ‘The Bible (on The History Channel) will focus on Jesus’ death and resurrection and it’s being shown on Easter Sunday.  Do you think that’s a coincidence?”  (He was joking.)  We’ll be watching tonight.

My brief assessment of “The Bible”: each week I’m disappointed about one aspect (e.g., too much violence), and elated about one aspect.  Last week (session 4), Jesus’ call of Matthew while telling the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector moved me to tears.  But even for the parts that are disappointing, it’s always helpful to see the stories enacted.  I’ve pre-ordered it (Amazon releases it on April 2, $29.96).

Have you been watching?  What have you thought about The Bible?  

Three minor announcements (these are the small things):

1) God Behaving Badly on Kindle for only $2.99 expires today.  I doubt this deal will be resurrected.

2) I can’t seem to watch “The Bible and You“, the Canadian documentary that includes interviews with famous people and less famous people (Shannon and myself).  Any suggestions?  The four preview clips work.  I have them listed on this blog.  Each 10 minute clip includes two 2-3 minute clips of the documentary, and 4-5 minutes of the 2 hosts talking about it.

3) Wheaton Old Testament professor John Walton is giving a lecture at Cairn University (used to be Philadelphia Biblical University) on Tues, April 2 at 7:00 at Holmes Hall on Genesis 1, 2, subject of his book, The Lost World of Genesis One.  I’m planning on going.  If you live local, you should go.  It’ll be good.  (Thanks to Gary Schnittjer for telling me about it last night at church.)

He is risen. Indeed.  

Shannon and Dave on TV: “The Bible and You”

The Bible and You Documentary

This Saturday (March 30) at 9:00 pm a documentary entitled “The Bible and You” will air on CTS (a Canadian Network).

It will include interviews from famous people: Tony Campolo, Craig Evans (author of Fabricating Jesus), Eric Metaxas (author of the Amazing Grace and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy), A. J. Jacobs (author of The Year of Living Biblically), Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (co-producers of “The Bible” currently airing on The History Channel).  These are the people who get mentioned in the publicity.

It will also include interviews from less famous people: Shannon and Dave Lamb.  These are the people who don’t get mentioned in the publicity.

If you don’t live in Canada, it will be streamed live (click here) Saturday at 9:00 pm.  It will be available online on-demand until Monday, April 1st at 11:59 pm.

I’ve been told there are 4 clips each of Shannon and me, totaling about 2 minutes each.  So, I guess we each have 3 more minutes of fame left.

There are 4 previews, each about 10 minutes long: Clip #1.  Clip #2 .  Clip #3.   Clip #4.  Shannon appears in clips #1, #3, #4.  I appear in #2 (9:25-9:55 – Psalm 119), #3, #4.

What I’ve seen of the documentary looks fantastic (particularly the bits with Shannon).  I hope you’re able to see it.

(Only four more days of God Behaving Badly on Kindle for only $2.99.)

Tell me what you think.