Geoffrey P. Miller (NYU): Property in the Bible. The Bible is more accessible now than anytime in history; work to translate into every tongue hastens Jesus' return? A Costco in Simi Valley found itself in a flap after a local pastor posted a photo on Twitter showing Bibles at the big-box store labeled as fiction. From Cracked, Luke T. Harrington on 6 filthy jokes you won't believe are from the Bible; and a look at the 16 most bizarre moments in the Bible. King David, “vile human being”: The Biblical hero seems to have been a terrible person, argues Joel S. Baden. Jay Parini on Jesus’ resurrection: What really happened? The science behind Jesus Christ: Deirdre Rose on the scientific explanation of God. Did Jesus drink wine? Tom Roberts investigates. Thomas Larson on the social authorship of the Bible. Joan Acocella on justice, Old Testament-style: The biblical book of Job is bewildering, from beginning to end — is there any moral sense in its random violence? Timothy Michael Law reviews The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero by Joel Baden. Esther Inglis-Arkell on the 9 most baffling passages in the Bible, and what they really mean. Matthew V. Novenson reviews The Invention of the Biblical Scholar: A Critical Manifesto by Stephen D. Moore and Yvonne Sherwood. Greg Carey reviews The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously by Marc Zvi Brettler, Peter Enns, and Daniel J. Harrington. Newly translated pre-Biblical tablet describes a great flood and a “rescue boat” with wild animals aboard — in pairs! The whole Bible thing is b.s. because of camel bones, says science. Rob Bricken on God's 12 biggest dick moves in the Old Testament.
Patrick Keenan (Illinois): Conflict Minerals and the Law of Pillage. Lihi Yona (Columbia): Pornography as a Health Hazard: Rethinking Pornography Through Rethinking Health. From Rationality, Markets and Morals, Vanessa Scholes (Open Polytechnic): You Are Not Worth the Risk: Lawful Discrimination in Hiring. From The Washington Monthly, a special section on marijuana legalization, including Mark Kleiman on how not to make a hash out of cannabis legalization: Leaving it to the states is a recipe for disaster. From The Economist, the Schumpeter columnist asks, “What exactly is an entrepreneur?” Russian Soyuz flights are NASA's only way to get astronauts to and from the International Space Station — what happens if they cut us off? Olga Khazan on how rich, white, healthy people are most likely to hate Obamacare — and people who benefit from the law are more likely to view it negatively than positively. Lessons on writing, culture, and Jose Rizal: Gina Apostol reviews Why Counting Counts: A Study of Forms and Consciousness and Problems of Language in Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo by Benedict Anderson. Foreign buyers eyeing Forbes magazine, a chronicler of the world’s wealthiest. Public awareness of Bitcoin has never been higher, but few are aware that its origins are a mystery — a secretive programmer called “Satoshi” invented the currency and still holds more than four per cent of all coins in existence; who is he and what is his plan? During his 1945 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, the inventor of penicillin warned of a drug-resistant future — that future is imminent.
From TNR, Oleg Kashin on how Russia has always thought of eastern Ukraine as Russian land; beneath the hypocrisy, Putin is vulnerable — Timothy Snyder on where his soft spots are; and James Goldgeier on why the U.S. must isolate Russia for the sake of nuclear nonproliferation. Jeremy Bernstein on a nuclear Ukraine. Henry Farrell on being truly pessimistic about the Ukraine crisis’s geopolitical consequences. Former ambassadors to Ukraine William Taylor, Steven Pifer and John Herbst on why Ukraine must exercise restraint in the face of Russian aggression. Ben Judah on why Russia no longer fears the West. Some welcome the Russian military, others are scared: Lucian Kim on relief and fear in a divided Crimea. Anatol Lieven on why Obama shouldn’t fall for Putin’s Ukrainian folly. Preaching to the choir: Yana Gorokhovskaia on the Crimea and Putin’s domestic audience. Paul Goode on how Russian nationalism explains and does not explain the Crimean crisis. Will Russia make a legal argument to justify its intervention in Ukraine (and more), and did Ukraine consent to its own invasion? Ashley Deeks on what international law says about Russia's intervention in Ukraine. Hayes Brown on how international organizations are responding to the Ukraine crisis. David Rieff on how the U.S. debate over Ukraine has everything to do with Iran. From New York, Joe Coscarelli on what Obama should do about Russia, according to everyone; and Benjamin Wallace-Wells on the misplaced question of Obama’s “toughness”. Robert Farley on the resolve fairy and the precedent fairy. When the right loved Vladimir Putin: Back when Putin was in the news for oppressing LGBT people, many conservatives said he had his virtues.