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BLT is not just a sandwich.  It’s also a blog.  This particular blog is a place to discuss the Bible, other Literature, and its Translation.  The conversation may include the history, theory, and practice of translating.  And we’re not necessarily after agreement.  We’d like to hear whatever you have to say.

We are J. K. Gayle, Suzanne McCarthy, Kristen Rosser, Craig R. Smith, Theophrastus, and Victoria Gaile Laidler.

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  1. Esther Schor permalink
    November 12, 2011 9:56 am

    Sometimes self-Googling leads to unexpected destinations – I’m delighted to discover your blog, and appreciative of your comments about my book and the interactive “New Colossus.” Credit where credit is due: Jonathan Rosen dreamed it up and Joshua Hester designed it.
    By the way – I’m raving about the forthcoming Norton KJV – edited by the miraculous Herbert Marks. Please make sure you give it some attention.

    Nice to see your coverage of Bellos’s new book – it’s scintillating and accessible.

  2. November 12, 2011 8:23 pm

    Esther, thank you for your kind words about our post about your work. We are big fans, as you saw!

    We have been tracking the progress of the Norton KJV — see here (and the trackbacks) or see here. Unfortunately, Norton seems to have delayed its release a bit, and according to Amazon, its release is set for the Ides of March, 2012. Looking forward to its official release.

  3. phyl dupret permalink
    December 29, 2011 8:48 pm

    thank you for providing a wonderful and exciting new (for me) site…i look forward to reading more…

  4. January 9, 2012 3:04 am

    Likewise stumbled on this site since Naymz notified me of the citation. Thank you. My journey has led me through various belief systems and your work is challenging in the best sense.

    We are setting up a guest blog around the themes Freedom, Community and Equality; touch base if you ever find yourselves wanting to elaborate to a different type of community

  5. January 9, 2012 4:17 pm

    Thanks for reading!

    Please thank Naymz for us. Please know that you have challenged us (in the best sense) too: we actually quoted you and linked to one of your Huffington Post pieces here. Please send us the link to your guest blog once you set it up. We’d love to interact with you around some of your announced themes.

  6. July 7, 2012 2:42 pm

    Cool graphic of Gen 1.1 in Hebrew and Greek… is that from a Bible that is available somewhere?

  7. July 7, 2012 3:25 pm

    Abram K-J,

    Thanks for noticing. We really hope that all of the images in the blog banner are from non-copyrighted sources if now freely shared and found on the Internet. A few bloggers and webmasters have used the one of the diglot Hebrew/Greek of Genesis 1:1, but I can’t remember where we first found it and am less sure now of its exact first origin. That uncertainty about who created the image seems somewhat fitting for the subject of the verse, doesn’t it?

  8. July 8, 2012 6:17 am


  9. July 8, 2012 1:59 pm

    I do not know the origin of the image in the banner, but I would like to commend to you Emmanuel Tov’s The Parallel Aligned Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek Texts of Jewish Scripture. To the best of my knowledge, this work has only been made available electronically. The search functions in Logos give a powerful concordance for accessing this work in many different ways.

  10. July 8, 2012 10:03 pm

    Hi, Theophrastus,

    (With apologies to you if you use Logos) I am an avid BibleWorks user–rarely a day goes by that I don’t have it in front of me. It’s got the Tov resource, too, and it’s amazing. It’s been a great help to me.

    Something in print like that (which that graphic got me salivating about) would be awesome. Of course, an interlinear Hebrew-Greek OT is a challenge, since the LXX doesn’t always seem to be working from the same Vorlage that gave rise to the MT… but it would still be cool!

  11. JazzFest permalink
    August 8, 2012 6:27 pm


    Is there a way to reach J.K. Gayle through e-mail. Her blog has now become private so I can’t read the posts.

  12. August 8, 2012 6:35 pm

    Hi JazzFest,

    Thanks for asking to read the blog; I’ve just made it public again. You can always reach me by email at jkgayle at g mail dot com.

  13. August 9, 2012 5:18 pm

    Perfect! Thank you.

  14. Mary permalink
    December 4, 2012 12:14 pm


    I’m writing to let you know that BLT Not Just a Sandwich has been featured on the list of 100 Exceptional Websites for Christian Theologians that was just published on You can view the full list here:

    The sites on the list were selected through a rigorous campaign of research and nomination-seeking. We feel that each site on this final list offers prime examples of high-quality Christian thought and research being published online. Our readers studying Christian theology will undoubtedly benefit from these sites!

    If you’d like to let your readers know about this award, I’ve included a badge that you can post on your page using the code below. I can also provide the badge as an email attachment at your request.

    Thank you for sharing your experience of Christianity through the web, and please feel free to email me with any questions or remarks.


  15. December 6, 2012 2:15 pm

    Thank you for emailing me the badge privately. As you know, we did post it with this announcement. (My apologies that your comment here somehow got pulled automatically by the spam checker). I’ve updated the BLT announcement post to note the processes by which you and your colleagues at determined which sites to include in your list of 100). We thank you again!

    J. K. Gayle

  16. June 5, 2013 3:36 am

    I’m happy to find a site with other Christian blogs, one that is categorized and organized. I have yet to figure out how to submit my blog for consideration. I have written most of the major stories of the Old Testament and many New Testament stories and parables in rhyme that would be great for those being homeschooled. I think adults would enjoy them as much. I condense each story down, bring out the high points and main characters, occasionally add a little humor, and keep the story as close to scripture as possible while making it rhyme. I try to bring the stories to life and in so doing, the details become easier to remember. I have also written a few articles. Check out my blogsite if you like. I would love your comments.

  17. January 14, 2014 5:20 pm

    Enjoyed the “Song of Songs” review you have posted. I have new material by Tremper Longman that needs a reviewer, email me if you’re interested: kent.sanner[at]logos[dot]com

  18. March 13, 2014 11:54 am

    Sue, I am interested in talking to you. I found you in the comments section of Owen S.’s blog. I’m working on a book proposal, I’m firmly in the feminist/egalitarian camp. The book will look at how Jesus viewed and interacted with women,and disconnect between his views and those of the conservative evangelical subculture, which I believe is not just incorrect theology but harmful to women. I plan to interview theologians and “experts” to try to answer common questions. I’d love to tell you more about it. Please email me if you’re interested. keriwyattkent at g mail

  19. May 6, 2014 11:49 am

    PLease remove my copyrighted image of the lighthouse of alexandria located on your website here: You don’t have permission to use it. You didnt give credits and you didn’t compensate me for using it. PLease remove my image immediately

  20. May 7, 2014 7:13 am

    We’re terribly sorry about including an image you own, “Admin,” when you didn’t give permission for that. It is now unlinked, and we’ve added a link to your site where that image or a similar one can be found. In addition, we’ve linked directly to another’s site where there is a different but alike image. Please feel free to contact the author of this post by email if you have any questions or concerns or strong directives now.

  21. adrienne permalink
    March 20, 2015 6:58 am

    I saw your talk about ha Adam in Genesis. I believe too that it means humankind. .. but what I don’t understand is that Paul said man was created first… how does Paul not know the Scriptures? I am pretty sure he does… and he can’t be lieing of course. So why does he say Adam was first and then Eve? When genesis shows ish and ishah after Eve was taken out of Adam? I have really been struggling with this.

  22. June 2, 2016 11:10 am

    Pleased to find your site. (I found it by googling Christopher Willis and finding Suzanne’s blog about him. I was born and raised (and excommunicated globally for satire) from the same Brethren group as Christopher Willis. I did write an amaterish book about that here:

  23. June 2, 2016 12:00 pm

    We’re glad you found this site. Thank you also, Mike Moore, for sharing your story and your book. It might be useful to share the URL to Suzanne’s blogpost on Mr. Willis here:


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