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October 31 2016, 9PM

Unapologetic offers the Philosophy of Religion the swift, ugly end it has long deserved. This single book will cause the death of a discipline.-- Dr. Peter Boghossian, philosophy professor at Portland State University, and author of A Manual for Creating ...

October 27, 11AM


The faithful admit it: They are there on Sunday morning to worship God. A friend of mine once defined himself and his status as a believer. “I am a worshipper,” he said. Why would that be important or appropriate?Schools are for learning, offices are ...
Jesu grav i Gravkyrkja. Foto: Arne Berge 2005 Jesu grav i Gravkyrkja i Jerusalem blir nå grundig undersøkt. Dette skjer i samband med at det er sett i gang heilt nødvendig restaurering av The Edicule, den litle bygningen (eit kapell) som står på stad... [Bibelsk arkeologi, historie og geografi] [Israel og dei palestinske områda] [Jerusalem] [Uncategorized] [Gravkirken] [Gravkyrkja] [Jesu grav]
Hosea 10 by Bob MacDonald via Dust (#81469)
Question in verse 3 - response in the last verse (15). Play on words between Bethel and Bethaven. House of God and House of Mischief. Extended harvesting metaphor. 22 words occur exactly twice, 11 more than twice. Complex image - deliberate, but not poetr... [Hosea]


Check out these newly-released biblical commentaries 1-2 Thessalonians, by Andy Johnson, Two Horizons (Eerdmans, 2016). There are a number of very good volumes in the THNT series including Marianne Meye Thompson on Colossians and Stephen Fowl on Philipp... [Uncategorized]
If I were to ask you when the first sin in the Bible occurs, you might point to Genesis 2 when Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Yet did you know that their actions in Genesis 2 are not referred to as “sin”? Sin is not ... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Abel] [Cain] [Genesis 4:6-7] [Murder] [One Verse Podcast] [sin]


JW– You have produced a very, very useful volume which readers of the LXX will doubtless consult regularly. This makes perfect sense, given your own expertise in the field. The list of contributors to the volume, though, are relatively lesser known ... [Books] [LXX]
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.G. K. Beale, with David H. Campbell Revelation: A Shorter Commentary [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]
Sometime after the death of the early Protestant reformers – Luther, Zwingli,  Bucer,Calvin, and Melanchthon – a saying developed in Latin that went like this: ecclesia semper reformans, semper reformanda. In simple English, this saying means “... [Church History]


After checking out John's post below, my video is now up for viewing explaining this Sunday's Mass Readings.  I hope it proves helpful! Thanks -- and please Like and Share!
The apostle Paul was kind of a jerk. He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others. Or wa... [book review] [Books]
Biblical Theology Bulletin: Journal of Bible and CultureNovember 2016; Vol. 46, No. 4 the Issue---------------------------------------------...


It was on this day in 312 that Constantine the Foul realized that if he deceived Christians into thinking he was one of them, they would fall into his lap like lapdogs because too many of them sought earthly power. Naturally he continued to live the remai... [Church History]
Paul’s thesis in Romans 8:18-22 is that our present suffering is not even worth comparing to the glory to be revealed in the children of God. He uses “consider” (λογίζομαι) once again, the same word for Abraham being declared righteous in 4... [Romans] [Book of Romans] [Paul]
Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting 3 (2016)Terence L. Donaldson, "Supersessionism and Early Christian Self-Definition," 1-32Eyal Regev, "Washing, Repentance, and Atonement in Early Christian Baptism and Qumranic Purification Liturgies," 3... [JJMJS] [Ιστορία Χρόνων Κ.Δ.] [αρχέγονος Χριστιανισμός] [αρχαιολογία] [βάπτισμα] [επιγραφές] [κατά Μάρκον] [συναγωγή]
One of the harshest methods to deliver condemnation is to place the guilty party in an equal relationship—even a familial relationship—with others deemed worse by that guilty party.  Through the prophet Ezekiel, God roundly condemns Judah for its... [judgment] [promise]


THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG: Holding Up Ancient ‘Jerusalem’ Papyrus, Netanyahu Condemns UNESCO’s ‘Scandalous’ Resolution (David Israel, The Jewish Press).Speaking Wednesday at the dedication of the Adelson School of Entrepreneurship at IDC Herzliya, P...
There are some lazy pastors and preachers, who are no good themselves, those who count on getting their sermons from … other [people’s] … books. They do not pray, do not study, do not read, do not meditate on anything in Scripture, just as if on... [Luther]
It has been awhile since the last post in our walk through Genesis – Isaac was Isaac-ing, but now we turn to Jacob, through whom the nation of Israel was established. Abraham and Isaac became fathers of many nations, but Jacob of only one, God’... [Uncategorized]
October’s monthly sale ends soon—if you’ve been waiting to shop these deals, don’t wait any longer! And if you’re looking for some of the best options, check out the five most popular deals this month. 1. The N.T. Wright Collection (52 vols.)—... [Products]


TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH: Israel Displays First Temple-era Pottery Fragments Found on Temple Mount. State antiquities agency hopes disclosures will quell competing claims about work carried out at the holy site (Nir Hasson, Haaretz).Discoveries found in situ on...
TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH: Israel recalls ambassador after second UNESCO vote (APF). The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has adopted the latest resolution, whose full text I still have not seen. Background here and links.
I felt both proud and ashamed as I listened to Butler students share their feelings about the upcoming election yesterday evening. In a fantastic panel discussion, religion majors (joined by a political science professor for this panel, moderated by a re... [politics] [Butler University] [Candidates] [Donald Trump] [election] [Hillary Clinton] [lesser of two evils] [religion] [students] [voting]
The latest issue of ExpT includes some good articles on 1 Corinthians, including one by my former PhD student David Wenkel on “Kingship and Thrones for All Christians: Paul’s Inaugurated Eschatology in 1 Corinthians 4–6.”  Here’s th... [Uncategorized]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: Exclusive: Christ's Burial Place Exposed for First Time in Centuries. Restorers working in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Israel uncover stone slab venerated as the resting place of Jesus Christ (Kristin Romey).JERUSALEM, ISRAEL...
Coincidence?  That’s doubtful. The New York Times connects the dots in a report titled As U.N. Ignores Jewish Ties to Holy Site, Israel Produces Ancient Evidence. If you needed more proof that archaeology serves ideology there it is.Filed under... [Modern Culture]
MORE NEW DEAD SEA SCROLLS FRAGMENTS: Dead Sea Scrolls fragments put on sale for first time by Hampstead dealer (Anna Behrmann, Ham & High).The 2000-year-old relics originally from the West Bank are being marketed for $1million dollars in London as par...
In 1871, F. J. A. Hort wrote a short review of Dean Burgon’s well-known defense of the longer ending of Mark in The Last Twelve Verses of St. Mark. The review itself isn’t especially noteworthy. Hort found himself unconvinced and unimpressed by B... [Book Reviews] [Dean Burgon] [Ending of Mark] [Hort]


These guys own Congress.  And they make more now than they did 3 years ago. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Born on this day in 1466, Desiderius Erasmus. Filed under: Church History [Church History]
by Steven RameyThis post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog.A New Jersey fundraiser last weekend titled “Humanity United Against Terror” provides an excellent example of one of the tricks of building cooperation. The Republican Hindu ... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Popular Culture] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [BJP] [Donald Trump] [Hillary Clinton] [Hindu nationalism] [Republican Hindu Coalition] [Sonia Gandhi] [Steven Ramey]


Joseph Ryan Kelly interviews Eva Mroczek about her new book The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity. [Book Notices] [Interviews]
An upcoming conference has a number of speakers working on scribes and texts in Judah in the Persian period.From Josette Elayi [] ================================ASPEP Conferences (Association for the research on Syria-Pales... [Conferences]
Back when I first started this blog, I regretted that I had read Douglas E. Cowan’s Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen so long ago. You see, I try hard to post on a specific book only once—there’s really no rule about that, but... [Books] [Monsters] [movies] [Posts] [Religious Origins] [Douglas E. Cowan] [horror movies] [Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen] [Sociology] [sociophobics]
For a brisk and characteristically incisive discussion, read Paula Fredriksen’s article that challenges the notion that the Apostle Paul forsook Torah-observance and discouraged others from The Torah as well:  “Why Should a ‘Law-Free... [NT religious ideas] [Uncategorized] [Paul]
More conferences and jobs to consider from the COMSt email list:Dear COMSt members and subscribers, as usual, I would like to share with you some information/announcements that could be useful or interesting to some of you: Conferences and call... [Conferences] [jobs]

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Over the last few months I have found myself less and less comfortable with the song by Chris Tomlin that has the chorus: Our God is greater, our God is stronger God you are higher than any other Our God is Healer, awesome in power Our God, Our God… At ... [Biblical Studies] [All Angels] [God] [Isaiah] [Michael] [Michaelmas] [New Testament] [Preaching] [Revelation] [Song] [Worship]

October 26, 11PM

Journal of Theological Interpretation 10:2 (2016)Michael G. Azar, "Origen, Scripture, and the Imprecision of 'Supersessionism'," 157-172Gratian Vandici, "Reading the Rules of Knowledge in the Story of the Fall: Calvin and Reformed Epistemology on the Noet... [JΤΙ] [Ιακώβου] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [Πατέρες] [προφήτες] [πρόσληψη] [χριστολογία]
Journal of Evangelical Theological Society 59:3 (2016)Terrance R. Wardlaw, " The Significance of  Creation in the Book of  Isaiah," 449-472Michael J. G. Gray-Fow, " Why Festus, Not  Felix? Paul's Caesarem Apello," 473-486Ched Spel... [1 Πέτρου] [Jets] [Εβραίους] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [Πράξεις] [προφήτες]
Ξεκινάει σήμερα και θα διαρκέσει μέχρι αύριο ένα ενδιαφέρον συνέδριο για την απόκρυφη γραμματεία και την επίδραση στον ουκρανικό πολιτισμ... [απόκρυφα] [συνέδρια]


“THE KINDNESS AND SEVERITY OF GOD”—ROMANS 11.22 [Preached four times from 12/21/82 at St. Chads College, Durham to Bishop Auckland 8/2/87] You heard these words when they were read a few minutes ago from the Epistle. Whether you found them familiar ... [Uncategorized]
If anything is clear in NT Wright’s new book, The Day the Revolution Began, it is that Christians have … here are Wright’s own words: We have Platonized our eschatology (substituting “souls going to heaven” for the promised new crea... [Uncategorized]


Accreditation can be a sore topic for some Christian academics. I remember hearing speeches from undergrad professors who resented the fact that their service to the Lord had to be approved by some faceless and probably godless group of strangers. Still, ... [scholarship] [Society and Religion] [jonathan welton] [Vision International University] [VIU] [welton] [welton academy]
A few days ago I posted on an ancient papyrus which contains the word “Yerushalma” (possibly meaning “to Jerusalem”). Today, two of my favorite bloggers have posts containing additional information on this manuscript here and here. [Biblical Archaeology] [Hebrew] [Manuscripts]


Gary Ledbetter has some thoughts here. [death] [funerals]
Arqueólogos israelenses publicaram um fragmento de um papiro que, segundo eles, é a mais antiga referência hebraica a Jerusalém fora da Bíblia – uma descoberta da qual o governo rapidamente se apropriou para listar como evidência da conexão judai... [Arqueologia]
To prove it, just imagine the reaction if some white dude gleefully declared ‘and they were all men!!!’… Filed under: AAR [AAR]


Peeranormal’s inaugural Halloween episode focuses on academic research into vampires and ghosts with special guest Dr. Judd Burton from Our hosts take a look at vampirism as centuries-old myth and modern phenomenon. Where did the vampi... [Paranormal Phenomena] [Peeranormal episodes] [podcast] [podcasts] [ghosts] [paranormal] [vampires] [vampirism]
From James D. Nogalski, “Joel as ‘Literary Anchor’ for the Book of the Twelve,” in Reading and Hearing the Book of the Twelve, ed. James D. Nogalski and Marvin A. Sweeney, SymS 15 9Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 20000, 95: Instead, [Hos... [gospel] [Idle Musings] [Minor Prophets] [theology]
More news sources on the new Hebrew papyrus seized by the IAA. Eitan Klein is quoted in Live Science as saying that the papyrus is dated to the 7th century BCE, rather than the 8th. Christopher Rollston suspects it may be a modern forgery on anc... [Forgeries] [Hebrew Manuscripts] [Papyri] [Papyrology] [pre-exilic texts]
Rick Brannan is in the midst of writing lexical commentaries on the pastoral epistles. The volume on 1 Timothy is finished and available on Amazon and currently on prepub at Logos: First Timothy : Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles All this is ex... [Greek]


Kathleen Fuller.  A Love Made New.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2016.  See here to buy the book. A Love Made New is the third book of the “Amish of Birch Creek” series.  I did not read the first book of the series, A Reluctant Bride,... [roots]