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April 1 2015, 2AM

Christians defend certain days of the Holy Weekend.  For instance, we’ll defend the idea that on Friday Jesus actually dies on a cross to save the world from its sin.  Then we’ll turn around and defend Easter Sunday as the day that Jesus actually ro... [Uncategorized]
OLD TESTAMENT PSEUDEPIGRAPHA WATCH:Fantasy Novel "The Seventh Sentinel" Wins New Apple Book Award for Excellence in Independent PublishingDayton, OH, April 01, 2015 --( "The Seventh Sentinel" by Yolanda Ramos receives Medalist Honors in the Fanta...


MOSTLY SPECULATIVE: The enigmatic origins of the words of the Passover seder. The origin of the words we use during the Seder can teach a lot about the origin of the holiday. But some, including the word for 'matza', remain oddly obscure. (Elon Gilad, H...
(PROSPECTIVE) TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH: Temple Mount activists slaughter lamb in public 'rehearsal' of Passover sacrifice. Hundreds attend ceremony held by group advocating for the re-building of Jewish temple in the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, in show of stre...
Eternity is a concept closely associated with religious thought. It bears a freight that phrases such as “steady-state universe” and “Big Bang” lack. Indeed, the foundations of Christianity and Islam involve the belief that eternal life can be h... [Current Events] [environment] [Posts] [Sects] [baptism] [capitalism] [Christianity] [Eternity] [Ice Church] [Romania] [water]

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Per Bilde was lecturer/professor at Århus University from 1965 to 2007, when he retired. He was a specialøist in Josephian studies; in his later years, however, he wrote several works on the historical Jesus. A brief bibliography can be found here (from... [conference] [Josephus] [Philo]
I’ve been asked to do a series of five talks to resource people on ‘preaching on 1 Corinthians’ later this month. Here’s what I’m planning to cover – lots of preparation still to go, though… The theme/s and conte... [1 Corinthians]
Matthew and Mark both mention Jesus being anointed by an anonymous woman two days before Passover, with an anonymous disciple protesting. If we think of Passover beginning on sundown on Thursday, this might have been at sundown on Tuesday. By Jewish recko... [passion week]
I am, as you know, creeping towards the golden years and this year will be my 55th (that’s why I’m awake at 3:20 in the morning).  I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to bring things to a close as far as online activities are concer... [Modern Culture]
Pieter Siebesma is een van de zeer gewaardeerde mensen die me de afgelopen jaren vaak heeft geholpen met het begrijpen van Hebreeuws. Van een van zijn lessen is nu een video opname gemaakt die ik jullie zeker niet wil onthouden. Want in een kleine 2 uur l... [Hebreeuws] [video]

March 31, 11PM

How did the early preach about Jesus if they did not have a New Testament? The obvious answer is that they must have preached from the Old Testament! Of course, it wasn’t ‘old’ to them, it was the only Scripture they knew, the Law, the Prophets, and... [Uncategorized]
Ένα ενδιαφέρον σύντομο κείμενο του Daniel Pioske σχετικά με την αξιοποίηση των πορισμάτων των σπουδών για τη μνήμη στην μελέτη της αρχαίας ιστορ... [Ισραήλ] [αρχαία ιστορία] [μνήμη]
I just learned about yet another Christian documentary this Easter season. MTV has announced a 2 1/2 part series debuting three days after Easter. Following the success of the offerings from CNN (“Finding Jesus”), National Geographic (“Killing Jesus...


This is not an April Fools day post. It’s a post appreciating the greatness of Martin Luther, with whom I’ve had my own struggles. I, of course, love his accomplishment in the Protestant Reformation, wish more would be made on the part of many... [Church History] [Prayer and Formation] [theology]
“The fool says in his heart, there is no god……”. Whether we are aware of it or not ‘the fool’, like ‘the sluggard’ or ‘the sage/wise man’ are stock characters in early Jewish wisdom literature. T... [Uncategorized]
Source: It’s a defining question for Christian. Who was Christ? I don’t think you’re let off easily by saying he was a great thinker or great philosopher. Because, actually, he went around saying he was the Messiah. That’s why he was crucified. He... [Uncategorized]


Henry Neufeld comments on Authorship and Hebrews 6:1–8. [Authorship] [blogs] [Hebrews 6]
And, it’s April 1st.  So enjoy the photos from SBL Southeast 2015 because, in March, nothing else happened that was interesting! ;-)   April Fool’s!  Bahahahahaha…. Just remember!!... [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Biblioblogs] [SBL]


John Michael Talbot, with Mike Aquilina.  The Ancient Path: Old Lessons from the Church Fathers for a New Life Today.  New York: Image, 2015.  See here to buy the book. John Michael Talbot is a Christian musician who became a Catholic. ... [Bible] [religion]


  Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Blog posts get less editing and polishing than other forms of writing, I think I may have failed to make my point clearly in the preceding post. So I will make it concisely here, see the other post for background and explanations. Many people do not suit ... [Digital life] [education] [teaching]
Christopher B. Hays commented on Facebook on a post “The End of College? Not So Fast” by Donald E. Heller. These posts and the comments prompted this reflection on my own experience. The Chronicle of Higher Education post also suggested my tit... [Digital life] [education] [teaching] [Teaching Bible]


You’re well aware of the fact that bibliobloggers are a giving lot- always involved in community affairs and giving back to their towns.  This year is no different.  Here they are, dressed for Easter last year when they visited children in the hos... [Modern Culture]


Marg Mowczko has a very worthwhile and interesting post up today at her blog New Life: “The Household Codes and Male Slaves with Female Masters.” One reader notes how odd (how marked) “Female Masters” and “Women Masters... [English] [Greek] [Marg Mowczko]
Using Google Hangouts on Air I’ll be having a conversation with Nick May and Heath Taws, two authors who are also young adults involved in pastoral ministry. Join the excitement! Embedded YouTube player below: [Christian Ministry] [Christianity] [religion]
Filed under: Zwingli [Zwingli]
Not what either Zedekiah the prophet or a real Viking would wear, but it is funny (photo by dionhinchcliffe) The strange, and strangely disturbing story of Micaiah ben Imlah in 2 Chronicles 18 which repeats very closely its source in 1 Kings 221 it ticks ... [2 Chronicles] [humour]


I must admit I'm a big fan of Darren Aronofsky's Noah from 2014. It's a huge, dark exploration of- some of the textual and philosophical issues surrounding the flood story written in bold, dramatic tones. Tony Jordan's The Ark is not those things, indeed ... [Noah] [The Ark (BBC)]


I think this political cartoon makes an excellent point. Various things may or may not be legal, but if one is a follower of Jesus, it can be argued that his teachings burden our religious freedom. To quote Paul, “All things are lawful – but n... [Christianity] [politics] [cartoon] [freedom of religion] [Indiana] [jesus] [love] [neighbor] [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] [RFRA]
This article is part of our new Head to Head debate feature. This week, in concert with our Engaging Easter coverage, Joel and I are engaging the Progressive Channel’s Mark Sandlin on “Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross?” Sandlin has giv... [Uncategorized]
Guest post today: I grew up in the era of secretaries and I was blessed with many good ones. Early in my career there was Ann Marie who would take my meager dictations and with skill and polish turn them into a thing of beauty. At the end of my career it ... [Meditatio] [Oratio] [Personal Reflection] [distractions] [focus] [Listening]
By Hans Memling- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Tim Cook hates Indiana’s new #RFRA.  Lots of people do.  But lots of people don’t run companies that rake in BILLIONS of dollars in profit whilst paying slave labor wages to the people who make those products.  Tim doesn’t like discri... [Modern Culture]
Understand Scripture in new, powerful ways with the expanded Tim Keller Sermon Archive! Recently updated, this sermon library contains transcripts of over 1,300 sermons taught by Tim Keller—author, speaker, and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Ch... [Products] [logos 6] [Tim Keller] [tim keller sermon archive] [video]


I’ve not read it so I have no idea whether or not it’s hateworthy.  I would note, though, that the steam its generated for Marginalia has been astounding- because no such outrage has been expressed publicly by these very concerned academics c... [Modern Culture]

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2015.03.09 | Grant Macaskill. Union with Christ in the New Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. 353. ISBN: 9780199684298. Hbk. Reviewed by Kai Akagi, University of St Andrews. Many thanks to OUP for providing a review copy. Grant Macask... [Christology] [Grant Macaskill] [Kai Akagi] [New Testament] [Oxford University Press] [Grant Macaskill]
Most churches do a Passion Play this time of year, re-enacting the final moments of Jesus up to and including the crucifixion. Most of these Passion Plays tend to include Jesus’ final words as recorded in Matthew and Luke which appear in most Bibles... [Galilean] [Neat Stuff]
Click here to view the embedded video.IO9 shared this video which is a tribute to the ten years of Doctor Who since it started up again ten years ago. Enjoy! [Doctor Who] [anniversary]
If you live in the UK, get this free (for now anyway).  Via Dirk Jongkind on the fb.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]


Cambridge Bible Luke 24:1 Now] Rather, But. very early in the morning] Literally, at deep dawn, i.e. at the earliest morning twilight, ‘while it was yet dark’ (Joh_20:1), though the sun began to rise before they reached the tomb (Mar_16:2). St John me... [Bible] [Bible Commentary] [Bible study] [commentaries] [esword] [Quotes] [SBC] [sunday school notes] [bible lesson] [bible notes] [explore the bible] [lifeway] [luke 24:1-12] [resurrection] [sunday school lesson]
One of the more enjoyable aspects of researching ancient culture is what you learn that is secondary to the subject on which you’re reading and/writing. I’m finishing up a research paper that led me to Pliny the Elder, who lived in the first... [Ancient Literature] [antiquity] [antiquity] [pliny the elder]
Today is the last day to get Bible Study Magazine’s Beth Moore issue! You won’t want to miss out on insights from this key author and ministry leader. This issue delivers the best in Bible study from devotionals to word studies to advice on teachi... [Products] [Beth Moore] [Bible Study Magazine] [bsm] [Infographic] [Interactive]


The Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship section will have a session in November focused on comparing the canons of science fiction with Biblical canons, and the ways that fans/adherents of each navigate them. I’ve had a proposal accepted for the s... [Bible] [Doctor Who] [science fiction] [Society of Biblical Literature] [Star Trek] [bad puns] [canon] [Dr. Who] [fundamentalists] [Leonard Nimoy] [Metacriticism] [SBL]


Send it along.  You may be surprised and find it included…Filed under: Biblical Studies Carnival [Biblical Studies Carnival]
New in Bible and Interpretation.  It begins By the late 1990s historians were growing wary of the turn toward memory among their ilk. In part, this reticence was predicated on what was perceived to be an overabundance of studies on memory that served to ... [Biblical Studies Resources]
Someone somewhere has to know… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


For those who may have missed it, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence just asked for legislation to be created and to reach his desk by the end of the week “clarifying” that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not allow businesses to refuse servi... [politics] [governor] [Indiana] [Law] [legislation] [LGBTQ] [Mike Pence] [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] [RFRA]
This is very sad. On 21 March, Jacob Harold Greenlee passed away at the age of 96. The following is an obituary written by his son, David Greenlee: JACOB HAROLD GREENLEE May 12, 1918 – March 21, 2015 Αὐτὸς δὲ ὁ θεὸς τῆς εἰρήν... [Modern Culture] [obituary]
Jeffrey Gibson was kind enough to send me a prepublication version of his forthcoming book on the Lord's Prayer. For the next few weeks or so, I'll be excerpting from it. Let's start with his translation of the prayer, which he calls (correctly, I think)... [Books] [Idle Musings] [lord's prayer] [Prayer]


Paul N. AndersonPaul N. Anderson, Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies at George Fox University, along with R. Alan Culpepper, Dean of the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, have spearheaded a unique and important series f... [Interview] [Paul Anderson] [Rudolf Bultmann]
There’s probably a part of you that wants a guarantee—you want to know that the risk of sharing your secrets will be worth it. You want to know how this journey will look, step-by-step, and how it will end. Well, God doesn’t usually work that way. A... [Books] [gospel] [theology] [What's your secret?]
In 2013, Sami Yli-Karjanmaa obtained his PhD at Åbo Akademi University, Faculty of Theology, Judaic Studies, on a dissertation on Reincarnation in Philo of Alexandria. This is a topic I have read very little about, and I would have liked to be able to re... [bibliography] [book] [Judaism] [Philo] [scholarship]
Acts 19:11-17 reports the amusing story of the Sons of Sceva who attempt to cast out demons in the name of Jesus and Paul. Jewish exorcists are well known in the ancient world. Legends about Solomon’s great power of demons were well-known. Josephus says... [Observations on Acts] [Demons] [Exorcism] [Luke / Acts] [magic] [The Book of Acts]
On the first day of Pesach we change one line in our daily prayers: instead of asking God for rain, we ask God for dew. It's also traditional to recite a prayer specifically for dew. A few years ago I wrote a d'var tefilah ("word about prayer") on the pra... [pesach] [Prayer]
English: Cain and Abel; as in Genesis 4; illustration from the Sunrays quarterly (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This week, we will begin to cover Genesis 4–5. This is not a lot because you can skip chapter 5 after Genesis 5.1-2. Indeed, 5.1-2 seems to be rea... [Genesis]
The Prince of this World is the dominant force behind all government. And this is more distressing when governments claim to be on a Christian basis. Jesus and his Spirit cannot rule because our human schemes maintain absolute control.—Christoph Blu... [Books] [Christoph Blumhardt] [Idle Musings] [theology]


Apparently, a mass of mail has been sitting undelivered at a postal facility in Dallas. Sometime last year, Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft sent me a copy of Biblia Graeca, which never made it to my mailbox. In light of this story, I have no trouble believing... [Ridiculous] [Dallas] [DFW] [postal service]
If we consider the Gospel of John a sort of “Day Planner” for Jesus, we have nearly complete activity recorded for two weeks of the earthly ministry of Jesus. The first is in John 1:19—2:11 where activity for six of the seven days is recorded. I thi... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Christ] [Passover] [the Gospel of John]
This cartoon from XKCD requires some knowledge of the philosophy of religion. The ontological argument for God’s existence is an attempt to argue for the existence of God a priori, by beginning with the idea that it is possible to imagine a being g... [Technology] [theology] [AI] [argument] [comic] [God] [ontological] [Turing Test] [xkcd]
The Expository Times April 2015; Vol. 126, No. 7 Articles ----------------------------------------------------------------- Philip Melanchthon: Spe...
“Go in through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to destruction is broad and the road wide, so many people enter through it. But the gate that leads to life is narrow and the road difficult, so few people find it. (Matthew 7:13-14 CEB)


If you want someone to tell a good story, then Tony Jordan is your man. Having left school with no qualifications, he has risen to become television’s number one screen writer through his work on Eastenders, Minder, Life on Mars and a host of other ... [Biblical Studies] [Life & Ministry] [Biblical literacy] [hermeneutics] [Noah] [old testament] [Tony Jordan]
The episode begins with Sayid as a boy in Iraq, killing a chicken when his brother cannot. Then it moves to Ben in the time of the Dharma initiative, bringing Sayid a sandwich and a book. Ben asks Sayid if Richard sent him. He says that Richard told him t... [LOST] [Benjamin Linus] [future] [past] [Sayid Jarrah] [time travel]
And they went to a place called Gethsemane.  And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”  And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled.  And he said to them, “My soul is ver... [holy week]
Archaeological excavations at a construction site in the White City found remains of a 5,000-year-old brewery belonging to a Bronze Age Egyptian settlement, Israel’s Antiquities Authority announced Sunday.  The site, located in the heart of Tel Aviv, i... [Archaeology]


Come on Alabama, what’s wrong with your lawmakers?  Do you really, really think kids are mature enough to own guns? Alabama already has one of the loosest gun restrictions in the country, but lawmakers felt there was one area that Alabamans were st... [bizarre news]
‏@MiroslavVolf  -  Bad theologians are kings and queens of easy demolition; good theologians are craftsmen and craftswomen devoted to faithful reconstruction. This is why generalities are unhelpful.  Luther cannot be described as a ‘badR... [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]
On 31 March, 1515: Leo X. authorized the sale of the indulgence to help rebuild St. Peter’s in Rome (to be sold for 8 years in Mainz, Magdeburg and Brandenburg). Pope Leo X’s bull of indulgences on March 31 “Sacrosancti salvatoris et red... [Modern Culture]
Spring is an easy time for me to celebrate. I love the longer days which are beginning to come. I love the promise of tender living green -- for now just a promise, since it's still too cold here anything to grow outside, but I know it's coming. I love P... [blogExodus]
I am truly fascinated at the firestorm over the Religious Freedom Renewal Act. I'm sure Governor Pence had no idea. So many thoughts and questions.My main question is why it has gone up in flames in Indiana and not in any of the other places where similar... [Indiana] [politics]
Easter Sunday is coming up this week, and churches all over the world will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Resurrection is the central event of the New Testament—an event that is still transforming the world and calling for a respon... [Products] [Craig Evans] [Darrell Bock] [gospels] [holy week] [logos mobile ed] [logos mobile education] [Mark Strauss] [mobile ed] [New Testament] [resurrection]


Dear colleagues, I should like to thank the participants in this year’s Hawarden Seminar on the OT in the NT very much for al their contributions through papers and discussion, which made for a really excellent conference. We have booked Gladstone&#... [Conferences]
When I was growing up we had tossed salad with dinner quite often, especially during the summer. My dad would make the salad, with tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, radishes, and such, cut up small and tossed together, well mixed. When we had company he would... [church]