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March 5 2015, 12 PM

The Ceipplegate Blog has a good interview with Steven Lawson related to expository preaching here. Note that this only part one of a projected three-part series. [Expository Preaching] [Interview]
Leitura Socioantropológica do Novo Testamento. Artigo publicado na Ayrton's Biblical Page em 2000.1. A Antropologia do Mundo Mediterrâneo e o NTNo outro artigo falamos só da Bíblia Hebraica e das questões que ela propõe a uma leitura sociológica. M... [metodos]


O Discurso Socioantropológico: Origem e Desenvolvimento. Artigo publicado na Ayrton's Biblical Page em 2000. O objetivo deste artigo é esboçar um panorama da origem e do desenvolvimento de duas ciências sociais que estão sendo hoje muito utiliza... [metodos]
Leitura Socioantropológica da Bíblia Hebraica. Cadernos do Cearp, Ribeirão Preto, n. 11, p. 75-98, 1999.Philip R. Davies, exegeta britânico, ao falar dos métodos usados na leitura da Bíblia nas últimas duas décadas, sugere que a combinação das a... [metodos]
I am still reading that biography of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk.  It’s The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton, by Michael Mott.  On page 423, Mott quotes a passage from Merton’s The New Man, in which Merton states the following: “In the ... [love] [religion] [Social Skills]
 Nathan Lewis Lawrence is a biracial graduate student, world traveler, and jujitsu enthusiast from Lancaster, Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree in Security studies from Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio and received a M.A. in Peace and Conflict s... [politics] [Catholic Church] [conservative evangelicals] [Eastern Orthodoxy] [ecumenism] [Egypt] [Isis] [Islamic State] [Libya] [persecution] [Southern Baptist] [unreached people groups]


So the soldiers, out of the wrath and hatred they bore the Jews, nailed those they caught, one after one way, and another after another, to the crosses, by way of jest, when their multitude was so great, that room … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Christian Origins]
Today’s Lections: Ps. 71, Jer. 4:9-10, 19-28, Rom. 2:12-24, John 5:19-29 Jeremiah is famous as "the weeping prophet" of the Scriptures; but what we often do not let sink in is the prophet's mirroring of God's broken heart, his representation...
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Charles Cranfield (1915-2015), former professor emeritus of Theology at Durham University (1950-1980). Cranfield is best known for his classic Romans commentaries in the ICC, and his excellent Mark commentary in Th...
I’m in the middle of editing a book and ran across the word ἀργός. Here’s the LSJ entry: ἀργός (B), όν, later ή, όν Arist.EN1167a11, Mete.352a13, Thphr.Lap.27, Ath.Mech.12.11, etc.: (contr. from ἀεργός) And here's the BDAG entr... [grammar] [Greek] [Idle Musings] [Just for Fun] [Linguistics]
Peter Holley: When Elrey “Bud” Runion and his wife, June, organized a meeting with a seller they’d found on Craigslist, the Atlanta couple thought they were one step closer to purchasing the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible that Bud so desperately want... [Uncategorized]


I recently read a dissertation on the Lord's Prayer. For the next couple of days, I'll be excerpting from it. The author of the dissertation, David Clark, is the leader of the YWAM base where Joel and Renee are serving. In the proclamation of Jesus, the s...
Since the Bible was written in various imperialist contexts and interpreted by those living in the current Western system, the mission of postcolonial biblical criticism is to decolonize the biblical text and how it is read. Postcolonial biblical criticis... [Uncategorized]
While we may assume that all people engaged in cursing, we cannot assume that the ancient Near Easterners perceived every curse they uttered to be equally efficacious. Certainly, some maledictions were believed to be more potent than others. What contribu... [ANE religion] [Books] [Cursed Are You!]
Sometimes tips and techniques seem great because they allow us to take action and feel better. But in reality they don’t change much because they don’t actually address the roots of the problems. Why? Because the seven deadly sins are not just problem... [Books] [gospel] [What's your secret?]
Ironically, then, the one who seeks peacefully to bring good news to all will be perceived as, and eventually crucified as, bad news—a threat to peace and security. This is, paradoxically, both true and false. On the one hand, because Jesus’ way of th... [Books] [gospel] [Michael Gorman] [theology]
Richard Carrier posted the following on his blog:The big news is that I’ve been asked by the Society of Biblical Literature (the largest academic society representing the field, of which I am a member) to present and defend the thesis of On the Historic... [mythicism] [Society of Biblical Literature] [conference] [mytherism] [mythicist] [mythicists] [Richard Carrier] [SBL]
For I confess truly that I am accustomed to be very much distracted. Very often I am not where bodily I stand or sit; rather, I am where my thoughts carry me. Where my thoughts are, there am I; and frequently my thoughts are where my love is. That which n... [Thomas à Kempis]
This semester, I am giving several talks each over the devil and creepiness, and I’m finding the experience of both very different. On the devil front, I’m also in the early stages of drafting the book itself, so the talks provide a good oppo... [Academia]
Readers of William Shakespeare and of John Donne have found allusions to the female anatomy and sexuality in imagery and puns. For example, where Shakespeare has this: Pauline Kiernan in Filthy Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s Most Outrageous Sexual P... [fun] [humor] [Interpretation] [literature] [Septuagint] [Carey Ellen Walsh] [John Donne] [John Piper] [Pauline Kiernan] [Poppaea] [Robert H. Ray] [Sappho] [Shakespeare] [Song of Solomon] [Song of Songs] [Stuart Dean]


One of the great things about my experience of Durham was learning about all the excellent scholars that had shaped the university’s past. In fact, I knew of many of the names of the scholars there, but never associated them with Durham before I arr... [Durham] [Charles Cranfield]
Commences tomorrow.  Watch for photos and updates this weekend.Filed under: SBL [SBL]
Barnabas and Saul set out from Antioch to Seulcia, a port about 16 miles from Antioch. From there they sail to Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean about 100 miles from Selucia. Paphos Why Cyprus? As Keener says, is simply makes sense for Barnabas to be... [Observations on Acts] [Cyprus] [Luke / Acts] [Missionary Method] [The Book of Acts]


The episode stars with the salvage vessel Christiane I finding the remains of Oceanic 815 in the ocean. Daniel Faraday, a physicist, is watching and saddened by what he sees, although he isn’t sure why. Then in the present day we see him parachute o... [LOST] [Ben Linus] [boat] [Miles]


  Today is Purim -- the full moon of the lunar month of Adar. Pesach (Passover) begins in one month, at the full moon of Nissan. There's a traditional teaching (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 429:1) which holds that "One must begin studying the laws of Pa... [pesach] [purim] [Tikkun olam]
... That was the question I was asked by a member of our church one Wednesday morning, during our midweek Communion service. We had just had readings on the great Christian hope - that one day, Jesus will return to this earth and renew it. It will be free...
Believe it or nay, the next carnival is just around the corner.  And it will collect posts from the month of March and appear on the first of April, or, as we call it, Joel Watts Day! If you have any interesting posts or see any, pass them along.  With... [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Biblioblogs]
That was the day Martin Luther’s Latin works were published in a collection, with a foreword by  Luther himself.  Writes he For a long time I strenuously resisted those who wanted my books, or more correctly my confused lucubrations, published. I ... [Luther]
I don't think that it will be possible to post regular up-dates for online images of the Vatican Library. They are aiming to get all 80,000 manuscripts photographed and on-line (1690 so far). Among those 80,000 are around 346 NT Greek manuscripts (the num... [Vatican Library]
Logos’ Pre-Publication program gets the titles you want into Logos, while also giving you the best discounts on those resources. Currently, there are dozens of valuable Bible reference works from Eerdmans available on Pre-Pub. You can get up to 34% ... [Products] [Biblical Studies] [Eerdmans] [eerdmans bible reference bundle 2] [hermeneutics] [history] [philosophy] [Pre-Pub] [pre-publication] [Preaching] [theology]


Chapter 12 of Iain Provan’s new book  Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters finally turns to the New Testament, and the story many of us have wanted to dig into from the beginning. He has laid the found... [Uncategorized]
For instance- is it a book about women/ feminism, or is it a book about fascism?  Who knows.  And, really, is there ever much of a difference?  Perhaps they need a third category – womenist fascism…   :-) Marco Plumber Tonti [Ladies, don&#... [humor]


RAPHAEL GOLB: Panel Affirms Sentence in Dead Sea Scrolls Case (Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal).An appeals court has affirmed a two-month jail sentence for a blogger whose case prompted the state Court of Appeals to rule that the state's second-degr...
Le numéro 212 (mars-avril-mai 2015) du Monde de la BibleAnges et démons. Les forces invisibles est disponible dès aujourd’hui en kiosque et en librairie. Dans ce numéro 212 vous trouverez : – un entretien avec Michel Marian, philosophe et ... [Bible] [theology]


Once vampires sink their fangs into you, it’s hard to shake them. I’m referring to an intellectual connection here, instead of a physical one. M. Jess Peacock’s book on theological vampires spurred me to read Noël Montague-Étienne Ra... [Bible] [Books] [literature] [Monsters] [popular culture] [Posts] [Religious Origins] [Sects] [Bram Stoker] [Dracula] [M. Jess Peacock] [Noël Montague-Étienne Rarignac] [The Theology of Dracula: Reading the Book of Stoker as Sacred Text] [vampires]
THE TEXTUAL HISTORY OF THE ETHIOPIC OLD TESTAMENT PROJECT "(THEOT) is an international effort to identify and to trace textual trajectories found in Ethiopian manuscripts that contain books included in the canon of the Hebrew Bible." It does not seem to ...
BIBLE AND INTERPRETATION:From Yahwism to JudahismSome scholars have argued that there were multiple factors involved in the reasons why the exiled Judahites did not abandon Yahweh for Marduk, but the scaffolding for the multiplicity as it is normally defi...
H-JUDAIC:Susanna Drake. Slandering the Jew: Sexuality and Difference in Early Christian Texts. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013. 184 pp. $55.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8122-4520-2.Reviewed by Gail Labovitz (American Jewish University 15)Pu...
THE TALMUD BLOG: Review of Tabory and Atzmon, ‘Midrash Esther Rabbah’ (Shai Secunda).Overall, this new edition is a great pleasure to work with – and to learn from, beginning to end. No doubt it will be the fountainhead from where all future resear...
1. The growth of Wesley Seminary, now approaching 500 at the end of our sixth year, is quite remarkable. The average seminary size last year was 155, and most are on a path of significant decline. David Watson of United Theological Seminary and I are actu... [Church Growth] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]


I spent a little time reading Poetic Diction by the Inkling, Owen Barfield. This book had a considerable influence on C.S.Lewis in that it allowed him to reconcile the scientific view of the world with what goes beyond it. I must say, the leap is somewhat... [poetry] [statistics]
I know that many of you love the venerable Douay-Rheims Bible.  I have a deep appreciation for it as well, and think, like many Protestants do about the KJV, that every Catholic should own a copy of the Douay-Rheims.  It is an important part of ... [Baronius Press] [Bible Edition Review] [Douay-Rheims]

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This Saturday morning I'll be speaking at St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church in Walnut, CA. The topic will be intentional discipleship.  Here's some information. Cost: FREE.  Location: Vellucci Hall at St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church, 747 Meadowpass R...

March 4, 11PM

I’ve grown weary of so many Christians using the phrase “well it’s just common sense!” I’ve grown weary of it especially when what follows this exclamation is usually ideas which are not compatible with what the Bible says. T... [Uncategorized]
For Augustine, Luther, and Calvin, one should approach the Old Testament with the expectation that it will point us to Christ: Augustine perceives that the Old Testament prepares for Christ through precepts and promises: Reply to Faustus, 12.6: We have r... [jesus] [old testament]
By David George Moore.  Dave blogs at Two Cities. Bear with me a bit, but some personal background is needed.  Theologically, I have sympathies with a “Calvinistic” understanding of salvation, but a deeper commitment to the “consensual Christianit... [evangelicalism]


Well, five years ago I returned to the issue of machine translation, having addressed it five years earlier, when a firm offered on the fly translation for my website. So it is almost time for a reprise.1 In 2005 I tested the service I was offered and fou... [Digital life] [translation] [Machine Translation]


The Excavations at Shikhin is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, international, cultural heritage project whose goal is the recovery and preservation of the site of Shikhin in the Lower Galilee of Israel. Samford University is the primary sponsori... [Archaeology]
There are many satirical or parodic compositions associated with Purim. A good overview of these different compositions can be found in Israel Davidson’s Parody in Jewish Literature, pp. 115-147. One of these compositions is Iggeret Haman, “Ha... [Hebrew Literature] [Jewish-Gentile Relations] [purim]


Ένα σύντομο ενδιαφέρον άρθρο για την πορεία των σπουδών στον Ιώσηπο στο διεθνή ακαδημαϊκό χώρο δημοσιεύεται στο Ancient Jew Review: The Understudied and Ma... [Ιώσηπος] [ιστορία έρευνας]
Rob Bradshaw continues to digitize articles to make them available via the internet. Recently, he had made available the first four series of The Expositor. Hence, I have been able to add new links to numerous articles on Hebrews (many of which I was not ...


Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


A number of bloggers, especially those of us who studied at Durham, are noting the passing of C. E. B. Cranfield. He was around 80 years old when I was in Durham and was unfortunately one of those individuals who had such extreme curvature of the spine th... [Charles Cranfield]


I just heard via the BNTC FB page the sad news that Charles E. B. Cranfield passed away. Cranfield will be best remembered for his two volume ICC commentary on Romans published in 1975-79. While some of you young whipper-snappers might not remember, once ... [Uncategorized]
Happy Purim!  I hope you have a wondrous holiday!Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
It’s not really that difficult.  In fact, it’s downright easy. Filed under: Friends, Humor [Friends] [humor]


Especially since most SBL-ers dance like Elaine on Seinfeld…  Thanks TB Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


I am delighted to be part of the Patheos book club about Eben Alexander’s book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. It is an account of the author’s experience while in a coma. It may be appropriate to call it a... [afterlife] [book review] [book] [Eben Alexander] [heaven] [proof]
The world of New Testament studies is mourning the passing of another important scholar.Word is spreading that professor Charles E. B. Cranfield has passed away. I am not sure of his exact birth date, but he either was or was very close to 100 years old.C...