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October 24 2014, 2AM

TWO IMPORTANT NEW BOOKS ON THE STUDY OF ANCIENT GREEK:First, from Brill:Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics (3 vols)General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis (Thessaloniki)The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics (EAGLL) b...
IT'S HARD: Biblical-Era Collections Suffer in a New World of Archaeology (Geraldine Fabrikant, NYT)In recent decades, countries that house remains of the ancient world have become determined to keep archaeological finds within their borders. Partly as a ...
by Justin K.H. Tse and Matt SheedyJustin Tse: The shooting in Ottawa on 22 October 2014 has uncovered the remarkable way that the Canadian state remains theologically constituted. In some ways, this is a relatively uncontroversial argument. The White Hous... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Giovana Boradorri] [Jacques Derrida] [Jamie Scott] [Justin Trudeau] [Martin Couture-Rouleau] [Michael Zehaf-Bibeau] [Nathan Cirllo] [Patrice Vincent] [Stephen Harper] [Tom Mulcair]

12 AM

Observing the contemporary theoretical terrain, there’s a certain operation that I find rather striking — both in its valorization and in its predominance. We might call this an operation of resuscitation, revival, or rejuvenation (though, for... [blog posts]

October 23, 10PM

Mention the issue of textual criticism and some people think you’re actually talking about criticizing the text of the Bible. Nope. Text criticism is the attempt to reconstruct the earliest form of the Biblical text possible, based on the thousands ... [Uncategorized]
Ben Myers gives an overview of his course on christology and includes 12 Grammatical Rules on Christology. Well worth checking out. We should start a petition to convince Ben to turn this into a book. Unless some publisher wants to offer him a contract be... [Uncategorized]
At the heart of European Protestant theology’s revolutionary developments in the 20th Century was the rediscovery of the transcendence of God that challenged and replaced the identification of historical processes and progressivism (liberal theology... [Christianity] [church] [Church History] [theology]


Michael Yankoski.  The Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice—-How Contemplating Applies, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life.  Nashville: W Publishing Group (An Imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2014. ... [religion]
Hadrian has been in the news this week because of the recently discovered inscription found north of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. In the Israel Museum there is an inscription that reads, The August emperor Caesar Trajan Hadrian made [the aqueduct] by [mea... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Apostle Peter] [Aqueduct] [Caesarea] [Caesarea Maritima] [Hadrian] [Israel Museum] [Roman Emperor]


I would like to think this is what Paul meant when he said, "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt":When I met Charles Williams I had read none of his books; our meetings were few and on business, yet I count them among my most unforgetta...
If the NRA thinks armed citizens would prevent gun violence then wouldn’t ebola infected NRA members prevent ebola?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


It’s always nice to come home from work and discover a package from one of your favorite publishers. Tonight I opened a box from Mohr Siebeck that contained a copy ofCharles E. Carlston & Craig A. Evans’ From Synagogue to Ecclesia: Matthe... [In the Mail] [Review Books]
Professor Gerstenberger is lecturing at NYU (which causes me tremendous envy, he’s a fantastic presenter and so very interesting). Old Testament scholars diverge considerably on the historical date of the formation of the Yahweh-community based on T... [Erhard Gerstenberger]


In continuing with this month-long series on the demonic, it would not be quite complete without considering the role of the demonic on the ecological – our oikos- our household. We are reminded in the scriptures, afterall, that Satan is the ‘... [liberation] [angelology] [Demonology] [ecology] [environmental racism] [Japan]
Today, I had the distinct pleasure of having my #AnaBlacktivist presence welcomed over at Ecclesio.Com, a website for Presbyterian (USA) clergy. Many thanks to fellow KillJoy Prophet Mihee Kim Kort for this opportunity. Here’s a quote to whet your a... [Christianity] [Presbyterian] [anablacktivist] [bell hooks] [KillJoy Prophets] [Mihee Kim Kort] [Radical Reformation] [radical subjectivity]
What does a #UMC chaplain do? Today I coordinated a bilingual memorial mass for a member of the command from Puerto Rico. [god and country] [Chaplaincy]


Unbelievable.  Ligonier Ministry people… don’t you see the inherent contradiction of a ‘call to endure persecution’ on a luxury cruise???  Are there no theologians in your midst? Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Dr. Beverly Gaventa recently gave the “Lund Lecture” at Northpark on the subject of Romans. The official title of her lecture was: “What Part of the Word ‘All’ Don’t We Understand?” (This is Lecture 1; there is a ... [Uncategorized]


The Wall Street Journal has the latest- nicely summarized on a graph Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
And when will the media declare her to be a cutting edge go to ‘Christian author’ because she’s dabbled in dabbling in a decontextualized clothing experiment?  Because it has happened before… as you know… that someone who ta... [media] [mockery] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
Since he-who-must-not-be-named is reviewing the “normal books,” I wanted to take some time and focus on the books you good Protestants are missing due to the drunk who threw them out. Frankly, they are among my favorites. Yes, you Wesleyans li... [Books] [Deuterocanon] [Eileen M. Schuller] [Fortress Press] [Vivian Johnson]
Prophets never resign or retire, they just die.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Joel posted this some time back and rewarmed it today- so since I’ve got a fever and am entitled to outrage- here’s what Joel has, and every frame is right except the last- I don’t actually see myself as a member of the Holy Inquisition-... [media]
Begin forwarded message: Biblical Theology Bulletin: Journal of Bible and Culture November 2014; Vol. 44, No. 4 Presenting the Issue ----------------...


I mentioned these volumes back in the beginning of the Summer and I’ve finally made my way through them and had a bit of time to reflect on their significance.  If you go here and click the ‘Chapters’ tab you’ll have displayed the... [Book of the Week] [Books] [Bullinger] [Church History]
Ashley Mateo: The study basically simulated your average morning: a mug of coffee to wake up, a little gym time, another cup with breakfast, followed by lunch. Fourteen participants completed two moderate workouts on a stationary bike: one where they to... [coffee]


Pettit, Paul, and R.Todd Mangum. Blessed Are the Balanced: A Seminarian’s Guide to Following Jesus in the Academy. Kregel Academic, …Continue reading → [Book Reviews] [Meditatio] [Ministry] [academic and pastoral] [seminary] [Spiritual Disciplines]
Is it really so hard to imagine that some people don't appreciate hearing someone else's loud one-way conversation? [Prayer]
Some Jesus ben Sira passages stood out to me yesterday and today.  Allow me to quote  and to comment. 1.    Sirach 13:9-10 states (in the NRSV): “When an influential person invites you, be reserved, and he will invite you more insi... [Daily Quiet Time] [Sirach] [Social Skills] [Television]


The Essence of Woman(continuing Zenobia's review of Barbara Olsen's Women in Mycenaean Greece.  Part I click here) The Linear B tablets found in the palaces at Pylos on the Greek mainland and Knossos on Crete are the oldest documents ever written in ...
Click here to view the embedded video.Bart Ehrman shared the above video of a talk that he gave about Jesus and Brian at the recent Life of Brian conference. [historical Jesus] [Bart Ehrman] [jesus] [Life of Brian]
My new blog needs collaboration of bloggers interested in Bible and Religion, exchanging articles and ideas, helping people to form an opinion about crucial issues. So, if you are interested in my blog and its articles I ask you to send me an email in whi... [Biblioblogs]
Excellent post on the power of (nonsexual) touch over at Parse today. Across television screens trudge health care workers in hazmat suits protecting themselves from Ebola. Holding patients, disposing of bodies. Carefully encased to prevent touch. It is,... [Idle Musings] [theology]


“Humility functions in the fear of the Lord. Such fear makes God large in our eyes. We are completely and continually dependent upon Him. We exist by Him and for Him. We live through Him. In Him we live and move and have our being. The greater the prese... [Books] [Holiness] [Vine Ripened Life]
The publisher writes Il volume uscirà in aprile 2015. Cordiali saluti. Paideia Editrice Via Alessandro Manzoni 20 25020 Flero BS Oh boy.  (Previously mentioned here).Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources, Books, Garbini [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books] [Garbini]
So what do we do with this? How do we go about renouncing the sinful system of projecting blame onto a scapegoat? We might start by turning off the radio when the manipulative talk-show host tries to agitate the listening crowd into the evil of scapegoati... [Books] [Farewell to Mars]
Is it possible that Satan has so got the advantage of God, that God's kingdom cannot be re-established in this world, and that the Almighty has no way but to back out, and to take His saints to heaven, before He can make them holy? Is God's kingdom to be ... [Finney] [gospel] [Groveling in the dirt] [Holiness] [Idle Musings]
Part 1, Proposition 3 – Effective communication must accommodate to the culture and nature of the audience Walton here tackles the prickly issue of accommodation, an area in which he has greatly helped me in my understanding of Scripture me over the yea... [Bible] [Biblical Studies] [Books] [old testament] [John Walton] [Speech-Act Theory] [The Lost World of Scripture]
Some of you know our Jesus Creed project now can tap into all the major ages of church ministry: children, teens, adults, and a daily devotional, as well as Paraclete’s fine production of a CD for Sunday School classes. Some 4000 churches have used ... [Jesus Creed]
I laughed when I saw this meme, but I immediately also began to wonder whether it might not also lead to serious reflection. Are there religions which focus primarily outward, and others which focus primarily on the self? If so, would “dog religion&... [humor] [religion] [cat] [cats] [Dog] [dogs] [funny] [God] [gods] [meme]
This is sad.  Poor Falcons- they posted this on their twitter account and removed it only after being lambasted for their geographical ignorance (they think London is in Spain).  Plus, they can’t count (it’s two planes, not three…)  V... [Modern Culture]
We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, s... [Themes] [Minnow]
We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, s... [Themes] [Minnow]


These are brief thoughts on why I choose orthodoxy. I hope to edit, and develop this later. It is, thusly, unfinished. I am asked why I strive for orthodoxy when it is presumed this since I came from a fundamentalist background I am less likely to navig... [doctrine] [Reformation] [Cost of Discipleship] [Dietrich Bonhoeffer] [Orthodox]
I get disturbed when I see people around me disturbed by the latest Bible mystery, or obscure interpretation of prophecy. These things sell books, and bring in offerings, but I don’t think they produce better followers of Jesus. I don’t have a... [Christianity] [discipleship] [religion] [Antichrist] [end times]
The animated video "This Land Is Mine" by Nina Paley has apparently been out for a couple of years but I had never seen it before. It is a semi-dark look at the history of warfare in Canaan. You can access Paley's website which includes some explanation h... [israel] [video]
Jesus is often described as a kind of revolutionary, a political operative who was subtly working to challenge Roman authority. Historical Jesus studies often examine the Roman presence in Galilee as well as the shock of increased urbanization in an other... [gospels] [historical Jesus] [jesus] [Jewish Revolt] [Synoptic Gospels]
#ApplePay – because we are now SO LAZY we can’t get wallets out AND our phones are in our hands constantly.  #LosingFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Titus 1:15 is sometimes referenced as further proof for the doctrine of Total Depravity and its twin, total inability. The text says this: To the pure all thing are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind an... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [Judaizers] [Titus 1:15] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]


In an assignment, I had students set forth in search of reliable online sources on a given subject. Some of what they found was so helpful, that I blogged about it. Later students sometimes found my blog post.Something similar has happened again. A studen... [information literacy] [Isaiah] [Deutero-Isaiah] [LaMar Adams] [LDS] [Mormon] [statistical] [statistics] [Unity]


On facebook this morn Bryan Bibb asked a question to which his friend responded.  Here: Bill says exactly what it was that I was thinking and hearing from various persons for years before deciding that, if someone else wouldn’t do it, I would.  W... [Biblical Studies Resources]
1. If you know how I think, I use the model of pre-modern, modern, and post-modern as a framework for how people process reality. Here's the decoder ring for the way I use these terms:pre-modern - "first naivete"; this is when any of us--and let me stress... [postmodernism] [second naivete]


This Festschrift for a very fine scholar. Reading a Tendentious Bible: Essays in Honor of Robert B. Coote, Edited by Marvin L. Chaney, Uriah Y. Kim, Annette Schellenberg. Robert B. Coote is internationally renowned for work on the Bible and the ancient Ne... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
When I traveled to San Antonio over the summer I brought back a bag of old photographs, which I am slowly digitizing, a few at a time. Many of the photos are undated, so I have to guess at when they were taken. This one, though, says "1977" on the back. ... [memories]
Bugenhagen had written Zwingli asking him to clarify his view of the ‘Lord’s Supper’ and on the 23rd of October in 1525 Zwingli obliged with his Responsio ad epistolam Ioannis Bugenhagii. Peppered with Scriptural proofs, Zwingli shows Bugenhagen in... [Church History] [theology] [Zwingli]
A topic that comes up often in the discussion of science and religion is Stephen Jay Gould’s concept of non-overlapping magisteria or NOMA. I’ve read many papers and books that refer to this principle – sometimes agreeing, more often  d... [Science and Faith]
This episode starts with another eye close-up, as Michael is looking for Walt. Walt is learning to throw a knife from John Locke – and after missing frequently, when asked to picture it in his mind’s eye first, the knife is right on target. I&... [LOST] [children] [Jedi] [John Locke] [Luke Skywalker] [Michael] [special] [Walt]
And the US team is no where to be found in the top 20.  England has fallen to 20th place, and Switzerland is #12 – far ahead of both the US and England!  And Germany… oh Germany.  No one is even close. Filed under: soccer [soccer]
The new 125-volume Romans Collection is the perfect way to explore different commentary series and find the ones you like best. If you’re not sure you’re ready to add one of these full commentary sets to your library, try it out in this collection an... [Products] [commentaries] [Romans] [the romans collection]


The Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting (JJMJS), is freely available online from Oct 20. JJMJS is a new interdisciplinary peer-reviewed online journal, published in cooperation with Eisenbrauns. The purpose of the Journal is stated thus b... [jesus] [Judaism] [Judea] [Luke] [Luke-Acts] [Matthew] [New Testament] [website]
No Stone Unturned Greek Inscriptions and Septuagint Vocabulary Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible – CSHB 5 by James K. Aitken Eisenbrauns, 2014 xiv + 140 pp., English Paper ISBN: 9781575063249 List Price: $28.95 Your Price: $26.06 www.eisenbrauns.... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
Die Johannes A Lasco Bibliothek in Emden lädt ein zur Präsentation des ersten Bandes der kritischen Edition der Akten und Dokumente zur Dordrechter Synode 1618/19: “Acta et Documenta Synodi Nationalis Dordrechtanae 1618–1619″ am 29. Oktobe... [Church History] [Conferences]
Daniel Wallace in his widely used, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics categorises 33 different usages of the Genitive case.This was the textbook used in my 2nd year seminary course for teaching us how to use Greek for exegetical purposes. Today I w...


ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Is Obama a modern-day Quintus Fabius Maximus? (Brian Michael Jenkins, Los Angeles Times).President Obama has been repeatedly accused of delay. Critics say he dragged his feet on sending more troops to Afghanistan, on addre...
ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Who wrote the Torah? For thousands of years people believed that the five books of the Pentateuch were written by Moses. But it couldn't have been, academics say. (Elon Gilad). As usual with Haaretz, read this quickly ...