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July 30 2015, 8AM

Congratulations, genuine readers. You have now successfully read more of this blog post than many others will.Yes, it’s true. Many people only read the title of a blog post or article, and then leave a comment on it without reading anything else.So ... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [laugh a little] [theology]


So, along with being very friendly today, I’m also passing this along from our friends in Saxony- The picture was taken inside the Melanchthonhaus in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. The exhibtion “Philipp Melanchthon: Life – Work – Legacy&... [Luther] [Melanchthon]
You can access a sixteen minute interview by Shawn Wilhite and Trey Moss with Craig Keener here. [Audio] [Interview] [Keener Craig]
Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: “God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.&... [cyprian] [Prayer] [repentance] [Worship]


Hill, Wesley. Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2015. 224 pp. Pb; $26.   Link to Eerdmans with a twelve minute video “book trailer.” Wesley Hill attempts a theological reading of severa... [Book Reviews] [book review] [exegesis] [Pauline Theology] [Trinity]
In Ephesians 3:17, when Paul says that his readers are rooted and founded in love, he is not speaking about an abstract concept or a general feeling. Rather, his readers have been rooted and founded in love because they have been incorporated into the one... [Reflections] [Paul]
I recently reread C. S. Lewis’ space trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. Not that long ago, IO9 asked why they are not compared with Dune. The truth is that, while both series feature religion prominently, Lew... [science fiction] [Allegory] [C. S. Lewis] [Christian] [Christianity] [classical] [classics] [gods] [space] [symbolism] [trilogy]
Bultmann’s most celebrated volume needs no introduction.  No one unfamiliar with it since its first publication has ever studied the New Testament seriously. Pick up a copy if you don’t already have it.Filed under: Bultmann [Bultmann]
You know the story. Jacob and the Angel wrestle throughout the night… until the break of day. If you don’t, it is found in Genesis 32.24–30. The daybreak is important, […] The post Jacob and Jesus’s wrestling with the divine appe... [mimesis]


As we are dancing around the question of what healthy theology looks like, I have suggested that if we don’t start with our end in view then we will never get there. And if the ultimate end of the Christian life is to love God and love neighbor, the... [Bible Thoughts]
I’m on vacation for a week. My job is such that taking vacation is becoming a rare commodity, what with precious few allotted days and move-in, move-out schedules of a collegiate child, and so on. And also company policy about keeping employees in... [Current Events] [environment] [Holidays] [Memoirs] [Posts] [Psalms] [Social Consciousness] [Travel] [Weather] [nature] [rain] [vacation] [water]
This post will probably make some of you mad, question my faith and say that I’m not a Christian. But I’ve never been one to shy away from controversial topics. Over the past few weeks, three undercover videos have been released by an pro-life group t... [politics] [activism] [ethics] [eugenics] [Planned Parenthood] [pro-choice] [pro-life] [The Center for Medical Progress]


Der emeritierte Münchner Theologieprofessor Ferdinand Hahn ist tot. Hahn starb am 28. Juli im Alter von 89 Jahren, wie das Dekanat der evangelisch-theologischen Fakultät der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München mitteilte. Der Autor des theologisc... [Modern Culture]
The best biography of Bultmann is that of Konrad Hammann (and it’s better in German).  Particularly important is his discussion of Bultmann during the era of the Second World War. The best short study of Bultmann’s theology is Gareth Jones... [Bultmann]
Miguel Ruiz at Internet Monk sheds new light on some old biblical texts. The history of Christianity is a twisted tale of conflict over sexuality and the suppression of those who dissent the party line on bedroom ethics.  These days, it is commonly argue... [Bible] [Tomfoolery]
Bultmann was never ordained but he was frequently asked to preach and he was always active in the life of the Lutheran parish in Marburg.  It was his task to stand at the door with the poor box and receive offerings as congregants left the service on Sun... [Bultmann]
The Overseas Highway stretches 113 miles between Miami and the Florida keys, providing access to breathtaking wildlife and the largest coral reef off the U.S. mainland. But it only exists thanks to the category-five hurricane that destroyed the iconic Ove... [Misc.]


From time to time some copy editor or some book cover designer or some ignorant student will publish a book or write an essay about Bultmann and misspell his word- much to the shock, horror, and dismay of everyone who knows something about RKB.  So, for ... [Bultmann]
I’ve been traveling the last several weeks – spending some time in Europe working (with a little vacationing thrown into the mix).  Last weekend I visited Lutherstadt Wittenberg, A small town in eastern Germany where Martin Luther spent most ... [Uncategorized]
What Daniel Kirk said recently on his blog speaks for itself, but click through for the context, and see Fred Clark’s further thoughts on the subject. [Progressive Christianity] [Fred Clark] [J. R. Daniel Kirk] [love] [neighbor] [theology]


PRESS RELEASE: Koran manuscript from early period of Islam. Tübingen University fragment written 20-40 years after the death of the Prophet, analysis shows.A Koran fragment from the University of Tübingen Library has been dated to the 7th century - the ...
When the Society for New Testament Studies held its annual meeting in August 1976 at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, the secretary read out at the opening session the names of members who had died since the previous meeting. When this is done, th... [Bultmann]
CONFERENCE: ON JEWISH PAIDEIA IN NAPLES (Elisa Uusimäki, CSTT Blog).Scholars from Europe, North America, and Australia gathered to Naples on 30 June – 4 July 2015 to participate in the Fifth Enoch Seminar Nangeroni Meeting ”Second Temple Jewish Paide...
POLITICS, SEX, AND THE TALMUD: What Michael Cohen Doesn't Understand About Rape — Or the Talmud (Melanie Landau, The Forward). Now let us be clear: PaleoJudaica does not regard American Presidential candidates or their lawyers to be part of its remit an...
In a comment that, for some inexplicable reason, did not appear in the sidebar, Hugh Houghton has given details about how to access Elliott’s bibliography of GNT manuscripts online. Unfortunately the process is laborious, but it will save you a lot of c... [bibliography] [Bibliography of GNT MSS] [Hugh Houghton] [J. K. Elliott]


NUMISMATICS: 2,000-Year-Old Coin Sheds Light on Important Role of Judea on Roman Psych (Raphael Poch, Breaking Israel News).A rare coin minted almost 2,000 years ago during the conquest of Jerusalem was recently found at an auction in Zurich, NRG reported...
YONA SABAR: Hebrew word of the week: Hekhal (Jewish Journal).It is amazing how a word that signifies “holy of holies of the temple or tabernacle” is actually a loan word from a “pagan” language: the Sumerian word akkadian, which became e-kal or ...

July 29, 11PM

One of Bultmann’s more important books, Jesus and the Word correctly notes that virtually everything we think we know about Jesus stems from documents composed by persons of faith.  We have, it’s fair to say, very scant knowledge of the Jesus... [Bultmann]
Today in class, I played ‘Who am I?’… Who am I? I did nothing against the Jewish people or against the customs of the Hebrew ancestors I was arrested in Jerusalem I was handed over to the Romans The Romans examined me and wanted to rele... [Acts]
Michael J. Gorman Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. Available at Michael Gorman is a genius at weaving together Pauline theology, cruciformed spirituality, and the Missio Dei. This volume is... [Uncategorized]


This post will concentrate on some happier news. To be tempted is not the same as to sin. Temptation itself is not sin, though it can certainly lead to sin. Jesus was tempted like us in every respect, save he did not sin, and was not a sinner (Heb.4.15). ... [Uncategorized]
Jackson Wu (PhD, SEBTS) teaches theology and missiology in a seminary for Chinese church leaders. Previously, he also worked as a church planter. In the next month, he has just released his second book One Gospel for All Nations: A Practical Approach to... [Uncategorized]


Perhaps the single most misrepresented aspect of Bultmann’s work is his discussion of ‘demythologization’.  Persons who have never read his seminal essay on the New Testament and Mythology have denounced him as some sort of devil.  In ... [Bultmann]
In the early 60’s Bultmann delivered the Gifford lectures in a series titled “History and Eschatology”.  If you haven’t already, you can read those lectures, free. Here. Preface The following chapters contain the Gifford Lectures ... [Bultmann]


Tel Maresha (= Tell Sandahanna) is a large mound located south of Highway 35 between Bet Guvrin and Lachish. View of the north side of Tel Maresha. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. Maresha [Mareshah in most English translations; Marisha] is listed among cities o... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]


Today I attended Trade Day at Gen Con for the first time. There were a lot of interesting presentations which focused on the intersection of education and gaming. The first morning session discussed ways that games may be used in non-meaningful ways in ed... [education] [Curriculum] [educators] [gamification] [gaming] [Gen Con] [syllabuses] [Trade Day]


I am delving now into the profound shifts in the understanding of human nature during the 1930s in the Soviet Union. Stakhanovite passion and the repeated purges of ‘red terror’ were two sides of the same process, which we may understand as a ... [socialism] [reading Stalin] [Stakhanovism]
The Qumran Essenes are “sons of Zadok”, so they sport the same name as the Sadducees, in spite of obvious differences. An assessment of some texts (Ben Sira, legal DSS, Josephus) allows us to suggest that they are the two faces of the same coin, of Eg... [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Qumran] [nodet]
I don’t know for how long, but it really is a bargain. Calvin was a better theologian than Augustine or that boozehound Irenaeus of Lyons, super doof and special whiner.  Indeed, when it comes to the so called church ‘Fathers’ none of t... [Calvin]


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Windows 10 has been in the news a lot lately. Microsoft’s move to offer a free upgrade to many of its customers has certainly garnered some attention! If you’re like many Windows users, you might wonder whether you should upgrade. And if you&#... [Misc.] [Announcements] [Logos Bible Software] [windows 10]


Dear President Pearsall:The time has come to fight back against the fundamentalists who are destroying the mind--not to mention the heart and soul--of American evangelical Christianity, including your university.You have just assumed the presidency of Nor...
Oh yes. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Spain. On vacation.  In a lunch line.  I don’t know why.  I only know that he needs to visit a shop and buy some new shorts. And shirt.  For the love of all that’s holy…. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Bible Archaeology Review's website has an interesting article entitled, "Biblical Bread: Baking Like the Ancient Israelites" here. [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [biblical archaeology review]

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Facebook and Twitter are more upset because of the death of a lion than they are the tens of thousands of Africans who have been killed in senseless wars.  #priorities #hypocrisy #stupidity.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
I dag på olsok (29.07) har eg funne fram dette bildet av St. Olav frå Fødselskyrkja i Betlehem. Bildet er ein fresko frå det 12. hundreåret og finst på ei av søylene i Fødselskyrkja i Betlehem. Den som har vore i kyrkja og sett søyla, veit at bi... [Betlehem] [Israel og dei palestinske områda] [Dreyers Grafiske Anstalt] [fødselskyrkja] [Korsfararane] [Korsfarerne] [Olav den heilage] [Olav den hellige] [olsok] [St. Olav]
William Gage.  “For This Child I Prayed.”  2015.  See here to buy the story. “For This Child I Prayed” is a short story about the biblical story of Hannah in the Bible.  Hannah is barren and prays to God for a child, and God ... [Bible] [religion]
We visited the Aachener Dom, the Aachen Cathedral, built by Charlemagne and his final resting place. We also went to the Schatzkammer, the treasure house. It held many beautiful and a few weird things. Below are three images from a large altar piece card ... [art] [Christianity] [Art?] [Catholicism] [church] [Travel]
Ministry leaders have a high calling. They must serve their churches and communities with grace and integrity, evaluate the spiritual progress of their congregations, and unite the church to work as a body. They live lives of service and humility while in... [Misc.] [Products]


Adam and Eve decide they want to rule “like God” instead of ruling “under God,” which means Adam and Eve are usurpers. The sin they commit is the sin of wanting more than responsibility of governing on God’s behalf; the sin they commit is made c... [Books] [Kingdom Conspiracy] [theology]


Stay tuned for a day of remembrance.  It is impossible for me to express how important Bultmann has been to me over the course of my life.  He and von Rad were pivotal and critical while I was in grad school and they have both remained insurmountable an... [Bultmann]