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April 18 2014, 5AM

This article by Randy Buth is quite technical but well worth working through, even if you are not fluent in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Be sure to look over the Table of Contents for the volume as a whole, which … Continue reading → [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [history] [Judaism]
Marcus Borg, Kimberly Winston, and Jim Naughton both raised the question of whether Christians need to believe that Jesus rose bodily from the dead. Their conclusions are different, in interesting ways. What do readers of this blog think? Of related inter... [Progressive Christianity] [Bart Ehrman] [Daleks] [Easter] [Gospel of Jesus' Wife] [Karen King] [resurrection]
In Oxford, they seem unable to tell the difference. (We lived on Cowley Road for three years.) Oxford City Council apologises for cancelling Passion Play ‘it mistook for live sex show’ A council has apologised after it cancelled a Good Friday... [Christianity] [religion] [Easter] [Good Friday]
The Church services were held on Sundays from seven to eight o’clock in the morning and between three and four in the afternoon. In the Great Minster there was a service for children and servants from eleven to twelve o’clock. During the week there wa... [Zwingli]


They do that, nonetheless, in the Philippines… every year… including this one. Den als Jesus gekleideten Freiwilligen wurden knapp acht Zentimeter lange Stahlnägel durch die Hände gerammt, als sie ans Kreuz genagelt wurden. Hunderte weitere ... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-theology]
Het schild van zijn helden is rood geverfd, de dappere mannen zijn in karmozijnrood gekleed. Nahum 2:3 (HSV) In het verleden had ik al eens over deze tekst geschreven en toen vermeldde ik dat er ten tijde van Nahum geen legers bekend waren die een rood un... [Oorlog] [Nahum]
Phyllis Tickle is one of the most interesting and important voices speaking to and for Christians today. A force in the Christian publishing world for nearly a quarter of a century, Phyllis has a lot to say about the trends of Christian belief and practic... [Misc]


To one and all.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Via Oded Lipschits- The Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University is pleased to announce the names of the two candidates chosen to receive post-doctoral grants for the academic year beginning October 2014. Dr. Eleftheria Pappa... [Modern Culture]
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church.Good Friday, 10.30am, 18th April 2014John 18:10-11  Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus.  11 Jesus said to Peter, "... [sermon]


From John Frye, Jesus the Radical Exegete Good, proper biblical exegesis is a key task to be learned in seminary. With the caveat that exegesis is both a skill and an art, most schools want to train students to rightly divide the Word of truth. My seminar... [Pastoring and Leading] [Pastoring and Preaching]
This is a fitting topic for Good Friday.  An old quagmire is whether Jesus’ last meal was a Passover Seder.  In Mark the Passover lamb was sacrificed on the 14th of Nisan in 14:12 and Jesus made arrangements to eat the Passover in Jerusalem in 14:... [exegesis]
In a number of previous years (e.g., 2007 and 2008 especially), I walked through Passion Week with Jesus and the disciples. Here are some of those posts:Palm SundayMonday: Jesus in the TempleTuesday DebatesWednesday PlottingThursday: Getting Ready for Pas... [Good Friday] [passion week]


NEW BOOK FROM PEETERS:In the Footsteps of Sherlock HolmesStudies in the Biblical Text in Honour of Anneli AejmelaeusSeries: Contributions to Biblical Exegesis & Theology, 72Editors: De Troyer K., Law T. M. , Liljeström M.Year: 2014ISBN: 978-90-429-3041...
Ham, in the movie Noah, is a conflicted figure. I felt a slight chill, I’ll have to admit, when the carnivore Tubal-Cain asked him his name, reminiscent as it is of pork. Of the sons of Noah he alone bears the impossibly stylish short hair his father ... [Bible] [Genesis] [movies] [popular culture] [Posts] [Religious Violence] [Canaanites] [curse] [Genocide] [Ham] [Japheth] [Noah] [Shem] [slavery] [Tubal-Cain]

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Golgatascenen er tom. Det er langfredag aften. Kristi legeme er tatt ned, men tilbake på korset er det et avtrykk, som aldri kan viskes ut av vår verden. Hinna kyrkje har ein heil vegg med monumental glaskunst av Victor Sparre (1919-2008). Kunstnaren h... [Den norske kyrkja] [Hinna] [Kyrkjekunst] [glaskunst] [glasskunst] [glassmaleri] [Golgata] [Hinna kirke] [Victor Smith] [Victor Sparre]
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. [Liturgical]

April 17, 10PM

In the April number of 1871, of La Revue Critique published in Montreal, we find a paper upon the laws of Louisiana and their sources, read by Judge Merrick before the New Orleans Academy of Science, January, 23, 1871. Among the most striking features ...
One of the most crucial sections in Wright’s whole exposition begins on pp.815ff. Here he argues that the purpose for which God had intended Israel was fulfilled in and through Jesus the Messiah. Christ is the place where the God of Abraham and the ... [Uncategorized]
Bultmann, Bultmann, Bultmann! Fortress Press was good enough to send along review copies of Rudolf Bultmann’s New Testament & Mythology: And Other Basic Writings; What Is Theology?; and Rudolf Bultmann: Interpreting Faith for the Modern Era ed... [In the Mail] [Review Books]


Brian Fulthorp:fun! lol Originally posted on Zwinglius Redivivus: Via Dr. Michael Scott View original [Uncategorized]


Pulpit Commentary Mar_15:16 And the soldiers led him away within the court, which is the Praetorium; and they call together the whole band. This was the principal court of the palace, where a large number of soldiers were always quartered. “The whol... [Bible] [Bible Commentary] [Bible study] [commentaries] [Easter] [esword] [Quotes] [SBC] [sunday school notes] [bible lesson] [empty tomb] [explore the bible] [gospel of mark 15:16-20] [gospel of mark 15:33-34] [gospel of mark 15:37-39] [gospel of mark 16:1-8] [jesus' resurrection] [lifeway] [sunday school lesson]
Pulpit Commentary Mar_15:16 And the soldiers led him away within the court, which is the Praetorium; and they call together the whole band. This was the principal court of the palace, where a large number of soldiers were always quartered. “The whol... [Bible] [Bible Commentary] [Bible study] [commentaries] [Easter] [esword] [Quotes] [SBC] [sunday school notes] [bible lesson] [empty tomb] [explore the bible] [gospel of mark 15:16-20] [gospel of mark 15:33-34] [gospel of mark 15:37-39] [gospel of mark 16:1-8] [jesus' resurrection] [lifeway] [sunday school lesson]
Well if you don’t have the sense to know this… Perhaps a Posthumous Darwin Award is in your future… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Deane Galbraith is a fine chap, but he suffers from occasional bouts of delusion... one being that Otagosh is frequented by folks who might be interested in the kind of seminar described below. But I'm passing it on anyway, if only to ruffle a few feather...
John 19:28-37 – Jesus and the Faithfulness of God: Part 1 In the end it didn’t take long. 3 hours in fact. 3 hours after being hoisted onto the cross Jesus breathed his last breath. To those who remained with him his last words, “It is finished” w... [Easter] [Good Friday] [Crucifixion] [jesus] [sermon]
I give the Jesus mythicists a lot of hassle. But theirs is nowhere near to being the most ludicrous claim about Jesus one can find on the web. All Mesopotamia pointed out an article which mentions a view found among Hungarian nationalists: the Hungarians ... [mythicism] [Hungarian] [jesus] [Magyar] [nationalists] [Sumerian]
I suppose we all wish we could live several lives. In one of them, I would teach physics.I finished the last few chapters of The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity and enjoyed it immensely. There's rarely a b... [book review] [relativity]


All the info is here. De Gruyter Open offers an opportunity for early-career scholars to publish books based on their dissertation research ABOUT THE COMPETETION The 2014 Emerging Scholar Monograph Competition is a contest for young talent in the fiel... [Books]
I still have a few notes on my memories, reaching back into a distant life that began in earnest in me some 40 years ago in my late twenties. Fearful, confused, yet responsible to my obligations, I began to learn about the one they called 'the' Anointed. ... [Mysticism] [personal theology]


Via Jack Sasson- Lectures by Aren Maeir, Bar-Ilan University. On Tuesday, April 22nd, I’ll be lecturing at the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Kansas – the lecture will be entitled: “Canaanites, Philistines, and others at Tell es-Safi/Ga... [Archaeology]
As far as I am aware, Prof. Karen King has not been interviewed about the Jesus Wife Fragment in public since the story first broke in September 2012.  But now WGBH has interviewed Prof. King about the fragment (broadcast yesterday).  I am delig... [Gospel of Jesus' Wife] [Jesus' Wife Fragment]
I have been convinced for several years now, as I explain in my book, The Jesus Dynasty, that Jesus died on Nisan 14th, which in the year A.D. 30, fell on a Thursday not a Friday. So this is indeed, … Continue reading → [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [history] [Jesus Dynasty]


Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of ... [Uncategorized]


Dear Joel, Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Wouldn't an Egyptian cataloging clerk at Tulane, a man who was so skilled at ancient Egyptian that he was accepted by the prestigious university to teach a course on ancient Egyptian writing, who happened to work at Brown-Tilton Memorial Library for ...


Morreu hoje o escritor colombiano Gabriel García Márquez (G1).Um dos grandes autores das letras mundiais faleceu aos 87 anos. O escritor e jornalista colombiano, ganhador do Nobel em 1982, foi o criador de obras clássicas como ‘Cem Anos de Solid... [homenagens]
Demotic (from Greek: δημοτικός dēmotikós, "popular") is the ancient Egyptian script derived from northern forms of hieratic used in the Nile Delta, and the stage of the Egyptian language written in this script, following Late Egyptian...
I just discovered today that my article on the Gospel of John in the latest Horizons in Biblical Theology (36.1, 2014, 60-78) has been published on Brill Online (accessible to those with subscription access). The title of the essay is this: “Gloria... [Uncategorized]


From time to time, Protestants will stick their foot in their mouth about Catholic theology. From “worshipping Mary” to “works righteousness,” the more Evangelical/Reformed you are, the worse off you are going to be in describing b... [justification] [Ellen G. White] [Francis Beckwith] [Pope Francis] [Roman Catholic Church] [Tim Challies]
Hey, everybody, check out this Good Friday homily on Zenit News about my new book  on the Passion of Christ: Jesus the Bridegroom: the Greatest Love Story Ever Told.  Let us pray for one another as we prepare to celebrate the great day that "the ...
Revelation 4-5 are often read only for their value in describing worship (worthy is the Lamb….) or their angelology (who are the elders?  What are the four living creatures?)  While these elements are certainly there, the function of these chapter... [Jewish Christian Literature] [Revelation] [eschatology] [theology]
In 2011, I wrote – I hope that you and yours begin this Resurrection season with the appropriate memorial. This will be a different season for us, seeing that this will be our first Maundy Thursday. We will be attending service this evening, and the nex... [Devotional] [Maundy Thursday]

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It’s exceptionally good. My review should appear next week, DV.Filed under: Books, Church History [Books] [Church History]
I have not had a chance to review this…I’ve not been asked (HINT) but these two really stand out: The first is the Pontifical Biblical Institute: Immerse yourself in ancient-language texts and detailed Scripture exegesis with the Pontifical B... [Logos Bible Software]
2014 was a big year for the Justice Conference, especially because they managed to line up a number of highly respected pastors, scholars, activists, and Christian leaders as speakers. I was disappointed that I could not be in attendance, but I was elated... [Uncategorized]
Nothing says “Spring” like fiddleheads! The post Fiddleheads=Spring appeared first on Stay Curious. [Beauty] [iPhone] [Photographs] [plants]
Let me offer a round-up of the latest Bart Ehrman and Christology blogging. Ehrman shared the first and second parts of his interview with Dale Tuggy: Click here to view the embedded video. Click here to view the embedded video. Greg Carey writes: Most Ch... [Christology] [Gospel of Jesus' Wife] [Bart Ehrman] [Chris Tilling] [Dale Tuggy] [jesus] [Simon Gathercole]
Doing research for your dissertation? Looking to further your investigation of the Christology of John and Paul, or of Hebrew poetics in the Minor Prophets? Check out these three new bundles from Sheffield Academic Press, Augsburg Fortress Press, and... [Misc]
Fictive is about your style, your look, and your story. With plenty of ways to customize, it's a great option for a travel blog or personal website. [Themes]
Fictive is about your style, your look, and your story. With plenty of ways to customize, it's a great option for a travel blog or personal website. [Themes]


CNN: (CNN) – “Chilling” leaflets warning Jews to register and document their property with the pro-Russian government that has claimed power in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk are “the real deal,” the U.S. ambassador t... [Uncategorized]


Today, I learned for the first time why the day before Good Friday is called “Maundy Thursday.”  The term comes from the Latin Dies Mandati or Day of Commandment, referring to the new commandment given by Christ in the Upper RoomA new commandment... [love]
Jim:Vintage Crossley. Originally posted on Sheffield Biblical Studies: There has been a lot of reporting of David Cameron’s recent use of the Bible and his praise of Christianity. Nothing in what Cameron says is new in English political uses of the Bibl... [Modern Culture]
The Theologischer Verlag announces Monika Stockers Stadtmeditationen «Nun muss ich Sie doch ansprechen» sind eben erschienen.  Das Buch beleuchtet nicht nur eine andere Seite der Stadt Zürich, auch die ehemalige Stadträtin selbst gibt eine Seite von... [theology]
There has been a lot of reporting of David Cameron’s recent use of the Bible and his praise of Christianity. Nothing in what Cameron says is new in English political uses of the Bible, though Cameron’s emphasis has slightly changed. I have discussed t... [Bible] [Bible and English Politics] [Religion and English Politics] [Big Society] [David Cameron] [Margaret Thatcher]
Alex’s focus on the question of the secular that runs throughout Ecologies of Thought brings out a question of the relationship between naturalism and secularism. To get at that I want to spend a little time engaging with the work of Christian criti... [A Non-Philosophical Theory of Nature Book Event]
From our friends at the Ronald Knox Society of North America:The First Lessons of Matins on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are taken from the Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremias. They are among the saddest and most beautiful readings of the... [Liturgical] [Ronald Knox]
It’s brilliant.  I’ve added it to the ‘Useful Sites’ segment on the nav panel. Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
“The idea that Jesus is God is not an invention of modern times, of course. As I will show in my discussion, it was the view of the very earliest Christians soon after Jesus’ death.” –How Jesus Became God, p. 3 Bart Ehrman is askin... [Book Reviews] [Bart Ehrman] [Christology] [How Jesus Became God] [Son of God]


Via Dr. Michael Scott Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
THIS cannot be allowed. Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia,... [misery] [Modern Culture] [Total Depravity]
Do not miss today’s University of Iowa Department of Classics Colloquium lecture, “Medicine and Superstition in the Ancient World” by James McKeown, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin – Madison. The lecture will take place on Th... [classics] [Lectures] [religion] [ancient world] [Colloquium] [James McKeown] [Medicine] [superstition] [University of Wisconsin - Madison]
On the T&T Clark blog.  Here’s the first of six slated to appear.Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
The British Pathé has posted to Youtube all of their old newsreels. There are endless newsreels to view, many related to the history of Israel. Some of them don’t have sound, so don’t think that there is something wrong with your computer. (H... [Israeli History] [online resources]
If you ever want to read through the Bible in 40 days (technically 39), here is a reading plan, based on the 40 Day plan that Biblica arranged with the Wesleyan Church in the Spring of 2014, in the days leading up to Easter. The version used is the NIV201... [40 Day Bible]


(CNN) – It’s that time of year again: the time when chocolate comes in pastels, cherry blossoms start to bloom and well-marketed religion exposés are released to the world. In other words, it’s Easter. Among the rash of sensationalist stories w... [Neat Stuff ()] [Candida Moss] [Easter] [Ishtar] [Mithras]
1. Sisac (= Shoshenq I) Sisac (= Shoshenq I), fue faraón durante el periodo 945-924 a.C.. Es citado al menos en 7 ocasiones en la Biblia. Su nombre aparece en varias inscripciones, incluyendo el registro de su campaña militar en Palestina en el 924 a... [Arqueología Bíblica] [I. Arqueologia Bíblica] [biblia] [faraones egipcios y biblia] [Hophra (= Haibria = Wahibre)] [la biblia] [Necho II (= Necao II)] [Shoshenq] [Shoshenq I] [Sisac (= Shoshenq I)] [So (= Osorkon IV)] [Tirhaca (= Taharqa)]
Image: Pharaoh Tutankhamun (King Tut) The historical understanding of Israel as a nation and its identity as a people chosen and set apart by God is based on the events that occurred at the time of its Exodus from Egypt and the covenant God establish... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Exodus] [Akhenaten] [Amarna Age] [King Tut] [Tutankhamun]
Spirit in Western traditions tends to be confined to the institutional church and to be seen as the power of salvation, not of creation also. We have placed emphasis on the sermon and the clergy at the expense of the Spirit. We have prized our versions of... [Books] [church] [Idle Musings] [theology]
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So when we died with Christ, we died to sin. And when we rose from the dead with Christ we rose to a new life, a life that did not include sin. Why were we justified? So that we “may live a new life.” Nor is that merely figurative, because “our old ... [Books] [Holiness] [Idle Musings] is proud to release our first-ever transparency report. Get schooled on the number of information requests, takedown demands, and national security requests we've received. [Community] [Transparency] is proud to release our first-ever transparency report. Get schooled on the number of information requests, takedown demands, and national security requests we've received. [Community] [Transparency]


Let ministers be educated as well as they can, the more the better, if they are only holy enough. But it is all a farce to suppose that a literary ministry can convert the world. Let the ministry have the spirit of prayer, let the baptism of the Holy Ghos... [Finney] [Holiness] [Idle Musings]
It is always particularly disappointing when those who classify themselves as freethinkers and skeptics share nonsense. This image is making the rounds again in precisely those circles: Candida Moss has a great article on what is problematic both with su... [historical Jesus] [information literacy] [mythicism] [New Testament] [Christianity] [debunking] [Easter] [fact-checking] [Harry McCall] [Ishtar] [jesus] [meme] [skeptic] [Snopes]
Alan Molineaux: The recent Mark Driscoll episode in which he has been accused of pastoral bullying by former members and leaders at Mars Hill reminded me somewhat of the storyline of the film. In essence the key leader is the culture maker and often right... [Pastoring and Leading]
As seguintes resenhas foram recentemente publicadas pela Review of Biblical Literature:Rainer Albertz and Rüdiger SchmittFamily and Household Religion in Ancient Israel and the LevantReviewed by Raz KletterJames BollhagenEcclesiastesReviewed by Bálint K... [resenhas]
All from the twitter this morning…  and see- I TOLD you the Papists were wicked… Filed under: Church History [Church History]
Pessimistas ou realistas? Sei não. Acho que sou mais otimista do que os autores dos artigos abaixo. Mas vale a pena ler.:: Tudo é vaidade - João Pereira Coutinho: Folha de S.Paulo 08/04/2014 [o texto pode ser lido também aqui]Qual a pergunta mais idio... [editoras]
I watched Billy: The Early Years, which was a 2008 movie about the early years of renowned evangelist Billy Graham. The character in the movie who tells the story about Billy Graham’s early years is Charles Templeton, whose older self is played by Mart... [Bible] [movies] [religion]
Among the rash of sensationalist stories we can expect through the season, the annual “Easter was stolen from the pagans” refrain has sprouted again just in time for Holy Week.  Don’t believe the hype.  Perhaps most misinformed theory that rolls a... [Mythbusting]
As seguintes resenhas foram recentemente publicadas pela Review of Biblical Literature:Herbert W. BatemanCharts on the Book of HebrewsReviewed by Philip ChurchMichaela Bauks, Wayne Horowitz, and Armin Lange, eds.Between Text and Text: The Hermeneutics of ... [resenhas]
What scholars like Bart Ehrman don’t tell you (likely because they don’t fully comprehend it themselves) is that the Jewish-Christian world was totally awash with forged stories of divine divine men of miracles.  Ancient Biblical figures from Israel...
A entrevista de Lula aos blogueiros no dia 8 deste mês ainda é polêmico assunto.:: Conceição Lemes, 33 anos de estrada: Resposta em público a O Globo - Conceição Lemes: Vi o mundo 16/04/2014Conceição Lemes acusa Globo de querer promover uma caç... [politica]
The fruitful land, the Lebanon range, the plain of Sharon, and the regions of Bashan and Carmel are used by Isaiah to describe what happens in Israel due to the Assyrian invasion. Behold, their heroes cry in the streets; the envoys of peace weep bitterly.... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Bashan] [forests] [Isaiah] [Lebanon] [plain of Sharon]


(Post by A.D. Riddle)The site of Khirbet Bal'ama (or Belameh) is identified with ancient Ibleam, mentioned in the account of Jehu's coup d'état (2 Kings 9:27) as well as in Thutmosis III's topographical list at Karnak. Khirbet Bal'ama is located on ...
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Rainer Albertz and Rüdiger Schmitt Family and Household Religion in Ancient Israel and the Levant [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]
[Thanks to those of you who have kept checking at the blog in spite of my hiatus in writing. I have been grappling in grim earnest to finish off the monstrous beast of my PhD thesis (and yeah, Beowulf has been in the pleasure-reading, as the foregoing cla... [Uncategorized]