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March 31 2015, 6PM

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]
On Tuesday in Mark, Jesus' authority was questioned and his honor was tested:By what authority do you do these things? Jesus responds by asking what authority John the Baptist had. He then tells the Parable of the Tenants.They ask Jesus about paying taxes... [passion week]


THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: Would a Jackal Take Better Care of Its Young? For most Jews in Talmudic times, marriage was the biggest financial transaction of their lives.Is a Jewish father legally obligated to provide food and sh...
I’m just reading Matthew 28 in advance of Easter Sunday, and am noticing things I’d never paid attention to before… the seismic apocalyptic events shake both the earth (v2) and the guards (v4) the Roman condemners have become as dead (v... [Gospel of Matthew] [resurrection]
PHILIP JENKINS has concluded his series of blog posts on ancient Gnosticism over at The Anxious Bench:Gnostics and Other ChristiansWe should rather say that Gnosticism emerges from these Jewish-Christian borderlands. It did not exist as a free-standing pr...
OLD TESTAMENT PSEUDEPIGRAPHA WATCH: Ancient writings shed light on Aseneth, Moses (Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, The Herald Sun).The Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill gathers interfaith clergy for an annual conference with a speaker bringing a new pers...
Thomas Merton.  Thoughts in Solitude.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1956, 1958, 1982. Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk.  Not long ago, I blogged about a biography about him, Michael Mott’s The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton.&nb... [religion]


SAD NEWS: In Memoriam: William W. Hallo, expert on ancient Near East (YaleNews).William W. Hallo, the William M. Laffan Professor Emeritus of Assyriology and Babylonian Literature, died on March 27 at the age of 87.Hallo spent his career studying, teachi...
Over the past several months my wife and I have been making our way through the Stars. Not really Trekkies or Jediists, we both came of age during the early days of Star Trek and the dawning of the original Star Wars. Both franchises have continued to ... [movies] [popular culture] [Posts] [science] [Captain Kirk] [Eden] [Milton] [Mr. Spock] [Star Trek] [Star Trek V: The Final Frontier] [Star Wars] [Sybok]

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Back in August, we had a major rain event in southeast Michigan which caused severe flash flooding. Many of the sewers in my area backed-up, causing sewage to come out of the drains in many homes in my area, including mine.  We had a total of two fee... [Knox Bible]

March 30, 11PM

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 GREENLEEMay 12, 1918 – March 21, 2015Αὐτὸς δὲ ὁ θεὸς τῆς εἰρήνης ἁγιάσαι... [Harold Greenlee] [obituary]
I received an email that my paper “Adoptionist Interpretations of Mark’s Gospel among Ancient and Modern Readers” has been accepted for the Mark Section at the SBL annual meeting in Atlanta. The topic of the session is about whether the ... [SBL]
Last week, I posted a defence of trigger warnings/content notes (and an attack on the anti-arguments). This is unfortunately where the debate is at – whether the culture should be more accommodating of people who want to know a few extra things about a ... [Atrocities and Oppression] [Biases and Fallacies] [ethics] [Feminism and LGBT] [Language] [Mind, Psychology and Consciousness] [Race] [Sex]


The exact chronology of Easter is not the most important thing to think about during Easter week, but students often ask me questions about chronological issues in the Gospels. Here are some common questions:What is the probable date of Jesus’ crucif... [chronology] [John] [resurrection]
ON THE UNBEARABLE BRIGHTENESS OF LIGHT Sunrise thru stained glass To see it thru the filter, I can’t stare straight at the sun But thru the window I have won A glimpse of all God’s glory. Patterns in the glass Suggest an ordered world As if the beauty... [Uncategorized]
This post comes from one of our DMin students @nseminary, Ray Miller, who blogs here. Ray offers here an alternative way of responding to those who confess their sins. Imagine a 10 second video changing the course of your life.  That’s what has hap... [church]


Ironically, in Matthew 7: 24 – 27, Jesus gives a parable of two houses; one built on the shifting sands which falls down under light pressure and one built on solid rock which could stand the test of time and the scrutiny its environment.   The irony ...