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May 25 2016, 10AM

Schriftgelehrte Traditionsliteratur: Fallstudien zur innerbiblischen Schriftauslegung im Alten Testament, by Konrad Schmid Verstehen als Aneignung: Hermeneutik im Markusevangelium, by Johannes U. Beck Professorenbuch der Theologischen Fakultät der Univ... [Books] [Modern Culture]

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Muraoka’s new grammar of the Septuagint is finally available on Amazon. A Syntax of Septuagint Greek by Takamitsu Muraoka It’s been available directly from Peeters for a couple months now, but now if you’re in the US, there’s an ea... [Books] [Greek]
I asked Nathan Eubank if I could use the Duke NEWT page and create an associated Twitter account to discuss and promote the projects and accomplishments of New Testament PhD students at Duke. It's somewhat awkward that the first such activity I'm able to ...
Jeremiah 2 by Bob MacDonald via Dust (#74666)
All through here, traditional translation is pleading, though the verb used is one of strife, or dispute or contention, or making the case (Psalm 35:1 רִיבָ֣ה יְ֭הוָה אֶת־יְרִיבַ֑י). It's curious to me that I used plead only on... [Jeremiah]
I think that the Adobe Spark Video app is going to be a perfect tool for students to use on my upcoming trip to Israel and the West Bank, to comment on photos as they go and essentially work on their final project for the trip on the go, as they create pr... [education] [israel] [Travel] [Adobe Spark] [App] [Butler University] [Palestine] [Photos] [study abroad] [Training] [tutorial] [video] [West Bank] [YouTube]
While some college campuses have established safe spaces where the disenfranchised can avoid the pressures, biases, and judgement of the world, mainline Protestant denominations are taking it one step further. The entire umbrella group has now been desi... [mockery] [Modern Culture]
[Paul Holmer [The Grammar of Faith, 62–68, 90] argues that the desire of theologians for systematic concepts that are more precise than ordinary religious language causes them to create a scientific language, a language of learning that is at a remove; ... [Books] [theology]

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The current issue of Christian History Magazine is online and you can download it, free, here.  Yours truly has an essay and a sidebar that you’ll want to read and you’ll want to read the other essays even more. Filed under: Church History, M... [Church History] [Modern Culture]
Was online discussion better when blogs were in their heyday? I don’t think I have rose-colored spectacles, but it seems to me there was at least more room for productive discussion. There was a greater chance that a commenter had been following you... [blog posts]
In my recent debate with Abdu Murray I had said:Where’s the Prophetic Evidence?There is none! I defy someone to come up with one statement in the Old Testament that is specifically fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus that can legitim...
The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in caves along the western shore of the Dead Sea in 1947. In the years that followed, documents from the time of Bar Kochba’s revolt (A.D. 135) were discovered. At least some of the biblical texts and those from ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

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The number of people who say they have no religion is rapidly escalating and significantly outweighs the Christian population in England and Wales, according to new analysis. The proportion of the population who identify as having no religion – referred... [Modern Culture]

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This is my third philosophy post in a series called, "General Education in a Nutshell." Philosophy is the first of ten subjects I plan to overview in this series. These are the subjects a person normally takes in college (or high school) to be a... [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [philosophy]
EXPEDITION: IAA Plans to Excavate Judean Desert Caves, Save Scrolls from Robbers.The Israel Antiquities Authority is promoting a national plan for comprehensive archaeological excavations in the Judean Desert caves, and for rescuing the Dead Sea Scrolls, ...

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Another review of T. Seland (ed.), Reading Philo, is available in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society  59/1 (2016) 202-204; it is written by Kenneth Schenk. Quite positive here too; its conclusion runs thus: “On the whole, this handbook ... [bibliography] [blogging] [book] [New Testament] [Philo] [Review] [scholarship]
Waiting Bishop Palmer, the episcopal officer of the West Ohio Annual Conference, preached during the early days of the 2016 General Conference. His sermon was about patiently waiting. Holiness, to sum it up, is about waiting. After two weeks of watching ... [United Methodist Church] [General Conference]
Go ahead- self identify as a dog… You aren’t a dog, but go ahead and play pretend as though you were…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
LAG B'OMER: THE COUNTING OF THE OMER begins tonight at sundown. Best wishes to all observing it. Related: The Grateful and the Dead. It’s easier than ever to visit the gravesites of beloved rabbis and sages (Rishe Groner, Tablet Magazine).Lag Ba’Omer...
Happy birthday to a great scholar! Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: Know Your Place. In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic scholars undermine the Jewish caste system.Today, what lineage a Jew belongs to matters only in occasional ritual contexts. But in Temple tim...
The book known today as 1 Enoch not a single book, but rather a series of short books written over a period of time. They share some themes and interests, most obviously revelations given to Enoch. Since four of the five major sections of the book were fo... [1 Enoch] [pseudepigrapha] [apocalyptic] [pseudepigraphy]
The ALEPH Kallah -- July 11-17 in Fort Collins, CO -- is coming up soon. Register by 11:59pm eastern time on June 3; starting at midnight on that night, a 10% late registration fee will be added. (Also, the longer you wait, the likelier it is that the c... [ALEPH Kallah]
An experienced pastor I greatly respect, a truly world-class Bible expositor whose series through Ephesians changed my life, sat in a room with a bunch of skinny, exegetically deficient young preacher wannabes. I was the skinniest. He was trying to mentor... [Misc.]

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THEATRE: ‘Salome,’ ‘Avenue Q,’ ‘Yerma’ are major Hayes Award winners (Nelson Pressley, WaPo).The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Salome” came out head and shoulders above its rivals at Monday night’s Helen Hayes Awards, earning seven tr...
Mark Sandlin shared a prayer and I immediately wanted to pass it on to readers here: Good and gracious God, We love you. But, the you we love is the you we have created. We love discovering that you are much like us – after all we are created in your im... [Progressive Christianity] [idolatry] [idols] [images] [Mark Sandlin] [Prayer] [progressive Christian]

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Over at Faith and Theology, Jeff Aernie has a great review of Richard Hays’ new book Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels. Hays has provided another masterful foray into the hermeneutical question of how the New Testament authors read Scripture:Echoe... [Uncategorized]
By Joe James My first post in this series was aimed at exposing an unnecessary divide in Christianity. I believe that the church cannot afford to adopt either a conservative or a progressive worldview. At the end of this series, I will propose a third way... [Uncategorized]
In this series with the Bulletin, we ask scholars to talk about how they describe what they do to outsiders by sharing a story or two, and reflect on how this has affected their identity as scholars of religion. For other posts in this series, follow th... [Buddhist Studies] [Religion and Society] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Adam Miller] [Death Grips] [Indian Buddhism] [Insider-Outsider Problem] [So You're Not a Priest?] [Tibetan Buddhism]

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SAINTS CYRIL AND METHODIUS DAY (24 May) – Some Reports: Noinvite.com: Bulgaria Celebrates Day of Education, Culture, Slavonic Alphabet. A prospective overview of events. The Sophia Globe: Bulgaria celebrates Day of Cyrillic script, Slavonic literature...
Spring has been taking its time to arrive here in the northeast. Just when things seem to have set on a course of identifiable progress, the temperature drops twenty degrees and the rain sets in again. It’s been great weather for toadstools. There ar... [Classical Mythology] [Posts] [science] [Weather] [meteorology] [New York City] [Norse mythology] [seasons] [sundog]
Earlier this week, the (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland decided to recognise and accept the ministry of clergy in same-sex marriages, as a logical extension to its previous decision to accept those in civil partnerships. (A rather odd article in the Tele... [sexuality] [Andrew Goddard] [Church of England] [gay] [Oliver O'Donovan] [same sex unions] [sexuality]

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The Israel Antiquities Authority has issued a press release, forwarded to us by Joseph Lauer, about recent excavations in the Cave of the Skulls in the Judean wilderness. Here are a few paragraphs and photographs from the press release: Last week, the... [Excavations] [Judah]

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More far right hypocrisy raises its ugly head in the wretched tale of the reprobate Kenneth Starr. Baylor declined to respond to reports Tuesday that President and Chancellor Kenneth Starr, best known for his investigation of the Clinton administration, h... [Modern Culture] [Total Depravity]
“X-rays may not be used to fit shoes.” RCW 70.98.170 Prohibition — Fluoroscopic x-ray shoefitting devices. The operation or maintenance of any x-ray, fluoroscopic, or other equipment or apparatus employing roentgen rays, in the fitting of shoes ... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [Semantics] [Aspect] [Blass] [commands] [event structure] [Fanning] [Imperative] [Mood] [Prohibitions] [referentiality] [TAM Systems]

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C. F. W. Walther spoke to seminary students on Friday evenings at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis beginning in September 1884. For the next year and a half, he provided practical instruction in the proper distinction of Law and Gospel. Now, … Continue... [Biblical Studies] [Doctrine- Systematics] [Land and Gospel] [Ministry] [C. F. W. Walther] [Law and Gospel] [proper distinction]
Psychologists are beginning to think about the spiritual wounds of war that don’t result from the trauma and fear that leads to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but from witnessing or committing acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs. The ... [god and country] [communion] [Military Service] [Moral Injury] [Resiliency]

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Hughes Oliphant Old, the great church historian specializing in the history of church liturgy, died this morning. He was 83. RIP. Via Richard Zuelch.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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If you don’t know Karl Barth?  And do you really know Barth?  Maybe not… This in-depth portrait of Charlotte von Kirschbaum examines the notable influence she exerted on Karl Barth and his writings. In the Shadow of Karl Barth also includes ... [Barth] [Modern Culture]
Is there any connection between the Hebrew homographs domeh - "similar" and dumah - "silence", both spelled דומה?Let's look at domeh first. The root is דמה, meaning "to be like, resemble, to be equal in value." The verb's meaning progressed from "l...

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The New Testament’s use of the Old Testament has been described as the “master problem” of Christian theology. Jesus’ and Paul’s words on the subject are direct and, in a way, simple: Jesus didn’t come to destroy the law but to “fulfill” i... [Misc.]

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Jeremy Griffith.  Freedom: The End of the Human Condition.  Sydney, Australia: WTM Publishing, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Jeremy Griffith is an Australian biologist.  This book and his treatise have been recommended by a number ...