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December 5 2017, 12 PM

Although nonviolent offenders get the most attention from reformers, they account for less than 20 percent of all prisoners.

September 19, 2PM

1 Kings 1 by Bob MacDonald via Dust (#96218)
Recalling 1 Kings 2, this is the background of Adonijah's request for Abishag the Shunamite as his wife. Power, even political power, as well as holiness (I am just reading the sections in Bill Morrow's book Introduction to Biblical Law, on the Holiness c... [1 Kings]
For those who still want to believe that a full JFK presidency would surely have led to an American Camelot, this book is not for you.


If a picture is worth 1000 words, we can only guess the words these poor people are thinking.  I’ve made some suggestions… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
That’s right- it’s the 2017 edition of the Luther Bible.  Hooray.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

12 PM

A Colombian Jesuit reflects on the visit of Pope Francis to his country.
“The health of the American people is incredibly just don’t railroad something through, something you’ve just whipped together in the last couple of weeks.”


No one knows early transmission of texts like Larry- so you should read this. Larry Hurtado's Blog Assumptions and claims about the transmission of the texts of early Christian writings continue to require correction.  Old assumptions and claims die... [Modern Culture]


That many of those who call themselves Christians these days have literally no idea what Christianity is, teaches, or involves.  Period. They are Christians in name only, not in commitment.  They are frauds.  They are devoid of theological understandin... [Modern Culture]
The absurdity of "BoJack Horseman" offers an unrelenting, often devastating look into our own humanity.


Assumptions and claims about the transmission of the texts of early Christian writings continue to require correction.  Old assumptions and claims die slowly, advocates sometimes seeming so wedded to them that they exhibit some resistance to the data. Th... [Uncategorized] [Second Century] [Textual Criticism]
Several football players at an evangelical college outside Chicago are facing arrest over actions that took place during the alleged hazing of a freshman teammate in March 2016, according to a stunning report published by the Chicago Tribune on Monday. ... [Total Depravity]


My alma mater is in the news again. Wheaton College. (Sometimes dubbed “The Evangelical Harvard.”) Five football players face felony charges in the assault of a freshman teammate in March 2016. They kidnapped him, restrained and beat him, att... [WIT Posts] [sexual assault] [the poor]
Give a listen to this Timothy George podcast. Dean Timothy George talks with Annemarie S. Kidder about the marriage of Martin Luther and Katherine von Bora.Filed under: Church History, Luther [Church History] [Luther]
After five hundred years of examining the life of the “father of the Reformation,” we must surely know all there is to know about Martin Luther. But is that true? Did he really nail his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door? Did he throw an i... [book review] [Books] [Luther]
Catholic leaders respond forcefully to reports that an indigenous group was massacred to make way for illegal gold mining in the Amazon, casting blame on the Brazilian government.
The court is scheduled to hear cases relating to immigration, religious freedom, federalism, voting, employee rights and federal court jurisdiction over foreign governments and corporations.
Art is a giant potential outlet for the beauty of the gospel. And by art, I mean not just paintings and drawing, but also music, poetry, movies, dance and anything that is in the “artistic” realm. Most people do not realize it, but art usually is at... [Redeeming Life] [z] [art] [biblical living] [following Jesus] [Good News] [gospel] [music]


“So then” (Ἄρα οὖν) is a common Pauline way of drawing a logical conclusion to a section. Since his readers have been chosen by God as the first to share in the Gospel, they will be glorified at the time of Christ’s return (2:14). If this is... [Paul] [Pauline Literature] [1 Thessalonians] [2 Thessalonains]
The mandate for the new institute has “Amoris Laetitia” as its lodestar.
The mandate for the new institute has “Amoris Laetitia” as its lodestar.
Is my hunger for publicity closing the door to a contemplative life?
Split-brain patients are individuals who have had the corpus callosum (which connects the right and left hemispheres of the brain) severed. This causes the individual to have two centers of both perceptual and motor activity. Each side of the brain may gi...
This is perfectly true.  It’s also true that teachers make the school. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
A little more than two years ago I wrote two posts about the discovery of Solomon’s Quarries (also called Zedekiah’s Cave) here and here. I will reproduce only a few comments from those articles in hope that you will check them and the many ph... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Restoration Movement] [Travel]
I will multiply on you people and animals, and they will increase and bear fruit. People will live on you as in the former times and I will do greater good to you than I did before. Then you will know that I am YHWH. (Ezekiel 36:11) Ezekiel here address t... [Bible Commentary] [Bible Passages] [Ezekiel] [Ezekiel 36]


On January 1 God called two texts to my attention as themes for the year. They are Philippians 1:27-30 and Ephesians 5:1-2. I haven’t said a great deal about this, though the theme of those texts has shown up in a number of posts. Then yesterday I s... [Bible Commentary] [Bible Passages] [Bible study] [Christianity] [discipleship] [Bruce Epperly] [David Alan Black] [Philippians] [Philippians 1:27-30]
I just wanted to let you know of a really fantastic Facebook group that you all can join, which has regular content (far more than this place these days) and lively discussion.  It is simply called the Catholic Bible Fans group and I highly recommend... [Catholic Bible Fans] [Facebook]
11 Peruvian sisters formed a rock band in a convent and are taking the gospel on tour.
The notion of the wrath of God is not a pleasant one. Indeed the modern consciousness resists it mightily. Jonathan Edward’s sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is cited often, but only for negative and antiquarian reasons, that is, an exa... [Books] [cheap grace] [theology]
BIBLE HISTORY DAILY: The Phoenician Alphabet in Archaeology. What did the Phoenicians record with their innovative script? (Josephine Quinn). The essay begins with some basics about the Phoenician alphabet, but then goes on to report something more exciti...
The Atlantic has an interesting article and interview with James Kugel here concerning his most recent book, The Great Shift: Encountering God in Biblical Times. The book apparently tries to understand how prophets might have received their revelations by... [old testament] [Prophecy] [Prophets]


Perhaps it is an odd moment for Lutheran fan mail. Yet, ever since you became the Bishop of Rome in 2013, I have become increasingly convinced that you are the pope that Luther was looking for 500 years ago. Here are four reasons why.
If you read this post here you’ll be directed to that post there and then further directed to another post elsewhere. It’s called ‘follow the breadcrumbs’. LXX Studies I’ve posted my latest on the ETC blog. The post attempts to ... [Modern Culture]
I wanted to give you a heads-up on next summer’s Institute of Biblical Context conference in Zeeland, Michigan, on June 11-13, 2018. The focus this year will be on “Shepherds, Sheep, and Shepherding.” That is such a rich and glorious topic in the Sc... [Lectures]
Jehoshaphat allies with Ahab of Israel by marrying his son to Ahab’s daughter Athaliah (2 Chronicles 18:1-3). He follows up with a religious alliance, sharing a sacrificial feast with Ahab. That leads to a military alliance, as Jehoshaphat puts Yah... [Bible - OT - Chronicles]


II. The Cross in Christian Experience How are the cross and resurrection reproduced in human life since Jesus’ cross and resur­rection? Essentially, Jesus incorporated death into life. Christian faith means faith in a God who makes death into a positiv... [Cross] [Rosenstock-Huessy]
The most-watched Christian worldview show in America, The John Ankerberg Show, is now on Faithlife TV. Here’s why this is great news for you. 1. You can learn from experts on virtually any Christian living topic. Learn apologetics from foremost scholar... [Products]


Via ReligionCFP: The fiction of Octavia E. Butler has fired the imaginations of academics and activists alike. Quite often, however, these communities are walled off from one another. Butler’s explorations of the environment, sexuality, race, politics, ... [Call for Papers] [science fiction] [Call for Papers] [Octavia Butler]
When did the Roman empire end? Well, at one level, the western empire ended in 476 AD when the Germanic general Odacer deposed Romulus Augustulus and had himself made king of Italy. But on another level, the eastern Roman empire continued right up until... [Uncategorized]
The final chapter of the new book Adam and the Genome by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight looks carefully at the the way at Paul uses Adam in Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15. As this is really the core issue for many Christians, we will spread the discussion... [Uncategorized]


Unconditional love does not mean unconditional agreement. And disagreement does not necessarily mean hate. Just ask any parent who has had a disagreement with their child. The disagreement does not lessen the parent’s unconditional love, though the ... [theology]
THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: The Anti-Semite Can Cite Talmud for His Purpose. Taken out of context, ancient Rabbinic laws—such as those on capital punishment discussed in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ study—can attract the att...
NEW BOOK FROM BASIC BOOKS: Crucible of Faith: The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World by Philip Jenkins. It is released today.In The Crucible of Faith, Philip Jenkins argues that much of the Judeo-Christian tradition we know today was ...
ROBERTA MAZZA HAD A FRUSTRATING WEEK. Visit PaleoJudaica daily for the latest news on ancient Judaism and the biblical world.


As a noun, “freak” is akin to a swear word. To refer to another person in such terms is often considered derogatory and degrading. Still, we all know what it means—an individual who doesn’t conform to expected models. I was a little worried abo... [Animals] [Books] [evolution] [Monsters] [Posts] [science] [biology] [developmental evolution] [Freaks of Nature: What Anomalies Tell Us about Development and Evolution] [Mark S. Blumberg] [sexuality]
GenesisThe Creation1. "When God began to create the skies and the land, it was formless and empty. Darkness was over the face of the deep and the breath of God moved over the face of the waters. And God said, 'Let there be light.' And there was light. And... [Bible in a Nutshell]
Contexto histórico y literario Para comprender los modos de expresión propios de este libro conviene atender a lo que sucedía en el momento histórico en que se pronunciaron las palabras en él recogidas. Muy probablemente se trata del siglo III a.C. ... [Libros sapienciales]

12 AM

I have written elsewhere on the (in)significance of the codex for determining the boundaries of an ancient’s canon of Scripture. Probably, historical anachronism has occurred, and we have foisted the significance of our modern, printed Bible on to the a... [canon] [Daniel] [Greek MSS] [Syriac MSS]

September 18, 11PM

Gordon T. Smith.  Institutional Intelligence: How to Build an Effective Organization.  IVP Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Institutional Intelligence is about how to run an institution.  Such institutions include non-p...


One of the more amazing, and lesser known, spots in all of Ireland is the little seaside village of Foynes. It’s not on the major tour routes and stops like Blarney Castle or Galway or Dublin. But it certainly deserves a visit, because the first Tra... [Uncategorized]
Seriously, her book on Paul — Paul Among the People — was a gem, she has become well known among classicists for her translations, and now she has a splendid new, beautifully written (her prose is always splendid) book called The Face of Wa... [Uncategorized]


The summer is turning to fall and the wasps are drowsy. Well, one of them must have gotten into my software, because a part of it that I check with every completed chapter was not working. I asked myself why I was no longer seeing the concordance error li...


This is embarrassing. It shames Christ and tarnishes all those who sincerely try to understand Scripture and get people interested in it. There’s just no other way to put it. Lord willing after nothing happens on Sept 23 David Meade will just quietl... [Fringe Bible Interpretation] [Paleobabble] [Bible] [elohim] [Prophecy] [rapture] [Sept 23]


Last week in Zagreb I met Koraljka Rožić, one of the editors of Kairos Evangelical Journal of Theology. Kairos is an open access theological journal published in both Croatian and English editions and print and electronic format. Koraljka was very happy... [Biblical Studies] [Kairos]


The Uniting Methodists group has released their vision statement. When I saw it, I had hoped that some of the questions I asked and perhaps some of the concerns that Joel raised might be addressed, but they were largely not. I have also not received... [Other Posts]