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August 1 2014, 2AM

TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual CriticismGareth Wearne, ‫ קרנים מידו לו‬and ‫:מימינו אשדת למו‬ Reading Habakkuk 3:4 and Deuteronomy 33:2 in Light of One Another [TC] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [διακειμενικότητα] [κριτική κειμένου]

July 31, 11PM

The new book Reconstructing the Talmud is now available for order from Mechon Hadar. Below is the table of contents. [New Books] [Talmud] [Talmud Study]


Posted last week at BioLogos: A student of mine recently wrote a paper in which he talked about growing up in a church that taught young earth creationism. This student was beginning to feel quite uncomfortable as he had learned some facts about the world... [Science and Faith] [Biologos]


Summer is the time for reading and books and more books and more reading.  Consequently, the carnival is all about books this month: Old Testament ***** I’ve forgotten his name but he’s written a good piece on Brueggemann’s Theology (an... [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]


Link. On this site Michael Rea, J.L. Schellenberg and Paul Draper respond. This is very gratifying to me. Sometimes the best a person can hope for is to raise an important issue that scholars think is worth talking about, even if they disagree. A few of t...


Is worth re-reading in these troubled times: “THE JERUSALEM DECLARATION ON CHRISTIAN ZIONISM“ Statement by the Patriarch and Local Heads of Churches In Jerusalem “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.&... [theology]
Or even ordered, my commentary…* ___________ *I apologize for the frequency and tone of these blatant attempts to get you to buy the best commentary ever published. Logos has told me to do it. Right now, as I type, Cliff Kvidahl is hovering over me... [Books]
Look on his front page right here, especially the post titled "William Lane Craig talking bizarro."


Saw this one on Facebook today“I often think that students take the view that one of my jobs as a professor is to reassure them that the Bible does not say anything that they do not already think, and to show how when it says something outrageous it doe...


I don’t want to point fingers, but 18 volumes for $299 is twice the cost and half the books (with more being added) since my commentary is over 36 volumes for a mere and paltry $199. Sure, Brazos is probably ok.  It’s focus is theological (li... [Books]
“When the leftists think you are a rightist and when the rightists think you are a leftist, when the Haredi Jews think that you are not even Jewish, and when everyone attacks you – then you know that you’re doing … Continue reading... [Tabor's Blog]


The Israel Antiquities Authority announces the passing of Yehoshua (Shuka) Dorfman today, July 31, 2014, at the age of 64. His passing came after what is described as a long battle with a serious illness. Dorfman’s academic training was in Politica... [Archaeology] [israel] [IAA] [Israel Antiquities Authority] [Shuka Dorfman]
Jack M. Sasson, the Mary Jane Werthan Professor ofJewish Studies and Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt, has been inducted into the International Association for Assyriology’s Honorary Council. Sasson, who is also a professor of classics, is one of a dozen scho... [Friends]


For you to send in your Carnival suggestions.  Remember, this month it’s all about books.  The Carnival will go live at 00:01 on 1 August. Filed under: Biblical Studies Carnival, Books [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Books]
Africa. Horrible. So stupid. The poor animal. JOHANNESBURG – The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) on Thursday confirmed one of the giraffe which was transported on the highway in Centurion has died. The SPCA’s Rick Allan ... [Culture] [Animals] [Falleness] [giraffe] [news] [South Africa] [SPCA] [stupidity] [Wildlife]
Through August 8, you can get the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible for $130.00 off, and, for the first time, we’re releasing the Library of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Studies (LHBOTS) as a single collection! Brazos Theological Commentary on ... [Products]

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:( He was the head of the IAA and he passed away today and his funeral will be in Gadera tomorrow around noon.   A week ago he resigned his position after being ill for an extended amount of time.   May he rest in peace. Via Joe Zias, Jerusalem. Filed... [Archaeology]
An Oklahoma woman is regretting her decision to exercise her rights as a consumer.  Lynette Rae Sampson was unhappy about the quality of the methamphetamine she had bought and called the police to complain.  It was a scene that could almost have come fr... [Modern Culture]


Ik zag pas een artikel met deze titel en het viel me op hoe eenzijdig alles werd belicht en soms zelfs foutieve of uit zijn verband gerukte informatie werd genoemd. 1. Israël heeft zich toch teruggetrokken uit de Gazastrook; het is toch geen bezet gebied... [Israël] [Oorlog] [Gaza]


10. God will be pictured as male and described in masculine terms 90% of the time. 8. Biblical characters of your own gender will be featured as primary subjects and as positive examples  90% of the time in the educational curriculum. Male characters wi... [sexism] [Gail Vaughn Wallace] [Junia Project] [male privilege] [privilege]
I shudder to think of what they’ve done to it. The email advert opines Couples and marriages are hurting. The world is bombarding them with temptation and non-biblical solutions for their relationship. THE SONG is a music-driven love story, inspire... [media] [misery] [Modern Culture]
Check out Edin and Espresso — today’s spiffy new additions to our massive family of themes. Edin Edin is a brand-new, free business theme designed by yours truly. It’s a modern and fully responsive theme that will help you create a s... [Themes] [blog] [Business] [Edin] [Expresso] [PhotoBlog]
Check out Edin and Espresso — today’s spiffy new additions to our massive family of themes. Edin Edin is a brand-new, free business theme designed by yours truly. It’s a modern and fully responsive theme that will help you create a s... [Themes] [blog] [Business] [Edin] [Expresso] [PhotoBlog]
I just wanted to thank all of you who have stopped this blog over the years.  I was looking at some statistics and as of today there has been 1,101,859 page views.  That really blows me away, since I never expected that number to be so high...


I was reading a post yesterday about the difficulty of being single in church.  I’ll link to it (see here), but my goal is not so much to comment on the post itself, as it is to use it as a launch-pad for my own post.  Laura’s post is abou...
Unfortunately, one of the most effective ways to shake the faith of some "bible believing" Christians is not to make them read the works of "theological liberals", or digest critical scholars such as Ehrman or Lüdemann. Just give them...
I intend to do a five part series of posts on my call to end the philosophy of religion (PoR) discipline in secular universities, by answering the following questions: 1) Why do I propose ending PoR as a subdiscipline of Philosophy proper in the secular u...
Vetus dictum est, fratres carissimi, malorum uberem esse proventum, quod adeo verum est, ut nihil ęque. Posteaquam enim quorundam studiis vel tantillum licet per nostram sive inertiam sive cęcitatem, iam modum eis ponere sic nesciunt, ut et perire ipsi ... [Church History] [Zwingli]


This is the final part of a three-part series on proverbs related to work and laziness.Proverbs on Work and Laziness Verse(s) Text (NASB) Type Parallelism 12:11 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,But he who pursue... [old testament] [Proverbs]
Is available in PDF here.  Registration for the conference has been closed for a bit- but those who want to follow the action will know via the program who is doing what when and where. Filed under: Church History, Conferences [Church History] [Conferences]
Solomon’s temple in Brazil, re-purposing churches into gyms in Quebec, and starting afresh in Manchester England. Anthony Delaney is a retired policeman. Now aged 49, he grew up on a council estate in a rough part of Manchester and joined the Police... [church]
There is a quote from Varro that Agamben uses in the essay “Notes on Gesture” (included in both Infancy and History and Means Without End): “For a person can make [facere] something and not act [agere] it, as a poet makes [facit] a play and ... [Agamben] [politics of the absurd]


Scientists have created an effect comparable to a subatomic Cheshire cat. Rather than a grin that has been separated from its cat, they have created a property of magnetic moment (I’ll not pretend I understand what that is) separated from its neutro... [theology] [physics]
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:28) When one has once put on Christ and, having been sent into the flame, glows with the ardor of the Hol... [New Testament] [Galatians] [jerome]


I found this article by Gil Anidjar on Gaza from 2009. It’s worth taking a look at if you’re interested in seeing how he applies his work to the contemporary situation. Some of the arguments of Blood of previewed a bit. It’s on JSTOR he... [Gil Anidjar]
Theodore [of Mopsuestia] could not, and would not employ the term divinization in his commentary—or anywhere else in his writings, for that matter. He allowed that Scripture called human beings “gods” in Ps 82:6, but in his comments on John 10:3... [Books] [Idle Musings] [theology] [theosis]
*Spoilers all throughout this piece. The train is a lie. It seems likely that it’s conditions for possibility are based on a lie (in my view it seems likely that Wilford manufactured the climate crisis himself or with others in order to solidify his... [WIT Posts] [capitalism] [distinction] [film] [politics] [Race] [Snowpiercer]
The Israelites’ faith did not blind them in a way that prevented them from seeing the evil or the unanswered questions—their faith did not express itself superficially. They found nothing in their faith to demand that they deny reality. Sometimes ... [Books] [Kinlaw] [theology]
When I was a pastor, Dr. Earl Radmacher once came and spoke in my church. I introduced him as the author of numerous Christian books, the editor of the best-selling NKJV Nelson Study Bible, and the president emeritus of Western Seminary. At that time, one... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [eternal life] [gospel] [salvation] [saved]


Founder of the Jesuits. It is his Feast Day. Ignatius of Loyola (ca. October 23, 1491 – July 31, 1556) was a Spanish knight from a local Basque noble family, hermit, priest since 1537, and theologian, who founded the Society … Continue reading ... [church] [Christianity] [Jesuits] [Liturgical Calendar] [news] [saints] [Society of Jesus] [St Ignatius Loyola]
I’m going to have to ponder this when I get out of my current Galatians tunnel. At first blush, it would seem to provide some relevant insights into how the early Christian communities remembered and passed on the stories of Jesus during the period ... [+Apostles' Teaching] [Wealth of Egypt] [gospels] [memory] [oral tradition]


It is curious that we get more excited about the supposed events leading up to Jesus’ second coming than we do about what that coming itself will bring. It is a bit like being more excited about the fixtures and fittings on a train than where the tr... [Biblical Studies] [apocalypse] [eschatology] [hermeneutics] [Interpretation] [jesus] [millennium] [Revelation]
The headline: Now that Richard Dawkins is attacking Muslims and feminists, the atheist Left suddenly discover he’s a bigot The substance: It’s hard to deny that Dawkins’s ‘secular fundamentalism’ — as liberal commentators now describe it — m... [War On Atheism]
This post from Language Log’s Mark Liberman has me vigorously shaking my head. Quoting Paul Rolly of the Salt Lake Tribune: Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often diff... [Tomfoolery]
A-J Levine has a new book coming out in September: The renowned biblical scholar, author of The Misunderstood Jew, and general editor for The Jewish Annotated New Testament interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus’ most popular teachi... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
Logos 5 has been our most popular version ever, and thousands of customers have made the jump to the new software. But now, after August 5, upgrade discounts are ending. Of course, it’s natural to have a lot of questions about upgrading your base pa... [Misc]


Selected from Basics of Biblical Aramaic Video Lectures, this video presents all material from Chapter 2: Vowels with Miles V. Van Pelt. Basics of Biblical Aramaic Video Lectures provides 22 easy-to-follow lessons (on 3 DVDs) on the most neglected biblica... [Biblical Studies Resources]
The third installment of the Biblical Studies Online podcasts is now available on iTunes. The theme is ‘Jesus, Paul and Empire': James Crossley talks about a major recent trend in New Testament scholarship which casts Jesus, the Gospels and Paul as anti... [Biblical Studies Resources]
Trust is a powerful word. From the Merriam Webster dictionary definition: belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. a) assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b) one in which... [Uncategorized]
From Biblical Studies Online: The third installment of the Biblical Studies Online podcasts is now available on iTunes. The theme is ‘Jesus, Paul and Empire': James Crossley talks about a major recent trend in New Testament scholarship which casts J... [Uncategorized]