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April 1 2015, 7PM

The top 50 biblioblogs (and more) for the March ’15 quarter: 1. Jesus Creed 2. Observatório Bíblico 3. Bibbia Blog 4. New Life 5. Teknia 6. Bible Places 7. Zwinglius Redivivus 8. The Bart Ehrman Blog 9. Debunking Christianity ... [1]
The god whose altar this age worships at is called ‘license’ but it also goes by ‘freedom’.  Greater idols have yet to be seen. Even Christians have, in large numbers, come to this false god’s altar and bowed to it with ... [Modern Culture]
In 1981, on ABC there was a multi-part mini-series entitled Masada, starring the magnificent Peter O’Toole and Peter Strauss. It was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards and won several. It was also filmed on location at Masada. When I made my first true tr... [Uncategorized]


After being king of biblioblogdom for years, and years, and years, it seems the Good Lord has seen fit to move me to 7th place.  I don’t mind.  Do you know how taxing it is to be amazingly interesting year after year after year after year?  This ... [Biblioblogs]
Jacob Prahlow has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. Click through and enjoy! It includes lots of interesting things from the biblioblogosphere, including calls for papers and more. Thank you to Jacob for hosting the carnival!  [Biblical Studies Carnival] [biblioblogging] [Biblioblogs]
Give this a read- it’s by C.L. Seow and kicks off like this: One of the most persistent complaints in the reviews of Job 1-21 is the use of Latin letters to transliterate Hebrew and Greek. I do so for several reasons, the most important being that I... [Biblical Studies Resources]
Tell us more about your life as a learner- In my younger days I was carried away with a great passion for learning, yet I was not like some presumptuous enough to teach myself. At Antioch I frequently listened to Apollinaris of Laodicea, and attended his ... [jerome]


I just received a new book from Carta, Jerusalem: In the Master's Steps: The Gospels in the LandR. Steven NotleyCarta, Jerusalem, 201588 pages, EnglishISBN: 9789652208514Price: $25.00 Description: This volume, the first of four in The Carta New Testament... [Carta] [Idle Musings] [New Books]
Here is the rest of chapter 5. I cannot hold it back. It shares a great deal of vocabulary with the building of the tabernacle in Exodus. Think about it. This is the one who is attractive to the Bride of the Song. The fine gold (ktm) can remind us of the ... [Song of Songs]


I announced recently the release of the Luke volume in the Paideia commentary series, by author Dr. Mikeal Parsons. Dr. Parsons was kind enough to answer some questions about his commentary and his research in general. You can find a generous 50+ page fr... [Uncategorized]


So it doesn’t have any need of a journalist’s help to keep it safe… @rachelheldevans: @JonathanMerritt @davesterrett I consider defending the dignity of the marginalized part of defending the gospel. The hubris.., amazing.Filed under: Mo... [Modern Culture]
Prende avvio con questo numero la Newsletter di Paulus 2.0. Il bollettino, com’è ovvio, avrà un occhio di riguardo nei confronti degli studi storici sul cristianesimo delle origini (soprattutto nelle sezioni “Cronache” e “Commenti”), ma conc... [Newsletter]


The March BS Carnival is out. Thanks to Jacob Prahlow for including some links from this blog. [carnival]
It just turns out badly.  Like this: Jesus didn’t nail anything.  Just stop it.  Stop.  It.  Filed under: pseudo-theology [pseudo-theology]
I happen to be reading the Song of Solomon chapter 5 at this moment in Holy Week, and Passover time. I have read to verse 9. See if you can read with me to observe how it reflects both Passion and Passover. The Hebrew for passing over occurs twice. The fr... [personal theology] [Song of Songs]
Well done, Indiana.  Here’s another law you should familiarize yourselves with: the law of unintended consequences.  That’s the law you really need to keep in mind.  Try it.  You might find yourselves in less of a mess. The First Church of... [Modern Culture]
This is a famous painting from around 1500.  It shows a fairly European Jesus bearing the cross whilst surrounded by the ‘Jewish’ crowd.  Two things are noteworthy: Jesus is portrayed as anything but a Jew.  And, Jews are portrayed as anyth... [Modern Culture]


Is the Duke Noose a hoax?  Is it real?  Is it a publicity stunt? I have no idea if this is a hoax or legit, but over the past few years these types of  incidents have been hoaxes more often than not. The fact that the newly formed “Duke People of Col... [Modern Culture]
CBD is running a sale on the NIBD for only $99.00. Page 24, here, at the top of the page. Or, you could just go to the web page and order it that way. [Books]
From Aren Maeir, …a paper on the Exodus from a cultural/collective memory perspective, which just appeared in a volume edited by Tom Levy et al., the proceedings of a conference on the Exodus which was held in San Diego two years ago. It’s cal... [Archaeology]

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The message of Easter is much more important than its chronology. Still, people often ask me questions about chronology in the Gospels. In my earlier post, I answered questions related to the date of Easter and the apparent difference between the chron... [chronology] [resurrection]
[This is the second guest post from one of my Advanced Studies in Acts students, John Caprari. John is a senior undergraduate Biblical Studies major with an emphasis on Pastoral Ministry. He and his wife will be going to Africa soon after graduation to... [Observations on Acts] [church planting] [Luke / Acts] [Missionary Strategy] [Missions] [The Book of Acts]
If you’re around Furman, you ought to go to this: Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Take your entire Logos library with you wherever you go! When you are studying a passage with Logos 6, your books, highlights, notes, and documents will sync from your desktop to your mobile platforms in a matter of seconds. Get Logos Bible app today! Syn... [Apps & Web Tools] [attachment points] [logos 6] [Logos App] [mobile apps] [mobile devices] [notes]


Seleção de postagens dos biblioblogs em março de 2015.March Biblical Studies CarnivalTrabalho feito por Jacob J. Prahlow em seu blog Pursuing Veritas. [Biblioblogs]


I thought it was an April Fool’s joke, they are always a bit behind the times in the USA, Logos is giving away Childs’ massive Isaiah commentary for free! It’s no joke, they are! Sorry about the exclamation marks, but Childs’ is a ... [Isaiah]
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Flannery O’Connor, in a letter to Cecil Dawkins in 1957: I’m a full-time believer in writing habits, pedestrian as it all may sound. You may be able to do without them if you have genius but most of us only have talent and this is simply something... [Writing & Blogging]
The contributors of this volume demonstrate how a highly developed expertise in interpreting Biblical and cognate literature is a substantial part of the overall discourse on the historical, literary, social, political, and religious dimensions of trauma ... [Books]


I took one of those impressive facebook quizzes and it turns out… Jacob would immediately leave the country!Filed under: Friends [Friends]
The Biblical Qumran Scrolls paperback edition presents in three volumes all the Hebrew biblical manuscripts recovered from the eleven caves at Qumran. It provides a transcription of each identifiable fragment in consecutive biblical order together with th... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [Dead Sea Scrolls]
 The quote comes from a recent post of mine, and when a commenter said they wanted to share it, I thought it might make sense to make a meme image for that purpose. [Progressive Christianity] [cake] [Christians] [complicit] [evil] [gasoline] [gays] [injustice] [lesbians] [LGBTQ] [morality] [Saudi Arabia] [wedding]
First day of the month, so I went over to Logos to see what free book they were offering. Pretty stoked that April 2015 they are giving away Brevard Childs’ famous Isaiah commentary in the WJK series. Get it now! [Uncategorized]
It’s never going to end, is it…  And it’s on MTV… What could be worse?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
And he doesn’t come away feeling very well… ;-) Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


The biblical evidence that Christ’s work is for all people, that the Lord wants all to repent, and that every person can be saved intertwine with the divine enabling passages to show the traditional Arminian position of Jesus’ salvation: Jesus died fo... [Books] [gospel] [prevenient grace] [theology]
Allan Bevere says that the left-right continuum doesn’t work. He’s citing someone else’s work first, but he’s applying the results to theology and ethics as well as politics. I use the term moderate to describe both my own politics... [Moderates] [politics] [left] [moderate] [right]
Brian Bethue, Genna Buck: The child’s evident character traits—compassion, acceptance, fearlessness—at so young an age prompted Miller’s eureka moment. What struck her was the nod and all it implied: “It was clear as day that the grandchild full... [Uncategorized]
And even if it isn’t, it’s a joke. A new faith-based project with A-list stars involved is coming now from Warner Bros. The project, Apostle Paul, is being developed at the studio for Hugh Jackman to star in the role as the Jewish man of God ... [Modern Culture]
Yes, it was sort of a surprise to me too. I never really imagined that I might be gay, and as I have an aversion to religion in general, I never really wanted to be Muslim either. But as I seek to follow Jesus, I have realized that Jesus leads us into pl... [Redeeming Life] [April 1] [gay] [humor] [Islam] [Muslim]
[R]eciting a text is not the same thing as praying that text, let alone praying the text as Jesus intended it to be prayed. If we do not understand what the text means, if we have no comprehension of what it is we are saying and what it is we are praying ... [Books] [Idle Musings] [lord's prayer]
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It is important to stress that the relation between S[peaker]-intention and A[ddressee]-interpretation is mediated, not established through the linguistics expression. From the point of view of A this means that the interpretation will only in part be bas... [Books] [Idle Musings] [Linguistics] [Translation Theory]
Rather remain lowly than be honored by government officials or successful businessmen. The only true and genuine work is hidden; it is a mystery. We must work with much effort and sweat, even when no one understands what we are doing. People only value ou... [Books] [Christoph Blumhardt] [theology]


Indeed! This post follows up on one from last week about the collapsing of virtue into passion. Good thoughts; be sure to read the whole post for more context. Turning now to the modern world, we can see that the concept of love which is extolled as a vir... [Idle Musings] [theology] [Thomas Aquinas]
Didache Bible: NABRE EditionPreview available on websiteIntroductory pre-sale price for leather edition of $51.99 and $35.99 for hardcoverThis edition uses the New American Bible, Revised Edition translation of the complete text o... [Didache Bible] [NABRE]
When the mind begins to contemplate God, to talk and commune with Him about the things it has in common with Him, suddenly the flesh, fashioned from clay, draws it back. “Fool,” it cries, “Where are you going? There is no Deity; much less one that c... [Zwingli]
In a recent post about why Evangelical Christianity doesn’t make you a better person, Neil Carter wrote the following:Evangelical Christianity Has Messed Up PrioritiesThe evangelical Christian vision of heaven is based on right belief, not on right ... [Evangelicals] [atheism] [atheists] [beliefs] [cartoon] [evangelicalism] [Humanist] [love] [morals] [Tony Campolo]


Jin finds Ben, who had been shot, and brings him back. Juliette operates, but she says Ben needs a real surgeon. Hurley looks at his hand expecting to disappear like Back to the Future, because little Ben is dying and so big Ben can never have brought the... [LOST] [aaron] [back to the future] [Hurley] [island] [Jack] [Juliette] [Kate] [time travel]
The free Logos Book for April is Brevard Child’s commentary on Isaiah in the Old Testament Library series. You can also purchase Jeremiah in the same series for .99 cents. While you are at it, you can enter to win  7 volumes from the OTL ser... [commentaries] [Isaiah] [Jeremiah] [logos] [old testament] [Technology]
Y avait-il un canon des Écritures au tournant de notre ère ? Que nous révèlent les divers usages de l’Écriture au sein du judaïsme ancien et du christianisme naissant ? C’est le sujet que j’ai développé au cours du séminaire de recherche ... [publications] [apocryphes] [Bible] [canon] [christianisme] [Bible hébraïque] [histoire] [judaïsme] [Nouveau Testament] [philologie] [pseudépigraphes] [Qumrân] [religion] [théologie] [Unistra]
Was there a canon of Scriptures at the turn of our era? What can we learn from various uses of Scriptures in ancient Judaism and early Christianity? This is the topic I presented during a research seminar on “Use and Abuse of Scripture” in Strasbourg... [publications] [apocrypha] [Bible] [canon] [Christianity] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [Judaism] [New Testament] [philology] [pseudepigrapha] [Qumran] [religion] [theology] [Unistra]


Talk for the City of London 'Stations of the Cross' event, 1/4/15.Station #6, 'Veronica wipes the face of Jesus'Preached in Bow Bells ChurchyardThe world has long divided over the question           of whether ... [sermon]
FINDIf I had any pull with God, everything you needwould appear right now in front of you.A door would open and inside ita rose-strewn path, the yearned-for embrace.I'd take the broken pieces of the afikomenand restore them as if by magic. But that isn't ... [blogExodus] [NaPoWriMo2015] [poetry]
And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.  And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”  (Luke 22:39-40)Judas, soldiers, death. ... [holy week]
Apparently, Youth With a Mission (YWAM) continues to churn out vintage Gordon Fee videos. To see my previous post on this, click here. The videos posted here appear to be even older than the previous set on the Kingdom of God. Here, Fee lectures on the wo... [Gordon Fee; First Corinthians]


This is pretty great- Get it here.Filed under: Bible [Bible]
[This is the third set of guest posts from my Advanced Studies in Acts class. Joe Caprari is a senior undergraduate Biblical Studies major with an emphasis on Pastoral Ministry. He and his wife will be going to Africa soon after graduation to explore a ch... [Observations on Acts] [church planting] [Luke / Acts] [Missionary Strategy] [Missions] [The Book of Acts]
I’m proud as punch today to have been informed that, along with my responsibility as Language Editor for SJOT I’ve been asked to become the Book Review Editor, (N. America) for the same.  It’s a great journal with a tremendous editorial... [SJOT]
On Maundy Thursday, it is traditional to focus on the account of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet in John 13—and possibly to re-enact this within a service. But in rushing to the final example, we miss the most important lesson, which comes in th... [Biblical Studies] [Life & Ministry] [Easter] [jesus] [John's Gospel] [Maundy Thursday] [mission] [service]
Last week, Senator Ted Cruz (TX) announced his candidacy for president. A lot of the members of the media were freaking out because Cruz was filmed “preaching to the choir” so to speak at Liberty University.  While peers and colleagues displa... [politics] [Conservative Christianity] [dominionism] [Emperor Constantine] [First Things] [Frantz Fanon] [Pneumatology] [Rand Paul] [Rod Dreher] [Tea Party] [ted cruz] [the Trinity] [Trinitarian theology]
Learn how to study the Bible and immerse yourself in its wonder with DIY Bible Study. This highly visual curriculum leverages the power of Logos Bible Software to help you take your Bible study to the next level. With application-focused content, beautif... [Products] [Acts] [diy bible study] [lexham press]


 From Pictorial Theology. In case you can’t read the sheet that blew away, it says, “But, remember folks, these are just useful allegories until you figure it out for yourselves. The End.”  [humor] [cartoon] [missing] [page] [theology]


Christians defend certain days of the Holy Weekend.  For instance, we’ll defend the idea that on Friday Jesus actually dies on a cross to save the world from its sin.  Then we’ll turn around and defend Easter Sunday as the day that Jesus actually ro... [Uncategorized]
OLD TESTAMENT PSEUDEPIGRAPHA WATCH:Fantasy Novel "The Seventh Sentinel" Wins New Apple Book Award for Excellence in Independent PublishingDayton, OH, April 01, 2015 --( "The Seventh Sentinel" by Yolanda Ramos receives Medalist Honors in the Fanta...


MOSTLY SPECULATIVE: The enigmatic origins of the words of the Passover seder. The origin of the words we use during the Seder can teach a lot about the origin of the holiday. But some, including the word for 'matza', remain oddly obscure. (Elon Gilad, H...
(PROSPECTIVE) TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH: Temple Mount activists slaughter lamb in public 'rehearsal' of Passover sacrifice. Hundreds attend ceremony held by group advocating for the re-building of Jewish temple in the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, in show of stre...
Eternity is a concept closely associated with religious thought. It bears a freight that phrases such as “steady-state universe” and “Big Bang” lack. Indeed, the foundations of Christianity and Islam involve the belief that eternal life can be h... [Current Events] [environment] [Posts] [Sects] [baptism] [capitalism] [Christianity] [Eternity] [Ice Church] [Romania] [water]

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Per Bilde was lecturer/professor at Århus University from 1965 to 2007, when he retired. He was a specialøist in Josephian studies; in his later years, however, he wrote several works on the historical Jesus. A brief bibliography can be found here (from... [conference] [Josephus] [Philo]
I’ve been asked to do a series of five talks to resource people on ‘preaching on 1 Corinthians’ later this month. Here’s what I’m planning to cover – lots of preparation still to go, though… The theme/s and conte... [1 Corinthians]
Matthew and Mark both mention Jesus being anointed by an anonymous woman two days before Passover, with an anonymous disciple protesting. If we think of Passover beginning on sundown on Thursday, this might have been at sundown on Tuesday. By Jewish recko... [passion week]
I am, as you know, creeping towards the golden years and this year will be my 55th (that’s why I’m awake at 3:20 in the morning).  I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to bring things to a close as far as online activities are concer... [Modern Culture]
Pieter Siebesma is een van de zeer gewaardeerde mensen die me de afgelopen jaren vaak heeft geholpen met het begrijpen van Hebreeuws. Van een van zijn lessen is nu een video opname gemaakt die ik jullie zeker niet wil onthouden. Want in een kleine 2 uur l... [Hebreeuws] [video]

March 31, 11PM

How did the early preach about Jesus if they did not have a New Testament? The obvious answer is that they must have preached from the Old Testament! Of course, it wasn’t ‘old’ to them, it was the only Scripture they knew, the Law, the Prophets, and... [Uncategorized]
Ένα ενδιαφέρον σύντομο κείμενο του Daniel Pioske σχετικά με την αξιοποίηση των πορισμάτων των σπουδών για τη μνήμη στην μελέτη της αρχαίας ιστορ... [Ισραήλ] [αρχαία ιστορία] [μνήμη]
I just learned about yet another Christian documentary this Easter season. MTV has announced a 2 1/2 part series debuting three days after Easter. Following the success of the offerings from CNN (“Finding Jesus”), National Geographic (“Killing Jesus...


This is not an April Fools day post. It’s a post appreciating the greatness of Martin Luther, with whom I’ve had my own struggles. I, of course, love his accomplishment in the Protestant Reformation, wish more would be made on the part of many... [Church History] [Prayer and Formation] [theology]
“The fool says in his heart, there is no god……”. Whether we are aware of it or not ‘the fool’, like ‘the sluggard’ or ‘the sage/wise man’ are stock characters in early Jewish wisdom literature. T... [Uncategorized]
Source: It’s a defining question for Christian. Who was Christ? I don’t think you’re let off easily by saying he was a great thinker or great philosopher. Because, actually, he went around saying he was the Messiah. That’s why he was crucified. He... [Uncategorized]


Henry Neufeld comments on Authorship and Hebrews 6:1–8. [Authorship] [blogs] [Hebrews 6]