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September 15 2014, 3PM

The Didache by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#40110)
David Capes has posted on the Didache here. He provides a good summary of this early Christian document. I also found it interesting that he taught a series on the Didache in a church context. Unfortunately, I am not sure that most Christians would be int... [Church History]

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Traci pointed to an antique photo of a clean-shaven stout dark-haired man in a black coat with a wing-tip collar. “And him?” she asked. Chris chuckled. “That’s Uncle Harry. Harry Patteson, great-great grandfather’s younger brother. Ran the famil... [fiction] [Writing]
Albert Schweitzer’s Quest for the Historical Jesus is in many ways one of the most important books of the twentieth century, although my guess is that few people would care to read it today. Perhaps because of the popularity of N. T. Wright, Schweitzer ... [gospels] [historical Jesus] [Albert Schweitzer] [historical criticism] [N. T. Wright] [Synoptic Gospels]
Logos 5’s new Pentecostal & Charismatic base packages bundle the resources you need at a big discount. We know that trying to find the right books to equip you for study can be a difficult task, but with these libraries, you’ll have the resour... [Products] [base packages] [Bible study] [Logos 5] [pentecostal & charismatic]
Se Marina hoje não pode nos dizer a verdade, é preciso que sejamos capazes de dizer a verdade a Marina.Por que Marina não pode dizer a verdade? - Juarez Guimarães: Carta Maior 13/09/2014Evitar dizer a verdade, contorná-la, contrariá-la ou simplesmen... [politica]


It is important to remember that for purposes of assessing the translator’s techniques and ideas, it is not what the Hebrew text means but what the translator thinks it means that counts. For that matter, this is true of the text critic too: what the te... [HBCE] [Idle Musings] [Translation Theory]
Humanity gave names to all the animals in the garden of Eden, but we can no longer name everything in sight. The diversity of our world, the proximity of what’s possible has overwhelmed us. Becoming like God has fried our brains.—iGods: How Techno... [Books] [Idle Musings] [theology]
In a former post, I mentioned that Volker Rabens had an article coming out on Paul and Philo, and I commented thus: “Volker Rabens, Pneuma and the Beholding of God: Reading Paul in the Context of Philonic Mystical Traditions,’ In … Continue ... [Uncategorized]
“If we are people who come to the Church merely in order to get some personal help and no more, then we are the veriest babes in Christ” – Martin Lloyd-JonesFiled under: Theology [theology]


ON returning to his dungeon after his examination on September 15, Servetus addressed his prosecutor in the following characteristic epistle, which the reply to Art. XXI appears to have suggested: To John Calvin, health!—It is for your good that I tell ... [Calvin] [Church History]
I am having an issue with forgiveness lately. Not with those I know and love but with those I do not know and struggle to love. Mostly media figures, sports figures and today, again, a company known as Urban Outfitters. So many people and groups have been... [Other Posts]


Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 39:1 (2014)John Van Seters, "A Revival of the Succession Narrative and the Case against It," 3-14David B. Schreiner, "Why ‭רינ‬ in Kings?," 15-30Philip Sumpter, " The Coherence of Psalm 24," 31-54Sama... [JSOT] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [Ψαλμοί]
John Ortberg.  The Life You Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997, 2002. Someone recommended this book to me years ago.  He said that the title was a bit cheesy, but that it is a really go... [Daily Quiet Time] [Prayer] [religion]


Source: When the wife is happy with a long-term partnership, the husband is happier, no matter how he feels about the marriage. For marital quality, it seems the wife’s happiness matters more than the husband’s. The conclusion comes from a new study p... [Love and Marriage]
Sometimes these things move around, so I’ve updated the link to Calvin’s Opera Omnia on the right nav panel (Geneva).  You can find it here.  And everything is free. Full text Index général (799 Kb) – Free access Index lettres (4.1... [Calvin]
You’ll get to see me there. For free!  And you should go anyway. Reformation Day at Emory 2014 The twenty-seventh Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Tuesday, October 21, and takes as its theme, Reform in the University and the Church. This ... [Conferences]


The Iron Age volume by Peter M. Fischer is available for free download at Open Access. Tell Abu al-Kharaz was identified as Jabesh Gilead by Nelson Glueck and is located about 7 miles southeast of Tel Rehov (near Beth Shean) and 2 miles east of the Jordan... [Jordan] [Jordan Rift] [Resources]
November 14, 2014, the Institut d’Histoire de la Réformation of the University of Geneva organizes together with Refo500 the workshop 17th Century: Age of Orthodoxies or Heterodoxies? The object of this workshop is to give a more detailed and nuanc... [Church History] [Conferences]


I will be in Morocco September 16-23 for Biblical Hebrew course at the Al Mowafaqa Institute. I will teach Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical students who joined the unique program offered by this ecumenical institute. These students already study Ara... [Courses] [Al Mowafaqa] [Arabic] [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew] [Linguistics] [philology]
Je pars pour le Maroc du 16 au 23 septembre pour un cours d’hébreu biblique à l’institut Al Mowafaqa. Ce cours s’adresse aux étudiants catholiques, protestants et évangéliques qui suivent la formation unique proposée par cet institut œcuméni... [Cours] [Al Mowafaqa] [arabe] [Bible hébraïque] [hébreu] [linguistique] [philologie]
The essay is right to say that GWU ‘snagged’ Rollston.  His previous institution was foolish to drive him off.  Foolish. Christopher A. Rollston, a scholar of the ancient Near East, has spent the past two years wandering through a series of ... [Scholars You Should Know]
The Expository Times October 2014; Vol. 126, No. 1 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Articles ----------------------------------------------------------------- Nearly 500 years a...
The Pergamum Museum in Berlin is home to three outstanding architectural remains from the ancient world: the Zeus Altar from Pergamum, the Miletus Market Gate, and the Ishtar Gate from Babylon. The Market Gate of Miletus, constructed about 120-130 A.D. du... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Church History] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Ishtar Gate] [Market Gate of Miletus] [Museums] [Pergamum Museum] [Roman Emperor]
Journal for the Study of the Old TestamentSeptember 2014; Vol. 39, No. 1 Article----------------------------------------------------------------- &nbs...
All About Evil (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I leaned towards the soul making theodicy as explained by John Hick, but I would go further than that. I am still toying with it, but I am leaning to calling something like entropic theodicy. Here are the basic p... [theology] [Theodicy]
I recently received an encouraging email from Ward Kelley, a long-time reader of this blog and someone I consider an “online” friend. I asked his permission to share his comments with you… Good morning. I got up this morning and decided ... [Close Your Church for Good] [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [homeless] [love like Jesus] [put service back into the church service]
Title: The Death of Jesus Series: WUNT 299 Author: Alexander J.M. Wedderburn Bibliographic info: xv, 193 pp., 31 pp. Publisher: Mohr Siebeck, 2013. Buy the book at Amazon. With thanks to Mohr Siebeck for the review copy. In this book, which Wedderburn re... [book review]


It was surely only going to be a matter of time, following the execution of two Americans, that a British citizen was going to be the next victim of the brutal violence of the self-styled ‘Islamic State.’ David Haines was, by all account, an i... [Life & Ministry] [Islam] [jesus] [Just War] [Justin Welby] [Michael Haines] [Mohammed] [pacifism] [violence] [War]
Back some time ago the nice folk at De Gruyter sent two companion volumes for review.  The first, Paul and Mark: Comparative Essays Part I – Two Authors at the Beginnings of Christianity; and the second, Mark and Paul: Comparative Essays Part II ... [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]


I'm delighted to be able to announce that a new essay of mine has been published in the Symposium section of Transformative Works and Cultures, the fan studies journal published by the Organization for Transformative Works. The essay is called Fan fictio... [media] [midrash]
Here now is the sixth in this series of interviews. I completed the first round of answers I received, and then put out a little call for more responses, and so was introducted to Jason Weaver, who has been working for some time as Biblical Languages and ...
JUDGE (ELUL 20)My name is four-dimensional.You couldn't say it if you tried.Call me the true judge, the onewho sees through your obfuscations.Further out than Pluto,deeper than Earth's corethe one who enwombs the worldand shines like a supernova.The one w... [Elul] [poetry]
Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials. In addition to coaching people in the ... [Training] [Logos 5] [Morris Proctor] [mp seminars] [Proximity Search] [tutorial]


David Flusser (a remarkable scholar) was born on 15 September, 1917, and died 15 September, 2000.  Flusser was that rarest of academics- a Jewish scholar of the New Testament.  Given his background and training, his insights into New Testament literatu... [Scholars You Should Know]
The current rise of ‘Universalism’ among Protestants is indicative of a deep distrust of God’s Providence and Election.  It is driven by severe insecurity and, at its deepest, a species of hatred of God.Filed under: Theology [theology]
Summary Answer:The Qur'an contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who ...
In 1554 Calvin wrote ‘The punishment that befell Servetus is always ascribed to me. I am called a master in cruelty, and shall now be said to mangle with my pen the dead body of the man who came to his death at my hands. And I will not deny that it was ... [Calvin] [Church History]


Bible Reading Destroys the Church (Part 1 of 2), by Paul Penley (contact info at bottom of post) Would Jesus promote personal Bible reading? You probably never thought to ask yourself that question. Protestant Christians assume getting a Bible into everyo... [Bible] [Biblical Studies]
CALDERON AND ANTON: Two articles have come up which highlight the recent contribution of two women to popular awareness of Talmudic and related themes. The first is a specialist with a PhD in Talmud, and also an Israeli politician. The second is a well...
FROM THE GREEN COLLECTION: Oldest siddur headed to Israel. 1,200-year-old text, which includes Sabbath prayers and Passover Haggadah, to go on display at the Bible Lands Museum (Times of Israel).The oldest book of Jewish liturgy, dating back to the nint...
CHALDEAN WATCH: 475 Families of Mar Aprem Church to Bring out Handwritten Bible (Shalet Jimmy, The New Indian Express).KOCHI: After the Catholic Church, now it is the turn of the Chaldean Syrian Church, one of the four archbishoprics in the Assyrian Chu...
by Dan LinfordNote: A version of this article originally appeared on Dan Linford’s blog Libere.Matt Sheedy recently wrote an article for the Bulletin blog, in which he addresses Kevin Sorbo’s statement that atheists are absurd because they are angr... [Uncategorized] [Alain de Botton] [Dan Linford] [Karen Armstrong] [Kevin Sorbo] [Peter Berger] [Richard Dawkins] [Rowan Williams] [Sarah Grey] [Wendy Brown] [“evolutionary debunking” argument]


The Lady and Her Monsters reminded me of Gothic. A friend of mine in seminary showed me this “shocking” movie by Ken Russell just after it was released on VHS (I always was fond of ancient history). To my young eyes this was a challenging film, but ... [Books] [literature] [Monsters] [movies] [popular culture] [Posts] [Religious Violence] [science] [Dracula] [Frankenstein] [Gothic] [John Polidori] [Ken Russell] [Mary Shelley] [Roseanne Montillo] [The Lady and Her Monsters]
One of the great contributions to literature is what may be called the socialist footnote, or, rather, the communist party footnote. These immensely pleasurable texts appear, for instance, in the footnotes for each volume of Stalin’s Collected Works. He... [Communism] [socialism] [Footnote] [reading Stalin]
The book by Chris Keith; Jesus against the Scribal Elite (Baker Academic, 2014) is one of those standing on my preferred reading list this fall. And having a brief look last weekend at the first pages, I met the following … Continue reading → [blogging] [book] [jesus] [Matthew] [New Testament]

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Alice Camille is an author, religious educator, and parish retreat leader. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, where she also served as adjunct faculty in ministry formation, preaching and proclam... [7 Questions] [Alice Camille] [The Message]

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Painting: Saul and the Witch of Endor Painter: Benjamin West (1777) The birth of the monarchy in Israel came at a time when the nation was facing a great political and military crisis in its history. At the end of … Continue reading → [1 Samuel] [Saul] [Witch of Endor] [Hebrew Bible]
Race. If you are tempted to move to another post or website because of that first word, you need this post. I once convinced Oxford University Press to send me six copies of J. Kameron Carter’s powerful book Race: A Theological Account. I asked a v... [church]


This recent, brief essay by D. A. Carson in Themelios is helpful for unpacking what “the work of an evangelist” means in 2 Timothy 4:5 in practical terms. Very useful. [Article Links] [Pastoral Epistles|2 Timothy|2 Timothy 4]


The world is a realm of wrongdoing, and the devil is lord over it. Those who do not believe are citizens of the world, submit to its rule, and, together with the world, are in the power of the evil one. But those who believe tear themselves away from the... [Modern Culture]