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March 6 2015, 5AM

A friend shared this picture of a comment someone had written in an academic book. I am surprised I don’t get similar comments on some of my blog posts… [humor] [Academia] [academics] [book] [excitement] [research]


DOCUMENTARY: Smithsonian Tells Real Story Inspiring CBS' The Dovekeepers in SIEGE OF MASADA, 3/27 ( More on The Dovekeepers is here and links. And some past posts on the historicity of Josephus' Masada narrative are collected here.


The Closing of a Church, by John Frye Last Sunday the local church where I have served as pastor for nine years closed. Thankfully, it closed well, but not without tears. The church had a faithful, yet roller-coaster history and for reasons too cumbersome... [church]
GOLEM WATCH: How the Golem Got His Groove Back. Gustav Meyrink Made Jewish Frankenstein a Household Name (Benjamin Ivry, The Forward).This year marks the centenary of the book publication of Gustav Meyrink’s serialized novel “Der Golem.” Until a 2...
ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS (BELATED PURIM EDITION): Who wrote the Book of Esther? Tradition says Mordechai wrote the Book of Esther, but surely he wouldn't have gotten the timing of his own expulsion a century wrong? (Elon Gilad, Haaretz). Excerpt...
... continued growth by new venues1. In our fourth year, 2012-2013, Wayne facilitated the launch of two new venues for the Seminary--a contextualized, urban MDIV cohort in Indianapolis and a contextualized MA cohort based out of 12Stone® Church.Somehow, ... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]


It’s pretty white out there. For many parts of the eastern United States it has been a season of snow on snow on snow (why does that sound familiar?). The wisdom back in old white Wisconsin was there’d be three snows on the crocuses. This year the ... [Holidays] [Just for Fun] [literature] [Posts] [Sects] [Weather] [Hinduism] [Holi] [Jasper Fforde] [religious holidays] [Shades of Grey] [vernal equinox] [winter]
Tom Wright provides some wonderful reflections in his obituary for Charles Cranfield. My own personal gratitude to Cranfield dates to one evening in the early 1970s when I had been reading other writers on ‘Paul and the Law’, and had found myself incr... [Uncategorized]


There are a number of reasons why we often feel we want to present the Christian faith to different groups of people in different ways, either expressing ideas by different means or addressing quite different issues. The most obvious context is that of wo... [Life & Ministry] [all-age] [faith] [James Fowler] [Ministry] [Paul Ricoeur] [stages] [Worship]

March 5, 11PM

Yet another harangue you hear these days after the exclamation “it’s just common sense” is “we should demand our rights”. Unfortunately, we now live in the ‘entitlement’ age, where everyone wants to demand their r... [Uncategorized]
autobiographical memory VS remembering biographies,& cognitive psychology VS narratologyLife is very much unlike a story, except in our minds. In retrospect, the chaotic experience of “one damn thing after another” becomes a linked series of perso...
Brian Zahnd, that prophet-like pastor and author on the edge of Missouri, is no stranger to calling American Christians to distinguish between America and the Christian church. It’s not that he wants Americans to abandon the country and head north t... [Uncategorized]


I know I’m late on this, but while scanning through the latest issue of BAR I saw an add for Bart Ehrman’s lecture series How Jesus Became God available through The Great Courses. The opening promo certainly does whet the appetite a bit ̷... [Uncategorized]


March 6, 2015 Hosted by: Beth Mardutho Research Library, Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers University Libraries Rutgers Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literature Rutgers Center for Middle Eastern Studies The Syria... [Aramaic Blog] [AMESALL] [digital humanities] [Hugoye] [Rutgers] [Symposium] [syriac]
One of the aims of this site is to help disseminate information about the most recent scholarship on the Pastoral Epistles. To that end, please feel free to send us an abstract of your successfully defended thesis or dissertation related to the Pastorals.... [Uncategorized]
Over on Apocryphicity, Tony Burke has a characteristically lively discussion of the first episode of the CNN documentary Finding Jesus:Finding Jesus Episode 1: Giving in to the Apocryphal UrgeTony argues that the episode "demonstrates the apocryphal urge"... [Apocryphicity] [Finding Jesus]


 One of the interesting facets of the Purim story is the tradition of giving a Purim Torah talk during the holiday. “Purim Torah” is a humorous and often satirical way of using biblical and Talmudic narratives in a manner that is creative and imagina... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [good and evil] [Jewish in San Diego] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies]


From ‘Grad School Elitist’ on the twitter- Amen and amen.Filed under: Humor [humor]


The heathen in Green Bay never let this sort of light snow keep them from the Temple of Baal (Ball)… Filed under: Humor [humor]
There’s a truly sad story about domestic violence and the church in the SMH. Ten years ago I was in the middle of a situation that an anti-domestic expert called “intimate partner terrorism” on Q&A this week. My then husband was su... [Uncategorized]


And discovered that where the sun hit the road all was well but where it didn’t… well it wasn’t.  If you’re coming to SECSOR check the TDOT smartmap for road conditions. It’s very useful. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Cadernos de Teologia: outra revista citada em minhas publicações e, assim como os Cadernos do Cearp, por não ter sido indexada junto aos órgãos competentes, talvez seja pouco conhecida.Esta foi uma revista acadêmica da FTCR - Faculdade de Teologia e... [revistas]
Em minhas publicações tenho citado esta revista. O que é? Ou, o que foi?Cadernos do Cearp: uma revista acadêmica do Curso de Teologia do CEARP - Centro de Estudos da Arquidiocese de Ribeirão Preto - que teve 13 números elaborados (entretanto, apenas... [revistas]


My sister was going through my older YouTube videos and called my attention to the one titled Idolatry and Trust from six years ago. It relates to some of my more recent comments on God in my study on John. I’m amused to watch myself in this, as I c... [Christianity] [religion] [idolatry]
I’m running a little behind today, so I’m just going to give you the link. You can check out the details via the event on Google+. The YouTube viewer is embedded below. [Bible Passages] [Bible study] [Christianity] [religion] [John]


Foto do Codex Vaticanus aberto. O Codex Vaticanus é uma das mais antigas cópias da Bíblia, O assunto desse post talvez seja um daqueles que mais desperta o interesse do grande público: os famigerados apócrifos e porque eles não fazem parte do C...
It has been a long time since I last posted to my blog. My last post was on November 3, 2014. Since then I have received hundreds of emails from readers who are concerned about my well-being and who miss … Continue reading → [blogging] [Northern Baptist Seminary] [David Fitch] [Northern Seminary] [Scot McKnight]

12 PM

Craig Keener recently spoke at AGTS as the main speaker for the Stanley Horton Lectureship series.  They live-streamed it so the videos are on UStream and I do not know how to post them individually onto this blog page so for now all I can do it post a l... [Uncategorized]
I made it.  The roads were patchy ice until I got to our lovely State capitol and then they turned into utter rubbish.  Anyway, I’m here and relaxing till the festivities begin. I suppose I’ll do some editing too, because I’m sure not ... [Modern Culture]
The Ceipplegate Blog has a good interview with Steven Lawson related to expository preaching here. Note that this only part one of a projected three-part series. [Expository Preaching] [Interview]
I post on Facebook, from time to time, questions to start discussions. Sometimes, they are pointed and sometimes, I’m just poking the bear. Lately, I’ve been thinking about a certain situation that may require something of a less-nice Christia... [United Methodist Church]
Leitura Socioantropológica do Novo Testamento. Artigo publicado na Ayrton's Biblical Page em 2000.1. A Antropologia do Mundo Mediterrâneo e o NTNo outro artigo falamos só da Bíblia Hebraica e das questões que ela propõe a uma leitura sociológica. M... [metodos]


O Discurso Socioantropológico: Origem e Desenvolvimento. Artigo publicado na Ayrton's Biblical Page em 2000. O objetivo deste artigo é esboçar um panorama da origem e do desenvolvimento de duas ciências sociais que estão sendo hoje muito utiliza... [metodos]
Leitura Socioantropológica da Bíblia Hebraica. Cadernos do Cearp, Ribeirão Preto, n. 11, p. 75-98, 1999.Philip R. Davies, exegeta britânico, ao falar dos métodos usados na leitura da Bíblia nas últimas duas décadas, sugere que a combinação das a... [metodos]
I am still reading that biography of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk.  It’s The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton, by Michael Mott.  On page 423, Mott quotes a passage from Merton’s The New Man, in which Merton states the following: “In the ... [love] [religion] [Social Skills]
 Nathan Lewis Lawrence is a biracial graduate student, world traveler, and jujitsu enthusiast from Lancaster, Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree in Security studies from Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio and received a M.A. in Peace and Conflict s... [politics] [Catholic Church] [conservative evangelicals] [Eastern Orthodoxy] [ecumenism] [Egypt] [Isis] [Islamic State] [Libya] [persecution] [Southern Baptist] [unreached people groups]


So the soldiers, out of the wrath and hatred they bore the Jews, nailed those they caught, one after one way, and another after another, to the crosses, by way of jest, when their multitude was so great, that room … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Christian Origins]
Today’s Lections: Ps. 71, Jer. 4:9-10, 19-28, Rom. 2:12-24, John 5:19-29 Jeremiah is famous as "the weeping prophet" of the Scriptures; but what we often do not let sink in is the prophet's mirroring of God's broken heart, his representation...
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Charles Cranfield (1915-2015), former professor emeritus of Theology at Durham University (1950-1980). Cranfield is best known for his classic Romans commentaries in the ICC, and his excellent Mark commentary in Th...
I’m in the middle of editing a book and ran across the word ἀργός. Here’s the LSJ entry: ἀργός (B), όν, later ή, όν Arist.EN1167a11, Mete.352a13, Thphr.Lap.27, Ath.Mech.12.11, etc.: (contr. from ἀεργός) And here's the BDAG entr... [grammar] [Greek] [Idle Musings] [Just for Fun] [Linguistics]
Peter Holley: When Elrey “Bud” Runion and his wife, June, organized a meeting with a seller they’d found on Craigslist, the Atlanta couple thought they were one step closer to purchasing the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible that Bud so desperately want... [Uncategorized]


I recently read a dissertation on the Lord's Prayer. For the next couple of days, I'll be excerpting from it. The author of the dissertation, David Clark, is the leader of the YWAM base where Joel and Renee are serving. In the proclamation of Jesus, the s...
Since the Bible was written in various imperialist contexts and interpreted by those living in the current Western system, the mission of postcolonial biblical criticism is to decolonize the biblical text and how it is read. Postcolonial biblical criticis... [Uncategorized]
While we may assume that all people engaged in cursing, we cannot assume that the ancient Near Easterners perceived every curse they uttered to be equally efficacious. Certainly, some maledictions were believed to be more potent than others. What contribu... [ANE religion] [Books] [Cursed Are You!]
Sometimes tips and techniques seem great because they allow us to take action and feel better. But in reality they don’t change much because they don’t actually address the roots of the problems. Why? Because the seven deadly sins are not just problem... [Books] [gospel] [What's your secret?]
Ironically, then, the one who seeks peacefully to bring good news to all will be perceived as, and eventually crucified as, bad news—a threat to peace and security. This is, paradoxically, both true and false. On the one hand, because Jesus’ way of th... [Books] [gospel] [Michael Gorman] [theology]
Richard Carrier posted the following on his blog:The big news is that I’ve been asked by the Society of Biblical Literature (the largest academic society representing the field, of which I am a member) to present and defend the thesis of On the Historic... [mythicism] [Society of Biblical Literature] [conference] [mytherism] [mythicist] [mythicists] [Richard Carrier] [SBL]
For I confess truly that I am accustomed to be very much distracted. Very often I am not where bodily I stand or sit; rather, I am where my thoughts carry me. Where my thoughts are, there am I; and frequently my thoughts are where my love is. That which n... [Thomas à Kempis]
This semester, I am giving several talks each over the devil and creepiness, and I’m finding the experience of both very different. On the devil front, I’m also in the early stages of drafting the book itself, so the talks provide a good oppo... [Academia]
Readers of William Shakespeare and of John Donne have found allusions to the female anatomy and sexuality in imagery and puns. For example, where Shakespeare has this: Pauline Kiernan in Filthy Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s Most Outrageous Sexual P... [fun] [humor] [Interpretation] [literature] [Septuagint] [Carey Ellen Walsh] [John Donne] [John Piper] [Pauline Kiernan] [Poppaea] [Robert H. Ray] [Sappho] [Shakespeare] [Song of Solomon] [Song of Songs] [Stuart Dean]


One of the great things about my experience of Durham was learning about all the excellent scholars that had shaped the university’s past. In fact, I knew of many of the names of the scholars there, but never associated them with Durham before I arr... [Durham] [Charles Cranfield]
Commences tomorrow.  Watch for photos and updates this weekend.Filed under: SBL [SBL]
Barnabas and Saul set out from Antioch to Seulcia, a port about 16 miles from Antioch. From there they sail to Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean about 100 miles from Selucia. Paphos Why Cyprus? As Keener says, is simply makes sense for Barnabas to be... [Observations on Acts] [Cyprus] [Luke / Acts] [Missionary Method] [The Book of Acts]
Last Sunday night, I tuned in, along with over a million other viewers, to the first episode of CNN’s six-part series Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery. The series seeks to answer questions about the life and death of Jesus using evidence from artifac... [CNN Finding Jesus]


The episode stars with the salvage vessel Christiane I finding the remains of Oceanic 815 in the ocean. Daniel Faraday, a physicist, is watching and saddened by what he sees, although he isn’t sure why. Then in the present day we see him parachute o... [LOST] [Ben Linus] [boat] [Miles]


  Today is Purim -- the full moon of the lunar month of Adar. Pesach (Passover) begins in one month, at the full moon of Nissan. There's a traditional teaching (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 429:1) which holds that "One must begin studying the laws of Pa... [pesach] [purim] [Tikkun olam]
... That was the question I was asked by a member of our church one Wednesday morning, during our midweek Communion service. We had just had readings on the great Christian hope - that one day, Jesus will return to this earth and renew it. It will be free...
Believe it or nay, the next carnival is just around the corner.  And it will collect posts from the month of March and appear on the first of April, or, as we call it, Joel Watts Day! If you have any interesting posts or see any, pass them along.  With... [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Biblioblogs]