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November 24 2014, 5PM

This image (sent by SD) at Amazing Lookalike! reminded me of a childhood fantasy. The figure on the right is the Mekon, the arch-enemy of sci-fi hero Dan Dare. Are they related? Asks Amazing Lookalike! Probably not, but what about that childhood fantas... [sleep] [weird] [alien experiment] [childhood fantasy] [Mekon]


From Reframing a Relevant Faith, forthcoming by C. Drew Smith: When Jesus comes upon these fishermen they are doing what they normally do on any given day; they are fishing. Indeed, this was their life; this was their existence. Fishing was what was routi... [Christianity] [discipleship] [religion]


This is my conference paper for the Metacriticism of Biblical Studies section at SBL:______Can University Walls Keep Out The Internet?James F. McGrath, Butler University ABSTRACTStatements can be found on the websites of many sectarian educational in... [Bible] [information literacy] [Society of Biblical Literature] [#AARSBL] [#sblaar] [#SBLAAR14] [accreditation] [conference paper] [Conservative] [evangelical] [internet] [Metacriticism] [sectarian] [university]
I'm deeply delighted that the folks at The Wisdom Daily, a publication which I greatly admire, wanted to reprint a version of a blog post which first appeared here. They reposted my piece about Toni Bernhard's book How to Be Sick as Dealing With Chronic ... [health]
[Links to my books The Ghost in the Gospels and True Jew, on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, are at the right.]   Last month, in the post immediately below this, I recounted an episode of It Takes A Thief from around 1970, which made a very good point abo...


This is going to be a bit of a confession. Up front I have to declare to you my naivety, because it helps explain why I’ve been anxious for weeks, on the verge of tears all day, and currently unsure if the food I ate today is going to stay down. So,... [Adorno] [afropessimism] [politics]
We read in our scriptures on Sunday about Christ the King coming in judgement and power and decisiveness. Next week we enter Advent with Christ the baby, coming in frailty and poverty and insecurity as we begin again the story of our Saviour and Shepherd ...
Ran into Paul Anderson and he told me about this new book- which Abingdon gave me to review. And finally ran into Gary Greenberg after having corresponded with him for a lot of years. Additionally, I got to catch up with Eryl. Filed under: Modern Cu... [Modern Culture]
Like all conferences of the elite, the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature are theater. There’s a level of make-believe that goes into transitioning from our quotidian concerns to those befittin... [religion] [scholarship] [#SBLAAR14] [AAR] [class] [Gender] [religious studies] [rwce] [SBL]


I am hoping the church I lead will participate to some degree in one of the Christian festivals. There are a number of reasons why I hope this will be so. It will grow our bonds and bring us back renewed and energised. God encounters people in new ways wh...
Sometimes these things can be self-indulgent but that doesn’t negate their truth. Someone left this on my desk last week. I think it doesn’t just ring true for pastors. Whatever we do in life people will have expectations of us…and at ti... [Expectations] [grace] [Pastoral Vocation]
This weekend, a lurker e-mailed asking why I do theology, given that I am not a traditional believer or pious person. It is a question that used to come up a lot here, back when we were more engaged with the theology blogosphere (during a time when it wa... [theology]
Sir William Ramsay The following public domain book is now available for free download in PDF: William M. Ramsay, St Paul the Traveller and Roman Citizen. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1895. Hbk. pp.394. St Paul Chapter I. The Acts of the Apostles I. T... [Acts] [Paul]
The Fortress Commentary session was great, it was super to chat with Candida and others, and I’ll next have lunch with a bright young Seminarian. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Over the last month, many ministry leaders, authors, and speakers have given Logos 6 a spin and shared their thoughts. They’re writing blog posts, planning sermons, creating lessons, and studying the Word with the most advanced Bible study tool on t... [Products] [bloggers] [logos 6] [Logos Bible Software] [Reviews]

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When it comes to the world around me, I'm not a particularly observant person. (And all the people said...)  I actually think I'm quite high in EQ--I notice how other people are feeling more than most people. But I don't notice shoes or hair or somet...


As seguintes resenhas foram recentemente publicadas pela Review of Biblical Literature:Ian BoxallPatmos in the Reception History of the ApocalypseReviewed by Craig R. KoesterJoseph D. FantinThe Lord of the Entire World: Lord Jesus, a Challenge to Lord Cae... [resenhas]
Where we will shortly discuss the new Fortress Commentary. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Por que uma nova enciclopédia bíblica? As questões de gênero...(...) "Oxford University Press is issuing a series of topically-oriented Encyclopedias of the Bible. Edited by Michael D. Coogan, the series includes (among others) the Oxford Encyclopedia... [bibliografia]
From our friends in Zurich- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Such nice folk doing such good work- and here half off everything. So, enjoy- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
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TVZ by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#44519)
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Michelle Van Loon’s charming post about being caught by surprise in Cherith Fee Nordling’s class: This quarter at Northern Seminary, I took a class for which I had low enthusiasm before I walked in the door back in September. In fact, the wor... [Uncategorized]
Not waiting on a grand jury verdict, the Alliance of Black Art Galleries announced an initiative on the killing of Michael Brown, and artists by the score have responded. When this young man was still alive, some artists from sometime back and from so... [art] [Alliance of Black Art Galleries] [Ferguson] [Jean-Michel Basquiat] [Langston Hughes] [Michael Brown]
The Bible teaches that “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” We also read in Paul that the key to becoming who God wants us to be is through the “renewal of our minds” (Rom 12:1-2). It is for these reasons that Dr. Earl Radma... [Books I'm Reading] [Earl Radmacher] [mind] [thinking]


Yep, so the latest WordPress update killed some functionality with the plugin I wrote to display Aramaic text and thereby knocked out each and every Aramaic lesson or page that has Aramaic text larger than the default size. I’m going to have to take... [News ()] [grumble]
How much can you do without Him? Nothing! So what is everything you do without Him? Nothing! It is amazing how busy you can be doing nothing! Did you ever find that out? “The flesh”—everything that you do apart from Him—” profiteth nothi... [Books] [Ian Thomas] [Idle Musings]
Jesus refuted the war option when he told Peter to put up his sword. Killing in order to liberate Jesus and his followers from the violent injustice of Caiaphas, Herod, and Pilate would have been a just war—but Jesus refused to engage in a just war. He ... [Books] [Farewell to Mars] [Idle Musings] [pacifism] [theology]
In looking at the altar-making crisis in Joshua 22, I found the following point by Dale Ralph Davis to be spot on. “Now to chapter 22; let us try to mount the right hermeneutical horse at the outset. Clearly, the keynote of this chapter is the pervasi... [Joshua] [old testament]
It’s another full one- and then an early departure tomorrow. I always feel badly for the Tuesday presenters. Next year I think I’ll stay to the very end to see what it’s like. Since we will be in Atlanta I’ll be driving down. Mo... [Modern Culture]
What return shall I make to You for this grace? For it is not given every man to forsake all things, to renounce the world, and undertake the religious life. Is it anything great that I should serve You Whom every creature is bound to serve? It should not... [Thomas à Kempis]
Via Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


As we are about to enter the season of Advent, now is a good time as any to have a contest.  This one, which will likely be the last one for 2014, is focused around the great Cathoic convert, translator, detective novelist, and apologist Msgr. Ronald... [contest] [Ronald Knox]


Rabbi Dov Berkowitz’s reputation as a teacher of Talmud and rabbinic literature is well known. He teaches in numerous Israeli institutions and is a prolific author. Earlier this year he began published a commentary on the Talmud called הדף הקי... [Talmud] [Talmud Study]
‘Joy’ isn’t a word that gets used much in a straight-faced way any more. We can conceive of ‘pleasure’ easily enough, but I wonder if we’re impaired in our ability to conceive of joy. I’ve been reading The Lord of... [art]
One year ago today, I went on one of my Twitter rants about higher education in America. Along the way, it morphed into a rant about the disproportionate burdens we put on young people, as crystallized in the following tweet: We ask 18-year-olds to mak... [boredom]
One of the more difficult lines in the Gospel of John is Jesus’ reaction to Mary: Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father” (verse 17). What does Jesus mean? It may be the case that he has only just resurrected, and cannot be touc... [Gospel of John] [gospels] [historical Jesus] [John] [jesus] [Magalene] [mary] [Mary Magdelene] [resurrection] [theology]


“The Bible is not God, nor is it a substitute for God, and to treat it as if it were God or a surrogate of God is to treat it in the very way that it itself condemns over and over again.”– Peter J. Gomes, The Good Book: Discovering The ... [Bible] [God] [idol] [idolatry] [Peter J. Gomes]
Attending the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting is a bittersweet experience. There is nothing as awe-inspiring as being in the presence of ideas. Whether it is meeting friends who have grown old with me over ... [Consciousness] [higher education] [Posts] [Travel] [AAR/SBL] [American Academy of Religion] [california] [dead languages] [San Diego] [Society of Biblical Literature]
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. Just like the CIA publishes The World... [Training] [Bible study] [factbook] [logos 6] [Logos Bible Software] [tutorial]


By Allan Bevere. I like nice… nice is…well… nice. To Quote Major Frank Burns inM*A*S*H, “It’s nice to be nice to the nice.”But nice is really boring.Jesus wasn’t boring. The crowds didn’t follow him all ove... [Uncategorized]
De afgelopen dagen hebben we een aantal Bijbelgedeelten geplaatst op onze website van onze eigen vertaling en we kregen dan ook verschillende reacties van “Mooi initiatief. Heel leerzaam.” tot “Moet dat nou?”. Ook waren er opmerkingen dat er al zo... [Bijbelvertalingen] [Website news] [AB-vertaling] [Vertalingen] [website]
by Charles McCraryThis post’s titular sentence, quoted in Winnifred Sullivan’s new book A Ministry of Presence, is how a hospice chaplain summarized the purpose of his job (185). Sullivan brilliantly explains how, through legal and cultural history, s... [Charles McCrary] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Uncategorized] [Hugh Urban] [John Modern] [Kolby Knight] [L. Ron Hubbard] [Mike Graziano] [Winnifred Sullivan]
Richard M. Hannula.  Samuel Rutherford.  Grand Rapids: EP Books, 2014. Samuel Rutherford was a seventeenth century Presbyterian minister in Scotland.  In Samuel Rutherford, which is part of the series Bitesize Biographies, Richard Hannula ... [history] [religion]


AMUSING: 'Relics' sees the present as the past, set in the future (Graydon Royce, Star Tribune).It is the year 2314 and we are ushered through exhibits that purport to show what life was like back in 2014. Something called “The Great Wipe” had destro...


NEW BOOK FROM VANDENHOECK AND RUPRECHT:Sean BurtThe Courtier and the GovernorTransformations of Genre in the Nehemiah Memoir1. Edition 2014230 pagesISBN 978-3-525-55076-2Vandenhoeck & RuprechtJournal of Ancient Judaism. Supplements -99,99 €incl. VATplus...

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We gaan verder met onze (concept)vertaling van Ruth, deze keer het eerste gedeelte van hoofdstuk 4. 4:1 En Boaz ging naar de poort en ging daar zitten en zie, de losser over wie Boaz had gesproken kwam voorbij. En hij zei: “doe een stap opzij en ga ... [Bijbelvertalingen] [AB-vertaling] [Ruth] [Vertalingen]
Wekelijks wordt in deze Bijbelquiz een nieuwe vraag over de Bijbel gesteld, wie het antwoord denkt te weten mag deze als commentaar toevoegen. Het antwoord komt dan de volgende week, zodat iedereen de gelegenheid krijgt om mee te doen in deze B... [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]

November 23, 11PM

I’ve been at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in San Diego. (I have been staying in the squat tower on the right.) It is an extraordinary global gathering of around 7,000 academics running over five days, and alongside are 5,000 aca... [Psephizo] [Acts] [hermeneutics] [Holy Spirit] [Luke's gospel] [Prayer] [SBL]
After WWII, there was a lot of reconstruction in Vienna. But the town fathers decided they wanted to rebuild in a classical style. And so, we have an Austrian Parliament building modeled on a building you should recognize—- the Parthenon!! Here̵... [Uncategorized]


This time the nice folk at Mohr Siebeck got photo-ed and Sasson lectured on ancient texts. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
If you’re ever in the mood for great stories and tons of humor just spend a couple of hours with these two. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
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Oecolampadius’ statue in Basel (my photo) At the very time that these flourishing churches were falling to the ground, the Reform witnessed the extinction of its brightest lights. A. blow from a stone had slain the energetic Zwingli on the field of ... [Oecolampadius]


In response to our recent sunset photos on the Sea of Galilee Mark Hoffman sent a beautiful photo of a sunrise from Ein Bokek, a resort site located on the southern end of the west shore of the Dead Sea. When I asked Professor Hoffman for permission to e... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]


H.H. Drake Williams has given a generous review of my monograph in Themelios. He kindly says: Paul and the Rhetoric of Reversal in 1 Corinthians contributes significant data to the question of the coherence and arrangement of the epistle. It rightly accen... [Books] [Reviews]


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