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January 20 2018, 3PM

On this day in 1907 Walther Zimmerli was born.  He was Professor of Old Testament at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and one of the most important biblical scholars of the twentieth century. Among his many publications in English are Ezekiel, ... [theology] [University of Göttingen] [Walther Zimmerli]


Three disclaimers: First, I don’t consider myself to be any better than average as a preacher. Second, aside from the preaching I hear at the church I attend, and the occasional conference, I don’t listen to much preaching. Third, no one has ever hire...

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This week's Torah portion is called Bo, for its opening words ויאמר יהו׳׳ה על–משה בא על–פרעא / Vayomer YHVH el-Moshe, "Bo el-Paro" -- "And God said to Moshe, 'Come to Pharaoh.'" Most translations say "Go to Pharaoh." But the H... [Torah]


Thus far in a future book.Chapter 1: What is Biblical Theology?1.1 Introduction1.2 Basic Approaches1.3 History of Biblical Theology1.4 This Book's ApproachChapter 2: Theology of God2.1a The Rule of Faith of God, part 12.1b The Rule of Faith of G... [Biblical Theology] [Pentateuch]
The outsider perspective has the capacity to protect people from the consequences of ignorance, whether it's mine or the profound institutional immorality and ignorance of the Christian informed-by-God church. Everyone needs to be protected from the God-i...


COMING SOON: TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS EXHIBIT IN DENVER (Sadye Hazan, 303 Magazine).Tickets are now on sale for the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, which is coming to Denver on March 16, 2018, at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science...
OPEN-ACCESS BOOK FROM DE GRUYTER: Jewish Manuscript Cultures. New Perspectives. Ed. by Wandrey, Irina. Series: Studies in Manuscript Cultures 13.Aims and Scope Hebrew manuscripts are considered to be invaluable documents and artefacts of Jewish culture an...
FURTHER TO THIS POST, two more recent blog posts deal with the problem of the palaeographic (paleographic) dating of early Christian manuscripts. Larry Hurtado: My List of Second/Third Century Manuscripts. ETC Blog: Justified Commitment Issues in Dating...


BIBLIOGRAPHIA IRANICA: Persepolis West (Fars, Iran). Notice of a new book, an archaeological report on the Persepolis excavation:Askari Chaverdi, Alireza & Pierfrancesco Callieri. 2017. Persepolis West (Fars, Iran): Report on the field work carried ou...


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“Just as the apostles faced the storm on the sea, you had to face the brunt of ‘El Niño costero.’”
A 4th century BC vase discovered at et-Tell (Bethsaida?) has a depiction of an image copied from the Parthenon in Athens. Haaretz (premium): “A team of Israeli scientists and archaeologists has embarked on a massive four-year project to accurately radi... [Discoveries] [Egypt] [Galilee] [greece] [Jerusalem] [Museums] [New Exhibits] [Samaria] [Shephelah] [Weekend Roundup]
Yesterday morning, at the G3 conference in Atlanta, GA, James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries and Michael Kruger of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte held a good discussion of the canon of scripture (mostly the New Testament canon), and often... [canon] [James White] [Michael Kruger] [text form]


“Pope Francis’ statements...were a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse,” Cardinal O’Malley said in a statement released Jan. 20.
Psalms 139 by Bob MacDonald via Dust (#101941)
Psalm 139 has had some press from a local colleague here (and at the related links on his page), so here is my translation from several years ago. In the three books, Psalms, Proverbs, and Job, an additional major disjunction occurs, the ole-veyored, a ... [Psalms]


I’ve been in the USA for the last eight weeks and during that time I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Tony Merida from the Acts29 network for a podcast on the subject of “Gospelizing,” “Gracism,” and Church Planting. ... [Uncategorized]
Scott McLemee has written a review of Candida Moss and Joel Baden’s book Bible Nation for Inside Higher Ed. Here is an excerpt: Nothing in the book impugns the Greens’ motives; while donating their collection to the nonprofit museum has unde... [Bible] [book review] [Candida Moss] [Hobby Lobby] [Joel Baden]
I was reading the account of the Transfiguration the other day, the way that you do, when a thought occurred to me. How did Pete, Jim, and John know that Moses was there? Yes, Elijah came along too, but the Bible physically describes Elijah. They at le... [Bible] [Just for Fun] [Posts] [Charlton Heston] [Elijah] [Enoch] [horns] [jesus] [Michelangelo] [Moses] [Transfiguration]

January 19, 11PM

This is a woman admiring her own pearl necklace, hence the title Woman with a Pearl Necklace. Notice that in most of these paintings the woman is not posing for the painter, but having a quiet moment contemplating something. Notice again the yellow dress.... [Uncategorized]
Ah, a group of men after our own heart — libraries and books, by Spencer Feingold and Hande Atay Alam: (CNN)A library in Ankara gives new meaning to the notion that books are timeless. Garbage collectors in the Turkish capital have opened a public l... [Uncategorized]


Second installment reviewing Susskind's, Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum. Here was the first. 1.  I've read this chapter of Susskind several times. I have some sense of it but continue to find the writing frustrating. I have the sense that... [book review] [Friday Science] [quantum physics]


The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member. Bradford A. Anderson An Introduction to the Study of the Pentateuch [Books] [Reviews. Review of Biblical Literature]