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December 17 2014, 3PM

Today’s guest post is from Dr. Mark Futato. Dr. Futato currently serves as the Robert L. Maclellian Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He is an avid Logos user and creatively integrates the software into cor... [Products] [Hebrew] [Hebrew Bible] [logos 6] [Logos Bible Software] [mark futato] [original languages] [Review]


I'm not sure I should even try to offer any comment or opinion on the latest issue of The Journal: News of the Churches of God lest I unwittingly end up again in the Letters to the Editor section. Anyway the link is above so, if you are interested in the ...
Is it possible that one may have special insight into the soul, whether living or dead? The ‘deep’ thinker is able to plumb the depths of truth, of the human condition, of life itself. When discussing a philosopher’s complex and controversial reason... [academics as wankers] ['deep' thinker] [typology of scholars]
I read a lot of church history. I've always loved history and especially church history. I love reading about the people involved and the theological disputes. The latter has always been a problem in introductory overviews, though. The theological disput... [Books] [Church History] [theology]
I can imagine her ‘apology’… “I’m sorry, person I stole from, but I wanted my kids to understand the real meaning of Jesus’s birth so I did it so they would have some trinket or other under the tree because in my perver... [Total Depravity]


Click here to view the embedded video.This is an excellent bit of satire, aimed at mythicist false claims (especially those which stem from Gerald Massey). HT Michael Barber [mythicism] [Balder] [Bill Maher] [Christmas] [Gerald Massey] [Horus] [Lutheran] [Mithras] [mythicists] [satire]
Using Applescript to simulate keypresses can prove handy when doing automation. You can enter regular text with:  tell application "System Events" to keystroke "testing" This passes a string to the frontmost app. However, you can also simulate sing...
H/T JP Catholic student Anna Rossi on Facebook

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Until the end Paul claimed that he never consciously abandoned the faith of his fathers and never forsook Judaism. That now seems difficult to sustain; but rather than charge him with duplicity, might we see it as an almost involuntary but necessary strat... [Biblical Studies Resources]
Adonis Vidu has no need to argue in his work, Atonement, Law, and Justice: The Cross in Historical and Cultural Contexts, which atonement model is the most accurate. Rather, his purpose is to trace a path of model development next to evolving systems of ... [Atonement] [Books] [Adonis Vidu] [Anselm] [Baker Academic] [John Duns Scotus] [Peter Abelard]
For a limited time, get Charles Dickens’ classic novella, A Christmas Carol, for free! Plus, you can add John Milton’s Paradise Lost to your order for just 99 cents. Subscribe to the Noet Freebies email list, and you’ll receive a coupon code for bot... [Products] [a christmas carol] [Charles Dickens] [free book] [Noet] [noet scholarly tools] [paradise lost]


A God More Interesting than Creationism June 9, 1993: The first date. My first date with the new girl on the swim team, who would eventually become my wife. 6/9/93: The opening date of Steven Spielberg’s first Jurassic Park film. The first movie in whic... [Uncategorized]
This article provides an interesting explanation of how ancient Babylonian songs were recreated. The article also contains a link to allow you to hear one of the recreated songs as well.HT: David Burnett [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology]
CNN reports President Barack Obama announced plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease economic restrictions, a shift he called the end of an “outdated approach” that “for decades has failed to advance our interests.R... [Modern Culture]


Ministry in North America requires both preparation and experience and increasing number of ministers are deeply involved in experience and finding it nearly impossible to attend seminary full-time. A seminary curriculum focuses on the scope of the minist... [Uncategorized]
Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved —... [Community] [Freshly Pressed] [Writing] [Best of 2014] [Editors' Picks]
Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved —... [Community] [Freshly Pressed] [Writing] [Best of 2014] [Editors' Picks]


My next book is available on Amazon… but don’t buy it yet!  Here’s what the cover looks like: Oh, and thanks to everyone who provided input on the title for this book. What are your thoughts about how it ended up? I suppose if you real... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books] [dying to religion and empire] [ebooks] [free books]


Thank you for registering for Brill Online Books and Journals New Content alert. This message is to share details about newly published content in Novum Testamentum. Issue1. Issue 1 1. New Testament Scriptural Interpretation in its Early Jewish Conte...
Some sobering but realistic advice from Ben Witherington. I especially resonated with his comment on the potential for teaching pastors. If I worked at an educational institution, I would suggest developing biblical studies programs that aim at equipping ... [higher education] [Witherington]
I'm toying with the idea of writing notes here on Wednesdays presenting biblical foundations for ministry. Who knows, if someone is interested it could become a book.Here's the outline I'm contemplating, even though I don't have time to start today:1. The... [ministry foundations]
When I was young I wondered about the meaning of Scripture.  When I became older, after a visit to Damascus, I learned the truth.  Or so I thought. Later on, I read a lot and wrote a lot and read a lot more and I encountered volumes about my own work by... [Books]
The plumb-line may show me that the wall in my garden is crooked, but it will not put it straight, and had Jesus Christ come into this world simply to demonstrate a sinless life, and leave us with a matchless example, He would have left us to wallow in th... [Books] [Holiness] [Ian Thomas] [Idle Musings]
I recently learned that Cate Pickens, a student at Butler University, has started up a new blog, and it includes a post about Cybertopia, which is her final paper from a course she took with me last year. You’ll probably also appreciate her “... [education] [Butler University] [cybertopia] [Prayer] [serenity] [student] [utopia]
CNN: Washington (CNN) – U.S. contractor Alan Gross, held by the Cuban government since 2009, was freed Wednesday as part of a landmark deal with Cuba that paves the way for a major overhaul in U.S. policy toward the island, senior administrati... [Uncategorized]
My New Testament Apocrypha course finished up a few weeks ago with a class focusing on two aims: a look at anti-gospels (i.e., texts written by non-Christians for non-Christians to either lampoon or criticize Christianity, or to recast Jesus for a new rel... [Uncategorized]
Jesus prays a “prayer of thanksgiving” before commanding Lazarus to come out of the tomb. This prayer has been discussed with respect to the possibility of historicity – is it the type of prayer that Jesus might have prayed in this context?  Some s... [Gospel of John] [jesus] [John] [Lazarus] [Prayer]
Thus, salt, if not treated properly or put to good use, will become insipid—”lose its saltiness”—and become good for nothing, or what John Stott calls “road dust.”— Sermon on the Mount, page 57 <idle musing>I like that meta... [Books] [Holiness] [Idle Musings] [sermon on the mount]
Jim:Hmmm… Originally posted on Daniel N. Gullotta: Published in 1984, R. Joseph Hoffmann’s published doctoral thesis for Oxford University, Marcion: On the Restitution of Christianity – An Essay on the Development of Radical Paulinist Theology i... [Modern Culture]
What you do and how you live are absolutely vital. Without action and fruit, all the theology in the world has little meaning. But theology is till important—what you believe absolutely determines how you act. So while good theology at its best can lead... [Books] [Holy Spirit] [theology]
Well maybe not THE, but A… Nifty.  I wonder how many of these will show up on Ebay as ‘the authentic nail from Jesus’s execution … splinters of the cross  … inscription’…  And when, oh when, will it be connec... [Modern Culture]


Your tardiness in turning to prayer is the greatest obstacle to heavenly consolation, for before you pray earnestly to Me you first seek many comforts and take pleasure in outward things. Thus, all things are of little profit to you until you realize that... [Idle Musings] [Prayer] [Thomas à Kempis]
December 17, 1534: The blessings of children came one last time to the home of Martin and Katie Luther. Their youngest child, Margaretha, was born and named after Katie’s mother. There were now five children aged eight and under in the Luther household,... [Luther]
Originally posted on Crux Sola: At SBL I noticed that Mohr Siebeck was launching a new journal called Religion in the Roman World (3 issues per year). The editorial board looks well qualified. The price of the journal seems quite reasonable too, so kudos... [Uncategorized]
Is this the the sort of press release you would expect out of Mississippi State University? Six official clay seals found by a Mississippi State University archaeological team at a small site in Israel offer evidence that supports the existence of bib... [Discoveries] [Excavations] [Philistines]
Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great produ... [Automattic] [] [Wrapup] [BlogHer Pro] [conference] [Event] [networking]
Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great produ... [Automattic] [] [Wrapup] [BlogHer Pro] [conference] [Event] [networking]
But I have to point out that I have, once again, been well ahead of the curve, hating cats for a very long time now and not just joining in the present fad of hating the satanic beasts. Filed under: Humor [humor]


There’s a movement afoot to do away with modern Hebrew and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Manchester, so they have organized a petition, which I’ve signed.  I’d like to ask you to consider doing so as well.  Th... [Modern Culture]
The new project “Digital Edition and Translation of the Coptic-Sahidic Old Testament” at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences has two positions available. Please find the advertisement (closing date: January 20, 2015) here: http://www.uni-goetti... [Announcements] [Bible] [old testament] [Coptic Bible] [Digital Edition and Translation of the Coptic-Sahidic Old Testament] [Göttingen] [Sahidic]
Yuck.  It must really taste awful.Filed under: Archaeology [Archaeology]
Jon has uploaded a new paper to his page- “John Calvin (Institutio Christianae religionis; Institution de la religion chrétienne; Praelectiones in Danielam; Sermons sur le V. livre de Moyse, nommé Deutéronome).” In particular, he takes... [Calvin]


A conscientious difference of opinion led Calvin … into a dispute that cost Geneva the services of one who had showed himself courageous when most displayed cowardice, Sébastien Castellio. Castellio (1515–63), who was six years younger than Cal... [Calvin] [Church History]
The season 2 premiere of LOST is wonderfully mind-bending, and showed the kinds of surprising things LOST had in store, as it started blowing the lid (literally) off of the mysteries it had set before us. It starts with things we aren’t immediately ... [LOST] [button] [Desmond] [Desmond Hume] [faith] [science]
Joe is sending this to all those scammers out there who want money for ‘the cause’ but who just keep it for themselves.  Filed under: mockery [mockery]
From experienced scholar to new student, Logos 6 makes biblical insights accessible to everyone. Here are three ways Logos 6 helps you grow in your Bible study: 1. Do scholarly study (without formal training) For those who haven’t attended seminary or... [Products] [Bible study] [diy bible study] [Greek] [Hebrew] [logos 6] [Logos Bible Software] [original languages] [reading plans]


That’s the title of a new essay by Raz Kletter that appears now in Approaching Religion, Vol. 4, No. 2, December 2014. And it’s quite good. Here’s his introductory paragraph: This article, expanding on an earlier work (Kletter2006), has ... [Biblical Studies Resources]


THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR JEWISH STUDIES has set up a petition to protest the planned elimination of degree-level study of the Persian, Turkish, and Modern Hebrew languages from its curriculum. The text of the petition is as follows:Protect Modern Hebr...
JAMES H. CHARLESWORTH has posted a review of Wilson's and Jacobovici's The Lost Gospel on You will recall that the book argues that the Syriac version of the Old Testament pseudepigraphon Joseph and Aseneth is a first-century document that ...
I’m in my eighth year of leading a local church through the Advent Season. It has become–both communally and personally–the most meaningful part of the spiritual calendar. There’s something piercing about the cold, the candles, and... [Advent]
I watched the winter cliffhanger to Once Upon a Time last Sunday night.  I’d like to share what stood out to me and see if I can bring all that together into a coherent thought. 1.  Regina was the evil queen of the Snow White story.  She ... [Once Upon a Time] [Television]


In college a friend I’ve lost track of (and I have, of most of them) turned me on to Irish protest music. I do have some fairly direct Irish heritage, although I didn’t know it at the time, still the righteous anger tied to memorable tunes made a str... [Current Events] [movies] [Posts] [Social Consciousness] [Eric Garner] [Lisa Leff] [Martin Luther King Junior] [Michael Brown] [New Jersey Star-Ledger] [protest songs] [Selma] [Trump Tower]
Over at the blog of Nijay K Gupta there is a message about a new Journal by Mohr-Siebeck: Interesting news, should be relevant for Philophiles too.   &#... [Diaspora]
At this time of year there are a myriad of opportunities to speak on local radio, and now even on local television channels. I was fortunate enough to do a media training course as part of my ordination training (despite the fact that residential training... [Life & Ministry] [broadcasting] [Christmas] [Culture] [Preaching] [Radio]

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With such a tragedy hitting Sydney never has the expression opinions are like assholes –- everyone has one been more apt. Some of that talk has been racism and xenophobia (but not in my social media feeds, yay living in a bubble!) which should of course... [Atheism and Religion] [Atrocities and Oppression] [ethics] [history] [Race]

December 16, 11PM

I was having lunch with my friend Jerry Sumney in Lexington. He’s a very fine NT scholar at Lexington Theological Seminary, which in essence has stopped having regular semester on campus classes. It does online classes, and has intensives in January... [Uncategorized]
The question — Does the Bible contain science? — is one of the more penetrating question one can ask when the debate about creation vs. evolution arises. The irony is that many of the most conservative of Christians absolutely know and fight ... [Science and Faith]


At SBL I noticed that Mohr Siebeck was launching a new journal called Religion in the Roman World (3 issues per year). The editorial board looks well qualified. The price of the journal seems quite reasonable too, so kudos to Mohr Siebeck for thinking of... [Uncategorized]


I have written before about my respect for Malala Yusufzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the face by the Taliban for simply wishing to have an education. I have also said that courage and vision, of which she has plenty, do not translate into infallibility,...
For those of us who read the Hobbit B.C., (by which I mean Before Computers, Before Cellphones), before the digital age, back when books were books and kindle was what you did to a campfire, there is something more than mildly unsettling about seeing a 3D... [Uncategorized]
The call is shortly to be issued so I thought I would be a blessing and make a few suggestions for sure winners (and don’t worry about actual content- it’s the title that matters – all the rest is slaughterhouse filler). 1 – The li... [Modern Culture]
Continuing a series on The Confessions of Jeremiah, we’ll explore the second of these rich and complex texts Jer 15:10-21. Although I only have 5 minutes I hope I’ll give you material to spark several times that of study of the biblical text ... [characterisation] [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [confession] [confessions of Jeremiah] [Jeremiah] [relationships]


I agree so much with the young lady who tweeted this, writing ‘this breaks my heart’.  Mine too.  So much.  Too much.  How in the name of God could anyone pull a trigger while a gun was pointed at a child?  134 of them?  It hurts bad. T... [Modern Culture]
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Police in Andalucia have opened an investigation after a five-month-old donkey died two days after being sat on by a large man. Chris Tilling killing a donkey Yes, that’s right, Chris Tilling crushed a donkey!!!! Animal lovers in Spain have reacted ... [Friends]
The proceedings of the conference on the targums in the light of Second Temple traditions have been published! This international conference took place on June 27–28, 2011, in Strasbourg; I talked about the critique of power in the targums and its poss... [publications] [aramaic] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [Judaism] [philology] [Targum]
Les actes du colloque consacré aux targums à la lumière des traditions du Second temple sont parus ! Ce colloque international a eu lieu les 27 et 28 juin 2011 à Strasbourg, et je m’y étais intéressé à la critique du pouvoir. Découvrez ci-dess... [publications] [araméen] [Bible hébraïque] [histoire] [judaïsme] [philologie] [Targum]


Oh this is a gem! Der katholische Theologieprofessor Klaus Berger (74) hat die Vereinnahmung Jesu durch liberale Christusforscher kritisiert. Alle Jesus-Bilder seit dem 19. Jahrhundert seien vom Zeitgeist manipuliert. Abhängig von der zu bedienenden Klie... [theology]
Protestant weekly newspaper Reformation talks about “Who Is This God?”, an album in which I wrote several texts. In its December 4, 2014 issue (number 3587), Reformation newspaper offers a few suggestions to those looking for Christmas gifts. Among ... [internet] [Press] [music] [protestant] [Réforme] [theology]
L’hebdomadaire protestant Réforme parle de l’album “Qui est ce Dieu ?”, dont j’ai signé plusieurs textes. Dans son édition n° 3587 datée du 4 décembre 2014, Réforme partage quelques coups de cœur à l’approche de Noël. Parmi eux, on... [internet] [Presse] [musique] [protestant] [Réforme] [théologie]
And the way Canadian film makers, the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel, and every ‘bible’ program produced in the last 200 years do… Filed under: mockery [mockery]
Michael's book, The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus (Eerdmans) has just won Christianity Today's 2015 book award in the category of biblical studies. This is great news. And it couldn't happen to a better scholar. Mi...