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April 24 2014, 2AM

I was thrilled to receive this commentary in the new Teach the Text series in the mail today from Baker Publishing Group. I like the way in which this series aims to listen to the texts in a way that is attuned to their relevance for the people of GodR... [1 Corinthians] [Books]
MUSIC: Legendary 'Lilith' inspires edgy folk opera (Janos Gereben, The Examiner). Excerpts:“Producers of the show, which opens next week across the Bay Area, call it an “edgy folk opera” and “bawdy alternate Jewish story of Creation.” [...]The...
DISCOVERY NEWS: Ancient Chisel Used to Build Western Wall Found (Rossella Lorenzi).A 2,000-year-old stonemason’s chisel that may have been used in the construction of Jerusalem’s Western Wall has been unearthed at the bottom of the structure along wi...
It’s almost inevitable that a recently discovered tool be connected somehow to Jesus. And then there will be a book and then a tv mockumentary. This chisel will then become yet another trinket in the maximalist toolbox which though it says nothing... [Archaeology]
INNA LAZAREVA: Postcard from... Mount Gerizim (The Independent).There is a cry as one priest raises a large knife and then swoops it down sharply on the sheep’s neck. Cheers erupt as others lean in to slaughter the lambs. Moments later, everyone embra...


HAPPY BELATED ST. GEORGE'S DAY! It was yesterday, 23 April. I thought of it but didn't have a chance to post on it. St. George is the patron saint of England and a hero to Palestinian Christians. He was also martyred in Palestine c. 300 C.E. and repute...
So I’m standing at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 29th Street, gazing at Marble Collegiate Church, of the Reformed Church in America.  A cold breeze is blowing, and I wish I’d thought to dress a bit more warmly.  Although the building in front of me... [Posts] [Religious Origins] [Sects] [Travel] [Calvinism] [Huldrych Zwingli] [john calvin] [Marble Collegiate Church] [New York City] [Presbyterianism] [Reformed Church] [Reformed Church in America] [University of Edinburgh]
Here I have assimilated two posts into one, looking at the idea that Yahweh, and the claims made about him, do not make a lot of sense with regard to the philosopher's god which developed over the next several thousand years.Many people believe ridicu...

April 23, 11PM

In a new article at Books and Culture, Philip Jenkins identifies a new novel as the inspiration for Morton Smith’s alleged forgery of The Letter to Theodore.  Tony Burke, who called my attention to the article, argues that the parallels are tenuous... [Secret Mark]


What follows in pp. 860ff. is an exposition of Galatians, an exposition which clarifies some things, and makes more of a puzzle of other things. First of all, Tom is absolutely right that the logic of the arguments in Gal. 3-4 is narratival in character m... [Uncategorized]
I’m most of the way through Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God. I have some positive and negative reactions. The first that I’ll post about relates to multiple testimonies or traditions relating to an alleged historical event. Just over ... [1 Corinthians] [Faith and History] [resurrection]
In spite of the brash and noisy voices of the new atheists, who focus on the bad implications of religion, there is much to celebrate that comes to us and our world through religion and religious people. In Martin Thielen’s new book, The Answer to ... [Uncategorized]


Who are the people who need to be banned from the Bible? The ones who say ‘show me where the Bible says that’ and when you do they say ‘oh well I don’t think that’s relevant’. #FatalBeatingTimeFiled under: Modern Cult... [Modern Culture]
Two significant historical characters are mentioned together in Isaiah 36. Sennacherib, the king of Assyria from 704–681 B.C., claims to have taken 46 cities of Judah in the days of Hezekiah. The biblical account says, In the fourteenth year of King He... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [assyrian] [Isaiah] [Israel Museum] [Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago]
Pentecostalism, rightly understood, is a critique of/radical alternative to evangelicalism, not a subset of it. Pentecostals who act like fundamentalists while simply adding speaking in tongues don’t understand their own tradition. Pentecostalism, at it... [Christian Theology] [Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology]


Theology always gets into trouble when its practitioners think they know what God is like apart from what revelation says God is like. — Flame of Love, page 33 <idle musing>But we do it all the time, don't we? Lord forgive us! May we "tremble ... [Books] [Idle Musings] [theology]
What is John talking about here [in 1 John 4:16-18]? He is saying that it is possible for a Christian to love God and others completely, in a finished manner. He is saying that it is possible for a Christian to experience a love which is, from God’s poi... [Books] [Holiness]
We learn from what has been said, one reason why there is so much spasmodic religion in the church. They have mistaken conviction for conversion, the sorrow of the world for that godly sorrow that worketh repentance unto salvation, not to be repented of. ... [Finney]
The 71st Annual Meeting of United Israel will be held over the weekend of April 25-27, 2014 in Charlotte, NC at the Doubletree Suites Hotel in South Park. The program will run from 5pm on Friday, April 25th through 5pm … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Bible] [Biblical Expositions] [Event] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [Judaism]


Dr. John Dickson is co-director of the Centre for Public Christianity. He has a PhD in ancient history and is a Senior Research Fellow with the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University, where he teaches in the MA in Early Christian and Jewish...
The latest in the series has just appeared:  Exodus.Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
People are the worst. A Pennsylvania woman was expected to be charged Wednesday after police said she allegedly dealt heroine from her hospital bed in the intensive care unit.   According to ABC News, the 38-year-old woman, whose name has yet to be rel... [Total Depravity]


I’ve grown so weary of this deceiver’s lunacy.  Truly, if God sends an asteroid to destroy the planet, and said asteroid were to land smack on Pat Robertson’s head, it would be totally worth it.  Totally. Megachurch pastors Pat Rober... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
The Biblical Archaeology Society has just announced a significantly discounted DVD set of four of my lectures titled “Jerusalem Discoveries in the Time of Jesus.” Click anywhere on the image below for full information on contents. I should add... [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [James Brother of Jesus] [jesus discovery] [Jesus Dynasty] [Mary Magdalene] [Talpiot Jesus Family Tomb]


Joseph M. Holden, the president of something called Veritas Evangelical Seminary (a subsidiary of Norman Geisler industries), has written a post called ICBI Inerrancy is Not for the Birds, in which he draws attention to the cancerous and conniving heretic... [Uncategorized]
The soldiers who obey the orders of the Generals who rule Burma/Myanmar regularly rape, kill and burn houses of villagers who are not of their ethnicity. The Free Burma Rangers provide documentation of these atrocities when they can. As a counterbalance t... [Psalms] [Universalism]


The following Northern Reflection was published today by Northern Seminary: Welcome to Northern Reflections! These short devotional emails focus on a biblical passage, offering inspirational exposition, and a model prayer. “Then the Lord said to Joshua... [Northern Baptist Seminary] [Northern Reflections] [Northern Seminary]
What does it really mean when Eve said, ‘I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.’ Of course, what she really said was,  קָנִיתִי אִישׁ אֶת-יְהוָה I have gotten an ish from God. Did she mean that she had born a m... [Bible Versions] [Gender] [Greek] [Hebrew] [Hebrew Bible] [Latin] [Septuagint] [sexuality] [translation practice]


I heard some guy spouting off the other day, about how he was “lukewarm” and that God was going to “spit him out of his mouth”. He was really quite worried and he was going to all these prayer meetings and charismatic meetings in o... [theology]
Take, for example, the embrace of same sex marriage by one ‘Stone Cold Steve Austin‘.  Doubtless, advocates of gay marriage are just absolutely thrilled no end to have Austin’s support.  But it comes at a high price.  I.e., it comes a... [Total Depravity]
It seemed a terrible oversight that the editors of Tomorrow's World should provide us with a rogues gallery of untruth tellers on the cover of their latest issue, and yet not bother to identify by name those unlucky enough to be nominated.But of course, t...
We are now into Galatians ch. 2. Here are my review notes. 2:1-10 Moo sees the Jerusalem meeting narrated in Galatians as probably pertaining to Acts 11:27-30, rather than Acts 15 (p. 118). When it comes to Paul’s ambivalent language about the Jerus... [Uncategorized]
From Kregel, There are Zombies among us Liars. Hypocrites. Men, women, and children who attend church because it’s what they are supposed to do. Just going through the motions. These are the undead–people who are disconnected from the Sp... [Books] [Kregel Publications] [Tyler Edwards]
Schmutzer, Andrew J., and David M. Howard Jr., eds. The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul. Chicago: Moody, 2013.   This work is an interesting collection of essays and sermons on the Psalms divided into five categories: Part 1: Psalm... [Books] [old testament] [Psalms]
Jonah and the Whale. Photographer: Brams. Hvidbjerg Kirke in Hvidbjerg Sogn in Thyholm Kommune, Denmark. In this short series (of two podcasts) I’ll describe two things I think I know, two stakes in the ground when I come to think about the topic of... [Jonah] [Universalism]
The “one on the throne” holds a seven-sealed scroll with writing on both sides (Rev 5:1). No one in all of creation can be found worthy to open the scroll except the “Lamb that was slain” (5:2-5). This scroll is an important symbol... [Jewish Christian Literature] [Revelation] [eschatology] [theology]

12 PM

Prof David T. Runia has kindly informed me that Prof Dr. Dieter Zeller passed away February 16. 2014. Prof. Zeller was active as a professor at the University of Mainz 1982-2004, when he retired. He published several works on Philo; see … Continue ... [bibliography] [New Testament] [Paul] [Persons] [Philo]
2014.4.9 | Mark S. Gignilliat. A Brief History of Old Testament Criticism: From Benedict Spinoza to Brevard Childs. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012. 186 pages. ISBN: 9780310325321. Reviewed by Andrew Knapp Creating a digest of biblica... [Andrew Knapp] [biblical criticism] [HB/OT] [Mark S. GIGNILLIAT] [Zondervan] [Mark S. GIGNILLIAT]
I started reading the second edition of Craig Blomberg's excellent book The Historical Reliability of the Gospels two nights ago (I hope to write a review at some point). In the introduction he writes of how his book was a popularisation of The Gospel Per... [gospels] [Judas] [Matthew] [Old Testament in the New]
Right now, you can save big on 30+ resources in our Canadian Spring Sale—individual commentaries, collections, and more! This sale only lasts through midnight on Monday—don’t miss out. Here are some of the resources on sale: A Handbook to Exeges... [Products]


Adrianna W. posted this, so, you know… HT to her: But the democratizing of book reviews, such that even self-published and low print-run books published by small presses can garner dozens of reviews by promoting “blog tours” or sending copies to... [biblioblogging] [Books]
Yonatan Adler, who is an expert in tefillin from Late Antiquity (see this article of his), has announced another important discovery. Just a few weeks ago there were numerous news reports about his discovery of previously overlooked tefillin parchments fr... [Ancient Judaism]
I have begun blogging on Bart Ehrman’s new How Jesus Became God. I am also now weaving in the response book How God Became Jesus, edited by Michael F. Bird (Zondervan, 2014). The response book does a pretty good job responding chapter-by-chapter ... [Uncategorized]
On Monday I shared some thoughts about resurrection: it signals Jesus’ enthronement. That would mean, within the narrative in which Jesus came proclaiming the kingdom of God, that Jesus had been enthroned as king over this kingdom. Jesus’ mes... [Bible Thoughts] [1 Corinthians 15] [resurrection] [romans 8]
I was going to continue my series on the Violence of God anyway… mainly because I need to study it for myself, and writing is one way I force myself to study. But you may remember that a few weeks ago I ran a survey about whether you wanted me to co... [When God Pled Guilty] [survey] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]


David Hayward’s latest cartoon highlights in a comical manner the tendency of the Bible to resist attempts to domesticate it, whether to turn it into a voice for conservative “traditional family values” or for progressive liberal ones. R... [Bible] [humor] [Bibles] [cartoon] [David Hayward] [strike]
Thereby entering the ranks of those academically concerned truth seeking stalwarts like the National Enquirer and Fox News…  Writes M. Goodacre- Following on from the recent re-emergence of the Jesus’ Wife Fragment, and notwithstanding conti... [media] [Pseudo-scholarship]
Pat Archbold posted The Seven Stages of Heresy at National Catholic Register.  Here is his list:Stage 1.Immoral practice is clearly condemned and anathematized.  The eternal salvation of souls is at stake.  Some people still do it, but the... [heresy]
Following on from the recent re-emergence of the Jesus' Wife Fragment, and notwithstanding continued discussions about its authenticity, Smithsonian Channel is going ahead with broadcasting its documentary on the topic:'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' debuts May ... [Gospel of Jesus' Wife] [Jesus' Wife Fragment]
He leído la editorial de Themelios escrita por D. A. Carson. Siempre es desafiante e instructivo leer lo que escribe el Dr. Carson. La editorial se enfoca en el mandato de Pablo a Timoteo “Haz obra de evangelista” (2 Timoteo 4:5). Se nos recuerda que... [D. A. Carson] [griego] [misiología] [semántica]


Click here to view the embedded video. I can’t believe I never saw this before now. Click on the embedded video above to listen to the parody song “The Saga Begins” by “Weird Al” Yankovic. HT Matt Brown. [humor] [Star Wars] [American Pie] [Anakin Skywalker] [Darth Vader] [Jedi] [satire] [Weird Al Yankovic]
“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 NRSV  In the Latin Vulgate, the translation uses resistere to encourage believers to take a stand against the Devil.  This stance is an oppositional one, but it is a prayerful, non-vio... [Gospel of Matthew] [New Testament] [Spirituality] [angelology] [Christus Victor] [Devil] [Holiness] [political spirituality] [Satan] [sinful nature]


Blayne Alexander: ATLANTA — A young boy’s love of gospel music may have saved his life. Earlier this month, police say a man kidnapped then nine-year-old Willie Myrick from his southwest Atlanta driveway. He allegedly drove the boy around for ... [Uncategorized]
  Image: A stonemason’s chisel Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority Archaeologists associated with the Israel Antiquities Authority found a stonemason’s chisel which is believed to have been used by the workers who built the Western Wall in Jerus... [Archaeology] [Herod] [temple] [Eli Shukron] [Herod the Great] [Ronny Reich] [Second Temple] [Stonemason’s Chisel] [Western Wall]
On Easter afternoon I was flipping through the channels and came across the series “The Bible” on the History Channel. I had watched the first few episodes when they aired last year, but never actually watched the episode in which Jesus is ar... ["The Bible" series] [Canonical Gospels] [gospels] [History Channel] [Malchus]
From cutting-edge ezines to collaborative projects, poets and poetry lovers are finding each other on [Community] [Wrapup] [group blogs] [NaPoWriMo] [poetry]
From cutting-edge ezines to collaborative projects, poets and poetry lovers are finding each other on [Community] [Wrapup] [group blogs] [NaPoWriMo] [poetry]


Archaeologists excavating in the area below Robinson’s Arch along the southern end of the Western Wall of the Temple Mount have discovered a metal chisel used to shape the stones in the first century. The Israel Antiquities Authority has not issued a pr... [Discoveries] [Jerusalem] [Temple Mount]
Many years ago I wrote a post about new translations of psalms, and one of the translations I referenced was from my teacher Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a.k.a. Reb Zalman. His creative, heartfelt, pray-able, earth-conscious renderings of psalms weren'... [Jewish Renewal] [Prayer]
I will be writing about three movies today: In My Dreams, I’m in Love with a Church Girl, and The Hiding Place. 1.  In My Dreams. In My Dreams was the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie this past Sunday.  It is about a man and a woman who dream abou... [movies] [religion]
Give her essay a look. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Here’s my collection (not counting, of course, all the ebooks + Logos + BibleWorks) - Filed under: Books [Books]
Forbidden Gospels has moved to  You will be transferred there in 5 seconds where I have just posted on the noetic and numinal realities.
Mark Goodacre has posted on a Livescience article which claims to have invalidated part of Karen´s King reconstruction of the modern history of the Gospel of Jesus´s Wife.  In particular, the article identifies the former owner of the papyrus, Hans... [Gospel of Jesus' Wife] [hoaxes and forgeries] [Karen L. King]
Logos Bible Software is has a great deal on Richard A. Burridge, Four Gospels, One Jesus? A Symbolic Reading, 2nd ed. (London: SPCK, 2005). Until the end of April 2014, you can buy this book for 99 cents for the Logos Library. The book is available for yo... [bible software] [free books] [Free iPad Books] [George Whitefield] [h] [ipad] [logos] [Logos Bible Software]


I must admit I am still a bit pumped from my visit to Mao’s birthplace in Shaoshan, Hunan province. The food here is simply great, with heaps of spice that makes you cough and your nose run, yet sits easily on the stomach. Maybe that’s because... [Uncategorized]
MAP AND TERRITORY   Draw the lines firm: give no doubt where the boundaries between us and them. Your choice of alphabet will locate you on one side or the other. Think of the man walking for seven years from where the human story began. "I forget t... [israel] [NaPoWriMo2014] [Palestine] [poetry]
Have a happy one, and read a book.  Read one of my books!  Read all of them (or at least buy them).  It’s what God wants you to do…  (That last bit is probably true).   Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
A couple weeks ago I ran a survey on what my readers thought about sinful employment for Christians. The results are below. Sinful Employment for Christians The first survey was about what forms of employment would be sinful for a Christian. I r... [discipleship] [following Jesus] [sin] [survey]
In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great-looking sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using Hemingway Rewritten, a free theme that makes both wor... [Customization] [Themes] [Customizing] [Early Theme Adopters] [featured images] [Header Image] [Hemingway Rewritten]
In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great-looking sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using Hemingway Rewritten, a free theme that makes both wor... [Customization] [Themes] [Customizing] [Early Theme Adopters] [featured images] [Header Image] [Hemingway Rewritten]


Our reliable friend S. Jackson informs us that, concerning the Bern Disputation: The “Acts of the Disputation” were published by Christopher Froschauer—the Zurich printer who published Zwingli’s writings—on April 23, 1528. It opens with the Bern... [Church History] [Zwingli]