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October 31 2016, 9PM

Unapologetic offers the Philosophy of Religion the swift, ugly end it has long deserved. This single book will cause the death of a discipline.-- Dr. Peter Boghossian, philosophy professor at Portland State University, and author of A Manual for Creating ...

August 31, 1PM

Don’t you hate it when modern American journalists take an attitude of superiority towards ancient cultures and peoples and accuse them of ‘strangeness’ only because they neither live in ancient times nor understand ancient cultures but ... [Pseudo-scholarship]

10AM

Want to know what I’m incredibly tired of? Christians speaking out against felony home invasion. I’ll never understand why self-described “followers of Christ” feel so comfortable rallying around a topic that Jesus never even mentioned. Can y... [Modern Culture]
Isaiah 28 by Bob MacDonald via Dust (#78938)
Well, here's a surprise. Hezekiah is one who really prays. The historian in Kings and Chronicles does not record a prayer, just the judgment of the king's self-centred attitude toward his own remaining time, but the prophet records the prayer and it is te... [Isaiah]

8AM

The final two parts of my conversation with Ben Witherington over my forthcoming book, Destroyer of the gods, appear here, and here. I note, by the way, that the release date for the book has been advanced now to 9 September. [Uncategorized]
A symphony based on and incorporating parts of the Revelation of John, as well as poems by Hjalmar Gullberg. Composed in the context of World War II and the expansion of the Nazis into Scandinavia. Just one of the ever-increasing number of pieces that I... [music] [Revelation] [apocalypse] [Hilding Rosenberg] [Nazis] [Revelation] [Symphony]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
I am teaching the poetic and wisdom books of the Bible this fall (Job– Song of Solomon). I have been reminding my students of the challenges of interpreting poetry in general. These challenge are well illustrated in an article by David Orr, "You’re Pr... [Ecclesiastes] [Interpretation] [Job] [poetry] [Proverbs] [Psalms] [Song of Solomon]

7AM

Hervomde teologies studies 72:1 (2016)Blessing O. Boloje & Alphonso Groenewald, "‘I know you can do all things’ (Job 42:2): A literary and theological analysis of Job’s testimony about Yahweh’s sovereignty"Hervomde teologies studies ... [HTS] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [Παύλος] [Πράξεις]
Karl Barth has been charged with teaching Universalism. When he denies this he is not altogether wrong. He knows too much about the not particularly illustrious theologians who have taught this doctrine of Apokatastasis in Christian history to be will... [Brunner] [Modern Culture]

6AM

Evidence includes Gen 20:7, in which Abraham is called a prophet just prior to being asked to intercede and Jer 27:18, in which Jeremiah spells out the expectation that true prophets will intercede. Cf. Ezek 13:5, 22:30-31, in which YHWH judges or laments... [ANE religion] [Books] [theology]

5AM

Para que não se esqueça, para que nunca mais aconteça.Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns - Brasil Nunca MaisLeia Mais:Golpe Nunca Mais65 livros sobre o golpe de 1964 e a ditadura no BrasilLivros sobre o golpe de 2016 1964: leituras [frase]
After a little over a year of discernment, Mary and I have decided that it is best for our family if we leave the UMC. I mention the time frame because I want anyone who is bothering to read this to understand that is was not a snap decision, nor a decisi... [United Methodist Church]
Church bodies that believe that the direct indwelling and experience of the Holy Spirit is to be sought independent of the Word and Holy Sacraments will be inclined to reject liturgical texts, music, and ceremony in favor of more ecstatic and emotional wo... [liturgy] [Worship]

4AM

While standing on Mt. Zion, Baruch hears a voice from heaven. The Lord answers an objection Baruch raised in his lament (chapter 13). This is a dialogue between God and Baruch which deals with the problem of the destruction of temple (13-20). What good is... [apocalyptic] [pseudepigrapha] [Sibylline Oracle] [2 (Syriac Apocalypse of) Baruch] [2 Baruch] [Old Testament Pseudepigrapha] [Second Baruch]
The viewpoints of Christians of the past are not authoritative over us in the same way the Bible is—or even the same way our pastors are (Heb. 13:17). Past generations of believers made theological errors just like us, because they were fallen and limit... [articles] [Training]

3AM

THE BIBLE PLACES BLOG: Reader Survey: Favorite Church in the Holy Lands. Another survey by Todd Bolen, with the results to be announced on Thursday.
If you don’t know who Jacob Neusner is, then you probably haven’t read a book on Judaism or Christianity in the last 50 years. The dude is epic and he has written over a 1000 books, essays, articles, and entries. Aaron W. Hughes has written a ... [Uncategorized]
Canon: The Card Game has gone from being an idea, to a clear concept, to a game with printed cards, and most recently, to a game I’ve played in two settings: my Sunday school class at church, and then with the students in my Religion and Science Fic... [games] [Bible] [Butler University] [canon] [card game] [class] [fandom] [game] [religion] [Religion and Science Fiction] [science fiction] [students]

2AM

By Jonathan Storment: I’m in a blog series reviewing one of the best books I’ve read this year. It is Reviving Old Scratch by Richard Beck and it’s all about the Devil and Spiritual Warfare. But before you turn up your nose at this, I want you to kn... [Uncategorized]
EXHIBITION: The Hidden History of Recycling in Medieval Art (Allison Meier, Hyperallergic).It’s easy to forget that a historic artifact preserved in a museum is not a static object. Before it was acquired, it went through decades of tactile use and chan...
My colleague Kim Phillips has written a post on the ‘fragment of the month(?!)’ blog on a fascinating fragment in the Genizah. He has stacked his post with interesting things to know. Find the post here. [Cairo Geniza] [Hebrew Bible] [Kim Phillips] [Masora]
READING ACTS: Ezra’s Seventh Vision – 4 Ezra 14:1-48. My 2012 SBL paper deals with this passage in 4 Ezra: The 94 Books of Ezra and the Angelic Revelations of John Dee. The earlier posts in Phil Long's series on 4 Ezra have been noted here and links. ...
ARCHAEOLOGY: King Solomon-era Palace Found in Biblical Gezer. Monumental 3000-year-old ruins, Philistine pottery support biblical tales of Gezer's rise, and fall to a jealous pharaoh (Philippe Bohstrom, Haaretz).A palatial building dating to the era of Ki...
EXHIBITION: Archaeological Evidence of the Kingdom of David in Jerusalem. Israeli archaeologists will present to the public the new evidence recently uncovered of the truth of the Biblical kingdom of David (Anna Rudnitsky, TPS/Tazpit News Agency via the J...

1AM

Techoncrat I’m not. At least I understand that to be authentic in this world you need to be on social media. I have a Twitter account. Have had for years. I don’t follow it religiously, but then, I don’t treat any social media like holy writ. T... [Current Events] [higher education] [Just for Fun] [Posts] [capitalism] [Donald Trump] [Facebook] [internet] [plutocracy] [Politics and Religion] [social media] [Twitter]

August 30, 10PM

BEN: The more I think about what is truly distinctive about earliest Christianity, which helps explain all the other things you are pointing to, including the bookishness of the group, it is that these early Christians were on a mission to redeem the worl... [Uncategorized]
By Leslie Leyland Fields My father believed in UFO’s deeply, sincerely. He watched the night skies often, ready for a revelation, for the flashing brilliance of an alien in his backyard. His faith in extraterrestrial life never wavered but his believe i... [Uncategorized]

5PM

At church last week, the pastor was preaching about James 5:1-6.  In that passage, James criticizes the rich people who hoarded their wealth, lived in luxury while depriving their workers of pay, and condemned the just one to death. The pastor add... [Bible] [church] [religion]

4PM

There are a couple of posts that those interesting in Paul's journeys in Acts might want to take a peek at. Ferrell Jenkins here has a nice picture and brief description of Pamphylia and Lycia (Acts 27:5) and Carl Rasmussen here has a very interesting pos... [Acts] [backgrounds] [geography] [New Testament] [Paul]