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August 3 2015, 10AM

Archaeologists, … headed by Professor Aren Maeir, have discovered the fortifications and entrance gate to the biblical city of Gath in the Philistines, which was once the home of the giant Goliath.  … Professor Maeir said that the gate is a... [Archaeology]


William, Zwingli’s eldest son, born in 1526, after studying in Zurich went to Strassburg to complete his education, but there died of the plague in 1541. Ulrich, born January 6, 1528, who is said to have been the image of his father, studied at Basel, b... [Zwingli]
The latest from Existential Comics brings philosophy, humor, and Star Trek together. And so of course I had to share it.   [humor] [philosophy] [Star Trek] [comic] [comics] [existential] [funny] [jokes] [kant] [philosophers]


Come on in you guys, I’ll give ya a hug. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Equinox is launching a new series- The Study of Religion in a Global Context. The International Association for the History of Religions invites for this new series submissions from scholars in the field of the academic study of religion. The series encou... [Books]
Zondervan have sent along this interesting book for review: I (Still) Believe explores the all-important question of whether serious academic study of the Bible is threatening to one’s faith. Far from it—faith enhances study of the Bible and, reciproc... [book review] [Books]
Originally posted on Corinthian Matters: After a long lull, Corinthians Matters is running actively again. It’s summer and I don’t have the pressures of an academic year. Plus, the completion of some long-standing research projects has provided... [Uncategorized]
Is gay celibacy a new version of conversion therapy? By Brandon Ambrosino: Jones is a blogger for Spiritual Friendship, a site devoted to exploring gay celibacy, a issue of increasing interest in Christian circles. Last fall, The Washington Post repor... [Uncategorized]


Here is where we now stand in explaining how to put the big picture together. Plan A is God’s will for the world: God rules with Israel governing under God on God’s behalf. But because Israel wants a king like other nations, Plan A takes a divine deto... [Books] [gospel] [Kingdom Conspiracy]
ISSN: 0017-8160, EISSN: 1475-4517 Harv...
August 2015; Vol. 45, No. 3 Presenting the Issue ----------------------------------------------------------------- Failure Is the Mother of Success D...
Students of the Bible sometimes misuse commentaries in two ways. First, some allow commentaries to replace their own careful study of the text. Rather, commentaries should serve as a dialogue partner between the student and the text. It is never a re... [commentaries] [New Testament] [Romans]
In The Time That Remains and elsewhere, Agamben flatly dismisses the idea that Paul is an apocalyptic thinker. This is strange to me, because Paul obviously is an apocalyptic thinker. It’s even more puzzling because Agamben gives basically no expl... [Agamben] [apocalyptic] [Saint Paul]
Dr. David Watson, United Methodist Theologian and Academic Dean at United Theological Seminary, has written about unity in Christ. I want to speak to one issue. He writes, Today, for some […] The post Inclusion in the Unity of Christ appeared first... [United Methodist Church]


The Logos Bible Software “Free book of the Month” is Mikeal C. Parsons Acts commentary in the Paideia series from Baker. Mikeal Parsons is a top Acts scholar and the Paideia series pays close attention to the cultural and educational contex... [bible software] [Acts] [commentary] [free books] [Free iPad Books] [Genesis] [ipad] [logos] [Logos Bible Software]
Where do our most pernicious myths begin? Is it something within us, or maybe within our time and place, giving birth to these evil narratives? &lt;br /&gt;<br /> Where did the […] The post Review, “The Murder of William of No... [Books] [Blood libel] [E.M. Rose] [Oxford University Press] [William of Norwich]


Van de week hadden we een oproep gedaan om foto’s of links door te sturen van biermerken die naar zijn vernoemd naar iets of iemand in de Bijbel of naar bekende theologen. De afgelopen dagen hebben we veel reacties binnengekregen en hier een selecti... [Voedsel] [Bier]
Ferdinand Hahn was born on the 18th of January 1926 in Kaiserslautern. He was called into the military service near the end of the war.  After several years in a prison camp, he finished the Abitur (high school diploma, university track), and then studie... [obituary]
Filed under: soccer [soccer]


I’ve been reading an excellent book recently by Richard Twiss Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way. At one point in the book Twiss recalls a moment when as a very young Christian he was wrestling with h... [Uncategorized]
We’re halfway home- The petition has to do with allowing researchers the freedom to make use of materials and images held by the Zurich Central Library.  Please, sign it.  It won’t cost you a penny and it will insure that those responsible for these... [Modern Culture]
see the latest biblioblog roundup here – some interesting posts that have come out over the last month [Uncategorized]
In appearance and words you simulate modesty, but you are so swollen with haughtiness, arrogance, pride, malice, villainy, rashness, superciliousness, ignorance, and stupidity that there is nothing to surpass you. You have set out to rub your scabby, scur... [Luther]
Exploring biblical-language grammars is an essential step in biblical exegesis. After all, if we don’t correctly understand the way the words in a passage fit together to communicate meaning, then we risk misunderstanding the passage altogether. Virtual... [Misc.] [Products]


HT Nick Gotts, who got it from Sol Chrom. If there is a serious point, perhaps it is this: sometimes disaster strikes and there’s nothing you can do. But sometimes we inflict it upon ourselves. And worse still, when we divide and compete where coope... [humor] [politics] [cartoon] [dinosaurs] [extinction]
This is Part 2 of my interview (apx. 30 minutes) with Dr. André Gagné, Costa Babalis, and Calogero Miceli of the Inquisitive Minds podcasts. I discuss a wide array of questions regarding the Historical Jesus, health care and the rise of Christianity, ...


LARRY HURTADO: “Early High Christology”: Taking up a Dialogue. This in response to a recent Bible and Interpretation essay posted by Michael Kok and noted here.
A RAMBLING REVIEW: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Jews (Menachem Wecker, The Forward).Museums don’t typically take public, unequivocal stands on the question of the literal truth of the bible. But a National Geographic announcement of its exhibit “ I...
Men write books about women all the time; men, in fact, often dictate — that’s not too strong of a term, mind you — what women can and cannot do; men write about what women are permitted by the Bible to do in the church. But very few wo... [Manhood] [Women and Ministry]
ASSESSMENT: Alexander the Great: Good for the Jews? (Candida Moss, The Daily Beast). With reference to the Huqoq mosaic that may show a scene of the legendary meeting of Alexander with Jewish leaders. Excerpt:This happy scene, apocryphal though it may be,...
A HARSH ASSESSMENT: The Antiquities Thief Who Became One of Britain's Richest Men. Shlomo Moussaieff, who died in July at 92, lived a life that could have been lifted straight from the pages of 'One Thousand and One Nights.' (Ofer Aderet, Haaretz). Excerp...
In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to ent... [Theses on Professionalization] [Andrew Durdin] [Mike Altman] [Russell McCutcheon] [Slavoj Žižek] [university of chicago]


Notat til søndagens tekst: Markus 2,23-28 Kva betyr det å halda kviledagen heilag? I vår kristne tradisjon brukar me det tredje bodet slik at det handlar om søndagen. Ein gong Jesus blei kritisert for brot på sabbatsbodet, sa han: Sabbaten vart til f... [Forkynning] [jesus] [Kristendommens jødiske røter] [Kyrkjeåret] [Notat til dagens tekst] [10 bod] [10 bud] [det tredje bodet] [det tredje budet] [helg] [kristen fridom] [kristen frihet] [Mark 2] [Sabbat] [søndag]
INDIRECTLY, YES: Excavations reveal destruction of Second Temple (Yuval Avivi, Al-Monitor). This article discusses a number of archaeological discoveries pertinent to the end of the Second Temple Period. Excerpt:Avi Solomon, archaeologist for the Western ...
1. I have entered an interesting phase of my career as a thinker. There are of course endless details to learn, but I have more or less figured out what I think on many subjects. In philosophy in particular, I am sympathetic to Richard Rorty's sense that ... [philosophy] [pragmatism]
It’s like Nightmare on Elm Street, as my daughter suggested: if my laptop falls asleep, it dies. Actually, that only happens if it turns off. As much as I rail against technology, I have to admit that I get a little choked up thinking about it—my la... [Bible] [Consciousness] [Memoirs] [Posts] [A Nightmare on Elm Street] [Apple] [artificial intelligence] [Lazarus] [Macintosh] [souls]

12 AM

There are two twin themes that wind around one another all through the Scriptures. The first is that God communicates—he speaks to us, reveals who he is, and makes himself comprehensible. The other is that he hides himself, keeps himself at a distance, ... [Life & Ministry] [Apologetics] [Christian Today] [Critical study] [evangelism] [jesus] [Revelation]
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, I will be posting twice a month, on Mondays, a paragraph from this important document.  There are a total of 26 paragraphs, so this will take us t... [Dei Verbum at 50]

August 2, 11PM

I’m having a further read through Brent Nongbri’s book Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept (New Haven, CN: Yale University Press, 2013), where he argues that there is no ancient word equivalent to “religion” because mod... [Uncategorized]


Obviously, all sin is serious, since any sin is a sin for which Jesus had to die. And the death of Jesus doesn’t make sins committed post Calvary less serious. If anything, it makes it more serious. Sin in a Christian’s life is a very serious ... [Uncategorized]
No matter how many define it or (don’t define it) and no matter how many are using the expression, lots gets packaged into a tight and hot bundle when someone critiques the “institutional” church. Here’s “Daniel”: Danie... [Christianity] [church]


Over at Bible and Interpretation, Michael Kok- a young scholar, who has written a wonderful PhD thesis on the second century reception of Mark’s Gospel – has posed some questions for the Early High Christology Club: First, is there a concern ... [Uncategorized]


Developing I. Provan’s observation that the kings whose reigns are under impending judgment typically reign for two years in the book of Kings, we propose that Saul’s reign of two years in the MT of 1 Samuel 13:1 can be read as indicative of his fai... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
The Theology on the Web sites not host nearly 25,000 theological articles. The majority of these are hosted on the Biblical Studies website. This presents a problem to visitors as they try to find the material that they are needing. With this in mind I ha... [articles]


Just because I love Dürer’s work and who doesn’t want to see a dude kill a lion with his bare hands?  I bet this one was #CecilTheLion’s ancestor.  Cecil seems to have drawn an unlucky straw… [NB- all the Cecil talk has made me... [mockery]
At church this morning, someone from the congregation spoke to us about Jesus’ multiplication of the loaves and the fishes in Matthew 14:13-21.  He noted that the story opens with: “Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat t... [Bible] [church] [religion]


The latest Biblical Studies Carnival is now posted at My Digital Seminary. Enjoy! [+Fellowship] [Bible]


Due to the Adam Goodes “controversy”, Australians are actually talking about race. (If you’re not in Australia you probably haven’t heard of it so this may fill you in). The way that many have responded to the issues highlights a l... [Atrocities and Oppression] [Biases and Fallacies] [Race] [society]

12 PM

Giovanni Columbu’s Su Re was released with so little aplomb in 2012 that the majority of Jesus film commentators, including myself, seemed to completely miss it. It’s a quiet, humble, non-showy and ultimately low budget marketing strategy that is so t... [Su Re (The King)]
Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry announced this morning that a team of underwater archaeologists had discovered that remains of a large Egyptian army from the 14th century BC, at the bottom of the Gulf of Suez, 1.5 kilometers offshore from the modern city o... [pseudo-archaeology] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]
Lindsay Kennedy has the latest Biblical Studies Carnival, and Phil Long has more information about other details, such as where the carnival will be next month. [Biblical Studies Carnival] [biblioblogging] [bibliobloggers] [Biblioblogs] [blogging]