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October 23 2014, 3AM

The Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting (JJMJS), is freely available online from Oct 20. JJMJS is a new interdisciplinary peer-reviewed online journal, published in cooperation with Eisenbrauns. The purpose of the Journal is stated thus b... [jesus] [Judaism] [Judea] [Luke] [Luke-Acts] [Matthew] [New Testament] [website]
No Stone Unturned Greek Inscriptions and Septuagint Vocabulary Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible – CSHB 5 by James K. Aitken Eisenbrauns, 2014 xiv + 140 pp., English Paper ISBN: 9781575063249 List Price: $28.95 Your Price: $26.06 www.eisenbrauns.... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
Die Johannes A Lasco Bibliothek in Emden lädt ein zur Präsentation des ersten Bandes der kritischen Edition der Akten und Dokumente zur Dordrechter Synode 1618/19: “Acta et Documenta Synodi Nationalis Dordrechtanae 1618–1619″ am 29. Oktobe... [Church History] [Conferences]
Daniel Wallace in his widely used, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics categorises 33 different usages of the Genitive case.This was the textbook used in my 2nd year seminary course for teaching us how to use Greek for exegetical purposes. Today I w...


ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Is Obama a modern-day Quintus Fabius Maximus? (Brian Michael Jenkins, Los Angeles Times).President Obama has been repeatedly accused of delay. Critics say he dragged his feet on sending more troops to Afghanistan, on addre...
ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Who wrote the Torah? For thousands of years people believed that the five books of the Pentateuch were written by Moses. But it couldn't have been, academics say. (Elon Gilad). As usual with Haaretz, read this quickly ...


Is America a Christian nation? The answer to that question will no doubt raise ire in some part of the room. People, speaking mostly without data, will assert yes or no, generally based on opinion and sensibility. It is refreshing, then, to read what a... [Books] [Posts] [Religious Origins] [Sects] [Awash in a Sea of Faith] [Christianity] [Christianizing the American People] [Deism] [Jon Butler] [magic] [occult] [Politics and Religion]
ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Who is Ignazio Perrucci? (Anthony Le Donne).Background here.

October 22, 10PM

Thanks to FB (HT: Charles Y. Kim) I came across this quote from George Hunsinger about “enclave theology”: By ‘enclave’ theology, I mean a theology based narrowly in a single tradition that seeks not to learn from other traditions ... [Uncategorized]
In the Introduction to Craig Blomberg’s new book on the trustworthiness of Scripture, he lays down some premises which let us know his orientation from the outset. Inerrancy will be a big topic in this book so he lets us know from the outset that &#... [Uncategorized]
Have you ever pondered the many questions God asks people in the pages of the Bible? I mean questions from God (Father) or questions from Jesus? And the questions angels ask? Don Johnson, pastor of Montecito Covenant Church in Santa Barbara (tough locatio... [Uncategorized]


Robert Bruce Jamieson's Th.M. thesis, "Purging God's People and Place: Levitical Sacrifice as a Prolegomenon to Hebrews" is available on The Boyce Digital Library webpage. [Dissertations] [Resources]
Well, The Three Little Pigs in Galilean Aramaic is finally up on (click here). It’ll also be coming soon to Kindle, Nook, and iBooks. Hurray! Peace, -Steve [Aramaic Blog] [Galilean ()] [Neat Stuff ()] [News ()] [] [Galilean Aramaic] [Three Little Pigs]



The Islamic radical kills merely for the sake of killing and is accordingly nothing more than a vile murderer.  This Grandpa, on the other hand, shot and killed to defend his granddaughter as these inhuman beasts were attempting to rape her. A grandfathe... [Modern Culture]
I have no idea what these radicals think they can accomplish but death.  If that’s their goal, suicide would be ideal.  That way they get death like they want and no one else is dragged into their wicked depravity. A gunman attacked Canada’s... [Total Depravity]


Tim Henderson has posted his summary of Martin Hengel’s “Origins of the Christian Mission” from his volume, Between Jesus and Paul: The third essay in Martin Hengel’s Between Jesus and Paul addresses the origins of the Christian missio... [New Testament] [Martin Hengel]
The third essay in Martin Hengel’s Between Jesus and Paul addresses the origins of the Christian mission. In doing so, he makes 5 main points, though I would question the sequence in which he chooses to tackle them: 1) The … Continue reading &... [Books: Reviews and Notes] [Hengel] [Martin]
In Bible and Interpretation- Reception historians do not necessarily focus on art or literature. One could analyze the Bible’s role in advertising, politics, scientific discourse, historiography, hagiography, or anything in between. How could one decide... [Reception History]

12 PM

Too much biblical scholarship these days is nothing more than an attempt to make ancient people look like modern thinkers.  Paul, for instance, was not one bit interested in women’s rights or gay rights or anything of the sort.  He preached the Go... [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]


It’s got to be hard to give up a pay package of over $800,000 a year…  The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  In Driscoll’s case, the evil of self-aggrandizement and superiority. With that kind of cabbage on the line I woul... [Heresy and Heretics] [pseudo-christianity]
This weekend I happily read through a good deal of John Byron’s new 1-2 Thessalonians commentary for the Zondervan series called the “The Story of God” (ed. Scot McKnight). In some ways, this is the NIV Application Commentary series fo... [Uncategorized]


First, metadiscourse guides or directs the reader, which means that it is an indicator of the author’s intent. Second, it helps us to understand not only the text, but also the writer’s stance toward it. This also speaks to authorial intent. Although ... [Books] [grammar] [Greek]
The Associated Press tweets- BREAKING: Probe reveals scope of academic fraud at University of North Carolina; 3,100 students involved. Good heavens.  I hope most of them weren’t in the religion/ biblical studies/ whatever it’s called there de... [Total Depravity]
Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. ... [Community] [reading] [WordPress] [] [best of wordpress] [bklynr] [cincinnati magazine] [grant wiggins] [grantland] [longreads] [Los Angeles Magazine] [mehreen kasana] [quartz] [Wired]
Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. ... [Community] [reading] [WordPress] [] [best of wordpress] [bklynr] [cincinnati magazine] [grant wiggins] [grantland] [longreads] [Los Angeles Magazine] [mehreen kasana] [quartz] [Wired]


Even though I have master's degrees in the Philosophy of Religion (PoR), I have argued this discipline doesn't deserve a place in secular universities. I've said why in that link (in reverse chronological order). Let me stress a major criticis... [Ending Philosophy of Religion]
Syriac Intellectual Culture in Late AntiquityTranslation, transmission, and influence This conference explores the intellectual cultures of Syriac-language literary and scholarly communities of the late antique (c. 3rd-9th century) Near and Middle East. I...
I’ve been reading Jesus Ben Sira for my daily quiet time.  It is part of the Deuterocanonical writings, the books that Catholics accept as canonical but that Protestants and Jews do not.  Ben Sira’s book has been labelled “Ben Sira”, ... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Rabbinics] [religion] [Self-Esteem] [Sirach]
Reading through Christian works from the 2nd to 4th century can often be mind-numbingly boring, but every so often, one comes across a gem.  In a much earlier post, I noted Tertullian's surprising call for tolerance of other religions - especially fr... [arnobius] [God and Gender]
David Friedman and B. D. Friedman, James the Just: Ya’akov Hatzaddik Presents Applications of Torah, Messianic Commentary (Clarksville, MD: Lederer, 2012).  The commentary at hand is to be commended for attempting to read James and his book in ligh...


This is one of my favorite prophetic sermon/ acts: Yahweh said this to me, ‘Go and buy a linen waistcloth and put it round your waist. But do not dip it in water.’ 2 And so, as Yahweh had ordered, I bought a waistcloth and put it round my wais... [theology]
Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, one year in post and after having got to know the lie of the land, has warned that unless the Church reinvents itself in his own diocese, it would disappear like the region’s textile industry. I am convinced that w... [Life & Ministry] [2 Corinthians] [Blackburn Diocese] [Church of England] [growth] [Julian Henderson] [Ministry] [mission] [Training]
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]
Click here to view the embedded video.The folks at Ole Miss recorded the lecture I gave on Religion and Doctor Who, and have kindly shared it on their YouTube channel. The audio isn’t great, and the very beginning is missing, but for those intereste... [Doctor Who] [religion] [Lecture] [Ole Miss]
My recent commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians in the Story of God Bible Commentary series was released earlier this month. Here is a short video in which I explain purpose of the series and talk about what I see Paul doing in these letters.You can buy i...


Wayne Stiles is leading an extraordinary tour of Israel that you should consider joining. Three features immediately mark this as a unique opportunity. 1. This tour has an exclusive focus on the life of Jesus. One of the struggles many have on their firs... [Galilee] [Jerusalem] [Tourism]
I recently wrote a review for this book. It’ll appear in a journal so I can’t post it here. I have surrendered my copyright. However, I wanted to call your attention this. It is a new concept for me, called theological humanism. This book is f... [Books] [david jasper] [david klemm] [human flourishing]
On this day in 1512 Luther was welcomed to the faculty of theology at the University of Wittenberg as a newly graduated Doctor of the Bible. Luther’s first lectures on the Bible, often referred to as Initium theologiae Lutheri (“The Beginning of Luthe... [Church History] [Luther]
Romans is one of the most difficult New Testament books. It has started Reformations and continues to plague us as the artificer of poor readings today. I am always interested in seeing how Romans is presented… and as my readers know, I believe Roma... [Books] [Romans] [Cynthia Briggs Kittredge] [David A. Sanchez] [Fortress Press] [Margaret Aymer]
In Confessions of a High Church Millennial, Erik Parker writes: For many of my 31 years in the church, I have been told that my generation is a group of moths attracted to the glitz and glamour of projections screens showing videos in church, electric gui... [Noted]
I’m posting this in the middle of the action, but Energion author Elgin Hushbeck, Jr. is blogging (and teaching) through Hebrews verse by verse. He’s in chapter 10, so follow it back to the beginning first if interested. [Bible Passages] [religion] [Hebrews]
“As with all the fruit of life in Christ, each describes us by virtue of our union with Him, and each makes demands of us in our walk with Him.”— Vine Ripened Life<idle musing>That's a wonderful description of the fruit of the Spirit. It i... [Books] [gospel] [Holiness] [Idle Musings] [Vine Ripened Life]
Scapegoating is all around us, but it can be hard to perceive. To understand how the scapegoat mechanism works, it may be helpful to think about the dynamics of the childhood playground. (This is a theme explored by Nobel laureate, William Golding, in his... [Books] [Farewell to Mars] [Idle Musings] [theology]
Ephesians 4:17-19 is often quoted along with 1 Corinthians 2:14, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, and Ephesians 2:1-5 as evidence that the unregenerate person has no ability to understand, comprehend, or respond to the truth of God and the gospel. This I say, therefo... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [Ephesians 4] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]


Not that learning is to be considered evil, or knowledge, which is good in itself and so ordained by God; but a clean conscience and virtuous life ought always to be preferred. Many often err and accomplish little or nothing because they try to become lea... [Holiness] [theology] [Thomas à Kempis]
Rachel Held Evans blogged about the story of Abraham trying to sacrifice Isaac, on the same day that I was scheduled to speak to a group of local artists about the story. She said what I personally consider the most appropriate response:I’d like to thin... [Genesis] [Abraham] [Akedah] [Isaac] [jesus] [morality] [objective] [Rachel Held Evans] [relativism] [sacrifice]
 The Dead Sea Scrolls, as a mystical object the majority of Jewish and Christian believers still ignore, is relatively new. As an object of study, newer still. Yet, in recent years scholars have paid more attention to the content of the scrolls more than... [Books] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Joshua] [Ariel Feldman] [Walter De Gruyter]


Carolyn Hyppolite has written what I consider a masterful first person account of her struggles with the Christian faith explaining why she came to reject it. In this intelligent book she highlights the intellectual hypocrisy of Christians, how their fait...
This past Monday, my friend Jason, who is an ambassador for the Saint John's Bible, visited the high school where I teach in order to share with my students the SJB Heritage Edition Gospels and Acts.  He spent the day with my classes, doing a total o... [Saint John's Bible]
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  (Col 2:8)Vice mimics virtue, and the tares strive to be thought wheat... [cyril jerusalem] [heresy]