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December 5 2017, 12 PM

Although nonviolent offenders get the most attention from reformers, they account for less than 20 percent of all prisoners.

June 28, 8PM

1. A little over a year ago, I started a series called, Gen Eds in a Nutshell. To be honest, it has been a humbling series, to realize how much I don't know. It didn't take me too long to wander through philosophy, because I've written a philosophy textbo... [Culture] [Gen Eds in a nutshell] [languages]
Exodus 29 by Bob MacDonald via Dust (#93127)
Long chapter. Personal pronouns or neuter for animals? It is curious how the gender changes over the chapter. Yet perhaps it supports my use of other gender neutral aspects of the translation, or maybe it is a word to note that with respect to the Most Hi... [Exodus]
Archaeologists excavating in the Timna Valley near Eilat have discovered fabric that was dyed red and blue. This is the first time that such a colored clothing has been discovered from this ancient period. The Times of Israel provides a summary of a journ... [10th Century] [Discoveries] [Negev]


Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ chief financial adviser and Australia's most senior Catholic, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be charged in the church’s long-running sexual abuse scandal.


Bigotry by Any Other Name Betrays a Similar StenchThe history of this nation is littered with countless instances of people committing reprehensible acts of injustice under the pretense of “living out their faith.”Read more »


Sad to report the death of Peter Berger, the great sociologist, after a short illness. RIP Peter, with more than ‘a rumour of angels’.  –  Linda WoodheadFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Before Father Rother died for his people, he had farmed with them, listened to them and spoken of God to them.
From Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy: In a symbolic painting, Raphael, himself one of these immortal “naive” ones, has represented for us this demotion of appearance to the level of mere appearance, the primitive process of the naive artist a... [blog posts]
“This is a pretty broad exception to the ban,” David Robinson says, “and it does allow for legitimate entry into the United States for people who can pass the screening process, which is what we want.”
In the latest issue of JBL, Armin Baum has a response to Bart Ehrman on pseudepigraphy. In his big book on forgery in early Christian polemics, Ehrman argues not only that pseudepigraphical texts were intended to deceive (and were regarded as such by read... [ancient publication] [Armin Baum] [Authorship] [Bart Ehrman] [pseudepigraphy]


This has been written over several days while working on moving an office and Exodus 29 (to come soon) and getting a rats nest and dead babies and shredded mother out of my car. (Ugh). It may be a bit rambling. To add or infer prepositions, that is one q... [translation]
The texture and variety of Stevens's new album creates liminal spaces between the sacred and the profane.

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This new essay … presents one track of work of the digital epigraphy group at TAU; we present the surprising results of multi-spectral imaging of the back side of Ostracon 16 from Arad, considered to be blank: S. Faigenbaum-Golovin, A. Mendel-Gebero... [Archaeology]
I just want to make one brief comment in this month’s post. There is an imbalance in historical Jesus studies. When I call it an imbalance, that is an understatement. You can see it in discussions of historical Jewish culture and in views of the histori...
Reconnect Brooklyn is investing in people rather than properties, the residents who are struggling to remain in Bed-Stuy amid rising costs.
If you’re looking for a great deal on Logos resources, look no further than the June monthly sale. You can get up to 50% off 50 resources for just three more days. Here are the five most popular resources available in the June monthly sale: Pastorum Se... [Misc.]


So maybe you should avoid talking about theological stuff.  Because when you do you just sound like an unhinged cult founder.  Next thing you’ll want to do is have all users accept a free pack of kool aid mix for everyone to drink at the same time... [pseudo-theology]


God called Abram and promised to make him a great nation with a great name. The LORD said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless yo... [Reflections] [Abraham] [Covenant] [Genesis]
Jesús no era un solitario autosuficiente y egocéntrico, sino alguien que necesitaba estar con otros.
Jesus “has not called you to become ‘princes’ in the church,” the pope said, but “to serve like him and with him.”
Otherwise why would they do such a thing? Capitol police arrested a man after Arkansas’ new Ten Commandments monument was smashed to pieces when someone rammed a vehicle into it early Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the 6-foot (1.8 meter) granite st... [Modern Culture]
Jerusalem is one of the cities in the world on which most intensive archaeological research has been conducted. Nevertheless, the architectural history of the city resembles a puzzle of which only few pieces are known, which, moreover, belong to different... [Archaeology] [Books]


Labor unions must guard and protect workers, but also defend the rights of those "outside the walls," Pope Francis said.
An ailing Mali archbishop facing allegations of financial impropriety assured the Vatican on Tuesday he plans to show up at St. Peter's Basilica to be made a cardinal by Pope Francis.
The latest survivors of the dangerous sea voyage across the Mediterranean from Libya as European Union leaders expressed alarm at the rising numbers of migrants flooding into Italy.
This particular ceremony of consecration had never been performed before within the Archdiocese of Detroit.


1. Visual Rhetoric and Biblical Interpretation 1. Looking for an Argument: On Visual Rhetoric and Biblical Interpretation
 Davina C. Lopez. Volume 25, Issue 3, pages 271 - 292, 2017 Visualizing Literacy: Im...
Check out this blog post related to Charles Spurgeon's schedule. I know it puts my schedule to shame! [Ministry] [spurgeon]
El Salvador's first cardinal will have the eyes of his flock at home but also of the Washington area, home to approximately 260,000 Salvadorans.
E. P. Sanders notes in his introduction to the next three testaments that they all three likely come from Greek-speaking Jewish author living in Egypt in the first or second century A.D. (OTP 1:869). They were, however, thoroughly taken over by Christians... [apocalyptic] [pseudepigrapha] [Old Testament Pseudepigrapha] [Testament of Abraham]
Preserving even a tiny number of innocent humans is more important to God’s eyes than bringing deserved judgment on the guilty. Thus, this account underlines the biblical teaching that God’s will to save clearly dominates over His will to punish. This... [Books] [Prayer] [Standing in the Breach] [theology]


‘Kimmy’ takes on everything about life that is hard and makes it all so much bigger and more absurd.


The quote to remember: "Accomodationism is simply a way of sneaking in special pleading by the back door."I can't help but feel that you are mixing up context and accommodationism.Lawremce Krauss, Stephen Hawking, or Richard Dawkins, are experts in fields...
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ... [Holy Spirit]


As the GOP works on its replacement of the Affordable Care Act: Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Why should Bible teachers go through the pain of learning and then using the original languages of Scripture? I gave you five reasons last week, but persuasion doesn’t occur solely because of reasons. Sometimes personal testimony is most effective. So h... [articles] [Training]


HIS YAHRZEIT WAS 16 SIVAN (10 JUNE): Nahum M. Sarna ( Biography by Prof. Marc Zvi Brettler and Eulogy (delivered at the funeral) by Prof. Lawrence Schiffman.I noted his passing in 2005 here, here, here, and here. Visit PaleoJudaica daily fo...
RELIGION PROF: Digital Humanist Wanted. James McGrath shares a job announcement. If you are good at digital language research, Greek, Syriac, and Arabic, and if you also want to live in Vienna, this could be the job for you. Visit PaleoJudaica daily for t...
Time magazine has asked Trump to remove fake covers of their magazine from his golf resorts.  Incredible.  What will this person not stoop to do in order to make himself seem to be something?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
READING ACTS: The Testament of Job. A chapter-by-chapter summary. For past posts in Phil Long's blog series on the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, see here and links. He has been posting on Testaments recently. Yesterday's post was the first on the Testame...
You are probably aware that a solar eclipse will be visible across the United States on August 21st of this year. That’s the day after Gen Con, and also during Butler University’s Welcome Week for new students. Our Butler University libra... [astronomy] [Butler University] [solar eclipse]
TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH: LEFT-WING NGO PETITIONS HIGH COURT TO HALT WESTERN WALL TUNNEL EXCAVATIONS. ‘According to law, a ministerial committee must convene and decide whether to approve the archaeological excavations carried out in the tunnel,’ says Emek ...


TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH: Some critics of Western Wall plan still unhappy after freeze. Archaeologist says expansion of pluralistic prayer site may still harm antiquities; feminist religious activist who opposed agreement finds little joy in reversal (Melanie L...
Dr. Brian Wright, one of my former PhD students, has his thesis soon to be published by Fortress on Communal Reading in the Time of Jesus: A Window into Early Christian Reading Practices, already available for pre-order. It is a great study of ancient bo... [Uncategorized]
Recently published is a new book by the stakhanovite, Domenico Losurdo, called: Western Marxism: How It Was Born, How It Died and How It Can Rise Again. The brief description (found here) reads: Western Marxism was afflicted by a sort of myopia: it didn... [Marxism] [socialism] [Stalin] [anti-colonialism] [Domenico Losurdo] [Soviet Union] [Western Marxism]
By Mitch East, currently the preaching intern at the North Atlanta Church of Christ Seminary doesn’t teach you everything you need to know about being a minister. For the past year, I worked as the youth minister for Freedom Fellowship, a church tha... [Uncategorized]
I haven’t read The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. Yet. My reading list is frighteningly enormous and constantly growing. I just can’t seem to get on top of it. In any case, my wife sent me an NPR interview with Perry that set me to thinking about m... [Animals] [Books] [Current Events] [Posts] [Social Consciousness] [Ari Shapiro] [healthcare] [NPR] [Sarah Perry] [The Essex Serpent] [Trump Administration]

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Mark Robert Anderson.  The Quran in Context: A Christian Exploration.  IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. The bio of Mark Robert Anderson on Amazon states: “Mark Robert Anderson has completed graduate degrees in Islamic ... [Koran]
Each year around this time I like to hear from you as to what you are reading this summer.  Summer seems to always be a great time to dig out that book you got for Christmas or your birthday, but just haven't gotten around to yet.  This summer, ... [Summer Reading]