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January 31 2015, 9PM

Someone named Bryan on Twitter said this to me: "Your chapter in your new anthology on slavery is a faith-destroyer. Well done." Music to my ears of course, since, well, I agree. ;-) Go get it, now! Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails.And since you...

January 30, 9AM

“There exists a specific sensory experience that holds the promise of both a new world of Art and a new life for individuals and the community, namely, the Aesthetic.” – Jacques Rancière, Dissensus. InterCcECT is pleased to announce two... [Interccect]
Last week, I introduced a series, "Friday's with Fee," in which I will be working through Gordon Fee's classic commentary, The First Epistle of the Corinthians, now in revised form (Eerdmans).One of the sparkling features of this commentary is the sense i... [Friday's with Fee] [Gordon Fee; First Corinthians]
R. Jared Staudt: What is it about monks and beer? The two just go together. And as craft beer continues to rise in popularity in the United States, the ones responsible for creating western brewing practices are reclaiming their own. This renewal is impor... [Uncategorized]
To work in religious studies is to constantly ask, “What are we talking about again?..Who’s doing what?…How does that work?” There’s been a lot of cool stuff in the news showcasing what many of us think the discipline is abou... [religion] [Culture] [Charlie Hebdo] [Critical Theory] [Discourse] [religious studies]
In Romans 9, Paul writes about the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart for the purposes of making God’s glory known. This seems rather harsh to some. What does Paul mean? Who Hardened Pharaoh’s Heart First? In this debate, Calvinists say that G... [Bible study] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [Pharaoh] [Romans 9] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]


Love this line: I’ve never heard a Christmas carol that came from The Iliad. Isaiah is where Handel found the inspiration for his timeless Messiah. <idle musing>Isn't that great?! It sums up the polar opposites so succinctly—Achilles = death... [gospel] [Idle Musings] [pacifism]
Bloggers are an interesting lot, as you have doubtless learned.  But did you know that every year many of them trek to Caracas and show off their newest body modifications… Behold… Filed under: Florida and Floridians, I really dislike... [Florida and Floridians] [I really dislike Dietrich Bonhoeffer] [Luther Burns Your Worthless Book] [media] [Modern Culture] [Mythbusting] [Relics] [Schadenfreude] [Texas and Texans] [Total Depravity] [War On Atheism] [Wikipedia]


Major religious groups (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When discussing theism and things such as this with others, I sometimes hear the phrase “X needs a dose of reality.” This can come from either the theist or the atheist. I am troubled by the not... [theology]
DeGruyter is giving this book away for free (in pdf).  You ought to take advantage of their kindness. The ancient Mysteries have long attracted the interest of scholars, an interest that goes back at least to the time of the Reformation. After a period o... [Books]
Not Every Seed Lands on Prepared Ground… Behold, a sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang ... [theology]
Ps 118:25 provides us with a clear example of the author’s ultimate respect, politeness, and gratitude toward God, with its use of two נָא particles, two ָאנָּא particles, and two long imperatives. This verse appears as the climax of a very emo... [Books] [grammar] [Hebrew] [theology]
Although mortals can and clearly do curse, their maledictions do not have much effect unless the divine world gives its consent and allows the curses to have impact. This hinges on the assumption that a curse cannot be fully efficacious (that is, become e... [Books] [Cursed Are You!] [Idle Musings] [theology]
In Luke’s vision, the practical corollary of the primacy of God in Jesus Christ is, to employ contemporary language, the primacy of peace and service. Where the lordship of the Roman emperor entailed a pax predicated upon pacifying strength and terror, ... [Books] [Idle Musings] [pacifism] [The Book of Acts] [theology]
Η μέθοδος που ο Ωριγένης χρησιμοποιεί για να φέρει στην επιφάνεια την κρυμμένη διδασκαλία των Γραφών ονομάζεται συνήθως "αλληγορία". Η φύση... [Ωριγένης] [αλληγορία] [ερμηνεία]
The irony of wealthy follower of Jesus cannot be ignored.— Sermon on the Mount, page 204 [Books] [Holiness] [sermon on the mount] [theology]
In a flashback, Hurley’s father tells him that hope is never stupid, and “in this world, you gotta make your own luck.”On the island, we see Hurley talking about his experience, and being scared most of his time on the island, except whe... [LOST] [hope] [Hugo Reyes] [Hurley] [lottery] [luck] [Money] [others] [Roger] [van]
Larry Hurtado has noted that Jan N. Bremmer's Initiation into the Mysteries of the Ancient World is available for free access here. This sounds like a must read for those interested in Roman-era mystery cults and the New Testament. You can read what Hurta... [backgrounds] [New Testament]
Jacob was to learn that the way God conquers our enemies is to conquer us. It doesn’t make sense from the human standpoint.—A.W. Tozer, Voice of a Prophet, page 58 [Books] [theology] [tozer]


Benjamin Wiker, an historian of biblical scholarship (among other accomplishments), observes the passing of Marcus Borg in this online essay.
Christian intellectuals chide me when I say faith is irrational. "No it's not" they say. "You're so ignorant Loftus." Really? Seriously? Okay then, please explain why I saw this picture on Facebook just now. Anyone else find some good ones on faith for th... ["Faith"]
Στο ιστολόγιο της Βρετανικής Βιβλιοθήκης για τα αρχαία χειρόγραφα της συλλογής αναρτήθηκε ένας κατάλογος 30 νέων χειρογράφων που έχουν ψηφ... [ιστορία κειμένου] [χειρόγραφα]
An interview with the Director of the Palestine Exploration Fund. Keep an eye out for it.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
My iPhone and iPad are like a 13 year old girl who has just fallen in love for the first time: in need of constant attention (read- updates) and fickle. Our technical advances – accordingly – are as mature as their human mirrors.Filed under: ... [Modern Culture]
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.  (Hebrews 1:3)And for this reason also Paul calls Him “the brightness of glory,” that we may learn that as the light... [God] [gregory nyssen] [incarnation] [jesus]


In Acts 3:11 and 5:13 Luke reports Peter regularly taught at Solomon’s Portico. The word στοά (stoa) is often translated “colonnade,” columned- porch, usually enclosed on one side covered with a roof. According to Josephus, Solomon’s Portico w... [Luke / Acts] [Observations on Acts] [Archaeology] [history] [Luke/AScts] [temple]
I recently had a very interesting debate with Ben Witherington about whether the English word ‘taxi’ is derived from the Greek word tachus meaning ‘quickly’. (Depending on where you live, you might be wondering what the connectio... [Biblical Studies] [Ben Witherington] [eschatology] [jesus] [Parousia] [Revelation] [second coming]
earlier"So what is God like?" Sophie asked the angel."God is beyond anything I could explain," he said. "Have you ever seen a huge mountain? Or have you ever seen a movie where some spaceship comes near a huge planet? Can you imagine what it would be like... [novel]
SYRIAC WATCH: Iraqi Priests Protect Historic Christian Writings From Islamic State. Dominican Father Najeeb Michaeel rescued 1,300 manuscripts from Mosul last summer, as it was being overrun by the Islamist militants (ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI/CNA/EWTN NEWS)....
You only have three days left to get introductory deals on Logos 6, and there are three reasons you shouldn’t wait any longer to take advantage of them: 1. You want to get 15% off. Whether you’re buying a new base package, upgrading, or crossgradi... [Products] [Features] [inline search] [intro offers] [L6] [logos 6] [Logos Bible Software] [visual copy]


Antonio Lombatti writes E si dice siano interessantissimi. La maggiore scoperta filologica dopo i manoscritti di Qumran: A little known collection of more than 100 clay tablets in Cuneiform script, dating back to the Babylon Exile some 2,500 years ago, w... [Archaeology]
I shared a link to a blog post by Jonathan Bernier a while back, which questioned the relevance of the purported employment of the traditionally-proposed author of the Fourth Gospel.Here’s a list which someone put together of occupations of tannait... [education] [Gospel of John] [author] [Authorship] [fisherman] [fishing] [jobs] [occupation] [Rabbis] [Talmud] [tannaim] [William Shakespeare] [Work] [Zebedee]
As seguintes resenhas foram recentemente publicadas pela Review of Biblical Literature:Pauline AllenJohn Chrysostom, Homilies on Paul’s Letter to the PhilippiansReviewed by Julien M. OgereauRichard S. Ascough, Philip A. Harland, and John S. KloppenborgAs... [resenhas]
ON DISPLAY AT THE BIBLE LANDS MUSEUM IN JERUSALEM: Ancient tablets disclose Jewish exiles’ life in Babylonia. 2,500-year-old said to be the most important ancient Jewish archive since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. (Nir Hasson, Haaretz).A lit...
As seguintes resenhas foram recentemente publicadas pela Review of Biblical Literature:Gary A. AndersonCharity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical TraditionReviewed by Timothy SandovalAaron ChalmersExploring the Religion of Ancient Israel: Prophet, Pri... [resenhas]
H-JUDAIC REVIEW: Jean Connell Hoff, John Friedman, and Robert Chazan. The Trial of the Talmud: Paris, 1240. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2012. ix + 182 pp. $19.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-88844-303-8.Reviewed byPiero CapelliPublished o...
I've been cleaning out the garage, a major undertaking. Apart from the pain of decluttering, there has been the wistful rediscovery of things long forgotten. Among them an article I wrote in 1996 which, unless I'm much mistaken, was my first attempt at jo...


Waarom zouden we tegenwoordig nog Bijbelgedeelten uit je hoofd leren, we hebben immers tegenwoordig allemaal een Bijbel onder handbereik, hetzij in gedrukte vorm, hetzij op internet? Waarom zouden we die moeite doen als we het net zo makkelijk kunnen opzo... [Bijbelstudie]
On 29-30 May 2015 in Melbourne will be the first Ridley/Gordon-Conwell conference on the theme of “Known by God.” The conference explores the theme of knowing God and being known by God in the Bible and in Christian thought. Speakers include E... [Uncategorized]
I have not seen Romans 2:16 quoted in any of the popular soterian gospels that populate the landscape of American evangelicalism. The Apostle Paul wrote, “This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my go... [gospel]
In light of a rebuking email from my colleague in the field of Christian Origins and long-time personal acquaintance, Bart Ehrman, I think a clarification, and even an apology from me, are due.  Bart has emailed complaining about a recent comment of mine... [Uncategorized] [Academic Issues]


In November of last year, the second edition of The SBL Handbook of Style (a style guide for biblical studies and related fields) was released, updating the previous edition that was published in 1999. Because I’m a member of the SBL, I was hoping... [scholarship]
“Shame is the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging.” – Brené Brown, Daring Greatly   “ Merely to write the words ‘my shame’ is to perform a subtly transgress... [WIT Posts] [queer theory] [shame]
Alumni magazines, thinly disguised appeals for money that they are, seldom merit much time. This doesn’t stop me, in any case, from sending notices of my new publications or blog, since I, like most fellow alumni, have never been cited as notable. One... [Books] [higher education] [literature] [Posts] [Social Consciousness] [A Handmaid's Tale] [Boston University] [dystopia] [Edinburgh University] [Edit] [MaddAddam] [Margaret Atwood]


Ανοικτά διαδικτυακά μαθήματα Εισαγωγής στην Παλαιά Διαθήκη θα προσφέρει ο G. Brooke Lester, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, και Director of Digital Learning, στο Garrett-Evang... [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [ψηφιακά μαθήματα]
Το Πανεπιστήμιο του Edinburgh διοργανώνει στις 6 Μαΐου 2015 συνέδριο με τον τίτλο "Power, Authority, and Canon". Θέμα του συνεδρίου είναι τα κριτήρια της κανονι... [Αγία Γραφή] [κανόνας] [συνέδρια]
17) Voorzeker, Ik zal je rijkelijk zegenen en je nakomelingen zeer talrijk maken, als de sterren van de hemel en als het zand dat aan de oever van de zee is; en je nakomelingen zal de poort van hun vijanden in bezit nemen. 18) En in uw nageslacht zullen g... [Bijbelstudie] [Abraham] [Genesis] [Izaäk]
Στην πλατφόρμα των βιβλίων open access του εκδοτικού οίκου deGruyter διατίθεται ελεύθερο για καταφόρτωση ένα νέο βιβλίο για τη μύηση στα μυστήρια τη... [αρχαίος κόσμος] [θρησκεία]
Just as the doctrine of the incarnation coheres with theological students giving serious attention to what can be known about first century history and culture, so the doctrine of accommodation coheres with giving serious attention to what can be known ab... [hermeneutics] [Linguistics]
I This Sunday the lectionary readings highlight the way Jesus fulfills Moses' announcement that God would one day send a future prophet like himself to God's people. However, as the readings also underscore, Jesus is more than a mere prophet, he is the Me...
Saint Mary’s Press, in collaboration with The National Black Catholic Congress, Inc., is proud to present The African American Catholic Youth Bible®, the first Catholic Bible for youth designed especially from the African American perspective. Thi... [African American Catholic Youth Bible] [Saint Mary's Press]

12 AM

If you haven't noticed I tend to jump between capitalizing the "m" in the phrase "M/modern Hebrew". In some ways I think that Modern Hebrew should be considered a separate language - certainly compared with Biblical Hebrew. On the other hand, some times I...
Where do you find an unclean spirit? The first place that Jesus encounters one in the gospel of Mark is in a synagogue. Makes you go, “Hmmm,” doesn’t it? Of course, Jesus also cast out that spirit from the afflicted man. In doing so, did... [Reflections] [Mark]

January 29, 11PM

Henry Clay was in so very many ways, a remarkable man. A gentleman farmer, born in Virginia, but coming to adulthood in Kentucky he found slavery abhorrent, and fought for the gradual abolition of the practice. He was often out of step for his day and age... [Uncategorized]
Michelle is not new to the Jesus Creed blog (or @nseminary, where she is one of our students), but for those of you who don’t know… she writes a wonderful blog and I hope you put her on your favorites list. And if you are keen on this topic, c... [conversion]


Goppelt has to be turning over in his grave…. The difference between the true God and the gods of the nations is that the true God carries and the other gods must be carried – John Piper Dear, John, not if they don’t exist…. (I know, h... [Modern Culture]


Back in August, I mentioned the idea of a new program unit for SBL, focusing on ‘the gospel,’ and I wondered if anyone would be interested. Well since then, I’ve been pleased to find that a number of people are indeed very interested.... [SBL]
I have fallen in love anew with Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth over the last week or so as I have watched and re-watched it.  There are so many things to love about the film.  One of them is Olivia Hussey's portrayal of Mary, which is so moving ... [Jesus of Nazareth (1977)]


This is just the top 10 reasons why we should turn of the TV, close the laptop, and walk away from screens. There are another 90 in the article. Some are scientific and others are observations. Reading this made we wonder what it would be like to work out... [fun] [Garden] [nature Play] [outside]
I have just signed up for Ootle15. This is an open (as in anyone and as in free) learning event/course organised by Brooke Lester (a creative and interesting blogger and OT teacher with special interests and responsibilities for online learning. If you f... [Bible: OT] [Digital life] [Teaching Bible] [ootle15]
Hello friends! A very brief history Since taking a year off school, and not having any classes to attend and no one to hold me accountable to my perpetual reading list, I came to the realization that reading with others is a lot more fun (and productive) ... [blog posts] [Daniel Colucciello Barber] [Deleuze and the Naming of God reading group]


By the Wisconson-ian Doug Iverson.  Give it a look.  If you like Barth.  Speaking of Barth, he’d like to say something to you about Doug: Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
10 Great Biblical Artifacts at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem Artifacts and the Bible David Moster   •  01/28/2015 There are a number of artifacts related to Biblical archaeology in museums across the world. One of these museums is the B... [Archaeology]


Please have a look at James Spinti’s recent post about divine cursing based on his reading of a new book called Cursed Are You!. His musings on the topic with regard to Word of Faith theology are thought provoking. I intend to keep reading the pos... [Biblical Studies] [Charismatic Issues] [scripture] [theology]
There are loads of people for whom Christianity is merely an empty label.    Bieber is just one of the most visible.  But then again, he does associate himself with emergents and heretics (I know, that’s redundant) so it’s no great surprise... [Modern Culture]
I’ve probably noted this before but I can’t find where so that means I may have said it on Twitter (I’ve definitely said it at church). In any event, I’ve been meditating on how we often talk about conversion/salvation in terms of ... [Christology] [New Testament] [theology]


…but the flesh was weak. I had good intentions when I began blogging through Walton and Sandy’s The Lost World of Scripture. However, as I suspected, it proved to be more of a chore than I wanted to deal with, especially with the intervenin... [Biblical Studies] [Books] [Lost World of Scripture]
Valerie just keeps zinging them out. A few of her reasons that a heavenly world is instead a helluva world will seem quite astounding for believers I think. But they're all reasonable. Heaven ain't so heavenly even on Christian grounds. Christan, seriousl...
Usually for some benefit to themselves.  Paul sets a better example: Filed under: Modern Culture, Theology [Modern Culture] [theology]


My Bible study tonight done via Google Hangouts on Air, will be on the topic in the title. I’m going to be following up from my discussion of vocabulary last week in looking at the words “light” and “life” in the gospel of Jo... [Bible Passages] [Bible study] [religion] [John]
There has been a recent influx of successful Hollywood films based on biblical stories. Last year’s Noah and the more recent Exodus: Gods and Kings have been popular at the box office, but controversial among Christians for their departures from the bib... [Products] [Biblical Studies] [Exodus] [Exodus: Gods and Kings] [logos mobile ed] [logos mobile education] [mobile ed] [old testament] [Pre-Pub] [pre-publication] [Tremper Longman]

12 PM

Filed under: pseudo-theology [pseudo-theology]
The first few chapters indicates that there was remarkable growth in Jerusalem after Pentecost.  But in Acts 5:13, Luke tells us “none of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem.” Even those within the church were greatly af... [Luke / Acts] [Observations on Acts] [Acts] [history] [Holy Spirit] [Jerusalem]
Kurt Willems, who writes for the Pangea blog at the Progressive Christian Channel for Patheos, challenges Christians to give up believing in hell for one year (however conceived). What do I mean exactly? I want to invite readers to contemplate giving up h...


From A Kurdish official revealed on Tuesday evening that the ISIS organization had bombed large parts and tracts of the ancient Nineveh wall, indicating that such an act violates the right of human culture and heritage. The media off... [Mesopotamia]
Noted online leftist Freddie deBoer has seen some shit. No lie. And though he once weirdly castigated me for being paralyzed by political correctness — indeed, for being exemplary of the self-hating white man terrified of offending anyone — ... [Academia] [politics of the absurd]