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September 16, 12 AM

The latest issue of Amsterdamse Cahiers has been released, a special issue on Luke-Acts (in Dutch). Masterfully edited by Nico Riemersma. Authors include Adelbert Denaux, Huub Welzen, Albert Hogeterp, Bart Koet, Barend Drewes, Joke Brinkhof, Nico Riemersm... ["ACEBT"] ["Amsterdamse Cahiers"] ["Luke-Acts"] ["Marginal Annotations"] ["Neste-Aland"]

September 15, 10PM

Those of you who follow my blog even somewhat will know that one of my passions is theosis/abiding in Christ/holiness. I really can't separate them because they are all different aspects of the same thing. Some call it the exchanged life, others entire sa... [Books] [Holiness] [Idle Musings] [Vine Ripened Life]
The Apostle Paul re-imagined after Yad Vashem, by Lynn Cohick, professor at Wheaton College. Last summer (2013) I went to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum located in Jerusalem, Israel. It was my third visit in seven years. This time I visited as a member... [Uncategorized]
Iain Provan, Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014. The Old Testament is a much maligned book. Atheists and secular people despise the Old Testament because of what ... [Book Reviews] [Axial Age] [book review] [Iain Provan] [Karl Jaspers]


For the past year and a half or so I’ve been employed in a kind of noble profession, if such exist: selling books at a local independent bookstore. This is my story of things learned along the way. Truth told, I was a little surprised I got the positio... [blog posts]


Today in my Jesus class we began watching Martin Scorsese’s (in)famous film, The Last Temptation of Christ. We are asking our students to go through several intellectual exercises as they watch these films. First, we want them to ask, “If thi... [jesus] [Jesus in Contemporary Culture] [Jesus in Film] [Martin Scorsese] [Willem Dafoe]
This week for those follow the sports world there has been much ado about the video that has recently surfaced about Ray Rice concerning his assault cause on his then fiancé ( current spouse) Janay Palmer. While the details of the video are indeed graphi... [male bias] [masculinity] [sexism] [sexuality] [continental philosophy] [domestic violence] [Francois Lyotard] [Janay Rice] [nfl] [pro sports] [Ray Rice]


The Didache by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#40110)
David Capes has posted on the Didache here. He provides a good summary of this early Christian document. I also found it interesting that he taught a series on the Didache in a church context. Unfortunately, I am not sure that most Christians would be int... [Church History]

12 PM

Traci pointed to an antique photo of a clean-shaven stout dark-haired man in a black coat with a wing-tip collar. “And him?” she asked. Chris chuckled. “That’s Uncle Harry. Harry Patteson, great-great grandfather’s younger brother. Ran the famil... [fiction] [Writing]
Albert Schweitzer’s Quest for the Historical Jesus is in many ways one of the most important books of the twentieth century, although my guess is that few people would care to read it today. Perhaps because of the popularity of N. T. Wright, Schweitzer ... [gospels] [historical Jesus] [Albert Schweitzer] [historical criticism] [N. T. Wright] [Synoptic Gospels]
Logos 5’s new Pentecostal & Charismatic base packages bundle the resources you need at a big discount. We know that trying to find the right books to equip you for study can be a difficult task, but with these libraries, you’ll have the resour... [Products] [base packages] [Bible study] [Logos 5] [pentecostal & charismatic]
Se Marina hoje não pode nos dizer a verdade, é preciso que sejamos capazes de dizer a verdade a Marina.Por que Marina não pode dizer a verdade? - Juarez Guimarães: Carta Maior 13/09/2014Evitar dizer a verdade, contorná-la, contrariá-la ou simplesmen... [politica]


It is important to remember that for purposes of assessing the translator’s techniques and ideas, it is not what the Hebrew text means but what the translator thinks it means that counts. For that matter, this is true of the text critic too: what the te... [HBCE] [Idle Musings] [Translation Theory]
Humanity gave names to all the animals in the garden of Eden, but we can no longer name everything in sight. The diversity of our world, the proximity of what’s possible has overwhelmed us. Becoming like God has fried our brains.—iGods: How Techno... [Books] [Idle Musings] [theology]
In a former post, I mentioned that Volker Rabens had an article coming out on Paul and Philo, and I commented thus: “Volker Rabens, Pneuma and the Beholding of God: Reading Paul in the Context of Philonic Mystical Traditions,’ In … Continue ... [Uncategorized]
“If we are people who come to the Church merely in order to get some personal help and no more, then we are the veriest babes in Christ” – Martin Lloyd-JonesFiled under: Theology [theology]


ON returning to his dungeon after his examination on September 15, Servetus addressed his prosecutor in the following characteristic epistle, which the reply to Art. XXI appears to have suggested: To John Calvin, health!—It is for your good that I tell ... [Calvin] [Church History]
I am having an issue with forgiveness lately. Not with those I know and love but with those I do not know and struggle to love. Mostly media figures, sports figures and today, again, a company known as Urban Outfitters. So many people and groups have been... [Other Posts]


Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 39:1 (2014)John Van Seters, "A Revival of the Succession Narrative and the Case against It," 3-14David B. Schreiner, "Why ‭רינ‬ in Kings?," 15-30Philip Sumpter, " The Coherence of Psalm 24," 31-54Sama... [JSOT] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [Ψαλμοί]
John Ortberg.  The Life You Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997, 2002. Someone recommended this book to me years ago.  He said that the title was a bit cheesy, but that it is a really go... [Daily Quiet Time] [Prayer] [religion]


Source: When the wife is happy with a long-term partnership, the husband is happier, no matter how he feels about the marriage. For marital quality, it seems the wife’s happiness matters more than the husband’s. The conclusion comes from a new study p... [Love and Marriage]
Sometimes these things move around, so I’ve updated the link to Calvin’s Opera Omnia on the right nav panel (Geneva).  You can find it here.  And everything is free. Full text Index général (799 Kb) – Free access Index lettres (4.1... [Calvin]
You’ll get to see me there. For free!  And you should go anyway. Reformation Day at Emory 2014 The twenty-seventh Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Tuesday, October 21, and takes as its theme, Reform in the University and the Church. This ... [Conferences]


The Iron Age volume by Peter M. Fischer is available for free download at Open Access. Tell Abu al-Kharaz was identified as Jabesh Gilead by Nelson Glueck and is located about 7 miles southeast of Tel Rehov (near Beth Shean) and 2 miles east of the Jordan... [Jordan] [Jordan Rift] [Resources]
November 14, 2014, the Institut d’Histoire de la Réformation of the University of Geneva organizes together with Refo500 the workshop 17th Century: Age of Orthodoxies or Heterodoxies? The object of this workshop is to give a more detailed and nuanc... [Church History] [Conferences]


I will be in Morocco September 16-23 for Biblical Hebrew course at the Al Mowafaqa Institute. I will teach Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical students who joined the unique program offered by this ecumenical institute. These students already study Ara... [Courses] [Al Mowafaqa] [Arabic] [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew] [Linguistics] [philology]
Je pars pour le Maroc du 16 au 23 septembre pour un cours d’hébreu biblique à l’institut Al Mowafaqa. Ce cours s’adresse aux étudiants catholiques, protestants et évangéliques qui suivent la formation unique proposée par cet institut œcuméni... [Cours] [Al Mowafaqa] [arabe] [Bible hébraïque] [hébreu] [linguistique] [philologie]
The essay is right to say that GWU ‘snagged’ Rollston.  His previous institution was foolish to drive him off.  Foolish. Christopher A. Rollston, a scholar of the ancient Near East, has spent the past two years wandering through a series of ... [Scholars You Should Know]
The Expository Times October 2014; Vol. 126, No. 1 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Articles ----------------------------------------------------------------- Nearly 500 years a...
The Pergamum Museum in Berlin is home to three outstanding architectural remains from the ancient world: the Zeus Altar from Pergamum, the Miletus Market Gate, and the Ishtar Gate from Babylon. The Market Gate of Miletus, constructed about 120-130 A.D. du... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Church History] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Ishtar Gate] [Market Gate of Miletus] [Museums] [Pergamum Museum] [Roman Emperor]
Journal for the Study of the Old TestamentSeptember 2014; Vol. 39, No. 1 Article----------------------------------------------------------------- &nbs...
All About Evil (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I leaned towards the soul making theodicy as explained by John Hick, but I would go further than that. I am still toying with it, but I am leaning to calling something like entropic theodicy. Here are the basic p... [theology] [Theodicy]
I recently received an encouraging email from Ward Kelley, a long-time reader of this blog and someone I consider an “online” friend. I asked his permission to share his comments with you… Good morning. I got up this morning and decided ... [Close Your Church for Good] [discipleship] [Theology of the Church] [be the church] [homeless] [love like Jesus] [put service back into the church service]
Title: The Death of Jesus Series: WUNT 299 Author: Alexander J.M. Wedderburn Bibliographic info: xv, 193 pp., 31 pp. Publisher: Mohr Siebeck, 2013. Buy the book at Amazon. With thanks to Mohr Siebeck for the review copy. In this book, which Wedderburn re... [book review]


It was surely only going to be a matter of time, following the execution of two Americans, that a British citizen was going to be the next victim of the brutal violence of the self-styled ‘Islamic State.’ David Haines was, by all account, an i... [Life & Ministry] [Islam] [jesus] [Just War] [Justin Welby] [Michael Haines] [Mohammed] [pacifism] [violence] [War]
Back some time ago the nice folk at De Gruyter sent two companion volumes for review.  The first, Paul and Mark: Comparative Essays Part I – Two Authors at the Beginnings of Christianity; and the second, Mark and Paul: Comparative Essays Part II ... [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]


I'm delighted to be able to announce that a new essay of mine has been published in the Symposium section of Transformative Works and Cultures, the fan studies journal published by the Organization for Transformative Works. The essay is called Fan fictio... [media] [midrash]
Here now is the sixth in this series of interviews. I completed the first round of answers I received, and then put out a little call for more responses, and so was introducted to Jason Weaver, who has been working for some time as Biblical Languages and ...
JUDGE (ELUL 20)My name is four-dimensional.You couldn't say it if you tried.Call me the true judge, the onewho sees through your obfuscations.Further out than Pluto,deeper than Earth's corethe one who enwombs the worldand shines like a supernova.The one w... [Elul] [poetry]
Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials. In addition to coaching people in the ... [Training] [Logos 5] [Morris Proctor] [mp seminars] [Proximity Search] [tutorial]


David Flusser (a remarkable scholar) was born on 15 September, 1917, and died 15 September, 2000.  Flusser was that rarest of academics- a Jewish scholar of the New Testament.  Given his background and training, his insights into New Testament literatu... [Scholars You Should Know]
The current rise of ‘Universalism’ among Protestants is indicative of a deep distrust of God’s Providence and Election.  It is driven by severe insecurity and, at its deepest, a species of hatred of God.Filed under: Theology [theology]
Summary Answer:The Qur'an contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who ...
In 1554 Calvin wrote ‘The punishment that befell Servetus is always ascribed to me. I am called a master in cruelty, and shall now be said to mangle with my pen the dead body of the man who came to his death at my hands. And I will not deny that it was ... [Calvin] [Church History]


Bible Reading Destroys the Church (Part 1 of 2), by Paul Penley (contact info at bottom of post) Would Jesus promote personal Bible reading? You probably never thought to ask yourself that question. Protestant Christians assume getting a Bible into everyo... [Bible] [Biblical Studies]
CALDERON AND ANTON: Two articles have come up which highlight the recent contribution of two women to popular awareness of Talmudic and related themes. The first is a specialist with a PhD in Talmud, and also an Israeli politician. The second is a well...