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November 22 2014, 6AM

Earlier this week, Don Sprowl, the Chief Academic Officer of IWU. Shared about the contrast between the times when we really feel like Ecclesiastes--"Futile, futile, everything is futile"--and the inner peace we can have with Christ inside. We can learn t... [Ecclesiastes] [imprecatory psalms]

5AM

The quote from Gregory C. Jenks comes from an article on the Progressive Christianity website, written back in 2011, “Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally.” Click through to read it.Neither the Bible nor God is well served by any tacti... [Bible] [Inerrancy] [Progressive Christianity] [Gregory C. Jenks] [Progressive Christianity]
I am not what you’d call a fashion-conscious man. I literally still wear clothes I had in college. Most of them are petty much for around-the-house, given the condition they’re in, and although I wear jeans less, I have never really tried to “chan... [higher education] [Just for Fun] [Memoirs] [Posts] [Sects] [Travel] [AAR/SBL] [MOOC] [San Diego] [Seaport Village] [USS Midway]

4AM

We gaan verder met onze (concept)vertaling  van Ruth, deze keer het tweede gedeelte van hoofdstuk 3. 3:10 En hij zei: “Gezegend is de HEER, mijn dochter! Je hebt [met] deze laatste [vorm van] trouw je eerste overtroffen, omdat je geen jongemannen ... [Bijbelvertalingen] [AB-vertaling] [Ruth] [Vertalingen]

3AM

In “Thomas and the Growth of the Gospels.” Harvard Theological Review (1960) 53(10): 231-250), R McL Wilson says about GTh 76: This is sufficiently close to the parable of the Pearl of Great Price to be recognized as simply another version. Th... [Biblical Studies] [commentary] [Gospel of Thomas] [hermeneutics] [parable of the pearl]
Today our college is having an end of year dinner, and the theme is “church history.” Can you guess who I’m dressed up as? [Uncategorized]
I have two items for my blog post today about II Chronicles 8. 1.  II Chronicles 8:1-2 states in the NRSV: “At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon had built the house of the LORD and his own house, Solomon rebuilt the cities that Huram ... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [II Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

2AM

THE TALMUD BLOG: Itay Marienberg-Milikowsky reviews M. Vidas, 'Tradition and the Formation of The Talmud.' In Hebrew!This book was also noted earlier here.
NEW BOOK FROM WESTMINSTER JOHN KNOX:Daniel (Book)A Commentaryby Carol A. Newsom ISBN: 9780664220808 Trim Size: 5.875 x 8.75 Page Count: 472 Weight: 0.00 Format: Book Product Number: 0664220800 Publication Date: 11/14/2014Descri...

12 AM

For you are bidden to love your enemy and the stranger, in order that you may love your neighbour the better. [5] The requirement of the undue is an augmentation of the due benevolence. But the due precedes the undue, as the principal quality, and more wo...
Since, however, He has made the law obsolete by His own precepts, even by Himself fulfilling the law (for superfluous is, "Thou shalt not commit adultery," when He says, "Thou shalt not look on a woman to lust after her; "superfluous a...
Indeed they would have found it impossible either to convert Jews or to bring in Gentiles, unless they "set forth in order" that which they would have them believe. Much less, when churches were advanced in the faith, would they have withdrawn f...

November 21, 11PM

Vienna is a town of endless cafes, restaurants, sweet shops, curiosity shops, and culture of all sorts. For example….. Even Mozart is trying to talk you into eating sweets!! And if you don’t Mozart gives you his bitter beer face. I’d be ... [Uncategorized]
Now, inasmuch as from the first he had no regard for man, a stranger to him from the first, he settled beforehand, by this neglect of his, that he had nothing to do with an alien creature. Besides, the rule of loving a stranger or enemy is preceded by the...
These considerations show that the entire order of God as Judge is an operative one, and (that I may express myself in worthier words) protective of His Catholic and supreme goodness, which, removed as it is from judiciary emotions, and pure in its own co...
Welcome from San Diego — Kris and I are at our annual attendance at the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and enjoying a brief respite from the cold weather in Chicagoland. (By the way, I checked the Dashboard and this is the 473d Weekly Meanderi... [Weekly Meanderings]

10PM

But as God is eternal and rational, so, I think, He is perfect in all things. "Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Prove, then, that the goodness of your god also is a perfect one. That it is indeed imperfect has b...
Besides which, it must have followed, that, for the man to whom he committed the ministration of the gospel, he would add the injunction that it be not ministered in all places, and without respect to persons, in accordance with the Lord's saying, "N...
The Lord teaches us that many "ravening wolves shall come in sheep's clothing." Now, what are these sheep's clothing's, but the external surface of the Christian profession? Who are the ravening wolves but those deceitful senses and spirits whi...
It is well, therefore, that he premised the attribute of the most good God as most patient over the wicked, and most abundant in mercy and kindness over such as acknowledged and bewailed their sins, as the Ninevites were then doing. For if He who has this...
Originally posted on The New Oxonian: riting about not believing is not easy.  We are accustomed to poems about neurotic seizures, personal crisis, lost love and suicidal consequences, but the big questions of belief and religion have more commonly been ... [Uncategorized]
Originally posted on The New Oxonian: by admin Posted on September 11, 2012 Mosque of Cordoba” (c.1932) Masjid  e- Qur-tubah Silsilah-e roz-o-shab In the flow of light to dark the jeweller is hard at work. In the spaces between light and dark, in ... [Uncategorized]
Persons are still living who remember them,—their own actual disciples and successors,—who cannot therefore deny the lateness of their date. But, in fact, by their own works they are convicted, even as the Lord said. For since Marcion separated the N...
Listen, ye sinners; and ye who have not yet come to this, hear, that you may attain to such a pass! A better god has been discovered, who never takes offence, is never angry, never inflicts punishment, who has prepared no fire in hell, no gnashing of teet...

9PM

He found a Bible and asked what it was… So I tried to explain it… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

8PM

After a great time catching up with Martin Ehresvard and meeting briefly one of his Copenhagen colleagues I wandered back to the hotel and snapped this shot. More tomorrow, as the sessions commence in earnest and the book hall opens. Filed under: Modern ... [Modern Culture]

7PM

Thus even though they delete also the testimony of the devils who cry out to Jesus 'son of David', yet they will not be able to delete the testimony of the apostles, if the devils' testimony is beneath their notice. [Tertullian De carne Christi 22.1 KROYM...
Therefore it was to Israel that he spake when He said, "I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Not yet had He "cast to the dogs the children's bread; " not yet did He charge them to "go into the way of the Ge...
Now, if even parables obscure not the light of the gospel, how unlikely it is that plain sentences and declarations, which have an unmistakeable meaning, should signify any other thing than their literal sense! But it is by such declarations and sentences...
But He also teaches us, that "He is rather to be feared, who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell," that is, the Lord alone; "not those which kill the body, but are not able to hurt the soul," (Matthew 10:28) that is to say, a...

6PM

a good week indeed- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5PM

I am delighted to be able to post here a piece by Richard Bauckham assessing the new book by Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson, The Lost Gospel:Assessing The Lost GospelPart 1: The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor– Co... [Aseneth] [Barrie Wilson] [lost gospel] [richard bauckham] [simcha jacobovici]
Can’t miss this one! Directly relevant to my new research project! North American Association for the Study of Religion Theme: Strategies of Mythmaking at Christian Tourist Attractions  P22-103 Saturday – 9:30 AM-11:50 AM Hilton Bayfront... [SBL / AAR] [AAR] [Creation Museum] [creationism] [NAAR]
Compassion also does He teach: "Be ye merciful," says He, "as your Father also that had mercy upon you." This injunction will be of a piece with, "Deal thy bread to the hungry; and if he be houseless, bring him into thine house; a...
The wolf or the paltry thief escapes not the notice of the keeper of your vineyard or your garden! And God, I suppose, with His keener vision, from on high was unable to miss the sight of aught which lay beneath Him! Foolish heretic, who treat with scorn ...
Let me return, however, from this digression to discuss the priority of truth, and the comparative lateness of falsehood, deriving support for my argument even from that parable which puts in the first place the sowing by the Lord of the good seed of the ...

4PM

How does one come to understand China? Many are those who wish to do so, especially in light of China’s growing global influence. I am not so interested in the motivations for seeking to understand China, ranging all the way from the personal to the geo... [china] [Mao Zedong] [reading Mao] [zhongguotong]
Recently the topic of risk and danger has come up in several discussions of Christian Ministry. Shauna Hyde, who I interviewed along with Chris Surber, has spent the night in tent town with homeless folks and earned the informal title “vicar of tent... [Christian Mission] [Christianity] [religion] [fear] [Ministry] [Missions]
Jim:Ok but I had to do this one. Originally posted on Amazing Lookalike!: On the left is Ernst Axel Knauf, Associate Professor of Old Testament and the Biblical World at the University of Bern. On the right is Lord Varys, a character on T.V. series Gam... [Modern Culture]

3PM

Two paragraphs from Rendering unto Caesar: The most obvious conflict with the fusion of Christian and American identity is that it denies the universal nature of the Kingdom of God. When our allegiances are too strongly aligned with any kingdom of this wo... [Books] [Christian Mission] [Christianity] [mission]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2PM

He already wrote a nice blurb for the book. On his blog, The Secular Outpost, he additionally said: "I know of no other book which argues in such comprehensive detail that Christianity has caused so much harm in the world." I agree but then you'd expect ...
For a variety of reasons, including lack of conference funding and lack of any actual desire to attend, I am missing this year’s AAR/SBL conference, much as I missed last year and the year before that. Yet I can experience all the most exciting mom... [boredom]

1PM

Look upon the close junctions of the nerves as propagations of roots, and the branching courses of the veins as winding rivulets, and the down (which covers us) as moss, and the hair as grass, and the very treasures of marrow within our bones as ores of f...
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
I recently read an article by Julie Roys, host of Moody Radio’s Up for Debate program.  The article is entitled “Facts About the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind.”   The article goes into the fine-tuning of the universe.  Essent... [Apologetics]
The remarks I have advanced on this case will be also of use to me in illustrating the subsequent parable of the rich man tormented in hell, and the poor man resting in Abraham's bosom. For this passage, so far as its letter goes, comes before us abruptly...
Now, although He has in a certain place expressed an aversion of Sabbaths, by calling them your Sabbaths, reckoning them as men's Sabbaths, not His own, because they were celebrated without the fear of God by a people full of iniquities, and loving God &q...
I’m traveling today to San Diego for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. I have scheduled some posts to appear during this period, and also hope to blog about the conference while there. But... [American Academy of Religion] [biblioblogging] [Society of Biblical Literature] [AAR] [San Diego] [SBL]
"The Lord (beholdeth and) knoweth them that are His; " and "the plant which (my heavenly Father) hath not planted, He rooteth up; " and "the first shall," as He shows, "be last; " and He carries "His fan in His...
As you know, Faithlife built Logos Bible Software to get you into Scripture and study the Bible with smart tools and resources. And Faithlife also built Proclaim Church Presentation Software with the same dedication to the Word. Proclaim allows thousands ... [Products] [bible art] [bible screen] [Logos Bible Software] [on-screen bible] [Preaching] [Proclaim] [proclaim church presentation software] [scripture] [Verse art] [verse of the day]

12 PM

Now, the Gentiles knew nothing either of Him, or of any of His promises. Therefore it was to Israel that he spake when He said, "I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Matthew 15:24) Not yet had He "cast to the dogs t...
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
I come now to the point which (is urged both by our own brethren and by the heretics). Our brethren adduce it as a pretext for entering on curious inquiries, and the heretics insist on it for importing the scrupulosity (of their unbelief). It is written, ...
Vincent Loyd’s work, The Problem With Grace discerns some of the complex interplay between African American theological perspectives and modern political estates. His first aim is to dispel the methodology that relies upon supersessionist foundations to... [Political Jesus] [faith] [grace] [Law] [law vs. grace] [Political Theology]

11AM

Now if he caught at the name Christ, just as the pickpocket clutches the dole-basket, why did he wish to be called Jesus too, by a name which was not so much looked for by the Jews? For although we, who have by God's grace attained to the understanding of...
What man, then, of sound mind can possibly suppose that they were ignorant of anything, whom the Lord ordained to be masters keeping them, as He did, inseparable (from Himself) in their attendance, in their discipleship, in their society, to whom, "w...

10AM

I always suspect that people who slugged their way through a doctoral program in religious studies and then turn their eyes to studying the differences between the heretics and the orthodox end up siding with 'the man' (= the great Church) not because of ...
I am credited in an article of Baarda's somewhere as getting him to look at the Transfiguration in the Arabic text. There are two interesting variants. The first was the one he spent most time on - the strange editorial reference to the existence of ano...
Even in the air there’s time to point out that Joel is a heretic. Via Milt A. on Fb. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
“The Commandment places the parents in honor for the very purpose that the self-will of the children may be broken.” – Martin LutherFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

“It is not possible to be a Christian, and lay the cross upon the shoulders of others; you must bear it yourself.” And again “But how many now only speak of the forgiveness of sins, and nothing or very little of repentance, and yet there... [Modern Culture]
Charles L. Quarles, Illustrated Life of Paul (Nashville: B&H, 2014). The writings, theology, and life of the apostle Paul continue to generate interest. Some works seek to present new and novel ways of approaching the subject, whereas others take a mo... [book] [Book Reviews] [New Testament] [Paul]
Michael Gehrling’s honest reflections on singleness: I’ve learned a lot about singleness. I’ve even come to appreciate it, and can agree with the Apostle Paul that singleness is a gift as valuable as marriage. I can see that the gift of singlene... [Uncategorized]
Well, here I am in glorious San Diego for the AAR/SBL!  Finishing a paper today and going for a long walk. Here’s the view from the 14th floor of the Omni Hotel     #AARSBL #SBL #AAR No comments… Continue reading [SBL / AAR] [AAR/SBL] [San Diego] [SBL] [Society of Biblical Literature]
Eternal life is not a peculiar feeling inside! It is not your ultimate destination, to which you will go when you are dead. If you are born again, eternal life is that quality of life that you possess right now, at this very moment, in your own physical b... [Books] [Ian Thomas]
HCSB Study Bible B&H | Amazon | CBD Many thanks to the kind folks at Broadman & Holman for this review copy! This volume is like many others of its kind—big and bulky. As such I would expect most who use this bible (and study bibles in general) ... [Bibles] [Books] [Reviews] [HCSB] [HSCB Study Bible]
In his death and resurrection, Christ abolished war. Christ made it clear on the cross that war will no longer be the way the world is transformed. The cross exposes the use of violent force as a shameful practice to be renounced. Yes, Christ has abolishe... [Farewell to Mars] [gospel] [Idle Musings] [theology]
The church is a group of God’s elect (cf. Rom 8:33; Eph 1:4; Col 3:12; 1 Thess 1:4; 2 Tim 2:10; Titus 1:1; 1 Pet 1:1-2; 2:8-9; 5:13; Rev 17:14). As we have seen previously, Israel is another group of God’s elect. The real difference, however, betw... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of the Church] [Calvinism] [church] [election] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

8AM

I met Al Blazo at the PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference a few months ago. He was one of the organizers, a passionate man dedicated to changing the religious landscape, one of the unsung heroes for reason and science. He sent me a note highly recommendi...
I don't often comment on current political items. Most of the time they are just a distraction—especially given the current political deadlock and polarization. Christians need to stand above the chaos and speak peace (shalom-type peace) and love into e... [gospel] [Idle Musings] [Shalom] [theology]
Is it possible that De Recta in Deum Fide preceded Tertullian Adv Marc? Was the fictitious Dialogue between Adamantius, Marcus (not Megethius) and Eutropius written at the time of Irenaeus and this is where we get the name 'Marcion'?
Now who would not thus have rebutted the unfairness of the rebuke, if he had supposed its author to belong to him who had had no right as yet to complain? Except that not even He would have inveighed against them, if He had not dwelt among them of old in ...
We often think of blog posts as being just a few paragraphs long, or being a “less serious” kind of writing. Not so! In this challenge, we’ll focus on writing longform pieces that are equally at home on your blog or in a magazine. Whethe... [Better Blogging] [Community] [blogging u.] [longform] [Writing]
We often think of blog posts as being just a few paragraphs long, or being a “less serious” kind of writing. Not so! In this challenge, we’ll focus on writing longform pieces that are equally at home on your blog or in a magazine. Whethe... [Better Blogging] [Community] [blogging u.] [longform] [Writing]

7AM

For who can refuse to believe that these words often revolved in the thought of those women between the sorrow of that desertion with which at present they seemed to themselves to have been smitten by the Lord, and the hope of the resurrection itself, by ...
But Christ prohibits divorce, saying, "Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery; and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband, also committeth adultery." In order to forbid divorce, He makes it u...
There are no bad reasons to stop believing the ridiculous.I have actually made such an argument in four parts to be read beginning here.
We have also in the Scriptures robes mentioned as allegorizing the hope of the flesh. Thus in the Revelation of John it is said: "These are they which have not defiled their clothes with women," -indicating, of course, virgins, and such as have ...
This new paper for "The Social Science Journal" sounds interesting. Here's the abstract:This paper reviews recent studies that claim to provide support, through statistical analysis of survey data, for the traditional proposition that being religious make...
Integrity, whether the result of preservation or restoration, will be able to lose nothing more, after the time that it has given back to it whatever it had lost. Now, when you contend that the flesh will still have to undergo the same sufferings, if the ...
Title: The Entangled Trinity: Quantum Physics and Theology Author: Ernest Simmons Bibliographic info: 160 pp. Publisher: Fortress Press, 2014. Buy the book at Amazon. I enjoy reading the occasional book on quantum physics and I love to read books on the... [book review]
Do we prove the faith by the persons, or the persons by the faith? No one is wise, no one is faithful, no one excels in dignity, but the Christian; and no one is a Christian but he who perseveres even to the end. You, as a man, know any other man from th...
This week marked our final look at Christian-authored apocrypha; our final class, in two weeks, focuses on anti-Christian apocrypha (the Toledot Yeshu and the Gospel of Barnabas) and modern anti-Christian apocrypha apologetic writers. But this week we loo... [2014 New Testament Apocrypha Course]
"That of all which the Father hath given to me, I should lose none," -not even a hair, as also not an eye nor a tooth. And yet whence shall come that "weeping and gnashing of teeth,"236 if not from eyes and teeth?-even at that time whe...
As readers of this blog probably know, I wrote a short and focused review of one aspect of Richard Carrier’s book On the Historicity of Jesus for The Bible and Interpretation. I am planning to follow up with another such focused review, probably ... [mythicism] [Apologetics] [education] [jesus] [literacy] [Paul] [Richard Carrier] [Socrates]