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July 25 2014, 2AM

NEW BOOKS FROM BRILL:Women in the Bible, Qumran and Early Rabbinic LiteratureTheir Status and RolesPaul HegerWomen in the Bible, Qumran and Early Rabbinic Literature: Their Status and Roles portrays the tension between the unity of husband and wife and th...
Having married into a family descended from the surviving relatives of women executed as witches at Salem, I have long been saddened and fascinated by the story. Not just the story, but also by the cultural milieu. We all know about the witch trials and... [Books] [feminism] [Monsters] [Posts] [Religious Violence] [Robotics] [science] [America Bewitched] [Arthur C. Clarke] [McCarthyism] [Owen Davies] [Salem] [Salem Witch Trials] [witches]
The Australian government is currently conducting a Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. A major focus of this investigation has been the church; how the individual denominations have responded to allegations of sexual abus... [WIT Posts]
LARRY HURTADO: Review of Wright Published. An early review of my St Andrews colleague N. T. Wright's magnum opus, Paul and the Faithfulness of God (SPCK, 2013).
by Tenzan EaghllIn a hundred years from now when historians and scholars of religion look back on the perceptions of Muslims between the later half of the 20th and the first half of the 21st Century I wonder what conclusions they will come to? Will they l... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Tenzan Eaghll] [Theory and Method] [Theory in the Real World] [Al Jazeera] [al Qaeda] [AntiSemitism] [Dr. Ivan Kalmar] [Dr. Sarah Farris] [Islamophobia] [Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada] [University of Toronto] [world religions paradigm]

1AM

Het jaar 2014 is tot nu toe het ergste rampjaar voor de vervolgde christenen. Nog nooit eerder zijn er zoveel vervolgd en vermoord. In Nigeria werden niet alleen honderden christelijke meisjes ontvoerd, maar ook vele christenen vermoord en tientallen ker... [Christenvervolging]

12 AM

Κυκλοφόρησε στη σειρά A Guide for the Perplexed του εκδοτικού οίκου Bloomsburry T & T Clark ένα χρήσιμο εγχειρίδιο για την προφορική παράδοση και το ρόλο τη... [ευαγγέλια] [ιστορικός Ιησούς] [προφορικότητα]

July 24, 9PM

Why should anyone care when the heretic 'Marcion' lived?  I seem to care a lot about this problem.  Why am I so interested in Marcion?  I suppose the answer has something to with a fascination with ontology 'the study of the nature of being.'  Ever si...

8PM

No one wants to appear to be stupid - or at least, no one but me it seems.  One of the things I hate about academics is that - the fear of looking foolish tends to make them avoid certain opinions.  I don't know if the Marcionite understanding of Marci...
Dr. Graham Oppy just published a book titled, Reinventing Philosophy of Religion. Below is an interview he did about it, where he both defended it as a discipline and expressed a way to reinvent it. Oppy rightly mentions that philosophy gave birth to the ...

7PM

Take a look at a demo text of R. Rodriguez’s forthcoming book of the above title.  Sounds good, doesn’t it? Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Books [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

6PM

Remember how countries in the West cheered when Egyptians rose up against Mubarak and when the Libyan dictator was overthrown and when Syria rebelled against the butcher Assad? How is the uprising in #Gaza different from the uprisings of ‘the Arab ... [Modern Culture]
In a recent interview with the Times magazine, Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called “mild pedophilia,” which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does not believe causes “lasting harm.”  Dawkins went on to say th... [Total Depravity]

3PM

Recently on Facebook Allan Bevere commented that he had taken the road less traveled and now he didn’t know where he was. Sometimes I think I resemble that remark. But wherever Allan is, we may be neighbors, as he talks about a third way, avoiding l... [Christianity] [religion] [United Methodist Church]

2PM

Well, we didn’t do so well this past Monday, but a new week is coming! On Monday, July 28, we will meet again via Google Hangouts, with the announcement via e-mail (if you’ve requested one), or on my Google+ page. Jody has already posted the q... [Bible Passages] [Bible study] [Christianity] [religion] [Isaiah] [Psalms] [Romans] [Romans 9-11]
You can download 22-lecture Biblical Theology course by Greg Beale for free on iTunes U. Use this link. Here is a list of the 22 lectures.1: Introduction; Inaugurated Eschatology I 2: Inaugurated Eschatology II 3: Inaugurated Eschatology III 4: Inaugurate...

1PM

I kid you not- a headline in Ha’aretz declares- Owl injured in mortar attack on Israel picking up, attacked his doctors That’s a terrific sign for the young bird, who sustained head injuries – but clearly knows what’s going on. Mea... [Total Depravity]
A few days ago I quoted a great summary passage from Irenaeus, and it’s sad that we are still struggling with the same problems. Of course, few in churches would explicitly affirm two Gods in the Bible, but the way they describe God’s action ... [Hebrew Bible] [History of Interpretation] [Irenaeus] [Trinity] [angry god] [Creation] [loving god] [Marcion] [salvation]
There is a new book on Ellul’s theology due out within a few months, Dialectical Theology and Jacques Ellul: An Introductory Exposition by Jacob E. Van Vleet. In Dialectical Theology and Jacques Ellul, Jacob E. Van Vleet argues that the work of J... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

One of the most common requests we’ve received from WordPress.com users is the ability to add a logo to your site. While some premium themes have their own type of logo uploader, as soon as you switched your theme, the logo would disappear. But n... [Customization] [Features]
One of the most common requests we’ve received from WordPress.com users is the ability to add a logo to your site. While some premium themes have their own type of logo uploader, as soon as you switched your theme, the logo would disappear. But n... [Customization] [Features]
Interested in the lands of the Bible? Do you enjoy history or maps or archaeology? Planning a trip to any of the lands that are part of biblical history?I would like to invite anyone who is interested to participate in a free, online course I am offering,... [Archaeology] [biblical resources] [Biblical Studies] [elearning]
From Bloomberg News:  Omer Benjoya took a job this summer selling drinks, snacks and postcards on a hill that offers one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of Jerusalem. Now all the 17-year-old needs are customers. Since hostilities flared this ... [church] [Christianity] [Culture] [Falleness] [Gaza] [israel] [news] [Palestine] [Pilgrimage] [Tourism] [Travel] [War]
The following quotations are from Christoph Stenschke's excellent review of Ulrich Wilcken's 4 volume theology of the New Testament:If the study of the theology of the New Testament as an academic-exegetical discipline takes seriously the reality of God a... [hermeneutics]
The Patheos website will be undergoing an upgrade, a process which will last until sometime tomorrow if all goes smoothly. You should be able to continue commenting and discussing, but I will not be able to post until the upgrade is done. When it is, I�... [Patheos]

11AM

By a Canadian student: It is tiny in size — measuring only 1.1 inches in width — and its top is broken, but a 400- year-old copper crucifix found at Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula earlier in July has big historical significance, … Continu... [church] [Archaeology] [Canada] [Christianity] [Crucifix] [Discovery] [news]
Lord, keep us in thy Word and work, Restrain the murderous Pope and Turk, Who fain would tear from off thy throne Christ Jesus, thy beloved Son. The first verse of a hymn he composed as the Turkish (Muslim) army moved towards Vienna. Oh Martin…Filed... [Modern Culture]
Researchers took 66 children between the ages of five and six and asked them questions about stories — some of which were drawn from fairy tales, others from the Old Testament — in order to determine whether the children believed the characters in the...
The quote is problematic because it suggests that our acceptance or rejection of Jesus’s lordship in and over our lives somehow actually affects his status as Lord.  That’s rubbish.  It’s sloppy thinking and it’s terrible theolog... [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

10AM

A friend shared the images below from the book Get to Know Jesus by Nancy I. Sanders on Facebook. The characterization of what Bible scholars have to say in the second image is appallingly dishonest. I am not clear why Sanders thinks it is appropriate to ... [Bible] [Fundamentalism] [academics] [misrepresentation] [scholars]
There are rampant protests all over the world and commonly they are against Israel. It all happens because of the current events of the Middle East, which one must be living under a rock if, of which, he is still unaware. A protest, however, is not legiti... [Other Posts]
As first reported by Yahoo’s Rand Getlin, and just now by multiple other reporters, Ravens RB Ray Rice will be suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the season for beating … his then-fiancée. The NFL has stiffer penalties for smokin... [Modern Culture]

9AM

I watched the Robert Reich documentary, Inequality for All, a couple of nights ago.  In this documentary, Robert Reich was arguing that the decline of the middle class in the United States is not good for the economy or society.  When the mid... [Economics] [politics]
Residents of North America can order from ISD, the distributor in this hemisphere of TVZ books. View this document on ScribdFiled under: Biblical Studies Resources, Books, TVZ [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books] [TVZ]
I realize that in light of the world events the past few weeks, this is an insignificant memory. 16 years …Continue reading → [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [breakdown] [depression]

8AM

The standard liberal objection to religious motivations for political action is that they are unquestionable and not susceptible of disproof, so that they cannot form a part of the ongoing rational dialogue that should ideally characterize the political p... [Christian Theology] [politics of the absurd] [Zizek]
Title: Paul and the Faithfulness of God Author: N.T. Wright Bibliographic info: A gazillion pages Publisher: Fortress Press, 2013. Buy the book at Amazon. With thanks to Fortress Press for the digital review copy! First there was James Dunn’s Larg... [book review]
I recently spotted that Kenneth Leighton set Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s “Hymn to Matter” to music, in a composition for baritone, chorus, and orchestra or piano. I’ve been looking to see if there is a recording of the piece, but ... [music] [Progressive Christianity] [science] [Kenneth Leighton] [Pierre Teilhard de Chardin]

7AM

Source: BestCounselingDegrees.net [Love and Marriage]
Jesus humbled himself by taking on the nature of a human. While humility is often seen as a virtue in modern culture, people did not “humble themselves” in the Greco-Roman world. Someone who was humble was lowly and weak, even servile. That man should... [Evening Service Notes] [Philippians] [Bible study] [Paul]
As seguintes resenhas foram recentemente publicadas pela Review of Biblical Literature:Jason D. BeDuhnThe First New Testament: Marcion's Scriptural CanonReviewed by Richard I. PervoJoseph BlenkinsoppDavid Remembered: Kingship and National Identity in Anci... [resenhas]
As seguintes resenhas foram recentemente publicadas pela Review of Biblical Literature:Thomas L. BrodieBeyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus: Memoir of a DiscoveryReviewed by Benjamin I. SimpsonRichard J. CliffordWisdomReviewed by Lawrence M. WillsDav... [resenhas]

6AM

Here, at the end of the first section of the Sermon on the Mount, perfection is commanded. By commanding perfection, Jesus suggests the necessity—and possibility—of human transformation, a profound correcting of that which is imperfect, even w... [Books] [Idle Musings] [theology] [theosis]
Intercession is not our attempt to persuade God to do something He would rather not do. Instead, God is looking for someone who will intercede. It is Yahweh Himself who wants to initiate the intercession. Why is that? Why is intercession important? I wish... [Books] [Kinlaw] [theology]
The concept of “soul freedom” (sometimes referred to by other terms, such as “soul competency” and “freedom of conscience”) is an important one in the Baptist tradition (although we see it neglected or even rejected at... [Christianity] [music] [Baptist] [Songs] [soul freedom]
But this is the meaning and substance of this addition: I believe that there is upon earth a little holy group and congregation of pure saints, under one head, even Christ,* called together by the Holy Spirit in one faith, one mind, and understanding, wit... [church] [Holy Spirit]
Contemporary students of the Bible often ignore or disparage older commentators and commentaries. But I try to make them a regular part of my study. While these older works may be bereft of the latest research, they are often rich sources of pastoral wisd... [commentaries] [Jude] [New Testament]
If we define faith as “confidence” or “conviction” based on the evidence presented, and once we recognize that there is no such thing as “degrees of faith,” then this leads to the truth that faith is not a work. Faith ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [faith]

5AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The quote from Chris Keith is taken from his contribution to Pete Enns’ series about Biblical scholars’ “aha” moments. In almost but not entirely unrelated news, see Hemant Mehta’s post about a Kickstarter project to make a l... [Inerrancy] [Bible] [Chris Keith] [honesty] [inerrantists] [Peter Enns] [quote]

4AM

It can sink no lower. Inside Higher Ed has a story about an Illinois university which has decided to make ‘League of Legends’ a varsity sport and award a number of scholarships to boot: In the latest blow to the nerd-jock distinction, an Illinois univ... [mockery] [Modern Culture]
Although I've said some things repeatedly in the past, it's worth repeating some of them every once and a while. I consider the following claims more or less beyond reasonable dispute:1. All of us see the world from "within our heads." That is to say, we ... [hermeneutics]