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August 1 2014, 7AM

Many readers of Acts know that the character of Paul dominates the book. But Sean Adams has put some mathematical quantification to that observation. It is also interesting to see how other characters in Acts fare as can be seen in Adams' table below. ... [Acts] [New Testament]
The Wall Street Journal. The ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh, once the most powerful capital of the ancient world, has special importance for anyone familiar with the Bible. It was the setting for the book of Jonah, a place to … Continue reading &#... [church] [Biblical] [Christianity] [evil] [Falleness] [Islam] [Jonah] [Jonah's Tomb] [news] [persecution] [religion] [Terror]

6AM

Jonathan Homrighausen posted his July Biblical Studies Carnival at Linguae Antiquitatum. Go and check it out, it is a good one this month. Jonathan usually does some good work on linguistics and patristics on his blog, so it is good to highlight Lingu... [Biblioblogs] [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Biblioblogs] [blogging] [carnival] [Huzzah!]
‘I am sending in a parcel, my pocket Bible and three shrapnel bullets, of which the following is the story’. These are the opening words of letter 28 year old George Hever Vinall sent to his parents in July 1917 … Continue reading → [church] [Bible] [Christian Living] [Christianity] [faith] [Life] [War] [World War I]
Usually one would expect such a headline to announce that a replica of Solomon's temple had been built somewhere in the United States. This is the kind of thing that normally happens in the Mecca of cheap entertainment; A place like Las Vegas or Orla... [In the News]
Seleção de postagens dos biblioblogs em julho de 2014.Biblical Studies Blog Carnival — July 2014 EditionTrabalho feito por Jonathan Homrighausen, do blog Linguae Antiquitatum.E há também The Carnival is In Town. By Jim West.  The carnival is al... [Biblioblogs]
If there is one word which causes the most confusion in Christianity today about the nature and conditions of our eternal life, it is this word “saved.” Once Saved, Always Saved Take for example, the debate over “Once Saved, Always Saved.” Those ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [eternal security] [James 2] [Once Saved Always Saved] [salvation] [saved]

5AM

Secularists should teach the Philosophy of Religion in the classroom the same way they write their books, although they should allow for student interaction and debate. If the discipline is to be taught then this is one of the ways to do it right.

4AM

I've been wondering what Hector thinks of my call for ending the Philosophy of Religion, since I'm basing it on his call to end biblical studies. So I asked him. He has not followed the discussion that much but enough to say this (per email): My proposal ...
In case you have missed the announcement - 69th General Meeting of SNTS STUDIORUM NOVI TESTAMENTI SOCIETAS (SNTS) is an international society of New Testament scholars from around the world. The 69th General Annual Meeting will be held in Szeged starting... [Conferences]
I don’t even… I can’t explain how or why Chris is without clothing or why he is in that thing or why the other guy, who happens to be Jeremy Thompson, is taking… I can’t… viaFiled under: Friends, Humor [Friends] [humor]
  It's good to pause to praise the Lord and notice all you have with Sabbath eyes to take the sofa off your back and sit to start the morning sing the dawn and see the work of God to slow the pace of time to wonder at the colors and the fragrance of... [poetry] [Shabbat]

3AM

Today is the last day of a one week intensive I've been leading called "Bible as Christian Scripture." Great, fun group of people--recharged my bones a bit. (one person described them as "middle schoolers," no doubt a testament to the tone I've set. :-)I ... [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]
Deadly Piety: Be Careful! In the review of Scot McKnight’s SGBC: Sermon on the Mount, we now move into Matthew 6 with its opening “thematic (warning) statement” (6:1) and three examples of practices of deadly piety (by the Pharisees)—almsgiving (6... [Uncategorized]

2AM

Cari lettori, vi informiamo che il libro “Trekking Biblico in Galilea” è ora disponibile in formato Kindle! Ecco il link per la consultazione su amazon: clicca qui. [blog] [ebook] [kindle]
TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH (REPLICA EDITION): It's Solomon's Temple, complete with helipad (Isabel De Bertodano, The Jewish Chronicle).A vast replica of Solomon's Temple opened this week in Sao Paulo, with the capacity to seat 10,000 followers of the evangelical...
TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual CriticismGareth Wearne, ‫ קרנים מידו לו‬and ‫:מימינו אשדת למו‬ Reading Habakkuk 3:4 and Deuteronomy 33:2 in Light of One Another [TC] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [διακειμενικότητα] [κριτική κειμένου]
CONGRATULATIONS TO JACK SASSON: Jack Sasson’s scholarly efforts in Assyriology honored (Ann Marie Deer Owens, researchnews@vanderbilt).Jack M. Sasson, the Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt, has been inducted i...

1AM

SAD NEWS: Israel Antiquities Authority Director, Shuka Dorfman, 64, z’l (The Jewish Press).The man who has led the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) into the future of hi-tech since November 2000, Shuka Dorfman, passed away today (Thursday) at 64 afte...
A century ago today, the world erupted in war. Those who engaged in World War One are pretty much all gone now, but the war to end all wars has left its scars across the globe. We showed ourselves we could do it. We could drag, through our accumulated ... [Bible] [Bibliolatry] [Current Events] [Mesopotamia] [Posts] [Religious Violence] [Social Consciousness] [Assyria] [GETS Theological Seminary] [Iraq] [Jonah] [Justin Moyer] [Tomb of Jonah] [Washington Post] [World War One]

July 31, 11PM

The new book Reconstructing the Talmud is now available for order from Mechon Hadar. Below is the table of contents. [New Books] [Talmud] [Talmud Study]

10PM

Posted last week at BioLogos: A student of mine recently wrote a paper in which he talked about growing up in a church that taught young earth creationism. This student was beginning to feel quite uncomfortable as he had learned some facts about the world... [Science and Faith] [Biologos]

9PM

Summer is the time for reading and books and more books and more reading.  Consequently, the carnival is all about books this month: Old Testament ***** I’ve forgotten his name but he’s written a good piece on Brueggemann’s Theology (an... [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

8PM

Link. On this site Michael Rea, J.L. Schellenberg and Paul Draper respond. This is very gratifying to me. Sometimes the best a person can hope for is to raise an important issue that scholars think is worth talking about, even if they disagree. A few of t...

5PM

Is worth re-reading in these troubled times: “THE JERUSALEM DECLARATION ON CHRISTIAN ZIONISM“ Statement by the Patriarch and Local Heads of Churches In Jerusalem “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.&... [theology]
Or even ordered, my commentary…* ___________ *I apologize for the frequency and tone of these blatant attempts to get you to buy the best commentary ever published. Logos has told me to do it. Right now, as I type, Cliff Kvidahl is hovering over me... [Books]
Look on his front page right here, especially the post titled "William Lane Craig talking bizarro."

4PM

Saw this one on Facebook today“I often think that students take the view that one of my jobs as a professor is to reassure them that the Bible does not say anything that they do not already think, and to show how when it says something outrageous it doe...

3PM

I don’t want to point fingers, but 18 volumes for $299 is twice the cost and half the books (with more being added) since my commentary is over 36 volumes for a mere and paltry $199. Sure, Brazos is probably ok.  It’s focus is theological (li... [Books]
“When the leftists think you are a rightist and when the rightists think you are a leftist, when the Haredi Jews think that you are not even Jewish, and when everyone attacks you – then you know that you’re doing … Continue reading... [Tabor's Blog]

2PM

The Israel Antiquities Authority announces the passing of Yehoshua (Shuka) Dorfman today, July 31, 2014, at the age of 64. His passing came after what is described as a long battle with a serious illness. Dorfman’s academic training was in Politica... [Archaeology] [israel] [IAA] [Israel Antiquities Authority] [Shuka Dorfman]
Jack M. Sasson, the Mary Jane Werthan Professor ofJewish Studies and Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt, has been inducted into the International Association for Assyriology’s Honorary Council. Sasson, who is also a professor of classics, is one of a dozen scho... [Friends]

1PM

For you to send in your Carnival suggestions.  Remember, this month it’s all about books.  The Carnival will go live at 00:01 on 1 August. Filed under: Biblical Studies Carnival, Books [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Books]
Africa. Horrible. So stupid. The poor animal. JOHANNESBURG – The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) on Thursday confirmed one of the giraffe which was transported on the highway in Centurion has died. The SPCA’s Rick Allan ... [Culture] [Animals] [Falleness] [giraffe] [news] [South Africa] [SPCA] [stupidity] [Wildlife]
Through August 8, you can get the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible for $130.00 off, and, for the first time, we’re releasing the Library of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Studies (LHBOTS) as a single collection! Brazos Theological Commentary on ... [Products]

12 PM

:( He was the head of the IAA and he passed away today and his funeral will be in Gadera tomorrow around noon.   A week ago he resigned his position after being ill for an extended amount of time.   May he rest in peace. Via Joe Zias, Jerusalem. Filed... [Archaeology]
An Oklahoma woman is regretting her decision to exercise her rights as a consumer.  Lynette Rae Sampson was unhappy about the quality of the methamphetamine she had bought and called the police to complain.  It was a scene that could almost have come fr... [Modern Culture]

11AM

Ik zag pas een artikel met deze titel en het viel me op hoe eenzijdig alles werd belicht en soms zelfs foutieve of uit zijn verband gerukte informatie werd genoemd. 1. Israël heeft zich toch teruggetrokken uit de Gazastrook; het is toch geen bezet gebied... [Israël] [Oorlog] [Gaza]

10AM

10. God will be pictured as male and described in masculine terms 90% of the time. 8. Biblical characters of your own gender will be featured as primary subjects and as positive examples  90% of the time in the educational curriculum. Male characters wi... [sexism] [Gail Vaughn Wallace] [Junia Project] [male privilege] [privilege]
I shudder to think of what they’ve done to it. The email advert opines Couples and marriages are hurting. The world is bombarding them with temptation and non-biblical solutions for their relationship. THE SONG is a music-driven love story, inspire... [media] [misery] [Modern Culture]
Check out Edin and Espresso — today’s spiffy new additions to our massive family of themes. Edin Edin is a brand-new, free business theme designed by yours truly. It’s a modern and fully responsive theme that will help you create a s... [Themes] [blog] [Business] [Edin] [Expresso] [PhotoBlog]
Check out Edin and Espresso — today’s spiffy new additions to our massive family of themes. Edin Edin is a brand-new, free business theme designed by yours truly. It’s a modern and fully responsive theme that will help you create a s... [Themes] [blog] [Business] [Edin] [Expresso] [PhotoBlog]
I just wanted to thank all of you who have stopped this blog over the years.  I was looking at some statistics and as of today there has been 1,101,859 page views.  That really blows me away, since I never expected that number to be so high...

9AM

I was reading a post yesterday about the difficulty of being single in church.  I’ll link to it (see here), but my goal is not so much to comment on the post itself, as it is to use it as a launch-pad for my own post.  Laura’s post is abou...
Unfortunately, one of the most effective ways to shake the faith of some "bible believing" Christians is not to make them read the works of "theological liberals", or digest critical scholars such as Ehrman or Lüdemann. Just give them...
I intend to do a five part series of posts on my call to end the philosophy of religion (PoR) discipline in secular universities, by answering the following questions: 1) Why do I propose ending PoR as a subdiscipline of Philosophy proper in the secular u...
Vetus dictum est, fratres carissimi, malorum uberem esse proventum, quod adeo verum est, ut nihil ęque. Posteaquam enim quorundam studiis vel tantillum licet per nostram sive inertiam sive cęcitatem, iam modum eis ponere sic nesciunt, ut et perire ipsi ... [Church History] [Zwingli]