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July 31 2014, 3AM

Selected from Basics of Biblical Aramaic Video Lectures, this video presents all material from Chapter 2: Vowels with Miles V. Van Pelt. Basics of Biblical Aramaic Video Lectures provides 22 easy-to-follow lessons (on 3 DVDs) on the most neglected biblica... [Biblical Studies Resources]
The third installment of the Biblical Studies Online podcasts is now available on iTunes. The theme is ‘Jesus, Paul and Empire': James Crossley talks about a major recent trend in New Testament scholarship which casts Jesus, the Gospels and Paul as anti... [Biblical Studies Resources]
Trust is a powerful word. From the Merriam Webster dictionary definition: belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. a) assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b) one in which... [Uncategorized]


The Bible Translator 65:2 (2014)Andrew Bowden, "Count What All Joy? The Translation of πειρασμός in James 1.2 and 12," 113-124 (abstract)Yongbom Lee, "Alternative Translation of 1 Corinthians 12.2: Unreal (Contra-Factual) Sense of ἂν ἤγεσ... [1 Κορινθίους] [Bible Translator] [Ιακώβου] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [μετάφραση] [προφήτες]
΄Ενα πολύ ενδιαφέρον άρθρο της Joy A. Schroeder σχετικά με την παρουσία και το ρόλο γυναικών ερμηνευτών της Βίβλου έχει αναρτηθεί στη γνωστή ιστοσ... [γυναίκα] [ερμηνεία] [ιστορία έρευνας]
THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: When the Talmud Offers Close Readings of Sacred Fictions. Antic embellishments, like Esther being good in bed, help Talmudic rabbis to more fully explicate the text’s divine meaning. Excerpt:But t...
Robert L. Cole, Psalms 1–2: Gateway to the Psalter Reviewed by Richard S. BriggsAvraham Faust, The Archaeology of Israelite Society in Iron Age II Reviewed by William G. DeverGregory P. Fewster, Creation Language in Romans 8: A Study in Monosemy Reviewe... [2 Θεσσαλονικείς] [RBL] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [Ρωμαίους] [Ψαλμοί]
Simon Gathercole and Larry Hurtado have published very helpful reviews of Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Gathercole’s review is at Reformation21, and Hurtado’s is on his blog where you can find the pre-publication version and... [Books] [Paul] [Reviews] [n.t. wright]
LARRY HURTADO: Scholarly Work and the “Blogosphere.” Excerpt:Scholarly work intended to have an impact on the field isn’t done in blogging. The amount of data, its complexity, the analysis and argumentation involved, and the engagement with the w...


At a certain age, when alumni magazines arrive (and they will), one starts first by opening to the necrology. Who didn’t make it as far as me, after all? There’s a poignancy to it—knowing that at any age we’re vulnerable—but many of us felt a ... [Consciousness] [evolution] [higher education] [Posts] [science] [Barbara Moran] [Boston University] [Bostonia] [Deborah Kelemen] [immortality] [Natalie Emmons] [Spock Fallacy] [You Are What You Feel]

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July 30, 11PM

Paraphrasing the well-known words of Luther, Russia might say: ‘Here I stand on the border line between the old, capitalist world and the new, socialist world. Here, on this border line, I unite the efforts of the proletarians of the West and of the pea... [Marxism] [theology] [Luther] [reading Stalin]
This Sunday the readings highlight the way the Kingdom of God is present sacramentally. Specifically, hopes for the restoration of Israel are linked to a miracle of Jesus, the feeding of the five thousand, which is clearly understood eucharistically. I'l...


This post is a section of a paper titled “The Repentance of God.” This paper was written by Ming Zhang, one of my students in the course “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” This course … Continue reading → [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [old testament]
There are a number of reasons people normally start with Adam with presenting the gospel. Adam’s fall, following the creation account, stands at the beginning of the biblical story. Naturally, people simply follow the sequence of events. People want... [Uncategorized]


No this is not a post by Chris Skinner (even though he is the “John” expert). My day job is Pauline studies, but I moonlight reading up on Johannine studies and I was excited to get the chance to review Jey Kanagaraj’s John commentary. ... [Uncategorized]


‘If Servetus had read Jim’s commentary, he would have been converted.’ – John Calvin Filed under: Calvin [Calvin]


Phil at hyperekperissou has a nice article about Protestants reading the early church fathers. The article grows out of an attitude that I also sometimes encounter: Roman Catholic or Orthodox Christians of a certain bent seem offended that a Protestant wo... [+Apostles' Teaching] [fathers] [Patristics]


Visiting Germany… to the dismay of Germany… German newspaper Bild lists the “ailments” that afflict Britons abroad, including a tendency to drink too much and strip off at the slightest opportunity. The article lists “underwe... [Friends]
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Robert L. ColePsalms 1–2: Gateway to the Psalter by Richard S. Briggs Avrah... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]
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Visits over the last 24 hours: Country Views United States 5,566 United Kingdom 800 Canada 486 Germany 275 Australia 245 Israel 184 Italy 108 Argentina 90 Russian Federation 84 Brazil 83 Denmark 76 Netherlands 74 South Africa ... [Modern Culture]
I have been invited by “Coulisse et compagnie” on Radio Saint-Louis in Martinique. Following my conference on the apocryphal literature, on July 16, Radio Saint-Louis wished to know more on my works and scientific career. I gladly answered questions... [Radio] [apocrypha] [aramaic] [Archaeology] [Bible] [epigraphy] [gospels] [Greek] [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew] [history] [New Testament] [pseudepigrapha] [Qumran] [Semitic]
Je suis l’invité de l’émission “Coulisse et compagnie”, diffusée sur Radio Saint-Louis en Martinique. Suite à ma conférence sur les apocryphes le 16 juillet dernier, Radio Saint-Louis a souhaité en savoir plus sur mes travaux et mon parcours... [Radio] [apocryphes] [araméen] [archéologie] [Bible] [épigraphie] [Évangiles] [grec] [Bible hébraïque] [hébreu] [histoire] [Nouveau Testament] [pseudépigraphes] [Qumrân] [sémitique]
Among several podcasts heard and blogs read, I come across many telling of men and women claiming to receive direct revelation from God for revelation to a person or group.  These messages have characteristics deemed necessary to qualify as a Spirit-... [deception] [discernment]
Like Coulter, he is a publicity whore.  Like Coulter, he seldom knows what he’s talking about.  Like Coulter, he loves the spotlight.  Like Coulter, he befouls himself with more ignorance about theology and religion than a herd of swine wallowing... [Dilettante] [disdain] [mockery] [Modern Culture] [Pseudo-scholarship] [Schadenfreude] [scorn] [Texas and Texans] [Total Depravity]


I saw this link on Fr Rob’s Irishanglican Weblog: Hamas has executed scores of Gazan civilians over the past few days, according to several separate reports. Yisrael Hayom quotes Arab news sources that report that Hamas has executed some 30 Gazan... [Culture] [Hamas] [Islam] [israel] [Palestine] [Terror] [War]
‘Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?’ – Lady Macbeth In the Summa Theologiae, Thomas Aquinas addresses the problem of the vials of Christ’s blood so plentifully held in reliquaries across Europe. If Ch... [Blood A Critique of Christianity Book Event]


This is something I have posted in one form or another before, but I thought it would be interesting to see what you think about it here at DC. Before I set out, this is not a post to be confused with "should religion be destroyed" as that is a...
Source: Amber Brantly, the wife of Dr. Kent Brantly, and her immediate family issued the following statement. Dr. Brantly, a member of the Samaritan’s Purse team in Liberia, tested positive for the Ebola virus and is fighting for his life. We apprec... [Uncategorized]


At last, the third thought-petal of my five which I first listed here with elaborations here, here and here. But this is more than a petal. It is the stamen itself. Completeness indicates the end of the story. Completeness is another synonym for the wh... [personal theology]
I was watching a YouTube video of the Christian movie, God’s Not Dead.  Many people focus on the part of the movie in which a Christian student challenges his atheistic philosophy professor.  But there are other sub-plots to the movie, as w... [movies] [religion]
Probably lots of women were divorced in the 4th century. But Fabiola’s story is particularly interesting. I couldn’t find her written up in any history of previously ignored Christian women. She lived at the time that Jerome was teaching Roman... [feminism] [Fabiola] [hospitals] [jerome] [Paula]
This is ordinarily something I’d keep to my own private haunt, Departure Delayed, but today is too special a day for my understandably minuscule following there. The 90th birthday of a man, William H. Gass, whose writing I perhaps too slavishly ador... [literature] [William H. Gass]


When the Israeli army exits #Gaza, the United States should channel every penny it sends to Israel to Gaza instead.  And station troops there to protect the Palestinians from Israel and Israel from Hamas.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The article on bad academic writing that’s been going around strikes me as perhaps a little cruel, and as unlikely to actually get through to the people who most need the message — after all, it’s notoriously difficult to see the flaws i... [Academia]
…and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20) What are you doing, Paul, making common things your own, and clai... [New Testament] [Galatians] [John Chrysostom]
[NOTE: Earlier this summer, The Girlfriend and I watched a lot of House of Cards and Scandal, so that must be kept in mind in reading this post.] It’s easy to forget now, but in the summer of 2008, it really looked like John McCain would win. Only ... [boredom] [politics of the absurd]
Crisis Magazine: The recent siege of systematic targeting of Christians in the Middle East should spur us to action in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ. While separated from them geographically, we are called to unite ourselves with R... [church] [Christian Living] [Christianity] [Culture] [faith] [Falleness] [news] [persecution]
AN ARMY OF TRANSLATORS: Suda On Line: Byzantine Lexicography. From the Overview page:Certain fundamental sources for the study of the ancient world are currently accessible only to a few specially trained researchers because they have never been provide...


In contrast to the Solomon temple replica in Brazil, the churches of Canada are being re-purposed into gyms. MONTREAL — Weight machines fill the space where once there were pews, and visitors sip nutritional green smoothies, not communion wine. But desp... [church]
In an interview with a TV producer a week or so ago, the question came up whether early Christianity (Roman-era) was secretive and operated in a covert manner, seeking to avoid hostile attention.  The origins of this notion I don’t really know (inf... [Uncategorized] [Christian Origins] [Historical Context] [NT religious ideas] [Roman-era religious environment]
The July 2014 Biblical Studies Carnival will be hosted by Jonathan Homrighausen at his fine blog Linguae Antiquitatum. Consider this your official encouragement to send Jonathan links to blogs of interest published in July. Send him an email (jdhomri... [Biblioblogs] [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Biblioblogs] [blogging] [carnival] [Huzzah!]
Brandon Withrow tells the story of How Westminster Theological Seminary Came to Define Fundamentalism for [Him]. It is a story that is repeated over and over again, and in this case a professor was removed from Westminster for saying much the same thing a... [Academic freedom] [education] [religion] [Bryan College] [Westminster Theologyical Seminary]
Yesterday, I started a three-part series on proverbs related to work and laziness.Proverbs Solely on Laziness Verse(s) Text (NASB) Type Parallelism 6:6-11 6 Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, 7 Which, h... [old testament] [Proverbs]
You can read this Brill volume, just published, for free.  Here.  No kidding, for free. Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Books [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
Read this essay by Nadia Abu El-Haj: The Palestinian body count in Gaza has passed 1000, with more than 5000 wounded. Over 70 per cent of the casualties are civilians, including more than 200 children. Extended families have been wiped out. Children playi... [Modern Culture]
So I took the plunge and subscribed to Mohr’s Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel and have been browsing the essays this morning and reading the ones that grabbed me first.  This journal is a remarkable achievement.  The editors are skillful and stel... [Biblical Studies Resources]
This incredible 13 x 17 foot zinc model of 19th century Jerusalem created was created by Hungarian Catholic Stephan Illes in the 1870s. It was first exhibited in 1873 at the Vienna International Exhibit, then lost and forgotten until the … Continue ... [Tabor's Blog]


By offering himself as a sacrifice for us, Christ “built a wall of partition between human nature and sin” [Cyril] so that nothing might hinder our access to God and so that we might return to that original likeness we had at the creation. Just as sin... [Books] [theology] [theosis]
As I said above, the more I have lived with this psalm [89], the more grateful I have become for it. It says to us that it is all right to ask questions, when things do not seem to fit in our faith. But it also says that present distress need not diminish... [Books] [Kinlaw] [theology]
Unlike Timothy, Epaphroditus is only known from this letter. Paul praises him highly as a valuable co-worker. We know virtually nothing about him from Acts other letters. His name was common in the first century and is related to the goddess Aphrodite. Pa... [Evening Service Notes] [Philippians] [Bible study] [Paul]
On the 30th of July in 1523 Zwingli published a sermon he had preached in June of that year-  Von götlicher und menschlicher grechtigheit, wie die zemen sehind und standind. Ein predge Hyldrych Zuinglis an s. Ioanns teuffers tag gethon im 1523 [jahr]. I... [Church History] [Zwingli]
Like the word “gospel,” the word “salvation” means much more and much less than usually assumed. Just like the word “gospel,” the way the word “salvation” is often used today is very different from the way the word is used in Scrip... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [believe] [Calvinism] [eternal life] [faith] [gospel] [salvation] [save]


Rudolf Karl Bultmann, the greatest New Testament exegete of the 20th century (and as yet still unsurpassed as the best New Testament exegete of all time) died on the 30th of July in 1976.  In honor of the great man, here’s a photo gallery.  Here’s a... [Bultmann]
In your charity I beg your prayers for dear little SG, who has been diagnosed with a very serious illness. Heavenly Father, watch with us over your child N., and grant that she may be restored to that perfect health … Continue reading → [church] [children] [Christianity] [faith] [healing] [Personal] [Prayer]
[This illustration I heard is a...] great story about the power of a good deed. There’s just one problem: Almost nothing about this story is true. It’s one of the most popular myths about Churchill, according and the Downers … Continu... [church] [Christianity] [Culture] [Homily] [Preaching] [quote] [research] [sermon]
The Shield of the Trinity or Scutum Fidei – a traditional Christian visual symbol which expresses many aspects of the doctrine of the Trinity, summarizing the first part of the Athanasian Creed in a compact diagram. Original Latin-language version. ... [doctrine] [United Methodist Church]


I’ve come to realise that there is one verse in the gospels which can unlock our whole understanding of what to expect in looking for Jesus’ return, the ‘second coming.’ The verse is Matt 24.34: ‘Amen I tell you, there is NO WAY ... [Biblical Studies] [eschatology] [hermeneutics] [Interpretation] [jesus] [Mark 13] [Mark's Gospel] [Matthew] [New Wine]