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December 1 2015, 10AM

Yes, Christmas might have been coopted by our capitalist, consumerist society. But Advent seems relatively safe right now. Advent is not about getting. Advent is about waiting. It’s one of those rare seasons in the year in which churches more broad... [Bible Thoughts] [LectioCast] [#LectioCast] [Luke 1] [Luke 3] [Malachi 3] [Micha Boyette] [Philippians 1]


The free Logos Book for November is Stephen Fowl’s commentary on Ephesians in the New Testament Library series. You can also purchase Hebrews by Luke Timothy Johnson in the same series for $1.99. You can also enter to win 15 volume NTL series. You can a... [commentaries] [Ephesians] [Hebrews] [logos]
Logos is helping to celebrate Advent by offering N. T. Wright's Scripture and the Authority of God free today. You can access this offer here. [book] [n.t. wright] [scripture]
So says Carry Nieuwhof: Of all the mysteries that shouldn’t be mysteries, why most churches remain small is perhaps the greatest. I’m sure there are a few leaders who want to keep their churches small, or who don’t care about growth. But most sma... [Uncategorized]
Below is the fourth letter in the series, “Letters To Dad.” They are written by Sam Riviera, and are based on the true stories of people he actually knows in real life. Dad, You probably thought you’d never hear from me again. Well, it’s me. I’... [Redeeming Life] [z] [gay] [homosexual] [Letters to Dad] [lgbt] [Sam Riviera]


Imagine going to buy a Christian apologetics book to find this puppy! ;-)
When returned to the context of human activity in general, so-called ritual acts must be seen first in terms of what they share with all activity, then in terms of how they set themselves off from other practices. Ritualization is fundamentally a way of d... [Books] [Idle Musings] [ritual] [theology]


For the past several months, my ultimate horizon has been the winter break, when I will complete revisions on The Prince of This World and submit the final manuscript. There are presumably things that will happen afterward, but it’s difficult for m... [The lighter side of AUFS] [The Prince of This World (book)]
Source: Dec. 1, 1955, was the day Rosa Parks became an icon for change. That was when the “Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement” refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. Parks was arrested because segregation on buses was legal ... [Uncategorized]
Waltke, Bruce K., James M. Houston, Erika Moore. The Psalms as Christian Lament: A Historical Commentary. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014. 328 pp., Pb., $28.00.  Link to Eerdmans This book is a follow-up to The Psalms as Christian Worship (Eerdmans, ... [Book Reviews] [Biblical Theology] [book review] [Hermenutics] [mystery]
We’re celebrating Advent by giving away 24 resources, absolutely free! Click on the image above to reveal today’s featured resource. Check back every day for a new free book and beautiful art based on Christmas carols and hymns. Get your free... [Products]
The fine folks at Now You Know Media have given me three fantastic CD sets from Fr. Felix Just S.J. for this special Advent Contest.  These three, brand new, recrodings are retreats with the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John.  I have ... [contest] [Now You Know Media]


Desde 30 de novembro, está sendo realizada, em Paris, a XXI Conferência das Nações Unidas sobre a Mudança Climática, também conhecida como Conferência das Partes (COP21), onde se busca chegar a um acordo que evite uma temperatura global acima dos ... [ambiente]
Η συνάντηση του EXEGETICUM για τον μήνα Νοέμβριο θα πραγματοποιηθεί την Τετάρτη 2 Δεκεμβρίου 2015 και ώρα 18:00 στην Αίθουσα Συνεδριάσεων του 4ου ορό... [Παύλος] [Πράξεις] [Σεμινάριο Ορθοδόξου Ερμηνευτικής]
Synthesis 4:1 (2015)Χαράλαμπος Ατματζίδης, "Ο Πάπας Λέων Α´ (ο Μέγας) και η πρόσληψη της Βίβλου στην 28η Επιστολή του ("Τόμος")" [ΣΥΝΘΕΣΙΣ] [ερμηνεία] [πρόσληψη]
Too many people frame any discussion of science and Christian faith as a battle for supremacy. The authority of science and the authority of Scripture are in conflict as though this was a competition with only one winner. Some (Richard Dawkins as an examp... [Uncategorized]


The Journal of OCABS 8:1 (2015)Stephen Richard Turley, "A Tale of Two Baptisms: Ritual and Social Order in 1 Corinthians 1:10-17" Catalin Varga, "Noi perspective privind autenticitatea epistolei 2 Petru" Tom Dykstra, "Ehrman and Brodie on Whethe... [1 Κορινθίους] [2 Πέτρου] [JOCABS] [ιστορικός Ιησούς]
Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 4:2 (2015)Cynthia Edenburg / Reinhard Müller, "A Northern Provenance for Deuteronomy? A Critical Review," 148-161 (abstract)Gary N. Knoppers, "The Northern Context of the Law-Code in Deuteronomy," 162-183 (abstract)Ingrid ... [HeBAI] [Ισραήλ] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη]
Do you know the song "כל העולם כלו / Kol Ha'Olam Kulo"? It's a setting (by Baruch Chait) of a quote from the Hasidic master known as Reb Nachman of Breslov. Here are the words as I learned them many years ago:  כל העולם כולו גשר ... [Hasidut]
Psalm 81. Psalm 8 might be categorized as a psalm of thanksgiving or perhaps a psalm of praise. It marvels at what a privileged place God has assigned to humanity in relation to the creation. It was a key psalm for the New Testament as well.2. The psalm b... [Proverbs notes] [Psalms notes]
Verbum et ecclesia 36:3 (2015)Jurie H. le Roux, "Abraham's reinterpretation and life's meaning" Jacobus (Kobus) Kok, "The radicality of early Christian oikodome: A theology that edifies insiders and outsiders"  [Verbum et ecclesia] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [αρχέγονος Χριστιανισμός] [εκκλησιολογία]
O Congresso Anual da SBL foi realizado em Atlanta, Georgia, de 21 a 24 de novembro de 2015.Veja os resumos (abstracts) das apresentações.2015 Annual Meeting - Atlanta, GA: 11/21/2015 to 11/24/2015 - Meeting AbstractsLeia Mais:2015 ETS and SBL Paper Summ... [Biblioblogs]


Seleção de postagens dos biblioblogs em novembro de 2015.The 2015 SBL Annual Meeting Carnival: All The Best TweetingsTrabalho feito por Jim West em seu biblioblog Zwinglius Redivivus.Obs.: este é o 'carnival' oficial e não o paralelo que Jim costuma f... [Biblioblogs]


LARRY HURTADO: “Jewish” and “Hellenistic” in Recent Scholarship on Christian Origins.In some recent studies of early expressions of Jesus-devotion, there are some issues that need clarification. One of these recent studies is Iesus Deus: The Ear...
THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: Does the Talmud Condone Bestiality? Literal interpretations of misogynistic and gossipy fidelity laws leads to a surprising logical conclusion. The short answer to the question is no. Earlier Daf Yom...
ETC blog dinner 2015.ETS and SBL are now finished although my internal clock has yet to be convinced. This year there was a spate of text critical papers—many more than I could attend or take notes on. So here is a sampling of what was on offer this yea... [CSNTM] [Distigmai] [Elijah Hixson] [ETS Atlanta 2015] [J. D. Atkins] [Karin B. Neutel] [Mike Kruger] [Phil Payne] [Robert Marcello] [Ronald Troxel] [SBL Atlanta 2015]
FAKE METAL CODICES WATCH: Last march I noted the report of the founding of a Centre for the Study of the Jordanian Lead Books, chaired by Margaret Barker. The Centre now has a website here. As I said in March, I think it is a positive development to have...
Finally a University President with some sense and the will to tell the whiny millennials the truth about themselves.  Here’s a portion of Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s letter to his school: This past week, I act... [Modern Culture]
So he’s going all Pat Robertson to get it.  Isn’t that special.  The hubris…. it burns.Filed under: Modern Culture, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
SBL 2015 REPORT: New Papyrus (P134) of John: A Report from SBL (Tommy Wasserman, ETC Blog). Background here and here.
SBL 2015 REPORT: SBL 2015 - Part 1, SBL 2015 - Part 2 at OTTC: A Blog for Old Testament Textual Criticism (Drew Longacre).


It’s always a sign that I’ve been too busy when I lose track of Cthulhu. Few created deities receive the attention of the web like the terror dreamed up by H. P. Lovecraft. The internet has created an environment, like the bottom of the sea, where t... [civil religion] [Current Events] [Deities] [Just for Fun] [literature] [Monsters] [popular culture] [Posts] [Social Consciousness] [Big Brother] [Cthulhu] [Cthulhu for America] [George Orwell] [H P Lovecraft] [Politics and Religion]


At the Society of Biblical Literature annual conference in Atlanta last week, I attended several papers on the Book of Revelation. The one that I have continued to think about—and which provoked most merriment when I reported it on Facebook—looked at ... [Biblical Studies] [apocalyptic] [feminism] [Gender] [hermeneutics] [Interpretation] [jesus] [Revelation] [sexuality]

November 30, 11PM

In the next few posts, I’ll be sharing some of my church adventures from the events I did this Fall. I’ll start with West Market St. UMC in Greensboro N.C. where my Mom first joined the Methodist Church. This church has remarkable stained glas... [Uncategorized]
1.  Each post will be dedicated to one specific topic.  This topic will stay up until the evidence is presented and dealt with.  Thus, the post comment section will remain open and can be continued as new arguments arise.  So as not to conflate a late...
This blog has given plenty of attention to the works of NT Wright, in part because his books are valued by our readers and in part because his books are accessible for the blog and in part because he’s in “my camp” (the new perspective o... [Uncategorized]


I worked with this and the music 6 months ago but I hadn't completed the chapter - so here is the whole chapter. Can children understand politics and power? I really doubt that this chapter should be presented to children on flannel board. My God give th... [1 Samuel]


Years ago the place I worked would send out EDMs for Father’s/Mother’s Day to a database had around 40,000 users, who would get a message like “treat your father to XYZ this Father’s Day”. What do you think happened? We’... [ethics]
Joshua W. Jipp’s new book Christ Is King: Paul’s Royal Ideology perked my interest the moment I read the title. I picked up a copy at SBL last week and started reading it. Josh isn’t someone I know super well, but I have worked with him on a pr... [Uncategorized]


I’ve started my Christmas shopping and in the midst of getting gifts for others I decided to make a few purchases for myself. This morning I ordered an Apple Magic Trackpad 2 (from B&H), which is way overpriced, but something I need for my workf... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered] [Technology]
(This is the seventh part of a review of Hyam Maccoby's 1986 book Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity.)"Saint" GamalielSignificant to Maccoby's argument is the figure of Gamaliel, the leading Pharisee of his day."[There is a] failure of the ...
With Black Friday past and CyberMonday waning, it's time to get ready for "Giving Tuesday."What better way to show our thanks to God for all the blessings he has given us but to give to his ministries? You can give to emergency relief, church plantin... [Giving Tuesday]


“Size,” Julian Huxley once remarked, “has a fascination of its own.” – Stephen Jay Gould’s opening sentence in his article on the Irish Elk, “The Origin and Function of ‘Bizarre’ Structures: Antler Siz... [Biblical Giants' relatives] [science] [Irish Elk] [Julian Huxley] [Megaloceros giganteus] [Stephen Jay Gould]


Alas, it is true that with none of my great and numerous shortcomings have I wrestled harder than with such impatience.  Yes, I am making some progress but I have never reached the point yet of keeping this wild best completely under control. — Joh... [Calvin] [Modern Culture]


Peter Opitz’s new book was sent along by TVZ some time back and I’ve finished it and will post my review tomorrow.  Till then just one word: flawless. Ulrich Zwingli (1484–1531) ist nicht nur der Reformator Zürichs und der Vater der Schwei... [book review] [Books] [Modern Culture] [Zwingli]
Rachel Royster artistI am struggling lately to walk two dogs quickly enough through the allotments for the school run because figs have fallen from overhanging trees there and puppies think pudding is being served and will not walk on. One of the ancient ...


Because, really, what comment is necessary? Rats.  It’s fake.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
A. Chadwick Thornhill.  The Chosen People: Election, Paul and Second Temple Judaism.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.  See here to purchase the book. In the New Testament, there is talk about election and God choosing people before the ... [Bible] [Calvinism] [religion]


The above photo came to my attention on Facebook. It is a very clever way of making the point about how much computers have changed over the past 58 years. The photo at the top is the first delivery of a computer. The photo at the bottom has one that has... [Technology] [computers] [delivery] [electronic] [Elliott] [England] [first] [Norwich] [years]
People like to say that big time college sports not only pay for themselves but that they actually fund academics.  Uh oh… false. At Texas A&M University, the president’s proposal to charge all 50,000 students $72 per year to help pay for a $... [Modern Culture]
In part 2 we will survey some of the text-critically relevant papers from SBL 2015, though there were many others I was not able to attend.The combined Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible/Philology in Hebrew Studies session with the theme "Theory a... [Conferences]
I am working my way through a fascinating journal series called Marxist Studies in China. The journal began in 2008 and, as one would expect, covers a range of topics. Last night I was particularly intrigued by an article by Cheng Enfu and Hu Leming, cal... [china] [Engels] [Marx] [Stalin] [Bureau for Translation] [reading Stalin]


Ezra 3 by Bob MacDonald via Dust (#65899)
Gradually knocking of at least 1 chapter from books I haven't yet started. It's easy to forget that when the text says month, it also means new moon. Only here and in Nehemiah 7:72 do I see נגה preceding חדשׁ. Ezra 3 וַיִּגַּע֙ הַ... [Ezra]
This 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 keeping with our Christmas theme, let... [Training] [Christmas] [how to use logos] [Morris Proctor] [new testament use of the old testament] [tutorial]

12 PM

Jim:If only they had it on youtube… Originally posted on Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception: Ready or not, yesterday marked the beginning of advent and what better way to take time out and reflect upon this season than joining us... [Modern Culture]