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December 18 2014, 9AM

As I noted previously, there are two perennial truths about the celebration of Christmas. The first is that fewer and fewer in our culture, and particular younger people, know anything of the Christmas story and so are ignorant of the ‘reason for the s... [Life & Ministry] [Christmas] [jesus] [Ministry] [mission] [Nativity] [Preaching] [Tradition]
The Expository Times January 2015; Vol. 126, No. 4 http://ext.sagepub.com/content/126/4?etoc----------------------------------------------------------------- Articles ----------------------------------------------------------------- Huldrych Zwingli Bruce...
Cornell University Press | Amazon Many thanks to the kind folks at Cornell University Press for this review copy! The devil (or Devil if you prefer) is a common figure in modern Christianity. Though his presence in the Bible is comparatively minimal, he f... [Books] [Doctrine & Theology] [Reviews] [Devil] [Lucifer] [Philip C. Almond] [Satan]
The information below comes from a news release today from the Herodium Expedition at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Herodium, built by Herod the Great, is located near Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. See our recent Index of articles on Bethl... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Bethlehem] [Herodium]
Evangelicals and Catholics are tilting left in economic theory: By and large, and for about four decades now, conservative Christians — though Evangelicals more than Catholics — have sided with the conservative critique of government and the neo-conse... [Public Issues]
One set of texts which are occasionally referenced in support of the Unconditional Election comes from the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24. The reason these texts are cited is because they make reference to “the elect.” And unless those days were short... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [Matthew 24] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]

8AM

Read this lighthearted reminder why books make great gifts. See the post for further explanation but here are the first ten reasons.1. They’re easy to wrap. 2. They don’t need to be plugged in. 3. They don’t expire. 4. They don’t go out of date. 5... [Books] [Christmas]
There may have been created within you a genuine desire to serve God, out of a sincere sense of gratitude to Christ for dying for you; you may be impelled out of a sense of duty as a Christian, to seek conformity to some pattern of behavior which has been... [Books] [gospel] [Holiness] [Ian Thomas] [Idle Musings]
TVZ is here and their North American distributor is ISD.Filed under: Books, TVZ [Books] [TVZ]
The Story and the salt and light metaphors reveal that the church’s fundamental task is to mediate God’s presence as priests and to rule on behalf of God as kings and queens under God, serving God in God’s mission. Our task is to represent God&mdash... [Books] [gospel] [sermon on the mount] [theology]
God want us to trust Him to provide miracles when He sees fit. He doesn’t just dole them out mechanically, as if we can put in a quarter, pray the right prayer, and out comes a miracle. Miracles are never and end in themselves; they are always a means t... [Books] [Holy Spirit] [Idle Musings] [theology]
There is great difference between the wisdom of an enlightened and devout man and the learning of a well-read and brilliant scholar, for the knowledge which flows down from divine sources is much nobler than that laboriously acquired by human industry.&md... [Thomas à Kempis]
The more you learn, the more you discover how little you know. That seems to be the story at Herodium, as the uncovering of a monumental entrance suggests a more complicated building history than previously understood. From a press release of the Hebrew U... [Discoveries] [Herod's Tomb] [Judah]

7AM

A person devoid of spiritual feeling is an idiot philosopher, a commentator whose words condemn him, a self-refuting scholar, a blind man who lectures others on the art of seeing. He tells you how to heal a wound, and does not stop injuring it. He complai... [Books] [Church History] [Holiness]
Thomas Hudgins provides samples: here, here, and here. For those who may not know, Thomas Hudgins is the lead translator for the Spanish edition of David Alan Black’s intorductory Greek grammar, Aprenda a Leer el Griego del Nuevo Testamento, which w... [Christianity] [religion] [C. S. Lewis] [Christmas]
This episode focuses on the survivors of the raft, as well as backing up and showing Locke’s first exploration down the hatch. When Desmond first sees Locke, he asks, “Are you him?” Locke answers, “Yes I am.” Desmond asks him... [LOST] [boat] [Michael] [others] [raft] [Saywer]

6AM

I see that the REF 2014 results were released today, so I was very interested to see how the various departments around the UK performed for Theology and Religious Studies. (For those that are not aware, the UK rates the research output for each of the un... [Academia] [publishing] [teaching] [theology] [2014 REF] [Theology and Religious Studies]
The NRSV NOAB w/ Apocrypha, Loose-Leaf Edition is massive, but if you are a teacher or Bible study leader it can be an amazing resource.  Right now, you can get it at Christianbook.com for under $30.  I think the binder itself costs that much at... [NOAB] [NRSV]

5AM

Larry Hurtado has a nice summary of an argument from Michael Kruger, arguing that Origen's list of books that belong in the NT canon is authentic. They also accept the Muratorian Canon as authentic from the 200s.The case seems very well argued and suggest... [Hurtado]
Hey. You want humor? Good humor? Wesleyan Humor? Go here: Wesley Bros.. The post Wesley Bros. appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criti... [Other Posts]
Hollywood got a dose of reality yesterday with the pulling of The Interview. Yes, we're all sorry that political and economic reality has trumped freedom of expression. But it is an important reminder that none of the freedoms of the Bill of Rights are gu... [Hollywood]
Over the weekend, the Cromnibus budget deal passed the Senate by a 56-40 margin after narrow approval by the House. The outcome is a win for big corporations and wealthy campaign donors, and a huge letdown for 99 percent of Americans, who once again have ... [loathing] [Modern Culture] [politics]
Here’s my proposal for SBL 2015 (sans my phone number which was at the bottom of the form… but who wants random calls???).  Mayhaps James McGrath will send along the green light thing.  That way I won’t have to poison James Crossley. ... [SBL]
For #throwbackthursday, here are three old Chanukah photos. The first two of these are photographs of me with my middle brother. This one's about 30 years old. If you look closely you can see my homemade Chanukah decorations taped to the framed Calder ... [chanukah]
This Christmas, let Mobile Ed experts show you how to get the most out of your Logos library as well as Logos’ smart study tools—all in the context of what you’re learning in the course. Plus, get special offers when you purchase Mobile Ed cours... [Products] [christmas sale] [free book] [logos mobile ed] [logos mobile education] [mobile ed] [special offer]

4AM

Call for Papers Call for Papers Open: 12/17/2014 Call for Papers Closed: 3/4/2015 View the 2015 Annual Meeting Paper Proposal Requirements  View the 2015 Annual Meeting Call for Papers  Program Units View the 2015 Annual Meeting Program ... [Conferences] [SBL]
If this expression from Mark 1:17 is familiar to us, and has been interpreted in particular ways, it is easy to miss just how odd it is. What do you think it meant, either on the lips of the historical Jesus, or on the page of the Gospel of Mark in its or... [gospel of mark] [fishers of men] [Mark 1:17]
The next two interviews in Science and Religion: 5 Questions are with William Lane Craig and William Dembski, both Christian philosophers. (See the post 5 Questions … And Some Answers for the questions posed in this book). William Lane Craig is tra... [Science and Faith]

3AM

I’ve been watching The Andy Griffith Show during my lunch time.  A couple days ago, I watched an episode that I found a bit puzzling.  It’s from Season 1, and it’s entitled “Runaway Kid.” The episode starts with Opie and his friends ... [Andy Griffith Show] [Television]

2AM

In a childhood full of science fiction I’m sure I read much material that was too sophisticated for me. After all, I grew up in a working-class family where politics amounted to lambasting the incumbent because things still weren’t getting any better... [Books] [civil religion] [literature] [Memoirs] [popular culture] [Posts] [Books and Culture] [Christian Century] [Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire] [Dune] [Foundation Trilogy] [Frank Herbert] [Isaac Asimov] [Philip Jenkins] [Religion and Politics] [Robert Heinlein] [Ronald Reagan] [science fiction] [Stranger in a Strange Land]
Michael J. Kruger (former PhD student) contributes a significant study on the question of how early we have lists of NT writings treated as scripture: “Origin’s List of New Testament Books in Homilliae in Josuam 7.1: A Fresh Look,” in Mark, Manuscri... [Uncategorized] [canon] [Christian Origins] [NT Texts]

1AM

Another year, another group of "7 Questions" for you to enjoy.  I have linked all of the "7 Questions" interviews below.  I hope you have enjoyed them.  I have a few still in the planning stages for 2015. Audio "7 Questions" with popular pr... [7 Questions]

December 17, 11PM

EABS is excited to announce its seventh graduate symposium, which will take place in Leuven, March 27-29, 2015. The symposium, which seeks to engender a supportive atmosphere for dialogue across a variety of biblical studies fields and subfields (Heb...
In die Skriflig / In Luce Verbi 48:1 (2014)Antje Labahn, "‘Wealthy women’ in Antiquity: The ‘capable woman’ of Proverbs 31:10–31 and Mibtahiah from Elephantine" Michael Labahn, "The book of Revelation − an early Christian ‘Search for Me... [2 Κορινθίους] [In die Skriflig] [Αποκάλυψη] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [απόκρυφα] [γυναίκα]
Bruce Waltke, James M. Houston, & Erika Moore The Psalms as Christian Lament: A Historical Commentary Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. Available at Amazon.com Review by Rev. Jill Firth, Adjunct Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament at Ridley College T... [Uncategorized]
Science et esprit 66:3 (2014)Martha M. Acosta Valle, "Actes 10,1-11,18 : une intertextualité différée pour un lecteur davantage impliqué," 417-431Francesco Bianchini, "2 Co 5,6-8 et Ph 1,23 : état intermédiaire et immortalité de l'âme chez Paul?,"... [2 Κορινθίους] [Science et esprit] [Παύλος] [Φιλιππησίους] [διακειμενικότητα]
Old Testament Essays 27:3 (2014)Gerrie Snyman, "Conflict and confrontation : engaging estrangement : editorial," 793-796 (abstract)David Tuesday Adamo, "The poor in the book of Psalms and in Yoruba tradition," 795-815 (abstract)Pierre Auffret, "Étude str... [OTSSA] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [Ψαλμοί] [προφήτες]
This post is by Bill Victor, pastor of Missio Dei Community Church at the University of Missouri and blogs here. My beliefs on women in ministry changed to a more egalitarian view not because of a reaction to modern society and seeking to synthesize the ... [Women and Ministry]

10PM

In this fourth Sunday of Advent, the Church calls us to contemplate the mystery kept secret from ages past that is now revealed. In fact, while this mystery was kept secret, it is also paradoxically found within the pages of the Old Testament, including i...
Ephemerides theologicae Lovanienses 90:3 (2014)Jean J. Lavoie, "Ironie et ambiguïtés en Qohélet 5,7-8," 413-440Michael Avioz, "The purification of the Levites according to Josephus," 441-451Audrey Wauters, "Ironie et jeux de mots sur les noms propres :... [ETL] [Ιώσηπος] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [Πράξεις] [Ψαλμοί] [πηγή Λογίων] [χειρόγραφα]

7PM

I awaited Kotkin’s biography on Stalin – the first of three volumes – with much anticipation, since the blurb promises a balanced and humanised Stalin, which goes against standard accounts. It claims the book is nothing less than the def... [Stalin] [Stephen Kotkin]
Luther seems to have seen this… After letting fly a string of German profanity which I am too genteel to repeat, he continued to say of Bell He is the true, chief, and final Antichrist. How far will he go, O devilish pride? All Christians should be... [Modern Culture]

6PM

Olive oil traces dating back 8,000 years found in Israel Clay sherds uncovered in Lower Galilee may mark oldest evidence for use of oil in entire Middle East One of the clay pots reconstructed from sherds found at the site near En Zippori at the Lower... [Archaeology]
Available from the publisher here.  Now all that remain are 1-2 Samuel and 1-2 Kings.Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
**The following is a flight of theological imagination** Psalm 84 The original author of this psalm was a young woman, perhaps a Midianite, who was ravished away from her home by a pillaging army and forced to serve as one of the whores that traveled wit... [feminism] [Hebrew Bible] [Interpretation] [imaginative reading] [Psalm 84] [theological imagination]

4PM

Novum Testamentum 57/1 (the first issue of 2015) has just been made available. It sports an article by our team (with Bart Kamphuis as its main author), which may help you see how we approach the study of New Testament conjectures here in Amsterdam. “Sl...
Call for Papers for our Friday November 20, 2015 research group meeting in Atlanta meeting in conjunction with the 2015 SBLAAR Annual Meeting. Our session is entitled: “Cultural Anthropology and Identity in Paul’s Letters.” Our Research Group welcom...

3PM

Spot the theological error. Here’s a hint- God isn’t limited by human decisions.  God’s will isn’t captive to human caprice. Filed under: pseudo-theology, Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh [pseudo-theology] [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]
When I joined what is now the Biblical Greek Forum in the late 1990's, Randall Buth was a lonely voice in the wilderness, calling for an approach to teaching the biblical languages that draws on best practices in second language acquisition. The effect, i... [Greek] [Hebrew] [Teaching Languages]
Jim Davila has sounded the warning that the University of Manchester is considering closing degree level studies in Persian, Turkish, and Modern Hebrew. These are part of the monumental shifts in education that we have already seen in seminary education.I... [higher education]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Today’s guest post is from Dr. Mark Futato. Dr. Futato currently serves as the Robert L. Maclellian Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He is an avid Logos user and creatively integrates the software into cor... [Products] [Hebrew] [Hebrew Bible] [logos 6] [Logos Bible Software] [mark futato] [original languages] [Review]

2PM

I'm not sure I should even try to offer any comment or opinion on the latest issue of The Journal: News of the Churches of God lest I unwittingly end up again in the Letters to the Editor section. Anyway the link is above so, if you are interested in the ...
Is it possible that one may have special insight into the soul, whether living or dead? The ‘deep’ thinker is able to plumb the depths of truth, of the human condition, of life itself. When discussing a philosopher’s complex and controversial reason... [academics as wankers] ['deep' thinker] [typology of scholars]
I read a lot of church history. I've always loved history and especially church history. I love reading about the people involved and the theological disputes. The latter has always been a problem in introductory overviews, though. The theological disput... [Books] [Church History] [theology]
I can imagine her ‘apology’… “I’m sorry, person I stole from, but I wanted my kids to understand the real meaning of Jesus’s birth so I did it so they would have some trinket or other under the tree because in my perver... [Total Depravity]

1PM

Click here to view the embedded video.This is an excellent bit of satire, aimed at mythicist false claims (especially those which stem from Gerald Massey). HT Michael Barber [mythicism] [Balder] [Bill Maher] [Christmas] [Gerald Massey] [Horus] [Lutheran] [Mithras] [mythicists] [satire]
Using Applescript to simulate keypresses can prove handy when doing automation. You can enter regular text with:  tell application "System Events" to keystroke "testing" This passes a string to the frontmost app. However, you can also simulate sing...
H/T JP Catholic student Anna Rossi on Facebook

12 PM

Until the end Paul claimed that he never consciously abandoned the faith of his fathers and never forsook Judaism. That now seems difficult to sustain; but rather than charge him with duplicity, might we see it as an almost involuntary but necessary strat... [Biblical Studies Resources]
Adonis Vidu has no need to argue in his work, Atonement, Law, and Justice: The Cross in Historical and Cultural Contexts, which atonement model is the most accurate. Rather, his purpose is to trace a path of model development next to evolving systems of ... [Atonement] [Books] [Adonis Vidu] [Anselm] [Baker Academic] [John Duns Scotus] [Peter Abelard]
For a limited time, get Charles Dickens’ classic novella, A Christmas Carol, for free! Plus, you can add John Milton’s Paradise Lost to your order for just 99 cents. Subscribe to the Noet Freebies email list, and you’ll receive a coupon code for bot... [Products] [a christmas carol] [Charles Dickens] [free book] [Noet] [noet scholarly tools] [paradise lost]

11AM

A God More Interesting than Creationism June 9, 1993: The first date. My first date with the new girl on the swim team, who would eventually become my wife. 6/9/93: The opening date of Steven Spielberg’s first Jurassic Park film. The first movie in whic... [Uncategorized]