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October 9 2015, 7AM

The third feature intrinsic to practice is a fundamental 'misrecognition' of what it is doing, a misrecognition of its limits and constraints, and of the relationship between its ends and its means. An appreciation of the dynamics of misrecognition as suc... [Books] [ritual]
Via Mike Bird, I became aware of Alex Ramos’ Star Wars icons. Click through to see more of them. [art] [Orthodox] [Star Wars] [icon] [icons] [Obi-Wan Kenobi] [paintings]
but have been consumed with preparing for exams, which I will take next month. What a load will be off once that’s passed! In the meantime, I may come up with something worthwhile to say. Αυτω η δοξαFiled under: Uncategorized [Uncategorized]
The fact the believer is free from the Law should not necessarily lead to the view that the believer may indulge in sinful behavior (Galatians 5:13). Does Paul contradict himself in this verse? He has consistently argued in Galatians that the believer is... [Galatians] [Paul] [ethics] [Freedom in Christ] [Pauline Theology]


Here.  Enjoy.Filed under: qumran Tagged: Photos [Qumran] [Photos]
Currents in Biblical Research October 2015; Vol. 14, No. 1 Editorial ----------------------------------------------------------------- Editorial Fore...


Thanks, SFTS, for the cool stuff! Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
And gay Ministers are no longer required to remain celibate. I saw the news in Die Burger today. NG Kerk sê finaal ja: Gay mense is welkom: Met amper geen besoekers in die besoekersgalery het die NG Kerk gay mense volledig … Continue reading ͛... [church] [Christianity] [Culture] [Dutch Reformed] [gay] [history] [homosexuality] [Marriage] [news] [NG Kerk] [sin] [South Africa] [Synod] [theology]
Rick Quinn lives in Nashville, TN where he writes and is part of the core team for The Encounter@Edgehill, a multi-racial movement of authentic community in the city fostering vital conversations, compassionate community, and life-giving action. He is ... [pop culture] [allies] [Batman] [Christopher Nolan] [white privilege] [white supremacy]
Since these wretched things take place every day let’s just go ahead and make a template and you can fill in the blanks each and every day for the rest of America’s existence (which won’t be long since we do so love to kill each other of... [Modern Culture]
Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) offers a number of interviews in a series called "Pioneers of the Trade: Famous Text-Critical Scholars"  which is freely available on iTunes-U.A few days ago, a new interview appeared with Dr.... [CSNTM] [Ekaterini Tsalampouni] [Interviews] [iTunes-u]
I mentioned previously about our pastor’s current teaching series on prayer and the importance of beginning with God’s Word and incorporating worship.  Thinking more on these things, my mind returned to the general topic of worship, and how it, t... [Atonement] [confession] [Worship]


Bloomsbury sent along a copy of Mark, Manuscripts, and Monotheism: Essays in Honor of Larry Hurtado as well as an electronic copy of the third edition of Hurtado’s One God, One Lord. I’m particularly interested in the third and final sectio... [In the Mail] [Review Books]
Wow! Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
We’re committed to providing top-notch biblical study materials across the broad spectrum of Christian denominations—and that includes the gamut of Wesley’s followers. So whether you’re Wesleyan, Holiness, Nazarene, United Methodist, Independent M... [Misc.] [Products]


LET'S NOT MAKE A HABIT OF THIS: Destroying a Manuscript to Test Multispectral Imaging (Peter J. Gurry, ETC). I get why they did this and I assume they did it responsibly, but overall let's stick to non-destructive and non-invasive scanning technologies. ...
A NEW ACADEMIC SOCIETY: The International Qur'anic Studies Association. John F. Kutsko, Executive Director of the Society of Biblical Literature has e-mailed the following:In 2012, SBL received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for a consultation to ...
THE BIBLE AND INTERPRETATION:Marcion and the Idea of Heresy Is not the task of the historian to judge whether certain views were or were not ‘heretical’; instead the ‘heretic’ has been defined as such by the styles of argument and ways of structu...
NEW BOOK FROM OUP:The Transmission of Targum Jonathan in the West: A Study of Italian and Ashkenazi Manuscripts of the Targum to Samuel (Journal of Semitic Studies Supplement) Paperback – 15 Oct 2015 by Hector Patmore (Author) Targum Jonathan is one of...


BRYN MAYR CLASSICAL REVIEW:Pierre Briant, Darius in the Shadow of Alexander (translated by Jane Marie Todd; first published in French 2003). Cambridge, MA; London: Harvard University Press, 2015. Pp. xvii, 579. ISBN 9780674493094. $39.95. Reviewed...
This quote from Carl Sagan sums up well a point I have tried to make on this blog many times, about the two poles of scholarship. If one just has openness to new ideas, one is liable to end up embracing all kinds of nonsense. If one just has skepticism, ... [Academia] [carl sagan] [openness] [quote] [scholarship] [scrutiny] [skepticism]
1. In preparation for the honor's classes yesterday, did a quick word study of the word father in John. First thing that struck me is how much more John uses the word than any other writing in the NT (109 times). Except for Matthew, the next highest is Lu... [John]
99% of the people who own guns are sensible folk who don’t murder people. 1% of the people who have guns are deranged lunatics. America loves guns. Guns will always be a part of the American landscape. The issue isn’t really the gun itself, it... [Total Depravity] [Guns]
By John Frye “You don’t know what you’re talking about,”I was told. Like me, you probably have been disparaged in several ways in your ministry. I have been accused of being a liar, of not teaching the Word of God, of getting the facts all wrong (... [Uncategorized]


Jason Overman and Calvin Burrell, current and past BA editorsIf anything is a "mother church" to the squabbling sects that remain from the dissolution of the Worldwide Church of God, it has to be CoG7, the Denver-based Church of God Seventh Day.CoG7 (or C...
Now that autumn is in the air, my thoughts turn to zombies. I’ve read a few monster books lately, and as I pondered the attraction of zombies to the post-modern psyche, I began to wonder if they weren’t becoming, in their own secular way, a religion.... [Consciousness] [Monsters] [popular culture] [Posts] [Religious Origins] [science] [Belief] [conversion] [megachurch] [rationalism] [resurrection] [Walking Dead] [World War Z] [zombies]

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Children in the Ancient World and the Early Middle Ages: A Bibliography for Scholars and Students In connection with the reseach project mentioned below, on Tiny Voices From the Past: New Perspectives on Childhood in Early Europe, a bibliography is posted... [bibliography] [Christianity] [scholarship] [website]
A research project, centered at the University of Oslo, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts, and Ideas, is approaching its end. The project (2013-2016) studies the lives of children and attitudes to childhood at a culturally formative stag... [Christianity] [Diaspora] [New Testament] [scholarship] [website]
“I said, ‘dear Lord are you taking me home right now?’ “ The Huff Po has this story: You don’t need to have religious faith to appreciate what a church cross did for Clara Gantt and her grandson on Sunday, … Continue re... [church] [Cross] [disaster] [faith] [flood] [news] [Rescue]
"Bethlehem means Christ born man, and man re-born in Christ.  Calvary means that mankind has died in the person of Christ, it means also that Christ has died in the name of mankind; not instead of us, as our substitute, but in our name as our represe... [Weekly Knox]

October 8, 11PM

With violence against Jewish residents escalating quickly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled a diplomatic trip to Germany. Some say this latest campaign of terror could signal a Third Intifada. Source Haaretz has an update on the situ... [Culture] [israel] [news] [Terror]
For ten years, from 2005 to 2014, I chaired the Revelation seminar at the annual British New Testament Conference. During that time, we quickly doubled the number of papers presented at each conference from three to six, so that in the ten years we heard... [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [apocalyptic] [Biblical Theology] [hermeneutics] [Interpretation] [Revelation] [Steve Moyise]
I have some student writing an essay for me on theosis, so they will naturally appreciate Carl Mosser’s short clip explaining the biblical basis and meaning of theosis. [Uncategorized]


This was originally published at OnFaith. 1.  If there is a just God, there must be a heaven. To believe in a future, endless and human-populated heaven beyond the grave requires that one believe in a God who transcends all creation. The God of the Chris... [Uncategorized]
The sixth in the series of thirteen murder mysteries is the tale called ‘Black is the Color of my True Love’s Heart’, and apt title for a very interesting novel indeed. The ethos of the novel has to do with the art of folk singing and fo... [Uncategorized]


I was asked to contribute to a series of three-minute videos that were played as part of Briercrest's reThink conference last weekend: Here is what I tried to say for those, who, like me, prefer text to speech:In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul decla... [Devotional] [Romans]


This is the fourth in a series on obscure Bible translations. I've restricted the candidates to those I've been able to personally acquire and examine.William F. Beck. The New Testament in the Language of Today (also known as An American Translation). Con...


If the Church is founded on the doctrine of the apostles and prophets, by which believers are enjoined to place their salvation in Christ alone, then if that doctrine is destroyed, how can the Church continue to stand? The Church must necessarily fall whe... [Calvin] [theology]


1- ‘Campus’? 2- Prison ministry as point of pride? 3- Does everyone who has a ministry at the prison call it their ‘campus’ 4- Isn’t this nothing more than self aggrandizement? 5- Look at us- we have 7 campuses (even though w... [pseudo-theology]
As a second feature of human activity, practice is inherently strategic, manipulative, and expedient. The logic of practice (and there is a logic of sorts) is not that of an intellectualist logic, argues Bourdieu. Practice, as real activity in time, by it... [Books] [Idle Musings] [ritual]
:-( by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#63248)
A baby died when his overweight mother gave birth down the loo in a hospital toilet after staff failed to realise she was pregnant, an inquest heard. Diane Thomas, 41, was a month off due date but medical staff did not spot she was in labour when she went... [bizarre news]
One of the most illuminating things that can happen in your Bible reading is when a few of your neurons fire as they pick up a subtle allusion a New Testament author makes to the writings of an Old Testament one. There’s great value in making a connecti... [Misc.]


Judith Lieu writes [It] Is not the task of the historian to judge whether certain views were or were not ‘heretical’; instead the ‘heretic’ has been defined as such by the styles of argument and ways of structuring truth adopted by those whose pos... [Modern Culture]
Gregory Wayne Edwards.  Pure God: Finally, Answers to Your Questions!  Bloomington: Westbow Press (a Division of Thomas Nelson), 2013.  See here to buy the book. According to the “About the Author” section of the book, Gregory Wayne Ed... [Bible] [religion]
Another issue of Tomorrow's World, another rant by Roderick "Spanky" Meredith. This time the old boy is laying into (you might even say spanking) "all Protestants".As a former Protestant with many family members still Protestant, I feel compelled to warn ...
Jim:Well how fun! Originally posted on SARAH E. BOND: As I begin this post, it is the feast day of Saint Pelagia (October 8). In honor of the famed Antiochene actress and prostitute (known around Antioch as Margarita because she wore expensive pearls and... [Modern Culture]

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I’ve had a hard time keeping up with blogging this week. It’s a busy month. On Wednesday nights I’m teaching from Revelation for a youth group at a local church, and of course I have my Thursday night events, one of which I’m annou... [Bible Passages] [Bible study] [Christianity] [end times] [religion] [eschatology]
It’s Thursday, and so don’t forget to get your card stamped… [eschatology] [humor] [apocalypse] [card] [end of the world] [punched] [rapture] [stamp]
No Christian can make such a claim and no Christian can accept it or follow someone who says it.Filed under: Heresy and Heretics, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology, totl Tagged: Creflo Dollar [Heresy and Heretics] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology] [totl] [Creflo Dollar]
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Language is a funny thing. A single word can have many meanings, and many words can describe a single concept. In our native tongue, we usually have a pretty good grasp on which words we can use to express certain thoughts and ideas. But when we encounter... [Misc.] [Products] [Greek] [Hebrew] [Lexham] [word studies]


Gunther Wenz has produced two volumes in the Systematic Theology series published by V&R that all serious theologians need to take account of as they develop their own theological perspectives and think more deeply about the meaning of the Christian f... [book review] [Books] [Gunther Wenz]
When I shared David Hayward’s depiction of the temple incident, suggesting that it happened because Jesus hadn’t had his morning coffee, Brian Le Port pointed out that it reminded him of one of those Snickers commercials.It seemed worth actual... [Gospel of John] [humor] [cleansing] [Henry Ian Cusick] [jesus] [meme] [movie] [Snickers] [tantrum] [temple]


Had it, this sort of thing wouldn’t keep happening.  What a sick world.  What a depraved and evil country. An Air Force spokesman says Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who helped subdue an attacker on a French train in August, is in stable conditio... [Total Depravity]