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October 13 2015, 5AM

Hooray!  There are few days as exciting as the day the new volume of Zwingliana arrives.  There may be a day when the courage of men fails, but that is not this day! Filed under: Zwingliana [Zwingliana]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  (Mt 11:29)He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,    yet he opened not his mouth;like a lamb that is led to the slaug... [arnobius] [Christ] [humility]


Putting together a PowerPoint on the Trinity in John. Here's what I've come up with.God the Father1. John 3:16 seems like a good place to begin: "God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son." God's fundamental disposition toward the world is love.2.... [John] [Trinity]


The next passages Walter Moberly considers in his excellent, thought-provoking book Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture are two of the Psalms – 44 and 89. Although the Hebrew name for the book of Psalms is transla... [Uncategorized]
LARRY HURTADO: “Re-Hebraization/Judaization” Among Roman-Era Jews.In short, the analysis in the CPJ suggests strongly that an increasing expression of Jewish ethnic and religious particularly began much earlier than Collar proposes. Even the increase...


It is obvious to anyone who has thought about the matter that the Bible is not the “words of God.” It includes words attributed to Satan, to say nothing of words to which human authors like Paul have explicitly assigned their names.But even wh... [Bible] [Inspiration] [Karl Barth] [Word of God]
THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: When Making a Vow, Consider Where You Stand. Because a corpse is always a source of ritual impurity, and because on a geological timescale corpses are everywhere under our feet, aren’t all religious...
If your pastor says unpleasant things about you to others in your church, do you have any redress? What if you end up excommunicated (disfellowshipped)? Must you just "take it on the chin"?It seems these issues will get tested in Minnesota after an elderl...
POLITICS: Settler Group Wins Right to Run Jerusalem Archaeology Park After Appeal. Court rules against state, allows Elad to operate site adjacent to West Wall (Nir Hasson, Haaretz).The right-wing City of David Foundation, better known as Elad, will be al...


IN PENNSYLVANIA: Magdala Stone replica to be displayed at two Delco churches (Patti Mengers, Delaware County Daily Times)St. Mary Magdalen Church in Upper Providence this week will become the temporary home of what some believe could be the replica of an ...
Science fiction, when I was a child, constituted my fantasy life. I read such science fiction books as were available to a kid in a small town with no actual bookstore, and I watched what I could on a television with three or four channels. Star Trek an... [Just for Fun] [Memoirs] [popular culture] [Posts] [Sects] [Battlestar Galactica] [Cylon] [Glen A. Larson] [L. Ron Hubbard] [Mormonism] [Orson Scott Card] [science fiction] [theology]
I would like to thank the wonderful people at ACTA Publications for providing me the following new books for this contest.  The theme for this contest is The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition.  The winner will receive a paper back edition of ... [contest] [The Message]

12 AM

Earlier this year, I took part in a consultation on the current conflicts in the Church of England, particularly on sexuality, and whether it is possible to disagree well. Out of that discussion has come the book Good Disagreement? edited by Andrews Ath... [Life & Ministry] [sexuality] [Andrew Atherstone] [Andrew Goddard] [Church of England] [Justin Welby] [sexuality] [Tom Wright] [truth] [Unity]

October 12, 11PM

Over at B&I, Judith Lieu gives a summary of recent research on Marcion and what it means for NT studies and Christian origins: Marcion and the Idea of Heresy. Well worth a read. Her new book is Marcion and the Making of a Heretic: God and Scripture ... [Uncategorized]
The Abbott government introduced a new page in Australian tax assessments that provides a breakdown of where your taxes go. I’m not sure whose idea it was but I really like the concept. It might be one of the only positive achievements of AbbottR... [Biases and Fallacies] [Charity and Philanthropy] [Resources, Food and Environment] [society]


As it turns out, some this series of mysteries by Ellis Peters focus on George, some on Dominic, and at least one on Bunty Felse. This one is entirely focused on Dominic and his girl Tossa, and their impromptu trip to India, free of charge, in exchange fo... [Uncategorized]
Christian prayer is adaptation of Jewish prayer so understanding Jewish prayer is vital to understanding Christian prayer. Andrew McGowan tantalizes (only slightly) when he opens his chapter on prayer with this: A minority religious group provokes curiosi... [Prayer and Formation]


2015.10.19 | József Zsengellér. Rewritten Bible after Fifty Years: Texts, Terms, or Techniques? A Last Dialogue with Geza Vermes. JSJSup 166. Leiden: Brill, 2014. €135,00. ISBN: 9789004268159.  Review by Pieter B. Hartog, KU Leuven Many thanks to Bri... [Brill] [Geza Vermes] [József Zsengellér] [Pieter B. Hartog] [Qumran]


The commentary on the Pastoral Epistles by Alfred Plummer in the Expositor’s Bible Series is now available for free download in PDF. Table of Contents Introductory Chapter I – The Character and the Genuineness of the Pastoral Epistles I Timoth... [1 Timothy] [2 Timothy] [commentaries] [New Testament] [Uncategorized] [commentary] [New Testament] [Pastoral Epistles] [Paul] [Timothy]



They’re a spunky bunch those AAR leaders. Kudos to them. Filed under: AAR [AAR]


It is untrue to say that you care for your child’s soul but scarcely darken the door of the church whilst never missing a ballgame. What do you think your child’s soul is benefited by?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

The SBL Annual Meeting is approaching fast, and it is time to search the Program and make up one’s mind what sessions to attend, and if papers are available before the meeting, what papers to read,… etc  etc. Here is e listing of what I found... [conference] [Diaspora] [papers] [Philo]
I went to my church’s small group last Thursday.  This fall, we are going through Robert Morris’ The God I Never Knew: How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life. We read a part of the book that was about the Holy Spirit’s ro... [atheism] [Bible] [Calvinism] [church] [religion]
The latest Syndicate symposium was posted this morning. This one focuses on critical responses to Chris Keith’s excellent little book, Jesus Against the Scribal Elite (Baker Academic, 2014). The symposium begins with an introduction from Chris Tilli... [Chris Keith] [Chris Tilling] [Dagmar Winter] [jesus] [Syndicate]


It wasn’t complaints from Hellenized and Jewish men which necessitated the formation of a church committee.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


1 Corinthians begins with four chapters directed at reported divisions in the church. In 1:11 Paul uses the noun ἔρις (eris), quarreling or discord. This word refers to a “hot dispute” between rivals (Ciampa and Rosner, 1 Corinthians, 77). It app... [Galatians] [Paul] [1 Corinthains] [Divisions in the church] [Pauline Theology]
What am I doing with the Bible? I did not write it. In many ways it was foisted upon me by tradition, whatever that is, a combination of wisdom and ignorance. I added a note re consistency to my previous post on this project. When I lost several of my da... [personal theology] [reading project status]


Do you have this one? (CNN)Here’s a figure to boggle the mind: we consume about 74 gigabytes — nine DVDs worth — of data every day. It’s amazing we’re able to process and make sense of it all. So how do you think straight in... [Uncategorized]
This post is inspired by Adam’s great scrib today. I’ve been thinking a lot about this issue of how/why “we” let the market re/emerge as a new God, as well.  (Shameless self-promotion:  I’m writing a book on it called Politics of D... [blog posts]
When crops fail, famine strikes, or drought occurs, what are your thoughts about God’s involvement in such things? If you lived back in biblical times, you might think that the gods were angry at you, and that to appease their wrath, you needed to offe... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Baal] [Bible Study Podcast] [Creation] [Genesis 1:11-13] [podcast]


Here, just published by our friends at TVZ. Im zweiten Teil des Exodusbuchs (Ex 19–40) werden die Grundlagen für den Gottesdienst Israels gelegt. Dabei vermitteln einerseits die Gebote den Befreiten Gottes Orientierung im Alltag, und andererseits ermö... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [Exodus]
See this blog post which is an excerpt from Murray Harris' forthcoming Gospel of John commentary in the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series (EGGNT). You can also see this post for another excerpt on 3:16-21. Or you can dowload a 59-page exc... [commentary] [John] [New Testament]