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September 1 2014, 2AM

There are a number of very important biographies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, none more complete or significant than the one by Bonhoeffer’s friend, Eberhard Bethge (Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography). Bethge’s biography is complete though not exhau... [Bonhoeffer]
Labor Day marks the end of summer. Originally a day to commemorate all that the common laborer has contributed to society, it is now always a slightly melancholy day with the equinox fast approaching and the mighty rays of the sun growing enfeebled. Alt... [civil religion] [Current Events] [higher education] [Holidays] [Memoirs] [Posts] [Social Consciousness] [Haymarket Massacre] [Labor Day] [summer]
Dit is de honderdennegende aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief, een maandelijks verschijnend mailtje voor mensen met belangstelling voor de antieke wereld. Het wordt uitgegeven door Livius. De nieuwsbrief is gratis en u kunt hem doorsturen aan wie u ma... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]
by Rebekka King* This post originally appeared on the Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy blog.ContextAt Middle Tennessee State University, I have inherited a course on Western Religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), which is a 4000-l... [pedagogy] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Joel Robbins] [Middle Tennessee State University] [PJ Harvey] [Rebekka King] [Ted Haggard]


"IF NOT NOW, WHEN?": H&M sells popular t-shirt with Hillel quote (European Jewish Press).
PUNIC WATCH: Vin Diesel Shows Off Hannibal Title Treatment During Crazy Helicopter Video. Diesel is reportedly "haunted" by the fact that he has not yet completed the Hannibal movies. As well he should be.Background here and links.

12 AM

Mao didn’t restrict the famous and much-debated ‘Five-Year Plans’ to the realm of economics. He also had a personal one, expressed in 1957: I, too, have a five-year plan. I’d like to live for five more years. If I can live for another ... [Mao Zedong] [smoking] [five-year plans] [reading Mao]
Never one to shy away from turning a statement on its head, or rather, feet, Mao points out that the brain-washing is actually a very good thing. In a speech to Chinese university students going to Moscow, he said: Some foreigners say that our ideological... [Mao Zedong] [brain-washing] [reading Mao]
I have been promising an international-only contest, well here it is! The winner will receive the following four books:1) USCCB's Pocket NAB Gospels and Acts2) Jesus Shock by Peter Kreeft3) Spirituality of the Psalms by Walter Brueggemann4) Wrap Your... [contest]

August 31, 11PM

I ran across this quote on the B-Greek discussion list today: “I define ‘exegesis’ as learning to extract meaning from a language that one does not control.” (Randall Buth) What do you think about that quote? I find it very intere... [Greek Pedagogy]


Journal of Biblical Literature 133:3 (2014)Aaron D. Hornkohl, "Her Word versus His: Establishing the Underlying Text in 1 Samuel 1:23,"  465-478 (abstract)Mika S. Pajunen, "4QPsx: A Collective Interpretation of Psalm 89:20-38," 479-496 (abstract)Hect... [JBL] [Ματθαίος] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [καθολικές επιστολές] [μεθοδολογία]
AA, Sacraments and Ecclesiology (by T) This is the third post in our series looking at what the Church can learn from AA and 12 step groups generally. The first post looked at how appropriate the 12 steps are as a response to the King Jesus Gospel. The se... [church]


Here are some of the highlights on Hebrews for the month of August:New Book Announcement: The T & T Clark blog announces the publication of Jonathan I. Griffiths' book, Hebrews and Divine Speech.Synopsis from their website:"Griffiths offers here an a... [blogs] [book review] [Hebrews 11] [New Books] [Updates]


Why use ten when two commandments are enough (Matthew 22:35-40)? So also Stalin: The first commandment: Don’t allow yourselves to be provoked by the counter-revolutionaries; arm yourselves with restraint and self-control; save your strength for the comi... [Bible] [Stalin] [commandments] [Matthew 22] [reading Stalin]


If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in eve... [Bible] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies]
Why do Christians demand so much from God and so little from themselves?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


@conradhackett: In experiment, published articles resubmitted to same journals. Most rejected, “serious methodological flaws” noted. Well there you have it- the infallibility of the process. Sort of. Maybe.Filed under... [mockery]


People on the twitter… I just can’t help it.  I just can’t let things like that pass without comment.  I am genetically incapable of it.  Marketers… they’re just the worst.  They’re almost as bad at theology as jou... [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]
“God placed his church in the midst of the world, among countless external activities and callings, not in order that Christians should become monks but so that they may live in fellowship and that our works and the exercises of our faith may become kno... [Luther]


Israel on Sunday confiscated nearly 1,000 acres of privately owned Palestinian land near an Israeli settlement south of Bethlehem in the West Bank — a move described by Israeli rights group Peace Now as “unprecedented in its scope since the 1980s.... [Modern Culture]
A Florida school district has decided to replace its use of local pastors as high school football chaplains and replace with the position with life coaches following a complaint from a prominent atheist organization. Alas, no one in Florida‘s govern... [War On Atheism]

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Sigh… There are two things wrong here- first, every quest for the ‘central presupposition’ of the Bible dies a horrible death on the rock of Scripture itself.  Had Scripture one theme, and everything were to be read through it, then it... [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]
At church this morning, the pastor said that the purpose of life is not to get rich, but to learn how to love.I do not always know how I, as an introvert, can love other people.  One thing I liked about a recent book that I read about love, however,... [church] [movies] [Television]


One of the lectionary readings for today is Romans 12:9-21. Now there's a sermon series that could last for months! What great truths!  What hard truths! I actually wrote a devotional over these last few chapters of Romans.A few verses that stick out... [Romans]
Volume 133, Number 3 / Fall 2014 of Journal of Biblical Literature is now available on the website at issue contains:Her Word versus His: Establishing the Underlying Text in 1 ...
I find this funny, but I suppose that is my writer’s humor showing through… The most amazing thing is that that (ha ha!) final sentence is grammatically correct. Don’t you just love English?! If you liked this post, please share it wit... [blogging] [humor] [Writing]


An interesting proof of the extent of Zwingli’s reputation is a letter written to him from Ghent by John Cousard, who signs himself in Greek, “Bishop of the Brethren of the Common Life,” lamenting that Zwingli wrote so much in German, and asking him... [Zwingli]


Eck used at Baden the Complutensian Polyglot, which had the Latin version side by side with the Hebrew and the Greek, and so by apparently reading unaided from the Hebrew and Greek got a reputation for learning he did not deserve.   So Zwingli in the sam... [Zwingli]
To Peter Gynoræus, August 31, 1526: “That Balthasar [Hubmaier] of whom I wrote a few things in an epistle has acted as follows among us: He escaped secretly from the town of Waldshut and came to the home of a widow at Zurich. When the Council learned i... [Zwingli]


So many, many times, men have told me that anthropos means a human being, or a male human being, but never a woman on her own. One man asked me what the feminine term was for Adam. When I claim humanity for women, when I say, “but women are human be... [Gender] [Greek] [translation practice] [Adam] [aner] [anthropos] [Bury] [ish] [Palladius] [Pangle] [St. Melania the Elder] [St. Olympias]


In a few minutes I’m leaving to teach Sunday School and we’re talking about the inspiration and authority of scriptures and/or of people who claim to speak for God. But first, I thought I’d write a quick note on the recent discussion of ... [bible backgrounds] [Bible Commentary] [Bible Passages] [Biblical Inspiration] [religion]


Jesus’ Enemy-Loving Offensive (by Jason Micheli) ‘Just what the hell is your problem?! Reverend?!’ Because it was New Jersey, at first I thought she had a problem with my holding the church door open for her. Her sorta, kinda of a question had been ... [Uncategorized]
Just visit churches where worship is forsaken in favor of fireworks and football games. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


via Logos  Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Female scribes, or soferets, are a rare breed because they must be conservative Jews who follow the strict laws of Judaism, but also belong to an egalitarian congregation that believes in the equality of women and men. And they must have the interest, pat... [Egalitarianism] [Judaism]
It isn’t just for the Superbowl anymore that Churches bow the knee to Baal- now Churches are suspending worship for College games.  One question- what next, High School games?  Middle School?  Little League? Who are the Pastors of these Churches?... [Modern Culture]