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February 10 2016, 8AM

Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. This week, I share my experience at the Codex Hackathon. We... [Admin Bar] [Community] [Events] [Conferences] [Field notes] [publishing] [reading]



At the Ancient Jew Review Jeffrey Rubenstein has written a reflection on his scholarship about stories in the Babylonian Talmud. For all the work of the past fifteen years, the study of Bavli stories is still in its infancy. I routinely receive emails as... [Aggadah] [Talmud] [Talmud Study]
At about 6:20 in the above video Brant Pitre says that the feeding of the multitude account in the Gospels would remind first century Jewish readers of Moses. I’m not denying that but he said, “If you’re a first century Jew and you have ... [Christology] [New Testament] [old testament] [theology]


John Eck died on February 10, 1543.  Geoff Bromily writes Born as Johann Mayr (or Maier) at Eck (Egg) in Swabia, he studied at Heidelberg, Tübingen, and Freiburg. In 1510 he joined the faculty at Ingolstadt and in his later years served there as vice-ch... [Church History]
Answer me one question about an obscure story in Judges chapter 11, and I’ll tell you what your view of the whole Old Testament is. I’ve argued before that your view of the trees is determined by your view of the forest, and I think the story of Jepht... [Training] [articles] [Bible study] [old testament] [Biblical Theology] [logos pro] [Judges] [Redemptive History]


Here. The Tyrwhitt lecture is an annual named lecture in Old Testament studies. Robert Tyrwhitt (1735–1817) was sometime fellow at Jesus College and, after resigning his fellowship, a prominent Unitarian. He left £4,000 to the university to support the... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Modern Culture]
1.For several years, I've been puttering around on a book trying to think through how "new perspectives" might impact the study of Hebrews. The last chapter is titled, "Hebrews and God's Covenant with Israel." It seems to me that one thing this chapter sh... [Hebrews] [new perspective]
By Joe James Meet Sadie. I do not know her real name.  I call her Sadie, because Sadie is my daughter’s name.  Sadie is from Douma, Syria.  This photo appeared on the front page of the New York Times on September 16, 2015.  The times story told of t... [Uncategorized]
One of my first posts on this blog, after it moved from its original self-hosted location to Blogger back in 2007, was on this topic. Here is what I wrote:This is just a short entry, just to share a further illustration of how the Bible is mythologized,... [Bible] [Fundamentalism] [Batman] [blogging] [Inerrancy] [meme] [Robin] [says]
This is a reflection I shared at an evening Ash Wednesday gathering several years ago.  We sat in a circle on the floor and placed the ashes on our neighbors’ foreheads and spoke these words to each other: “Remember that you are dust and to d... [WIT Posts] [Ash Wednesday] [Lent] [Preaching] [sermon]


And you tell anyone you’re doing it… well, you just arent listening to Jesus, are you… ‘When you are fasting, do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do: they go about looking unsightly to let people know they are fasting. In... [Modern Culture] [theology]
Following up on my follow up on the Byzantine text, it’s instructive to see just how close the text found in the majority of our manuscripts is to the initial text in the Catholic Epistles. From the ECM supplement, here are the number of readings where ... [Byzantine Text] [Byzantine text type] [ECM]
It’s available now! Part I: Beyond Historicity A New ‘Biblical Archaeology’ Philip R. Davies Old and New Ways of Interpreting Isaiah 40-55 Frederik Poulsen Sociolinguistic Perspectives on the Hebrew Bible as Memory Work: Seeing Redactional Work ... [Book of the Week] [Books] [Modern Culture]
Heinrich Bullinger writes Some there are which affirm and uphold the fasts of Lent, and embering days, and such other, to be the fasts which God has appointed. There are that say, you have not fasted, if by any means you taste any flesh: and there are w... [Bullinger] [Modern Culture]
ARAMAIC WATCH: 15 things you probably didn’t know about Maronites (Jason Lemon, StepFeed).Maronites throughout the region celebrate the feast of Saint Maroun on Tuesday. Annually, on Feb. 9, adherents to the sect remember their founder. As the largest C...


THE EXHIBITION OPENS TODAY: Ancient Roman mosaic unveiled at Frost Museum of Art (Phillip Valys, surround the enormous, ancient and well-preserved Roman mosaic that will debut Wednesday at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum ...
MANUSCRIPT: Oldest surviving copy of the Hebrew Bible recognized in International Memory of the World Register (i24 News).The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Monday officially added the Aleppo Codex, believed t...
TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH: Archaeologists: New Western Wall prayer site will damage antiquities. Signatories to letter of protest warn of harm to ‘diamond in Jerusalem’s archaeological crown’ due to planned site for mixed-gender worship (Times of Israel).C...
Marriage is a human institution. As those who invented it, we should be able to define it. Biology may not help here, since animals become mating pairs in many different ways. Besides, we’re selective in our application of science to the question. N... [Bible] [Britannia] [civil religion] [Current Events] [Holidays] [Posts] [Religious Origins] [Sects] [Social Consciousness] [Christina Harrington] [handfasting] [Marriage] [paganism] [polygamy] [The Wild Hunt] [Valentines Day]
THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA:POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR REQUISITION # 2507 POSITION BASICS Advertising Ends on: Extended Until Position is Filled Advertising Started on: Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 College: Graduate College Department: Interdisciplinary Programs ...
The University is being eviscerated thanks to budget cuts.  This is appalling.  HT Deane G.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
It's hard to believe, but today is ten years since my first post on Balashon. According to my official statistics (since May 2010, so I know there are many more since the start in 2006), I've had over 2.5 million visits, with the most popul...


One of the constant temptations of evangelicalism is to decide that we have all the answers and so do not need to listen very carefully to what others say. A parallel temptation is to have the same attitude to God. He has revealed himself in Scripture and... [Life & Ministry] [discipleship] [discipline] [evangelical] [fasting] [leadership] [Lent] [Rest] [Sabbath] [Silence] [Spirituality]
So, Lent is now upon us.  I typically pick a book to journey with me during these forty days, slowly reading and reflecting on a small portion each day.  This year, I have decided to read The Showings of Julian of Norwich.  How about you? &... [Julian of Norwich] [Lent]

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Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday.Today is Ash Wednesday.All very quaint. For traditional Christians (including Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians and Methodists) today is the first day of Lent.Lent means forty days of abstinence from an indulgence...

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By Kelley Goewey: I’m going to write about being single. Bear with me. “If you’re a woman and you’ve chosen to be married, then you’ve chosen to be the woman God created you to be.” In my experience, Christians say a lot of wacky and untrue th... [Uncategorized]
The term Lenten comes from the English word ‘lengthen’ referring to the lengthening of the days as one progresses towards Easter. Here is the first of several meditations for your reflection during Lent, this one for today, Ash Wednesday. RSVP... [Uncategorized]


I just pulled the trigger on James Dunn’s Neither Jew Nor Greek: A Contested Identity, which is the third (and final?) volume in his Christianity in the Making series. I had a $30 Amazon gift card burning a hole in my pocket and I had to order my... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered]
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return. Genesis 3:19 When Adam and Eve strove to be like gods by eating from the forbidden tree, the Lord ... [Reflections] [Lent]


Earlier today on Twitter Mike Aubrey offered a friendly pushback to my post about Christians and Muslims worshipping the same God. I’ve just learned that a gentleman named Gavin on a blog called Otagosh has offered the same pushback. Basically, they... [Apologetics] [Christology] [Debates] [Islam] [theology]


Nimmt man die beiden für die Bekennende Kirche besonders einschlägigen Publikationen zur Hand, die „Junge Kirche“ und die Reihe „Theologische Existenz heute“, so ist für unser Thema weitgehend Fehlanzeige zu vermelden. Kein Heft der „Theologi... [church and state] [Church History] [Modern Culture]


Remember, when you speak to a Wrightian use small words and a lot of them.  They like the simple appearing hard.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Remember, when you speak to a Barthian use small words and a lot of them.  They like the simple appearing hard.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
I wonder if they’ll be stoned to death by other Pentebabbleists for being false prophets when Cruz loses…. Raphael Cruz, the father of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, recently spoke at a minister’s conference hosted by Texas pros... [Modern Culture] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
2016.02.03 |  Albert Vanhoye. A Different Priest: The Epistle to the Hebrews. Translated by Leo Arnold. Rhetorica Semitica. Miami, FL: Convivium, 2011. Paperback. 450 pp. ISBN 9781934996201. Albert Vanhoye. The Letter to the Hebrews: A New Commentary. ... [Albert VANHOYE] [commentary] [Convivium] [Hebrews] [New Testament] [Nicholas J. Moore] [Paulist Press] [review article]


In some promo pieces for the Greer-Heard Forum in New Orleans, Steve Morgan has an excellent interview with Simon Gathercole, Larry Hurtado, and Jennifer Knust about what to expect. Hope you are all coming, it starts this Friday! [Uncategorized]
Nick Norelli, a Pentecostal associate pastor in New Jersey who also describes himself as a layman, has an opinion on the question as to whether Christians and Muslims are talking about the same god in their separate discourses.Norelli thinks it's an easy ...
Linguistics comes close to satisfying a definition once proposed for philosophy: the systematic misuse of a technical vocabulary invented for that purpose—Cognitive Grammar: A Basic Introduction, 269 n. 10 [Books] [Linguistics]


Knew the stakes… get it? You will… On this date* in 1619, Italian freethinker Lucilio Vanini was adorned with a placard reading ‘Ateiste et blasphemateur du nom de Dieu’ and taken to Toulouse’s Place du Salin where he had his blasphemous... [Modern Culture] [War On Atheism]
A famous Papist writes The Catholic Church explicitly teaches that without “interior conversion of heart” all biblical penances such as fasting, sack cloth, and ashes “remain sterile and false” (see Catechism of the Catholic Church... [Modern Culture]


Anthony Coleman.  The Evangelical Experience: Understanding One of America’s Largest Religious Movements from the Inside.  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015.  See here to buy the book. Anthony Coleman deconverted from evan... [Bible] [religion]
LINK. There's no denying it and no turning back. So we might as well nominate him over Hillary Clinton now! In my opinion he is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate! I'm an old, not dead yet, white man, and I approve this message.
The ancient historian Plutarch is famous for penning scores of biographies on political heavyweights like Julius Caesar, Marc Antony, and Alexander the Great. But as far as we know, he never wrote a word about Jesus. So what could he possibly have to tea... [articles]

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Sixty years after it was secretly smuggled into Israel from Syria, the Aleppo Codex – purportedly the oldest and most authoritative copy of the Hebrew Bible in existence – has been recognized as a unique treasure and will be included in the Internatio... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Modern Culture]
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As one who appreciates a book’s cover, this was an interesting read. Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein, both designers at Stanford University Press, talk about the process here. Take a gander if it suits you. Αυτω η δοξαFiled under: Books Tag... [Books]
Northern Seminary is sponsoring a tour to Turkey and Greece to visit the sits of the apostles Paul and John. And I will be the lead teacher. Our tour will be nearly two weeks long and we will visit major cities and sites. The due date for registering to g... [Uncategorized]


Although all things are pure, still they are not so at all times [for followers of the papacy]; and so during the fasts, quarter fasts, Rogation-day week, Shrove-Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, it is improper to eat meat. During fasts also eggs, milk, and ... [Modern Culture] [Zwingli]


Patrick Deneen tweets Fellow Academics – Please consider signing this petition re: summary faculty firings Mt. St. Mary’s:…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


He’s a self aggrandizing power mad ill-mannered poor excuse for a University President. The president of Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland on Monday fired two faculty members without any faculty review of his action or advance notice. On... [Modern Culture] [stupidity] [Total Depravity]
Aida Cerkez: SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — When Mirzana Coralic asked the primary school in her Sarajevo neighborhood whether they would enroll her deaf son, teacher Sanela Ljumanovic volunteered without thinking much about it. Then September came... [Uncategorized]
It has been some time since I posted my last installment of my discussion of the book Seven Marks of a New Testament Church by David Alan Black, along with some commentary from the books Transforming Acts: Acts of the Apostles as a 21st Century Gospel, by... [Christian Ministry] [Christian Mission] [Christianity] [discipleship] [religion] [Worship] [Bruce Epperly] [communion] [David Alan Black] [Eucharist] [Ruth Fletcher]
I meant to post this yesterday but I got held up at work. I think it was roughly 2005 or 2006 when I became interested in the academic study of the Bible and related literature. I had been a believer for a few years at this point but until then my library... [scripture] [Testimonials]
I’ve seen this question popping up recently. It’s easy to answer: No. Do Muslims worship the Trinity? No. Do Muslims acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God? No. Doesn’t that entail a denial of the Father? Yes. So I repeat, Muslims and Chris... [Islam] [theology]
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I want you to invent God. Seriously. This blog post is an invitation to you to invent God, and then tell me about this God in the comments below. If you are uncomfortable sharing what you write, feel free to leave an anonymous comment. This is a practice ... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [God] [Theology of God]