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April 19 2014, 2AM

I have two items for my blog post today about I Chronicles 6. 1.  The note on v 8 in the HarperCollins Study Bible states that the high priest Zadok “is made a descendant of Aaron by identifying his father as Ahitub (the grandfather of Abiathar, ... [Bible] [I Chronicles] [religion] [Weekly Quiet Time]

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ANOTHER BLOG SERIES BY LAWRENCE H. SCHIFFMAN: Iraq and the Jewish People (11 posts).

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April 18, 11PM

Allow me, in the stumbling attempt to respond to Joshua’s difficult provocation to just for a moment put on my best Rust Cohle mask. To stay outside of Carcosa for just a moment, even though the World is already Carcosa, I want to push it off for a ... [A Non-Philosophical Theory of Nature Book Event]

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Time and again, one of the major hermeneutical moves Tom Wright makes is what I will call the ‘both-and’ approach. For instance, on pp. 821ff. we hear that Christ has taken on both the role of Adam in ruling over creation and the role of the M... [Uncategorized]
Best story of the week: Most children, Asher Svidensky says, are a little intimidated by golden eagles. Kazakh boys in western Mongolia start learning how to use the huge birds to hunt for foxes and hares at the age of 13, when the eagles sit heavily on t... [Weekly Meanderings]

9PM

“Vigil”     We have seen the labor pains of creation. From the Spirit’s swirling storm on the face of the abyss, to the burning light of the supernovas that forge every element; from the earthquakes and volcanoes that quicken... [Creation]

8PM

Having thought about the meaning of the Hebrew word adam for some time, I wanted to go back to a passage I had blogged about some time ago, not sure where. In these two passages, which I reproduce here, adam is both earth-born, and earth-bound; but also... [Greek] [Septuagint] [NETS] [Wisdom of Solomon]
Here is a great quote from Athanasius (Incarnation 4.20): You must not be surprised if we repeat ourselves in dealing with this subject. We are speaking of the good pleasure of God and of the things which He in His loving wisdom thought fit to do, and it ... [Uncategorized]

7PM

This is a duty kind of post. When I read that DeYoung was going to speak on the topic of “The Beauty of Difference- In Heaven and on Earth,” I thought that he was going to talk about the subordination of women in heaven. According to these notes... [Gender] [CBMW] [Kevin DeYoung]

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Barth always said too much and Brunner never said enough and Bonhoeffer acted too rashly and Tillich never acted, or thought, at all.Filed under: Church History, Theology [Church History] [theology]

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Harry Tzalas is one of my favorite people in the world. Since 1998 Harry has led 24 underwater archaeological campaigns in Alexandria. A variety of ancient remains was traced, adding important information to the topography and history of the ancient and ...
He’s been busy. Bulking up! Filed under: Friends, Humor [Friends] [humor]
He’s been busy. Bulking up! Filed under: Friends, Humor [Friends] [humor]
"Consumado es" τετέλεσται (Juan 19:30) es el perfecto indicativo pasivo de τελέω que significa “completar una actividad o proceso, llevar a su fin, finalizar, completar”[1]. Este verbo se usa con frecuencia en el NT (28 veces: Mt. 7:2... [griego] [semántica]

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Prof. Ian Harper is a leading Australian economist and a board member of Ridley Melbourne. Find here a wonderful piece he wrote for the Australian Financial Review about Easter. We are surrounded by death every day; not just literal death but the figurati... [Uncategorized]

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Oft times, Methodists like to pretend that the theology we inherited from John and Charles is that of a symbol — yet, in reading the stanzas, we see sacrificial language, mimicking the high sacramentarianism of the Catho-Anglicans. This hymn was part of... [communion] [charles wesley]
On Good Friday, I thought this quote from the Pope Emeritus’ book was fitting: In all that we have said so far, it is clear that not only has a theological interpretation of the Cross has been given, together with an interpretation, based on the Cr... [Other Posts] [Christ] [Christian worship] [Christianity] [Good Friday] [holy week] [Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week] [Pope] [Pope Benedict XVI]

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Early in Ray Bradbury’s novel Dandelion Wine, Douglas, the 12-year-old central protagonist of the novel, has an experience in which for the first time in his short life he realized the beauty and significance of his own existence in a profoundly and dee... [g.k. chesterton] [holy week] [jesus christ] [Pascha] [Ray Bradbury]
The Church Fathers are very much like modern contemporary ‘Christian’ rock bands. Just as these bands wish they could make it big as secular performers but can’t, so resort to the paltry genre, so too the early Fathers wanted to be phil... [Church History]
The Church Fathers are very much like modern contemporary ‘Christian’ rock bands. Just as these bands wish they could make it big as secular performers but can’t, so resort to the paltry genre, so too the early Fathers wanted to be phil... [Church History]

12 PM

It has been a few years, since I left Christianity, so when I look at it now, I can see it more through the eyes of an outsider, rather than through the god-glasses given to me through childhood indoctrination.  One thing about human nature is that we ca... [Atonement] [Good Friday] [j. m. green]
With many thanks to Petru Moldovan.Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
With many thanks to Petru Moldovan.Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
“It is finished”. Found in the gospel of John (John 19:30), these three simple words changed everything. It is fair though to ask the question what exactly is finished? We can look around our cities and towns and see violence and addiction, po... [Other Posts]
We aren’t deified.  We are not, and never will be, gods.  And no Scripture (in the Bible) suggests such a thing.  We are, and always be, less than God. Filed under: Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]
We aren’t deified.  We are not, and never will be, gods.  And no Scripture (in the Bible) suggests such a thing.  We are, and always be, less than God. Filed under: Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]
At 3pm on Friday, April 10, AD30, Jesus died on a Roman cross. His head knew that he had obeyed God's will. He knew that God loved him. His head knew he would rise again.What he felt was, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"Here is a reminder for a... [Good Friday]
Around the world, today is a day to remember God’s sacrifice. Good Friday is also known as Holy Friday, or Great Friday. In Germany, this same day is often called Sorrowful Friday. These drastically different names capture not only important aspects of ... [Misc]

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The UCC Theological Summit (“Dallastown II”) will convene on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 205 W. Main St., Dallastown, PA.  The event will feature guest facilitation from Dr. Victor Taylor of Y... [blog posts]
I'm about to begin teaching a weekly Omer spiritual study group at my synagogue, and as a result, I've been collecting materials to share. We'll be working sometimes with the kabbalistic paradigm which assigns to each week of the Omer, and to each day wi... [Omer]

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Em pleno terceiro milênio, teólogos há que, por razões diversas, ainda continuam a ler os textos bíblicos e a elaborar suas reflexões como se as cosmologias antiga e medieval fossem mais do que suficientes para explicar o universo e o lugar do homem... [teologia]
Here is Saga Semitica’s tenth episode! Métamorphosé par sa rencontre avec Dieu sur le mont Horeb-Sinaï, Moïse mène le peuple d’Israël à travers le désert jusqu’à la terre des patriarches. Les Hébreux sont-ils pour autant à l’abri de tou... [Press] [publications] [angels] [Archaeology] [Demons] [Egypt] [Enoch] [Exodus] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [Jubilees] [Mesopotamia] [Moses] [Numbers] [Pharm’Aviv]
Voici le dixième épisode de la Saga semitica ! Métamorphosé par sa rencontre avec Dieu sur le mont Horeb-Sinaï, Moïse mène le peuple d’Israël à travers le désert jusqu’à la terre des patriarches. Les Hébreux sont-ils pour autant à l’ab... [Presse] [publications] [anges] [archéologie] [démons] [Égypte] [Hénoch] [Exode] [Bible hébraïque] [histoire] [Jubilés] [Mésopotamie] [Moïse] [Nombres] [Pharm’Aviv]
Most readers of my blog will know that I wrote a book a few years ago, available as an ebook, on the relationship between history and faith in connection with the events that are on the minds of Christians around the world today through Sunday in particul... [historical Jesus] [burial] [Crucifixion] [Good Friday] [historical] [history] [jesus] [resurrection] [Talpiot tomb] [tomb]
This is stirring up quite a bit of controversy in the Jewish community. To say the least. I’d be very interested in hearing what our Jewish friends think about it. Filed under: media [media]
This is stirring up quite a bit of controversy in the Jewish community. To say the least. I’d be very interested in hearing what our Jewish friends think about it. Filed under: media [media]
Commenter Hydroxonium mentioned the first quotation. In looking for it, I found the second one as well. Both seemed worth sharing. [information literacy] [answers] [Bruce Lee] [foolish] [Leo Stein] [questions] [quote] [wise]
It appears that my last post recapitulates Heidegger. If you can see this pdf, it explains the New Hermeneutic on the Psalms at 50. True to say also that my book uses this new hermeneutic. (Hermeneutics involves the way in which God's Word becomes clear ... [Mysticism] [personal theology]
I have mentioned before that I have never read a Bart Ehrman book, but his recent offering, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (HarperOne, 2014), piqued my interest for a few reasons. Firstly, I am teaching a course o... [Uncategorized]

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ATTRIBUTES   God, do You ever grow weary, snap at Your children, say things you regret once they leave Your mouth and we shrink away? Slice the words off before they're spoken. Revise Yourself into lovingkindness. Be the One we call on when we pray. ... [NaPoWriMo2014] [poetry] [Torah]
With a few very slight modifications, Bob Dylan’s song I Shall Be Released (1967) is an appropriate song for Good Friday. They say everything can be replaced, yet every distance is not near, so I forgive every face of every man who put me here. I... [Other Posts]
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one... [Uncategorized]
In the previous three reviews of How Jesus Became God, I focused on summary and positive assessments of the book. Today I want to lay out some of my quibbles. First, Ehrman has rightly challenged us to imagine that in the first century the relationship be... [Book Reviews] [Bart Ehrman] [Christology] [How Jesus Became God]
Vandaag verscheen in de Volkskrant een artikel onder de noemer “Lijdensverhaal Jezus is plagiaat“, waarin assyriologe Henriette Broekema betoogt dat het lijdensverhaal van Jezus grotendeels is overgenomen van Sumerische mythen. Al meteen valt ... [Pasen] [Uncategorized] [Pseudo-Wetenschap]

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O sacred Head, now wounded, With grief and shame weighed down, Now scornfully surrounded With thorns, Thine only crown. O sacred Head, what glory, What bliss, till now was Thine! Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine. Men mock and taunt... [Devotional] [Easter] [God] [Good Friday] [hymns] [jesus christ] [Pascha] [religion]
The throne in Revelation 4 is a good opportunity to think about our interpretive method for apocalyptic literature. In my previous post, I pointed out that throne room scenes are common in Second Temple apocalyptic and that the imagery John uses here is s... [Jewish Christian Literature] [Revelation] [eschatology] [theology]
Adam’s post brings to the fore a question I was asked repeatedly when I would present papers based off my research or when I would go in for the doctoral annual review process. More than once I was surprised to find a theologian ask, “but isn&... [A Non-Philosophical Theory of Nature Book Event]
Another pretty decent week, although I’ve now given up on Greenland.  I can only conclude that there are people there who do not love God. Country Views United States 27,610 United Kingdom 3,016 Canada 2,345 Australia 1,350 Germany 1,3... [Biblioblogs]
Another pretty decent week, although I’ve now given up on Greenland.  I can only conclude that there are people there who do not love God. Country Views United States 27,610 United Kingdom 3,016 Canada 2,345 Australia 1,350 Germany 1,3... [Biblioblogs]
Via Bob Cargill Looking for something to do this summer? Come dig at The Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition in Azekah, Israel with the University of Iowa! Watch the YouTube video playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLziAY4KV0ma0EYLbsUAnmeGvb... [Archaeology]
Via Bob Cargill Looking for something to do this summer? Come dig at The Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition in Azekah, Israel with the University of Iowa! Watch the YouTube video playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLziAY4KV0ma0EYLbsUAnmeGvb... [Archaeology]
Image: The Shroud of Turin   Today is Good Friday, the day when Christians everywhere meditate on the suffering of Jesus as he went to Calvary and as we think of the agony he endured as he died on the cross. No other text in the Bible depicts the suf... [Cross] [Crucifixion] [jesus christ] [Shroud of Turin] [Suffering Servant]
Surely he has borne our griefs        and carried our sorrows;yet we esteemed him stricken,        smitten by God, and afflicted.But he was pierced for our transgressions;&nbs... [Cross] [hippolytus] [sin] [suffering]
Learn how to edit your tagline, customize comment prompts, and schedule posts -- three great tips to have in your blogging back pocket. [Better Blogging] [Customization] [Dashboard] [personalization] [post scheduling]
Learn how to edit your tagline, customize comment prompts, and schedule posts -- three great tips to have in your blogging back pocket. [Better Blogging] [Customization] [Dashboard] [personalization] [post scheduling]

7AM

Here’s mine.  Don’t judge me.  But…  I LOVE peeps.  LOVE them!  Could eat them non stop every day of my life. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Here’s mine.  Don’t judge me.  But…  I LOVE peeps.  LOVE them!  Could eat them non stop every day of my life. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Ben C. Blackwell:Good stuff here. Thanks Brian for the recommendations…. Originally posted on NEAR EMMAUS: This week’s recommendations: 5. The Growth of Global Pentecostalism by Marc Cortez 4.a Jesus the Widower by James McGrath and b. Jesus’... [General]
Dates & Times: Sunday May 4th at 9:15 am, and Saturday May 24 at 11 am at Christ Church New Brunswick. Information: Galilean Aramaic, the language of Christ, is an obscure dialect that has nearly been lost to time and some well-intentioned negligence.... [Events] [Galilean ()] [Neat Stuff ()] [News ()]
IO9 shared this quote from Ibn al-Haytham’s book Doubts Concerning Ptolemy: The seeker after truth is not one who studies the writings of the ancients and, following his natural disposition, puts his trust in them, but rather the one who suspects hi... [science] [Ibn al-Haytham] [quote]
I watched three movies recently: Crossroads, I Am Gabriel, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.  The first and the third are not explicitly Christian movies, whereas the second one is. 1.  Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness. Crossroads is said to ... [movies] [politics] [religion]
Yes. I know. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary, and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in ... [Devotional] [Easter] [Good Friday]
Creation as well as redemption flows from the Trinity as pure gift. God did not invent grace when sin entered the world. What happened then was that grace abounded all the more (Rom. 5:20). The goal of redemption as union with God was not thought up later... [Books] [theology]
Christianity is not primarily a set of ideas to which we give intellectual assent. Christianity is not primarily a moral code to which we agree. Christianity is not primarily a set of ethical standards to which we adhere. Christianity is a life that has b... [Books] [Holiness]
Of what use would it be to have a thousand members added to the church, to be just such as are now in it? Would religion be any more honored by it, in the estimation of ungodly men? One holy church, that are really crucified to the world, and the world cr... [Finney]
Matt Capps has a helpful list of free theology books that are available for Kindle. You can see Matt's post here. [Books] [Technology] [theology]

6AM

Source: You’ve put your keys somewhere and now they appear to be nowhere, certainly not in the basket by the door they’re supposed to go in and now you’re 20 minutes late for work. Kitchen counter, night stand, book shelf, work bag: Wait... [Uncategorized]
That’s one way of depicting the resurrection. Via Christian Funny Pictures. [humor] [cake] [Easter] [funny] [jesus] [resurrection]
J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective. As a former atheist he rejected the claims of the resurrection, but after examination of the evidence he came to believe. This book is available free in Kindle format today. Click on the book image for... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [book review] [Books] [israel] [New Testament] [resurrection]

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Today I am posting the third and final installment of my interview with Bill Arnal. (CWS) 5. In light of your answer to question 5, I’m wondering if you are planning any future projects on the Gospel of Thomas? (WA) I’m currently working on a commenta... [Gospel of Thomas] [historical Jesus] [William Arnal]
This article by Randy Buth is quite technical but well worth working through, even if you are not fluent in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Be sure to look over the Table of Contents for the volume as a whole, which … Continue reading → [Christian Origins] [Greco-Roman Culture] [history] [Judaism]
On Good Friday we remember the story of Jesus’ death. We participate in that death through eucharist in faith. And we celebrate the good news of that death in thinking and pondering the immense love of God for us — to clear our debt, to should... [Atonement]
Marcus Borg, Kimberly Winston, and Jim Naughton both raised the question of whether Christians need to believe that Jesus rose bodily from the dead. Their conclusions are different, in interesting ways. What do readers of this blog think? Of related inter... [Progressive Christianity] [Bart Ehrman] [Daleks] [Easter] [Gospel of Jesus' Wife] [Karen King] [resurrection]
Saint Catherine of Siena. From chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario in Prati, Roma (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This Word played life against death and death against life in tournament on the wood of the most holy cross so that by his death he destroyed our dea... [The Mystics] [Catherine of Siena] [Good Friday]
I’ve recently begun reading through the Jacques Ellul Legacy Series published by Wipf and Stock. The Subversion of Christianity is one of Ellul’s more well-known books (translated from the French edition, La Subversion du Christianisme, 1984). Ellul... [book review] [Jacques Ellul]
In Oxford, they seem unable to tell the difference. (We lived on Cowley Road for three years.) Oxford City Council apologises for cancelling Passion Play ‘it mistook for live sex show’ A council has apologised after it cancelled a Good Friday... [Christianity] [religion] [Easter] [Good Friday]
The Church services were held on Sundays from seven to eight o’clock in the morning and between three and four in the afternoon. In the Great Minster there was a service for children and servants from eleven to twelve o’clock. During the week there wa... [Zwingli]
The Church services were held on Sundays from seven to eight o’clock in the morning and between three and four in the afternoon. In the Great Minster there was a service for children and servants from eleven to twelve o’clock. During the week there wa... [Zwingli]
I have tried to avoid this question for a long time… But recently a reader wrote in asking what I believe about predestination, and since I have written about other difficult “-ation” questions (such as masturbation), I decided to answer... [Bible and Theology Questions] [Theology of Salvation] [election] [Ephesians 1] [predestination] [romans 8]

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They do that, nonetheless, in the Philippines… every year… including this one. Den als Jesus gekleideten Freiwilligen wurden knapp acht Zentimeter lange Stahlnägel durch die Hände gerammt, als sie ans Kreuz genagelt wurden. Hunderte weitere ... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-theology]
Het schild van zijn helden is rood geverfd, de dappere mannen zijn in karmozijnrood gekleed. Nahum 2:3 (HSV) In het verleden had ik al eens over deze tekst geschreven en toen vermeldde ik dat er ten tijde van Nahum geen legers bekend waren die een rood un... [Oorlog] [Nahum]
Phyllis Tickle is one of the most interesting and important voices speaking to and for Christians today. A force in the Christian publishing world for nearly a quarter of a century, Phyllis has a lot to say about the trends of Christian belief and practic... [Misc]

3AM

To one and all.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Via Oded Lipschits- The Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University is pleased to announce the names of the two candidates chosen to receive post-doctoral grants for the academic year beginning October 2014. Dr. Eleftheria Pappa... [Modern Culture]
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church.Good Friday, 10.30am, 18th April 2014John 18:10-11  Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus.  11 Jesus said to Peter, "... [sermon]