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February 26 2015, 3PM

In Mark’s gospel, Satan is the head of a demonic army that causes suffering for human beings and who attempts to prevent Jesus from accomplishing his mission to save the world. Satan himself makes only one direct appearance in the gospel. He tests or te... [Reflections] [Mark]


I’ll be interviewing Dr. Bruce Epperly on these subjects tonight in a Google Hangout on Air. I note with interest that some of these questions have come up in a post by James McGrath on Exploring Our Matrix, which in turn, links back to one of mine.... [Announcements] [religion] [Bruce Epperly] [panentheism] [process theology]

12 PM

PDF of cantillation for Song 2 (mode 2, hypodorian) is here. Here's the English - hmmm - want to try an underlay? Let me know and I will send you a score. 1 I am the crocus of the plain, the lily of the valley. 2 As... [cantillation] [modes] [Song of Songs] [translation]


Donald L. Watson and Paul D. Watson.  Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2014.  See here to buy the book.Contagious Disciple Making is about how Christians can make disciples of... [religion]
ISIS has released a video showing terrorists destroying historic artifacts in the museum in Mosul, Iraq. This follows yesterday’s destruction of the Mosul Public Library. From Reuters: Ultra-radical Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed... [Mesopotamia] [Museums]
Being horrible to his elderly neighbor! A Belfast London man has been convicted of assaulting an elderly neighbour by using his belly to “bounce” her away from his home. Morrison Wilson Chris Tilling, 58, claimed he was simply trying to get ... [Friends]
Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]


Is very much alive and well.   Ok not really well.  More like nuts. With the aim of ensuring that the public display of the Shroud of Turin promotes conversion and healing, the archbishop of Turin has given priests throughout the archdiocese special fa... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
In the Director’s email, Susan states The 2015 Hawarden Seminar is fast approaching and so it is with pleasure that I attach the programme and most up-to-date participants list. Please let me know if you are intending to come but your name does not ... [Conferences]
Happy Theme Thursday, all! Let’s dive right into a new free theme: Lyretail Designed by Mel Choyce, Lyretail is a stunning visual treat for your personal site. The theme puts your social presence front and center, displaying social links prominentl... [Themes]
Happy Theme Thursday, all! Let’s dive right into a new free theme: Lyretail Designed by Mel Choyce, Lyretail is a stunning visual treat for your personal site. The theme puts your social presence front and center, displaying social links prominentl... [Themes]


Frauke’s new book is out.  I’ve not read it but she’s super sharp so it’s got to be excellent.  It sure sounds interesting. The Bible contains passages that allow both scholars and believers to project their hopes and fears onto ... [Books]


Esarhaddon is inclusive in his anxiety and describes two ways a malediction is rendered impotent. First, a curse could be ‘turned back’ (târu, lines 377, 379). Undoubtedly, this refers to the procedure of returning a curse to its source. Second, a cu... [ANE religion] [Books] [Cursed Are You!]
The key is staying humble. I don’t believe most people intentionally hurt each other, but it does happen. I sincerely do not want to hurt her [his wife] or my children in any way. If we can remove the hurt, we can cultivate the love.— This Day We ... [Books] [Holiness]
The Bible talks more about confessing to others than it does about confessing to God. We must not forget the need to confess to God as a step toward repentance, but we must also tell someone else. Much of our Christian culture advises us to tell God and b... [Books] [gospel] [Idle Musings] [revival] [What's your secret?]
Seriously wrong.  Seriously. The Islamic State group released a video on Thursday showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, describing the relics as idols that must be removed.  WATCH: See t... [Total Depravity]
The quote comes from a video by Hip-Hop radio show host Jay Smooth, which was quoted by Fred Clark and in turn by Steve Thorngate, both of whom noted the similarities with the thought of Reinhold Niebuhr. The video can be watched below (the quote comes fr... [morality] [evil] [good] [Hip Hop] [injustice] [Jay Smooth] [Oscars] [racism] [Reinhold Niebuhr]
The phrase “Peace and righteousness (or justice)” is frequently shorthand for the eschatological or messianic age in both the OT—including Isaiah specifically—and in at least some Second Temple texts. Paul both knows this slogan and develops it, a... [Books] [Michael Gorman] [theology]
Logos has a lot of Runge’s works on Sale: Dr. Steve Runge wants to help everyone grasp the intricacies of biblical text, whether they know the original languages or not. To that end, he’s spent years studying discourse analysis and presenting his ... [Logos Bible Software]
Jim:Oh How I wish the audio had worked. Originally posted on Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception: The second of Steve Moyise ‘s  seminars at Newman University, Was the Birth of Jesus According to Scripture?, explored the use of the ... [Modern Culture]
An excellent essay with the above title was written by Graeme Wood for The Atlantic. In addition to it read What The Atlantic Left Out About ISIS According To Their Own Expert. Both essays are very instructive. The advice is to let ISIS slowly bleed itsel...
I do not like the kind of evangelism that gets people in by cards. I think there ought to be a cry of pain. There ought to be a birth within. I feel there should be the terror of seeing ourselves in violent contrast to the holy, holy, holy God. And if it ... [Books] [Holiness] [Idle Musings] [tozer]
One of the challenges of having a preaching schedule that goes through different books of the Bible consecutively is what Peter Mead calls genre shock. That is, when you finish a series on a book in one genre and then begin a new series with a book in ano... [Preaching] [Sermons]


It is common for people to speak about Religious Zionism as if it is a monolithic ideological group that shares common assumptions about the State of Israel, secular studies, the army, etc. Religious Zionism is actually made up of numerous smaller groups,... [israel] [Religion in Israel] [Religious Authority] [Religious Zionism] [Zionism]
After he is miraculously released from prison, Peter goes to the home of Mary and her son John Mark. This seems to have been a larger home where people have gather to pray for him. While Peter had no problems getting out of the prison, he has some (humoro... [Observations on Acts] [Acts] [james] [Luke / Acts] [Peter] [The Book of Acts]
Dale Tuggy posted not that long ago on the late Marcus Borg’s view of God, declaring it essentially a form of atheism.This is a very old accusation. Mystics in the Islamic tradition were accused of pantheism, which Richard Dawkins famously declared ... [atheism] [Progressive Christianity] [Dale Tuggy] [God] [Marcus Borg] [Progressive Christianity]
As Gerry Canavan has eloquently pointed out, the perpetual crisis mentality of higher ed is an indication that the very large and expensive management class that has taken over universities in recent decades is an utter failure. Well-managed universities... [Academia]


I was interviewed on UCB radio this morning (United Christian Broadcasting) about the difference between meekness and weakness.I challenged that sense of our being 'nice.'Here's my 7 minutes (Click UCB logo): View RSS
Afterward there was mention of large churches which are not suited to preaching. “Cologne has a cathedral [Martin Luther said] that is so large that it has four rows of columns, each row consisting of twenty columns. These are extraordinary buildings, b... [Luther]
Michael Landgraf, head of the religious pedagogical center Neustadt, slips into the role of the Reformer Zacharias Ursinus and offers a guided tour on May 9, 2015. The tour starts at the Casimirianum and continues across the historical market place into ... [Church History]


From to Louis for spotting this.)
The Good Shepherd: A thousand-year journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament Ken Bailey worked for many years in the Middle East, taught the Bible there, and sat with and spoke with those whose ways of life reflected in some measure the perspectives and ... [Biblical Studies] [Biblical Theology] [hermeneutics] [history] [Kenneth Bailey] [New Testament] [old testament]
I’m going to go shovel the driveway…  If I don’t come back… Doris, you know what to do with my stuff. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
This week I’ve started my third Unit of CPE – our focus?  The On Purpose Chaplain: Intentional Professionalism.  We’ll be reading through Kevin McCarthy’s The On-Purpose Person: Making Your Life Make Sense and using that to guid... [Uncategorized]
The new Tablet Bundle is designed with your mobile device in mind. With this bundle, you’ll get top resources that you can read from cover to cover on your tablet, phone, or desktop. The Tablet Bundle is the easiest way to load your mobile device w... [Products] [android] [d.l. moody] [George MacDonald] [iOS] [John Piper] [Logos App] [mobile devices] [N. T. Wright] [p.t. forsyth] [R. C. Sproul] [r.a. torrey] [tablet bundle] [thomas a kempis]


The second essay in N. T. Wright’s book Surprised by Scripture addresses the question Do We Need a Historical Adam?  Wright accepts a historical Adam and Eve as a representative pair chosen by God, much as God later chose Abraham and Israel.  The ... [Uncategorized]
Journal of Semitics 23:2 (2014)Temba Rugwiji, "The salvific task of the suffering servant in Isaiah 42:1-7 : a contemporary perspective," 289-314 (abstract)Wilhelm J. Wessels, "Leadership in times of crisis : Nahum as master of language and imagery," 315-... [Journal of Semitics] [Ιουδαϊσμός] [Ισραήλ] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [αρχαιολογία] [μετάφραση] [οικολογία] [προφήτες]
I become very pleased when I see any of the following words in print: Wherewithal  Inasmuch  Insofar Notwithstanding  Nevertheless  And if I ever get to use them I feel positively Germanic in my efficiency 😄 [theolosilly]


Mary Ann Beavis has produced an intriguing study of the epistle to the Hebrews:  “Hebrews and Wisdom,” published in the multi-author volume: Mark, Manuscripts, and Monotheism:  Essays in Honor of Larry W. Hurtado, eds. Chris Keith & Diet... [Uncategorized] [Hebrews] [Important publications] [Jesus-devotion] [NT religious ideas]
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST MONITOR: Who are the Assyrian Christians under attack from Islamic State? (+video). With roots in ancient Mesopotamia and a tenuous footing within modern Middle East nation-states, Assyrians have been displaced by conflicts in Ir...


THE CONTROVERSY over metzizah b’peh is back in the news, with New York City recently lifting the requirement for the signing of parental consent forms before the procedure, which is mentioned in the Mishnah and Talmud, can be undertaken. The practice i...
The Washington Post has a piece entitled, “When ‘Jesus’ was ‘Judas’ and other pretty stupendous Bible typos.” The most interesting thing about the article to me was that much of its material was taken from a journal article written by... [Readings] [media] [reading]
One of the undisputed benefits of living in the greater New York City metropolitan area is the potential for culture. I know that culture exists everywhere, and that is precisely one of the points behind Douglas J. Preston’s Dinosaurs in the Attic.... [Animals] [Archaeology] [art] [Books] [Memoirs] [movies] [popular culture] [Posts] [Social Consciousness] [Albert Bickmore] [American Museum of Natural History] [An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History] [Dinosaurs in the Attic] [Douglas J. Preston] [Myths] [New York City] [Night at the Museum]
JAMES MCGRATH: Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity AAR Call for Papers 2015.
The Washington Post offers a collection of Bible typos - just the thing to liven up that lecture a bit: When ‘Jesus’ was ‘Judas’ and other pretty stupendous Bible typos  Mark Ward posts a video (from a talk in a church) about Why Bible T...


NT Pod 75 discusses BBC's The Passion. It is just under twenty-five minutes long. NT Pod 75: BBC's The Passion (mp3) Feel free to leave your feedback below or on Twitter or on our Facebook page. Thanks to Ram2000, "Me and You", for the opening theme, re... [Jesus Films] [Passion Narratives] [snowcasts]

February 25, 11PM

This beautiful and incredible footage has been doing the rounds lately, and is well worth watching. The reason for its sudden popularity is no doubt the segment showing the Chafetz Chayim, R’ Yisrael Meir haKohen, at 0:57, flanked by both his son on... [Random Musings]
3) What exactly do you mean by figural (or even metaphorical) reading of the OT? How would this differ from say an allegorical reading of the OT or a typological reading of the OT (ala Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews)? ***See pp. 1-4, 104-05 for definit... [Uncategorized]
It is not uncommon to read someone poke the church but no one pokes the kingdom. (There’s a story in that observation that can’t be engaged in this post but I discuss how to compare the two in Kingdom Conspiracy.) More often than not people po... [Church History]


In the latest issue of JBL is an article by Paula Fredriksen on “Paul’s Letter to the Romans, the Ten Commandments, and Pagan ‘Justification by faith,’” JBL 133.4 (2014): 801-7. Fredriksen attempts to understand “just... [Uncategorized]


A leisurely look at how opinion has drastically changed over the last 100 years,and especially just the last 10 years is worthwhile.Opinions on John 8:1-11 were heavily against its authenticity by the middle to the end of the 19th century, and extending t... [John 7:53-8:11] [John 8:1-11] [NT Textual Criticism] [PA] [Pericope adulterae] [Pericope de Adultera] [Symposium] [The Woman Taken in Adultery]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Nathan McDonald announces The annual Tyrwhitt Lecture will take place at the University of Cambridge on March 4, 2015.  Prof. Reinhard Kratz (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) will lecture on “The Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls”.... [Conferences]
It’s presently $179 for all four.  Given the fact that people are selling the thing on ebay for $200 for each book, this is a steal.  And it really is indispensable.Filed under: Books [Books]
WordPress for iOS version 4.8 comes with exciting editor and navigation enhancements. Visual Editor We’re thrilled to announce that the 4.8 release includes a beautiful new visual editor. With the new editor, you can add rich text like bold, italics, li... [Features] [mobile] [iOS] [WordPress] [WordPress for iOS] []
WordPress for iOS version 4.8 comes with exciting editor and navigation enhancements. Visual Editor We’re thrilled to announce that the 4.8 release includes a beautiful new visual editor. With the new editor, you can add rich text like bold, italics, li... [Features] [mobile] [iOS] [WordPress] [WordPress for iOS] []


  It is both enlightening and remarkable, that when scholars examine other texts, which are not considered "Holy Scripture" or "Divinely Preserved", such as the Book(s) of Enoch, the exact same problems and habitual copyist errors occur, and the... [19th century materialism] [Enoch] [homoioteleuton] [Knibb] [Omission] [R.H. Charles] [shortest text]
I was mentioned by Ed Brayton (blogs at Dispatches from the Culture Wars) in a comment to a post on Facebook, and made a couple of comments myself. Here’s the Facebook post: There are two things here that interest me. First is the claim that modera... [atheism] [bible backgrounds] [biblical criticism] [Christian Apologetics] [Christianity] [religion] [Bible] [faith] [Genre] [Prayer]