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July 30 2014, 5PM

‘If Servetus had read Jim’s commentary, he would have been converted.’ – John Calvin Filed under: Calvin [Calvin]


Phil at hyperekperissou has a nice article about Protestants reading the early church fathers. The article grows out of an attitude that I also sometimes encounter: Roman Catholic or Orthodox Christians of a certain bent seem offended that a Protestant wo... [+Apostles' Teaching] [fathers] [Patristics]


Visiting Germany… to the dismay of Germany… German newspaper Bild lists the “ailments” that afflict Britons abroad, including a tendency to drink too much and strip off at the slightest opportunity. The article lists “underwe... [Friends]
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Robert L. ColePsalms 1–2: Gateway to the Psalter by Richard S. Briggs Avrah... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]
via Filed under: mockery [mockery]

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Visits over the last 24 hours: Country Views United States 5,566 United Kingdom 800 Canada 486 Germany 275 Australia 245 Israel 184 Italy 108 Argentina 90 Russian Federation 84 Brazil 83 Denmark 76 Netherlands 74 South Africa ... [Modern Culture]
I have been invited by “Coulisse et compagnie” on Radio Saint-Louis in Martinique. Following my conference on the apocryphal literature, on July 16, Radio Saint-Louis wished to know more on my works and scientific career. I gladly answered questions... [Radio] [apocrypha] [aramaic] [Archaeology] [Bible] [epigraphy] [gospels] [Greek] [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew] [history] [New Testament] [pseudepigrapha] [Qumran] [Semitic]
Je suis l’invité de l’émission “Coulisse et compagnie”, diffusée sur Radio Saint-Louis en Martinique. Suite à ma conférence sur les apocryphes le 16 juillet dernier, Radio Saint-Louis a souhaité en savoir plus sur mes travaux et mon parcours... [Radio] [apocryphes] [araméen] [archéologie] [Bible] [épigraphie] [Évangiles] [grec] [Bible hébraïque] [hébreu] [histoire] [Nouveau Testament] [pseudépigraphes] [Qumrân] [sémitique]
Among several podcasts heard and blogs read, I come across many telling of men and women claiming to receive direct revelation from God for revelation to a person or group.  These messages have characteristics deemed necessary to qualify as a Spirit-... [deception] [discernment]
Like Coulter, he is a publicity whore.  Like Coulter, he seldom knows what he’s talking about.  Like Coulter, he loves the spotlight.  Like Coulter, he befouls himself with more ignorance about theology and religion than a herd of swine wallowing... [Dilettante] [disdain] [mockery] [Modern Culture] [Pseudo-scholarship] [Schadenfreude] [scorn] [Texas and Texans] [Total Depravity]


I saw this link on Fr Rob’s Irishanglican Weblog: Hamas has executed scores of Gazan civilians over the past few days, according to several separate reports. Yisrael Hayom quotes Arab news sources that report that Hamas has executed some 30 Gazan... [Culture] [Hamas] [Islam] [israel] [Palestine] [Terror] [War]
‘Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?’ – Lady Macbeth In the Summa Theologiae, Thomas Aquinas addresses the problem of the vials of Christ’s blood so plentifully held in reliquaries across Europe. If Ch... [Blood A Critique of Christianity Book Event]


This is something I have posted in one form or another before, but I thought it would be interesting to see what you think about it here at DC. Before I set out, this is not a post to be confused with "should religion be destroyed" as that is a...
Source: Amber Brantly, the wife of Dr. Kent Brantly, and her immediate family issued the following statement. Dr. Brantly, a member of the Samaritan’s Purse team in Liberia, tested positive for the Ebola virus and is fighting for his life. We apprec... [Uncategorized]


At last, the third thought-petal of my five which I first listed here with elaborations here, here and here. But this is more than a petal. It is the stamen itself. Completeness indicates the end of the story. Completeness is another synonym for the wh... [personal theology]
I was watching a YouTube video of the Christian movie, God’s Not Dead.  Many people focus on the part of the movie in which a Christian student challenges his atheistic philosophy professor.  But there are other sub-plots to the movie, as w... [movies] [religion]
Probably lots of women were divorced in the 4th century. But Fabiola’s story is particularly interesting. I couldn’t find her written up in any history of previously ignored Christian women. She lived at the time that Jerome was teaching Roman... [feminism] [Fabiola] [hospitals] [jerome] [Paula]
This is ordinarily something I’d keep to my own private haunt, Departure Delayed, but today is too special a day for my understandably minuscule following there. The 90th birthday of a man, William H. Gass, whose writing I perhaps too slavishly ador... [literature] [William H. Gass]


When the Israeli army exits #Gaza, the United States should channel every penny it sends to Israel to Gaza instead.  And station troops there to protect the Palestinians from Israel and Israel from Hamas.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The article on bad academic writing that’s been going around strikes me as perhaps a little cruel, and as unlikely to actually get through to the people who most need the message — after all, it’s notoriously difficult to see the flaws i... [Academia]
…and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20) What are you doing, Paul, making common things your own, and clai... [New Testament] [Galatians] [John Chrysostom]
[NOTE: Earlier this summer, The Girlfriend and I watched a lot of House of Cards and Scandal, so that must be kept in mind in reading this post.] It’s easy to forget now, but in the summer of 2008, it really looked like John McCain would win. Only ... [boredom] [politics of the absurd]
Crisis Magazine: The recent siege of systematic targeting of Christians in the Middle East should spur us to action in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ. While separated from them geographically, we are called to unite ourselves with R... [church] [Christian Living] [Christianity] [Culture] [faith] [Falleness] [news] [persecution]
AN ARMY OF TRANSLATORS: Suda On Line: Byzantine Lexicography. From the Overview page:Certain fundamental sources for the study of the ancient world are currently accessible only to a few specially trained researchers because they have never been provide...


In contrast to the Solomon temple replica in Brazil, the churches of Canada are being re-purposed into gyms. MONTREAL — Weight machines fill the space where once there were pews, and visitors sip nutritional green smoothies, not communion wine. But desp... [church]
In an interview with a TV producer a week or so ago, the question came up whether early Christianity (Roman-era) was secretive and operated in a covert manner, seeking to avoid hostile attention.  The origins of this notion I don’t really know (inf... [Uncategorized] [Christian Origins] [Historical Context] [NT religious ideas] [Roman-era religious environment]
The July 2014 Biblical Studies Carnival will be hosted by Jonathan Homrighausen at his fine blog Linguae Antiquitatum. Consider this your official encouragement to send Jonathan links to blogs of interest published in July. Send him an email (jdhomri... [Biblioblogs] [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Biblioblogs] [blogging] [carnival] [Huzzah!]
Brandon Withrow tells the story of How Westminster Theological Seminary Came to Define Fundamentalism for [Him]. It is a story that is repeated over and over again, and in this case a professor was removed from Westminster for saying much the same thing a... [Academic freedom] [education] [religion] [Bryan College] [Westminster Theologyical Seminary]
Yesterday, I started a three-part series on proverbs related to work and laziness.Proverbs Solely on Laziness Verse(s) Text (NASB) Type Parallelism 6:6-11 6 Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, 7 Which, h... [old testament] [Proverbs]
You can read this Brill volume, just published, for free.  Here.  No kidding, for free. Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Books [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
Read this essay by Nadia Abu El-Haj: The Palestinian body count in Gaza has passed 1000, with more than 5000 wounded. Over 70 per cent of the casualties are civilians, including more than 200 children. Extended families have been wiped out. Children playi... [Modern Culture]
So I took the plunge and subscribed to Mohr’s Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel and have been browsing the essays this morning and reading the ones that grabbed me first.  This journal is a remarkable achievement.  The editors are skillful and stel... [Biblical Studies Resources]
This incredible 13 x 17 foot zinc model of 19th century Jerusalem created was created by Hungarian Catholic Stephan Illes in the 1870s. It was first exhibited in 1873 at the Vienna International Exhibit, then lost and forgotten until the … Continue ... [Tabor's Blog]


By offering himself as a sacrifice for us, Christ “built a wall of partition between human nature and sin” [Cyril] so that nothing might hinder our access to God and so that we might return to that original likeness we had at the creation. Just as sin... [Books] [theology] [theosis]
As I said above, the more I have lived with this psalm [89], the more grateful I have become for it. It says to us that it is all right to ask questions, when things do not seem to fit in our faith. But it also says that present distress need not diminish... [Books] [Kinlaw] [theology]
Unlike Timothy, Epaphroditus is only known from this letter. Paul praises him highly as a valuable co-worker. We know virtually nothing about him from Acts other letters. His name was common in the first century and is related to the goddess Aphrodite. Pa... [Evening Service Notes] [Philippians] [Bible study] [Paul]
On the 30th of July in 1523 Zwingli published a sermon he had preached in June of that year-  Von götlicher und menschlicher grechtigheit, wie die zemen sehind und standind. Ein predge Hyldrych Zuinglis an s. Ioanns teuffers tag gethon im 1523 [jahr]. I... [Church History] [Zwingli]
Like the word “gospel,” the word “salvation” means much more and much less than usually assumed. Just like the word “gospel,” the way the word “salvation” is often used today is very different from the way the word is used in Scrip... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [believe] [Calvinism] [eternal life] [faith] [gospel] [salvation] [save]


Rudolf Karl Bultmann, the greatest New Testament exegete of the 20th century (and as yet still unsurpassed as the best New Testament exegete of all time) died on the 30th of July in 1976.  In honor of the great man, here’s a photo gallery.  Here’s a... [Bultmann]
In your charity I beg your prayers for dear little SG, who has been diagnosed with a very serious illness. Heavenly Father, watch with us over your child N., and grant that she may be restored to that perfect health … Continue reading → [church] [children] [Christianity] [faith] [healing] [Personal] [Prayer]
[This illustration I heard is a...] great story about the power of a good deed. There’s just one problem: Almost nothing about this story is true. It’s one of the most popular myths about Churchill, according and the Downers … Continu... [church] [Christianity] [Culture] [Homily] [Preaching] [quote] [research] [sermon]
The Shield of the Trinity or Scutum Fidei – a traditional Christian visual symbol which expresses many aspects of the doctrine of the Trinity, summarizing the first part of the Athanasian Creed in a compact diagram. Original Latin-language version. ... [doctrine] [United Methodist Church]


I’ve come to realise that there is one verse in the gospels which can unlock our whole understanding of what to expect in looking for Jesus’ return, the ‘second coming.’ The verse is Matt 24.34: ‘Amen I tell you, there is NO WAY ... [Biblical Studies] [eschatology] [hermeneutics] [Interpretation] [jesus] [Mark 13] [Mark's Gospel] [Matthew] [New Wine]
Earlier I linked to what philosophers of religion think of Philosophy of Religion (PoR). The essay Jeff Lowder has linked to is by Paul Draper, who offers four suggestions on how to best approach the discipline in hopes of reforming it. I want to examine ...
You only have two days left to get $300 off Boice’s Expositional Commentaries! The price may never go this low again, so don’t miss out. Just use coupon code BOICE2014 to get your discount! Comprehensive and rigorous This 27-volume series provides the... [Products]
Text18 ὅτι καὶ Χριστὸς ἅπαξ περὶ ἁμαρτιῶν ἔπαθεν, δίκαιος ὑπὲρ ἀδίκων, ἵνα ὑμᾶς προσαγάγῃ τῷ θεῷ, θανατωθεὶς μὲν σαρκὶ ζῳοποιηθεὶς ... [1 Peter] [exegesis] [Greek]


From SOTS, this great news- Philip Davies has been elected as the Chair of the Palestine Exploration Fund for the next five years. Congratulations, Philip.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
So I thought I'd post a couple of icons to aid your mediations (now stop saying I don't take religion seriously) In other news, some advice on blogging, in light of my nine years experience: 1. Stop taking yourself so seriously and have fu...
On this blog others speak, but I keep the posts oriented toward the church (mostly). Voices matter to me, so on Wednesday we have been treated this year to a series of posts by young pastors in the Churches of Christ. This post is by Jonathan Storment fro... [Uncategorized]


by Zachary Braiterman* This post originally appeared on the author’s blog, Jewish Philosophy Place.A meme going around Jewish left circles has the speaker declare that the State of Israel and/or the war in Gaza and/or the State of Israel and Zionism... [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [America Jewish left] [israel] [Jewish Philosophy Place] [Judaism] [New Testament] [Theodor Herzl] [umma] [Zachary Braiterman] [Zionism]


Genies can’t be put back into bottles, I’m told. They are one of the many things that once done cannot be undone. I had that sense throughout my reading of Alex Prud’homme’s Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know. Prud’homme does an admir... [Books] [Current Events] [Posts] [Social Consciousness] [Alex Prud’homme] [Deepwater Horizon] [environmentalism] [fracking] [Hydrofracking] [water] [What Everyone Needs to Know]
(Posted by Michael J. Caba)This wall relief carving depicts the siege of the Judean city of Lachish, telling the story from the Assyrian point of view. The carving was created in c. 700 BC and was discovered in the 1850s in the ancient city of Nineveh, As...

July 29, 10PM

The expression “post-haste” was something I once heard from a teacher and it followed a request to go to some office to get something. “And do it post-haste.” I thought about the meaning of that expression then about as often as I did about any ex... [Uncategorized]


If you hadn’t heard yet, the SBL 2014 program is now online. I am going to do a series of blog posts on highlights, but because the program is getting huge I will do just one day at a time. So, here is what’s going on on Friday. [FYI: I hate... [Uncategorized]


Irony by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#37561)
Ironic isnt it that the first people to accuse God of unrighteous deeds are the very people who don’t think God even exists.Filed under: Theology [theology]
It has ceased acting like an ally and now acts and speaks more like an adversary. John Kerry has the best interests of all involved in mind and truth told is probably skewed towards Israel. The comments it had made about him are despicable.Filed under: M... [Modern Culture]
Students of the Bible are aware that the city of Jerusalem, including the Herodian temple, was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70. Vespasian commanded the Romans in the north of the country. When he learned of the death of Nero he began his return to Rom... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Israel Museum] [Josephus] [Ministry of Jesus] [Roman Emperors] [Roman Tenth Legion]