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September 1 2014, 7PM

Is it possible the gospel isn't what many of us suppose it to be?  Is it really a historical document?  Is it really about a man named Jesus the son of Mary or Joseph?  Certainly that is the easy answer, the answer which comes down to us from a selecti...

6PM

Here’s a little quiz to lighten your day: Who is this person… Is it: A Bond Villain? Dirk Jongkind? Answer here. [theolosilly]
The United States is today observing the civic holiday of Labor Day. According to the Department of Labor, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American ... [god and country]

5PM

Image provided by Crushable So rather than have an actual conversation on race, the editors of Time magazine decided to publish a post on their Web-exclusive online site entitled “Negrophobia: Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and America’s Fear Of ... [racial harmony] [racism] [speaking truth to power] [white supremacy]
Pseudepigrapha Group11/23/20144:00 PM to 6:30 PMRoom: Room 17 A (Mezzanine level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)Theme: Honoring the Life and Work of Michael E. Stone. And Review of Andrei Orlov, Heavenly Priesthood in the Apocalypse of AbrahamWe will ...

4PM

If any of my blog readers have any interest in a hand-crafted Baroque stringed instrument–violin, viola, or cello, my son, Nathan Tabor, who lives in Vienna is one of the best among Luthiers with years of experience and a 100% … Continue readi... [General]
Vincent informs us that Professor Richard Bauckham and Dr Chris Marshall presented a lecture series on the historical Jesus, at Carey College, 7-8 August 2014. Here are a few of the videos.  The rest can be seen at the link above. Filed under: Confere... [Conferences]
We went to a zoo today.  It’s a small zoo.  The animals there are not exotic.  They’re animals from the area—-a pumba, a black bear, a wolverine, turtles, snakes, butterflies, eagles, ravens, wolves, etc. The zoo charged one do... [Holidays] [Life]

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I thought of this quote today: Do you want your writing to be instantly transformed into a mucky mess of corporate and legalese-sounding jargony mush? Then be sure to use persons as the plural word for person. Whiz! Bang! You’ve got yourself some... [Strangely Warmed]

1PM

Rob Bradshaw has done a typically thorough job of the August Biblical Studies Carnival. He even managed to find a post from my meager output, but there are lots of good things you will not have seen as well :) [Biblical Studies]
via Amen, and amen.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
A Pennsylvania congregation seeking to attract new attendees has also generated controversy as it recently purchased billboard space that features the quote “I love sex,” attributed to God. Restored Church, a non-denominational assembly in Wilkes-Barr... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

12 PM

For a limited time, save 39% on The Essential IVP Reference Collection—that’s $75.00 off the regular price! This 18-volume collection provides detailed entries for the Bible’s most important concepts. Even better, when combined with Logos 5&... [Products] [anchor yale] [anchor yale bible dictionary] [back to school] [Bible study] [intervarsity press] [reference works] [the essential IVP reference collection]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

This will take more than one song I suspect. The first up is a favorite that simply lays it out there. If you have suggestions, let me hear ‘em My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation,... [Other Posts] [country music] [sammi smith]
The fear of new ideas “misoneism” is nothing new in the history of human civilization and progress. Stalwarts of the status-quo fear a loss of position and power that comes with the introduction of a new paradigm. History reflects such rigid and intra... [Askarabbi] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [science and religion] [Theology and Philosophy]
From Cambridge- The Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament (THEGNT) is a major new undertaking. We asked Dr Dirk Jongkind (New Testament Research Fellow at Tyndale House, and Fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge) a few questions about it.... [Biblical Studies Resources]
ML writes Après un superbe séjour en Martinique (avec en prime une interview radio), me voici de retour en métropole pour la rentrée ! J’ai hâte de faire connaissance avec mes nouveaux étudiants d’hébreu. D’ailleurs, c’est le moment de vou... [Biblical Studies Resources]

9AM

On September 1, 2008 Reading Acts published its first post, “Why Acts?” I originally set up this blog as a supplement to my preaching through the Book of Acts at Rush Creek Bible Church. My plan was to offer a few thoughts before and after I preached ... [Biblioblogs] [Biblioblogs] [Huzzah!] [Reading Acts] [Shameless self promotion]
Wanderley Guilherme ao 247: "Marina é inviável" - Brasil 24/7 - 01/09/2014Cientista político diz que cada proposta da candidata do PSB é feita para um país diferente: "Como é possível desprezar o pré-sal, manter os empregos em toda a cadeia produt... [politica]
Rob Bradshaw at Biblical Studies has posted the August 2014 Biblical Study Carnival. The Biblical Study Carnival is a collection of the best biblical study posts published by bibliobloggers during the month of August. Rob has gathered an amazing collectio... [Biblical Carnival] [Biblical Studies] [Biblical Study Carnival] [Rob Bradshaw]
Promovido pela CNBB e pela TV Aparecida, o debate com os presidenciáveis ocorrerá no dia 16 de setembro, a partir das 21h30. Para o evento, foram convidados mais de 350 bispos da CNBB, que irão colaborar com sugestão de perguntas que poderão ser incl... [politica]
Como a 'Guerra ao Terror' criou o grupo terrorista mais poderoso do mundo - Patrick Cockburn: TomDispatch, em Opera Mundi 25/08/2014 Há elementos extraordinários na política atual dos Estados Unidos em relação ao Iraque e à Síria que estão at... [oriente]
Seleção de postagens dos biblioblogs em agosto de 2014.Biblical Studies Carnival – August 2014Trabalho feito por Rob Bradshaw, do Biblical Studies Blog. [Biblioblogs]
The Swiss Society for Near Eastern Studies (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Orientalische Altertumswissenschaft) is holding its autumn conference this Saturday in Bern, Switzerland. The conference is devoted to a single site in Israel and is organized by... [Lectures] [Shephelah]
…is now posted for your reading pleasure at Rob Bradshaw’s Biblical Studies Blog. [+Fellowship] [Bible]

8AM

Originally posted on The New Oxonian: The Revd Thomas Bayes, 1701-1761 The current discussion among Jesus-deniers and mythicists over whether probability in the form of Bayes’s Rule can be used in historical research is more than a little amusing. T... [Uncategorized]
Cari lettori, è iniziato il Trekking Biblico in Terra Santa. Un cammino a piedi, dal 30 agosto al 6 settembre, che ci porterà fino a Gerusalemme. Ne parla anche il giornale “Avvenire” nell’edizione del 31 agosto 2014. Seguite la dire... [blog] [Primo piano] [trekking Gerusalemme] [Trekking in Galilea - Israele] [trekking in Israele] [Trekking in Terra Santa]
As both a parent and a governor during this year’s GCSE results, I found myself in an odd predicament. Should I be pleased with my son’s results because they were his achievement, or because the school had succeeded in ‘adding value̵... [Life & Ministry] [education] [ethics] [Ken Robinson] [Mike Higton] [Richard Dawkins] [utilitarianism]

7AM

This is a wonderful chart for conversation from RNS by Tobin Grant: [Uncategorized]
Un peu de lecture pour la rentrée ? Le 12e épisode de la Saga semitica est là ! Quarante ans. C’est le temps durant lequel les Hébreux vont devoir rester aux portes de la terre promise. Une longue errance les attend, et l’on serait presque tent... [Presse] [publications] [araméen] [archéologie] [Balaam] [épigraphie] [Bible hébraïque] [Moabite] [Moïse] [Nombres] [Pharm’Aviv]
Saga Semitica Episode 12 is here! Quarante ans. C’est le temps durant lequel les Hébreux vont devoir rester aux portes de la terre promise. Une longue errance les attend, et l’on serait presque tenté de tourner rapidement les pages de sa Bible pour... [Press] [publications] [aramaic] [Archaeology] [Balaam] [epigraphy] [Hebrew Bible] [Moabite] [Moses] [Numbers] [Pharm’Aviv]
Have you seen the video, with the apocryphal ending (like Job or Esther) that makes it better? This is what she said, “I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look... [Controversial] [Joel Osteen] [victoria osteen]
Hemant Mehta wrote a fitting tribute to Stenger which included a statement from me. He will be greatly missed but he changed the world for the better. LINK.
Johnnie Terry of Sierra College, CA, tells me he's using Jerry Coyne's book, Why Evolution Is Truefor his critical thinking classes this semester! He says:As the Philosophy 4: Critical Thinking class satisfies the college level reading requirement, I'm ha... [Ending Philosophy of Religion]

6AM

Jim:Phil’s done a good job of it! Originally posted on Reading Acts: Rob Bradshaw posted his August Biblical Studies Carnival at the Biblical Studies Blog. This is a great collection of links to articles of interest to those working in biblical or... [Modern Culture]
Christianaudio.com is offering Francis Schaeffer's well-known work How Should We then Live? as their free download for the month of September. The book was first published in 1976. It also served as the basis for a series of ten films. To read more about... [Apologetics] [Audio]
Rob Bradshaw posted his August Biblical Studies Carnival at the Biblical Studies Blog. This is a great collection of links to articles of interest to those working in biblical or theological studies, including some archaeology and textual criticism. If... [Biblioblogs] [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Biblioblogs] [blogging] [carnival] [Huzzah!]
Please keep an eye open this month for worthy Carnival posts.  I’ll share them on 1 October at one minute past midnight.  And thank you for your assistance.Filed under: Biblical Studies Carnival [Biblical Studies Carnival]
I had the privilege of writing a piece (based on Romans 10:5-8) for Grace for Sinners in their Ascension Series. My thesis was that we try to add works of faith to gain more righteousness before God, but nothing more is needed. The work is complete in Chr... [ascension] [death] [resurrection]
Whilst preparing the slides for my paper at the BNTC conference for this coming Friday, I was delighted to find the oldest manuscript of Acts GA 0189 online. Normally I have some inkling of what is happening on a manuscript page, but what is happening in ...
Image via Wikipedia I don’t know much about the polity of the ECLA, but this is a statement from them: ELCA Churchwide Assembly Action CA91.06.35 Passed by the 1991 Churchwide Assembly in Orlando, Florida. Whereas To approve the following recommen... [Religion and Politics] [Collective bargaining] [Evangelical Lutheran Church in America] [Labor Day] [Labor rights]
Image by wallyg via Flickr 4135.Rights of Workers I. Biblical/Theological Background Scripture teaches that human beings, created in the image of God, have an innate dignity (Genesis 1:27). God grants dignity to work by commanding human beings to be stew... [Religion and Politics] [United Methodist Church] [Collective bargaining] [Labor Day] [unions] [workers]
Originally from here, WEBCommentary(tm) – The Dignity of Labor and the Rest of God. But, I think it has moved… To the Coal Miners, to the Steel Workers, to the stay at home mothers, to the workers who labour…God bless you. Monday, Septe... [Other Posts] [Bible] [God] [Justice] [Labor Day] [labor unions] [Labour] [Labour Day] [Lord Shaftesbury] [personhood] [religion] [Rest] [social justice] [union] [unions]
Jesus in the Gospels (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Memory research is interesting exactly because of the way we remember things – even the way we remember the remembrances of the Gospels. I believe that such science can help us even in understanding how... [Gospel Criticism] [Social Memory Criticism] [historical criticism] [memory] [Tomonori Takeuchi]
Image via Wikipedia I was asked by a good friend the other day regarding if I thought that the way society goes will or should the Church follow. My contention is that no. The Body of Christ stands in a safe and abiding place, and must in of itself prote... [Religion and Politics] [Catholic Social Teaching] [Human Rights] [Labor Day] [Roman Catholic Church]
When the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 occurred, I was a pastor of a small church in Montana. My theology was somewhat different then than it is now, and so shortly after these attacks, I preached a sermon about prophecy and the End Times in which I said... [Theology of the End Times] [666] [end times] [microchip]

5AM

Is there a mourning trend in contemporary television? At least on cable, it seems to be a dominant theme, one whose hold is only growing. The Walking Dead and Les Revenants (which will be remade in an English-language version) focus on what happens when... [Television]
Revue des Études Juives 173:1-2 (2014)Emmanuel Friedheim, "«Un oignon de l'idolâtrie» ou la dimension historique d'un vocable talmudique," 1-14 (abstract)Thierry Murcia, "B. Giṭṭin 56b-57a. L'épisode talmudique de Titus, Balaam et Yeshu en enfer ... [RÉJ] [Ταλμούδ] [ραββίνοι]
SYRIAC WATCH: While ISIS destroys, Hamilton man battles to preserve historic texts. Team conserving photos of ancient inscriptions, buildings that now no longer exist (Kelly Bennett, CBC News).A group of librarians led by a Hamilton man is racing agains...
In 2009, the University of Sheffield proposed to close the Department of Biblical Studies, perhaps the world’s foremost and most innovative biblical studies department. The response included a barrage of letters protesting the plan from academics world... [Pseudo-scholarship]
You may be unfamiliar with the work of Willi Marxsen but he was a quite influential scholar a few decades ago. His specialization was New Testament and he studied with some of the real giants in the field, becoming, in due course, something of a giant him... [Scholars You Should Know]

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I have long thought that blogging and self-publishing are playing a role today that the small movable type presses of an earlier age played. Tyndale was able to publish his English translations of the Bible that way under the radar (at least for a while).... [blogging]
Filed under: Books [Books]
Hey Hollywood, a bit of advice for all your famous folk dealing with the dissemination of nude photos of themselves- STOP TAKING NUDE PHOTOS OF YOURSELVES. Problem solved. Ya pervs.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
This is now my fourth consecutive semester teaching Greek exegesis in Mongolia, in Mongolian. This semester my students are studying John, which is a real delight. In this post I am going to explore some of the linguistic features of the Mongolian languag... [Greek] [Mongolia]
SEARCH (6 ELUL)I want you to see meeven when I'm unlovely.Lost on familiar roads.Who's in the mirror?My feet are confusedbut I know I don't wantto be a mechanical rabbiton a greyhound track.Is it safe to showmy true colors, flashmy most hidden heart?Will ... [Elul] [poetry]
Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials. Recently I was reading Revelation 3:2... [Training] [Camp Logos] [Logos 5] [Morris Proctor] [tutorial]

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]

1AM

"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]