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August 21 2014, 12 PM

Κυκλοφόρησε από τον εκδοτικό οίκο Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht ένας νέος συλλογικός τόμος για την Αστάρτη και τις μεταμορφώσεις μέσα στην ιστορία:David T. Sug... [Παλαιστίνη] [αρχαίος κόσμος] [θρησκεία] [συνέδρια]
The Independent: Police in South Africa have launched an investigation as two rural farm workers are suspected of pelting their colleague to death with oranges. The man died after the suspects allegedly argued with him, before they collected oranges and &... [Culture] [Crime] [death] [Falleness] [Farming] [Murder] [news] [Oranges] [South Africa]


Jewish Bible Quarterly 42:3 (2014)Moshe Anisfeld, "Rashi's Midrashic Comments are Supported by a Broad Range of Biblical Texts" Yosef Green, "The Reign of King Solomon: Diplomatic and Economic Perspectives"Arie Folger, "Midrashic Interpretation of Ps... [JBQ] [Ιουδαϊσμός] [Ισραήλ] [ραββίνοι]


Barbarians at the gate: It may sound perverse, but perhaps we owe a small note of thanks to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Like a bullet whistling overhead, the ruthless rise … Continue reading → [church] [Christianity] [Culture] [Isis] [Islam] [Middle East] [news] [Terror]
The world has become convinced that 'the fifteenth of Tiberius' - that is 29 CE - was the year that Jesus, the supposed founder of Christianity, was crucified in Jerusalem. This 'fact' is taken for granted even though it stands on incredibly weak philolo...
Let me begin by saying what this is not…this is not me taking a side in the issue nor is it me trying to give an opinion of blame toward anyone involved. This is not me trying to comment on race in America and whether or not it is a true issue or no... [Other Posts]
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples ofthe earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace tothose who are far off and to those who are near:  Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, especially in Syria and Iraq; brin... [Uncategorized]
Something that interests me whenever I reconnect with old friends and acquaintances is their current religious or political views.  Some of the people who were gun-ho conservative Christians back when I knew them are now atheists, agnostics, liber... [politics] [religion]



I’ll tell you when I think the system is corrupt: when Christian people sign severance packages that require silence. Those in power are buying protection; those signing are compromising integrity. The following post grabs the main points in a longe... [Uncategorized]
I am a new faculty member at George Fox, but this is actually my sixth year of full-time teaching. I feel pretty comfortable being new and navigating carefully higher-ed politics, but I was directed recently to THIS EXCELLENT LITTLE ARTICLE FROM INSIDE HI... [Uncategorized]
Wilson, Mark, Victory through the Lamb: A Guide to Revelation in Plain Language (Wooster, OH: Weaver, 2014). To take a challenging book in the Bible and attempt to make it accessible is a commendable exercise. Dr. Mark Wilson tries to do just that with th... [Book Reviews] [commentary] [New Testament] [Revelation]
I came across this interesting statement yesterday when looking over some photos in Earthly Footsteps of the Man of Galilee. The Grand Mosque of Damascus is one of the most interesting buildings in the East.  It is quadrangular in form, one hundr... [Syria]
Over coffee this morning, my friend Colin showed me a video which I found pretty extraordinary. It's about an endeavor called Project Daniel: The video isn't new, but it was new to me. Here's how the project's creators describe it: Just before Thank... [Tikkun olam]


I picked this in my garden this AM. maybe I should call a priest and see what kind of an omen it is... [Garden] [Just for Fun]
A los ojos de los griegos, especialmente de los estoicos, la cólera es la irritación o comportamiento agresivo, digna de condenación. La Escritura, sobre todo en los libros sapienciales, condena también al que no domina el soplo de sus narices (Prov 1... [vocabulario biblico] [Vocabulario paulino] [CÓLERA] [cólera de Dios] [Escatologia] [orgé]


From the German Bible Society- Das Greek New Testament in der 5. Auflage (‪#‎UBS5‬) ist online: . And here’s NA 28. And if you visit either of thos... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
Zunehmend distanzieren sich muslimische Gelehrte und Verbände von der Terrororganisation „Islamischer Staat“ (IS) und ihren Gräueltaten an Christen, Jesiden und gemäßigten Muslimen. Der saudische Großmufti, Scheich Abdel Asis bin Abdullah, erklä... [Islam]
“ . . . now therefore, listen to the words of the LORD. // “Thus says the LORD of hosts, Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and...
[This is the third in a series of posts on texts to be featured in New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures edited by Brent Landau and I. The material here is incorporated also into the information on the texts provided on my More Christian A... [Hospitality of Dysmas] [More Christian Apocrypha]
Today is the day I pick a winner for these two excellent books. There were 57 people signed up (62 comments, but I allowed only one entry per person). I took each of your names, sorted randomly and then pasted them into Excel. gave me a numb... [Book Reviews] [Apostolic Fathers] [book review] [Church History] [free book] [Giveway]
Often wrapped up in a discussion of Total Depravity and Total Inability is a discussion of free will. Though it is variously stated, most Calvinists believe that humans do not have a free will. Some argue that humanity did have a free will before Adam an... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Man] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [free will] [sin]


Cuál es hoy el nivel de crueldad de la humanidad?Rueda de prensa del Papa a bordo del avión - Religión Digital 19/08/2014Hoy nosotros vivimos en un mundo en guerra, ¡por todas partes! Alguien me decía: 'Sabe usted, padre, que estamos en la tercera gu... [religiao]
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you wi... [chrysostom] [salvation]
The days of explaining away religious violence in Islam as the inevitable result of Western actions and attitudes towards Islam are over. For two decades—ever since the two fatwas issued by Osama bin Laden against America in 1996 and 1998–there ha... [Uncategorized]


This is fantastic.  It’s a step by step guide for dealing with any internet content having to do with Richard Dawkins.  Everyone should use it.Filed under: mockery [mockery]
Jim West is a despicable person and a below average pastor…but…his commentary series is well worth investing in if you’re a pastor or lay-preacher…oh heck even if you’re a Christian! $200 for a commentary on the entire Bible ... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review]
I thought I would weigh in on Matthew Henry. I'm probably a little unusual for a Biblehead in that I don't reject the use of his commentary by pastors. This goes along with my sense that God has always spoken truth through wise, godly individuals. Indeed,... [Adam Clarke] [Matthew Henry]
This is my favorite line from Rick’s remarks- This isn’t a sexy commentary, but it is hugely useful for the person who is used to just using a study Bible to answer questions in a Bible study with the proverbial, “my notes say …”... [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]
Get R.C. Sproul’s Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in the Christian Life for free through August 29! In Surprised by Suffering, Sproul fearlessly dives in and answers one of life’s toughest questions: why does God let us suffer? ... [Products]


Jonathan Moo and Robert White in Let Creation Rejoice: Biblical Hope and Ecological Crisis are unequivocal about this: human activity is changing the global climate, period. They find the evidence to be undeniable and inescapable. They are also quite clea... [Public Issues]
Describing his dealings with the Libertines, Calvin’s biographer writes The two parties became more and more enraged against each other. Calvin’s eloquence gave him a decided superiority in the little republic. On the 24th of July 1547 he wrote to... [Calvin] [Church History]


Would you like to contribute to the Practicum blog’s syllabus project? In a sense every course is an argument. Of what do we want to persuade students over the course of the semester? We invite instructors to share a course syllabus and reflect on t... [Announcements] [and Pedagogy] [Practicum: Critical Theory] [religion]


NEW BOOKS FROM BRILL:The Targums in the Light of Traditions of the Second Temple PeriodEdited by Thierry Legrand and Jan Joosten both of University of StrasbourgAlthough the Jewish Targums were written down only from the second century CE onward, and need...
The Roman emperor Gaius, it is said, was insane. He perpetrated such antics as declaring war on the North Sea, making his horse a senator, and appearing in public dressed as various gods. Better known as Caligula, Gaius is often presented as evidence of... [Bibliolatry] [Books] [civil religion] [Current Events] [Posts] [Sects] [Social Consciousness] [Caligula] [David Niose] [Fundamentalism] [Gaius] [global warming] [Nonbeliever Nation] [Religion and Politics] [roman empire] [Secular Coalition for America]
MARGINALIA: “Beneficent Incision”: Midrash and the Contemporary Critical Moment – By Adam Zachary Newton. Adam Zachary Newton on Dina Stein’s Textual Mirrors: Reflexivity, Midrash, and the Rabbinic Self. I hope the book is not as jargon laden a...

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This post is the last section of a paper titled “The Repentance of God.” This paper was written by Ming Zhang, one of my students in the course “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” This … Continue reading → [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [Divine Constancy] [Divine Repentance] [foreknowledge] [Immutability]
What is the distinctive element of Christian prayer? Rowan Williams in his little book on the Christian life, called Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer, contends it is calling God “Father” so that the distinctive element of Ch... [Prayer and Formation]


The Baptism of ClovisHistory 311: Medieval Europe If you are looking to fill a history elective at Briercrest College this fall, may I recommend HIS311: Medieval Europe? Although I can't help but be a tiny bit biased, I have read the syllabus and tal... [Briercrest] [syllabi]
Sadly missed this beautiful visual reconstruction site throughout our Sunday School study of Ezekiel and Daniel, but the images will help Biblical and ancient history students better visualize one of the great ancient cities. Really great stuff. See it he... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [history] [Links] [Photos] [sunday school notes] [ancient history] [Babylon] [Bible] [biblical history] [Book of Daniel] [Book of Esther] [Book of Ezekiel] [Nebuchadnezzar]


Jim West's Person in the Pew Commentary Series is available on pre-pub from Logos Bible Software. Jim has been steadily working on his Person in the Pew Commentary series for awhile. And I have huge respect for him for doing it. Jim's task is a bit than... [Books] [New Testament] [old testament]


The introduction to Rudolf Bultmann's Jesus and the Word (p. 15) ends with the following sentences:"The essential difficulty in this book ... lies not in the theoretical understanding nor in the acceptance of it as a 'point of view,' but in the ... [Bultmann] [Quotes]
Conservative TV preacher Pat Robertson said this week that Americans needed to stage a “revolution” against President Barack Obama after a trip to the doctor that took too long because his nurse had to use a computer. What? Dear Pat, Please marry Ann ... [Modern Culture]


He goes on to say autistic babies may be “enhanced” so keep them… He’s like an atheistic version of Pat Robertson. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic C... [atheism] [Richard Dawkins]
David Allen identifies five characteristics of his ideal seminary student here. [education] [seminary] [Theological Education]


I saw this on a friend’s facebook page - “From 2006 to 2012, a white police officer killed a black person at least twice a week in this country.” This dreadful factoid raises a question for me: to whit, in that same period of time how ma... [Modern Culture]


Simply reacting to the title one can simply say ‘as if…’ 99% of the scholars working since Bultmann have not only not gone beyond him, they aren’t even close to catching up to him. But give them 100 years and they might. If the... [Bultmann]
Andrei Rublev’s Trinity, representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in a similar manner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I was raised an anti-Trinitarian oneness guy. This view is based on ignorance of Christian Tradition, Scripture, and certain key con... [Church History] [Monotheism] [Trinity]