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August 4 2015, 7AM

Yesterday, I provided an excerpt from William G. T. Shedd's Romans commentary. What I failed to not was that this out-of-copyright work can be downloaded as a free PDF here. [commentaries] [New Testament] [Romans]
This petition, again, has to do with allowing researchers the freedom to make use of materials and images held by the Zurich Central Library.  Please, sign it.  It won’t cost you a penny and it will insure that those responsible for these materials r... [Modern Culture]
This is not the usual word used for “fear of the Lord.” This word (פַּחַד) has the connotation of terror or dread, the kind of fear that makes you tremble. It is used in passages where God’s wrath is poured out on an enemy (“the dread of the... [Psalms] [Fear of the Lord] [meditation] [old testament] [wisdom]
Eddie Kouya drew attention to an article in the Daily Telegraph, about plans to use anti-terrorism legislation against teachers who use the classroom to tell students that same-sex marriage is wrong.I think we need to be careful about over-using the ter... [education] [morality] [politics] [bill] [classroom] [extremism] [freedom of speech] [Law] [laws] [MP] [same-sex marriage] [teachers] [terrorism] [United Kingdom]
Especially when the perpetrators of hatred towards Christians are right wing extremist Jews?  Anti-semitism is NEVER ok, so why is anti-Christianity?  Right is right.  Wrong is wrong, and hate is wrong no matter who is the hater and who the hated.  Or... [Modern Culture]
…Which is good news for the orthodox. Larry Hurtado explains: I continue to see some scholars stating as unquestioned fact that “orthodoxy” and “heresy” really only emerged after Constantine, that only with the power of imperial coercion could t... [Bible] [Mere Catholicity] [Christian Origins]


The Jerusalem Post carries a brief notice of the discovery of the Iron Age gate along with two photos. Archeologists at Bar-Ilan University, headed by Professor Aren Maeir, have discovered the fortifications and entrance gate to the biblical city of G... [Discoveries] [Excavations] [Philistines]
Rudolf Bultmann, the father of demythologization, urged people to get behind the text. On that, I agree. I also agree that sometimes the superstition of the age, or the need […] The post Dammit Bultmann! Stop rationalizing the miracles! The Bread, L... [Gospel Criticism] [Mark] [mimesis] [Rudolf Bultmann]


Paul Levinson has been putting together a really fantastic volume which will be called Touching the Face of the Cosmos. He has shared a provisional list of contributors, and also a podcast of an interview with John Glenn, the transcript of which will app... [science fiction] [exploration] [fiction] [John Glenn] [Paul Levinson] [religion] [Robert J. Sawyer] [short story] [space] [theology]
The Annual Meeting of the British New Testament Society (BNTC) is being held this year at the University of Edinburgh from 3–5 September and there are a number of text critical papers on offer. There are enough, in fact, to make you wonder why there isn... [BNTC 2015] [Darius Müller] [ECM] [GA P47] [Garrick V. Allen] [nomina sacra] [Peter Gurry] [Peter Malik] [Revelation] [Scribal habits] [Zachary Cole]
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.  (Ac 1:8)To complete his teaching on the book of Acts, our pastor mentioned someth... [evangelism] [gospel] [witness]


Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church2 August 2015 11.00amJonah 1.1-17  Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying,  2 "Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me."&n... [sermon]
Hanson is a superb scholar so this will undoubtedly be quite a book: This substantial work explores the interplay of religion and politics throughout the history of the United States. Paul D. Hanson traces American history back to colonial times, paying c... [Books]
Every month, we offer a special discount on one of our top products. August’s deal is N.T. Wright’s Christian Origins and the Question of God Series. Here are 4 reasons to get it this month: 1. You’ll get 24% off the collection’s regular price. An... [Misc.] [Christian Origins] [cultural context] [N. T. Wright] [new perspective on Paul] [NT backgroung] [resurrection]


The quote comes from p. xxiii of Nahum Sarna’s book Understanding Genesis. [Genesis] [astronomy] [Bible] [Darwin] [evolution] [literalism] [Nahum Sarna]
When I see how the Muslims and Orthodox Jews justify treating women as second class citizens at best, and the male brutality at worst, I think of Christian justifications for their faith and morals. It's the same word salad intended to skirt around the...
This is what it means to think like a scientist, except that one shouldn't be afraid of stating the obvious conclusion at the end.
Part III of Gary N. Fugle’s new book Laying Down Arms to Heal the Creation-Evolution Divide looks at the definition of science, the major scientific issues with creationism and intelligent design, and concludes with a discussion of how we might unde... [Uncategorized]
This is my third and final installment reviewing Bill Kostlevy's book called Holy Jumpers: Evangelicals and Radicals in Progressive Era America. Here are the first and second installments. Keith Drury and Bob Black were reading through the book, and Dave ... [Bill Kostlevey] [book review] [God's Bible School] [Holiness Movement] [Nazarenes]


THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: The Talmud’s Guide to Jewish Feminine Beauty. The ancient text takes up the problem of ‘new circumstances’ in maintaining vows, and in so doing stumbles on what makes women attractive.In a recen...
MICHAEL BIRD: Michael Kok’s Questions on Early High Christology Club (Euangelion Blog). Background here and links.
EXCAVATION: Wofford professor, students participate in archaeological find in Israel (Jenny Arnold, excavations at the synagogue, which dates to the Byzantine period, at Horvat Kur in Israel are part of the Kinneret Regional Project. Th...
LET'S HOPE IT DOESN'T COME TO THIS: ISIS Threat to Archaeological Sites in the Sinai: Would They Rip Up the Burning Bush? If ISIS gains the foothold it wants in the Sinai, unique sites from the Moses shrines of Mt. Sinai to the mosquito shelters of the so...
I continue to see some scholars stating as unquestioned fact that “orthodoxy” and “heresy” really only emerged after Constantine, that only with the power of imperial coercion could these categories operate, and that in the pre-Con... [Uncategorized] [Christian Origins] [heresy] [Important publications] [Orthodoxy]


ARAMAIC WATCH: Israeli Christian Children Connect to Aramean Roots (Israel Today).The Israeli Christian Aramaic Summer Camp began last Thursday under the auspices of the Israeli Aramaic Christian Association (ICAA) in the Galilee town of Kfar Baram. [......
If you need a boot of optimism, look to Mars. Or, more specifically, read Andy Weir’s The Martian. Not that it’s the greatest literature ever produced, but it is a story brimming with humanity. Mark Watney is accidentally stranded on Mars. ... [Books] [Current Events] [literature] [popular culture] [Posts] [science] [Social Consciousness] [Andy Weir] [Hinduism] [Mark Watney] [Mars] [self-sacrifice] [The Martian]
I have just returned from the SNTS 70th annual conference in Amsterdam, where we had lots of good presentations. I might report on them later on. As usual, a number of publishers exhibit their books and even with conference discount, some of the books are... [Brill] [Brill MyBook] [print-on-demand]
I have just returned from our 19th visit to New Wine in Shepton Mallet—though a good number of our visits have been to New Wine [Gateway to the] North in Newark. We first attended when our eldest was 1, and continued attending each year, even when num... [Life & Ministry] [David Pytches] [evangelism] [Holy Spirit] [mission] [New Wine] [renewal] [social action]

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Thanks to Deacon Dave for providing the following pictures: [NCV]

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John Chrysostom famously thought that there were not really ‘Paul’ and ‘Apollos’ factions in the Corinthian church, but that these names were applied by Paul to factions that were actually associated with local would-be leaders. Th... [1 Corinthians]
James R. Edwards The Gospel according to Luke (PNTC) Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. Available at By Ben Sutton In the newest release from Eerdmans’ Pillar New Testament Commentary Series, Professor James Edwards (Whitworth University) foll... [Uncategorized]


If you read this blog with some regularity, you know that I like to read and review books. I review (announce, note, book-author interviews, etc.) about 40-50 books a year here, and another 5-10 for print journals. I am always appreciative to have a free ... [Uncategorized]
People enter into leadership for a variety of reasons, including passion and skills and gifts and a desire to lead and a desire to control and — here comes our theme — a desire to serve. I believe many today who are leaders have gifts and skil... [Pastoring and Leading]
Whoever it was who dreamed up the saying ‘let your conscience be your guide’ didn’t really understand the concept of fallen humanity. The conscience of many a serial killer is no guide at all, having been anesthetized long before by sin.... [Uncategorized]


A sign welcoming visitors to Tel Safi, now identified as Gath. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. Gath was a significant city during much of Old Testament history. Here are a few of the interesting things we know about Gath from the Bible: Gath was one of the fiv... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]
In his 2014 post What is Porneia to a 1st Century Jew, Scott McKnight wrote: The term porneia is a Greek term that has two basic meanings: Sex with a prostitute; prostitution. Sexual immorality in general. For the “in general” definition of porn... [Noted] [ethics]


I came across Erich von Fange's In Search of the Genesis World in 2010. It's a creationist text, and I hadn't tackled one of those in a very long time. Maybe, I thought, they've got some better arguments to offer than the ones I was pilloried with as a yo...
Last week I published a post in which I questioned the role of online publications in academic monographs. I had just reviewed a very well-written and substantive monograph in which there were a number of footnotes containing web-based discussions. I was ... [Academia] [Biblical Studies] [Critical Expertise] [Online Publications] [peer review]


I’m enjoying working my way through Erasmus of Rotterdam’s paraphrases on 1 Corinthians. He captures perfectly the fact that the Corinthians are effectively placing themselves above the cross, by searching for lofty wisdom. They are reaching u... [1 Corinthians]


One kind of friend is so only when it suits him but will not stand by you in your day of trouble.  Another kind of friend will fall out with you and to your dismay make your quarrel public, and a third kind of friend will share your table, but not stand... [Bible]
When a soul to the episcopal church clings, An angel into the fiery center of the sun itself flings.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Last week I received word from Alan Culpepper that his institution would be hosting a pre-SBL conference in Atlanta devoted to the topic of John and Judaism. Here’s an excerpt from the flyer Alan circulated: Building on the success of the Symposium ... [Gospel of John] [Johannine Research] [johannine studies] [John] [Judaism] [McAfee School of Theology] [Mercer University] [R. Alan Culpepper]


Biblical Theology Bulletin 45:3 (2015)David M. Bossman, "Failure Is the Mother of Success," 130Johnny Miles, "Reading Esther as Heroine: Persian Banquets, Ethnic Cleansing, and Identity Crisis," 131-143 (abstract)Esther Miquel, "The Impatient Jesus and th... [BTB] [Αποκάλυψη] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [ανάσταση] [κατά Μάρκον]
Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart. Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit.Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their ... [Modern Culture]
Carl Schmuland.  Parables of the Deer: A Journey Towards Christian Maturity.  Apopka: New Book Publishing (a division of Reliance Media), 2012.  See here to buy the book. In Parables of the Deer, Carl Schmuland shares photographs of deer t... [Bible] [Calvinism] [evolution] [religion]
I have been teaching through some of the Wisdom Psalms in my Summer Bible Study series at church. Psalm 36:1 presents several unusual challenges for a teacher since translations vary greatly: NIV: I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfu... [Psalms] [Bible Translation] [LXX] [old testament] [wisdom]

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Going back to school can be taxing. When money’s tight, you’ve got to invest in the best resources available. That’s why we’re giving away a free book each week of the back-to-school sale! That’s right, completely free! Brows... [Misc.] [Products] [back to school] [claus westerman] [commentaries] [continental commentary] [free book] [Genesis] [giveaway]


I was reading through Romans 1 earlier and was curious how you out there interpret the phrase ἐκ πίστεως εἰς πίστιν. I haven’t read through commentaries or works on Romans lately, so I don’t recall what the prevailing int... [Biblical Studies] [New Testament] [faith] [Romans]
It sounds great- At the beginning of Christian Faith, B. A. Gerrish reminds us that dogmatics involves critical transmission of the Christian heritage. The dogmatic theologian must interpret and assess the traditional beliefs of the church while also cons... [Books] [theology]


Source: Somewhere in Pope Francis’s office is a document that could alter the course of Christian history. It declares an end to hostilities between Catholics and Evangelicals and says the two traditions are now “united in mission because we are decla... [Uncategorized]
Archaeologists, … headed by Professor Aren Maeir, have discovered the fortifications and entrance gate to the biblical city of Gath in the Philistines, which was once the home of the giant Goliath.  … Professor Maeir said that the gate is a... [Archaeology]


William, Zwingli’s eldest son, born in 1526, after studying in Zurich went to Strassburg to complete his education, but there died of the plague in 1541. Ulrich, born January 6, 1528, who is said to have been the image of his father, studied at Basel, b... [Zwingli]
The latest from Existential Comics brings philosophy, humor, and Star Trek together. And so of course I had to share it.   [humor] [philosophy] [Star Trek] [comic] [comics] [existential] [funny] [jokes] [kant] [philosophers]


Come on in you guys, I’ll give ya a hug. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]