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March 2 2015, 11PM

Cable News, Heretics, and Shooting at Family Members (by Jeff Cook) I know about theological disagreements. My 4-year-old son thinks heaven is in the clouds. I can’t convince him otherwise. He’s pretty set on this view, and he’s spreading his fabric... [Uncategorized]


Course Description This course surveys the major books and ideas of the Hebrew Bible (also called the Old Testament) examining the historical context in which the texts emerged and were redacted. A major subtext of the course is the distinction between h... [Lecture] [video]
There’s a great article over at Bible History Daily by Lawrence Mykytiuk on Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible. A depressing read if you’re a Jesus Mythicist. The only better thing to read is: Robert E. Van Voorst, Jesu... [Uncategorized]


Tel ‘Eton (also Tel Eiton and Tel Aitun) is not the easiest archaeological site to locate. The site is situated on Israel’s border with the Palestinian West Bank. Palestine is on the east side of the mound and a military firing range is on the west si... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Tel ‘Eton]


For your pleasure, here. I like Bart very much. He’s a good scholar and a good guy. I don’t always agree with him but after all, I don’t always agree with Zwingli. Anyway, I’d take Ehrman over Wright any and every day.Filed under:... [Modern Culture]
The book of Jonah is interesting in a number of ways, not least how it continually subverts our expectations. It is found among the prophetic books (in both Hebrew and Greek canons) yet contains only five words that we could classify as prophetic speech. ... [humour] [Jonah] [humour in the Bible]


by Delta Vines The speech given to AIPAC by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu today was very impressive.  It was wonderful that the leaders from Spain, from Canada, and from the Czech Republic... Watching out for any signs of trouble...wait..there's one...
Is that the #Gissandaner affair shows that we’re just so selective in who we really love.  Christians, yes.  Muslims, not so much.  Prisoners, yes.  Unborn children, not so much.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


When I started Energion Publications just over 10 years ago, my primary interest was in Bible study materials. My goal was to get the people in our churches to study the Bible more, and to do so for themselves. My complaint about much of the material avai... [Bible books] [Bible Study Method] [Christianity] [religion] [Bible] [Bible study] [Steve Kindle]
So it isnt just American exceptionalism with which we have to do but Christian.  #WhatIfGissendanerWereAMuslim?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Scholars in Press: An interview with Elizabeth Robar. Kris’ second interview, this time with Elizabeth Robar, is up. Elizabeth also studied at GIAL and has been heavily influenced by Paul Kroeger. I never knew Dr. Kroeger as a teacher (he was on sab... [Greek]


I found out the other day that I was dropped from CBD’s affiliate program. I went to create a link and was informed that my account was “inactive.” Oh well. I guess that happens when you don’t keep up with things. Anyway, I’m... [Book Deals]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Larger babies are sometimes refered to ironically as “the baby elephant” (photo by silentcow) The prayer of Jabez was wildly popular a few years back among voguish Christians worried about the lack of obvious and excess prosperity in their liv... [1 Chronicles] [humour]


L. Berkhof remarks The Bible speaks of physical death as a punishment, as “the wages of sin.” Since believers are justified, however, and are no more under obligation to render any penal satisfaction, the question naturally arises, Why must they die? ... [theology]
You’re running out of time to freshen up your Bible study with the Logos spring roundup! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to save on resources to encourage your knowledge of the Word. Choose from inspiring biographies, exciting commentaries, and com... [Products] [B. B. Warfield] [church curriculum] [EEC] [James: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary] [Kim Riddlebarger] [lexham press] [Mary: Devoted to God's Plan] [spring roundup] [The Lion of Princeton] [William Varner]

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I think people like to hope that there are no consequences for sin because it allows them to dismiss the penalty of their own.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The forgiveness of sin doesn’t mean the removal of the penalty in this world or in this life.  Sin sends ripples that come back as tsunamis.  Feeling sorry for something we have done doesn’t remove the scars in the lives of others that we ou... [Modern Culture]


Seleção de postagens dos biblioblogs em fevereiro de 2015.Biblical Studies Carnival – February 2015Trabalho feito por Jennifer Guo em seu blog.E há também The February Carnival: The ‘Love is in the Air’ Edition. By Jim West. [Biblioblogs]

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by Delta Vines Tomorrow morning PM Netanyahu will address the U.S. Congress to make them aware of  just how much danger Israel, and other nations, are in should Iran be allowed to continue on... Watching out for any signs of trouble...wait..there's...
Of all the people on the planet, Christians should have the clearest conception of the connection between sin and punishment.  ‘The wages of sin is death’.  Sin is nothing to be trifled with and neither are the consequences of that sin.Filed... [Modern Culture]
Logos March Madness kicks off today! We have 64 authors pitted against one another for your votes. Pick your favorite author in each matchup and rally your friends to help vote them through. With names like N.T. Wright, D.A. Carson, and Douglas Moo, you h... [Products] [D. A. Carson] [douglas moo] [logos 6] [Logos Bible Software] [Logos March Madness] [logos march madness 2015] [N. T. Wright]


Logos Bible Software is offering Roy Harrisville’s 1 Corinthians commentary in the Augsburg Commentary series for free, and Frederick Danker’s 2 Corinthians in the same series for only 99 cents. Harrisville is a long time professor of New Tes... [bible software] [1 Corinthains] [2 Corinthians] [commentary] [free books] [Free iPad Books] [ipad] [logos] [Logos Bible Software]
As a matter of historical fact, yes, yes they can.  That you or I may not support capital punishment is our own perspective informed by our own historical situation.  That our forebears and contemporaries can and do support the execution of the worst of... [Modern Culture]
Don West.  Joy in the Night: Stops along the Journey of an Itinerant Preacher.  TEACH Services, Inc., 2014. ISBN-10: 1479602965. ISBN-13: 978-1479602964.  See here to purchase the book. Don West is a Seventh-Day Adventist itinerant preacher... [Bible] [religion]
I’m always intrigued when I encounter similarities between the texts of the Bible and other ancient literature. One such example I happened upon while reading about Heracles’ twelve labors. For his eleventh labor (Apollodorus Library 2.5.11)... [Ancient Literature] [Greco-Roman World] [Ancient Literature] [apollodorus] [Eden] [Heracles]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The question of MPs pay and responsibilities came to the fore again last week, with revelations that Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind fell victim to a sting operation by newspaper who were pretending to offer payment for lobbying. This was all the more... [Life & Ministry] [Culture] [inequality] [politics]
This is a guest post by Evan W. Rohrs-Dodge, a UMC pastor in New Jersey and a founding member of Via Media Methodists. I briefly read Thomas Oden’s memoir before I passed it on to Evan for review. In these pages can be found a great hope for the peo... [Books] [ivp-academic] [Thomas C. Oden]
Bloomsbury has courteously sent along for review this recently published volume. Mark, Manuscripts, and Monotheism: Essays in Honor of Larry W. Hurtado, Editor(s): Dieter Roth, Chris Keith. Mark, Manuscripts, and Monotheism is organized into three parts: ... [book review] [Books]
The Expository Times March 2015; Vol. 126, No. 6 Articles ----------------------------------------------------------------- Theodore Beza Karin Maag...


Just a quick thought experiment, today.Choose one person and ask three questions: What’s the most amazing place you’ve ever been? Who’d you go there with? What happened while you were there? With answers to those three questions, we can write a sent...
CottonGenesisFragment03rGodAdamEve (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We have just had a vision of Adam’s vision of his Other Half. Now, we are ready to shift into another story. Genesis 2.25 is the beginning of the passage. This week, we will pick up here a... [Genesis]
by Matt SheedyA recent controversy has erupted in Canada over the case Zunera Ishaq of Mississauga, Ontario, (a suburb of Toronto) who sought to challenge a prohibition against wearing a niqab during her oath of allegiance in a swearing in ceremony for Ca... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Religion in the News] [Theory and Method] [Charlie Hebdo] [Conservative Party] [Isis] [Jennifer Selby] [Margaret Wente] [Parti Québécois] [Stephen Harper] [Wendy Brown] [Zunera Ishaq]
As is characteristic of simile maledictions, the curse opens with kima (line 130) ‘like’, ‘just as’. The simile builds on the flour’s particular properties. As flour, the grain will never enjoy propagation. It is useless to the farmer. Never wil... [ANE religion] [Books] [Cursed Are You!] [Idle Musings]
I’m pleased to note that the new and thorough study of Marcion’s text of the Gospel of Luke by my former PhD student, Dieter T. Roth, has now appeared:  The Text of Marcion’s Gospel (Leiden:  Brill, 2015).  The publisher’s onlin... [Uncategorized] [Marcion] [NT Textual Criticism]
Now the idea that Christ seeks to perfect our faith makes a fine doctrine, but in the practical outworking of our lives, we deeply resist the idea. For we know that faith, in order [to] be perfected must be tested.— This Day We Fight!, page 111 <... [Books] [theology]
Transparency is about you, while vulnerability is about you and others. Confession to others is about inviting the help and strength of others into your situation. This is more than just semantics; it’s about the difference between humility and pride, b... [Books] [church] [gospel] [What's your secret?]” title=”Finding Jesus” [Uncategorized]
These first three peace texts in Luke—first the promise of imminent peace to be brought by the Messiah (Luke 1:79); then, immediately, the inauguration of peace in the birth of the Messiah (Luke 2:14); and then, immediately, the confession of Simeon (Lu... [Books] [church] [gospel] [Michael Gorman] [pacifism] [theology]
This Thursday evening I'll be participating in a panel discussion featuring female religious leaders, moderated by my friend Reverend Rick Spalding (the head of chaplaincy at Williams College, my alma mater.) The discussion will be at 7pm on March 5 in Th... [speaking / teaching]
The first prayer was, “Hallowed be Thy name.” For God to be exalted, for us to put God up first, we must let God have first place in our thinking; we must let Him have first place in our giving, and first place in our lives, our homes, our business, o... [Books] [theology] [tozer]


Throughout the reception history of the Bible, particularly from the era of Constantine in the fourth century onwards, the biblical text has been utilized to support the colonialism and imperialism of empires rather than as a means of resisting and challe... [Uncategorized]
I'm probably way behind the curve here, but I just discovered over the weekend how to add fonts to an iPad... Why would I want to do that, you ask? Well, for one thing, I'm sick of Syriac displaying as square boxes : ) For another, now that Dropbox integr... [Computer woes] [Greek] [Hebrew] [Idle Musings] [ipad] [syriac]
I am a mom to four boys ranging in age from three years to eight years.  A normal day with them can include wrestling matches over who owns the Legos and sweet moments where they actually put someone else’s needs first.  Sometimes I feel like I am a r... [Jesus Creed]
The shroud of Turin is featured in this opening segment of the series.  I’ll be viewing it and ‘live blogging’ (as it were) – updating during commercial breaks. The first part of the hour long special is filmed in quite a lovely w... [media]


Visitors to the Garden Tomb of Jerusalem are usually shown the “Skull” identified by Charles Gordon as part of the case that this spot may be the authentic site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. On February 20 the bridge of the skull’s nose collap... [American Colony Photos] [Jerusalem] [Then and Now] [Tomb of Jesus]
The Sacred Economy of Ancient Israel is due out by the end of the month, in the prestigious Library of Ancient Israel series with Westminster John Knox. But I have been sent (thanks Dan) the endorsements that will adorn the first pages of the book and the... [Sacred Economy] [shameless self-promotion] is offering Lee Strobel's The Case for the Real Jesus as their free audio download for the month of March. To read more about this resource and to get your free audio download in either MP3 or M4B formats go here.  [Apologetics] [Audio] [jesus]
In an essay earlier this semester, a student quoted Proverbs 18:9 as evidence that laziness was viewed negatively in ancient Israel, expressing themselves in a modern way which seemed to envisage someone who relies on handouts or the system and refuses to... [Proverbs] [ancient] [elite] [laziness] [poor] [proverb] [rich]


O’Brien, Peter T. Hebrews. PNTC; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2010. 630 pp. Hb; $52.   Link to Eerdmans     Link to Logos   Interview with O’Brien by TGC Peter T. O’Brien is emeritus professor at Moore College in Sydney, Australia. He has ... [Book Reviews] [book review] [commentary] [Hebrews]
When you are dealing with a docu-drama, sometimes it’s hard to get the balance right between education and what is dramatically effective on the screen. The first episode of Finding Jesus was indeed well filmed, the cinematography was excellent, and... [Uncategorized]
Registration for the 2015/6 academic year is at its peak, and I am delighted to share with you some of the wonderful scholarship and grant opportunities for students of the International MA in Ancient Israel Studies: Archaeology and History of the Land o... [Archaeology]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Jim:A fun sounding event. Originally posted on God, Religion and Politics: Election 2015: Just under a month before the next General Election in the UK, the (free) God, Religion and Politics conference (8-9 April, 2015) will present a range of speakers... [Modern Culture]
Important note: All of the following review copies are digital copies I received from Westminster John Knox and all are jam-packed with formatting errors. I received the review copies through the Edelweiss review program, so it may just be the digital cop... [book review]


Jim:Paul Middleton- Larry Hurtado is a fan. Originally posted on Larry Hurtado's Blog: Paul Middleton offers a tightly argued and stimulating essay on early Christians’ attitudes toward suffering (for their faith/Jesus) and martyrdom:  “Christol... [Modern Culture]
Well the Lent-ians are halfway through their period of self denial (soon to return to full non-self denial) and it suddenly occurred to me that Lent is a sort of Christian version of the much vaunted ‘New Year’s Resolution’.  And itR... [Modern Culture]
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. I was recently emailed this question: ... [Training] [Camp Logos] [layouts] [linking bibles] [Morris Proctor] [mp seminars] [second monitor] [tutorial]
“Credit is a means of privatization and debt a means of socialisation. So long as they pair in the monogamous violence of the home, the pension, the government, or the university, debt can only feed credit, debt can only desire credit. And credit can on... [WIT Posts] [Black theology] [credit] [debt] [economy] [harney] [moten] [Political Theology] [property] [the undercommons] [value] [whiteness]


Paul Middleton offers a tightly argued and stimulating essay on early Christians’ attitudes toward suffering (for their faith/Jesus) and martyrdom:  “Christology, Martyrdom, and Vindication in the Gospel of Mark and the Apocalypse:  Two New ... [Uncategorized] [gospel of mark] [Important publications] [Jesus-devotion] [martyrdom] [NT religious ideas] [Revelation]
... continued from Saturday4. When new faculty joined the team, they all faced the fact that, in many cases, they were being handed a curriculum and courses that already existed in some form.The Missional Church course was already sketched out and it... [MDiv] [Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University]
Tradition, that’s the silence factor. Each of us, whenever we read the Bible, every time we read the Bible, for whatever purpose we read it, is impacted by our tradition, and it is often silent. Can we avoid it? In Matthew Levering’s new book... [Uncategorized]
ACTUALLY, PROBABLY NOT: Jesus' House? 1st-Century Structure May Be Where He Grew Up (Owen Jarus, LiveScience).Archaeologists working in Nazareth — Jesus' hometown — in modern-day Israel have identified a house dating to the first century that was reg...
PEACE BE UPON LEONARD NIMOY, who, by his own account, adapted his Vulcan hand salute from a Jewish ritual he saw (well, peeked at, actually) in Synagogue as a boy. The sign represents the letter Shin (שׁ). Back in 2004 I noted the story of the salute ...


CONGRATULATIONS: Prof. Shmuel Ahituv to be 2015 Israel Prize laureate in Biblical Research Ahituv is a past head of the bible, archeology and ancient near eastern studies department and was the founder of the BGU Press (Lidar Gravé-Lazi, Jerusalem Pos...
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church1st March 2015 11.00amYou can listen to this sermon here: 8.31-38  Then he began to teach t... [sermon]
Welcome to National Reading Month. Today is the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theordor Geisel). Since so many children begin reading with Dr. Seuss, March has been designated National Reading Month in his honor. Nothing could be more deserving of a holiday th... [Books] [Current Events] [Holidays] [literature] [Posts] [Dr. Seuss] [Easy Reader] [literacy] [National Reading Month] [Theodor Geisel]
The William Schiede collection, which contains copies of the first six printed editions of the Bible, including a practically complete Gutenberg Bible (1455), as well as a host of other early printed books and manuscripts (including the NT manuscripts: 13...


Dit is de 115de aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar Jona Lendering (redactie) =========================... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]
Recently someone asked me what I was up to with my work. I answered that in addition to my New Testament work (a discipline we share), I was doing front- and back-end web development for a project related to biblical studies. The response: “Oh. W... [scholarship] [Technology] [Uncategorized] [Web]
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, I will be posting twice a month, on Mondays, a paragraph from this important document.  There are a total of 26 paragraphs, so this will take us t... [Dei Verbum at 50]

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The wolf will live with the lamb,the panther lie down with the kid,calf, lion and fat-stock beast together,with a little boy to lead them.Isaiah 11:6 NJBThe wolf and the young lamb will feed together,the lion will eat hay like the ox,and dust shall be the...