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May 26 2016, 9AM

LINK. Any day now the guillotines will be erected and used to chop off the heads of believers. Still anxiously waiting...


This study of Genesis 3:1 introduces the most important truth in all of Scripture. I believe that the truth you will learn today is discussed or explained or revealed in some way on almost every page of the Bible, and yet, amazingly, most of us have never... [One Verse] [Redeeming Scripture] [Adam] [Eve] [Genesis 3:1] [One Verse Podcast] [scapegoat] [temptation]


With the ruled nature of the literal sense in mind we can note, secondly, that interpreting Scripture—again, a means of grace—is not something done for its own sake, but to achieve a particular end. All of Scripture for Wesley participates in a messag... [Books] [Holiness] [Idle Musings] [theology] [wesley]
The Neoliberal Lives of JesusBy Robert J. Myles - Faculty of Arts - The University of Auckland - New ZealandPublicado em The Bible and Interpretation - Maio de 2016The key to the quest for the historical Jesus, I would argue, is not history or theology—... [jesus]
King David and the Illusory Judah By Mahri Leonard-Fleckman - Assistant Professor of Theology - University of Scranton, PA, USAPublicado em The Bible and Interpretation - Maio de 2016Judah appears remarkably few times as central player in 1–2 Samuel. If... [historia]
And will nominate Donald Trump their Presidential candidate. Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets t... [Modern Culture]
Patricia Miller, with RD: What McClendon overlooks is that the years that women’s church attendance began to decline are the very years when religious leaders in the Catholic Church and the evangelical movement fused religion with the culture wars, with... [Uncategorized]
Sarah Bond shared the above flow chart that she made, and I thought I should share it here too, since many will find it entertaining and/or helpful! [Academia] [academic] [conference] [Conference Papers] [flow chart] [Sarah Bond] [title] [titles] [witty]
Collins, John C. Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy: On Jewish Apocalyptic Literature. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2015. 399 pp. Pb; $34.   Link to Eerdmans   Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy collects nineteen essays published by Colli... [apocalyptic] [Book Reviews] [book review] [Eerdmans] [pseudepigraphy]


by Brant Pitre via The Sacred Page (#74716)
After reading John's commentary on the Mass readings for this Sunday, check out my video. Please Like and Share! Thank you!
I find criticisms of James Lindsay's book Everybody is Wrong About God, and of Peter Boghossian to be misguided. We're told the rejection of philosophy of religion (PoR) "seems to be expressing views in the philosophy of religion." It reminds me of the cr...
The iron-clad rule of all punditry and freelance social media opinionating: everything that happens must be construed such that it helps Trump. Do people protest his events? The silent majority hates protestors, so it helps Trump. Do people not protest h... [blog posts]


Carta has just released what is likely the most beautiful and most useful edition of Josephus’s The Jewish War ever printed. Here’s why I think this is the edition you (and your students) will want to read: Josephus needs maps, and this edition in... [Resources]
A Catholic Bible that I have certainly heard about, but have never actually seen with my own eyes is the Westminster Version.  The New Testament was completed in 1936, while portions of the OT were either worked on or completed in the years that foll... [Douay-Rheims] [Westminster Bible]


Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bles... [Uncategorized]
The difference between this . . . . . . and this . . . . . . consists largely in the skill with which the latter photographer used the complicated tools on his SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera—and the complicated software tools used for post-production... [Misc.]


Several interesting-looking videos of lectures came to my attention and I wanted to share them. First, here’s Amy-Jill Levine on sex, rape, gender, and other related matters in the Bible: Next, here’s Jason Beduhn on the “secret history... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Gnosticism] [Amy-Jill Levine] [Jason BeDuhn] [Lectures]


Has been posted here.  It includes this sentiment- I mourn a colleague, friend, and mentor; I grieve for what our discipline will now never gain from his pen; I pray for his widow and family—but I believe to remember John as he would have wanted to be ... [Modern Culture] [obituary]
Drupal 7 and below came with an optional module you can use in your input formats - the "PHP Filter". This allows you to put PHP code into the content of your webpages, and Drupal will process the PHP before rendering the page. PHP Filter - a Bad Idea ™...
SUBTERRANEAN ARCHAEOLOGY: Underground Jerusalem: An Interactive Journey (Nir Hasson, Haaretz)."Jerusalem is like an Atlantis that sank into the sea everything there is submerged and sunken This is not the heavenly Jerusalem but the one down below, wa...
For anyone interested in the writing known as 1 Enoch (and any NT student has to be in today’s world), there is a splendid review of reception and usage of the writing in ancient Jewish tradition and in early and modern (Ethiopian) Christianity:  L... [Qumran] [Uncategorized] [Important publications] [Manuscripts] [NT religious ideas]
I thought I’d share my top eight favourite podcasts programs: 8. Eric Metaxas Show.  I enjoy the Eric Metaxas show, it keeps me informed of politics and culture wars in America, Metaxas is super smart and quirky, but I’m silently grieving h... [Uncategorized]
Run Luther, run!!! Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
ANCIENT JEW REVIEW: Dissertation Spotlight | Carmen Palmer. Carmen Palmer, Converts at Qumran: The Ger in the Dead Sea Scrolls as an Indicator of Mutable Ethnicity (University of St. Michael’s College, 2016).The dissertation offers the first complete st...


FIFTY SHADES OF TALMUD: The Talmudic Sex exchange, part 1: What can the sages teach us about sex? (Shmuel Rosner, Jewish Journal).Maggie Anton is the award-winning author of "Rashi's Daughters," historical novels set in the household of the grea...
THIS YEAR: Thousands at Mt. Meron as Lag B’Omer bonfires lit throughout Israel. Health and fire authorities on alert to treat injuries and blazes during annual celebration (DANIEL STIEGLITZ, Times of Israel).Throngs of Israelis celebrated Lag B’Omer w...
NO, NOT THAT RESTROOM LAWSUIT, THIS ONE: Israel sues Waqf over restroom built at archaeological site (Times of Israel).The Antonia Fortress, which is believed to date from at least 31 BCE, sits atop the Western Wall tunnels sparking fears that sewage from...
It must be incredibly difficult to write a truly scary song. I don’t mean the kind of scare that most heavy metal can innately deliver, but I mean the kind of thrill that a classic horror movie gives. I’m constantly looking for the movie that can re... [Monsters] [popular culture] [Posts] [Social Consciousness] ["Burn the Witch"] ["The Werewolf"] [Michael Jackson] [NPR] [Paul Simon] [Radiohead] [Stranger to Stranger] [The Howling] [thriller] [wendigo]

12 AM

At some point today, someone reading this will be the one millionth page view on this blog! Mostly since June 2013, I have written 544 posts, comprising around 650,000 words, and had 10,277 comments. My first response to this is gratitude—gratitude to G... [Life & Ministry] [blog] [Ministry] [Writing]

May 25, 10PM

By Michelle Van Loon: What do these people have in common? The single woman in her mid-thirties with $40,000 worth of seminary debt now working as an office manager for a software vendor. The former youth pastor now installing replacement windows for a ho... [Uncategorized]
By Jason Micheli Memorial Day Weekend is approaching. Memorial Day, though it’s not a Christian holy day and though we won’t change out the paramant colors to observe it, it’s a tricky time for preachers of the Gospel. It’s tricky not because the... [Uncategorized]


Apparently I have not reported on two other new books on Hebrews that have come out recently:Michael Kibbe. Godly Fear or Ungodly Failure? Hebrews 12 and the Sinai Theophanies."Aims and Scope: A cursory glance at Hebrews' critique of Israel's fear at Sina... [New Books]


Russell Moore tweeted a bit ago I just heard of the death of the great theologian John Webster. He is a gift to the church, now with the great cloud of witnesses. This is very sad news.  Dr Webster was a fantastic mind and a brilliant Christian. &nbs... [Modern Culture]
James Swetnam. Hebrews: An Interpretation.From the webpage:"The present work is an attempt to arrive at a plausible macro-structure of the Epistle to the Hebrews based on a palusible micro-structure which in turn is based on a close reading of the indi... [New Books]
[The torments of hell] – “They are the most exquisite pains of soul and body (for both had sinned), arising from the fear and sense of the most just wrath and vengeance of God against sins, the most sad consciousness of which they carry about with... [theology]


In a really fine essay over at Bible and Interpretation.  I think it grand.  Yet I can’t escape the sensation that Schweitzer’s voice still echoes and what Myles sees is own reflection at the bottom of the well. Indeed, only Bultmann, in hi... [Modern Culture]


Because I went to places in Iraq where Americans died and I was sometimes present while their sacred remains still lay on the battlefield. Because I prayed with dying soldiers at an aid station, witnessing their faith and courage in their last hours on ea... [god and country] [Memor] [Military Service]


There are so many sayings that stress the importance of paying attention to the evidence and discarding any ideas that get in the way of that. Goethe once said that thinking is more interesting than knowing, but just looking is even more interesting. Paul...
With today’s results, they’ve been relegated.  😦   But they’ll be back next year! Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

I remember the first time my personal devotions finally started to click. After growing up in the church, earning a Bible degree, and working in ministry, I developed the habit of separating my “study time”—which I spent preparing sermons, lessons, ... [Misc.]


“Seriously, … It is a really great commentary, and I’m enjoying and learning quite a bit from it.” – Ken Leonard. Feel free to get a copy of said commentary by buying  the PDF’s from yours truly for a paltry $199 by clic... [Modern Culture]
That’s my description, not theirs.  Their description goes something like this: Eric Horton, Chief Generosity Officer of the Crazy Love Foundation, a nonprofit started by popular speaker and Bible teacher Francis Chan, confirmed Wednesday that Mr... [mockery] [Modern Culture]
Meaning hides in the gaps between words, while letters shape the space into which they fall. We know nothing, which is probably where knowledge begins. So run from certainty, and flee definition. Seek God where he cannot be found; and do not, under any ci... [poetry]
This world is a trick of my mind's eye. This body a form of endless deception. Equality is a myth, and exploitation abounds. Life is emptiness personified; and we are all slaves, every last human one of us. We are lost, and are not found; obedient in our ... [poetry]