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January 20 2017, 11AM

The Bee does her in. It’s only day one of Donald Trump’s presidential term, and barriers are already being broken down. Prosperity gospel preacher and televangelist Paula White became the first female false teacher to pray at a presidential inaugurati... [Modern Culture]

10AM

Στην ιστοσελίδα The Bible and Interpretation δημοσιεύεται το κείμενο του Burton L. Visotzky σχετικά με τον τρόπο που οι ραββίνοι προσέλαβαν το ρωμαϊκό πολιτι... [Ρώμη] [ραββίνοι]
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 41:2 (2016)James Daniel Beaton, "Finding Justice in Ancient Israelite Law: A Survey of the Legal System of the Israelites during the Post-Exodus, Pre-Exilic Period," 139-158Jeff Hayes, "Intentional Ambiguity in R... [JSOT] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [προφήτες]
Just over 26 years, 5 presidents and 14 congresses ago, I raised my right hand and swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. The martial aspects of “support and defend”... [god and country] [Chaplaincy] [Military Service]

9AM

From USA Today: A 2015 study by Microsoft revealed that the average person’s attention span in this wild world of technology and social media is down to eight seconds — which is less than that of a goldfish. If you’re an NBA fan and youR... [Uncategorized]
Esta entrada pertenece a la serie “El retrato de Jesús“. Ya tratamos del cuerpo de Jesucristo y aquí empezamos es estudio del alma de Cristo según los Evangelios. LO hemos dividido por su extensión en cuatro apartados En varios pasajes de... [Jesus de Nazaret] [tras las huellas de Jesus]
Ilana E. Strauss: What do you think of these ideas about co-housing? Instead of limiting their households to children, parents, and grandparents, plenty of people are going a step further, making homes with friends and even strangers. Cohousing, in which ... [Uncategorized]
Archaeologists have discovered the Roman theater at the site of Hippos. Excavations of the Crusader-era Montfort Castle in Galilee have discovered game pieces, belt buckles, pig bones, and much more. Analysis of organic remains from a 10th B.C. gatehous... [Antiquities Trade] [Discoveries] [Excavations] [Exodus-Conquest] [Galilee] [Golan] [Museums] [Negev] [Resources] [Weekend Roundup]
I wrote this prayer for President Obama, and I adjust it for President Trump. I am committed to praying for this our new President and for our country. I hope you will too. As Peter said during the time of Nero — “Show proper respect to everyo... [Uncategorized]

8AM

This call for submissions includes elements such as Biblical interpretation among the topics that might be covered, and so for those who share my interest in Biblical studies, religion, and science fiction – but who perhaps have focused more broadly... [Call for Papers] [science fiction] [Terminator] [Avatar] [Call for Papers] [companion] [critical] [James Cameron]
In total, the phrase “according to its/their kind” is repeated 10 times in these 7 verses alone (Gen 1:11–12 and 1:21–25). Clearly, the author is emphasizing the creation and reproduction of each species according to its own distinctive type or cl... [Books] [Idle Musings] [Image of God] [theology]
Anyone who reads the Gospels carefully will notice that there are differences in the manner in which they report the same events. These differences have led many conservative Christians to resort to harmonization efforts that are often quite strained, som... [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

7AM

Enjoy this little essay. Ulrich Zwingli überlebte die Pest und wurde am Ende für seinen Glauben buchstäblich in Stücke gerissen. Der Zeitgenosse Luthers führte mit Hilfe der Bürger die Reformation in Zürich ein und legte die Grundlage für die Refo... [Zwingli]
No by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#85180)
King Nebuchadnezzar had a golden statue made, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, which he set up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2 King Nebuchadnezzar then summoned the satraps, magistrates, governors, counsellors, treasurers, judges... [Modern Culture]
This is a re-post from USA Inauguration Day in 2009. Shortly before sunset, January 20, 2009, I made a few photos of the Nile River looking toward the west bank of the river. I thought I would share this one with you. Sunset on the Nile, January 20, 2009.... [Bible study] [blog] [Culture] [Egypt] [Photography] [Travel]
I remember back the last time the Electoral College delivered us an incompetent overreaching fool — one of our watchwords in those years was that the Constitution is not a suicide pact. And so, on November 9, Obama should have said, “We all kn... [apocalyptic] [blog posts] [politics]

6AM

Within the past year, a couple of new websites have come online to support a particular translation.  I would point you to the NLT-CE and CSB (formerly the HCSB) as excellent examples of interactive and regularly updated websites that one might actua...
“Jonah and the Whale” by Carlo Antonio Tavella But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lᴏʀᴅ.  He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to... [gregory nazianzen]

5AM

January’s featured product brings together 11 volumes by Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum, founder of Ariel Ministries and one of the foremost scholars on the Jewish character of the Scriptures. In these works, Dr. Fruchtenbaum covers a wide range of theological... [Misc.] [Products]

4AM

I like the way John Frye explains how a lot of Christians reduce the gospel to much less than it actually is: What if I said to you that the story of the movie The Sound of Music was about guitars? Would you disagree? What if I said the story of the movie... [theology] [gospel]
EPIGRAPHY AND POLITICS: Despite detente, ancient Hebrew text ‘proving’ Jewish ties to Jerusalem set to stay in Istanbul. Netanyahu has hailed Siloam Inscription as evidence ‘etched in stone’ of Jews’ historic connection to holy city, but Israeli...
The quote comes from my post “Remembering the Needs of the Many at Christmas.” [Atonement] [Christmas] [Crucifixion] [death] [jesus] [quote]
BUSTED: Caught red-handed: 11 grave robbers arrested at northern ruins. Authorities arrest 11 grave robbers in the process of robbing ruins of ancient Jewish town mentioned in the Talmud (Arutz Sheva).A team of antiquities raiders was apprehended at Horba...

3AM

AWOL: Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies - De Gruyter Open - Published in 2016. Some of them are of at least background interest for the study of ancient Judaism.
ANNIVERSARY: The Dead Sea Scrolls At Seventy (Professor Timothy Lim, Centre for the Study of Christian Origins Blog). An excellent brief summary of the scholarly state of the question on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the site of Khirbet Qumran in 2017.
MODERN ARAMAIC WATCH: Resurrecting a languishing language and culture (Brooke Conrad, The Hillsdale Collegian).On Wednesday, the Israeli Knesset passed a bill allowing Aramaic Christians to register for free as their own ethnicity in Israel. Previously, ...

1AM

I try to be a good son. As good as you can when living a few hundred miles from home. I call my Mom every week and when the mood’s right, we reminisce. During a recent conversation I was recollecting my first trip to Washington, DC. My grandmother, ... [Animals] [Current Events] [feminism] [Memoirs] [Posts] [Social Consciousness] [Travel] [DC] [Elephants] [snakes] [The Women's March] [Washington]

January 19, 11PM

This is where we can and must talk about Christianity and politics, Christianity and the social order. We are commanded to glorify God in these departments of life. We are not to think of ourselves as our own. A sermon is not the place to work this out in... [Uncategorized]
By John Frye Beyond the Tiny Gospel What if I said to you that the story of the movie The Sound of Music was about guitars? Would you disagree? What if I said the story of the movie Ben Hur is about chariot wheels? What if I said the story about the movie... [Uncategorized]

10PM

Nick Spencer ( Atheists: The Origin of the Species ) doesn't believe the standard creation myths about atheism. According to the standard account, atheism is the produce of reason and science: “men began to work the metal, which they called ‘r...
In his Eclipse of Man , Charles Rubin traces a genealogy of transhumanism. Among the sources is a now-forgotten 1872 book by William Winwood Reade, The Martyrdom of Man . Continue Reading »
Linguist and philosopher George Lakoff, co-author of Metaphors We Live By and many other works, wants to help Democrats win elections. In a Salon interview with Paul Rosenberg, he explains the advantages conservatives have in American elections. Stu...
In an essay on “America's Shakespeare” at National Interest , Algis Valiunas traces the shifting political of Shakespeare in the US. Continue Reading »
Nicholas Barber gets Sherlock just right. Benedict Cumberbatch has the intensity to kill the title role, and, puppyish though he is, Martin Freeman's Dr. Watson is a credible sidekick. The production is slick, the characters compelling, the rapport shar...
Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter ( Nation of Rebels ) characterize the 1999 film, American Beauty , as “a completely uncompromising recitation of '60s countercultural ideology. It's the hippies versus the fascists, still slugging it out three decades...
Jesus is the Lion of Judah. This is no random metaphor, according to the medieval bestiary, the verse Physiologus attributed to the 11th-century writer Theobaldus. Lions have various habits, all of which point to Christ. Continue Reading »
Summarizing a line of argument from Aquinas, Robert Spaemann ( Essays in Anthropology ) notes that Thomas acknowledges that “By nature animals are sufficiently equipped to attain their own end” (15). The question is: Are human beings? And if t...

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David Murray has some good advice for providing constructive sermon critiques here. Although these are more geared to the classroom one could also adapt these for a church setting or even self-evaluation. [Preaching] [Sermons]

5PM

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I have a small amount of experience with not having my guy, or girl, win the election. I am almost always for the other one…no not the one people recognize, but for the one most people have never heard of or dismiss as crazy. Such is life. I want to... [Other Posts]
On the twitter Jeremy Wilcox  – @jwilcox79 The Donald Trump that conservatives voted for is an entirely fictitious person they invented in their minds. Here’s a bit of proof. See for yourself- the Trump they imagine simply does not exist, a... [Modern Culture]

3PM

Time for another Current Events Write-Up, in which I link to news and opinion pieces and comment on them. Health Care I’d like to use as my starting-point Jason Easley’s article for PoliticusUSA, entitled “Paul Ryan’s Obamacare Replacement Is a De... [Current Events] [Health Care] [history] [politics]
Is that it is utterly irrelevant and ignored because it’s just blatant speculation built on speculation and circularity. #ScholarsHaveOnlyThemselvesToBlameFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2PM

I have many thoughts on this extended word against the return to Egypt, but I will share them only under duress. What completes? What is the sign? Why this extensive diatribe? What does Egypt represent? Why the extended jealousy? Why such intransigence in...
Fly to Salzburg! Septuaginta &c. This summer from 3 – 7 July a summer school will be held at the Faculty of Theology at the Universität Salzburg in Austria. The course will be a fantastic opportunity if you are interested in Septuagint studies, ... [Modern Culture]
They have no respect for marriage, and they place no limit on their unchastity, taking and leaving women as they will, and so their huts stand open front and back and on all sides, so that they pursue their unchastity as if they were cattle.  –  M... [Luther]

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Este curso de História de Israel compreende 4 horas semanais, com duração de um semestre, o primeiro dos oito semestres do curso de Teologia. Os alunos recebem os roteiros de todas as minhas discplinas do ano em curso nos formatos pdf e html. Os sistem... [historia]