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December 5 2017, 12 PM

Although nonviolent offenders get the most attention from reformers, they account for less than 20 percent of all prisoners.

April 4, 5AM

Very few professors become best-selling authors, but it happens.

April 3, 5AM

Charles R. Morris reviews "Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality" by James Kwak.
Kristin Gilger reviews "The Confessions of X" by Suzanne M. Wolfe.

March 24, 9PM

Candy Gunther Brown's The Healing Gods is an effort to explain how Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) “entered the American cultural mainstream,” and especially how it achieved “a niche among evangelical and other theological...

March 23, 7AM

Visit TVZ for ordering and more. Filed under: Karl Barth, TVZ [Karl Barth] [TVZ]
And giving fuel to the alt right fire- CNN reports A Jewish teenager was arrested in connection with a series of bomb threats that have rattled Jewish institutions and community centers across the US and another countries, Israeli police said.Filed under:... [Modern Culture]


[W]hatever the particular offences that prompted the actions against various foreign cults in Rome, none of them constituted a threat to the worship of the traditional deities, New cults were typically seen as additions to the cafeteria of deities and rel... [ANE religion] [Books] [Destroyer of the gods] [Idle Musings] [theology]
I meant to post about this when it was announced but forgot in the mix of other responsibilities. This looks like an outstanding lineup of speakers and I understand that a conference volume is expected. Paper proposals are open until 15 April. More i... [Conferences] [Garrick V. Allen] [Hoskier]
Je suis invité sur le plateau de l’émission “Islam” sur France 2 le 26 mars 2017. Cette émission sera consacrée aux prophètes dans les religions monothéistes, en l’occurrence le judaïsme, le christianisme et l’islam. Elle sera diffusée ... [TV] [christianisme] [histoire] [Jésus] [judaïsme] [monothéisme] [Moïse] [Noé] [Coran] [Abraham] [France 2] [Islam] [Muhammad] [religions]


Στην ιστοσελίδα The Bible and Interpretation o Philip Esler δημοσιεύει ένα ενδιαφέρον σύντομο άρθρο για την Babatha, την γυναίκα της οποίας το αρχείο βρέθηκε σε σ... [Ιουδαίοι] [Ιστορία Χρόνων Κ.Δ.] [γυναίκα]
4 Maccabees is included in several manuscripts of the LXX, including Vaticanus but was not included in the Vulgate.  The book is therefore not a part of the Apocrypha although it is often included in introductions to the Apocrypha. It is also in manuscri... [Second Temple Period] [Fourth Maccabees] [New Testament Background] [Second Temple Period Judaism]
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 41:3 (2017Andrew C. Smith, "Furthering Prostration in the Hebrew Bible: A Non-Denotative Analysis of hištaḥăwah," 263-285 (abstract)Tina Dykesteen Nilsen, "Memories of Moses: A Survey Through Genres," 287-312... [JSOT] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη]
Journal of Biblical Literature 136:1 (2017)Beverly Roberts Gaventa, "Reading Romans 13 with Simone Weil: Toward a More Generous Hermeneutic (pp. 7-22)," 7-22 (abstract)Ronald A. Geobey, "Joseph the Infiltrator, Jacob the Conqueror? Reexamining the Hyksos... [JBL] [Ματθαίος] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [Παύλος] [διακειμενικότητα] [κατά Μάρκον]
THE BIBLE AND INTERPRETATION:Babatha: The Ancient Jewish Woman About Whom We Know Most Because of this archive we can say without fear of contradiction that we know more about her than we do about any other Jewish woman in antiquity. See Also: Babatha's...


Good advice, mom-  from @amitkbali Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
THE TALMUD BLOG: Natural Language Processing of Rabbinic Texts: Contexts, Challenges, Opportunities. The Talmud Blog is happy to continue our series on the interface of Digital Humanities and the study of Rabbinic Literature with a post by Marton Ribary o...
THE WHITE HOUSE has published a statement wishing a happy Persian New Year (Nowruz) to those who are celebrating it: Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Nowruz. Cyrus the Great is mentioned:Cyrus the Great, a leader of the ancient Persian Empire, fa...
AWOL: Open Access Journal: Studia Orientalia. The subject matter of this journal is wide ranging, but if you poke around a bit, you will find some material on ancient Judaism and related matters.


This only I would learn of you, whether you are baptized on the sword or on the Cross?–Menno Simons In discussions about Christian attitudes to war, one of the surest ways to annoy people is to take an “almost pacifist” position—holding that w... [Church History]
If it was good enough for Jesus it is good enough for us! This is sentiment I have heard repeatedly in the discussion of Adam, Eve, science and Christian faith. It seems clear (some will claim) that Jesus regarded Adam and Eve as historical figures. He ta... [Uncategorized]
John 9:1-41 The gospel for this Sunday is John 9:1-41. My Orthodox friends tell me that we’re reading this passage on the wrong Sunday. They read from Matthew, Mark and Luke during Lent, and from the Gospel of John during the Sundays between Easter and ... [Reflections] [baptism] [John]


by Matt Sheedy The launch of Reza Aslan’s Believer on CNN has, not surprisingly, garnered a fair bit of attention since its release earlier this month, from both popular websites as well as from scholars of religion. For example, The Huffington Post, T... [Uncategorized] [Andrew Henry] [Believer] [Canadian Museum for Human Rights] [CNN] [Fox News] [Ian Brown] [Matt Sheedy] [Megan Goodwin] [Michael J. Altman] [Real Time with Bill Maher] [religion dispatches] [Reza Aslan] [The Atlantic] [The Huffington Post] [Variety] [zealot]


For a man as amazingly influential as he was, Cyrus I. Scofield hasn’t been the object of much curiosity. In the venerable academic tradition of ignoring those you disagree with, serious scholars dismiss Scofield as some kind of evangelical aberration,... [Bible] [Bibliolatry] [Books] [Current Events] [Posts] [Religious Origins] [Sects] [Social Consciousness] [Cyrus I. Scofield] [Joseph M. Canfield] [Plymouth Brethren] [Scofield Reference Bible] [The Incredible Scofield and His Book] [the Rapture]

12 AM

Exodus 19 by Bob MacDonald via Dust (#88329)
When is הר a hill and when is it a mountain? (Whenever the reader decides). We have a hill nearby called Mount Tolmie (120 m) and another called Mount Doug (228 m). They are small actually, but bigger than a hillock. הר is indeterminate. Hermon is a m... [Exodus]

March 22, 10PM

There is nothing less than a full throated irritation among some today. Some contend Christians are being persecuted, some think that claim is risible and biting into a NothingBurger, some come back with responses of incredulity that anyone cannot see thi... [Uncategorized]
I've just arrived in Lexington, KY, for 3.5 days of conference papers at Narrative 2017: the 32nd annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative. The first one, in 1986, was headlined by Wayne Booth and Seymour Chatman, and "Maj...


Beginning in 1559, the magistrates of the German city of Wesel, in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, required the citizens to commune together (Jesse Spohnholz, “Multiconfessional Celebration of the Eucharist in Sixteenth-Century Wesel”). The...


  The oldest complete Christian hymn still in use comes from the Apostolic Constitutions, usually dated to the 3d or 4th century. In the 4th century, Basil the Great wrote that he loved the hymn and spoke of it as if it had been long in use. It is ... [Worship] [hymns] [music]
John J. Bombaro and Adam S. Francisco.  The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics.  New Reformation Publications, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. Allow me to quote the description of the book on Amazon, before I offer my th... [Apologetics] [Bible] [religion] [resurrection]


viaFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


The ruling appears to confirm fears among some faith leaders that courts are reining in the definition of religious practice.
There are truths that can only be shared by way of testimony, and these are the ones that matter most to us.
Breslin, the legendary New York reporter and columnist, died last week at 88.


Three to serve as Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellows
William Lanouette reviews "Washington's Farewell" by Avlon

12 PM

The reflection was issued "in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands."
The issues of religious liberty and abortion were briefly raised during the Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Neutrality is a myth. Put in biblical terms, either you love the Lord or you don’t. Every thought you think, every choice you make, every word you say, flows from that heart and is determined by its fundamental direction, whether toward God or away from... [articles] [Training]


The words of President Donald Trump and his White House staff are, in no small way, a matter of national security and credibility, and those things have entered a danger zone, a Wall Street Journal editorial argued on Tuesday. The conservative-leaning edi... [Modern Culture]
There is a three-day sale on volumes in the Interpretation series with prices as low as $1.99. The sale ends Friday, March 24. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors should all have the sale prices. See here. [Books] [commentaries]
This 3rd midweek service focuses on the word “concern.” The word can be used negatively, concern about what is happening in a fearful sense. It can also be used positively, noticing what is happening and having concern (and care) for those … Co... [John] [Meditatio] [Ministry] [New Testament] [concern and care] [John 19]
REFORMATION AS PAULINE INTERPRETATION Jörg Frey: “Has Luther misunderstood Paul?” Join the public lecture: Donnerstag 23.3.2017 18.15 Uhr, Universität Zürich, KO2, Karl Schmid-Strasse 4, 8006 Zürich.  Link to the original video: https://... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Church History]
How loneliness and self-deception led me to rock bottom, and how God's grace saved me.


Marilyn McCord Adams has recently died. She had taught at Rutgers University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Yale University, and UCLA. She was an important Episcopalian philosopher of religion. Some of her work focused on the problem of s...


The iron cage holding together the edicule built over the traditional tomb of Jesus has been removed in time for the Easter celebrations, but now scientists are warning that the structure is in danger of collapsing because the foundation is built on rubbl... [Jerusalem] [Tomb of Jesus]
I wonder if he will distribute copies of Playboy to the graduates and how much he’s paying Jerry *The Sell Out* Falwell Jr. for the privilege to degrade Christianity again. “I look forward to speaking to this amazing group of students on such a mo... [Modern Culture]
It has taken me to long to write this, and for that I am sorry, When last I wrote, I spoke of the jealousy of God and there will be some of the same themes here as well. Just as with the jealousy of God, the wrath of God is often misunderstood and becau... [Other Posts]
Princeton has rescinded its decision to honor Tim Keller. Faced with mounting criticism for its decision to give a major award to the Rev. Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and one of the country’s best known conse... [Modern Culture]
Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. This year’s CMS Africa Summit was my third attendance at t... [Automattic] [Events] [CMS Africa Summit] [Field notes] [Nigeria] [Open Source]
Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. This year’s CMS Africa Summit was my third attendance at t... [Automattic] [Events] [CMS Africa Summit] [Field notes] [Nigeria] [Open Source]


That’s the opinion of early reviewers. Reversing Hermon isn’t my planned sequel to The Unseen Realm, but it does continue the conversation. I’ll take it! Hope you’ll read it! [Announcement] [jesus] [New Testament] [Reversing Hermon] [Uncategorized] [book of the giants] [Enoch] [Heiser] [Reversing Hermon] [watchers]
A strikingly clever pun on the marquee of Beacon Baptist Ministries has reportedly sparked revival in the town of Delphi, Indiana. “I’ve never talked to God in my life,” claimed area resident Darrell Jones, “but when I saw that ‘Son screen pr... [Modern Culture]
Robert Godfrey explains why he does here. [old testament] [Psalms]