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April 17 2014, 6PM

I still have a few notes on my memories, reaching back into a distant life that began in earnest in me some 40 years ago in my late twenties. Fearful, confused, yet responsible to my obligations, I began to learn about the one they called 'the' Anointed. ... [Mysticism] [personal theology]


Via Jack Sasson- Lectures by Aren Maeir, Bar-Ilan University. On Tuesday, April 22nd, I’ll be lecturing at the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Kansas – the lecture will be entitled: “Canaanites, Philistines, and others at Tell es-Safi/Ga... [Archaeology]
As far as I am aware, Prof. Karen King has not been interviewed about the Jesus Wife Fragment in public since the story first broke in September 2012.  But now WGBH has interviewed Prof. King about the fragment (broadcast yesterday).  I am delig... [Gospel of Jesus' Wife] [Jesus' Wife Fragment]
I have been convinced for several years now, as I explain in my book, The Jesus Dynasty, that Jesus died on Nisan 14th, which in the year A.D. 30, fell on a Thursday not a Friday. So this is indeed, … Continue reading → [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [history] [Jesus Dynasty]


Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of ... [Uncategorized]


Dear Joel, Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Wouldn't an Egyptian cataloging clerk at Tulane, a man who was so skilled at ancient Egyptian that he was accepted by the prestigious university to teach a course on ancient Egyptian writing, who happened to work at Brown-Tilton Memorial Library for ...


Morreu hoje o escritor colombiano Gabriel García Márquez (G1).Um dos grandes autores das letras mundiais faleceu aos 87 anos. O escritor e jornalista colombiano, ganhador do Nobel em 1982, foi o criador de obras clássicas como ‘Cem Anos de Solid... [homenagens]
Demotic (from Greek: δημοτικός dēmotikós, "popular") is the ancient Egyptian script derived from northern forms of hieratic used in the Nile Delta, and the stage of the Egyptian language written in this script, following Late Egyptian...
I just discovered today that my article on the Gospel of John in the latest Horizons in Biblical Theology (36.1, 2014, 60-78) has been published on Brill Online (accessible to those with subscription access). The title of the essay is this: “Gloria... [Uncategorized]


From time to time, Protestants will stick their foot in their mouth about Catholic theology. From “worshipping Mary” to “works righteousness,” the more Evangelical/Reformed you are, the worse off you are going to be in describing b... [justification] [Ellen G. White] [Francis Beckwith] [Pope Francis] [Roman Catholic Church] [Tim Challies]
Hey, everybody, check out this Good Friday homily on Zenit News about my new book  on the Passion of Christ: Jesus the Bridegroom: the Greatest Love Story Ever Told.  Let us pray for one another as we prepare to celebrate the great day that "the ...
Revelation 4-5 are often read only for their value in describing worship (worthy is the Lamb….) or their angelology (who are the elders?  What are the four living creatures?)  While these elements are certainly there, the function of these chapter... [Jewish Christian Literature] [Revelation] [eschatology] [theology]
In 2011, I wrote – I hope that you and yours begin this Resurrection season with the appropriate memorial. This will be a different season for us, seeing that this will be our first Maundy Thursday. We will be attending service this evening, and the nex... [Devotional] [Maundy Thursday]

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It’s exceptionally good. My review should appear next week, DV.Filed under: Books, Church History [Books] [Church History]
I have not had a chance to review this…I’ve not been asked (HINT) but these two really stand out: The first is the Pontifical Biblical Institute: Immerse yourself in ancient-language texts and detailed Scripture exegesis with the Pontifical B... [Logos Bible Software]
2014 was a big year for the Justice Conference, especially because they managed to line up a number of highly respected pastors, scholars, activists, and Christian leaders as speakers. I was disappointed that I could not be in attendance, but I was elated... [Uncategorized]
Nothing says “Spring” like fiddleheads! The post Fiddleheads=Spring appeared first on Stay Curious. [Beauty] [iPhone] [Photographs] [plants]
Let me offer a round-up of the latest Bart Ehrman and Christology blogging. Ehrman shared the first and second parts of his interview with Dale Tuggy: Click here to view the embedded video. Click here to view the embedded video. Greg Carey writes: Most Ch... [Christology] [Gospel of Jesus' Wife] [Bart Ehrman] [Chris Tilling] [Dale Tuggy] [jesus] [Simon Gathercole]
Doing research for your dissertation? Looking to further your investigation of the Christology of John and Paul, or of Hebrew poetics in the Minor Prophets? Check out these three new bundles from Sheffield Academic Press, Augsburg Fortress Press, and... [Misc]
Fictive is about your style, your look, and your story. With plenty of ways to customize, it's a great option for a travel blog or personal website. [Themes]
Fictive is about your style, your look, and your story. With plenty of ways to customize, it's a great option for a travel blog or personal website. [Themes]


CNN: (CNN) – “Chilling” leaflets warning Jews to register and document their property with the pro-Russian government that has claimed power in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk are “the real deal,” the U.S. ambassador t... [Uncategorized]


Today, I learned for the first time why the day before Good Friday is called “Maundy Thursday.”  The term comes from the Latin Dies Mandati or Day of Commandment, referring to the new commandment given by Christ in the Upper RoomA new commandment... [love]
Jim:Vintage Crossley. Originally posted on Sheffield Biblical Studies: There has been a lot of reporting of David Cameron’s recent use of the Bible and his praise of Christianity. Nothing in what Cameron says is new in English political uses of the Bibl... [Modern Culture]
The Theologischer Verlag announces Monika Stockers Stadtmeditationen «Nun muss ich Sie doch ansprechen» sind eben erschienen.  Das Buch beleuchtet nicht nur eine andere Seite der Stadt Zürich, auch die ehemalige Stadträtin selbst gibt eine Seite von... [theology]
There has been a lot of reporting of David Cameron’s recent use of the Bible and his praise of Christianity. Nothing in what Cameron says is new in English political uses of the Bible, though Cameron’s emphasis has slightly changed. I have discussed t... [Bible] [Bible and English Politics] [Religion and English Politics] [Big Society] [David Cameron] [Margaret Thatcher]
Alex’s focus on the question of the secular that runs throughout Ecologies of Thought brings out a question of the relationship between naturalism and secularism. To get at that I want to spend a little time engaging with the work of Christian criti... [A Non-Philosophical Theory of Nature Book Event]
From our friends at the Ronald Knox Society of North America:The First Lessons of Matins on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are taken from the Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremias. They are among the saddest and most beautiful readings of the... [Liturgical] [Ronald Knox]
It’s brilliant.  I’ve added it to the ‘Useful Sites’ segment on the nav panel. Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
“The idea that Jesus is God is not an invention of modern times, of course. As I will show in my discussion, it was the view of the very earliest Christians soon after Jesus’ death.” –How Jesus Became God, p. 3 Bart Ehrman is askin... [Book Reviews] [Bart Ehrman] [Christology] [How Jesus Became God] [Son of God]


Via Dr. Michael Scott Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
THIS cannot be allowed. Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia,... [misery] [Modern Culture] [Total Depravity]
Do not miss today’s University of Iowa Department of Classics Colloquium lecture, “Medicine and Superstition in the Ancient World” by James McKeown, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin – Madison. The lecture will take place on Th... [classics] [Lectures] [religion] [ancient world] [Colloquium] [James McKeown] [Medicine] [superstition] [University of Wisconsin - Madison]
On the T&T Clark blog.  Here’s the first of six slated to appear.Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
The British Pathé has posted to Youtube all of their old newsreels. There are endless newsreels to view, many related to the history of Israel. Some of them don’t have sound, so don’t think that there is something wrong with your computer. (H... [Israeli History] [online resources]
If you ever want to read through the Bible in 40 days (technically 39), here is a reading plan, based on the 40 Day plan that Biblica arranged with the Wesleyan Church in the Spring of 2014, in the days leading up to Easter. The version used is the NIV201... [40 Day Bible]


(CNN) – It’s that time of year again: the time when chocolate comes in pastels, cherry blossoms start to bloom and well-marketed religion exposés are released to the world. In other words, it’s Easter. Among the rash of sensationalist stories w... [Neat Stuff ()] [Candida Moss] [Easter] [Ishtar] [Mithras]
1. Sisac (= Shoshenq I) Sisac (= Shoshenq I), fue faraón durante el periodo 945-924 a.C.. Es citado al menos en 7 ocasiones en la Biblia. Su nombre aparece en varias inscripciones, incluyendo el registro de su campaña militar en Palestina en el 924 a... [Arqueología Bíblica] [I. Arqueologia Bíblica] [biblia] [faraones egipcios y biblia] [Hophra (= Haibria = Wahibre)] [la biblia] [Necho II (= Necao II)] [Shoshenq] [Shoshenq I] [Sisac (= Shoshenq I)] [So (= Osorkon IV)] [Tirhaca (= Taharqa)]
Image: Pharaoh Tutankhamun (King Tut) The historical understanding of Israel as a nation and its identity as a people chosen and set apart by God is based on the events that occurred at the time of its Exodus from Egypt and the covenant God establish... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Exodus] [Akhenaten] [Amarna Age] [King Tut] [Tutankhamun]
Spirit in Western traditions tends to be confined to the institutional church and to be seen as the power of salvation, not of creation also. We have placed emphasis on the sermon and the clergy at the expense of the Spirit. We have prized our versions of... [Books] [church] [Idle Musings] [theology]
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So when we died with Christ, we died to sin. And when we rose from the dead with Christ we rose to a new life, a life that did not include sin. Why were we justified? So that we “may live a new life.” Nor is that merely figurative, because “our old ... [Books] [Holiness] [Idle Musings] is proud to release our first-ever transparency report. Get schooled on the number of information requests, takedown demands, and national security requests we've received. [Community] [Transparency] is proud to release our first-ever transparency report. Get schooled on the number of information requests, takedown demands, and national security requests we've received. [Community] [Transparency]


Let ministers be educated as well as they can, the more the better, if they are only holy enough. But it is all a farce to suppose that a literary ministry can convert the world. Let the ministry have the spirit of prayer, let the baptism of the Holy Ghos... [Finney] [Holiness] [Idle Musings]
It is always particularly disappointing when those who classify themselves as freethinkers and skeptics share nonsense. This image is making the rounds again in precisely those circles: Candida Moss has a great article on what is problematic both with su... [historical Jesus] [information literacy] [mythicism] [New Testament] [Christianity] [debunking] [Easter] [fact-checking] [Harry McCall] [Ishtar] [jesus] [meme] [skeptic] [Snopes]
Alan Molineaux: The recent Mark Driscoll episode in which he has been accused of pastoral bullying by former members and leaders at Mars Hill reminded me somewhat of the storyline of the film. In essence the key leader is the culture maker and often right... [Pastoring and Leading]
As seguintes resenhas foram recentemente publicadas pela Review of Biblical Literature:Rainer Albertz and Rüdiger SchmittFamily and Household Religion in Ancient Israel and the LevantReviewed by Raz KletterJames BollhagenEcclesiastesReviewed by Bálint K... [resenhas]
All from the twitter this morning…  and see- I TOLD you the Papists were wicked… Filed under: Church History [Church History]
Pessimistas ou realistas? Sei não. Acho que sou mais otimista do que os autores dos artigos abaixo. Mas vale a pena ler.:: Tudo é vaidade - João Pereira Coutinho: Folha de S.Paulo 08/04/2014 [o texto pode ser lido também aqui]Qual a pergunta mais idio... [editoras]
I watched Billy: The Early Years, which was a 2008 movie about the early years of renowned evangelist Billy Graham. The character in the movie who tells the story about Billy Graham’s early years is Charles Templeton, whose older self is played by Mart... [Bible] [movies] [religion]
Among the rash of sensationalist stories we can expect through the season, the annual “Easter was stolen from the pagans” refrain has sprouted again just in time for Holy Week.  Don’t believe the hype.  Perhaps most misinformed theory that rolls a... [Mythbusting]
As seguintes resenhas foram recentemente publicadas pela Review of Biblical Literature:Herbert W. BatemanCharts on the Book of HebrewsReviewed by Philip ChurchMichaela Bauks, Wayne Horowitz, and Armin Lange, eds.Between Text and Text: The Hermeneutics of ... [resenhas]
What scholars like Bart Ehrman don’t tell you (likely because they don’t fully comprehend it themselves) is that the Jewish-Christian world was totally awash with forged stories of divine divine men of miracles.  Ancient Biblical figures from Israel...
A entrevista de Lula aos blogueiros no dia 8 deste mês ainda é polêmico assunto.:: Conceição Lemes, 33 anos de estrada: Resposta em público a O Globo - Conceição Lemes: Vi o mundo 16/04/2014Conceição Lemes acusa Globo de querer promover uma caç... [politica]
The fruitful land, the Lebanon range, the plain of Sharon, and the regions of Bashan and Carmel are used by Isaiah to describe what happens in Israel due to the Assyrian invasion. Behold, their heroes cry in the streets; the envoys of peace weep bitterly.... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Bashan] [forests] [Isaiah] [Lebanon] [plain of Sharon]


(Post by A.D. Riddle)The site of Khirbet Bal'ama (or Belameh) is identified with ancient Ibleam, mentioned in the account of Jehu's coup d'état (2 Kings 9:27) as well as in Thutmosis III's topographical list at Karnak. Khirbet Bal'ama is located on ...
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Rainer Albertz and Rüdiger Schmitt Family and Household Religion in Ancient Israel and the Levant [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]
[Thanks to those of you who have kept checking at the blog in spite of my hiatus in writing. I have been grappling in grim earnest to finish off the monstrous beast of my PhD thesis (and yeah, Beowulf has been in the pleasure-reading, as the foregoing cla... [Uncategorized]


Ben C. Blackwell:Cyril is one of my favorites. Originally posted on Cataclysmic: I grew up in a church setting in which “communion” was not observed regularly. The few times that it was practiced, we utilized a “fast-food” strategy – effi... [General]
On Maundy Thursday, it is traditional to focus on the account of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet in John 13—and possibly to re-enact this within a service. But in rushing to the final example, we miss the most important lesson, which comes in th... [Biblical Studies] [Life & Ministry] [Easter] [jesus] [John's Gospel] [mission] [service]
Get this: Through centuries and across countries, it has remained a staple of traditional Easter celebrations.  But that rich history, it seems, has been rather lost on one council bureaucrat – who forced a church to cancel its Passion play … Con... [Christendumb] [holy week]
HOW I KNOW I'M HOMEcold coffee splashesover half-moons of icescattering splendainto the morning air-- far from the thick mudscented with cardamomwhich I drank from thimblesbeneath vaulted ceilings --this is sweet and milkythin as a rain puddleice knocking... [NaPoWriMo2014] [poetry]
Yesterday we looked at the idea of God as a divine scapegoat. We pick up with this idea today, showing how Jesus also was a divine scapegoat. He not only revealed to us what God had been doing all along, but also unmasked the scapegoat mechanism for all t... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of God] [Theology of Jesus] [Theology of Sin] [When God Pled Guilty] [Crucifixion] [jesus] [scapegoat] [violence] [violence of God] [When God Pled Guilty]


You can read the text of the match throwing on this newly discovered papyrus. For your convenience, I have circled the part of the document which states, as reconstructed by expert papyrologist Kirsten Queen, which she renders: [... And then Jesus' wife, ... [mockery]
Talking about George Orwell's 1984, and the book within the book, is always interesting. But this semester the discussion took some turns that seem to me worth sharing. The book by Emmanuel Goldstein, The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectiv... [Economics] [politics] [1984] [america] [American Dream] [education] [George Orwell] [oligarchy] [Poverty]
Pekka Pitkanen is the presenter- And should you be interested you can read the presentation script here.Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
A few weeks ago, we dropped the price of the Lexham Methods Series to $60: that’s over 75% off, an incredible discount on such a valuable resource. Have you placed your Community Pricing bid? If not, you should bid right now—a price this low won... [Products]


Amir D. Aczel argues that the answer is no. Science does not disprove God. A number of years ago I was browsing at a Barnes and Noble while my brother-in-law was off looking for something or other in particular. On one of the tables near the front of the ... [Science and Faith]
"I HAVE AN EASTER challenge for Christians. My challenge is simply this: tell me what happened on Easter. I am not asking for proof. My straightforward request is merely that Christians tell me exactly what happened on the day that their most imp...
Britain’s youngest mom (who is 12.  12…) is fomenting plenty of discussion across the pond.  The Telegraph has a very excellent essay on the topic, the headline of which reads A 12-year-old mother is a case not for the midwife but the police... [Modern Culture]
Thanks to Mark Goodacre, who writes Leo Depuydt’s article in HTR is entitled The Alleged Gospel of Jesus’s Wife: Assessment and Evaluation of Authenticity, and it is followed by a response from Karen King.  Depuydt has now responded to Ka... [Mythbusting]


Should you be interested in writing an entry for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, I have a list of essays presently in need of submission.  And I’m more than happy to mail it to you, along with the name of the editor of that portion... [Biblical Studies Resources]
MARK GOODACRE: Jesus' Wife Fragment Latest: Leo Depuydt responds to Karen King . Mark posts the response as a pdf file. I'm not a Coptologist, so I won't try to address the substantive issue. But I do have two observations. First, King's response add...
And so we come to the final reading of our 40 day Bible experience, Revelation 17-22.Some notes:The woman in Revelation 17 is a different woman than the one in Revelation 12. The woman in Revelation 12 gives birth to the Messiah and may be true Israel. Bu... [40 Day Bible]


LOS ANGELES TIMES: Syria fighting leaves Maaloula, a historic Christian town, in ruins. Syrian forces have driven most rebels from Maaloula, home to ancient churches and monasteries now smashed and defaced after months of battles (Patrick J. McDonnell a...
We are finally able to provide the published text of the article on the “cry of dereliction” from the Brill volume, The Language Environment of First Century Judaea,  Randall Buth and R Steven Notley edd., (Brill, 2014, ISBN 9789004263406). T... [Ancient Greek] [aramaic] [Biblical Hebrew] [blog] [Galilee] [Hebrew in First Century] [New Testament] [NT Textual Criticism] [Synoptic Gospels] [ἑβραιστί]
Asherah has, from lack of new material, fallen into a quiet retirement among the gods. For a while there no shortage of new books appeared, including my first, which explored many aspects of this shy goddess. While academia has pushed her to her logical... [art] [Asherah] [Deities] [feminism] [Goddesses] [Posts] [Religious Violence] [Excerpts of a Lost Forest: Homage to Ashera] [Grounds for Sculpture] [Hamilton] [New Jersey] [Tova Beck-Friedman] [tree-goddess] [Trees]
THE LOD MOSAIC IS COMING TO THE U.K.: Predators and Prey: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel (PastHorizons). The article has lots of cool detail photos.From there the Lod Mosaic will go on display in St. Petersburg, then back to Israel to be housed in its ...
A rather lengthy article “Hebraisti in Ancient Texts: Does ἑβραϊστί Ever Mean ‘Aramaic’?” by Randall Buth and Chad Pierce has appeared in the Brill volume, The Language Environment of First Century Judaea,  Randall Buth a... [Ancient Greek] [aramaic] [Biblical Hebrew] [blog] [Gospel of John] [Hebrew as second language] [Hebrew in First Century] [Koine Greek] [New Testament] [ἑβραιστί]
The International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature is in Vienna this year. I couldn’t pass up the chance to combine a visit to this world-class city with participation in a world-class biblical studies conference, so I’m excited t... [Announcements] [NT Texts] [Philo] [Belial] [Deuteronomy 1 John] [First John] [Halakah] [SBL] [sin unto death] [Vienna]

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Last week, in defense of voter access, President Obama mentioned that 60% of Americans don’t have passports. He said this to underscore the need to allow citizens to vote without the need to produce an extraordinary form of identification, normally onl... [Uncategorized]
En este artículo estoy reexaminando la traducción y la gramática de la Gran Comisión. La versión Reina-Valera traduce correctamente el participio aoristo pasivo plural πορευθέντες como el imperativo plural “id”. Pero, me llama la atenc... [exégesis] [gramática] [griego] [misiología] [semántica] [sintáxis]
The Language Environment of First-Century Judaea, edited by Randall Buth and R. Steven Notley, (Brill, 2014, ISBN 9789004263406) has finally appeared. Here is a PDF of the table of contents and preliminary chapter “Introduction: Language Issues are ... [Ancient Greek] [blog] [Gospel of John] [Hebrew alive] [Hebrew in First Century] [Koine Greek] [New Testament] [NT Textual Criticism] [Reading biblical languages] [Synoptic Gospels]

April 16, 11PM

April 16, 2014Bedtime story for the budding little grammarian (and for all those eternally young of spirit). Set in larger font to accommodate the unformed inquisitive mind. (PDF)The Papyrus Fragment and the Crocodile: When Discerning a Blunder Is Itself ... [Gospel of Jesus' Wife] [hoaxes and forgeries] [Karen L. King] [Leo Depuydt]


Click below to listen to our special Good Friday podcast. Also be sure to come back tomorrow and Sunday for special podcasts on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday!  Crucifixion: History, Archaeology, and Why Jesus Died This Way (Good Friday Podcast)(Rig...
We need books on love, and we need books on marriage, and what we most need is both to soaked with how the Bible and Christian faith teach both — because we inhale and exhale modernity’s and postmodernity’s perceptions of both, and the f... [Love and Marriage]


A. We have no firsthand testimony from anyone who knew Jesus or wrote anything about him during his life time. (All the Gospels are late and anonymous). No person living in Roman Palestine neither saw, knew of, nor heard of either Jesus or his followers...
 La salud del Dr. Rodney Decker es delicada, según la información en su página. El hermano Rodney es para mí un διδάσκαλος, pues al publicar sus estudios en internet pude tener acceso a un tesoro de bendiciones. Es muy generoso de su p... [Rodney Decker]
I forgot to note that I received a copy of Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen’s Trinity and Revelation for review from Eerdmans a couple of days ago. This is the second volume of a proposed five volumes Kärkkäinen’s A Constructive Christian Theolo... [In the Mail] [Review Books]