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October 31 2016, 9PM

Unapologetic offers the Philosophy of Religion the swift, ugly end it has long deserved. This single book will cause the death of a discipline.-- Dr. Peter Boghossian, philosophy professor at Portland State University, and author of A Manual for Creating ...

October 24, 6AM

I dag kjenner eg meg inspirert og berika. Då professor Magnar Kartveit hadde si avskjedsforelesing på VID Misjonshøgskolen i dag, blei det invitert til eit ope arrangement. Til og med dei tilsette sitt kakeselskap med helsingar til jubilanten blei opna... [Bibelen] [Uncategorized] [bibelfag] [Det gamle testamentet] [GT] [Magnar Kartveit]
For those of you who had been waiting for this moment, the app for your phone, tablet, or other mobile device is finally here. It includes details such as the time and location of the Durham University reception (which is at the same time as the Blogger D... [American Academy of Religion] [Society of Biblical Literature] [AAR] [App] [conference] [SBL]
In this edition in our Reading Race and Criminality series, Dr. Brad Stoddard examines the history and politics that frame Florida's experimentation with faith-based prison reform. … More Fear, Florida, and Faith-Based Prisons [Uncategorized] [Culture] [religion] [Christianity] [ethnography] [Evangelicals] [Prison] [prison industrial complex] [criminal justice] [Florida] [faith-based] [prisons] [Corrections]
A poem from Adrienne Rich:   Either you will go through this door or you will not go through. If you go through there is always the risk of remembering your name. Things look at you doubly and you must look back and let them happen. If you do not g... [poetry] [Shemini Atzeret]


Found this on FB. In the West, we are suffering a drought of institutional loyalty. To combat this, the institutions have focused inwardly. Because that works. Rather, institutions have become separated from the instituted. That’s why they focus inw... [Other Posts]
I (Ben) am teaching a Trinitarianism class for the second time here at HBU, and I’m experiencing one of the great benefits of being a professor–having a great excuse to read great texts more than once rather than always pressing on to somethin... [Biblical Theology] [Trinity] [Brevard Childs]
Many years ago, I argued that one of the biggest problems facing conservatism is how baroque and complicated its “universe” had become. Its fans are expected to have immediate recall of obscure concepts and plot points, while tolerating obviou... [blog posts] [politics of the absurd]
Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.  Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  (1 Cor 11:27-28)... [church] [Eucharist]


On 24 October, 1529, Zwingli published his edition of the Marburg Articles – along with marginal notes of his own. It’s intriguing in that it allows readers to see what Zwingli thought of each article, in his own words along with the finalized... [Zwingli]
Our friend Mary Sperry from the USCCB will be holding a live Facebook chat Tuesday, October 25th at 9:00 p.m. EDT on the Fans of the NABRE Group Page.  She will be able to answer questions you may have about the upcoming NABRE NT revision.  ... [Mary Sperry] [NABRE]
I jokingly tell participants who attend Camp Logos, “Logos Bible Software will do everything but wash your dishes!” It really is that powerful. From building a Passage Guide report to searching your Library for a concept to in-depth original... [Training]


EPIGRAPHY: 1,500 years old Ten Commandments tablet heads to auction in Texas (News Network Archaeology).A stone tablet thought to be about 1,500 years old with a worn-down chiseled inscription of the Ten Commandments will be sold next month at auction, wi...
They had a party to end all parties last year… (with thank to Ralph Keen for the photo). Filed under: SBL [SBL]
FACES AND VOICES BLOG: “New” Judean desert papyrus sold by an anonymous antiquities dealer? Dr. Roberta Mazza is a papyrologist at the University of Manchester and the Rylands Library and she provides some expert commentary and links in this blog post...
I still need to finish blogging about the last few episodes of classic Doctor Who. And then I’m on to Star Trek: The Original Series. But I want to at least mention (even though I don’t plan to blog about every episode) the current series Time... [science fiction] [free will] [history] [Spanish] [time travel] [timeless]
HZ Greek study in Western Europe was then [i.e., in the early 16th century] in its infancy. Teachers were scarce and text-books were scarcer still. The only Greek grammar in use in the West was that by Emanuel Chrysoloras (b. at Constantinople 1355; d. at... [Church History] [Zwingli]
TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH: UNESCO to vote on yet another anti-Israel resolution. Vote expected on Wednesday on another resolution ignoring the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount (Nitsan Keidar, Arutz Sheva).The watered down version drops the words "occup...


Your Liturgy: Why Do You Do What You Do? By Michelle VanLoon Much has been made of the longing among some believing Millennials for structure, reverence, and beauty in worship. Fewer smoke machines, more in... [Uncategorized]
EVENT: Kent library hosts author Burton Visotzky, discussion of Aphrodite and the Rabbis (The Register Citizen).KENT >> The Kent Memorial Library will host Kent resident and author Burton L. Visotzky Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. He will discuss and sign...
ALIN SUCIU: Coptic Sushi, SBL, San Antonio 2016 Unfortunately Alin will not be able to attend SBL next month in San Antonio. There are a great many of these parties and dinners at SBL this year and I don't know how many I will be able to attend. But I wil...
Two of the most significant English translations as far as the text of the New Testament is concerned are the Authorized or King James Version of 1611 and its revision, the Revised Version, published in 1881 (NT; OT in 1885).The KJV is obviously significa... [King James Bible] [Revised Version] [Scrivener]


La explicación teológica del carácter divino y humano de la Escritura se fundó en dos propuestas convergentes: la causalidad instrumental, que explicaba cómo la Escritura podía ser a la vez humana y divina, y el carisma de profecía, que explicaba c... [1 Introduccion general a la sagrada escritura] [antiguo testamento] [Introduccion general] [Repasos]
New Religious Movements (NRMs) have long fascinated me. As a natural historian, looking back over where we’ve been has been my usual source of orientation. The idea that a new religious truth could emerge used to strike me as unlikely, especially in t... [Books] [higher education] [Posts] [Religious Origins] [Sects] [Mary Pat Fisher] [Near Death Experiences] [New Religious Movements] [nones] [Religion in the Twenty-first Century] [World Religions]
Yesterday I was preaching on Judges 19, the story of the dismembered concubine, as the final sermon in our series on the Book of Judges. Because of its challenges, it is a text that has been long debated in scholarship, but (unsurprisingly) it is seldom p... [Biblical Studies] [Preaching] [hermeneutics] [Interpretation] [Isabelle Hamley] [Judges] [old testament] [violence]

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Jason Zurawski sends word of the 9th Enoch Seminar, From tôrāh to Torah: Variegated Notions of Torah from the First Temple Period to Late Antiquity in June 2017. Sounds like an exciting lineup!------------------------------------------------------------... [Conferences] [Pentateuch] [Torah Scrolls]
I have several friends and colleagues working in Munich now, and their Distant Worlds group seems to be quite an exciting research context. See below their announcement for two postdoctoral positions.From Walther Sallaberger [mailto:WaSa@assyr.fak12.uni-m... [jobs]

October 23, 11PM

Job 41 by Bob MacDonald via Dust (#81293)
This completes Job. But it doesn't mean I am finished with it. Any completed chapter or book is subject to change when new information comes to light. Sometimes I might use a synonym once, and then require it elsewhere. Sometimes I have allowed a breaking... [Job]


“Elsewhere in this letter Paul says ‘all things are lawful for me; but I shall not let myself fall into the power of any of them.’ Here is the first clue. God has given us—most of us—a rich wealth of possibilities. There is human love to enj... [Uncategorized]
By Debbie Fulthorp Recently, I received a couple of e-mails from a few well-meaning friends suggesting that I tone it down with social media posts advocating for women in ministry. These friends suggested that my posts cause tension, make the church look ... [Uncategorized]



And preparations are well underway!  You WON’T want to miss it! Filed under: AAR [AAR]


‘For what will it profit a man if he gains a Supreme Court justice but loses his soul?’Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


That can only mean one thing: pretty soon someone is going to announce the ‘discovery’ of a ‘text’ that will ‘shake the foundations of Christian faith’. Can’t wait to see what it is this year?  I’m all ting... [mockery] [pseudo-archaeology] [Pseudo-scholarship]
This is the tenth post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutshell" series. In this series, I first did a section on the Person and Calling of a Minister. Now this is the twenty-third post in a section on the Pastor as a Leader (see ... [conflict management] [leadership] [seminary in a nutshell]

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And I see no reason that it should.  6 years ago today I wrote, in connection to reports then circulating, that young people were being ‘driven’ from the church- I don’t think anyone who really loves God can be ‘driven’ from... [Modern Culture]
Image Many of you know our son works for the Cubs as a professional scout (he’s Assistant Scouting Director), and he’s been talking about last night for five years. Theo Epstein’s plan was to take the Cubs down to the floor joists and re... [sports]
I have just heard of reports of a new papyrus from Judah mentioning Jerusalem that sound very exciting (NB the photo on the news article is not of this papyrus, but a much later semicursive document)! It was discovered in the Judean Desert and purchased o... [documentary texts] [Papyri] [Papyrology] [pre-exilic texts]


Peter Mead reminds us to do just that here. [Illustrations] [Preaching] [Sermons]
As I’m gearing up to teach a course about the Bible and music for the first time next semester, one thing that I’ve been giving much thought to is the fact that students are expected to participate in the creation of a creative work in these c... [Amos] [music] [Bible] [Hymn]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Introductory Note I preached the following sermon at First UMC-Edcouch & First UMC-Lyford on October 23, 2016. Original title: “Nations, Rulers, & the God of All.” Texts: Daniel 11:36-12:4 & Galatians 3:23-29. I am a political junkie Some ... [Other Posts] [Apostle Paul] [Galatians] [jesus christ] [politics] [vote]
I will be in Burbach on November 3, 2016 for a public conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls! Qumran is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Who lived there? Did they write the famous Dead Sea scrolls? What do these mysterious m... [Conferences] [aramaic] [Archaeology] [Christianity] [epigraphy] [Greek] [Hebrew] [history] [Judaism] [New Testament] [Qumran] [Bible] [religion] [Tanakh]
I will be in Burbach on November 3, 2016 for a public conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls! Qumran is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Who lived there? Did they write the famous Dead Sea scrolls? What do these mysterious m... [Conferences] [aramaic] [Archaeology] [Christianity] [epigraphy] [Greek] [Hebrew] [history] [Judaism] [New Testament] [Qumran] [Bible] [religion] [Tanakh]