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September 4 2015, 4PM

What does it mean that God presides over an assembly of divine beings (Psa 82:1)?How are we to understand when those beings participate in God’s decisions (1 Kings 22:19­23)?Why wasn’t Eve surprised when the serpent spoke to her (Gen 3:1-4)?W... [Redeeming Books] [z] [Books I'm Reading] [Spiritual]
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The Bible is composed of disparate pieces, each with their own author, audience, and purpose. It can be hard to come to full understanding of Scripture when we focus on each piece separately. Only when we step back to see the wider context can we begin to... [Misc.] [Products] [Biblical Studies] [cultural context] [mike heiser] [the unseen realm]

12 PM

I spent the morning in the library at First UMC here in Pensacola as Kyle Hall recorded videos of interviews with Dave Black. We discussed his books Why Four Gospels?, The Jesus Paradigm, Christian Archy, Will You Join the Cause of Global Missions?, It... [Announcements]
Interestingly enough, making a movie about prayer can be very difficult. Movies, especially lately, are all about action, but prayer is about talking to God, unceasing talk to God. How then do you do a movie with that as the subject matter without it bein... [Uncategorized]
Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha September 2015; Vol. 25, No. 1 http://jsp.sagepub.com/content/25/1?etoc----------------------------------------------------------------- Erratum ----------------------------------------------------------------- ...
Journal for the Study of the Old TestamentSeptember 2015; Vol. 40, No. 1http://jot.sagepub.com/content/40/1?etoc-----------------------------------------------------------------Article----------------------------------------------------------------- ...
Gott, wir können sie kaum noch ertragen, die täglichen Bilder vom Flüchtlingselend, von den verzweifelten Familien und weinenden Kindern. Die vielen Berichte von Einzelschicksalen gehen uns nach – manchmal bis in die Träume. Wir sehnen ein Ende des ... [theology] [Prayer] [refugees]
Paul Middleton has announced via twitter that the new President of the British New Testament Society is Prof. John Barclay, taking over from Prof. Loveday Alexander. Congrats to John.Filed under: Conferences Tagged: British New Testament Society [Conferences] [British New Testament Society]
For a limited time, you can combine Dynamic Pricing with sale prices on all collections from Zondervan and Thomas Nelson! That includes some of the most important theological and biblical works out there—like Word Biblical Commentary, volumes by John Ma... [Misc.] [Products] [commentaries] [New Testament] [thomas nelson] [zecnt] [Zondervan]

11AM

I recently read the Testament of Job. In my Charlesworth Pseudepigrapha, the Testament of Job is dated from the first century B.C.E. to the first century C.E.I first heard of the Testament of Job when I was an undergraduate. I was interested in Judaism... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Job] [Life] [religion] [school]
I appreciated the convergence of these two cartoons in my feed today. The first came to my attention via Ted Herrlich. The second is by David Hayward. [Christianity] [Bigotry] [cartoons] [circus] [discrimination] [homosexuals] [Kim Davis] [monkeys] [political]

10AM

Prolific author Andrei A. Orlov, Professor of Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity at Marquette University, has completed another exciting new book that is to be published by the prestigious biblical studies publisher, Brill, in the near future. (See her... [early christianity] [Early Judaism] [Priesthood] [Pseudepigrapha/Apocrypha] [Religious Scholars] [Abraham] [Andrei Orlov] [Apocalypse of Abraham] [Atonement] [Azazel] [Brill] [Day of Atonement] [Marquette University] [scapegoat]

9AM

Meet ‘Maverick‘- the flight nurse / ‘Biblical archaeologist’… who served as a consultant for an ‘archaeological’ expedition to find Noah’s ark… Watch out Eric…. there are those waiting in the win... [pseudo-archaeology] [Pseudo-scholarship] [sarcasm] [Noah's Ark]

8AM

My article with Priscilla Papers was published this summer: “Teach Us, Mary: The Authority of Women Teachers in the Church in Light of the Magnificat” (Luke 1:46-55)” When it comes to hierarchalists urging that women do not have teachin... [Uncategorized]
My Hebrew and Aramaic online courses continue in 2015-2016. • My Hebrew course is for those who have already studied Biblical Hebrew and wish to perfect their skills by studying biblical and non biblical texts discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls. ... [Courses] [aramaic] [Bible] [epigraphy] [Hebrew] [Linguistics] [philology] [Qumran] [Tanakh]
À la rentrée 2015, je propose à nouveau des cours en ligne d’hébreu et d’araméen. • Mon cours d’hébreu s’adresse à ceux qui ont déjà appris l’hébreu biblique et souhaitent se perfectionner en abordant des textes bibliques ou non bib... [Cours] [araméen] [Bible] [épigraphie] [hébreu] [linguistique] [philologie] [Qumrân] [Tanakh]
According to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in honor of Pope Francis’ visit, President Rivlin gave him a copy of what appears to be the Tel Dan Stele — the inscription that famously mentions the “House of David”. From t... [Aramaic Blog] [israel] [Pope Francis] [Tel Dan stele]
Here’s an account of his trial and execution: After many legal transactions on the day of his departure from this world, the articles against him being many, Michael Sattler . . . requested that they might once more be read to him and that he might ... [Church History] [Michael Sattler]
Andrew Curry at National Geographic has posted a review of sites in Syria and Iraq that have been attacked with bulldozers, explosives, sledgehammers, or is being extensively looted. The list includes: Syria: Palmyra, Mar Elian Monastery, Apamea, Dura-Eu... [Mesopotamia] [Syria]
I’m reading through Bart Ehrman’s NT introduction (now in it’s sixth edition) and it’s mostly enjoyable. Ehrman needs no introduction, especially to students of biblical studies. He’s made a name for himself through his numer... [Biblical Studies] [Bart Ehrman] [Biblical Studies] [skepticism]

7AM

I agree: if you are employed by the Federal or State Government, you are obligated to its ways and laws. The same could apply to ministers who act as civil authorities in marriage. Jonathan H. Adler: Davis has a right to observe and adhere to her religiou... [Uncategorized]
One last reminder that my giveaway of Hendrickson’s Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity: Volume 2, De–H ENDS TONIGHT! If you haven’t yet entered or want to give yourself a few more chances to win, GO HERE and l... [Books] [Giveaways] [Dictionary of Daily LIfe in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity] [giveaway]
Perhaps because it strives to traffic in such grand and generic universals, the scholarly discourse commonly referred to as the “religion-science dialogue” has faced criticism for the fact that it has historically been a highly particular conversation... [blog posts]
Phil Torres wrote an excellent book, The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse. It's coming out on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7th). This is a perfect publication date given the doomsday scenarios Phil writes abou... [Ending Philosophy of Religion] [Lowder] [Ridicule]
The Days of Awe begin at the next new moon. Our journey into those awesome days intensifies tomorrow night, and we'll kick off the "high holiday season" at my shul, with the service called Selichot.  Selichot means "pardons," and is the name our traditio... [Days of Awe] [Elul] [havdalah] [poetry] [Prayer] [selichot]
Je serai à Clermont-Ferrand le 18 septembre 2015 pour une grande conférence sur les manuscrits de la mer Morte. Qumrân est l’une des plus importantes découvertes archéologiques du XXe siècle. Qui habitait ce site ? Ses occupants ont-ils rédi... [Conférences] [archéologie] [Bible] [christianisme] [épigraphie] [Bible hébraïque] [histoire] [judaïsme] [Nouveau Testament] [Qumrân] [religion]
I will be in Clermont-Ferrand on September 18, 2015, for a great 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? How do these ma... [Conferences] [Archaeology] [Bible] [Christianity] [epigraphy] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [Judaism] [New Testament] [Qumran] [religion]
Although “mission” is not the first word, sometimes people approach it as if it were. That is, for some, one’s mission determines one’s Christology, and Christ is then used for an agenda.— Kingdom Conspiracy, pages 135–136 [Books] [church] [gospel] [Kingdom Conspiracy] [theology]

6AM

Comfort, Philip Wesley. A Commentary on the Manuscripts and Text of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel, 2015. 443 pp. Hb. $29.99.  Link to Kregel Philip Comfort is well known for his many publications on New Testament textual criticism and ... [Book Reviews] [book review] [Greek] [Kregel] [Textual Criticism]
In addition to the free lectures that we mentioned last week, here are two more for this month.On Saturday, September 12, at 5:00 pm, Khadiga Adam and JJ Shirley will be speaking on "ARCE Conservation Field Schools and Theban Tomb 110" at the Ch... [Lectures]
This thought from some of my writing this morning. Sexuality is important as an issue in the church not because it is the pressing moral issue of our day, but because it is a tribal identity marker. Much like circumcision was the tribal identity marker of... [Bible Thoughts] [church] [homosexuality]

5AM

Recently, I came upon a blog post by Christopher Smith, a Roman Catholic priest, entitled Let’s Revisit “Praise and Worship Music Is Praise But Not Worship,” in which he revisits to his blog post written four years prior critiquing and comparing Pra... [liturgy] [music] [Worship]

4AM

There’s nothing new under the sun- not even Christians working for the State and the inevitable conflicts which that guarantees. The Anabaptists in particular struggled with this issue. Allow me to cite material from Anabaptist history: The early An... [church and state] [Kim Davis]
View this document on ScribdFiled under: Biblical Studies Resources, Books Tagged: Biblical studies [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books] [Biblical Studies]
Of the commandment against murder, Luther, after citing it Du solt nicht tödten. writes Was ist das? Antwort: ‚Wir sollen Gott fürchten und lieben, das wir unserm Nechsten an seinem leibe keinen schaden noch leidt thun, Sondern im helffen und förd... [Luther] [theology] [#refugeeswelcom]
For just 3 more days you can get 60% off when you pick up select new collections to round out your library. If your commentary section is looking good, but your apologetics collection could use some love; or if you’ve got a solid lineup of systematic th... [Misc.] [Products]
So much I've left unsaid.Not with you -- never with you --but with everyone else.If I stop self-censoringwhat might I lose?Who might I hurt?If I don't express my true hearthaven't I already lost? I'm participating again this year in #blogElul, an inter... [Elul] [poetry]

3AM

The annual graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Protestant Theology will take place on September 15, 2015 at 16:15. The program will be rich, with a speech by the President and the Dean, the graduation, several musical suprises… And the annual lecture... [Conferences] [apocrypha] [Archaeology] [Bible] [Christianity] [epigraphy] [history] [Judaism] [pseudepigrapha] [Qumran] [religion] [theology] [Unistra]
La séance de rentrée de la faculté de théologie protestante aura lieu le 15 septembre 2015 à 16h15. Le programme sera riche, avec une allocution de la Présidente puis du Doyen, la remise des diplômes, plusieurs interventions musicales… Sans oubli... [Conférences] [apocryphes] [archéologie] [Bible] [christianisme] [épigraphie] [histoire] [judaïsme] [pseudépigraphes] [Qumrân] [religion] [théologie] [Unistra]
I appreciated this way that Tim Dooley expressed a major problem with Jesus mythicism on Facebook, and so asked for permission to turn it into a meme. Mythicism tries, on the one hand, to turn the writings of early Christians who thought Jesus had lived... [mythicism] [historicity] [jesus] [myth] [mythicists]
You can follow the doings of the British New Testament Society – meeting yesterday, today, and tomorrow, at the twitter hashtag #bntc2015.  Some good stuff going on across the pond.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Conferences Tagged: #bntc2... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Conferences] [#bntc2015] [British New Testament Society]

2AM

Meet thelō (Greek θέλω) because he’s an interesting fellow. But don’t think for a minute that he is a mellow fellow. He’s hot, pulsating with energy. We meet thelōin Mark 1:41 thanks to Jesus. Thelō shows up in a culturally explosive episod... [Uncategorized]
We live in odd times- when some people care more about animals than people… Filed under: Total Depravity Tagged: #refugeeswelcome [Total Depravity] [#refugeeswelcome]
Note: This post originally appeared on the Marginalia Los Angeles Review of Books blog.by Aaron W. HughesWe like nothing more than a really big story about religion. If we are religious, it makes us feel good about ourselves regardless of denomination. If... [Uncategorized] [Aaron W. Hughes]

1AM

WALTER BINGHAM: All About Rashi's Daughters. One Person's View of Rashi's Life and Times. (Arutz Sheva). Includes an edited (but still over 40-minutes long) public address by Ms. Anton. More on Maggie Anton and her novels about late-antique and medieval ...
BIBLE AND INTERPRETATION:Mythicism and the Making of Mark Carrier’s approach allows him to say that every single thing he finds in the relevant sources is “exactly what we’d expect” if mythicism is true – “as symbolic myth, every oddity is ex...
The scene can be quite dramatic. A zoom out from a dead or dying Christian martyr as the moving music swells. There’s a sense of poignant heaven in the air as a human being breathes his or her last, lapsing into the hands of an unseen, waiting fat... [Bibliolatry] [Current Events] [Posts] [Religious Violence] [Sects] [Christianity] [homosexual marriage] [kentucky] [Kim Davis] [martyrdom] [Religious Right] [Rowan County]
PALMYRA WATCH: Happier Days in Palmyra. This post is dedicated to the memory of Dr Khaled al-Assad, a good and gentle man (Judith Weingarten, Zenobia). Also, many more photos of Palmyra: The Photo Archive of the Syrian-Norwegian research project Palmyren...
BIBLE HISTORY DAILY: Is the “Brother of Jesus” Inscription on the James Ossuary a Forgery? Hershel Shanks doesn't think so. Lots of background on the James Ossuary and its inscription is here and oh so many links!
ANCIENT JEW REVIEW: Dissertation Spotlight: Shayna Sheinfeld.Sheinfeld, Shayna. Crises of Leadership in the Post-Destruction Apocalypses 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch. Ph.D. Dissertation. McGill University, 2015.Noted earlier here.
Compassion. Surely that is the only legitimate response to seeing a three-year-old boy, drowned and washed up on a Turkish beach, fleeing with his family from the way in Syria. It was especially poignant yesterday, since it mingled on my Facebook feed wit... [Life & Ministry] [Andy Walton] [compassion] [Culture] [Jeremy Moodey] [Migration] [politics] [refugee]

12 AM

Ja ik las het echt een Belgische politicus maakte deze uitspraak. Wat nog het ergste is dat het iemand was van een christelijke partij. En helaas staat dit geval niet op zichzelf. Gisteren in de auto was er een interview van een journalist met verschillen... [Politiek] [Asielzoekers] [Vluchtelingen]
"Truth is something homelier and friendlier than bare intellectual conviction.  Revealed truth does not merely claim the homage of our intellects, it satisfies the aspirations of our hearts." -Occasional Sermons [Weekly Knox]

September 3, 10PM

The mother of orthodoxy, says Roger Olson in his book Counterfeit Christianity: The Persistence of Errors in the Church, is heresy in that it was often a heresy (or a suspicious idea at the time) that provoked Christian theologians to explain what was tru... [Orthodox]