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April 28 2015, 8AM

Der Teufel wirft uns solche leibliche und äuszerliche Fährlichkeit vor, damit er Gottes Wort, das er nicht leiden kann, verhindern mocht. Derhalben sollen wir den Teufel nicht zu sehr fürchten, und das Gott befehlen und heimgeben. – Philipp Melan... [Melanchthon]
Simon Joseph blogged about the myth of the dying Messiah. He writes:The myth of the Dying Messiah originated in and was generated by the suffering and death of a messianic Jesus… Jesus’ first followers suffered from cognitive dissonance. T... [mythicism] [Christ] [crucified] [Earl Doherty] [Easter] [historicism] [historicity] [jesus] [Messiah] [minimal] [Minimalism] [myth] [Richard Carrier]


If anyone has any leads on the unpublished papers (or un-noticed publications) that would be appreciated. Stirewalt, M.L. Jr., ‘Paul’s Evaluation of Letter Writing’ Search the Scriptures: New Testament Studies in Honor of Raymond T. Stamm (ed. J.M. ...
This penultimate episode begins, as the first episode of the first season of LOST did, with Jack’s eye opening. This is in the afterlife, and Jack notices bleeding in his neck and seems puzzled by it, just as he did in the first episode of this seas... [LOST] [island] [Jack Shephard] [Jacob] [smoke monster]
I want to consider how language creates worlds, objects and relationships, which in no other sense exist. Language makes us think something is there when it isn’t. It deceives us. The human race is always prone to give names to aspects of experience, an... [Books] [Linguistics] [reading]
In Biblical Hebrew, the quest for the sentence is probably an exercise in futility. The researcher trying to define the sentence in Biblical Hebrew must grapple with texts that appear to be one interminably long sentence, because almost every clause in na... [Books] [grammar] [Hebrew] [Linguistics]
In the formal and material parallel to the “kingdom” request found in Rev. 22:20c—namely, the petition ἔρχου, κύριε Ἰησοῦ (erchou, kyrie Iēsou), which, like the “kingdom” request in the Disciples’ Prayer, consists of ... [Books] [lord's prayer] [theology]


Antonio Ciseri’s Martyrdom of the Seven Maccabees (1863), depicting the woman with her dead sons. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Not done. Just notes. And notes make good blog posts. As we will see below, the Maccabean books provides the early Christians... [Doctoral Work] [maccabees] [Eleazar Avaran]
Die Abteilung für Neutestamentliche Theologie der Evangelischen Fakultät der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München lädt ein zum Gastvortrag Prof. Dr. Judith Lieu, FBA “Law and Gospel in Marcion” am Mittwoch, dem 29. April 2015 um 18 Uhr c.t. im... [Conferences]
„Einheit in Vielfalt“ war nicht nur der thematische rote Faden, der die Referate aus fast allen theologischen Disziplinen prägte, Einheit in Vielfalt war erlebbar unter den Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern reformierter Traditionen aus fünf ... [Calvin] [Church History]
I asked Morgan Guyton for permission to share these words from a Facebook update he posted. The media pays scant attention to 10,000 protesting peacefully, but notices when property is destroyed. Society pays scant attention to the deaths of people at th... [politics] [Baltimore] [black] [Ferguson] [injustice] [lives] [Maryland] [matter] [Missouri] [Morgan Guyton] [Police] [rioting] [riots]


Is the communist party of China a bunch of mean, nasty and greedy old men, terrorising and suppressing a fearful population? Do they merely use socialism as a thin veneer for outright greed, maintaining power by authoritarian means when needed? I have hea... [china] [Communism] [Communist Youth League] [pioneers]
Recently I visited New York – the first time in 15 years – and had the pleasure of sitting next to an American man travelling with me from Beijing to New York (over the north pole). We talked for a little and then he asked me what I do in Chin... [weird] [Joseph McCarthy]
The sub-title of this book is: A Reading of Contemporary American Culture & Religion according to Christianity’s Oldest Heresy.  Peter Burfeind has accomplished that by identifying Gnostic traits and following the movement of this heresy as it ... [Review]


Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
I’ve recently been working my way through the final volume of Hodgson’s Venture of Islam, the second half of which focuses on the original “disruptive innovation” — modern technological society. Hodgson is at pains to emphas... [Economics] [Race]
A new spirit of intolerance has arisen on the Johns Hopkins University campus, and conservative Christians are the targets. The JHU student government’s vote this week to ban any hypothetical future Chick-fil-A outlet from campus because of the company ... [Modern Culture]
The quote from conservative commentator Tim Swarens comes from his opinion piece in the Indianapolis Star, “A little perspective, please, on Christian ‘persecution’ and RFRA.” The photo used in the meme image also comes from the ... [Christianity] [politics] [Conservative] [Indiana] [Indianapolis] [Indianapolis Star] [persecution] [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] [RFRA] [Tim Swarens]
On April 28, 1564, less than a month before his death, … all the ministers under the jurisdiction of Geneva came to him, and he addressed them to the following effect: “Stand fast, my brethren, after my decease, in the work on which you have enter... [Calvin] [Church History]
The history of the Christian church is riddled with teachers whose work looked and sounded like orthodox Christianity—but wasn’t. Sometimes their teaching was so close to Christianity it was hard to tell the difference. The same is true today. Can you... [Misc.] [Products] [Beth F. Jones] [Christian history] [christian thought] [Church History] [discerning heresy] [discernment] [heresy] [heterodoxy] [history of christian thought] [logos mobile education] [mobile ed] [mobile education] [Orthodoxy] [Training] [wheaton college]
DAY 24: STONE WORK            The only rule I know:two stones on one,             one stone on two.                 Fit them snugso they won't topple             after the first cycle                of freeze and t... [NaPoWriMo2015] [Omer] [Omer poems] [poetry]


The last couple of chapters in John Polkinghorne’s book The God of Hope and the End of the World deal with the four last things (death, judgment, heaven, and hell) and with their significance.  There is something of a divide within the church ̷... [Uncategorized]


ASOR BLOG: BASOR Article Preview: Excavations at Caesarea Maritima and the Vardaman Papers (Olin Storvick and Marylinda Govaars). There is a charge to read the whole article.


BIBLE HISTORY DAILY: Is the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife a Fake? Coptic papyrus mentioning Jesus’ wife is a forgery, according to Coptic manuscripts experts (Ellen White).Yep. Background here and follow the many, many links.
THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: Jewish Bride Has a Mole? Grounds for Divorce. Husband Smells Bad? Live With It. Inequality under the wedding canopy, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study. Plus: a story about cheating the Ange...
At work Christian Century is a magazine that sometimes lands on my desk. I suspect the book reviews are the main reason for this, but I like to skim the headlines to see what the more progressive, popular periodical has to say about the world. I always ... [art] [Current Events] [Memoirs] [popular culture] [Posts] [Rock-n-Roll] [Social Consciousness] [art] [capitalism] [Christian Century] [Graceland] [Paul Simon] [Princeton University] [Simon and Garfunkel]

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Had a coffee about 9pm. Woke up about 2:30. Graded a little. Worried about the state of race relations in America a little. Thought I'd write some novel before sleeping a little more. Happy Tuesday.__________________On Wednesday morning, Alan woke as befo... [Novel 2015]
Before I start this post, I would like to thank Timothy for giving me opportunity to post in this blog. I had been an avid reader of the blog maybe around 3 years already.The Biblical environment here in the Philippines is not that extant compared to the ... [Guest Post] [Philippines]

April 27, 11PM

I recently visited London to see the sights and go to a show, and as I surfaced from Oxford Circus tube station, I was handed a small magazine. On the front cover was a picture of a child charging through a crowd, clearly out of control and scandalizing ... [Biblical Studies] [Life & Ministry] [Charles Moore] [commandments] [Culture] [discipline] [Jehovah's Witness] [old testament]
How is it that I have never noticed this guy before?? I was just looking at Ezra 4, and lo and behold, there he is: the great and noble Osnappar: Rehum the royal deputy and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to King Artaxerxes as follows... [Uncategorized]
[CN: Contains links to SFW pages on NSFW/porn sites] Everybody loves a good porn usage story in the mainstream media. The latest one to hit the rounds was this one from Salon/Alternet about the Middle East’s use of porn, but these stories do the rou... [Interesting Stuff] [Science and Skepticism] [Sex]

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J. Patout Burns & Robin M. Jensen Christianity in Roman Africa: The Development of Its Practices and Beliefs Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. Available at This is a detailed and documented history of the Christian church in North Africa. I... [Uncategorized]
Saturday I posted a link to an article that compared male friendships (more group-ish) vs. female friendships (more intimate, and more connected one best friend), and Alastair Roberts made a comment that is worthy of a conversation itself. So, with his pe... [Uncategorized]
The Ten Horns of the Fourth and Final Empire are a natural difficulty for anyand every interpretation of Daniel's prophecy in chapter 7 .... The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and w... [Daniel] [Daniel 7] [Fourth Empire] [roman empire] [Ten Kingdoms] [Ten Kings]


Since I received a copy of the new edition of the Reformation Study Bible last week, and since I was lecturing on the Song of Songs tonight, I spent some time dipping into the RSB discussion of the Song. According to it, “The overarching theme of the So...
   The post #QOTD – blessed ignorance  appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazon. Praying in God's Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduct... [Other Posts]
Looters never strike ‘the oppressors’- they strike the poor and the elderly.  That’s why violence in response to injustice is itself injustice and inexcusable. Praying for Baltimore, and for our disintegrating country.Filed under: Mode... [Modern Culture]


The chronology of ancient kingdoms amended: to which is prefix’d, a short chronicle from the first memory of things in Europe, to the conquest of Persia by Alexander the Great: with three plates of the temple of Solomon / by Sir Isaac Newton. Dublin... [Ezra] [humour]


Fortress have sent a review copy of this new volume (for which I thank them).  I am especially interested both because of my long term interest in the subject (my introduction to it being in Seminary when I took a course with Glenn Miller titled ‘T... [book review] [Books]
The more a miser accumulates riches, the more his mind or his greed is stimulated. A miser is always in need and is poor in the midst of his riches. In fact, miserliness is such a monster, says Sallust, that it is not diminished either by bounty or by pov... [Modern Culture]
Bruce Jenner is a marketer.  He has a new book coming out about his ‘transition’ and he has, with the aid of ABC (a Disney Company), managed to get a lot of people to think him some sort of role model.  But exactly how is he that? Is he the ... [Modern Culture]


A letter from 20 students, alumni and former trustees to the Attorney General of New York dated April 20 asks for an investigation of the actions of General Theological Seminary Dean and President Kurt Dunkle and the Board of Trustees. The letter, origina... [Modern Culture]


With some news outlets suggesting that it may top 15,000.  The horror is real for the survivors too. Three days after the terrible earthquake shook Nepal — killing more than 4,200 people, toppling centuries-old monuments and engulfing Mount Everest’... [Modern Culture]
I'm starting to work on another anthology on Science and Christianity. I already have three submitted chapters and nearly ten authors who have agreed to write chapters for it. I'm looking for authors to write chapters on topics like cosmology, evolution, ...
[My post this month exactly parallels the current post on my other blog, Same title and the same first six paragraphs. Each post then gives examples appropriate to each field of how scholars blind themselves to the evide...


I was an early adopter and current user user of Bibleworks. It is a terrific resource. I just found out that version 10 has been released. I am not sure about all the upgrades yet but you can check it out here. [Bible] [software] [Technology]
This event will take place on 13th May, 2015 at 8pm UK Time! This is the second in our WTCLive series on ‘Creation, Violence and the God of the Old Testament’ (see via links here – In t... [Biblical Studies Resources]
Um, yeah, it does.  All your best deeds, the very best you can muster, is akin to a menstrual cloth (cf Is 64:6).  And as much as you would like to separate the ‘sin from the sinner’ it cannot be done.  We do who we are. Filed under: twitte... [Twitter] [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

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Barack Obama is nearing the end of his second term as president. Once his term is over, if not sooner, I hope that people will appropriately mock and ridicule those who confidently proclaimed that Obama is the Antichrist, by which they mean an individual ... [politics] [Revelation] [666] [Antichrist] [Barack Obama] [Barney] [Hillary Clinton] [Muslim] [Satan]
You may have seen news of a new zero-day vulnerability regarding comments in self-hosted versions of WordPress 4.2. All sites — including VIP sites — are not vulnerable: your sites are protected by the... [security] [XSS] [zero-day vulnerability]
You may have seen news of a new zero-day vulnerability regarding comments in self-hosted versions of WordPress 4.2. All sites — including VIP sites — are not vulnerable: your sites are protected by the... [security] [XSS] [zero-day vulnerability]
Today, April 24, 1915, marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. But Pope Francis erred this month when he referred to it as “the first genocide of the 20th century.” The first took place in German South West Africa, what is now Namibia. T... [Modern Culture]
“For many within the biblical field, the publication of yet another commentary seems about the last thing needed,” says Brevard Childs in the preface to his commentary on Isaiah. The author of Ecclesiastes would probably agree: “For the writing of b... [Misc.] [Products] [book review] [Brevard Childs] [brevard childs tribute] [canon interpretation] [commentary] [commentary review] [free commentary] [free commentary on Isaiah] [Isaiah] [Jeremiah commentary] [Old Testament Library]


Last week I posted a contest to win Peter Oakes’ new Galatians commentary (Baker, 2015; Paideia series). You had to tweet the message of Galatians in a clever way using the hashtags #WWPT and #Galatians. We had nearly 30 participants, many good ent... [Uncategorized]
My text of Ruth is readable but I submitted no analysis with it. Here for instance, excluding a dozen common small words, are 15 words that occur in all four chapters. This shows a highly coherent language subset used in this story. If we exclude these 16... [recurring words] [Ruth]


In part, our perceptual difficulty with Daniel arises from the over-literal translations of the text, which don't take the context into consideration sufficiently.For all the so-called 'scholarship' expended (usually to disprove or critique the book) very... [Alexander the Great] [Babylon] [Daniel] [dating of Daniel] [empire] [Four Empires] [four kingdoms] [Grecian Empire] [Persian Empire] [roman empire] [Rome] [Statue Image]
What was the sexual climate of the first century Mediterranean, and how does that help us to understand what the New Testament is talking about? That’s a question that runs right through the middle of many conversations about sexuality in the churc... [Bible Thoughts] [history] [1 Corinthians 6] [homosexuality] [Ken Wilson] [Romans 1] [temple prostitution]
Η σημασία του κανόνα και ο ρόλος της αυθεντίας ο οποίος προσδίδεται στα βιβλία που περιέχονται σε αυτόν αποτελεί το θέμα του διεθνούς συνεδ... [κανόνας] [συνέδρια]
The latest from Existential Comics. Click through to see the rest of the comic.If you don’t get the jokes, ask! [humor] [philosophy] [Aquinas] [argument] [Bishop] [comic] [existential] [hat] [ontological]


The latest reviews from the Review of Biblical Literature include: James Aston and John Walliss, eds., Small Screen Revelations: Apocalypse in Contemporary Television, reviewed by Sylvie Raquel Joseph A. Bessler, A Scandalous Jesus: How Three Historic ... [Book Reviews and Summaries] [Arthur Dewey] [Daniel Bodi] [Diana Edelman] [James Ashton] [Jared Calaway] [Jerome Creach] [John Cook] [John Walliss] [Joseph Bessler] [Matthew Drever] [Ohad Cohen] [Review of Biblical literature] [Robert Miller] [Stephen Westerholm]
A few months ago we released a new notifications interface on — we made notifications faster and created a more unified visual experience to match what users see in the iOS and Android apps. Today, we’re releasing filters for not... [Notifications] [Filters] [Notifications]
A few months ago we released a new notifications interface on — we made notifications faster and created a more unified visual experience to match what users see in the iOS and Android apps. Today, we’re releasing filters for not... [Notifications] [Filters] [Notifications]


Series I: Philip Melanchthon, Opera Quae Supersunt Omnia – Volumes 1- 28 Volumes 1-15 edited by Karl Gottlieb Bretschneider. Volumes 16-28 edited by Heinrich Ernst Bindseil. CR 1 – 1834 CR 2 – 1835 CR 3 – 1836 CR 4 – 183... [Modern Culture]