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October 6 2015, 10PM


If you have not previously seen the incredible Temple Studies Bibliography put together by Dan Bachman at the Utah-based Academy for Temple Studies, you should seriously take a moment to check it out now. The Temple Studies Bibliography is incredibly, unf... [Religious Scholars] [temple]



I was in two minds about whether to even blog about the prediction some have made that the world will end tomorrow, October 7th.But then I realized that, just as happens with the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy, so too with calculating the end of the world... [Revelation] [apocalypse] [apocalyptic] [band] [band name] [end of the world] [missiles] [Nuclear] [Weapons]


These tests are irrefutable and infallible.  Behold: Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


If you read a blog post related to the fields of Hebrew Bible or New Testament, drop me a note with a link.  Thankya. Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Carnival [Bible] [Biblical Studies Carnival]


Pontus and Peter’s Epistles. [Amasus, Amisos, Samsun, Black Sea coast] Persecution of Christians in Pontus. [Pliny, Sinope, Sinop, Pontus, Bithynia, Pontus] Black Sea coastal town of Sinop. Sinop is the northernmost city of Asia Minor (now Turkey). ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [New Testament] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle Peter]
Title: The Problem of Hell: A Philosophical Anthology Editor: Joel Buenting Bibliographic info: 236 pp. Publisher: Ashgate, 2010. Buy the book at Amazon or direct from the publisher With thanks to Ashgate for the review copy. The “problem of hell” tha... [book review]


So why does this prophet, after a spot of what can be read as childish tit for tat, move to war and judgment of an apocalyptic sort? What is the reverse of peace to accomplish? Yahweh then asks - What are you to me - concerning the cities and nations tha... [Joel] [musical structure] [personal theology]


Kyle Greenwood.  Scripture and Cosmology: Reading the Bible Between the Ancient World and Modern Science.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic.  See here to purchase the book. In Scripture and Cosmology: Reading the Bible Between the Ancient World ... [Bible] [religion]

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View this document on ScribdFiled under: Books, TVZ [Books] [TVZ]


Did Jesus and his disciples speak and teach in Greek? What languages were spoken in first century Palestine? If so, does the New Testament preserve their actual communications? These questions have generated rich debate through the years… Read Did ... [Biblical Archaeology] [Bible] [Biblical] [historical Jesus] [jesus] [Greek] [ancient Near East]
Een bekende psalm die vaak wordt gezongen is Psalm 23. Hierbij een muzikale weergave van Yosef Karduner. Zoals gewoonlijk staat onder de video de Hebreeuwse transliteratie en een vertaling. Tijdens het zingen wordt de Godsnaam uitgesproken door haShem (... [Muziek] [Bijbel op Muziek] [Psalmen]
Mark 10 on Marriage and Divorce (Part 1 of 3) Part 1: A Certificate of Divorce Part 2: And Marries Another Part 3: From the Beginning of Creation This is the first of three posts examining what Jesus had to say about marriage and divorce in the tenth cha... [Reflections]


Recently I wrote a blurb for James Lindsay's new book, Everybody Is Wrong About God.I said:Lindsay correctly argues in this book that theism (or “God”) is dead, even though most people don’t realize it yet, echoing the words of Nietzsche’s mad...
Silence Is Not Always Golden: Jesus and Arguments from Silence (by Allan Bevere) Anyone who is scholarly inclined knows how problematic arguments from silence are, and yet people continue to use them. As a scholar (at least I think I am. Some might questi... [Uncategorized]


A Critical Response to: “A Unique Miqveh in Upper Galilee” by Eldad Keynan Mordechai Aviam Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee It is very sad to see a baseless article, publi... [Archaeology] [Bible and Interpretation] [Miqveh] [Mordechai Aviam]
From ISD Distant Views of the Holy Land by Felicity Cobbing and David Jacobson The Holy Land has been an enduring magnet for visitors seeking to retrace the footsteps of biblical prophets, kings and saints and to glimpse the setting of events recorded in... [book review] [Books] [holy land]


Some relevant news from Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, at New York University: Quote 1: The Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL) is an initiative of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World(ISAW) at New York University. AWDL will id... [Diaspora] [scholarship] [website]
The sanctuary is full of people. A voice calls out "Ana Adonai, hoshia na!" ("Please, God, bring salvation!") and the whole room echoes it. "Ana Adonai, hatzlicha na!" ("Please, God, help us!") and the whole room echoes it. And then the band strikes up an... [Jewish Renewal] [Simchat Torah]
Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 29:2 (2015)Na’aman, "The Pre-Priestly Abraham Story as a Unified Exilic Work," 157-181 (abstract)Borchardt, "Influence and Power: The Types of Authority in the Process of Scripturalization," 182-196 (abstract)Ga... [SJOT] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [προφήτες]
Dalaina May lives with her husband, Dan, and four young sons in Southeast Asia where they are involved in local anti-trafficking efforts. When she isn’t working, stepping on Legos, or breaking up light saber fights (in other words, after bedtime), s... [Women and Ministry]
Thinking about the nature of truth helps us understand how the Bible is (and is not) true. And don’t get nervous … I believe all the Bible is true … but you need to read on to discover what I mean by this. Beginning with Truth There are... [Redeeming Scripture] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [Bible study] [Bibliology] [Inerrancy] [truth]


Hervomde teologiese studies 71:3 (2015)Blessing O. Boloje, Alphonso Groenewald, "Malachi’s concept of a Torah-compliant community (Ml 3:22 [MT]) and its associated implications" [HTS] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [προφήτες]
I will use the term 'ritualization' to draw attention to the way in which certain social actions strategically distinguish themselves in relation to other actions. In a very preliminary sense, ritualization is a way of acting that is designed and orchestr... [Books] [Idle Musings] [ritual]
Paul says that Peter’s withdrawal from table fellowship with the Gentile is nothing less that hypocrisy. The problem Paul has with Peter is his change of attitude and behavior after the visit from the “men from James.” The first verb Paul uses (shri... [Galatians] [Paul] [Pauline Theology] [Peter] [The Antioch Incident]
I enjoyed reading this post by Ben Bailie on reading Martyn Lloyd-Jones. [Lloyd-Jones] [reading]
The Heaven Promise: Engaging the Bible’s Truth about Life to Come is now available for purchase and shipping at your local bookstore and on the internet’s bookstores, like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. In this book I offer a grounding of our ho... [heaven]


If your church is so large that the pastor doesn’t know your name, your church is too large.  It’s time to start a new work.  The church exists to glorify God, minister to his community, and share the gospel with the world; it does NOT exist... [Modern Culture]


I’m given to understand that some technophilic strains of the left believe that Bitcoin is a liberatory technology, because it frees currency from the control of state and corporate interests. However, the price of this liberation, as far as I unde... [blog posts]
I am not your average liberal. I have several guns in my home. I own a .7mm mag (it makes loud bang) and my 11 year-old son has a .22. […] The post thoughts on Gun Control appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are now available on Amazo... [Religion and Politics]


Record 1. TI: The Pre-Priestly Abraham Story as a Unified Exilic Work AU: Na’aman JN: Ubiquity: The Journal of Pervasive Media PD: 2015-07-03T00:00:00 VO: 29 NO: 2 PG: 157-181(25) IS: 2045-6271 URL:
In 1948, a British pilot serving in Iraq acquired a clay tablet with an intriguing, 3,700 year-old inscription. The ancient writing tells the story of how the god Enki warns a Sumerian king named Atra-Hasis of a future flood that will destroy mankind; En... [Modern Culture] [Noah's Ark] [NOVA]
Something that constantly excites me about Mobile Ed is that we are able to get some of today’s top Christian scholars and professors to teach on the topics they are most passionate about. This gives you the opportunity to learn directly from people who... [Misc.] [Products] [commentaries] [Exodus] [Hebrews]


The second and third chapters of Kyle Greenwood’s new book Scripture and Cosmology: Reading the Bible Between the Ancient World and Modern Science deal with ancient Near Eastern cosmologies and the cosmologies found in Scripture. In these chapters G... [Uncategorized]
From something I'm working on this week:By literal, I refer to words taken in what we might call their most basic or everyday sense. This definition is not without complications, but it will suffice for our purposes. There are of course dead metaphors too... [literal] [Metaphors] [plain sense]


MORE IMPROBABILITIES: 'Gospel of Jesus's Wife': Records Hint at Improbable Journey of Controversial Papyrus (Owen Jarus, Live Science). Mr. Jarus has uncovered some sources about the life of the man who reportedly originally bought the Gospel of Jesus' Wi...
ETC: Recent Journal Articles on Textual Criticism (Peter J. Gurry). Including a couple of new (small) Septuagint fragments of the Book of Job.
HIDDEN CHAMBERS? INTERVIEW: Egypt's antiquities minister speaks on the search for Nefertiti in Tutankhamun’s tomb. Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty tells Ahram Online his expectations and plans regarding Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves' th...
This summer I noticed a recent book on the spread of religious ideas in the Roman world:  Anna Collar, Religious Networks in the Roman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2013).  As the topic addresses some projects of my own, and it promised methodolog... [Uncategorized] [Archaeology] [Christian Origins] [Early Christian Artifacts] [Historical Context]
All the details are right here.Filed under: Archaeology Tagged: Megiddo [Archaeology] [Megiddo]
THE ASOR BLOG: The Jehoash Affair: A Personal Recollection (Howard R. Feldman). I cannot judge the merits of the article by Prof. Feldman's team, both because I haven't seen it and because I would not be qualified to judge the geological analysis if I di...
"If revealed religions have revealed anything it is that they are usually wrong."Francis CrickPaul en route to the 3rd heaven: "Is one of you blokes called Moroni?"James McGrath has a short but intriguing post up about Paul and his gospel. An excerpt:It i...
PALMYRA WATCH: IS ‘terrified by history,’ says UNESCO after Palmyra Arch blown up. UN’s cultural body says it will make every effort to ensure those behind the destruction are brought to justice (AFP). Well yes, I hope that happens. But I'm not hold...
September 16, 2015To: Professor Richard Oram and Professor Gerry McCormacRe: Proposed Closure of the Religion department at the University of StirlingOn behalf of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and C... [Uncategorized]


Those who know me are sometimes surprised to learn that one of my favorite quick meals is grits and black-eyed peas. For a northerner that’s a bit strange, perhaps, but my father was from South Carolina and my mother often cooked “soul food” at hom... [Bible] [Just for Fun] [Memoirs] [Posts] [Social Consciousness] [Burning Bush] [hot sauce] [kosher] [one per centers] [soul food] [Whole Foods]
While looking at the new journals shelf last week I noticed a number of text critical articles have come out recently.Novum Testamentum  57.5Ronald H. van der Bergh, “Old Testament Awareness” and the Textual Tradition of the Explicit Qu... [Codex Bezae] [Codex Sinaiticus] [Corrections] [GA 05] [GA P46] [harmonizations] [Job 7.3-4] [Josef Schmid] [LXX] [nomina sacra] [P46] [Septuagint] [Use of OT in NT]

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A few years ago I was in conversation with someone who had been in theological education, but was now returning to parochial ministry. ‘I am going to go and grow a church’ he quipped; ‘It’s not that hard.’ He was heading to a... [Life & Ministry] [Bob Jackson] [Church of England] [evangelical] [growth] [London] [mission] [Richard Chartres]