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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 ...

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Adrian Goldsworthy. Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016.ISBN 0300178824. Review by Michael C Thompson One of the first aspects of life under Roman rule that a beginning New Testament student lear... [Uncategorized]
In a recent post I addressed the views about the gender of God put forth by Rabbi Mark Sameth in an op-ed essay published in The New York Times titled “Is God Transgender?” In that essay, Rabbi Sameth wrote that … Continue reading → [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [old testament] [Translating] [Translation Problems]


Jerome knew, for instance, that the reason people made no time to worship God was because they love other things more than they love God.  Or, in his words, Men invariably worship what they like best. – St. Jerome That simple phrase explains the w... [jerome]



As my research has moved into the complexities of socialism in power, first in the Soviet Union and now in China, I have been struck by what might be called structural anti-communism in many Russian/Slavic Studies and China Studies programs. This is not a... [china] [Communism] [Marxism] [anti-communism] [China studies] [Russian studies]


Unless those voiceless happen to be unborn human beings.  Them it’s ok to slaughter in the millions every year… People more concerned about animals than they are human beings fill me with a disgust unparalleled.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Antony Perrot recently pointed out an article by Klaas Worp to me that will be of interest to readers of this blog: "Psalm 9.22-26 in a 4th-Century Papyrus from the Western Desert in Egypt" in Vetus Testamentum, Volume 66, Issue 3, pages 473 – 478.ABS... [Psalm 9] [Septuagint]
The tide I am referring to is the tide of unconscious forces. Any swimmer who has been caught in a riptide can tell you how exhausting it is to fight it. The tide always wins. That is even more true of the unconscious forces that run under every argument,...


By none other than David Clines. None of us since James Barr’s Semantics of Biblical Language 55 years ago has felt very comfortable with the term ‘basic meaning’ as applied to words. There he ruthlessly exposed the fa... [Biblical Studies Resources]
This post discusses the following five tips.1. Make Writing a Priority 2. Don’t Waste Your E-Mail 3. Send Helpful Newsletters 4. Share Your Devotions 5. Thorough Sermon Notes or Manuscripts [Pastoral Advice] [pastors] [Writing]


This is a post about communication in the church. We are in a series of posts on church leadership and management. Last week we looked at the dynamics of a healthy team of leaders.This is the sixth post on church management in my "Seminary in a Nutsh... [church management] [seminary in a nutshell]
Στην ιστοσελίδα Atlas Obscura ένα ενδιαφέρον κείμενο για τους ανταγωνισμούς μεταξύ των βιβλιοθηκών του ελληνιστικού κόσμου:The Fierce, Forgotten Library Wars of... [ελληνορωμαϊκός κόσμος]


Adolf von Harnack wrote of you Augustine comes before us, in the first place, as a reformer of Christian piety, altering much that belonged to vulgar Catholicism, and carrying out monotheism strictly and thoroughly. He gave the central place to the living... [Church History]


Paul Copan is the President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. We both studied under William Lane Craig and earned masters degrees at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS). He earned a M.A. at TEDS, whereas since I had already earned two maste...


Manicheïsme is een antieke godsdienst waarin de kosmos werd voorgesteld als een eeuwige strijd tussen het goede en het kwade, tussen licht en donker, tussen geest en materie. Lange tijd is er weinig over bekend geweest: hoewel het in de Vroege Middeleeuw... [Recensie] [Gastschrijvers]


Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob! Raise a song, sound the timbrel, the sweet lyre with the harp. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day. For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the ... [Modern Culture]
The chief error of modern Christianity is the notion that the Church needs the world more than the world needs the Church.  And the world is taking full advantage of that error and is successfully coercing the Church to adopt its viewpoint on many import... [Modern Culture]


Some of the most delightful moments in my exploring Rome this summer were unscripted moments when I happened to be passing a church and decided to enter. Sometimes I found incredible works of art. Once I found a performance going on of Karl Jenkins’... [Italy] [music] [church] [concert] [Karl Jenkins] [Rome] [sightseeing] [Stabat Mater]
Stanley E. Porter Linguistic Analysis of the Greek New Testament: Studies in Tools, Methods, and Practice Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2015. Available from This is a volume of collected essays and presentations by biblical Greek guru Stanley Porter... [Uncategorized]


BRYN MAYR CLASSICAL REVIEW:Barbara Ryan, Milette Shamir (ed.), Bigger than Ben-Hur: The Book, its Adaptations, and their Audiences. Television and popular culture. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2016. Pp. xviii, 269. ISBN 9780815634034. $3...
READING ACTS: Ezra’s Third Vision – 4 Ezra 6:35-9:25. The earlier posts in the series on 4 Ezra have been noted here and links. Cross-file under Old Testament Pseudepigrapha Watch.
All fiction writing, it is often said, is borrowing. I’m not exactly sure that’s literally true, but the basic idea is that writers often trade with one another. They also borrow against their own experience and observations that others have made. ... [Books] [literature] [Monsters] [Posts] [Religious Origins] [Sects] [and Zombies] [Charlotte Bronte] [fan fiction] [Jane Austen] [Jane Eyre] [Jean Rhys] [prejudice] [pride] [soucriant] [Wide Sargasso Sea] [zombie]
FREE BOOK ONLINE:Sifre Devarim Marty Jaffee A new translation of the 4th-century rabbinic oral commentaries on Deuteronomy This new translation of the tannaitic midrash Sifre Devarim by Professor Emeritus Marty Jaffee of the University of Washington em...
NEWS YOU CAN USE: New Series: Texts and Versions of the Hebrew Bible (Peter Gurry, ETC Blog).
REVIEWS OF BIBLICAL AND EARLY CHRISTIAN STUDIES: Psalm 110 and the Logic of Hebrews.2016.08.16 | Jared Compton. Psalm 110 and the Logic of Hebrews. London: T&T Clark, 2015. Review by Madison N. Pierce, Durham University.