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December 5 2017, 12 PM

Although nonviolent offenders get the most attention from reformers, they account for less than 20 percent of all prisoners.

April 4, 5AM

Very few professors become best-selling authors, but it happens.

February 22, 11AM

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Jane no es la católica enojada y reprimida que hemos llegado a esperar en la cultura pop.
“Amoris Laetitia” addresses the reality of Catholics in “non-legitimate unions” and opens the possibility for them to receive the Eucharist under certain conditions.


THE fellowship which we experience with Christ through faith is not an objective permanent fact, but the gift of God which becomes a reality for us solely through the power of the Holy Spirit operative in response to our faith. We are always in danger of ... [Calvin] [theology]


Details in the image above about an upcoming event in Indianapolis, with discussion and some musical foretastes of the upcoming performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. The work is fascinating for those interested in the intersection of the Bible and mu... [music] [bad puns] [Elijah] [Eric Stark] [Felix Mendelssohn] [Indianapolis Symphonic Choir] [Michael Sells] [prophet]
Jerusalem, the Garden of Gethsemane, East Jerusalem Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Uncategorized]
Menschliches Leben kann sich nur dort zum Guten entfalten, wo auch Gerechtigkeit herrscht. Was aber ist Gerechtigkeit? Ganz selbstverständlich fordern wir Gerechtigkeit in allen Bereichen unseres Lebens. Um Gerechtigkeit aber auch zur Geltung zu bringen,... [Book of the Week] [Books] [Bultmann]


The nervous system consumes more glucose than most other parts of the body, and effortful mental activity appears to be especially expensive in the currency of glucose. When you are actively involved in difficult cognitive reasoning or engaged in a task t... [Books] [Idle Musings] [Thinking: Fast & Slow]
A few weeks ago I received a couple of photo albums in the mail from my parents. One of them contained photographs from the first months of my life, beginning with the weeks I spent at what they then called "the neonatal unit." (Today the standard name f... [parenting] [pastoral care]
Andreas Köstenberger and Robert Plummer talk about maintaining your Greek here. I especially liked this quote: “Greek is like the neighborhood cat. If we don’t feed it, eventually it will leave.” The same could be said of Hebrew as well. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [Hebrew]
IO9 highlighted how the new Star Wars novel Aftermath: Empire’s End has offered a religious justification for the way Obi-Wan lied to Luke in A New Hope. There a passage is read in the Church of the Force from the Journal of the Whills which says: ... [Star Wars] [Taoism] [aftermath] [empire] [Jedi] [journal] [novel] [religion] [religious] [Whills]


Brill have sent a review copy of this new volume: From Jesus to His First Followers examines to what extent early Christian groups were in continuity or discontinuity with respect to Jesus. Adriana Destro and Mauro Pesce concentrate on the transformation ... [book review] [Books]
February 22, 1546: Martin Luther is buried in the Castle Church in Wittenberg. It took three days for the funeral procession to reach Wittenberg. Crowds lined the streets of the towns along the route singing hymns in tribute to the great reformer. Stops w... [Luther]


University students could be fined or handed criminal records for plagiarised essays, new proposals suggest. Good. University students who buy essays online face fines and a criminal record under plans to punish plagiarism being considered by the governme... [Modern Culture]
EPIGRAPHY: Hebrew carvings on column lend weight to Galilee village’s Jewish past. IAA says discovery of 1,800-year-old limestone capital bearing inscriptions reinforces association of Druze village of Peki’in with Roman-era center of Jewish scholarsh...
The problem western pop-Christianity has re-defined apocalyptic to refer only to “the end of the world as we know it.” Some students want to read Revelation as if it was in the same genre as The Book of Eli or The Road. Those two films are excellent e... [apocalyptic] [Second Temple Period] [apocalyptic literature] [Revelation]
The thesis of this post is a simple one. Behind the New Testament book of Revelation, formally called “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” (Rev 1:1), is an older Jewish apocalyptic document that had nothing to do with Jesus or the early Christian... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Apocalypticism] [Christian Origins] [messianism]
I’m not opposed to using the scenic route down the coast from work to home; I’ve taken it multiple times. But never on a workday, always on a Saturday. I’m not opposed to using the scenic route in Bible study, either. I’ve taken it multiple times.... [articles] [Training]


Well to be accurate, actually he was part of a plot to murder Hitler.  A bit different than the quite benign ‘resisting Hitler’ bit above.   I.e., he wasn’t an innocent martyr but a man taking part in a plan to commit murder. That goa... [Modern Culture]
BIBLE HISTORY DAILY: Did Archaeologists Really Discover a New Dead Sea Scroll Cave? Dead Sea Scroll cave under the microscope. Excerpt:I must, in all fairness, concede that Gutfeld’s speculation is entirely plausible. However, we must also acknowledge ...
The above piece by Russian composer Andrei Petrov is but one of many musical works inspired by the account of creation in Genesis. If you are in Indianapolis, don’t miss the performance tonight of Aaron Copland’s “In The Beginning”... [Genesis] [music] [Aaron Copland] [arts] [Butler University] [choir] [chorale] [Christian Theological Seminary] [Creation] [Eric Stark] [religion] [Spirituality]
Sausages are getting a bit of press this Reformation year… Fleischliche Gelüste in die Nähe von religiösen Gepflogenheiten zu bringen, ist ein heikles Unterfangen. Geht es aber um die Wurst, dann machen Christen eine Ausnahme. Die Katholiken grei... [Church History] [Zwingli]
The Gift Imagine you could fix the world. All of it. The Refugee crisis, the Nuclear arms race, racial tensions, global poverty, and epidemic loneliness. Imagine that you could fix all of that with the snap of your fingers. Would you? Obviously, anyone wi... [Uncategorized]
THE JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF JUDAISM VOLUME 47 (2016, issues 1-5) is now complete and available online. There are lots of articles and reviews on Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman periods. You can read the TOC and abstracts for free, but acces...


YAZIDI WATCH: Canada to welcome 1,200 Yazidi refugees from Iraq. Vulnerable religious minority targeted by Islamic State as heretics, being taken in by Ottawa at ‘controlled pace’ (AFP/Times of Israel). Past PaleoJudaica posts on the Yazidis, their G...
THE EERDWORD BLOG: Five Great Books on Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. It's a good list. I am pleased to see Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, volume 1 (ed. Bauckham, Davila, and Panayotov) among them. Cross-file under Old Testam...
See below a video by myself and Craig Keener about the New Covenant Commentary Series published by Cascade (Wipf & Stock). [Uncategorized]


The Book of Jubilees. 1 Enoch. It’s been years since I’ve read these “apocryphal” books. I’m thinking about them today because of the concept of canon. If you’re like me—and I sincerely hope you’re not—you never heard the word “can... [Bible] [higher education] [Posts] [Sects] [1 Enoch] [Deutero-canonical books] [Ethiopia] [Ethiopic Orthodox] [Jubilees] [Tewahedo] [the Apocrypha]

February 21, 11PM

p. 422- Romans says little about Christ’s return or res. Of the dead. But see Rom. 6.5; 8.18-30; 13.11-12— the latter clearly envisions decisive events lie in the near future. He thinks Rom. 6.5 refers to participation in Christ’s death through ... [Uncategorized]
Apologetics in a postmodern world is looking less for historical proof, scientific demonstration, and systematic omniscience. Rather, it is looking for honest, open, and genuine probings that have less certitude while holding firm to belief in a good God ... [Uncategorized]


In her meticulous and revealing study of The Eucharist in the Reformation , Lee Palmer Wandel argues that Luther and Zwingli divided at Marburg because their respective positions were incommensurate, incomprehensible each to the other. Specifically, they...




This chapter is called an Appendix in my old JB. Really! It is a summary of the destruction and a reflection of all the items of cultic value that were ruined for their precious metals. It reads and sings like a lament for a lost culture. Verse 18, anothe... [Jeremiah]


Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Anyone with a brain knows that ‘god’ doesn’t exist. Science proves it. Pure reason and logic prove it. Neil Degrasse Tyson even said so on the Cosmos reboot. And that’s why I have devoted my life to one purpose and one purpose only: absolutely des... [mockery]
Danielle Shroyer.  Original Blessing: Putting Sin In Its Rightful Place.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. The “About the Author” page on Amazon says: “Danielle Shroyer is a sought-after speaker, res... [Bible] [religion]
I spent much of the President’s Day holiday reading George Washington’s military correspondence,  written as a regimental commander in the French and Indian War (the American theater of the Seven Years War) and then as the commanding general of all ... [god and country] [Chaplaincy]


This essay is SPOT ON. Milo’s ascent over the last year was, to a tragic extent, enabled by the willingness of some evangelical leaders to offer their endorsement for the very behavior on display today. In 2016, there was a lot of discussion about evang... [Modern Culture]


The 1st century CE Jewish historian Titus Flavius Josephus, known today as Josephus, was born Yosef ben Matityahu /יוסף בן מתתיהו in the year 37 CE. He began his career as commander of the Jewish forces in the Galilee in the 1st Jewish Revolt ... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Christian Origins] [historical Jesus] [James Brother of Jesus] [John the Baptist] [Judaism]
I disputed with complete sincerity until I realized that our [Papist] professors are idiots and swine. Since then, as Latomus himself admits, I have not claimed that I was engaging in scholarly discussion, but rather was ready to expose myself to the fir... [Luther]


Speaking at a Vatican international forum on migrants, Pope Francis condemns "populist rhetoric" and calls for a "change of attitude" in welcoming migrants.
Immigration officials “no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement” and “have full authority to arrest or apprehend an alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of ...
Cuneiform tablets changed my life. I’m not kidding. As I look back on my 15 years of graduate school in biblical studies, the turning point in how I view the Bible was my course in Ugaritic, a cuneiform language very similar to biblical Hebrew. This cla... [Misc.]