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October 29 2012, 1PM

A week or two ago, my friends at First Things asked me to consider moving to  After considering and consulting, I’ve decided to do that.  Sometime tomorrow, will become “Peter J. Leithart” at... [Miscellaneous]


For Ilana Krausman Ben-Amos (The Culture of Giving: Informal Support and Gift-Exchange in Early Modern England (Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories), 382-3), Samuel Pepys life was a typical gentleman’s life of favors given and received.  To us,... [history]


In his densely detailed intellectual biography John Locke: Resistance, Religion and Responsibility (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History), John Marshall places Locke’s moral development in the context of a gentlemanly code of generosit... [history]


In his study of Reformation iconoclasm (The Reformation of the Image), Joseph Leo Koerner makes the provocative observation that even in the age before iconoclasm “the Christian image was iconoclastic” (p. 12).  Iconoclasm is inherent in Chri... [art]
In his contribution to Culture and Politics from Puritanism to the Enlightenment (Publications from the Clark Library Professorship, Ucla ; 5), John M. Wallace suggests that “A history of the influence of De Beneficiis on English thought would be a ... [history] [philosophy]
INTRODUCTION Cyrus is Yahweh’s Shepherd to lead Israel from Babylon (Isaiah 44:28-45:1; 48:14-15, 20).  But Israel needs more than deliverance from exile.  They need deliverance from sin, and only a Servant greater than Cyrus can provide that. THE TEX... [Bible - OT - Isaiah]

October 28, 3PM

The Reformers claimed to unleash and unchain the Bible, to shine the light of the Bible into the darkness.  How well do Protestants keep this legacy? Not so well, judging from the surveys that inform us of the shocking ignorance of the Bible among Bible-... [Bible]

October 27, 11AM

“Perhaps the most pervasive image of the Reformation,” writes Peter Matheson in The Imaginative World of the Reformation (p. 38) “is that of the liberated word of God.”  He elaborates: “A thousand sermons talk of the chaine... [Bible] [history] [Theology - Liturgical]


A catena of Augustine quotations concerning the Christian res publica, quoted in Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD (pp. 182-3): “Let each man question himself regarding his... [Theology - Ecclesiology]
In his characteristically splendid Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD, Peter Brown describes the career of Paulinus of Nola, whom he describes the first male Christian to follow J... [Economics] [Theology - Soteriology]

October 26, 8AM

“Come near,” Yahweh invites Israel (Isaiah 48:16).  The verb is qarab, a liturgically charged term used frequently in Leviticus.  Especially in Leviticus 1, various forms of the word describe what worship is for (drawing near, qarab), wha... [Bible - OT - Isaiah] [Theology - Liturgical]
When Yahweh urges Israel to “go forth from Babylon” and “flee from the Chaldeans,” He also exhorts them sing and shout (Isaiah 48:20). The songs of deliverance are not merely expressions of joy, though they are obviously that.  Th... [Bible - OT - Isaiah] [music]


I have some thoughts on how we non-martyrs share in the work of martyrs at [theology]

October 24, 7PM

On three different occasions I have had the privilege of sitting under Jim Jordan and Peter Leithart as they have lectured for the annual Biblical Horizons conference in Florida. Each time I have come away from these conferences with new insight into the ... [Trinity Institute]

October 22, 3PM

The year I spent in Dr. Leithart’s classroom was rich, challenging, and formative. Although I was firmly grounded in the truth of Scripture before, I had grown blind to its beauty. It was Dr. Leithart’s emphasis on reading the Bible as a story... [Trinity Institute]

12 PM

Yahweh does many things for the sake of His Name, to maintain a good reputation.  This might sound self-focused, as if Yahweh were a particularly large version of the ancient hero. I think something like the opposite is the case.  Yahweh shows mercy to ... [Bible - OT]


Yahweh addresses Israel as the “house of Jacob” who is “named Israel” (Isaiah 48:1).  They have Yahweh’s name in their mouths in oaths and commemorations (v. 1), but not in truth and righteousness.  They have in fact become... [Bible - OT - Isaiah]


INTRODUCTION Isaiah 48 closes out a section of the prophecy that began in chapter 40.  It ends with the warning that “there is no peace for the wicked” (48:22), a warning echoed in 57:1 and again at the end of the book (66:22-24). THE TEXT “Hear th... [Bible - OT - Isaiah]


The genealogy of Levi is at the chiastic center of the genealogies of 1 Chronicles 1-9, and at the center of the genealogy of Levi is the description of the Levitical singers (1 Chronicles 6:31-32). Prior to this point, the genealogies move forward in tim... [Bible - OT - Chronicles]

October 20, 4PM

In What Is Called Thinking? (14-15) Heidegger asks what it is that an apprentice cabinet maker learns from his master.  He learns skills, but not only that.  He gains useful information, but not only that either.  Fundamentally, Heidegger says, the ap... [philosophy]