But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:46

Brill’s Textual History of the Bible

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For the LXXers

LXX Studies

image Over at Evangelical Textual Criticism I summarize the aims and purpose of the Textual History of the Bible. I have mentioned THB‘s article on the Canon of the Hebrew Bible elsewhere on my blog. I do not review this work. I am only interested in drawing attention...

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Vile.

Police said a group of teens recorded the dying moments of a 32-year-old man last week, mocking, cursing and laughing as the man drowned in a pond.

The minute-long video, which police called “extremely disturbing,” found its way to social media and appears to depict the unidentified...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 02:32

The Lost World of the Israelite Conquest

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imageHoly warfare is the festering wound on the conscience of Bible-believing Christians. Of all the problems the Old Testament poses for our modern age, this is the one we want to avoid in mixed company.

But do the so-called holy war texts of the Old Testament portray a divinely inspired genocide? Did...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 01:33

Jesus, Deliver Us From These Vile Deplorables

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JOHN MCCAIN CANCER IS ‘GODLY JUSTICE’ FOR CHALLENGING TRUMP, ALT-RIGHT CLAIMS

Despicable godless pagans.

Most Americans met Wednesday night’s news that Arizona Senator John McCain was facing a dire diagnosis of brain cancer with shows of respect for the elder statesman and...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 23:39

Enoch from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

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Enochians, take note-

Remnant of Giants

imageExciting news for fans of Enoch and the giants. A volume from John C. Reeves and Annette Yoshiko Reed is planned for 1 March 2018 which will provide the first part of a comprehensive compendium of literature from antiquity to the Middle Ages which referenced...

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Part Two-

Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception

In Part 1 of Newman graduand Isabella Wray‘s examination of Paul’s use of ‘slave’ and ‘freedman’ in 1 Corinthians 7:20-24 she described the geopolitical setting of Corinth and emphasised how the...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 23:32

Gentle Luther, Meek and Mild

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Who does not see here that the Anabaptists are not men possessed but are themselves demons possessed by even worse demons?  — Martin Luther

Filed under: Luther

Authors: Jim...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 21:07

William Loader on Jesus in John’s Gospel

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Biblical Studies Online

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William Loader, Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Murdoch University, discusses his most recent book Jesus in John’s Gospel: Structure and Issues in Johannine Christology (Eerdmans, 2017) with Dr Robert Myles, current Lecturer in New Testament...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 01:50

Vom Alten Testament und vom Neuen

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imageThis new volume may be of interest to many of you:

Im Jahr 2015 kam es zu einer Debatte um den kanonischen Rang des Alten Testaments, der ein Echo auch in der kirchlichen Öffentlichkeit und in der Tagespresse fand. Ausgangspunkt war ein provozierender Aufsatz von Notger Slenczka, in dem er die...

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 22:58

INSCRIPTION!!!

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Fun!

The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

What a way to start the week!!!!

An inscription was found (by Hannah) during pottery washing, earlier today.

So far, all I will say is that it is quite similar, in its general characteristics, to the...

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 22:21

St. Augustine Was Right About One Thing…

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“It is only to the holy books that are called ‘canonical’ that I give the honor of believing that none of their authors has erred. Others I read in such a way that, no matter how eminent they appear in knowledge and holiness, nevertheless I do not consider...

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 10:17

‘Doing’ Theology

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‪Theology is more than talking about God. It’s thinking about God WITH the church in its life and faith and then describing the results.‬  Any dimwit can talk about God but that doesn’t mean they are doing theology any more than someone talking about the weather is...

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 00:22

Testament of Moses

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A question for the art historians: why is Satan naked when he tries to take the body of Moses?

Reading Acts

The first few fragmentary verses set the context for the testament.  Moses called Joshua and commanded him to go forth in the strength of the Lord. Moses tells Joshua he was prepared by...

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Friday, 14 July 2017 23:43

The Bible Doesn’t Call it a Whale

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This is what happens when people who don’t read the Bible talk about or write about the Bible-

Earliest mosaic of Jonah and the whale found in Galilee synagogue

Nope.

Unprecedented depictions of the biblical Jonah and the whale have been found at a fifth-century Roman synagogue in Israel’s...

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Finally, someone in authority recognized that the effort to link conservative Catholics and evangelicals was always more about politics than about religion and that it was bound to alienate many churchgoers, distorting the faith with a political outlook that was, as the authors note, rooted in a...

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Friday, 14 July 2017 00:53

Wittenberg in Luther’s Day

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This is really a fantastic reconstruction.

Der Künstler Yadegar Asisi malt die Stadt Wittenberg so,  wie sie im 16. Jahrhundert ausgesehen hat.  Das besondere dabei ist die Größe des Kunst-Werkes:  Es ist ein großes, rundes Gemälde.  Man kann es wie...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 23:50

Pietismus

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imageThis sourcebook collects about 170 texts dating from 1670 to 1770. From the perspective of different disciplines they offer an approach to this early modern reform movement in its social and cultural contexts. 

The topics of the twenty chapters include community approaches, practice of piety...

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imageDie Briefwechsel Rudolf Bultmanns mit dem Praktischen Theologen Götz Harbsmeier sowie dem Kirchenhistoriker und späteren Systematiker Ernst Wolfwerden in einer gemeinsamen Edition zugänglich gemacht. Schließlich berühren sich die beiden Korrespondenzen nicht nur vielfach...

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This is a great essay, and quite correct too.

Illicit antiquities are once again in the headlines. US retailer Hobby Lobby was recently fined US$3m (£2.3m) for illegally acquiring antiquities that were most likely looted from Iraq. Collectors and museums are therefore being reminded...

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imageAtheists generated widespread anxieties between the Reformation and the Enlightenment. In response to such anxieties a distinct genre of religious apologetics emerged in England between 1580 and 1720. By examining the form and the content of the confutation of atheism, Anti-Atheism in Early Modern...

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There aren’t 2 or 3 or 4 or more paths…

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(I know what the Pope means- I’m simply suggesting that 1) the word Saint applies to more than just the super holy, and 2) the present fawning of Lutherans and others over the Pontiff’s supposed proximity to Lutheran or Reformed faith...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 21:04

Erasmus’ Grave

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Via the good folk at Brill-

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Filed under: Erasmus

Authors: Jim...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 20:09

Hard Times? Oh Please

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Let us be content (saith Luther) with our hard fare; for do we not feast with angels upon that bread of life? Remember, when wants pinch hard, that these fix no marks of God’s hatred upon you. He hath dealt no worse with you than he did with his own Son. Nay, which of you is not better...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 20:01

The Death of Erasmus

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image On his way [back to the Netherlands] he stopped in Basel in the house of Jerome Froben, August, 1535, and attended to the publication of Origen. It was his last work. He fell sick, and died in his seventieth year, July 12, 1536, of his old enemies, the stone and the gout, to which was added...

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imageOn 12 July, 1906 the inestimable E.Käsemann was born.  He wrote a lot!  A LOT!  He was productive, and brilliant, and gifted, and personable, and warm, and generous with his time, and conversational, and of course, controversial. Käsemann was – as all should know...

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