Zwinglius Redivivus

Crucifixion in the Mediterranean World

Posted in Book Review, Books by Jim on August 23, 2014

From JCB Mohr this has arrived (at home) for review Crucifixion in the Mediterranean World (and it is in English).

153124_11e5d8ccb8John Granger Cook argumentiert, dass man, um das Phänomen der Kreuzigung im römischen Reich zu verstehen, mit einer Untersuchung der Hinweise in lateinischen Texten und Inschriften beginnen und dies dann durch die Erkenntnisse ergänzen sollte, die man durch archäologische Funde erhält (das Arieti-Fresco eines Mannes auf einem Patibulum [waagrechter Holm], das Puteoli- und Palatine-Graffiti einer Kreuzigung, der Kreuzigungsnagels im Fersenbein von Jerusalem und dem Pereire-Schmuckstück). Diese Hinweise klären die genaue Bedeutung solcher Begriffe wie Patibulum und Crux (senkrechter Holm oder Kreuz), welche im Gegenzug die griechischen Begriffe und Texte, die Kreuzigungen schildern, erklären. Der Autor geht der Verwendung dieser römischen Strafform bis zu ihrer vermutlichen Abschaffung durch Konstantin und seiner schlussendlichen Wandlung zur byzantinischen Strafe durch die Furca (einer zweizinkigen Gabel) nach, einer Form des Erhängens, die unmittelbar zum Tod führte. Rabbinische und juristische Quellen werden ebenfalls analysiert. Die Untersuchung trägt zum besseren Verständnis der Kreuzigung Jesu bei und hat Auswirkungen auf die Kreuzes-Theologien im Neuen Testament.

I’ll review it in due course and post it here.

More From Zurich in the Lead up to #ICCR2014

Posted in Uncategorized by Jim on August 23, 2014

They’ve painted Zwingli’s house. It used to be yellow. Now it’s tan.

Fun Facts From Church History: The First German Translation of the Bible – Hundreds of Years Before Luther

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on August 23, 2014

While discussing things Zurich, Adrian Schencker wrote

In Zurich a Dominican made the first complete German Bible translation which still exists; it is Marquardt Biberli who, between 1300 and 1320 translated the whole bible, O.T. and N.T. into German.

He did this great work at the Predigerkirche which still exists. The Dominican convent did not survive. It was at the place where now the Zentralbibliothek is situated, besides the predigerkirche. This Bible is not edited, however it exists in some manuscripts.

I will have to track that down.

Around and About in Zurich

Posted in Uncategorized by Jim on August 23, 2014

Here I Am in Zurich

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on August 23, 2014

I have arrived safely, thankfully. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for my bag. I’m going to try to find essentials because some things are needful. Like clean stuff.

Here’s my room.

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Next Leg of #iccr2014

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on August 22, 2014

From Chicago to Zurich on Swiss Air.

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Don’t Let The Door Hit Ya Where the Good Lord Split Ya, Jessica

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on August 22, 2014

“@abrahamicforum: Jessica Alba Says Church’s Stance On Gays, Premarital Sex Caused Her To Walk Away”.

Well buh bye! How very tiresome these people who want everything to suit their desires. Good riddance Jessica. Become a Unitarian. They’ll let you worship a goat and still call yourself a Christian. Of course you won’t be, but at least you can pretend…

Don’t Let The Door Hit Ya Where the Good Lord Split Ya, Jessica

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on August 22, 2014

“@abrahamicforum: Jessica Alba Says Church’s Stance On Gays, Premarital Sex Caused Her To Walk Away”.

Well buh bye! How very tiresome these people who want everything to suit their desires. Good riddance Jessica. Become a Unitarian. They’ll let you worship a goat and still call yourself a Christian. Of course you won’t be, but at least you can pretend…

Eisegesis in Service of Ideology

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on August 22, 2014

This is simply absurd. Were we not ‘broken’ we would’t need redemption and did God not see us as such he wouldn’t redeem us.

It’s a shame the ‘naked pastor’ has as much understanding of theology and scripture as the ‘naked’ archaeologist does of archaeology and historical research.

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The Middle East? Not So Much Now

Posted in Modern Culture by Jim on August 22, 2014

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