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Book(s) Of the Week

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I mentioned these volumes back in the beginning of the Summer and I’ve finally made my way through them and had a bit of time to reflect on their significance.  If you go here and click the ‘Chapters’ tab you’ll have displayed the complete Table of Contents.

cover_dignitaetDie Studie untersucht anhand gedruckter und ungedruckter Werke und Materialien das historiographische Schaffen des Zürcher Reformators Heinrich Bullinger. Im Vordergrund steht die in den 1560er-Jahren entstandene handschriftliche »Reformationsgeschichte« des Zürcher Antistes, deren Entstehung, Quellengrundlage und Quellenverarbeitung im Kontext der geschichtstheologischen Voraussetzungen und methodologischen Ansprüchen, unter denen sich Bullingers historiographisches Schaffen vollzog, untersucht und vor dem Hintergrund der humanistischen und konfessionellen Geschichtsschreibung der Frühen Neuzeit historiographiegeschichtlich eingeordnet wird. Einen weiteren Aspekt bildet die Überlieferungs- und Rezeptionsgeschichte dieses für die spätere Reformationsgeschichtsschreibung fundamentalen Werkes. Neben dieser Analyse werden zahlreiche bislang unveröffentlichte Arbeitsmaterialien Bullingers historisch-kritisch ediert und detaillierte Beschreibungen der überlieferten Abschriften vorgelegt

I realize that the books are expensive.  But they are so very foundational for a good understanding of the history of the Reformation that they are seriously indispensable for any research library or researcher.  Primary sources are gloriously important and these volumes assemble them into one useful place.  These two books are the book(s) of the week.

Written by Jim

October 23, 2014 at 14:56

Simone Venturini Is Looking for Collaborators

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My new blog needs collaboration of bloggers interested in Bible and Religion, exchanging articles and ideas, helping people to form an opinion about crucial issues.

So, if you are interested in my blog and its articles I ask you to send me an email in which you speak about you and your blog. I will be happy and proud to collaborate with your blog creating a network of informations and sharing experiences. If you want to accept my request, your blog’s link will appair on the frontpage of my blog and I hope that also you will do the same.

You can send an email at the following address: or reply to this post. Wishing you all the best with your blog, I hope that you’ll response to my request soon.

If that sounds like something you would be interested in doing, drop him a line.

Written by Jim

October 23, 2014 at 12:08

Posted in biblioblogs

An Update on Giovanni Garbini’s Forthcoming Volume: Storia e mito di Gesu

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The publisher writes

Il volume uscirà in aprile 2015.
Cordiali saluti.

Paideia Editrice
Via Alessandro Manzoni 20
25020 Flero BS

Oh boy.  (Previously mentioned here).

Written by Jim

October 23, 2014 at 11:56

The Falcons Can’t Count- And They Don’t Know Where London Is…

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This is sad.  Poor Falcons- they posted this on their twitter account and removed it only after being lambasted for their geographical ignorance (they think London is in Spain).  Plus, they can’t count (it’s two planes, not three…)  Via the Telegraph.


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October 23, 2014 at 11:05

Posted in Modern Culture

#ApplePay: An Observation

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#ApplePay – because we are now SO LAZY we can’t get wallets out AND our phones are in our hands constantly.  #Losing

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October 23, 2014 at 10:11

Posted in Modern Culture

So, This is Precisely Why I’ve Done What I’ve Done (and Am Doing What I Am Doing)

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On facebook this morn Bryan Bibb asked a question to which his friend responded.  Here:


Bill says exactly what it was that I was thinking and hearing from various persons for years before deciding that, if someone else wouldn’t do it, I would.  What was, and is, needed is a commentary on the Bible for people who aren’t and don’t wish to be academics.  I appreciate Bryan mentioning my efforts to his friend.   But Bill, he’s a lot of people.  They deserve to get what they need and the vast vast majority of scholars are more interested in impressing their colleagues than in providing what the masses wish to have.

If someone else would have done it I wouldn’t have tried.  And for those who think they can do better, I bid them best wishes.

Which provokes me, just now, to wonder if an electronic edition is actually something sensible.  Do most users of Logos consider themselves layfolk?  If not, then the intended audience is not the basic Logos user…  and maybe the print edition is the way to best provide the series.  [I'm just thinking out loud now].

Anyway, if you know someone like Bill, do tell them there is something out there for them.  And maybe one day others will offer Bill and millions of others who wish the same thing what they desire.  Maybe.

Written by Jim

October 23, 2014 at 08:39

Something Else to Pick up in San Diego at #SBLaar14

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cov292This Festschrift for a very fine scholar.

Reading a Tendentious Bible: Essays in Honor of Robert B. Coote, Edited by Marvin L. Chaney, Uriah Y. Kim, Annette Schellenberg.

Robert B. Coote is internationally renowned for work on the Bible and the ancient Near East that crosses the usual disciplinary boundaries. Whether re-examining arcane inscriptions, conventional views of the Pentateuch, Israel’s early history, the composition of a particular book of the Bible, or the making of the Bible in the broader sense, his question has been not whether some texts are tendentious and others not, but rather how each biblical composition or re-composition pushes back against its contexts. Coote’s skill in explicating the subtle interplay between contextual foil and literary structure and content has been a major characteristic of his work.

Written by Jim

October 23, 2014 at 07:57


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