Zwinglius Redivivus

What’s the Most Ignored Biblical Text?

leave a comment »

This one:

Finally, brothers, we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that, as you received from us how you should conduct yourselves to please God– and as you are conducting yourselves– you do so even more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.  This is the will of God, your holiness: that you refrain from immorality, that each of you know how to control himself in holiness and honor,  not in lustful passion as do the Gentiles who do not know God;  not to take advantage of or exploit a brother in this matter, for the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you before and solemnly affirmed.  For God did not call us to impurity but to holiness.  Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, who [also] gives his holy Spirit to you.  On the subject of mutual charity you have no need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.  (1Th 4:1-9)

Written by Jim

September 21, 2014 at 07:54

Posted in Theology

Bloggers On Summer Break

with one comment

And behaving badly on planes…  for shame.

Written by Jim

September 20, 2014 at 17:38

Posted in Modern Culture

Fun Facts From Church History: Luther Has Some Thoughts on the Devil

leave a comment »

If the devil notices that you have the Word and are confident that your life is pleasing and acceptable to God on account of the Word, he will not rest but will put in your way trials and afflictions of every kind even in the most trivial matters. You will experience faithlessness on the part of the household, the hatred of your neighbors, and the death of your children or of your wife. All these things will happen in order that your faith may be exercised. But if the Word is not there, impatience and displeasure follow because of such an irksome and miserable kind of life, just as we hear many who exclaim that they entered into marriage not because God led them but because the devil urged them to do so.*

___________________
*Lectures on Genesis: Chapters 26-30. (LW Vol. 5, p. 5).

Written by Jim

September 20, 2014 at 13:36

Posted in Luther

It’s The 114th Anniversary…

with one comment

Of Joachim Jeremias’ birth. He was a scholar worthy of the title.

jeremiasJoachim Jeremias was born on 20 September, 1900.  He is probably best known for his work on the Parables of Jesus and his book, Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus as well as his ‘Unknown Sayings of Jesus‘.  But he also wrote a very engaging Theology of the New Testament and many other books as well.  But, and I have to say this, his book ‘Abba‘ is one of my favorites along with Hat die Urkirche die Kindertaufe geübt?  Sure, Abba has been weighed in the balances and found wanting, but it’s still a delightful read.

If you read German, there’s a really lovely biography of Jeremias over on Wibilex (a brilliant, brilliant resource which you ought to bookmark- it has loads of things).  It notes

Joachim Jeremias gilt als einer der herausragendsten → historisch-kritischen Exegeten des 20. Jahrhunderts. Viele seiner Werke, z.B. „Jerusalem zur Zeit Jesu“, „Die Gleichnisse Jesu“, „Die Abendmahlsworte Jesu“, „Neutestamentliche Theologie. Teil 1. Die Verkündigung Jesu“, wurden in mehrere europäische und außereuropäische Sprachen übersetzt. Für seine Forschungen erhielt Jeremias zahlreiche nationale und internationale Ehren (Ehrendoktorwürde u.a. der Universitäten St. Andrews / Schottland [1955], Uppsala [1957] und Oxford [1963]; Burkitt-Medaille der Britischen Akademie London für Biblische Studien). Die Bedeutung seiner Arbeiten sprengt dabei nicht nur nationale, sondern auch konfessionelle Grenzen. Die ökumenische Breitenwirkung von Jeremias’ Forschung dauert bis heute an. So nannte Klaus Berger – freilich mit polemischer Zielrichtung – das Jesusbuch von Benedikt XVI. einen „Joachim Jeremias für Katholiken“ (die Tagespost 14.04.2007). Auch Jeremias’ Deutung der Wandlungsworte, das „für viele (vergossen)“ als Semitismus und damit inklusiv („für alle“) zu verstehen (Art.polloi, ThWNT 6, 1959, 536-545:543-545), fand Eingang in die katholische Liturgiereform und in das deutsche Messbuch – eine Entwicklung, die nun allerdings in der katholischen Kirche umstritten ist (Striet).

Vor allem aber für die Judaistik und Jesus-Forschung hat Jeremias Erhebliches geleistet, „auch wenn die kontrastiven Tendenzen in seiner Darstellung des Verhältnisses Jesus – Judentum heute problematisch erscheinen“ (RGG 424) und z.T. erbittert kritisiert wurden (E.P. Sanders). Von dieser Problematik zeugt z.B. Jeremias’ Deutung des Vaterunser als „Urgestein der Überlieferung Jesu“ (passim) (Philonenko, Vaterunser 35-43; Müller). Auch Jeremias’ durchgehend positive Würdigung des von Hermann Strack und Paul Billerbeck zusammengestellten „Kommentars zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch“, dessen Registerbände Jeremias mit herausgab (mit Adolph, K., Rabbinischer Index. Verzeichnis der Schriftgelehrten. Geographisches Register, München 1963), wird heute kaum noch geteilt (Schaller, Wege). Die Entdeckung und Auslegung neuer Quellen sowie die Etablierung neuer Bewertungsparadigmen führen die judaistische und die Jesusforschung weiter und fußen doch in vielerlei Hinsicht auf dem, was Jeremias und andere Forscher seiner Zeit als Grundstein gelegt haben.

Happy birth-iversary, Joachim.

Written by Jim

September 20, 2014 at 08:15

The NFL and Goodell Knew All Along About Ray Rice

leave a comment »

ESPN has the story- and it bespeaks a genuinely evil misogyny.

IMG_3860.PNG

Written by Jim

September 19, 2014 at 22:09

Posted in Modern Culture

Quote of the Day

leave a comment »

John Gresham Machen (1923):

An outstanding fact of recent Church history is the appalling growth of ignorance in the Church. Various causes, no doubt, can be assigned for this lamentable development. The development is due partly to the general decline of education—at least so far as literature and history are concerned. The schools of the present day are being ruined by the absurd notion that education should follow the line of least resistance, and that something can be ‘drawn out’ of the mind before anything is put in”.

That was true in the early 1920’s – and the situation is worse today.

Written by Jim

September 19, 2014 at 21:37

Posted in Modern Culture

The Week That Was…

leave a comment »

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 25,448
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 3,557
Canada FlagCanada 1,892
Australia FlagAustralia 1,491
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 1,471
Germany FlagGermany 1,083
Argentina FlagArgentina 723
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 638
Brazil FlagBrazil 486
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 385
Israel FlagIsrael 376
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea 351
Denmark FlagDenmark 345
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 327
Italy FlagItaly 296
Finland FlagFinland 277
Belgium FlagBelgium 229
France FlagFrance 221
Hong Kong FlagHong Kong 220
Romania FlagRomania 170
Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation 148
India FlagIndia 141
Spain FlagSpain 107
Thailand FlagThailand 105
Greece FlagGreece 96
Portugal FlagPortugal 89
Philippines FlagPhilippines 86
Singapore FlagSingapore 83
Norway FlagNorway 82
Sweden FlagSweden 75
Ireland FlagIreland 72
Japan FlagJapan 60
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 47
Czech Republic FlagCzech Republic 41
Hungary FlagHungary 40
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 39
Egypt FlagEgypt 38
Austria FlagAustria 37
Mexico FlagMexico 37
Turkey FlagTurkey 34
Poland FlagPoland 26
Slovakia FlagSlovakia 26
Guatemala FlagGuatemala 22
Taiwan FlagTaiwan 22
Peru FlagPeru 22
Chile FlagChile 21
Cyprus FlagCyprus 18
Nigeria FlagNigeria 18
Croatia FlagCroatia 17
Colombia FlagColombia 17
Kenya FlagKenya 16
Puerto Rico FlagPuerto Rico 15
Ethiopia FlagEthiopia 13
Tanzania, United Republic of FlagUnited Republic of Tanzania 12
Dominican Republic FlagDominican Republic 12
Ecuador FlagEcuador 12
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 11
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 11
Lithuania FlagLithuania 10
Bangladesh FlagBangladesh 9
Costa Rica FlagCosta Rica 9
Jamaica FlagJamaica 8
Bulgaria FlagBulgaria 8
Slovenia FlagSlovenia 8
Ukraine FlagUkraine 8
Pakistan FlagPakistan 7
Serbia FlagSerbia 7
Kuwait FlagKuwait 6
Bahrain FlagBahrain 6
Isle of Man FlagIsle of Man 6
Bermuda FlagBermuda 6
Viet Nam FlagViet Nam 5
Iraq FlagIraq 5
Cambodia FlagCambodia 5
Morocco FlagMorocco 5
Iceland FlagIceland 5
Barbados FlagBarbados 4
Tunisia FlagTunisia 4
Panama FlagPanama 3
Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka 3
Venezuela FlagVenezuela 3
Albania FlagAlbania 3
Malta FlagMalta 3
Trinidad and Tobago FlagTrinidad and Tobago 3
Honduras FlagHonduras 3
El Salvador FlagEl Salvador 3
Brunei Darussalam FlagBrunei Darussalam 3
Kazakhstan FlagKazakhstan 3
Latvia FlagLatvia 3
Palestinian Territory, Occupied FlagPalestine, State of 2
Haiti FlagHaiti 2
Suriname FlagSuriname 2
Armenia FlagArmenia 2
Uganda FlagUganda 2
Georgia FlagGeorgia 2
Moldova, Republic of FlagMoldova 2
Faroe Islands FlagFaroe Islands 2
Ghana FlagGhana 2
Belarus FlagBelarus 2
Qatar FlagQatar 2
Congo FlagCongo 1
Guernsey FlagGuernsey 1
Cayman Islands FlagCayman Islands 1
Holy See (Vatican City State) FlagVatican City 1
Mongolia FlagMongolia 1
Myanmar FlagMyanmar 1
Cameroon FlagCameroon 1
Côte d'Ivoire FlagCôte d’Ivoire 1
Virgin Islands, British FlagBritish Virgin Islands 1
Lebanon FlagLebanon 1
Senegal FlagSenegal 1
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of FlagMacedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic 1
Belize FlagBelize 1
Guam FlagGuam 1
Zambia FlagZambia 1
Bolivia FlagBolivia 1
Zimbabwe FlagZimbabwe 1
Oman FlagOman 1
Liberia FlagLiberia 1
China FlagChina 1

Written by Jim

September 19, 2014 at 20:52

Posted in Modern Culture

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,114 other followers