‘Unoriginal’: A Review of Hendel / Joosten

Over at Bible and Interpretation

Hendel and Joosten’s book is chock-full of insightful observations on a multitude of linguistic, textual, and cultural/historical phenomena, and they argue cogently that the best method for dating biblical writings should include all three of these data sources. Nonetheless, their answer to the question, “How Old is the Hebrew Bible?,” is unoriginal because they do little more than offer a sophisticated repackaging of the traditional linguistic dating approach and results, and it is also unsatisfactory because they eschew literary criticism in the formulation of their model of consilience for determining the ages of biblical literature.

Read the full review.

The Full Story of the Covington Catholic School Boys

Call for Submissions

Send along links to biblical studies blogs for the next Carnival (covering January, and posting at one minute past midnight on February 1).

Rudy, Buddy, That’s Already Set in Stone

If You wish To Assist Federal Workers Cruelly Mistreated By The Trump Shutdown, You Can

Here’s the story.  Follow the link in it.

A man with Knoxville roots is once again raising money to help families facing hardship – this time, the partial government shutdown.

The effort, Muslims Unite to Provide Shutdown Relief, launched over the weekend and has already raised more than $15,000 of its $20,000 goal. The aim is to provide relief in the form of $500 grants to families of furloughed workers.

Tarek El-Messidi, a Knoxville native who now calls Chicago home, is helping with the effort.

Truth Can Never be Surrendered, Nor Compromised

The business of the truth is not to be deserted, even to the sacrifice of our lives. For we live not for this age of ours, nor for the princes, but for the Lord. To admit for the sake of the princes any thing that will diminish or vitiate the truth is silly, not to say impious. To have held fast to the purpose of the Lord is to conquer all adversaries.  — Huldrych Zwingli

Tim Burchett, Representative from Tennessee, Doesn’t Like Being Asked Questions About his Immoral Trump Shutdown Support

Tim doesn’t like to be accountable to voters.

Call For Submissions

Beth Plummer, Interim North American editor of the Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte/ Archive for Reformation History invites article manuscripts from North American scholars for consideration for inclusion in the 2020 volume. The journal publishes innovative scholarly work on aspects of early modern European religious life and thought related to the Protestant Reformation, Radical Reformation, and Catholic Reformation/Counter Reformation/early modern Catholicism. The extension of European theology and practice into the extra-European world also lies within the journal’s scope. Its chronological range is approximately 1450 to 1650.

A manuscript should not exceed 12,000 words (including notes). The author should submit it to Beth Plummer (meplummer@email.arizona.edu) as an attachment to an email message. The editors will read it and arrive at an initial judgment. If it considers it potentially suitable for publication in the journal, it will forward it anonymously to two specialist reviewers for detailed evaluations.The ARG will make every effort to limit the period of review to three months, and to maintain confidentiality about evaluators’ as well as authors’ identity.

For more information about the submission process, style guide, and journal, please visit the North American web page for the Archive for Reformation Research: http://sites.nd.edu/archive-for-reformation-history/.

The 2019 Zwingli Conference, Zurich

Now has a website.  Check it out.  The link is also in the nav panel on the right.  And, happy news, if you aren’t able to attend, sessions will be recorded!

Im Januar 2019 jährt sich der Beginn der Zürcher Reformation und damit der Beginn des weltweiten reformierten Protestantismus als Konfessionskultur und als kulturprägende Kraft zum 500. Mal. Es ist ein einzigartiges Ereignis, das einen „Jahrhundertgeburtstag“ feiert: Nie zuvor und nie danach nahm eine in Zürich ihren Anfang nehmende Bewegung einen derart tiefen Einfluss auf weite Teile Europas.

So bildet der Jahresbeginn 2019 einen einmaligen Anlass, in einem Kongress den gegenwärtigen internationalen, wissenschaftlichen For-schungsstand zur Zürcher Reformation zu bündeln, zu dokumentieren und der Forschung neue Impulse zu verleihen. Dabei soll die Zürcher Reformation nicht isoliert betrachtet, sondern ihre Rolle im Rahmen der europäischen Reformationsbewegungen ins Zentrum gestellt werden. Historische, wirkungsgeschichtliche und theologische Aspekte gilt es zu berücksichtigen.

Check out the topics and speakers.

Another ‘Jesus’ Special By the History Channel… Scheduled for March

It has a number of reliable scholars among the explainers, like Candida Moss, Nicola Denzey Lewis, Mark Goodacre, and Annette Yoshiko Reed; but it also has Joel Osteen and Miroslav Volf…  So it looks like a mixed bag.

Its approach also sounds a bit different:

HISTORY‘s eight-part event “Jesus: His Life” explores the story of Jesus Christ through a unique lens: the people in his life who were closest to him. Each of the eight chapters is told from the perspective of different biblical figures, all of whom played a pivotal role in Jesus’ life including Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Peter.

Each figure takes a turn guiding viewers through the emotional and epic story of the most famous man in history, through his birth, death and resurrection, all conveyed through a combination of scripted drama and interviews with prominent religious and historical experts.

I’m not sure where they’re going to get enough material to put words in the mouths of the likes of Pilate and Mary, given that they don’t really say all that much in the Gospels.

But maybe it will be ok…   Though given the track record of these things and the predominance of not actual scholars and ax griding agenda academics on the list of ‘explainers’ I’ll have to be skeptical until the series proves itself accurate.

Trump Voters Now Blame Him for the Shutdown

They should have all along, since he said he was proud to do it.  At any rate, we’re glad you finally caught up.

Two years ago, Jeff Daudert was fed up with politics. He wanted to shake up the status quo. He didn’t mind sending a message to the establishment — and, frankly, he liked the idea of a disruptive president.

But the 49-year-old retired Navy reservist has had some second thoughts.

“What the [expletive] were we thinking?” he asked the other night inside a Walmart here, in an area of blue-collar suburban Detroit that helped deliver the presidency to Trump.

While Trump’s relationship with much of his base remains strong, two years after his inauguration his ties are fraying with voters like Daudert, the kind who voted in droves for Trump in key pockets throughout the industrial Midwest, flipping previously Democratic states to him in 2016. The shutdown fight, as it has played out over the past month, is further eroding the president’s support among voters who like the idea of beefing up border security — but not enough to close the government.

I have zero sympathy for Trump supporters’ sudden enlightenment.  They were driven by their worst impulses and now all of us are suffering for it.  My only hope for them is that they are smart enough to remember how he has hurt America the next time they vote.

Day 32 of the Trump Shutdown

You must not exploit a poor and needy wage-earner, be he one of your brothers or a foreigner resident in your community. You must pay him his wages … otherwise he may appeal to Yahweh against you, and you would incur guilt. (Deut. 24:14-15)

That’s Who I’ll Vote For

The Most Important Statement on the Covington Catholics

“Those who defend the kids’ behavior see themselves in them. The validators want to maintain a certain superiority that rests on demeaning some human beings – it is barbaric and tribal, completely antithetical to constitutional principles.” – Kurt Richardson


Whose Shutdown is It?

800,000 Americans aren’t being paid and millions are being adversely affected by Donald J. Trump’s shutdown.

The Best Predictor of Future Behavior (and Present Behavior for that Matter) is Past Behavior

Don’t believe the ‘spin’ spewing from the far right defending the Covington racists.  Their past actions align perfectly with their demeaning of the Native Americans at the ‘March for Life’.  And unless they learn to be better, that behavior will continue.  Giving them a pass, or turning them into ‘victims’ only encourages them to wicked behavior in the future.

You do these kids no favor by dismissing or excusing or by outright ignoring their derisive behavior.  None.


Writing is like painting or sculpting or any other material art: you do it and you put it out in the public and you hope it isn’t terrible and someone appreciates it and enjoys it and when they do you feel satisfied and when they don’t you feel like curling up in the fetal position and you vow never to expose yourself like that again; but writing is like a fire in your bones, and you cannot keep it in…

That’s what writing is like.  Especially academic writing.

Canada’s Justice System is as bad as America’s

Read it and weep.

A former Montreal police officer who carried out a series of sex-related attacks on 10 victims while he worked for the police force has been granted permission to drive a car on his own while conditions continue to be imposed on his release from a penitentiary.

The Parole Board of Canada recently decided to remove the condition imposed on Benoît Guay after police found him in an idling car near a strip bar late one night in October 2016. The police officers who approached him would later say that Guay, now 47, appeared to be either watching a house or waiting for someone. He had difficulty explaining what he was doing and failed to inform the officers that he was a convicted serial sex offender who had been declared a long-term offender.

The incident raised alarm bells because, between May 2004 and July 2005, Guay stalked, beat and sexually assaulted women and teenagers. He would drive his car around at night looking for women or girls to attack while he was off duty. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to crimes committed against eight victims between the ages of 15 and 20. The attacks ranged in violence from uttering threats to raping a woman at knifepoint. Guay later told the Parole Board of Canada he had sexually assaulted two other women that the police did not know about. All of his crimes were committed between 10:15 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Sure let him have access to more victims….  What could possibly go wrong….

Quote of the Year

“A politician thinks of the next election–a statesman of the next generation.” — James Freeman Clarke

There are no Statesmen today.

What’s on Offer 今季科目一覽

The Spring Semester offerings.

HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College eNews


From the writings of St John to Political Theology, here is a full list of all the subjects on offer at Ming Hua in the coming semester.

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