Monthly Archives: October 2010

The October Biblical Studies Carnival (Because it’s November Down Under)

And it’s right here at Jonathan’s place.  He calls it Oktoberfest!  Inebriate yourself on the abundance of biblio-blogging joyfulness.

Welcome one and all to New Zealand for the October 2010 Biblical Studies Carnival.  Don’t worry, sausages have a strong presence this month as rather presciently suggested by the carnival’s rather larger and better lubricated Deutsche namesake.

Here’s my fav bit-

And never in the history of the world have more posts been written by so few people on the offensiveness of the word sausage in academic discourse.  Personally I am very grateful for Roland’s fine work in upholding academic freedom.  I feel like I just witnessed the Battle of Britain.

Well done kid, well done!


From the inestimably bright Eliot Braun of the IAA on ANE-2,

Dear colleagues,
‘Atiqot, the journal of the Israel Antiquities Authority is now online and apparently free in pdf format. This is the link:

I’m relatively certain he would appreciate my sharing it so that you can take a look.  And am I ever wrong?  Nah.  What an absurd, absurd thought.

Made in China: The Black Death!

This is fascinating!  It seems China’s exporting harmful stuff isn’t new…

The great waves of plague that twice devastated Europe and changed the course of history had their origins in China, a team of medical geneticists reported Sunday, as did a third plague outbreak that struck less harmfully in the 19th century. And in separate research, a team of biologists reported conclusively this month that the causative agent of the most deadly plague, the Black Death, was the bacterium known as Yersinia pestis. This agent had always been the favored cause, but a vigorous minority of biologists and historians have argued the Black Death differed from modern cases of plague studied in India, and therefore must have had a different cause.

Lead painted toys, bad drywall, and harmful bacteria… thanks China!  Maybe we should consider refusing Chinese imports…  I know for sure we should refuse Chinese plagues.  But that’s just common sense.

Via Irene Hahn on FB.

Spam Comments: Sometimes They’re Downright Funny

This spam comment showed up today and I just have to share it.

It was extremely interesting for me to read the post. Thanks for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more on that site soon. BTW, pretty nice design that blog has, but don’t you think it should be changed once in a few months?

Kate Trider
call girl London

The post to which the spam comment is directed is the Babel Flashcards post. I suppose the word ‘flash’ triggered smut vendors in Russia or something.  But the part that was really funny was the comment about changing the blog design should be changed once in a few months… HA!  I’m still chuckling, Kate the London Skank Spam.  (I wonder if she knows Chris Tilling?)

Don’t Fly El Al, Unless You Want to Be Treated Like Trash

This is just so wrong.  El Al is simply acting like a thug.

An American professor who was invited to a conference in Israel claims she was humiliated by Israeli security personnel at London’s Luton airport on Thursday. Professor Heather Bradshaw, who researches neuroscience at Indiana University, was at Cambridge University when she was invited to Hebrew University in Jerusalem for a conference. “Our guest arrived at Luton airport on Thursday in order to fly to Israel using [Israeli airline] El Al, and she was shocked to discover that straight away, the security personnel treated her as a terror suspect,” said Haifa University professor Arik Rimmerman who submitted a complaint to El Al in her name. “She presented numerous documents indicating the purpose of her visit and her passport – which shows she has already been to Israel several times,” said Rimmerman. “The security personnel treated her and the documents she presented with utter disrespect.” Bradshaw told Haaretz that no one told her what she was suspected of and she wasn’t explained anything. She said that security took her to a separate room and confiscated all of her belongings. She told Haaretz that she sat and waited as every few minutes a different security official came in to question her about the items in her suitcase – which were mostly books.

Now we all know which airline to avoid- and which one deserves to be shunned by all people of good will. Such treatment of people for no good cause whatsoever is just thug-ish.


If Your Home Is a Prison


With thanks to Antonio Lombatti for telling me about it.

The One Year Anniversary of the Post Reformation Digital Library

If you haven’t made your acquiantance with the Post Reformation Digital Library yet, you should.  It contains so many important documents from the Reformation and following that there’s just nothing better on or offline.   Calvins works?  Yup.  Zwingli?  Of course.  Luther?  Yes.  Melanchthon?  Naturally.  And even the more obscure sorts!

You couldn’t find everything they have at the PRDL at any major University Research Library if you tried. No library in the world has as complete a collection.  Thank God above for their presence on the web- I do nearly daily.


One Further Mention of J. Alberto Soggin

Jan Alberto Soggin

The news media has been too busy talking about politics and elections and Lindsey Lohan’s latest fiascos to mention the passing of the great J. Alberto Soggin. So I’m very grateful to Antonio Lombatti for telling me about this site which includes both a brief obituary and a picture.

Martedì 26 ottobre 2010, dopo una lunga malattia, è mancato Jan Alberto Soggin, già professore ordinario di Lingua e letteratura ebraica presso l’ Università “La Sapienza” e della Facoltà Valdese di Roma.

Fecondo studioso della storia dell’epoca biblica, autore di importanti introduzioni all’Antico Testamento e di vari commentari a libri biblici, nonché di centinaia di articoli in italiano, francese, inglese e tedesco, il prof. Soggin è stato socio fondatore dell’Associazione Italiana per lo studio del Giudaismo (AISG), sul cui sito è possibile trovare una bibliografia aggiornata fino al 2000 delle opere, dell’associazione Biblia, nonchè membro del comitato di redazione di Vetus Testamentum e di Henoch.

Alberto Soggin, nato a Lucca il 10 marzo 1926, è stato uno studioso conosciuto ed apprezzato in tutto il mondo.
Il suo campo di indagine peculiare era lo studio dell’Antico Testamento; le sue opere più famose sono le varie edizioni de L’introduzione all’Antico Testamento, e de La Storia di Israele dagli inizi alla rivolta di Bar Kokhba, tradotte in varie lingue.
È stato il primo italiano a ricevere nel 2007 la Burkitt Medal, il prestigioso premio della British Academy per gli studiosi che si sono distinti nell’ambito delle ricerche bibliche.

He really was remarkable.

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?


Evidently Chris thought he was still in Britain, and didn’t realize he was driving the wrong way! Oh Chris… take a cab!

Those Are the Same Reasons Why I Don’t Observe Halloween!

More or less…  But I’d add one to Brian’s fine list (a list, I have to tell you, which is just -fantastic).

#11- It’s a stupid holiday.

Go see Brian’s 10 reasons why he doesn’t celebrate the stupid holiday.

My Favorite of the 95 Theses of Luther

1. Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, when He said Poenitentiam agite, willed that the whole life of believers should be repentance.

36. Every truly repentant Christian has a right to full remission of penalty and guilt, even without letters of pardon.

92. Away, then, with all those prophets who say to the people of Christ, “Peace, peace,” and there is no peace!

Yes, three of them are pretty good! The rest… blah.

Hamid Karzai is Nothing but a Drug Lord. Why Are We Paying Him?

Instead of funding him, we should be removing him.

Karzai denounces drug raid in Afghanistan


One of Karzai's Kustomers

The Afghan president calls a large-scale operation in which the U.S. and Russia took part a violation of sovereignty, even though Afghan police participated in the action near the Pakistan border. That’s because he’s a drug lord and he wants his part of the product’s profit. … The outburst marked the latest in a series of tense confrontations between the Afghan leader and his Western backers. It also signaled a degree of disarray within the Karzai administration, because Afghan counter-narcotics police took part in the operation, playing what U.S. officials described as the lead role.

We are backing a totally depraved fool. Typical US Government ineptitude.

Happy Reformation Day

Or as I like to call it- Second Reformation Day Initiated by the Third Reformer, Luther, Who Wasn’t the First Reformer (That Was Zwingli, Already in 1515) or the Brightest Reformer (That Was Calvin).  But that’s an awfully long title and it hasn’t really caught on.  Though in order to be historically accurate, it should.

At any rate- Happy Day to all those children of the Reformers!

Abuse Destroys Abuser and Abused

This story makes that woefully, painfully, dreadfully, and unmistakeably plain-

William Lynch’s life spiraled out of control in the 35 years since he alleges he and his brother were molested by a Jesuit priest: He struggled with depression, had nightmares and tried to kill himself twice. Authorities believe that anger and pain erupted when Lynch lured the Rev. Jerold Lindner to the lobby of his Jesuit retirement home by pretending he had news of a death in the priest’s family and beat him severely in front of shocked witnesses. Lynch, 43, was arrested Friday and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for the May 10 attack. He was allowed to post $25,000 bail and will plead not guilty at an arraignment sometime next month, his attorney, Pat Harris, told The Associated Press. Lynch punched the 65-year-old priest repeatedly in the face and body after Lindner said he didn’t recognize Lynch during a confrontation at the Jesuits’ Sacred Heart retirement home in Los Gatos, said Sgt. Rick Sung, Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman.

He snapped. Bearing the horror became simply too much and he reached his breaking point. We all have one. We all do.  The worst part?  None of it was necessary and all of it – all those years of pain – could have been avoided if the priest had acted like a man of God instead of an animal.

Looks Like They Had A Pretty Good Turnout at the ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’

That’s Joel Watts third from the left.  Now that the rally’s over, everything can return to normal and the government can go on about its business utterly indifferent to the wishes, wants, desires, and ideas of the vast majority of Americans who are neither witches nor ultra-liberal wankers.  Sanity, after all, can’t be ‘restored’ when the people running the asylum are crazier than the inmates.

A ‘Halloween’ Gift for Men

Let the uber-hyper-ultimately-oversensitive-humorless feminist carping begin.

A Very, Very Brief Piece of Advice to Every Person in the United States and Europe…

And we are back!

If you get a package from Yemen, don’t open it.

Bibliobloggers Go Tricking

Our blogging colleagues are gearing up for Atlanta as well as trying out their costumes for this evening…  Be disturbed, be very disturbed.

On Standing By Silently: Why It’s an Impossibility

Those who stand by silently when untruths are uttered or misinformation spread allow liars to set the agenda and frame the narrative.

Reading for Reformation Day

From Reformiert-Info

Der Reformationstag ist eine gute Gelegenheit, auf die Vielfalt reformatorischer Ansätze hinzuweisen. So sind Luther und Calvin bezüglich des vorletzten biblischen Buches ganz unterschiedlicher Meinung. Während Luther den Jakobusbrief “als stroherne Epistel” ansah, nennt Calvin ihn einen “Sprudel vielfältiger Lehrunterweisung” und betonte den »Nutzen für alle Situationen des christlichen Lebens«. Die Gegenüberstellung stammt von Dr. Achim Detmers. >>>hier

Eine Einstimmung auf den Reformationstag mit Predigten und Kommentaren von Reformatoren finden Sie auf einer Seite zusammengefasst. >>>hier

Am Reformationstag legt sich nahe, zum Thema “Gnade” zu predigen. Pfarrer i.R. Paul Kluge hat hierzu eine Szene mit dem Propheten Micha ausgemalt. >>>hier

Für die diesjährige Friedensdekade und das Vorbereitungsheft der Aktion Sühnezeichen hat Sylvia Bukowski einen Liturgieentwurf vorgelegt, der sich auch für die Feier des Reformationsfestes eignet. >>>hier

Ist der Reformationstag auch ein Thema für Jugendliche? “15, 16, 17, … selig” ist der Titel eines Themenheftes der EKD, das letztes Jahr – also im Calvinjahr – herausgegeben wurde aber nicht an Aktualität verloren hat. >>>hier

Im aktuellen Themenheft der EKD zum Reformationstag  mit dem Titel “Kirche im Aufbruch – auch weltweit” kommt auch der scheidende Präsident des Schweizerischen Kirchenbundes Dr. Thomas Wipf zu Wort mit einem Beitrag ”Wie feiern die Nachfahren Zwinglis und Calvins die Reformation?”. >>>hier

Die Weltgemeinschaft Reformierter Kirchen dankt angesichts des Reformationstages nochmal für die neu entstandene Gemeinschaft reformierter Kirchen weltweit. >>>hier Weitere Statements stammen aus der Evangelisch-reformierten Kirche >>>hier und der Evangelischen Kirche im Rheinland.  >>>hier

Und noch eine Zugabe: Ein interessanter Termin zum Reformator Olevian – ein wenig Einstimmung auf den Heidelberger Katechismus, dessen Jubiläum uns ja 2013 erwartet. >>>hier

Und noch ein Hinweis: Die Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek hat ihre Homepage neu gestaltet. Schauen Sie doch mal rein! >>>

Sonnnige Herbsttage wünscht mit reformatorischen Grüßen
Ihre reformiert-info Redaktion
G. Rieger

Quote of the Day

According to the menu, the grapes aboard Air Force 1 are “vine picked.” No doubt far superior to regular grapes. – Ari Shapiro

(I love that guy! He’s awfully witty)