Daily Archives: 17 Nov 2010

Dinner With Finkelstein and Cargill and ASOR Evening One

Bob Cargill (it was good to see him again) and Israel Finkelstein (it was good to meet him in the flesh though we’ve corresponded for ages) and I had dinner at a very nice Chinese restaurant before the evening session.  See below.

All in all a very good day indeed- even if longish.

Some Stuff From ETS

First, one of the papers, by Philip Long, urged participants to take the time to examine underlying presuppositions because, he confesses, everyone has them.  It was fairly good actually though he naturally took a few swipes at Philip Davies and Lester Grabbe.  But he did insist that we can learn more from our ‘academic opponents’ than we often recognize- because they can keep us honest.

Second, there were some other things I saw at the book exhibit that I thought worth posting.  You can determine for yourselves why.

And third, it was awfully nice to chat with Cheryl Exum again while I was down there and to meet one of the nice people at IVP Academic (though I wish Adrianna had been there).

ASOR Registration and a Few Books

More Around ETS

Anyway now I’m off to a section on Old Testament Theology.  Should be fun!

Around ETS

Strangely people are always surprised when they find out I’m a member of ETS.  I don’t know why.  Anyway, it’s going on at the same time as ASOR so I’ve spent the morning over there at the book exhibit and ran into a whole lot of interesting people (and a couple of ‘interesting’ exhibitors’…. )  See what I mean and see if you can spot the strange…

The Mt Zion Inscribed Cup

While chatting with Stephen Pfann today he remarked that his work on the inscribed cup (a first century artifact) had been published here.  It’s a fascinating read and meticulously researched.  I commend it to you.

Ryanair’s Rebellious Riders

Ryanair, flying who knows where?!

More than 100 angry Ryanair passengers sat in a dark cabin without food or water for four hours Wednesday, refusing to leave their plane after it was diverted to Belgium, authorities and passengers said. …   Passengers on the plane told AFP that the flight had left Fes, Morocco, three hours late at 7:15 pm local time on Tuesday but had been unable to land in Beauvais, France, because by that time the airport there had closed.  The plane landed in Liege at around 11:30 pm and passengers only agreed to come out after 3:30 am the next morning.  “This is unacceptable,” Mylene Netange, who runs a network on social responsibility for business leaders, told AFP.

Yeah I think all of us would be ticked if our plane landed in a different city than our destination and then didn’t bother to tell us!  Ryanair must be the world’s worst airline.  Which is a good reminder that you normally get what you pay for, and less.

I hope none of the SBL-ers end up diverted to Fes.

Out and About this Morning

I got a Starbucks and took a walk this morning because it’s so very nice out here.  And after walking around downtown I stopped in at the Marriott and ran into Mike Bird.  Then I walked across to the Hilton where ETS is meeting and ran into Stephen Pfann and his son.  It was nice to see them.  I’ve got photos here.

More anon from Atlanta.

Eisenman on the Ossuary

As noted by the mythbuster Antonio. Access the first YouTube in a series of 5 directly here.  2 here.  3 here. 4. here. And 5 here.

A Note for ASOR Attendees

Last night while I was reconnoitering the Sheraton in anticipation of today’s ASOR start I asked when and where registration would be (it’s not mentioned in the program or on the website that I could find) and was told it would commence at 7 this morning.

So, promptly at 7 (it’s that OCD thing) I went to the Sheraton and to my surprise the concierge directed me to ICE (another convention) registration.  No, I insisted, it’s ASOR, not ICE.  He directed me to the third floor.  Nope- nothing there.

So I returned to the lobby after some wandering and found someone else and she whipped out a sheet of conference activities and informed me therefrom that ASOR registration commenced at 4 p.m. in the Ballroom on the third floor.

If you’re attending the meeting, this might be useful information.  I hope so anyway.  Having it beforehand would have saved me some wandering about.

Luther’s Head Just Exploded…

And every vein in his body erupted in rage and wrath at what has been done by his spiritual/theological heirs (though clearly they are anything but).

For it seems that the German Church has ok’d the practice of Pastors cohabiting with their Florentine Brides.

Gay and lesbian Lutheran ministers in the conservative German state of Bavaria may live with their partners in parish parsonages, but only if they enter into a state-sanctioned civil union. Although the move may seem bold for what is generally considered one of Germany’s most traditional states, Bishop Johannes Friedrich of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria said it was no great departure from existing policies.

Bold? No, that’s not the word that comes to mind at all.

Good Morning America, You Annoy Me

Today GMA is titling itself  ‘GMA: A Royal Engagement’.  Really?  Really?  That and the vote from ‘Dancing With the Stars‘ are your top stories?   You’re not a news program, you’re nothing more than a TV edition of the National Enquirer or some other feckless gossip rag.

Buy an NIV and Support Porn?

Gavin’s got the strange tale of Lutheran weirdness:

Paul McCain says-

I have said this often, but it always catches people by surprise when they find out that Zondervan is owned by Harper-Collins, which in turn, is part of the Ruppert (sic) Murdoch media empire. It is important for Christians to realize that supporting the NIV contributes to the support of Murdoch’s corporation, which is one of the world’s largest providers of pornography. Something to think about.

And Gavin continues

Buy a NIV Bible and your dollars are funding the icon of Australian ick, Rupert Murdoch, and putting righteous Christian bucks at the disposal of pornographers!

Read the rest. I’m surprised McCain didn’t say anything about Fox News. I’d have!  Anyway, the main reason not to buy an NIV is because it’s just about the worst modern ‘translation’ out there.  Second only to that hideous monstrosity called ‘The Living Bible’.  If you own one of those (or the NIV)- throw them out and buy a Revised English Bible.  That’s the best English translation out there.  Yes, the BEST.

Total Depravity: The Thieving Son

People will steal anything from anyone in any way they can. Take this guy, for instance.

Police in a southwestern Pennsylvania township said they’ve recovered one of two rings a man swallowed after he allegedly stole them from his mother — and are waiting for his digestive system to produce the other. Fifty-three-year-old Robert Spriggs was charged with theft for allegedly stealing the rings, each valued at $30,000, while visiting his 81-year-old mother on Saturday in North Strabane Township.

Here’s the bizarre part-

Spriggs is in the Washington County Jail in a cell without a flushable toilet. Police said they had recovered one ring Monday, but it wasn’t immediately clear if they had found the other.

There’s a job that no one wants… excrement inspector…

Traveling to SBL? Beware the TSA Patdown

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Arizona is Cutting its Medicare Budget By Denying Organ Transplants…

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Me...

To people who has already had them approved…  Way to go, Arizona!  As NPR reports

In Arizona, 98 low-income patients approved for organ transplants have been told they are no longer getting them because of state budget cuts.  The patients receive medical coverage through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), the state’s version of Medicaid. While it may be common for private insurance companies or government agencies to change eligibility requirements for medical procedures ahead of time, medical ethicists say authorizing a procedure and then reversing that decision is unheard of.

Today With Zwingli

Zwingli’s most accessible (for the person just wishing to familiarize him or herself with his theology) is, in my estimation, his Eine kurze christliche Einleitung, which he published on the 17th of November, 1523.  As Schaff relates

[In 1523] The Council was not prepared to order the immediate abolition of the mass and the images. It punished Hottinger and other “idol-stormers” by banishment, and appointed a commission of ministers and laymen, including Zwingli, Schmidt and Judae, who should enlighten the people on the subject by preaching and writing. . Zwingli prepared his “Short and Christian Introduction,” which was sent by the Council of Two Hundred to all the ministers of the canton, the bishops of Constance, Basle, and Coire, the University of Basle, and to the twelve other cantons (Nov. 17, 1523). It may be compared to the instruction of Melanchthon for the visitation of the churches of Saxony (1528).

It proved to be quite influential.  Fortunately for readers of English, the little volume has been included in this edition

In fact, Wipf and Stock are the only publishers who have available any of Zwingli’s works in English.  Go there, search for ‘Zwingli’, and you’ll find them.