Daily Archives: 24 Dec 2010

People Say Some Funny Things…

The following conversation was overheard recently. It is completely true. Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty.

Jake: Hey Carol, you need to get back in the room so you can get your robe on for the Cantata.
Carol: I’ll go in a minute.
Jake: You better go now or you’ll get in trouble!
Carol: I’ll go in a minute so stop telling me to go.
Jake: What will you do if I tell you again, knife me?
Carol: No, I’ll fist you (Carol waves fist in the air in a punching motion).

What this little exchange illustrates is that people often say one thing while something else completely is heard. What the speaker intended certainly wasn’t what the hearer (and not a few readers of the exchange) understood. If that is true of a conversation from the last 24 hours, we must certainly suppose that it is also true when we read (hear) ancient texts. If we don’t listen to what authors intend, we will certainly hear amiss- and maybe even terribly.

Dishonor in the Name of Honor

honour killings

I can’t comprehend this kind of ‘honor killing’. Can you? But of course I can’t imagine abusing any child or person much less my own. Can you?

When police came hunting for a 19-year-old woman they believed had been recruited by al-Qaida to be a suicide bomber in a town north of Baghdad, they found she was already dead: Slain by her father, who told police he strangled his daughter out of shame and then cut her throat. The killing of Shahlaa al-Anbaky, reported by police Friday, appeared to be from an unusual melding of motives — part to defend the family honor, part to prevent her from joining the militants. But how much of each weighed in her father’s mind remains unclear, with police still investigating the details.

And perhaps even more stunning-

So-called “honor killings” do take place in Iraq’s traditional, tribal society — though their extent is little measured, overshadowed by the political violence that has bloodied the country since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. In such cases, a man is said to be trying to reclaim the family honor by killing a sister, daughter or mother if there’s a suspicion she has had improper relations with men outside the family. Courts and authorities sometimes turn a blind eye to such slayings.

That’s not the kind of society I would care to inhabit.  Have Christians ever done this? ‘When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?’ Maybe not much. But he sure will find plenty of mindless violence.

I’m Dreaming of a Non-White Christmas…

But it seems I’m not going to get it.  Forecasters are predicting 1-3″ of the wretched white stuff befouling the landscape.  Blah.

It’s Nice to Know that there’s Peace In Bethlehem

And the Associated Press has the very pleasant details, including, but not limited to,

The traditional birthplace of Jesus is celebrating its merriest Christmas in years, as tens of thousands of tourists thronged Bethlehem on Friday for the annual holiday festivities in this biblical West Bank town. Officials said the turnout was shaping up to be the largest since 2000. Unseasonably mild weather, a virtual halt in Israeli-Palestinian violence and a burgeoning economic revival in the West Bank all added to the holiday cheer.

Yet

Visitors entering the town must cross through a massive metal gate in the separation barrier Israel built between Jerusalem and Bethlehem during a wave of Palestinian attacks last decade.

Maybe one day the Bethlehem (West Bank) Wall will suffer the same fate as the Berlin Wall.  As it stands now, it’s a perfect symbol- along with the Ministry of Tourism signs on it – of the irony of life today.  Peace- with walls…

Can Anything Good Come From Nashville? (via Scotteriology)

Not musically, Scott. Not musically. Theologically, yes. In terms of biblical scholarship, yes (just think of Vanderbilt and the presence there of Levine and Sasson). But musically, nothing ever has. ESPECIALLY the rubbish called ‘Christian’ pop.

Can Anything Good Come From Nashville? Meet Johnny Hammer. As far as I can tell he is the Christian 'answer' to Justin Bieber. You knew it was going to happen, "Hey Justin Bieber is hot. We should have a Christian Biebs…" *sigh* Perhaps even more depressing is the gushfest over this kid in the YouTube comments. Apparently: I. Just. Don't Get. It. (via) That Christmas song is from an album titled Techn … Read More

via Scotteriology

The Current Issue of BASOR is Online

BASOR 360 was mailed about a week ago, and it has now been posted online for subscribers and members on Atypon Link. Details are found on the ASOR Blog.

Now That’s Ingratitude

A sign of the times, I suppose.

Isn’t it sad (and not at all funny or amusing) when little kids in America are so spoiled and so materialistic that when they don’t get exactly what they want, they act like this? And adults do it too…

Ingratitude is just downright disgusting. And a bit more evidence of the total depravity of humanity.

Aww.. Poor Angry Atheists- They’ve Been Replaced

Poor things. Now they’ll be even angrier and probably organize a stampede to the nearest advertising agency so that their dull billboards will again appear so that people might be persuaded to join their silly ranks.

An atheist billboard on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel that declared Christmas a “myth” has been replaced by a pro-Christian billboard.  The old billboard, put up in late November by the American Atheists organization, said “You know it’s a myth. This season, celebrate reason.”  The sign stirred controversy among Christian organizations, prompting the Catholic League to erect its own pro-Christmas billboard on the New York side of the tunnel that read, “You Know It’s Real: This Season Celebrate Jesus.”  The new sign, which was posted by the Manhattan-based Times Square Church, reads “God is,” and includes a word cloud of religious themes.

Atheist fundamentalists. What peculiar creatures. How starved they are for attention. How sad and pointless their lives.  Anyway, much to their dismay- here’s the excellent sign that’s driven them back into the shades where they so richly deserve to be-

Excavations: For Knowledge, or Profit?

NBC has a brief video on excavations and the quest for treasure. Definitely worth a look. With thanks to Norma Franklin on FB for mentioning it.

Merry Christmas Eve to One and All

And best wishes to you all for a very happy New Year.

I Don’t Understand Anarchists

Especially the ones who sent bombs to the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome.  Because, according to the news, they did it because they wanted revenge on Switzerland and Chile.  But this raises the question- for what?  What exactly have the Swiss or the Chileans done to Italian anarchists?

Anarchists who sent mail bombs to the Rome embassies of Chile and Switzerland wanted to avenge actions by those countries against their movement, a top Italian security official said Friday.  Manila envelopes about the size of a videocassette case exploded when they were opened Thursday, about two hours apart, seriously wounding one employee at each mission. One man could lose the vision in one eye; the other a hand.

Seriously, if that’s their reason they would have to send mail bombs to every government in the world because all governments are opposed, by definition, to anarchy!

Terrorists of all stripes don’t tend to be very bright.  Or think very clearly.

Marice Casey’s ‘Jesus’ Reviewed

By a Canadian.  Enjoy!  (Via).  And 1- Casey is right, most Historical Jesus scholars are inept (linguistically) and 2- Joel’s right, everyone should read the book for themselves (and, I would add, not take the ill-informed word of the angry atheists or the ignorant fundamentalists about it).

Good Shepherds Don’t Drive Drunk

And they especially don’t drive when their blood alcohol level is 32 times over the legal limit!

A drunk motorist was arrested near Queenstown in the Eastern Cape after allegedly being found to be 32 times over the alcohol limit, the department of transport said on Thursday.  The motorist was driving a Mercedes-Benz Vito at about 23:00 on Wednesday when he was stopped by police.  Blood tests were conducted on him and he was found to have an alcohol content of 1.6g/100ml.  This is 32 times over the limit of 0.05g/100ml.  Five boys and a woman, who were also in the vehicle with 15 sheep allegedly stolen from nearby farms, were also arrested.

I’ve never heard of a Benz Vito but how big is the thing to get 6 people and 15 sheep in it????

Bigger than a car, but still too small for 6 people and 15 sheep.  See what being drunk does to you?  Don’t be stupid.  Don’t drink and drive a van stuffed with people and sheep.

The Philadelphia Boys Choir…

Was on Good Morning America this morning singing ‘O Come all Ye Faithful‘ and they mentioned Jesus!!!!  OH MY!  When will the complaints begin to flood in?