After tabulating the 29,987 votes cast this month for the top ten biblioblogs here are the results-
Bob Cargill- 9 votes
Chris Tilling- 21 votes
Joel Watts- 29 votes
Mark Goodacre -8 votes
Jim Davila – 2 votes
Jim Linville – 1096 votes
James McGrath – 13 votes
Daniel McClellan -18 votes
Tom Verenna – 2 votes
Jim West – 28,805 votes
Once more I’d like to thank all the little people who took the time to visit and vote and vote and vote and vote. Without your devotion and participation things like ‘voting for your favorite blog’ would be utterly meaningless and totally pointless…
Tom Verenna does a roundup and since he includes it all, and since I’m fairly sure everything has been said that can be said until we all can hear from the epigraphers like Rollston and the metallurgists and the documentarians then there’s no sense in beating a dead horse.
According to the Christian Science Monitor…
All evidence to date suggests Christians didn’t use the cross as a symbol until the 4th century, according to Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archaeology Review. The use of codices also dates to a later period, he said, and metal analysis has yielded no precise dating in this case. “We have no fact about these that would indicate that they are Christian and date from this [mid-first century] period, except for some vague metallurgists who say they ‘could,’ ” Mr. Shanks says. “On the contrary, we have a number of things – the cross, the codex, [and other symbols] that counter this claim.”
Funny thing is, he’s right.
The Kingdom of Jordan is reportedly working to recover the codices under a law that gives the state ownership of newly discovered antiquities. Meanwhile, Elkington has announced that a book and documentary film are in the works.
A book, and a documentary… More misinformation/ semi-information saddled with the responsibility of making money for dilettantes.
What lunacy. I see now that I was wrong to have thought well of this man.
HUCKABEE: I don’t know anyone in America who is a more effective communicator [than David Barton.] I just wish that every single young person in America would be able to be under his tutelage and understand something about who we really are as a nation. I almost wish that there would be something like a simultaneous telecast and all Americans would be forced, forced — at gun point no less — to listen to every David Barton message. And I think our country would be better for it. I wish it’d happen.
Why Mike? Barton is a miserably inept poorly equipped mega-dilettante when it comes to bible and theology. Shouldn’t a former pastor like yourself know that and recognize the misrepresentation of scripture and historical theology when you see it? Yes, I really was wrong to have thought well of you. Your sanity has left the building.
And celebrations are already in planning and papers are already appearing-
Am 10. Mai 2011 wäre Karl Barth 125 Jahre alt geworden. Jochen Denker erinnert an den “kritischen Zeitgenossen” und “freien Theologen”.
KARL BARTH – KRITISCHE ZEITGENOSSENSCHAFT. Von Pfr. Dr. Jochen Denker, Wuppertal.pdf >>>
1. Der Praxisschock des Pfarramts. Barth und der Sozialismus [1911-1915]
2. Der Bekenntnisfall in der Ethik:
Der Schock des Ausbruchs des ersten Weltkriegs [1914-1918]
3. Der Kirchenkampf:
„Das erste Gebot als theologisches Axiom“ 
„Theologische Existenz heute“ 
und die kirchlichen und gesellschaftlichen Konsequenzen
„Barmer Theologische Erklärung“  und „Rechtfertigung und Recht“ 
4. Wider die Restauration in Deutschland.
Barths Option für einen demokratischen Sozialismus
a) Barths Stellung zur Gründung der CDU und zur politischen Existenz der
b) Barths Stellung zur Wiederaufrüstungsdebatte
c) Barths Einsatz für eine demokratischen Sozialismus
“Allah describes [non-Muslims] as the worst of all people…but you still want to follow them.”
British school children educated in Islamic boarding schools (madrassas) are being taught these and other even more hateful teachings. The extremist teachings at some British madrassas were exposed in February of 2011 by Dispatches, a British Television Documentary.
The report was the result of two years of undercover investigation into madrassas. In Britain, there are around 2,000 Muslim schools teaching 100,000 students. While these schools are required (and often praised) for preaching tolerance of other religions, the undercover footage captured by Dispatches in the documentary exposed some shocking facts about the schools:
- Some of the students are taught to avoid going to church because “they are the gathering place of the devils.”
- Eleven-year-old students are taught that non-Muslims are the worst of all the creatures.
- The teachers at madrassas repeatedly refer to non-Muslims as kuffars. Kuffar is a derogatory and hateful term used to refer to non-Muslims.
- Children are taught not to befriend non-Muslims. At one point in footage from the investigation, one of the teachers tells the students that they should “put away” and “forget” non-Muslim friends.
- The students are told that the British society is “Shaytan” (Satan).
- In some of the footage, the schools depict scenes of violence where students are routinely beaten for failing to recite the Qur’an properly. In less than 3 hours of filmed lessons, the students were beaten more than 10 times by their teacher.
- The film also reveals a culture of violence among students. Older students beat younger students and the teachers don’t intervene.
What, is Fred Phelps in charge of education in those madrassas? Terry Jones? What despicable hate-speech. And there’s more. Watch the disturbing video report at the link above.
With thanks to Tom Verenna for mentioning this guy on Facebook- a tea party Wisconsin republican who thinks its awful that he has to live on $174,000 a year as a Congressman. And he’s struggling!!!! You, Mr Duffy, are an unhinged greedy prat.
In an essay titled The Archaeology War. It’s an intriguing piece. Though a bit biased. Still, it is worth reading.
It is a truism that Israeli archeological practice can be legitimately criticized, not least for the murky relations between the state and private entities undertaking development in the West Bank. It is a bigger truism that such failings pale into insignificance when compared with the wanton destruction of antiquities and the abuse of people in the name of both archeology and development that go on regularly in China, Iran, Egypt, or Saudi Arabia. But such considerations are also irrelevant. As is well known, one square foot in Jerusalem produces exponentially more hysteria than hundreds of square miles elsewhere. If everything that happens in Israel is “political,” the world revolves around Jerusalem as it does around no other city.
Of this little bit of joy on the interweb… In fact, yesterday, to be precise.
This made me laugh, and laugh, and laugh
Don’t miss it. She can wield a scalpel.
A guest post???? THIS guest post????????????? Were you beaten in Venice, your mind shattered and broken, your password stolen, and your blog taken over by some consortium of Canadian Mennonites???
“I met with British Archeologist David Elkington who heads the British research team investigating the find during early March 2010 and was sworn to secrecy about this discovery and the huge implications that could follow. There is still much more going on behind the scenes than has so far been disclosed. David and his wife, whom I also met had been given armed protection which was the result of both of them being shot at during this investigation and also receiving more death threats. Someone it seems does not want the information on these tablets released.
Are these lead tablets discovered in a remote cave in Jordan the secret writings about the last years of Jesus? Much of the writing is in code, but experts like David have deciphered images, symbols and a few words and the texts could be 2,000 years old. This may well be a discovery which will play a major part in the 2012 religious turmoil. Keep your eye on this ball. Davids new book is about to be published: The Lead Codices.
Ah so all the ‘discussion’ is just a publicity stunt to pump up book sales. Color me shocked… Now, I’m even more skeptical about the ‘discovery’ than I was before. With thanks to Eric Cline for pointing out the ‘report’.
- Hurtado on the ‘Lead Codices’ (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Robert Deutsch- on the ‘Jesus Tablet’ (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Lead Codices Silliness (rogueclassicism.com)
The issue is addressed in this interesting and recently made available paper, by H. Carl Moerschbacher.
Trump has come unglued and unhinged and sounds more and more insane every time he speaks these days. Not that he was ever really stable- but – well – wow...
During an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News on Wednesday night, Donald Trump suggested that President Barack Obama’s birth certificate could indicate that “he’s a Muslim.” The billionaire real estate mogul and potential presidential candidate made the indication in raising skepticism over whether Obama is a citizen of the United States. It was only the latest instance in recent weeks that Trump has sounded off on the debunked conspiracy theory issue. “He may have one, but there is something on that birth certificate,” he explained, suggesting the document could highlight something the president doesn’t want voters to see. “Maybe religion. Maybe it says he’s a Muslim. I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that. Or he may not have one. I will tell you this: if he wasn’t born in this country, it’s one of the great scams of all time.”
The loony ‘birthers’ have a patron saint and its name is Donald Trump…
It’s simply astonishing that 1) adults in positions of authority (teachers, coaches, priests, preachers, etc.) think it a good idea to send sexually suggestive texts and photos to youngsters and 2) that they must seem to believe that no one will find out! Take the latest example-
An assistant coach at Lenoir City High School was dismissed Wednesday for inappropriately texting a student. Another student told officials they needed to investigate the actions of Dexter Davidson, 27, so they brought in the Lenoir City Police Department, said Superintendent Wayne Miller. … Davidson is accused of sending inappropriate pictures and texts to a 17-year-old girl. Miller says officials believe they learned about the messages “pretty early.” Davidson was an assistant coach for football and basketball, and he worked as an aide in charge of in-school suspension.
Come on people, leave the kids alone. Just leave them alone and stop trying to make them your own personal trophy or conquest. It’s evil.
No matter who lives there, nothing changes
A Fascinating essay in The Nation opens the door on Obama’s Whitehouse and let’s us see a glimpse of how he really does business. It’s very Rove-ian.
In March 2009 the Campaign for America’s Future, a top progressive group in Washington, launched a campaign called “Dog The (Blue) Dogs” to pressure conservative Blue Dog Democrats to support President Obama’s budget. When he heard about the effort, White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, who was regarded as the Obama administration’s designated “fixer,” called CAF’s leaders into the White House for a dressing down, according to a CAF official. If the group wanted to join the Common Purpose Project, an exclusive weekly strategy meeting between progressive groups and administration officials, CAF had to drop the campaign. We know how to handle the Blue Dogs better than you do, Messina said. Not wanting to sour its relationship with the White House at this early date, CAF complied, and the campaign quickly disappeared from its website. Despite Messina’s assurance, however, the Blue Dogs would remain a major obstacle to the realization of the president’s legislative agenda.
The hardball tactics used by Messina against CAF exemplified how the Obama administration would operate going forward—insistent on demanding total control, hostile to any public pressure from progressives on dissident Democrats or administration allies, committed to working the system inside Washington rather than changing it. As deputy chief of staff, Messina held the same position once occupied by Karl Rove (and Josh Lyman on The West Wing). He worked as a top lieutenant for Rahm Emanuel and became the administration’s lead enforcer after Emanuel left for Chicago. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer calls Messina “the most powerful person in Washington that you haven’t heard of.” Messina’s dream job was to become chief of staff. Instead, he recently got an arguably more important assignment—manager of Obama’s re-election campaign.
Read the rest. It seems all that ‘change you can believe in’ talk was nothing more than campaign rhetoric. Which, again, simply serves to remind us all that political party lines are meaningless and all politicians are exactly the same: power hungry, greedy, interested in self preservation, and willing to do whatever they have to to maintain their position.
The paper Marc references from the NW meeting of ETS sounds absolutely fascinating. [BTW, the reason I don’t care for Augustine is because he was no Jerome- i.e., he was no scholar of the bible who could read it in the originals with the consequence that his theology was all based on Latin renderings of Hebrew and Greek texts].
via scientia et sapientia
Has been awarded to yours truly, thanks to a Canadian blogger (who isn’t a biblioblogger… my fame and renown just keeps spreading. Today, #1 in biblioblogging, tomorrow, #3 on the entire internet [after Google and Facebook]).
Anyway, My thanks to Mr Hook.
I’ve made some pretty cool contacts. One of them, a cool little piece of royalty named Redneck Princess, has seen fit to bestow upon me… Apparently there’s no formal event where they serve you rubber squirrel and call it chicken, or a televised c … Read More
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If your prophetic hermeneutic looks more like Hal Lindsey’s than Jesus and the Apostles’, your insistence on the final authority of the Bible rings hollow. — Gary Yates
[So VERY true, and something all the ‘left behind’-ers need to realize.]