Daily Archives: 1 Sep 2011

A Vocabulary List of Every Word in the Greek New Testament. Yes, Every Word

By frequency and alphabetically when the same frequency, by John Mark Harris.  Right here.  It’s very useful indeed!

James Crossley’s New Soccer Uniform

I know, we tried to talk him out of it… but he’s a stubborn Yorkshire-ite.

This Cannot Be Allowed to Stand

Cowards cowering behind anonymity (of course) in Israel have tried to stir up trouble for Jewish Christians. Stuart has the details:

In an apparent infringement on personal privacy legislation and in defiance of laws preventing incitement, an anonymous group has taken to distributing flyers “naming and shaming” Messianic Jews (Christians) living in the Jerusalem-area town of Mevaseret Zion.

The personal details of some 10 people, including photographs and home addresses, are displayed on the flyer, which was delivered to hundreds of households in the town of 30,000 residents.

Those involved should be discovered and imprisoned so that their vile behavior isn’t repeated by themselves or anyone else.

Eric and Carol Meyers Answer Your Questions

Well that was fast. The video of the Duke Office Hours featuring Eric and Carol is already up!

Or, you can watch it on Youtube!

My Mentor

I just love this Vicar. He’s the only Anglican I really admire.

Blah… Those Aren’t Real Rankings!

The voodoo continues and the ‘top 50 blogs’ are puffed out on the evil page here.  I’m not participating, as you know, because if Alexa was good enough for Jesus and Paul and Jeremiah and Moses and all the Saints and Apostles by golly it’s good enough for me!  So there!

Oh, and I’ve discovered through various detective sources, that this is how the new rankings on the voodoo system are selected…

Oh, and the final proof that the voodoo rankings are evil and inspired by the very pit of Todd Bentley-istic hell?  Peter Kirk likes them and they trust Wikipedia!  So there ya go.

If You Missed Eric and Carol Meyers on Duke’s Office Hours

If you missed the Duke Office Hours with Carol and Eric Meyers, it will be available soon:


Look for it there. When it’s posted I’ll try to remember to send along the direct link.

Book Recommendation

In Memoriam Willi Marxsen

You may be unfamiliar with the work of Willi Marxsen but he was a quite influential scholar a few decades ago. His specialization was New Testament and he studied with some of the real giants in the field, becoming, in due course, something of a giant himself.

Unlike some of our contemporaries who can only manage to publish one or two things (even with word processors and computerized tools) Marxsen wrote a lot. Here’s a mere selection:

Der Evangelist Markus. Studien zur Redaktionsgeschichte des Evangeliums, Göttingen 1956
Exegese und Verkündigung. Zwei Vorträge, München 1956
Der “Frühkatholizismus” im Neuen Testament, Neukirchen-Vluyn 1958
Anfangsprobleme der Christologie, Gütersloh 1960
Das Abendmahl als christologisches Problem, Gütersloh 1963
Einleitung in das Neue Testament. Eine Einführung in ihre Probleme, Gütersloh 1963
Die Auferstehung Jesu als historisches und als theologisches Problem, Gütersloh 1964
Der Streit um die Bibel, Gladbeck 1965
Das Neue Testament als Buch der Kirche, Gütersloh 1966
Der Exeget als Theologe. Vorträge zum Neuen Testament, Gütersloh 1968
Die Auferstehung Jesu von Nazareth, Gütersloh 1968
Darf man kleine Kinder taufen? Eine falsche Fragestellung, Gütersloh 1969
Predigten, Gütersloh 1969
Die Sache Jesu geht weiter, Gütersloh 1976
Christologie – praktisch, Gütersloh 1978
Einleitung in das Neue Testament. Eine Einführung in ihre Probleme, 4., völlig neu bearbeitete Auflage, Gütersloh 1978
Der 1. Thessalonicherbrief, Zürich 1979
Predigten mit neutestamentlichen Texten, Gütersloh 1980
Der 2. Thessalonicherbrief, Zürich 1982
“Christliche” und christliche Ethik im Neuen Testament, Gütersloh 1989
Jesus and Easter. Did God Raise the Historical Jesus from the Dead?, Nashville, 1990
Jesus and the Church. The Beginnings of Christianity, Philadelphia 1992

He was born on this day in 1919 and died, unfortunately too soon, in February of 1993.  He was a gentleman and a scholar.

The Very Thorn From the Very Crown of Thorns Which Pierced Christ

Quite an informative little video. Thanks to Jim Aitken on the FB for pointing it out.

What? People in PA Can Be Arrested For Stupidity?

I wish we had that law on the books here.

Row, row, row your boat, just not down Main Street in Manayunk. That’s the message police are sending after arresting two men who used a raft as an alternate means of transportation down the flooded street Sunday.  …  When [one of the rowers named] Dray asked why the men were being arrested, he said the officers replied, “for lack of common sense.”   No charges were filed against the boaters.

Well what’s the point of arresting them if you aren’t going to charge them?  That’s equally stupid.  [H.T. Jer Bailey on the FB]

Truly, Truly I Say To You…

A.W. Tozer was absolutely correct when he once observed – “Most Christians are satisfied living as common Christians, without an insatiable hunger for the deeper things of God.”   And that’s both sad and shameful.

Synagogues in the Time of Jesus

Paul Flesher has a great essay at Bible and Interpretation titled What did a synagogue of Jesus’ time look like?

The New Testament gospels contain stories of Jesus visiting synagogues in Galilee.   Sometimes he even he taught in them or read scripture during worship. Unfortunately, the gospels provide few details of what these synagogues looked like. Were they majestic buildings or small structures? How were they furnished? The gospels remain silent.

Indeed, the gospels contain so little description that some scholars have suggested synagogues were simply gatherings that took place outdoors or in people’s houses or courtyards.  After all the Greek word “sunagogé” means “coming together,” and could indicate a meeting rather than a building.

Read the remainder.  Informed and informative indeed.

The Most Disgusting Thing Republicans Have Ever Done

While the Federal Election Commission meets today to sign off on a request from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to use campaign money for security upgrades, there is a report that Republicans in her Arizona district are raffling off the same type of gun that wounded the Democrat.  The Pima County Republican Party is asking for $10 per ticket for a chance to win a Glock 23, according to the Huffington Post.  The Glock 23 is a version of the Glock 19, which was used in the Jan. 8 shooting rampage that left six people dead and wounded 13 others. Giffords, who was shot in the head, was meeting with constituents at a Tucson grocery store.

Sick.  Just sick.  What are they hoping?  That one of their number will finish the job the other nutbag started???  Oh you don’t know that Pima County is where Tucson is located, do you?  Well it is.  For the Repubs there to raffle off a gun similar to the one that killed loads of people and wounded the Congresswoman is the most disgusting thing that Republicans have ever done.  They should be completely ashamed.  They should be pilloried in public.

Is Huntsman the Only Candidate That Doesn’t Think Like a Politician?

We have an economic crisis in this country. The marketplace is crying out for predictability, competitiveness and signs of confidence. Above all, people need jobs. There is no more urgent priority at this point in our nation’s history than creating jobs and strengthening our economic core; everything else revolves around it….

Washington has never suffered from a vacuum of ideas; it suffers from a vacuum of leadership. I’m not running for president to promise solutions. I’m running to deliver solutions…. Let me start by saying that debt is a cancer that if left untreated will destroy our economy from within….

One of the most indefensible examples is the National Labor Relations Board’s ongoing… effort to prevent America’s largest exporter, Boeing, from building a new plant in South Carolina in an effort to block investment in right-to-work states. If elected, I will immediately instruct the NLRB to stop pursuing this politically motivated attack on free enterprise, and if they fail to do so I will replace them….

Perfectly sensible. Let’s see if it flies.


Here is just one example. The U.S. has more natural gas than Saudi Arabia has oil. Yet the Obama Administration just issued fuel economy regulations that effectively bar heavy-duty trucks from converting to natural gas….

Nothing wrong with natural gas.  Let’s use it instead of embroiling ourselves with Mid Eastern tyrants.


President Obama won in 2008 on Hope. We’re going to win in 2012 on Solutions.

Solutions are what we need.   We can’t stand much more hope from Washington since the only thing Washington hopes is that big business and lobbyists will pour money into its coffers.

I’m liking this Huntsman guy more and more.  He seems a genuine centrist.

An Interesting Fact About Irene

Dr. Greg Forbes: #Irene dumped 16 trillion gal. of water on the U.S. That would cover TX to depth of 3.4″.

Corporal Punishment in the Bible

William Webb confronts those often avoided biblical passages that call for the corporal punishment of children, slaves and wrongdoers. How should we understand and apply them today? Are we obligated to replicate those injunctions today? Or does the proper interpretation of them point in a different direction?

Webb notes that most of the Christian church is at best inconsistent in its application of these texts. But is there a legitimate basis for these lapses?

Building on the findings of his previous work, Women, Slaves and Homosexuals, Webb argues that the proper interpretation and application of these texts requires ascertaining their meaning within the ancient cultural/historical context. In recognizing the sweep of God’s redemptive purposes already evident in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New, we remain truly biblical.

The nice folk at IVP Academic have sent along a review copy.  And here it is.

With The Anniversary of 9/11 Approaching…

Here’s the passage that comes to mind:

Jeremiah 18:1 Jeremiah received the LORD’s word: 2 Go down to the potter’s house, and I’ll give you instructions about what to do there. 3 So I went down to the potter’s house; he was working on the potter’s wheel. 4 But the piece he was making was flawed while still in his hands, so the potter started on another, as seemed best to him. 5 Then the LORD’s word came to me: 6 House of Israel, can’t I deal with you like this potter, declares the LORD? Like clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in mine, house of Israel! 7 At any time I may announce that I will dig up, pull down, and destroy a nation or kingdom; 8 but if that nation I warned turns from its evil, then I’ll relent and not carry out the harm I intended for it. 9 At the same time, I may announce that I will build and plant a nation or kingdom; 10 but if that nation displeases and disobeys me, then I’ll relent and not carry out the good I intended for it. 11 Now say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem: This is what the LORD says: I am a potter preparing a disaster for you; I’m working out a plan against you. So each one of you, turn from your evil ways; reform your ways and your actions. 12 But they said, “What’s the use! We will follow our own plans and act according to our own willful, evil hearts.”

Fitting. Especially v. 12. If that isn’t the motto of our time I don’t know what is. Here it is in the original (for those of you unwilling to suffer the veil)

הַדָּבָר֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר הָיָ֣ה אֶֽל־יִרְמְיָ֔הוּ מֵאֵ֥ת יְהוָ֖ה לֵאמֹֽר׃
2 ק֥וּם וְיָרַדְתָּ֖ בֵּ֣ית הַיֹּוצֵ֑ר וְשָׁ֖מָּה אַשְׁמִֽיעֲךָ֥ אֶת־דְּבָרָֽי׃
3 וָאֵרֵ֖ד בֵּ֣ית הַיֹּוצֵ֑ר עֹשֶׂ֥ה מְלָאכָ֖ה עַל־הָאָבְנָֽיִם׃
4 וְנִשְׁחַ֣ת הַכְּלִ֗י אֲשֶׁ֨ר ה֥וּא עֹשֶׂ֛ה בַּחֹ֖מֶר בְּיַ֣ד הַיֹּוצֵ֑ר וְשָׁ֗ב וַֽיַּעֲשֵׂ֙הוּ֙ כְּלִ֣י אַחֵ֔ר כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר יָשַׁ֛ר בְּעֵינֵ֥י הַיֹּוצֵ֖ר לַעֲשֹֽׂות׃
5 וַיְהִ֥י דְבַר־יְהוָ֖ה אֵלַ֥י לֵאמֹֽור׃
6 הֲכַיֹּוצֵ֨ר הַזֶּ֜ה לֹא־אוּכַ֨ל לַעֲשֹׂ֥ות לָכֶ֛ם בֵּ֥ית יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל נְאֻם־יְהוָ֑ה הִנֵּ֤ה כַחֹ֙מֶר֙ בְּיַ֣ד הַיֹּוצֵ֔ר כֵּן־אַתֶּ֥ם בְּיָדִ֖י בֵּ֥ית יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃
7 רֶ֣גַע אֲדַבֵּ֔ר עַל־גֹּ֖וי וְעַל־מַמְלָכָ֑ה לִנְתֹ֥ושׁ וְלִנְתֹ֖וץ וּֽלְהַאֲבִֽיד׃
8 וְשָׁב֙ הַגֹּ֣וי הַה֔וּא מֵרָ֣עָתֹ֔ו אֲשֶׁ֥ר דִּבַּ֖רְתִּי עָלָ֑יו וְנִֽחַמְתִּי֙ עַל־הָ֣רָעָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר חָשַׁ֖בְתִּי לַעֲשֹׂ֥ות לֹֽו׃
9 וְרֶ֣גַע אֲדַבֵּ֔ר עַל־גֹּ֖וי וְעַל־מַמְלָכָ֑ה לִבְנֹ֖ת וְלִנְטֹֽעַ׃
10 וְעָשָׂ֤ה בְּעֵינַ֔י לְבִלְתִּ֖י שְׁמֹ֣עַ בְּקֹולִ֑י וְנִֽחַמְתִּי֙ עַל־הַטֹּובָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר אָמַ֖רְתִּי לְהֵיטִ֥יב אֹותֹֽו׃
11 וְעַתָּ֡ה אֱמָר־נָ֣א אֶל־אִישׁ־יְהוּדָה֩ וְעַל־יֹושְׁבֵ֨י יְרוּשָׁלִַ֜ם לֵאמֹ֗ר כֹּ֚ה אָמַ֣ר יְהוָ֔ה הִנֵּ֨ה אָנֹכִ֜י יֹוצֵ֤ר עֲלֵיכֶם֙ רָעָ֔ה וְחֹשֵׁ֥ב עֲלֵיכֶ֖ם מַֽחֲשָׁבָ֑ה שׁ֣וּבוּ נָ֗א אִ֚ישׁ מִדַּרְכֹּ֣ו הָֽרָעָ֔ה וְהֵיטִ֥יבוּ דַרְכֵיכֶ֖ם וּמַעַלְלֵיכֶֽם׃
12 וְאָמְר֖וּ נֹואָ֑שׁ כִּֽי־אַחֲרֵ֤י מַחְשְׁבֹותֵ֙ינוּ֙ נֵלֵ֔ךְ וְאִ֛ישׁ שְׁרִר֥וּת לִבֹּֽו־הָרָ֖ע נַעֲשֶֽׂה׃

The Tale of the Spineless President and the Arrogant Speaker of the House

By now you’ve heard that the President asked Congress if he could speak to both Houses next week.  That’s proper protocol.  What isn’t proper, and what has never happened before, is that the Speaker said ‘no’, that’s not a good time for us.

So, in typical Obama style, he caved and said ‘ok then, I’ll do it Thursday’.

He should have insisted on doing it when he first planned.  Who cares if the Repub candidates are squabbling that night in a debate?  Is he the President of the entire Country or is he the servant of the Republican candidates?  These days it’s hard to tell, isn’t it.

And Boehner comes off no better.  Instead, he once more proves to one and all that he isn’t about getting things done, he’s all about just saying no.

The Congress and the White House are so worried about their political posturing that they would rather quibble than get their work done so Americans can get to work.  They are a loathesome and tiresome and really ridiculous and petty lot of do-nothings but seek re-electioners and I hope the rest of you have the sense God gave a worm and refuse to send them back to their jobs.

Pay attention: they don’t want you to have a job, so put them out of one.

The Really Ridiculous Children’s 9/11 Coloring Book

Judge for yourself the propriety of having a coloring book with images like this aimed to help ‘parents talk with their children’ about the events surrounding 9/11.

Honestly, you have to be a bit sick to think that the death of someone is a proper subject for little kids to color.  I can’t blame America’s Muslims for being more than a little offended.  I’m offended – probably for some of the same reasons and probably for other reasons.

We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom has just been released by the Missouri-based publisher Really Big Coloring Books, which says it is “designed to be a tool that parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11”. Showing scenes from 9/11 for children to colour in and telling the story of the attacks and the subsequent hunt for Osama bin Laden, “the book was created with honesty, integrity, reverence, respect and does not shy away from the truth”, according to its publisher, which says that it has sold out of its first print run of 10,000 copies.

I’m sure it has sold out.  In America, even the most horrific events can be turned into profit.