Daily Archives: 2 Sep 2011

Lamenting Disinterest in Bible Reading

One great theologian once remarked, while discussing a new translation of the Bible with his colleagues:

I’m concerned that there won’t be much reading in the Bible, for people are very tired of it and nobody clamors for it any more.

Who said such a marvelously contemporary truth? None other than Martin Luther, in 1540. Let him who has ears to hear, hear.

Pastors Really Shouldn’t Get in Fights, after Weddings (Or Ever)

Police say a Tennessee man died after hitting his head in a scuffle with the pastor who presided at his daughter’s wedding.  Decatur County District Attorney Hansel McCadams says police were called twice to a dispute between 58-year-old Joseph Tucsnak and Pastor Chris Warren at the wedding on Saturday.   Then on Monday, the prosecutor says Tucsnak returned to the church in Parsons, about 100 miles southwest of Nashville. McCadams said Tucsnak went to his vehicle and came back with a hand in his pocket and lunged at the pastor.  Police say the pastor then pushed Tucsnak, who fell and hit his head on the pavement. He died Tuesday.

Pastor Warren must have skipped class the day they covered the Sermon on the Mount.   You know, Reverend, that whole ‘turn the other cheek’ thing?

Since Joel is On Vacation…

We sneaked over to his house and took a picture of his yard!  Note the ‘spelling’ on the signs!  Classic, Joel, classic!

If You Have a Pit Bull, Get Rid of It

Authorities say a Philadelphia woman found dead in her home had been fatally mauled by her own dogs.  Autopsy results were released Thursday on 50-year-old Carmen Ramos. She and her husband shared their north Philadelphia house with five pit bulls.   Police say Ramos’ husband found her dead when he returned home from work Tuesday. Ramos had severe injuries to her head, face and body.  Police conducted a homicide investigation, but the medical examiner’s office ruled her death an accident.  Neighbors say the dogs were recently removed by animal welfare officers after they escaped and attacked two residents. But they say the dogs were later returned.

So tragic- and made more-so by its very nature as unnecessary.  Imagine what 5 of these bred-for killing-beasts would do (and have done) to children.  Is it worth the risk?  Not a chance.  Not to own a dog.  No ‘pet’ is worth that.

Congratulations to Ingrid Hjelm!

Ingrid is to be awarded The Samaritan Medal for Peace and Humanitarian Achievement later this month! She certainly deserves it!

I’m certain you’ll join me in congratulating her as well.

She’s a genuinely warm and wonderful person.  And she’s a very fine scholar too!

Mexico’s Drug Thugs Are Kidnapping Teachers and Students

And the police are standing on the sidelines.

Stay out of Mexico. It’s more dangerous that any other third world country. Stay out.

John Knox: He Wouldn’t Like Feminism!

To promote a woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion, or empire above any realm, nation, or city, is repugnant to nature; contumely [an insult] to God, a thing most contrary to his revealed will and approved ordinance; and finally, it is the subversion of good order, of all equity and justice.

That’s just one of the things Knox says in a marvelously scathing and outrageously misogynistic essay from 1558 titled The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women.

What fun! With thanks to James Barr on the FB for mentioning it.  Knox… man, that guy was mean!

Quote of the Day

‎”We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” -Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

(Via Jim Barr on the FB)

I Hate Halloween

I can’t believe NPR is doing a story on it at the first of September and I can’t believe that stores will have Halloween garbage in stock before Labor Day.  I wish the wretched day of destructive depravity and devil worship would just fade away.  It appears to be doing well though (which is thoroughly unsurprising given the fact that the world is crammed full of Devil food)(and by that I mean evil people who love to revel in death and destruction and beggery).

If you walk into the Safeway near Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown, you’ll see a small display of Halloween decorations: witches hats, haunted houses, jack-o-lanterns — the works. That might not seem so strange if it were October or even late September. But it hasn’t even hit Labor Day yet.  Safeway isn’t the only retailer getting a jump on the holiday. Across the city, shoppers will find Halloween merchandise in Walgreens, Claire’s Accessories, Target and Macy’s.

Blah.  Have I mentioned how much I hate Halloween?  Well I do.

At Last. At Long Last. The Qumran Biblical Manuscripts

I’ve been talking about this for years and it came out a few months back and now I’ve finally got a copy.  This, of course, is the Qumran Biblical Scrolls.

I’ve downloaded it and installed it and opened it up and here’s a screenshot of one of the Jeremiah scrolls:

So, yeah!  And I bet the Logos people are glad I have it as well, so I don’t complain anymore about how long it took to get published.  Not that I would complain…

But of course the chief reason to have it is so that it can be consulted when textual questions arise instead of having to depend on the apparatus of BHQ (which is only available in 5 volumes anyway).

Hell, Open Wide, Another One’s on the Way and his Name is David Morrison

A man has admitted sexually abusing a 14-month-old baby, after being caught by an international investigation led by Central Scotland Police.  David Morrison, 45, admitted four charges at the High Court in Glasgow.  Evidence that Morrison had raped the child was built up through online chat logs, photographs and expert analysis of veins on Morrison’s hands.  Morrison, from Grangemouth, also admitted taking, possessing and distributing images over the internet.  Forensic examination of five hard drives taken from Morrison’s home revealed that he had been in contact with paedophiles in 25 countries.

Subhuman beast.  Hell, open wide, here comes another of the most reprehensible of all the vile- the pedophile.  Or as Isaiah has it-

… hell has enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure.

And for those of you who don’t need the veil-

לָכֵ֗ן הִרְחִ֤יבָה שְּׁאֹול֙ נַפְשָׁ֔הּ וּפָעֲרָ֥ה פִ֖יהָ

Barack Obama: The Best Republican President Since Ronald Reagan

The Washington Post informs us that

President Obama abruptly pulled back proposed new national smog standards Friday morning, overruling the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to compel states and communities nationwide to reduce local air pollution in the coming years or face federal penalties.

So let’s take stock: he’s pro-war (we’re still in Iraq and Afghanistan) ; he’s pro big business (hello Exxon and BP) ; he’s anti-environmental protection (see the link above) and his presidency is an utter failure so far as the average American is concerned.  He really IS the best REPUBLICAN President since Reagan.

Thank God, I can’t be blamed.  I didn’t vote for him (or McCain).

Hebrew, Greek, and Latin Critical Editions of the Bible- Online

From your friends at the German Bible Society.

The following editions are currently available:

  • Hebrew Old Testament following the text of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia
  • Greek New Testament following the text of the Novum Testamentum Graece (ed. Nestle-Aland), 27. Edition
  • Greek Old Testament following the text of the Septuagint (ed. Rahlfs/Hanhart)
  • Latin Bible following the text of the Vulgate (ed. Weber/Gryson)

In addition, you can access the following translations:

  • the German translation following Luther, Revised 1984
  • the King James English translation

Biblical text references on every site within Bibelwissenschaft.de can be opened in every one of these Bibles. As a registered user you can set the default edition for your searches in your User Profile. Using the search field »Look up Bible passage« in the upper right corner allows you direct access to the desired biblical passage in these editions.

With thanks to Mark Goodacre on the FB for pointing it out.

Happy Blogiversary to Mark

Mark’s blog is 8 years old today.  In blogging terms, he’s an old, old man.  So happy B’iversary Day, Mark!

New in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

One essay stands out as intriguing sounding-

‘Prayers of Petition’ in the Psalms and West Semitic Inscribed Amulets: Efficacious Words in Metal and Prayers for Protection in Biblical Literature, by Jeremy D. Smoak.

This article compares several Phoenician and Punic inscribed amulets to the language preserved in several psalms that petition YHWH for protection against evil or other types of danger. The fact that both the amulets and these particular psalms share a similar concern or function, namely, protection against evil, invites such a comparison. It is argued in this article that the similarities between the psalms and the amulets allow for the conclusion that both forms drew from a similar stock of words commonly employed in West Semitic apotropaic religious practices. In particular, it is argued that the protective formulae inscribed on the amulets, which bear certain similarities to the language employed in such psalms, indicate that the psalms contain more reflexes of apotropaic formulae than previously recognized.

But I don’t subscribe to JSOT – and so I’m not going to read it. But you can if you want to if you’ll pay the toll:

Purchase Short-Term Access – Pay per Article – You may access this article (from the computer you are currently using) for 1 day for US$25.00.

If you’re a slow reader and you have to take more than a day, it will cost you $25 per day….

Thank You, Eerdmans

The nice folk at Eerdmans have sent along a flash drive as a ‘thank you’.  So, I want to say thank you back!

One Final Note: Eric and Carol Meyers on the ‘Duke Office Hours’

My question was addressed by the Meyers’ on Duke Office Hours at the 17 minute mark, here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBeGR5SKEWA&feature=youtu.be&t=17m3s

Joel Watts is On Vacation…

But he’s not at the beach as he claimed, he went to Paris!  Behold, the man!  Or, as they say in Latin, and quite appropriately in this case, Ecce Homo!

Oh Joel…. why man, why?

The Dutch Are Strange: The Aylum Seeker Game

It would seem one of the more tasteless television shows yet devised. In fact Weg van Nederland is said to have had a deliberately liberal agenda, despite its rather provocative style.  Broadcast last night on Dutch television, the game show, translating as Far from the Netherlands, involved five contestants who were set for deportation.

That’s just plain weird.

The winner of the quiz was due to get EUR 4,000 to make a fresh start outside the Netherlands. The unsuccessful asylum seekers competed in a quiz about Dutch culture, history and language, and one consolation prize was a bulletproof vest.  The glib tone was magnified by the presence of a male host flanked by a pair of female assistants clad in a mini-skirted pastiche of cabin crew uniforms.

Yup.  Weird.  No wonder the crazed Anabaptists found a welcome there.  It’s a land of loons.  (No offense to the several loony Hollanders I know…)    😉