Did I Say Disappointing? No, That Can’t Be Maintained

The typos discovered in the early pages of Feldmeier and Spieckermann’s God of the Living fade into meaninglessness just a few pages on when our authors get to the real substance.

And by the time the begin their discussion of the divine Name YHWH (and why that name is absent in Song of Solomon and Esther and Qoheleth) they are up to full speed in such a way that any minor glitches in the form of the presentation aren’t worth noticing.

Well done to them.

Early Jerusalem

Aren Maeier makes mention of an essay of his recently published titled

The Archaeology of Early Jerusalem: From the Late Proto-Historic Periods (ca. 5th Millennium BCE) to the End of the Bronze Age (ca. 1200 BCE).

It’s Pp. 171–88 in Unearthing Jerusalem: 150 Years of Archaeological Research in the Holy City, eds. K. Galor and G. Avni. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

This essay is a brief survey of the archaeological sequence of the city of Jerusalem between the end of the Prehistoric (Neolithic) period until the end of the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1200 b.c.e), a time-span of roughly 4,000 years (for a more detailed survey, see Maeir 2000 [including additional references], with some updates in Cahill 2003).

Craigslist at Your Own Risk

A body found in a shallow grave in northeast Ohio was that of a man missing more than a week who answered a classified ad on the Craigslist website that police say lured victims into a robbery, a medical examiner said Saturday.

Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon, was last seen Nov. 13 after driving to Akron for a job he called a “good offer but strange.” His family has said it was out of character for him not to be in touch.

Kern died of gunshot wounds to the head, the Summit County Medical Examiner’s office said.

Kern answered the same ad for a farm hand that authorities say led to the shooting death of Norfolk, Virginia, resident David Pauley, 51, in a rural area 90 miles south of Akron. A South Carolina man reported answering the ad but managing to escape after being shot Nov. 6.

Craigslist… sure… at your own risk.

Oh That’s Disappointing

I picked up a copy of Reinhard Feldmeier and Hermann Spieckermann’s brand new God of the Living: A Biblical Theology published by Baylor University Press at SBL and started it today.

Everyone’s raved about it and I’ve been keen to get through it since discovering it 3 months ago.

So imagine my disappointment when I discover, only 4 pages in, that there’s some sort of egregious font blunder.  Here’s what I mean-

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4 pages in?  I hope that’s not a sign of things to come.  Typos are inevitable (I’ve never seen a book without them) but someone surely should have caught these.

I’m still stoked to get into the meat of the material.  I just am not too thrilled with sinking my teeth into a bit of gristle this early on.

The World of Jesus and the Early Church

Craig Evans is the editor of a newly published volume from Hendrickson titled as above which Bobby K. gave me to review while we were at SBL last week.

I’ve spent the last 5 days with it and I’ve uploaded my review here.

It contains-

Part One: Identity in Jewish and Christian Communities of Faith
• John J. Collins—The Site of Qumran and the Sectarian Communities in the Dead Sea Scrolls
• Torleif Elgvin—From the Earthly to the Heavenly Temple: Lines from the Bible and Qumran to Hebrews and Revelation
• Dorothy M. Peters—The Scrolls and the Scriptures on the Margins: Remembered in Canon and Forgotten in Caves
• Mark A. Chancey—Disputed Issues in the Study of Cities, Villages, and the Economy in Jesus’ Galilee
• Margaret Y. MacDonald—Children in House Churches in Light of New Research on Families in the Roman World • Craig A. Evans—The Family Buried Together Stays Together: On the Burial of the Executed in Family Tombs
• Shimon Gibson—The Trial of Jesus at the Jerusalem Praetorium: New Archaeological Evidence

Part Two: Interpreting the Scriptures in Jewish and Christian Communities
• George J. Brooke—The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Interpretation of Scripture
• Keith Bodner—Excavating Ideas: The Qumran Scrolls of Samuel
• Stephen J. Andrews—The Oldest Attested Hebrew Scriptures and the Khirbet Qeiyafa Inscription
• James A. Sanders—Biblia Hebraica Quinta
• Larry W. Hurtado—What do Earliest Christian Manuscripts Tell Us about their Readers?
• Paul Foster—Bold Claims, Wishful Thinking, and Lessons about Dating Manuscripts from Papyrus Egerton 2

History and Faith

Rightly does Paul Foster succinctly remark

… bad history never makes for good faith.

That’s the very point Bultmann made over and over again (though tragically few in the Church were willing to listen since he had already been damned by the fundamentalists who never actually read him).

Quote of the Day: On the NBA

National Basketball Association

[I do] not care at all about the NBA strike being over. If they played basketball like Duke, UNC, KY, and other college teams I’d be interested. But the game has become boring and like a wrestling match. That’s why I don’t watch it. — Clay Knick

Right on the mark! Like Clay, I wouldn’t care one bit if the NBA folded shop completely (except for the normal people who work at arenas and depend on it for a livlihood).

Advent 1

Tomorrow Advent begins and so here’s the passage I’ll mention in that connection:  Isaiah 64:1-9 –

1 If only you would tear open the heavens and come down! Mountains would quake before you
2 like fire igniting brushwood or making water boil.  If you would make your name known
3 When you accomplished wonders beyond all our expectations; when you came down, mountains quaked before you.
4 From ancient times, no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any god but you who acts on behalf of those who wait for him!
5 You look after those who gladly do right; they will praise you for your ways.  But you were angry when we sinned; you hid yourself when we did wrong.
6 We have all become like the unclean; all our righteous deeds are like a menstrual rag. All of us wither like a leaf; our sins, like the wind, carry us away.
7 No one calls on your name; no one bothers to hold on to you, for you have hidden yourself from us, and have handed us over to our sin.
8 But now, LORD, you are our father. We are the clay, and you are our potter. All of us are the work of your hand.
9 Don’t rage so fiercely, LORD; don’t hold our sins against us forever, but gaze now on your people, all of us: (CEB).

Nothing says need for redemption like human life.  Our best efforts are menstrual outcastings and faithfulness to God is as rare as an honest politician.  Yes, nothing says need for redemption like normal human life.