Daily Archives: 13 Jan 2012

Paul The Apostle Was Married: An Observation on an Old Chestnut

It’s a simple thing to prove that Paul was married.  He wrote

διὸ ἵνα μὴ ὑπεραίρωμαι, ἐδόθη μοι σκόλοψ τῇ σαρκί, ἄγγελος Σατανᾶ, ἵνα με κολαφίζῃ, ἵνα μὴ ὑπεραίρωμαι. ὑπὲρ τούτου τρὶς τὸν κύριον παρεκάλεσα ἵνα ἀποστῇ ἀπ’ ἐμοῦ· καὶ εἴρηκέν μοι· Ἀρκεῖ σοι ἡ χάρις μου· (2 Cor 12:7ff).

Is there any more proof necessary? Certainly not. so there you have it. The next time someone seems confused about Paul’s marital status you need simply pass along 2 Cor 127b-9a to them and all will be clear.

The Telegraph’s Obituary of Wilfred Lambert, Appearing on the 10th…

Leads off thusly

Professor Wilfred Lambert, the Assyriologist who has died aged 85, was a scholar of ancient Mesopotamia and the world’s leading expert on cuneiform, an ancient form of writing which began as a system of pictographs and, over three millennia, developed into a more simplified and abstract script. Lambert was often called in to advise museums on their collections of Mesopotamian artefacts, and his skills both in deciphering texts and spotting “joins” (identifying pieces that belonged together) was unrivalled. In recent years he worked with the British Museum on its Catalogue of the Western Asiatic Seals Project and, last year, helped the Museum to shed light on the origins of the famous Cyrus Cylinder, which is often described (though controversially) as containing the world’s first Declaration of Human Rights.

It’s very nicely done and it only took the Telegraph over 2 months to get around to it. If Lambert had been a pop star they would have arranged it within hours…

Via Agade.

That’s Just Not at All Bright, And That’s Why they Call it Dope

Using illicit drugs can cause lots of bad things to happen. But being attacked by flesh-eating bacteria usually isn’t one of them.  Yet that’s what happened to an unfortunate young woman who had injected the increasingly popular stimulant drug called “bath salts.”

The 34-year-old woman showed up at a New Orleans hospital with a painful, swollen arm after she attended a party. She had a small red puncture mark on her forearm.  The doctors diagnosed a skin infection and put her on intravenous antibiotics. Things got better. But two days later, the swelling suddenly returned. At that point, she told them that she had injected the bath salts (not to be confused with real bathing aids) at the party.

The doctors cut open the skin on the woman’s forearm and discovered a raging infection and dead muscle. They knew immediately that she was in serious trouble. As they cut skin farther up her arm in an effort to find healthy tissue, the infection was moving so fast they could see flesh dying right before their eyes.  In the end, doctors amputated the woman’s entire right arm and shoulder to stop the infection, and also performed a radical mastectomy and skin grafts. The woman survived, and is now in rehabilitation. Her case was reported online in the journal Orthopedics.

Illicit dope: the dope’s pleasure.  Will others take her case as a warning?  A morality tale?  You bet NOT.

Canada Will No Longer Recognize ‘Gay Marriages’ by Foreigners

Canada has decided not to recognise same-sex marriage for foreign couples, The Globe and Mail reported.   The ruling was prompted by a divorce case involving a lesbian couple that wed in Toronto in 2005. The court told them they could not divorce because their marriage wasn’t recognised abroad in their places of residency. The couple resides in England and the U.S. state of Florida, where same-sex marriages are not legal. The newspaper reported that same-sex couples married in Canada now must adhere to a one-year residency requirement to be legally married.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the newspaper’s report saying, “We have no intention of further re-opening or opening the case.”   Non-Canadians have been flocking to the country since 2004, when the government legalised gay marriage. The report says that of the 15,000 same-sex marriages that have taken place, about 5,000 involve foreign couples.

Canada‘s just going to say no to Adam and Steve on vacation from Salt Lake City.  Apparently Canada no longer wishes to be the local Netherlands.  I seriously doubt, though, that this signals a shift to the right for our neighbors to the frozen north.

Cheating on Your Wife and Lying Are Bad Policy

A federal judge says she has two letters from a cardiologist saying John Edwards has a life-threatening condition that will require surgery in February. The letters were revealed during a hearing today to consider whether the 58-year-old would go on trial later this month for alleged campaign finance violations. Attorneys for Edwards were seeking a 60-day delay to allow time for Edwards to recover. The judge delayed the trial to March 26.  Edwards was in court at the judge’s request, although doctors advised him to avoid travel and all court proceedings.

Flaunting the rules only results, always and forever, in recompense in kind.

μη πλανασθε θεος ου μυκτηριζεται ο γαρ εαν σπειρη ανθρωπος τουτο και θερισει (Gal 6:7).

Look, let’s face it, nothing is an attempt to mock God more than behaving hypocritically. Such behavior implies that one either thinks God is too stupid to notice it or that he is too indifferent to care. Both estimations are grossly inaccurate.

Ron Tappy and His Work in the News, And At a Public Lecture

In one of the Pittsburgh paper’s we read

Amid the rolling hills and olive groves of what used to be the frontier between ancient Judah and the neighboring Philistines, Ron Tappy and his team discovered a 38-pound block of limestone faintly inscribed with the Hebrew equivalent of someone’s ABCs. Tappy, the G. Albert Shoemaker Professor of Bible and Archaeology at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in East Liberty, will discuss that 2005 discovery — and how it could add some truth to biblical accounts of the kingdoms of David and Solomon — Wednesday with the Historical Society of Mt. Lebanon.

And then

Scholars disagree over whether there were actually kingdoms of Israel or Judah in the 10th century B.C., or whether they were scattered tribal areas and the kingdoms were invented by the writers of the Old Testament centuries later. Tappy said the stone and other evidence at the Tel Zayit site suggest to him that there was a kingdom of Judah ruled from Jerusalem 3,000 years ago, though it was likely not as powerful and wealthy as it is in biblical accounts. “I don’t think any archaeologist today thinks Jerusalem was as large or as grand or as covered in gold as the biblical portrayal,” he said. “You can admit that without saying what they wrote was entirely false and nothing was there.”

What: Talk by Ron Tappy, G. Albert Shoemaker Professor of Bible and Archaeology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, on his finds in Tel Zayit. When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Temple Emanuel, 1250 Bower Hill Road, Mt. Lebanon. Sponsored by the Mt. Lebanon Historical Society, the lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session, refreshments will be served, and there will be a raffle for a DVD copy of the NOVA program “The Bible’s Buried Secrets,” in which Tappy appears.

A Methodist Speaks Truth (For Methodists Only Though…)

And Joel has become one of these people!  Pray for him (and them) – that they will come to know the God who isn’t too small at all (because he’s the God of the Bible and the Reformed tradition).

James Crossley Isn’t the Only One To Congratulate this Week!

Hats off to Francesca too!

Francesca Stavrakopoulou joined the University of Exeter’s Department of Theology and Religion in 2005. She is a co-editor of Religious Diversity in Ancient Israel and Judah and Ecological Hermeneutics and author of Land of our Fathers all published by T&T Clark in 2010. She has been called the BBC’s ‘face of religion’ after she presented Bible’s Buried Secrets, last March. The three-part BBC2 documentary series was the BBC’s most successful religion series of the past decade and allowed Francesca to bring her influential research in this field to a new audience.

So yes, hearty congratulations to another SOTS-ian. We’re all proud of her!

Giovanni Garbini’s Newest Volume

I’ve heard (specifically from Antonio Lombatti) that Garbini’s newest volume is quite interesting.  Antonio remarks

It’s impressive. On linguistic grounds he advances the hypothesis that the Hebrew Bible was written only in the Late Hellenistic Age, and that the “monotheism ideology” of the Jews fully developed around 1st c. BC and 1st c. AD!

Must reading!

Announcing the Cambridge Biblical Law Conference

From SOTS-

On 19–20 March 2012, the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme (CIP) and the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (KLICE) are joining together to present a colloquium on Biblical Law discussing God, Justice, and Society: Aspects of Law and Legality in the Bible by Jonathan Burnside. The Colloquium will consist of five sessions. In the first three, plenary speakers from each of the three Abrahamic faiths (Bernard Jackson, Gordon McConville, and Michael Mumisa) will engage with themes raised in the book, followed by responses from Dr. Burnside and others. In the final two, panellists will address specific ethical issues raised by the book.

We would welcome your participation in this event. For further information, contact Will Kynes at will.kynes@keble.ox.ac.uk. To register, complete the attached form and return to: Administrator, KLICE, Tyndale House, 36 Selwyn Gardens, Cambridge, CB3 9BA.

A Conference Celebrating the Heidelberg Catechism

June 21-22nd 2013, an international conference will take place in Apeldoorn on The Spirituality of the Heidelberg Catechism. Organizers are the Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn together with the Theologische Universiteit Kampen and the Hersteld Hervormd Seminarie at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Short paper proposals can be submitted until January 2013.

Should it be of interest to you

Read here more information on the conference and the possibility to submit short paper proposals.

Snowpocalypse II – The Sun Has Risen

Now that the sun is up you can see the horrific results of the overnight snowpocalypse here in E. Tennessee:

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Pray for us.

The Blizzard/ Snowpocalypse of 2012

All schools in the region are closed.  We’ve got a whopping 1″ on the grassy areas and it’s 23 degrees here right now at 6 in the morning.

The Religious Landscape of America

USA Today has a fascinating map of the United States which shows the distribution of religious affiliation state by state.  Just hover your mouse over the state which interests you and voila!

The ‘Jesus I Have Loved’ Blog Tour

During the ‘tour’ you can enter to win a number of things from Baker including a copy of Dan’s book.  If that interests you, visit here.

Jesus I Have Loved, But Paul? – Chapter 5 – Judgment and Inclusion

My portion of JRD Kirk’s new volume for the ‘blog tour‘ is chapter 5- Judgment and Inclusion.  The participants and their contributions are:

Kirk and McGrath and Adam I know, but the others not so much.  Still, I’m sure they’ll have something interesting to say so you should go to the link above and check out their take on the book.

Speaking of ‘take on the book’, here’s mine.  Or, to be precise, it’s my take on my (assigned for review) chapter.