Daily Archives: 24 Feb 2012

A Paper by Pesce

Adriana Destro und Mauro Pesce, “Innerhalb und außerhalb der Häuser. Veränderung weiblicher Rollen von der Jesusbewegung bis zu den frühen Kirchen”, in: Mercedes Navarro Puerto – Marinella Perroni (eds.), Neues Testament. Evangelien. Erzählungen und Geschichte, Stuttgart, Kohlhammer, 2011, 281-301.

Get it here.

Cashing in on Lin… With Ben And Jerry’s…

Come on.  Please.  Come on!

Ben & Jerry’s is the latest firm to try to cash in on “Linsanity,” unveiling a new ice cream flavor that includes pieces of fortune cookies.  The Vermont-based company is selling the new flavor for a limited time at its Harvard Square shop, near the Ivy League university where Lin starred before becoming the first Asian-American to play in the NBA.  “The team is in HarvSq tonight making more Linsanity pints. Vanilla FroYo w/ Lychee honey & serves with waffle cookies,” the company wrote on its Twitter account Thursday.

Poor kid- he’s being pimped out by every greedy lunatic on the planet.

Now That’s Provocative!

God: The Instant Executioner…  Claude M. writes

Today’s post was written by Vanu Kantayya, one of my students at Northern Baptist Seminary. Vanu wrote a research paper for the course “Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament,” in which she seeks to demonstrate that the God of the Old Testament is the same God of the New Testament. Her paper is titled: “The God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament.”

I commend it to your attention.

Larry Schiffman: Is Jesus Really Kosher?

Schiffman here reviews a volume titled Kosher Jesus.  Read the whole piece.  Vintage Schiffman (which is to say, simultaneously intelligent and accessible).

Shmuley Boteach’s “Kosher Jesus” (Jerusalem and New York: Gefen, 2011) is a bold attempt by a person of great ability with no formal training in New Testament studies or the study of Second Temple Judaism to present a Jewish treatment of the founder of Christianity, his relationship to the Jewish people, and the narrative of his life in the Gospels.  Beyond that, Boteach sets forth an entirely new and controversial paradigm for Jewish understanding of Jesus and for Jewish-Christian relations.

I wish, and hope, that James Crossley reviews the book too.  With thanks to Joseph Lauer for the tip.

The Wicked, Wicked Book Thief!


A German official from the Hesse state culture ministry has been arrested for stealing more than 13,000 precious books from libraries across the country. He was caught red-handed, weighed down by 53 books found on him.

While I (and most of you who read here) can certainly understand a love of books- stealing them is just not the answer! (By the way, Joel, I want that book back I lent you a year ago!!!!).

Police collared the overzealous book-worm on Tuesday at the Fürstlich Waldecksche library in the Hessian town of Bad Arolsen, it was reported Thursday. The library owner, with the suitably literary name Wittekind zu Waldeck und Pyrmont, reported that the 45-year-old bureaucrat enjoyed the librarians’ trust because he explained that he needed the books for private research. He was therefore allowed to roam the stacks at will.


But when two separate inventories established that books had disappeared and not been returned, the official from the western town of Darmstadt, quickly became prime suspect. A video camera was installed before his next visit, and it duly recorded yet another theft. Police officers then arrested the man as he left the library, finding no fewer than 53 books in his clothes and bags. According to state prosecutors, the rare books covered mineralogy, geophysics and other sciences, and were worth up to €7,000 each. A simultaneous search of the man’s home revealed thousands more books. He did not offer any motive or explanation for the discovery. He was released, but is likely to face charges.

Even Chris Tilling has never done anything so heinous! For shame.

Bibi’s Coming to the States…

The Likud Party led by Benjamin Netanyahu wins...

the world's most dangerous man

So naturally he’s called a halt to expansion into Palestinian lands.  Fear not, though, as soon as his visit is over he’ll ramp up the illegal construction once more.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a halt to the construction of new homes in disputed Arab east Jerusalem to avoid conflict in an upcoming visit to the White House, Yediot Aharonot daily reported Friday.  “Netanyahu is trying to avoid any Israeli measure that might provoke the anger of the American administration” during a visit he and President Shimon Peres will make to Washington next week, the newspaper said.  Concretely, he has asked the housing ministry to freeze all bidding on new projects in east Jerusalem, particularly in the settlements of Gilo and Pisgat Zeev.  The order was also given to the interior ministry, which is responsible for approving any new construction in Jerusalem, it added.

Big deal.  It’s a farce from a farcical dictatorial tyrant.

We Need Another Party…

So thinks Jon Huntsman.

Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman may have endorsed Mitt Romney, but he emphasized today that he is “not a surrogate for anybody.”

In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday,  Huntsman called for the rise of a third party, saying another option in presidential politics “would be a healthy thing.

“I think we’re going to have problems politically until we get some sort of third party movement or some voice out there that can put forth new ideas,” Huntsman said. “Someone’s going to step up at some point and say we’ve had enough of this. The real issues are not being addressed and it’s time that we put forward an alternative vision, a bold thinking. We might not win, but we can certainly influence the debate.”

When pressed as to whom the “we” referred to, Huntsman said, “a whole bunch of Americans out there that can’t find a place politically.” He was quick to rule out his own possible bid as a third party candidate.

Actually what we need to do is scrap the system we have entirely- dump the House, Senate, and Presidency and adopt a parliamentary system of Government.   A third party won’t fix the systemic corruption, it will just add a new aspect to it.  The system we have at present simply doesn’t work for the people.  It (or rather, the politicians responsible for it) has failed.  Miserably.

The rest of the civilized world operates within parliamentary systems and their populations are far better off on the whole.  Just cast a glance to the Scandinavian lands, Switzerland, Germany, and even Japan.  Parliamentary systems give everyone a voice and consensus is absolutely required in order to get things done.  Our log-jammed idiotic politicians could learn a lot from the parliaments of the world.  Unfortunately sense isn’t what guides policy here in the States- it’s greed.

Dawkins: From Atheist to Agnostic

Oh this will make the angry atheists so very, very sad. Their patron saint has come to the conclusion that he can’t be sure God doesn’t exist, so he deems himself an agnostic rather than an atheist.

He told the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, that he preferred to call himself an agnostic rather than an atheist…. There was surprise when Prof Dawkins acknowledged that he was less than 100 per cent certain of his conviction that there is no creator. The philosopher Sir Anthony Kenny, who chaired the discussion, interjected: “Why don’t you call yourself an agnostic?” Prof Dawkins answered that he did. An incredulous Sir Anthony replied: “You are described as the world’s most famous atheist.” Prof Dawkins said that he was “6.9 out of seven” sure of his beliefs. “I think the probability of a supernatural creator existing is very very low,” he added.

Dawkins has grown! He’s left the dogmatic fundamentalism of his former ‘faith’ and embraced his own ignorance. So good for him.