Daily Archives: 17 Apr 2012

The 6 Year Old Georgia Hooligan

Georgia police have sparked controversy after they handcuffed and arrested a 6-year-old who school officials accused of assaulting the principal and damaging property.

Just wait- you’ll see why they did it:

Police responded to an elementary school’s call on Friday to find kindergartner Salecia Johnson having a tantrum on the principal’s office floor, they said. When an officer tried to calm her down, she “began actively resisting and fighting,” the police report said. “The child was then placed in handcuffs for her safety,” said the police chief, according to CNN. “When a person is put in handcuffs, it’s for their safety, it’s not a punishment.”

Sounds perfectly sensible.  Especially given the fact that…

Johnson was “biting the doorknob of the office and jumping on the paper shredder”; she also threw furniture, hitting the principal in the leg, the report said.

A hooligan at 6.  I think I see the problem…

The girl was released to her aunt after her parents couldn’t be reached.

Parents couldn’t be reached.  Now there’s a surprise…  You show me a troubled (hooligan) kid and I’ll show you a messed up home life.  Guaranteed.

Tweet of the Week

For so many reasons…


via Giorgio Girardet on FB.

Biblical Geography in Southwestern Judah

New in NEA, an essay by Christopher Rollston and a couple of other people (yes, that’s right, I just list the people I know) titled Biblical Geography in Southwestern Judah has arrived in my inbox. Rollston’s contribution to it is confined to philological and epigraphic matters. It opens thusly

When both pilgrims and scholars began to visit the Holy Land they sought places described in the Bible, the places where biblical stories actually happened. The fourth-century scholar Eusebius and the nearly contemporary traveler Egeria, for example, provided accounts of what was thought to be known at that time. By medieval times, however, many of the fourth-century sites had been lost, and travelers based their understanding of biblical geography on the cities they visited. Since Acco, Joppa, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Hebron were the best known and most often visited biblical towns, they became the identifiable pegs on which to base a geographical understanding of the Holy Land. Guides and monks provided often-erroneous local identifications that filled the landscape along pilgrim routes. Collectively these questionable identifications allowed mapmakers to create maps that were more fanciful than accurate in many places.

When last I checked it wasn’t yet available on JSTOR (I subscribe to the online edition only). Hopefully it will be soon.

Moo and Carson’s ‘A Quick Introduction to the New Testament’, for Free

In ebook format from CBD.  But only if you live in the US.  I can’t say whether it’s good or not because I’ve not read it.  But I can say that Carson and Moo are dependable and sensible scholars and I have little doubt that folk who want to read it will benefit from it.  Plus, the price is right.  So you’ve really not nothing to lose.

Richard Land: Ethicist/Plagiarist?

Richard Land isn’t much of an ethicist if he’s a plagiarist (which it seems that he is).

Richard Land, the Southern Baptist Convention’s top public policy ethicist, apologized Monday (April 16) for failing to give proper attribution for material he used on his live radio show in which he criticized President Obama and black civil rights leaders for exploiting the Trayvon Martin shooting.  Land, the president of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said, “On occasion I have failed to provide appropriate verbal attributions on my radio broadcast, Richard Land Live!, and for that I sincerely apologize,” in a written statement.  “I regret if anyone feels they were deceived or misled. That was not my intent nor has it ever been.”

Uh huh.  As is so often the case, he’s probably not sorry he did it; he’s probably just sorry he got caught.  He’s an embarrassment.

How long is the SBC going to employ this guy?  How long are good Southern Baptists who contribute to the cooperative fund going to underwrite this person and his misrepresentations of everything under the sun?  The lowliest College Freshman understands the concept of attribution (though whether or not they do it is another matter).  If they do, Land should.

Meek? Or Just Apathetic?

Sometimes a Chart Says it All…

Nehemiah 3: Sources, Composition and Purpose

An essay by Oded Lipschits titled Nehemiah 3: Sources, Composition and Purpose, appears in New Perspectives on Ezra–Nehemiah: History and Historiography, Text, Literature, and Interpretation (Eisenbrauns 2012).

This essay explores the sources of the list of the builders of Jerusalem’s wall and seeks to detect the stages and aims of the list’s composition and its insertion into the “Nehemiah Memoir.”

The entire volume looks amazing. Here’s the table of contents-

Breaking News! The Ark of the Covenant… Has Been… Found…

And it’s in Gatlinburg, TN….  Or at least one of the bazillion mockups is…

The art director of a new exhibition in the Smoky Mountains area says the design of the Ark of the Covenant has been influenced by the movies.  The exhibition “Temple Treasures of the Ark of the Covenant” has opened at the Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens in Gatlinburg, Tenn.  Art director Mark Pedro said he is now carving the cherubim that sit atop the ark.

I thought Simcha carved them already…

The exhibit includes more than 100 life-sized figures about the life of Jesus Christ. There also are collections of ancient coins and gems along with epic movie posters and biblical artifacts.

I sure hope no one visiting the exhibition thinks the Ark of the Covenant was around when Jesus was.  That would be a terrible misunderstanding and a historical blunder of immense proportions.

The Nine Million Pound Book

The BBC announces

Start of the Gospel of St John in the St cuthb...

Start of the Gospel of St John in the St cuthbert or Stonyhurst Gospel. Northumbrian, c. 698 British Library

The oldest intact European book – the St Cuthbert gospel – is to remain in the UK after the British Library raised £9m to buy it.  The acquisition of the 7th Century copy of the Gospel of St John follows the library’s largest fundraising campaign.  The National Heritage Memorial Fund gave £4.5m but charitable foundations, trusts and the public also contributed.  The book was sold by the Society of Jesus (British Province) to raise money for education and restoration work.

The manuscript, produced in the North East of England, was buried with the early English Christian leader on Lindisfarne in about 698 AD.  It was rediscovered at Durham Cathedral in 1104 after the coffin had been moved to escape Viking raids.  The library has acquired the gospel in partnership with Durham University and Durham Cathedral, and it will be displayed equally at the library and in the North East.

But if you can’t make it to the British Museum (the finest in the world, by the way), you can still take a look at the book- and you don’t even need 9 million pounds to do it-

The manuscript has also been digitised in full and will be available to view online.

James Crossley’s Motivational Speech

As he leaves a reality TV show he’s been on (that’s why he’s been so quiet lately).  And yes, he had to use a pseudonym on the show so as not to let out his true identity.  Enjoy his speech…

[George Athas pointed out the video… blame him]

The Story of Jewish Origins- As Told By DNA

There’s an intriguing report in the Chronicle of Higher Education that will, I think, be of interest to folk.

The story of Jewish origins, once the province of historians and religion scholars, is now being told by DNA.

Who is a Jew and where do Jews originate?

… Shlomo Sand, a professor at Tel Aviv University whose 2009 book, The Invention of the Jews (Verso Books), argued that Jews arose from converting many local communities in Europe and elsewhere. His argument is contradicted by [Harry] Ostrer’s work, which shows that geographically and culturally distant Jews still have more genes in common than they do with non-Jews around them, and that those genes can be traced back to the Levant, an area including modern-day Israel.

Give it a look if you’re so inclined.