Daily Archives: 27 May 2012

From the Archives of Zwingliana

Deutsch: Zitat Zwingli in der reformierten Kir...

This essay by Martin Brecht, Die Reform des Wittenberger Horengottesdienstes und die Entstehung der Zürcher Prophezei is delightful. It begins as follows-

Vor einigen Jahren fragte ich einige Zwingliforscher, unter ihnen den Jubilar, wie sie sich die Entstehung der «Prophezei», der kursorischen Bibelerklärung durch Zwingli und seine Mitarbeiter im Zürcher Großmünster, erklärten. Mir war nämlich aufgefallen, daß die Prophezei erstaunliche Ähnlichkeit mit einer Wittenberger Gottesdienstform aufwies1. Die Antworten, die ich erhielt, fielen recht vage aus. Ähnlich verhält es sich mit den Äußerungen in der Literatur. Die Einleitungen zu den die Prophezei betreffenden Passagen in «Huldreich Zwingiis Sämtlichen Werken» erwähnen das Problem überhaupt nicht.

You’ll enjoy it a lot.  As long as you remember that Brecht overestimates the importance of Luther’s (non existent) influence over events in Zurich in relation to the establishment of the ‘Prophezei’.

Kids These Days…

They’ve just hit the skids in terms of morals.

School officials in North Carolina are looking into a yearbook photo that allegedly shows a student lifting her graduation gown and exposing her genitals.  The image in question features a group of students from last year’s class posing in their graduation gowns. A female student has her gown raised up to her waist, exposing what at least one parent considers to be her genitals, WSOC reports.

The photo was printed in the Lake Norman High School yearbook, which was distributed to students last week.  “When it was brought to my attention from my child that, was the first thing. I was appalled! I was like, ‘oh my God, this is exactly what it is,” a mother who wished to remain unnamed told WJBF-TV. “It was going all over the school. In every block, I think people were texting each other turn to page 14.”

Who’s teaching them this stuff.  Oh that’s right, their pop idols.  Britney and Gag(alot) and the rest of the perverted louts who have recording contracts and acting careers in spite of the fact that they are utterly bereft of talent.

Quote of the Day

Faith is the hand of the soul, which receives, through the same efficacy of the Holy Spirit, Christ offered to us in the Gospel. — John Calvin

The Epistle to the Hebrews, by Gareth Lee Cockerill

Gareth Lee Cockerill’s new commentary on Hebrews, published by Eerdmans,

… offers fresh insight into the Epistle to the Hebrews, a well-constructed sermon that encourages its hearers to persevere despite persecution and hardships in light of Christ’s unique sufficiency as Savior. Cockerill analyzes the book’s rhetorical, chiastic shape and interprets each passage in light of this overarching structure. He also offers a new analysis of the epistle’s use of the Old Testament — continuity and fulfillment rather than continuity and discontinuity — and shows how this consistent usage is relevant for contemporary biblical interpretation. Written in a clear, engaging, and accessible style, this commentary will benefit pastors, laypeople, students, and scholars alike.

My review of this impressive volume is here.

Gath’s Grant

English: Bar - Ilan University עברית: אוניברסי...

English: Bar – Ilan University עברית: אוניברסיטת בר-אילן, Original Image Name:אוניברסיטת בר-אילן, Location:אוניברסיטת בר- אילן (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aren Maeir writes

Prof. Haskel Greenfield (University of Manitoba) and Prof. Aren Maeir (Bar-Ilan University) have been awarded a seven year, large-scale grant from the Canadian government’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council for the study of the Early Bronze Age remains at the site of Tell es-Safi/Gath in Israel.

The project is entitled “The nature of early urban neighbourhoods in the southern Levant: Early Bronze Age at Tell es-Safi”, and will involve five years of excavation and two years of post-excavation analysis.

The CAN$2.7 million grant (with institutional matching actually reaching close to CAN$4 million) aims to carry out an interdisciplinary study of the Early Bronze Age III city at Tell es-Safi/Gath, with particular focus on the non-elite neighborhoods. In collaboration with a diverse group of scholars from Canada, Israel and other countries, and utilizing macro- and micro-archaeological perspectives, they plan to study facets of daily life in one of the larger cities of the first stage of urban culture in the Southern Levant. The large scale funding will enable a broad range of cutting technological and analytical techniques to be used in this research, as well as comprehensive training of the next generation of students.

This research is conducted as part of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project, directed by Prof. Aren Maeir, which is a long-term project (commenced in 1996) aimed at studying the cultural and environmental history of the site of Tell es-Safi/Gath and its environs.

Congratulations to them all!!!

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

He’s in hot water with his Bishop!

A British priest has apologized for some unholy language on his Facebook page, his bishop says.

Canon Chris Tilling Paul Shackerley, Vicar of the Minster Church of St. George in Doncaster in northern England, raised eyebrows by using the f— word and remarking that “alas, I have religion tomorrow” in some Saturday evening postings.

Peter Burrows, the bishop of Doncaster, met with Tilling Shackerley on Friday and later said the priest regretted the inappropriate language and had removed it.

“Whilst meant in a jocular sense, he recognizes that some of the language was unfitting. He has apologized unreservedly,” Burrows said in a statement posted on the diocesan website. “I have received Chris’s Paul’s letter of apology and have been assured that this will not happen again.”

We tried to warn Chris his potty mouth would get him in trouble one day…

Don’t Be Mad At Indonesians, Lady Gag(alot)- They Were Born This Way…

Born, that is, with a predisposition to reject rancid music badly performed by histrionic whiners.  The real shame is that everyone isn’t born that way.  What a nice place the world would be if everyone had decent tastes in music and a sense of decency.

A show by pop diva Lady Gaga in Indonesia has been cancelled after religious conservatives threatened “chaos” if she entered the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation.

“Lady Gaga’s management has considered the situation minute to minute, and with threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga’s side is calling off the concert,” Minola Sebayang, a lawyer for promoters Big Daddy, told reporters on Sunday.

“This is not only about Lady Gaga’s security, but extends to those who will be watching her,” he added.

Earlier this month Jakarta police refused approval for the show after the hardline Islamic Defenders Front threatened violence if Lady Gaga performed, calling her a “devil’s messenger” who wears only a “bra and panties” on stage.

To be sure- violence is bad.   Rejecting profane nastiness, though, is good.