Daily Archives: 29 Jun 2012

The Writings of Erhard Gerstenberger

Are, according to the good Professor, available online!  He writes

Published electronically and free at online access is a large collection of my essays in German and English written over more than 50 years.  The publisher is the University of Giessen, Germany. Editors are my colleagues Ute E. Eisen and Christl M. Maier. The title of this 700 page opus is:

Erhard S. Gerstenberger: Die Hebraeische Bibel als Buch der Befreiung. Ausgewaehlte Aufsaetze, 2012. Here is the URL access: http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2012/8601/

geb stands for “Giessener Elektronische Bibliothek”. You can get to the book also by way of www.uni-giessen.de navigating through the university site.

Fantastic! Gerstenberger is one of my favorite Hebrew Bible scholars. I’ve learned a great deal from him and you will as well. And, for free. This is incredible.

TVZ is on the Facebook

Check them out– they’re a brilliantly fantastic publisher of some of the most useful Reformation period and Biblical studies volumes in all of Europe.

When in Zurich I just dropped by their offices out of the blue and their Director gave me a tour, and a book!  How awesome is that?  I love their work.

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Nestle-Aland, Novum Testamentum 28th Edition

With thanks to Bobby K. of Hendrickson for telling me of the impending appearance of the latest incarnation of Nestle-Aland, the 28th edition!  Fantastic!  Even more fantastic, Eisenbrauns is carrying it!

This is the twenty-eighth edition of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece (NA28). NA28 is the standard scholarly edition of the Greek New Testament used by scholars, Bible translators, professors, students, and pastors worldwide. Now NA28 has been revised and improved:

• Critical apparatus revised and easier to use
• Papyrii 117-127 included for the first time
• In-depth revision of the Catholic Epistles, with more than 30 changes to the upper text
• Scripture references systematically reviewed for accuracy

I am, I have to confess, really excited. I mean REALLY excited.

Just as Mexico is the Somalia of the South, Chicago is the Somalia of the North

If you happen to visit Chicago, wear a vest.  You’re as likely to be shot as not, it seems.  And you don’t want what happened to this 7 year old girl to happen to you.

The latest victim of Chicago’s surge in gang violence is just seven years old. Heaven Sutton died after being shot in the back at a candy stand her mom set up two weeks ago to help keep neighborhood kids close to home and away from gang crossfire, reports the Chicago Tribune. “She looked forward every day to opening up the candy store, and for somebody just to come take her life, it’s not right,” says her mother. Heaven, she says, had just had her hair done ahead of a family trip to Disney World to reward her for good grades.

So tragic.  Poor child.  Poor family.  Poor Chicago… the Somalia of the north.

Quote of the Day

Men dismiss the Bible because they say it contradicts itself. Their real beef is that it contradicts “them.” – Douglas Wilson

(A very Brunner-ian thought indeed)

Where I Spent My Morning…

With a couple of Funeral Directors up the hill for a Funeral.

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How’d you spend your morning…  Because sooner or later, you’re going to end up in such a place and someone will be trying to comfort your family too. Or in the words of Ps 39:4- “O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!”

Zwingli’s House to be Totally Refurbished

Ref.ch informs us that

Die geschichtsträchtige Helferei Grossmünster, einst Wohnort des Zürcher Reformators Huldrych Zwingli, wird für knapp acht Millionen Franken umfassend saniert. Die Wiedereröffnung ist für Dezember 2013 geplant. Das Gebäude in der Zürcher Altstadt genüge den feuer- und gesundheitspolizeilichen Auflagen nur noch beschränkt, teilte die Kirchgemeinde Grossmünster am 29. Juni mit. Zudem hätten sich die Ansprüche an eine behindertengerechte Nutzung seit der letzten umfassenden Renovation in den 1970er Jahren stark verändert. Die Bauarbeiten beginnen am 2. Juli.

Brilliant. It’s a fantastic place.  Here’s some photos I snapped while I was there last time-

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Via Tom Verenna on FB

How Should Christians Relate to Material Goods, and Money?

In his delightful and informative ‘The Christian Education of Youth‘, Zwingli remarks

Those who put on strange or new clothing every day thereby show how fickle, or at least how effeminate and childish they are. Such persons do not belong to Christ. While they thus clothe themselves in rare attire, they let the poor suffer from cold and hunger. For this reason a Christian should beware of foolishness and extravagance in dress, as well as of any other evil.


Why need I forbid a Christian youth to love money and worldly honor, since these evils are also condemned among the heathen? No one who will serve covetousness will become a Christian, for this vice has not only ruined individual characters, but also well fortified cities and powerful kingdoms. Covetousness will overthrow any government that comes under its sway. When this vice has taken possession of the mind, no good influence can affect it. Covetousness is a deadly poison and yet, sad to say, it has spread and has become very powerful among us. Only through Christ can we destroy this vice within ourselves, and we can do it if we very diligently and unceasingly follow Him; for what did He oppose more than this root of all evil?

If only Christians today were educated theologically. Alas…

On the Affordable Care Act: An Observation

Some Christians are more upset with the court’s decision about affordable health care than they ever have been about Roe v. Wade.

Day of Archaeology

Today’s the annual ‘Day of Archaeology‘.  Archaeologists, take note!

Let’s Play ‘Spot the Irony’

This facebook comment appeared on the local news website in connection with a story about a baby left at a Church.  See if you can spot the numerous ironies…

Heavens… grammar, anyone?  Especially when the lead sentence fragment denounces the dumb…