Daily Archives: 15 Sep 2012

Cats are Satan’s Tools: They Give You The Plague

No kidding. A woman who tried to help her friend save the life of a choking cat also contracted the plague from the disease-stricken feline over the summer, health officials said Friday.  The central Oregon woman, who asked not to … Continue reading

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Libya’s Leading Muslim Cleric Denounces Radical Violence

The Mufti is to be applauded for his forthrightness and humanity: In his strongest attack to date of the actions of extremists, Libya’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Sadeq Al-Ghariani, has issued a fatwa condemning Tuesday’s killing of US Ambassador Chris Stevens … Continue reading

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A Whole New Raft of Essays by Konrad Schmid on Academia.edu

Die Samaritaner und die Judäer: Die biblische Diskussion um ihr Verhältnis in Josua 24   Die Zerstörung Jerusalems und seines Tempels als Heilsparadox. Zur Zusammenführung von Geschichtstheologie und Anthropologie im Vierten Esrabuch   Die Josephsgeschichte im Pentateuch   L’auto-compréhension des … Continue reading

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Fox News: Morons

See if you can spot* the geographical blunders on Fox ‘News’ map… * Hint- Missouri is in the wrong place, Arkansas is missing, and Alabama and Mississippi are reversed…

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Alert For SBL 2012 Chicago Attendees: You Need to Pack a Flak Jacket and a Bomb Sniffing Dog

The flak jacket may help you when the shooting breaks out and the bomb dog might keep you from entering a bar where, unbeknownst to you, some maniacal jihadist has decided to ‘make a point’. U.S. prosecutors said an Illinois … Continue reading

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Answering Your Letters: People Aren’t Basically Good at All

Dear Jim, You seem to talk about depravity a lot. Why don’t you spend more time pointing out the good in people? Sincerely, Samantha Dear Samantha, The notion that people are ‘good’ flies in the face of both Scripture and … Continue reading

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Happy News for Users of DirecTV

It’s free soccer week!

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Is Freedom of Expression Just a Western Value? Or, Why Bob is Right, and Misguided Simultaneously

I don’t know.  I hope free expression isn’t confined to the West but it seems to be.  And though I agree 100% with Bob’s lucid and brilliant statement concerning the presently ongoing wave of violent madness, I don’t think that … Continue reading

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Remembering David Flusser

In one of those odd historical flukes, David Flusser (a remarkable scholar) was born on 15 September, 1917, and died 15 September, 2000.  Flusser was that rarest of academics- a Jewish scholar of the New Testament.  Given his background and training, his … Continue reading

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Search The Quran

In these troubled times, when people seem ever more unstable and more than willing to attack and kill complete and total strangers for the evil deeds of one single man, perhaps our Muslim friends should search the Quran.  In it, … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Reading Acts:
While the synagogue was a place for prayer and study of scripture, the Temple was a place for sacrifice. Just as sacrifice of animals is always a part of religion in the ancient world, it…

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