Daily Archives: 1 Oct 2012

Very Sad News: The Death of Abraham Malherbe

Via Jeremy O’Clair this link to the sad news of Prof. Malherbe’s death

Abraham Malherbe, the Buckingham Professor Emeritus of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 28 from an apparent heart attack. He was 82 years old and taught at YDS from 1970 until his retirement in 1994. He was named the Buckingham Professor in 1981. Malherbe was a prolific author and made major contributions in several areas. He is best known for his work in Hellenistic moral philosophy and early Christianity, especially the Pauline tradition. He made contributions both to Hellenistic moral philosophy and to the ways in which early Christians were influenced by it. His work on The Cynic Epistles: A Study Edition (1977) and Moral Exhortation: A Graeco-Roman Sourcebook (1986) made a number of important texts available to the wider range of scholars. His “Hellenistic Moralists and the New Testament” (ANRW) may hold the distinction for being the most cited forthcoming article in the history of New Testament studies. Both before and after its appearance, this article provided a framework for scholars to think about how to appropriate Hellenistic moral philosophy. Malherbe did this in detail in several of his own books, especially, Paul and the Thessalonians: The Philosophical Tradition of Pastoral Care (1987), Paul and the Popular Philosophers (1989), and his Anchor Bible Commentary, The Letters to the Thessalonians 2000). He was working on a commentary on the Pastorals for Hermeneia when he died.

There’s more which you should read at the link above. May he rest in peace.

Michael Explains Wikipedia…

Finally, someone has explained what Wikipedia really is in simple terms, briefly.  With appreciation to Manu Pfoh for pointing it out.

Murders in North Afghanistan, Um, I Mean Chicago, Hit 400

Homicides in Chicago have reached a new high this year, even as recent data show that surging gun violence in the Windy City has slowed from its devastating midsummer heights.  With still three months of the year ahead, Chicago has seen 400 murders so far in 2012 as of Friday, marking a 25 percent increase over last year’s numbers, WGN reports.

They must be so proud.

“The city has gone wild. It’s no longer just gang killing, it’s random killing,” Trotter told the AP.  Last week, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy touted that, although the city got off to a violent start this year, its murder rate in September was down 30 percent, according to CBS Chicago. McCarthy also said shootings have been on the decline for five consecutive months.  Gun violence still proved fatal for 25-year-old Chicagoan Jose Escobar, who was gunned down early Sunday outside Johnny O’s Hot Dogs, a 24-hour stand located at 35th and Morgan in the city’s Bridgeport neighborhood, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

So proud…

Free Access to Near Eastern Archaeology for a Month

Follow the link to myJSTOR to sign in or set up an account and get free access to NEA for a month! http://www.jstor.org/token/78MvUTbgTIUuDIXdhiSP/mark.asor.org.  

I think their motto should be ‘We’re Way Better Than BAR’.  I suspect, though, that they won’t adopt it (even though it’s both true and accurate).

Register to Access SAGE Journals for the Entire Month of October, Free

SAGE is proud to offer free access to our highly advanced online research tools and resources, including SAGE Journals, SAGE Research Methods, and SAGE Knowledge. Designed to offer extensive research features, comprehensive access to robust scholarly content, and customization tools that allow researchers to refine and focus their research, these must-have tools are now available FREE until 31 October 2012.

Do it.

What Has Cassidy Goodson Done That Thousands Upon Thousands of Doctors Haven’t?

America’s legal murder for convenience policy (you call it abortion, I call it murder for convenience) is carried out every day- so why are we so horrified when a 14 year old murderess slaughters an infant still attached by the umbilical cord to her?  Look at her face.  She doesn’t care what she’s done.

A 14-year is accused of choking her newborn to death while the baby was still attached to her by the umbilical cord.  Cassidy Goodson of Lakeland, Fla. is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse, according to theLedger.  Goodson gave birth to a boy in the bathroom of her home on Sept. 19, ABC News reports.  Police say the high school freshman ultimately used scissors to pry the baby out of her body and into the toilet. Lifting the baby out of the toilet, Goodson “placed her hands on the infant’s neck and squeezed until he wasn’t moving or breathing any longer,” according to a statement released by Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Friday.

Horrific isn’t it?  But the murder of children happens every day and the hypocrites who are horrified by this disgusting act are silent and compliant when tens of thousands of others who do the same thing (under the different name of ‘abortion’ – but it’s still murder because the end result is exactly the same).  That’s hypocrisy at it’s finest.

The Free Book of the Month from Logos: ‘The Doctrine of Prayer’ by Hastings

Another good one.

Hastings addresses the complicated issue of prayer. He explores the nature, principles, types, and value of prayer. Hastings also gives practical encouragement and advice for those beginning in prayer, as well as for seasoned prayers. Included are bibliographies, lists of books for further reading, examples, and a detailed table of contents.

Recent Publications from Giovanni Garbini

In case you’ve missed them over the past couple of years, here’s a listing of Prof. Garbini’s latest productions:

first, just appearing, a new edition of his I filistei. Gli antagonisti di Israele which contains numerous corrections, additions, and two entirely new chapters.

Second, a volume titled Dio della terra, dio del cielo. Dalle religioni semitiche al giudaismo e al cristianesimo.

And finally, Letteratura e politica nell’Israele antico. This volume is a collection of essays previously published in a number of places.

Each of these will be of interest to students of the history and religion of Ancient Israel.

Who Is Invisible to Whom

This cartoon showed up on the Facebook and I think it’s fascinating-

As I read this, the Pastor is in full color and everyone else is in light shades- indicating, at least to me, that life continues for the world without much interest in the church.  The crowd is carrying on and the Vicar is essentially invisible to them (in negative).

Call For Papers: The 7th Annual World Archaeological Congress

Details here (with thanks to David Eitam on FB).

Are you an archaeologist with an interest in the media, or a film-maker with an interest in archaeology?

If so, we encourage you to be involved in a landmark session on Archaeology in the Media, at the 7th World Archaeological Congress  to be held in Jordan in January 2013.
Past Preservers CEO, Nigel Hetherington is co-chairing the session with Karen Martin-Stone, of Flinders University and Earth Sea Heritage Surveys, Australia. Since 2005, Nigel a graduate of UCL’s Institute of Archaeology has played a leading role in connecting members of the archaeology and media industries. Karen is a post-graduate student and field archaeologist in Australia’s Northern Territory, and served as a juror for The Archaeology Channel’s 2012 International Film and Video Festival, in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
We are seeking submissions from those with a strong interest in how archaeology is represented to mainstream audiences. Submissions may be films, papers, film screenings with commentary, or you may wish to volunteer to be a panellist in a lively inter-industry debate.  We will also consider proposals for real-time presentation online, for those who cannot make it to the congress. We want to hear about your experiences in communicating archaeology to a wide audience – your ideas, your successes and your challenges.
I know several people who should attend.  Maybe they will learn the difference between accurate archaeology and pure publicity stunt-ing.

Another Noah’s Ark Book… Heaven Forfend…

These things keep spewing from the presses like diarrhea spews from an ailing baby.  It’s no longer just simple silliness or sad dilettantism, it has become a cottage industry driven by greedy people concerned only for public acclaim and personal profit.

In May 2010 a Chinese-Kurdish research team released to the press that they had found a large wooden structure on Mt. Ararat at an altitude of 4,200 meters. But this spectacular discovery has been ignored – even though it IS most probably the biblical Ark of Noah.

No, it isn’t.

The Danish journalist Henri Nissen began in 1999 to research the topic and has made several expeditions to Eastern Turkey. His book, Noah’s Ark: Ancient Accounts and New Discoveries, has now been released. Nissen unveils the great Chinese-Kurdish discovery and presents the reader with facts that allow one to decide for himself if this find is genuine or not. He also presents a historical review of the search for the Ark and describes the ancient sources, both biblical and other, such as the Sumerian clay tablets, which also describe the Flood, the Ark, and persons alluding to Noah.

I know my Danish friends will be so very, very proud that this dilettante is one of their countrymen. But surely he must be a professional archaeologist or Biblical scholar, right?


Henri Nissen is a journalist and has written thousands of articles, produced radio broadcasts and television programs, and written 11 books. He has traveled extensively in French-speaking Africa for the Lutheran World Federation. He is now an independent media consultant. He is married to the artist Birthe Engedal and has a daughter and two sons.  The search for Noah’s Ark has been his passion for the last ten years, and he has visited the Ararat Mountains numerous times. This book is the result of his comprehensive research.

Journalists… Why they think they’re capable of serious scholarship is beyond me. Anyway, Mr Nissen, you’ve earned it, so here’s your dilly:

[Thanks to Eric Cline for pointing the story out.]

The ‘Big Schools’ Are Finally Catching Up to What Some of Us Small Schools Have Been Doing for Over a Decade

Finally.  Interestingly, the silly little shortsighted people who were poo-pooing online education a decade ago are silent now.  Maybe they’ve finally grown up, and caught up too.

Online education isn’t particularly new. It has been around in some form since the 1990s, but what is new is the speed and scale in which online learning is growing.  In barely a year, many of the most prestigious research universities in the world – including Stanford, Caltech, Oxford and Princeton — have started to jump onto the online bandwagon.

Welcome, very late arrivals.