Daily Archives: 4 Oct 2012

A Guest Post, By James Bos: A Letter to ECS In Support of Christopher Rollston

Dear Dean Holland and President Sweeney,

It has come to my attention that Professor Chris Rollston has been attacked personally and professionally by another member of the faculty at ECS. I would like to voice my support for Professor Rollston. He is an extraordinary scholar, a gentle and kind man, someone who values truth, and who promotes honest scholarship. I have read numerous of his essays and have benefited from my reading of them. And the article published in Huffington Post, which seems to have spawned the attacks from Professor Blowers, is an excellent piece. In fact, I will be using it as one of the introductory readings in my course titled Women of the Judeo-Christian Bible the next time I teach it.

Under no circumstances would Professor Rollston deserve a reprimand or any other form of disciplinary action as sought by Professor Blowers, and in contrast, it is Professor Blowers’ actions that are entirely unprofessional, not to mention unseemly.

Sincerely,

James M. Bos
Visiting Instructor of Religion
University of Mississippi

Fun Facts From Church History: Luther, on the Quran

In 1542 Luther published Brother Richard’s Refutation of the Koran, Translated into German by Dr. M. Luther (Widerlegung des Alkoran Bruder Richardi; verdeutscht dutch Dr. M. Luther) (WA 53, [261] 271–396).

In the preface Luther expressed amazement that the Koran had not been translated into Latin. He went on to say that as recently as Shrove Tuesday 1542 he had seen such a translation for the first time, but that it was a very poor one.

Later that year a new Latin version was published in Basel, but it was banned by the magistrate. Luther urged the lifting of this ban. Cf. Köstlin, Martin Luther, II, 603. — Luther’s Works, vol. 46: The Christian in Society III.

Neat huh!  I would wager most folk wouldn’t even imagine that Luther thought a Latin version of the Quran something desirable, but he did.

A very informative and provocative post indeed.

Remnant of Giants

While some people make a name for themselves, in the case of Og, it may be that the name created the person.

Deuteronomy 3.11 describes King Og of Bashan as ‘the last of the remnant of the Rephaim’ and notes that he is buried in a sarcophagus nine by four cubits in size (13 1/2 by 6 feet). Deuteronomy 1.4 describes King Og as reigning in two cities, Ashteroth and Edrei. In addition, a Ugaritic text from about 1200 B.C. (KTU 1.108) states that another member of the Rephaim (or as they said in Ugaritic, a member of the Rapiˀuma) reigned at Ashteroth and Edrei (or Athtarat and Hedrey). Again, an early fifth-century B.C. tomb inscription from the Phoenician city of Byblos (Byblos 13) summons ‘the Og’ against anybody who would disturb the dead person’s remains.

Gregorio del Olmo Lete follows a fairly widespread understanding when…

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The Debate ‘Uh’s

An Open Letter to the Emmanuel Christian Seminary Concerning Christopher Rollston

To Whom it May Concern,

I cannot, at the present moment in time, imagine why Christopher Rollston has come under fire from certain quarters simply because his views are intelligent, refined, dignified, honest, truthful, insightful, brilliant, and recognized around the world as authoritative.

If I may, to help you see things from a broader perspective, point out to you several facts which you should certainly be aware of:

1- Professor Rollston is widely and universally positively regarded and highly respected by his peers, colleagues, and even opponents in the academic world.  You are, and I assure you of the truth of this fact, blessed, in every sense of that word, to have him on your faculty.  Let me say that again, you are blessed to have him there.

2- His anemically unintellectual attacker should be ashamed of himself for his cowardly and underhanded manipulative attempts to persuade you otherwise.  No one brings more to the table than Chris when it comes to honest and genuinely useful interpretation of the linguistic facts.  Certainly not his enemy in this case!

3- If you were to survey people in the field of epigraphy and ask them whose opinion and interpretation they trust, Chris’s name will come up, I guarantee, in the top three every time and most likely his will be the first name mentioned.

In this, a humble – open – public – and plain letter I appeal to you to see with open eyes that the only motivation behind this scurrilous, shameful, scandalous attack on Prof. Rollston is crass and disreputable sub-Christian jealousy, impure and simple.

Therefore I urge you, in the plainest language possible, to stand up for Prof. Rollston publicly, loudly, and immediately.  Your reputation as an institution of higher learning is at stake.

If you stand by and allow this contemptible attack to continue unanswered, I can faultlessly assert that you will be seen as a school where petty jealousy determines policy, and that, dear friends, would be a true and authentic tragedy.

Yours most sincerely,

Jim West, ThD
Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies, Quartz Hill School of Theology
Pastor, Petros Baptist Church

[Please do feel free, dear reader, to send a letter of your own to the Dean and the President and others at the Seminary as you see fit.  You can contact them here].

An Update on the BibleWorks 9 and Mac Announcement

The folk at BW9 write (in clarification of yesterday’s announcement)

We’ve just been informed of license restrictions that force us to amend yesterday’s email announcement.

If you obtain the BW9 Mac Public Preview through our webstore by 10/15/2012, there will be no fee for it. After that date users will have to pay a nominal fee of $6 to obtain the BW9 Mac Public Preview. This is due to license restrictions that we did not understand before the initial announcement was made. We will absorb the nominal fee for users who obtain the Mac Public Preview by 10/15/2012. This does not affect Mac users running BibleWorks outside of the Mac Public Preview.

To implement all of this, we’ll have to offer the Mac Public Preview through our webstore. It should appear there by early next week. If you already downloaded the Mac Public Preview check the Mac info page early next week for updated instructions on how to get your free activation code for the Mac Public Preview.

We’re sorry for this inconvenience. It’s important to us that we keep our word (Psa. 15:4). We’re very excited about this opportunity to provide our Mac users with another way to run BibleWorks at a low cost.

If you purchased any BibleWorks product as a result of yesterday’s announcement and this arrangement is not acceptable to you, please contact us, and we will refund your order.

Thanks for bearing with us and for your support for our work. May we all be used to fill the earth with the knowledge of the Lord.

Gratefully,
The BibleWorks Team

So, Mac devils, take note.

From the Introduction…

Of the soon to appear Archaeology, Bible, Politics, and the Media: Proceedings of the Duke University Conference, April 23-24, 2009, edited by our friends Eric and Carol Meyers —

The editors hope that this collection of essays and responses will provide valuable insights to scholars who seek a better relation with and understating of the media and who hope to avoid the pitfalls of sharing their expertise with the general public. We also hope that journalists, reporters, and documentarians might come across this book and become sensitive to the concerns of those whose expertise is essential to them when they deal with biblical and archaeological subjects. Finally, we hope that all readers will be made aware, if they aren’t already, that the discoveries of both biblical studies and archaeology are all too easily distorted and misrepresented by the religious or political agendas of others.

Here’s the extensive Table of Contents:

Another Pretty Good Week

From last Thursday to last night

(Come on Africa, shape up)

Noah’s Ark Has Been Found… Yet Again… Again

And you just know that if the website announcing the find is called ‘Bible Code‘ it has to be the real deal…

God gave us all important data in the Biblecode, to find the Ark.  And he made clear, that we will be successfully.

If not grammatically… With thanks to Eric Cline for pointing out this gem- which includes several photos of the ‘discovery’…

Another Soul-less Teen Treats the Baby She Bore Like Trash

soul-less miscreant unconcerned for her child

Illinois authorities arrested a 19-year-old woman after she allegedly admitted to dumping her 3-week-old daughter in a remote area. Kendra Meaker, of Toulon, a city located about 30 miles northwest of Peoria, was charged in Stark County Circuit Court on Friday, with obstruction of justice and endangering the life or health of a child. Meaker, who also has an 11-month-old daughter, is being held on a $10,000 bond. Meaker came to the attention of police on Sept. 27, when she reported someone had abducted her baby from the back seat of her car while she was mailing a package at a local post office. Illinois State Police immediately issued an Amber Alert for the missing toddler. According to Stark County Sheriff Jimmie Dison, investigators were suspicious of Meaker’s story. “I didn’t believe her,” Dison said in Stark County Circuit Court Friday.

You can take your unwanted child to just about any government building, hospital, fire station or even Church and they will see to it that the baby is taken care of. Treating them like trash, then disposing of them and lying about it is just another manifestation of the cruelty and indecent inhumanity residing in the hearts of teen girls who pop children out like they’re a Pez dispenser after their frequently wanton and thoughtless sexual escapades. It’s sick. Sick and evil.

Leonhard Goppelt and the University of Munich

I had searched and searched and looked and looked, for a pretty good while, online, for a photo of Professor Goppelt- with no luck.  Till today, when the nice folk at the University of Munich responded to my inquiry as to whether or not they had a photo they could and would send along.  Here it is, with my undying thanks to Phillip Stoltz for sending it:

Photo courtesy of the Evangelisch-theologische Fakultät, LMU, Munich

New Testament Studies

New Testament Studies

The latest issue of New Testament Studies is now available online, including the following research articles:

To access these articles and the entire issue for free until the 30th November 2012, simply click here.