A pastor entered a tavern where a man, wishing to embarrass him, rose and suddenly called out quite loudly, “Es gibt keinen Gott” (“There is no God”). The pastor went to him, calmly laid his hand on his shoulder, and said, “Friend, what you have said is not at all new. The Bible said that more than 2,000 years ago.” The man replied, “I never knew that the Bible made such a statement.” The pastor informed him, “Psalm 14, verse 1, tells us, “The fool says in his heart, there is no God.” But there is a great difference between that fool and you. He was quite modest and said it only in his heart; he didn’t go about yelling it out in taverns.” — Anon.
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Bible and Interpretation: The Collected Essays of James Barr Volumes I-III, James Barr, Edited by John Barton.
This is a three volume collection of the most important published papers of James Barr (1924-2006). The papers deal with questions of theology (especially biblical theology), biblical interpretation and ideas about biblical inspiration and authority, and questions to do with biblical Hebrew and Greek, along with several lexicographical studies, essays and obituaries on major figures in the history of biblical interpretation, and a number of important reviews. Many of pieces collected here have hitherto been available only in journals and hard-to-access collections.
It’s a bit pricey but maybe I can save up the $400 it will be in a year.
Seems like an intriguing thesis.
Steve Johnston, my Canadian colleague, shall defend his Ph.D. thesis on October 26, at the Faculté de théologie et de sciences religieuses, Université Laval, Québec. His thesis explores the theme of arrogance of the Archon in some Gnostic texts. Here is the resume of his thesis.
À l’aide d’une approche littéraire et socio-anthropologique, cette recherche propose la comparaison critique de toutes les utilisations attestées du blasphème de l’Archonte et l’étude de la transformation de la citation du texte d’Isaïe dans les textes gnostiques en examinant les particularités de chaque attestation de ce motif en fonction du but poursuivi par l’œuvre dans laquelle il est inséré.
Cette thèse permettra, entre autres, de bien distinguer les différentes versions du blasphème de l’Archonte et de retracer, autant que possible, les différentes étapes de sa diffusion dans la littérature gnostique. Le blasphème de l’Archonte apparaîtra alors comme un des volets de la crise identitaire…
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