Daily Archives: 24 Oct 2012

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Ok, This Is Terrible, But It Made Me Laugh…



Best headline ever.  (Maybe the driver was distracted by something…)

Logos Answers

There are a few ways you can solve this.

1. Because Logos opens up to your last screen opened before you close it, this is why you are seeing Logos open up like this. You could simply close all your windows before you close the program. That will insure that Logos does not open up the way you want.

2. You can specific layouts for anything you like. This way is the way I handle situations like this.

·First, close all you windows
·Then, open the windows you want to have open
·Next, in the upper right corner of the screen you will see the dropdown menu Layouts

·Once you do that, you will see this:

·Right next to the Now, you will see a time and a little pencil next to it. Click the pencil to be able to name your layout. Notice that I have 4 already named layouts: John, Jude, Mark, etc. You can name it whatever you like.

·After you name it, it will save it as a layout that you can access at any time. But note: it will not automatically save it as you make changes. To do this you will have to update your layout. To do that, simply right click on the layout on the left and click Update to current snapshot

I hope this helps.

Clifford B. Kvidahl

Academic Product Manager
Logos Bible Software
1313 Commercial St., Bellingham WA 98225-4307
(800) 875-6467 ex. 2230
Twitter: @AcademicLogos

Yup- sure does. Thanks!

I Need Some Help, Logos User People

When I open Logos here’s the screen:

But I don’t want the panels on the right nor do I want all of those various translations opening, I simply want the (either) Hebrew or Greek text displayed.  And on the left panel I don’t want it to default to the ‘commentary’ section; I prefer that the ‘exegetical guide’ be displayed right off.  Like this: (which I can only achieve after closing all the stuff I don’t want to start with).

Is there anyone around and about who might direct me – in simple “I’m talking to a 4 year old” step by step instructions as to how to accomplish this?

Quote of the Day

“I have become…convinced of the theological necessity of irony–& of its nobler cousin humor–as a safeguard against idolatry” — Krister Stendahl (via some girl on the twitter.  See, I can be inclusive!)

If You Only Read One News Report Today, It Should Be This One: Down Syndrome Athlete Responds to Coulter’s Use of ‘Retard’

A Special Olympics athlete with Down Syndrome has written an open letter to conservative columnist Ann Coulter, scolding her for using the word “retard” while criticizing President Obama.

The letter by John Franklin Stephens has quickly gained enormous support on the internet, but so far Coulter has not responded.

Stephens decided to write the letter Tuesday after Coulter sent a Twitter message during the presidential debates Monday saying approved of “(Mitt) Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard,” referring to Obama.

Coulter also used the word in a Tweet where she said that if Obama is “‘the smartest guy in the room’ it must be one retarded room.'”

The messages ignited a firestorm of responses from Twitter users who took issue with Coulter’s use of the word as an insult.

Stephens, who gives speeches and talks for Special Olympics as a “global messenger,” wrote an open letter criticizing Coulter for her choice of words and describing the struggles that people with mental handicaps face.

Go along and read it all.  I’m standing up now to applaud Mr. Stephens, a person far wiser than the perverse Coulter will ever be.

Oh Lord, Please, No… Not Another ‘Bible’ Series from the ‘History Channel…

In Spring next year, History Channel will be airing a new ten-part series entitled The Bible.  It dramatizes key narratives from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, and it is executive produced by Mark Burnett (The VoiceSurvivorThe Apprentice) and Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel).  It is produced by Lightworkers Media.  There are short Wikipedia and IMDB entries which will no doubt get expanded as the air date approaches.


We’ve had scholars and theologians help. We’re not pretending to be biblical experts. We brought experts in once the scripts were created to take a look at the scripts to make sure we were accurate and true to the Bible, but obviously we’re making a movie, and so we breathed creative expansion into that.”

All this via Mark Goodacre who was consulted for the project.  And though I trust Mark, I don’t trust Hollywood (or as I call it, Hollow-wood) which is just as likely to leave good scholarship on the cutting room floor as it is to include absolute nonsensical rubbish.  So, I’ll be skeptical till given reason not to be.    Why?  Because for every Goodacre on the project we have to wonder how many Jacobovicis there are.  It is the History Channel after all.  Their track record on such projects has been profoundly abysmal.

In my estimation, Bible Films are guilty (of misrepresentation) till proven innocent.  I can’t help it.  I’ve been burned too many times by them.

Friedman Responds to Lemche

Richard Friedman has today responded to Lemche’s essay of yesterday in Bible and Interpretation. In a word, he didn’t like it (but surely no one thought he would), concluding-

Enough of this “scholarship” that needs to include aspersions against the objectivity of other scholars, even when agreeing that their central point in an article was right.

Lawrence Schiffman Interviewed in Connection With the Times Square DSS Exhibit

And Larry has posted it here.

When the Discovery Times Square Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit was running, I was asked some personal and scholarly questions about the Dead Sea Scrolls for the museum’s blog:

When did you first become interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls?

I began working on the Dead Sea Scrolls when I wrote my senior honors paper at Brandeis University in 1970. Then, when I was looking for a topic for my doctoral dissertation that would combine my fields of interest in Bible and rabbinic literature, I realized that the Dead Sea Scrolls were a perfect area of research for me. Of course, at that time only about one-quarter of the material was available, but there was still a lot of work to do.

Over your decades of study, what’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about the Dead Sea Scrolls?

For me the most surprising thing was to realize that there was an entire library of texts that somehow didn’t enter the mainstream of Jewish literature and thought throughout the ages but that had been part of Jewish culture in Second Temple times, and which did in fact have important influences on Judaism and Christianity. It was amazing to learn how much could be learned from these texts about the history of Judaism and background of Christianity.


It’s Here! Nestle-Aland 28 Came Today Via UPS

Again, thanks to the good graces of Bobby K. of Hendrickson Publishers, a copy of NA 28 came today.  I haven’t even unwrapped it yet.  I’m just savoring the moment actually.  Fear not, though, as soon as this post is up I’ll be peeling off the shrink wrap and diving in.

I’ll review it in due course and post the review online for your perusal.

Time is Running Out…

This freshly published and just appearing Ugaritic grammar has arrived from the good folk at Hendrickson and I’m giving away a copy.

Here are the contest rules:

1- In a few paragraphs describe how you came to be interested in Ugaritic.

2- Are you presently in University or Grad School and pursuing Ugaritic studies?

3- If you’re chosen as the completely random winner based on your responses to the first 2 questions above, what will you do with the volume?

Contestants must reside in the United States and answers must be emailed to me by midnight, November 1, 2012, at jim@theology.edu.

A Man Has Been Shot to Death at Creflo Dollar’s ‘Church’

Dr. Creflo A. Dollar

Fulton County police are investigating after a man was fatally shot inside a famed megachurch in College Park. The shooting broke out around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at World Changers Church International, led by televangelist Creflo Dollar. The victim was sent to South Fulton Hospital in critical condition but later died, according to police sources.

No motive has yet been offered for this heinous and barbaric act.

Rediscovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context

Carol Meyers has a new volume coming out which everyone should probably read, because if Carol has written it, it’s got to be sharp.  The very nice people at Oxford University Press are sending a copy for me to review, which I think is pretty kind.  When said review is done it will be posted here.

This groundbreaking study looks beyond biblical texts, which have had a powerful influence over our views of women’s roles and worth, in order to reconstruct the typical everyday lives of women in ancient Israel. Carol Meyers argues that biblical sources alone do not give a true picture of ancient Israelite women because urban elite males wrote the vast majority of the scriptural texts. Also, the stories of women in the Bible concern exceptional individuals rather than ordinary Israelite women. Drawing on archaeological discoveries and ethnographic information as well as biblical texts, Meyers depicts Israelite women not as submissive chattel in an oppressive patriarchy, but rather as strong and significant actors within their families and in their communities. In so doing, she challenges the very notion of patriarchy as an appropriate designation for Israelite society.

Table of Contents
Notes on Translations, Transcriptions, and Documentation

1. Eve and Israelite Women: Understanding the Task
2. Resources for the Task
3. Setting the Scene: The Ancient Environment
4. Eve in Eden: Genesis 2-3
5. Eve out of Eden: Genesis 3:16
6. Eve’s World: The Household
7. Women and Household Maintenance, Part I: Economic, Reproductive, and Socio-Political Activities
8. Women and Household Maintenance, Part II: Religious Activities
9. Excursus: Professional Women
10. Gender and Society: Reconstructing Relationships, Rethinking Systems
Epilogue: Beyond the Hebrew Bible

The Politics of Israel’s Past: The Bible, Archaeology and Nation-Building

A forthcoming volume edited by Keith Whitelam and Emanuel Pfoh

Myself and Keith Whitelam in Sheffield

It is not uncommon that historical images—presented as simply given, self-evident and even indisputable—are employed in political readings of the past and used as a legitimizing tool. For that reason, the authors of this volume, biblical scholars, archaeologists, anthropologists and historians, undertake a deconstruction of modern biblical discourses on the Bible’s production and the history of ancient Israel, enabling the exploration of critical approaches to ancient Palestine’s past, to the history of the peoples of the region, to the history of the biblical text(s) and, last but not least, to the modern political uses of biblical narratives as legitimizing land ownership and nationalisms.

Among the topics treated are the appearance of Judaism and its connection to the production of biblical literature, the politics of archaeological practice in Israel, the role of archaeology in the production of nationalist narratives of the past, the relationship between genetic studies and Jewish nationalism, and the prospects for writing critical histories of ancient Palestine beyond biblical images and religious and political aspirations.

Each article illustrates the close relationship between the Bible, archaeology and processes of nation-building in the State of Israel. The Politics of Israel’s Past concerns itself both with the ways in which contemporary politics affects the knowledge of the past and with the processes by which constructions of an ancient past legitimate modern political situations.

The Tea People Have Destroyed the Republican Party

The latest jaw-dropping absurdity from a Tea Party politician came Thursday night as Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Illinois, made the case for why a woman should not be allowed to undergo an abortion even when her life is in danger.  In Walsh’s opinion, there can be no danger.  “This is an issue that opponents of life throw out there to make us look unreasonable,” said Joe.  “There’s no such exception as life of the mother, same thing.  With advances in science and technology, there’s — health of the mother has become a tool for abortion for any time, under any reason.”  They say stuff like that.  Missouri’s U.S. Senate candidate, Rep. Todd Akin, recently told a TV interviewer that in cases of “legitimate rape” a woman is able to shut down her body and will not carry a pregnancy to term.


By nominating wacko candidates, the Tea Party movement cost the Republicans three U.S. Senate seats in 2010.  It has now put in peril a golden opportunity for the GOP to win Senate control in 2012.  Who can forget Senate candidate Christine  “I am not a witch”  O’Donnell in Delaware, who single-handedly handed Joe Biden’s old Senate seat back to the Democrats?  Or Sharron Angle in Nevada, equating Social Security to welfare and helping re-elect a not-very-popular Sen. Harry Reid?  Or Ken Buck in Colorado, who wanted to repeal the constitutional amendment that allows for popular election of U.S. senators?

It’s sad really that the Republicans didn’t have the intelligence to notice that they were being hijacked by lunatics.  Thanks to that epic failure, they have lived to see the destruction of the Party of Lincoln.  And make no mistake, the Republican party, as we have known it historically, is dead.

Today With Zwingli

On 24 October, 1529, Zwingli published his edition of the Marburg Articles – along with marginal notes of his own. It’s intriguing in that it allows readers to see what Zwingli thought of each article, in his own words along with the finalized agreed-upon edition which the participants signed. The title of the FlugschriftNotae Zuinglii. Randbemerkungen Zwinglis zu den Marburger Artikeln von 1529.

Only 24% Of Americans Actually Attend Worship Every Week

In spite of the claims of the majority of Americans that they ‘attend worship every week’ the fact is, only 24% actually do.  NPR has the report, which you ought to listen to as soon as you get the opportunity.

A recent Pew survey found that an unprecedented one in five Americans now say they are not affiliated with any religious denomination. Or, looked at another way, nearly four out of five identify with an organized faith. Steve Inskeep talks with NPR’s Shankar Vedantam, who reports that research also shows those Americans overstate how often they go to church by about half.

In short, Americans talk a lot about faith, but only 1 in 4 actually practices their faith.   Put another way, 76% of Americans won’t be in worship this week.  This is the same percentage as in western Europe.