Daily Archives: 8 Nov 2012

Mark Goodacre’s Presentation on GThomas

In a word, excellently done (and based on his newly published book of the same subject).  Here are some photos of the seminar and doubtless some faces you’ll know:

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At Duke for the Campbell Conference

The requisite room photos:

Off now to see Tilling and Goodacre.  More anon.

Supporting Chris Rollston

Bob Cargill writes

I’d like to announce an open call for letters in support of Dr. Christopher Rollston, who Emmanuel Christian Seminary is presently attempting to terminate, despite the fact that he is a tenured professor holding an endowed chair.

See Bob’s post and do it!

Guess Which Two Countries Wanted Romney Elected?

Mitt Romney - Caricature

Mitt Romney – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

And yes, just two.  Israel and Pakistan.

International polls show that while Obama was favored as the leader of the free world, citizens of only two countries supported Romney’s candidacy: Israel and Pakistan.

That says a lot. But why?

The world seeks to forget the era of George W. Bush, which divided the global map into good and bad, “those with us” and “those against us;” the difficult conflicts relating to the war on terrorism; the undermining of the concept of multilateralism; the disregard of the United Nations and other international institutions; the attempt to divide Europe over the war in Iraq; and the controversy surrounding global warming. Listening to Mitt Romney, the world heard the voice of Ronald Reagan, and also, that of George W. Bush. This voice was heard when Romney promised to restore America’s past superpower glory; when he labeled Russia as the “great Satan” and placed China on the axis of evil; and mostly when he defined the UN as an “extraordinary failure” and when he let it be understood that he intends to solve the problems of the Muslim world by the use of force.

And that’s why. Had Romney won, the world would be in mourning- except in extremist-ville.

John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life, by Herman Selderhuis

Adrianna Wright, that tremendously competent IVP Academic soul, has sent along for review a copy of Herman Selderhuis’ John Calvin.

Professor and renowned Reformation historian Herman Selderhuis has written this book to bring Calvin near to the reader, showing him as a man who had an impressive impact on the development of the Western world, but who was first of all a believer struggling with God and with the way God governed both the world and his own life.

Selderhuis draws on Calvin’s own publications and commentary on the biblical figures with whom he strongly identified to describe his theology in the context of his personal development. Throughout we see a person who found himself alone at many of the decisive moments of his life–a fact that echoed through Calvin’s subsequent sermons and commentaries. Selderhuis’s unique and compelling look at John Calvin, with all of his merits and foibles, ultimately discloses a man who could not find himself at home in the world in which he lived.

I’m looking forward to diving in, but first I need to finish Luther off.  My review will appear here.

The Dead Sea Scrolls In Amsterdam

Details are sparse, and I’m not sure that whoever did the English translation got some things right (like ‘lyrics’??? ‘AC’???)-

The University of Groningen in cooperation with the Qumran Institute organizes an exclusive exhibition on Dead Sea Scrolls.  The exhibition shows original Biblical manuscripts and objects from the third century BC to the first century AC.  The lyrics of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls provide much information about the history and culture of the period in which important features of Judaism and Christianity were formed.

Anyway, if you’re in Amsterdam surely you can track down the specifics.  Via Lawrence Schiffman on the twitter.

The Pope Leaves Rome!

via Ref.ch on FB

Tomorrow is the Day: ‘The Deliverance of God’ Conference at Duke

Featuring Chris Tilling himself.  It should be good!  If you’re in the area I’m sure you can still arrange to attend.  I’m planning on being there myself, so travel time to and from might crimp postings (though there are always pre-scheduled posts ready to go).  (In fact, I may one day die and posts will continue to appear for a pretty good while…  Just to let you know so you aren’t freaked out.  Indeed, I may well be dead right now).

Archaeology at Carchemish

The Times of Israel reports

A young T.E. Lawrence , left, and C.L. Woolley pictured in front of the Long Wall of Sculpture at Karkemish in Gaziantep province, Turkey, in 1913 (photo credit: AP Photo/Courtesy of the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, File)

Few archaeological sites seem as entwined with conflict, ancient and modern, as the city of Karkemish.

The scene of a battle mentioned in the Bible, it lies smack on the border between Turkey and Syria, where civil war rages today. Twenty-first century Turkish sentries occupy an acropolis dating back more than 5,000 years, and the ruins were recently demined. Visible from crumbling, earthen ramparts, a Syrian rebel flag flies in a town that regime forces fled just months ago.

A Turkish-Italian team is conducting the most extensive excavations there in nearly a century, building on the work of British Museum teams that included T.E. Lawrence, the adventurer known as Lawrence of Arabia. The plan is to open the site along the Euphrates river to tourists in late 2014.

Read the whole very interesting piece.

December 14th, That’s The Day…

When this comes to theaters!   Hooray!!!!!

A Nice Video on the Heidelberg Catechism’s 450th Anniversary


Zum Jubiläum der Publikation machen das kurpfälzische Museum, das Heidelberger Schloss sowie das Paleis Het Loo im niederländischen Apeldoorn im Frühjahr eine Ausstellung. Unter dem Titel “Macht des Glaubens” werden neben der Originalausgabe weitere hochkarätige Exponate aus dem 16. und 17. Jahrhundert präsentiert.

Has Yigal Levin Identified the Site of David and Goliath’s Confrontation?

Deane writes

According to an article by Yigal Levin in the August 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, the archaeological site of Khirbet Qeiyafa is none other than the Israelite camp mentioned in the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17).

Deane continues a bit later

Levin cautions that this “does not, of course ‘prove’ that David really killed Goliath” (p. 83). He acknowledges that the story in 1 Samuel 17 might “not represent any particular historical event at all” and that the ’round camp’ at Khirbet Qeiyafa may have been built decades later than the setting of the story. Yet, Levin notes, the round structure of Khirbet Qeiyafa “would still have been visible and known to the author of 1 Samuel 17, who “guessed its function, and worked it into his story” (p. 84).

See for yourself if Levin is convincing.

Personally the fact that a real place with real details are used in a novel doesn’t persuade me that the facts of the story are established.  Just think of all the novels you’ve read set in Boston or New York or Washington, DC which meticulously describe the location but which still have zombies and vampires running around.  Would the details in the story convince you that Vampire Bill did what the story suggests?   Or even non-Vampire Susan?