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Daily Archives: 10 Nov 2012

Lest We Ever, Ever Forget…

If You’re Heading to SBL…

This may be of interest to you-

Saturday November 17, 2012, 8pm-10pm, at the SBL Meeting in Chicago, the Enoch Seminar will hold a joint reception with the University of Michigan. Everybody is welcome!

It will be an opportunity to meet with the governance of the Enoch Seminar and know more about the many activities of our group:

(a) the Seventh Enoch Seminar on “Enochic Influences on the Synoptics” (Camaldoli, Italy, 21-26 July 2013), chaired by Loren Stuckenbruck;

(b) the Fifth Enoch Graduate Seminar (Montreal, Canada, May 2014), chaired by Lorenzo DiTommaso and Gerbern Oegema;

(c) the Second Nangeroni Meeting (Rome, Italy, June 22-27 2014), chaired by Carlos Segovia;

(d) the Enoch Seminar Online website with all the papers presented at the Enoch Seminar Meetings, plus book reviews and news from the field of Second Temple Judaism;

(e) the 4 Enoch Encyclopedia, with its more than 20,000 entries; see

Please contact Gabriele Boccaccini for further information.

The Prophet Jesus and the Renewal of Israel

Richard Horsley’s very new book has arrived courtesy the good folk at Eerdmans for review, and I’m very keen to do it.

Debate over whether or not Jesus can be best interpreted within an “apocalyptic scenario” has continued to dominate historical Jesus studies since Schweitzer and Bultmann. In The Prophet Jesus and the Renewal of Israel Richard Horsley shows that the apocalyptic scenario — with its supposed expectation of “the end of the world,” the fiery “last judgment,” and “the parousia of the Son of Man” — is a modern scholarly construct that obscures the particulars of texts, society, and history.

Drawing on his wide-ranging earlier scholarship, Horsley refocuses and reformulates investigation of the historical Jesus in a thoroughly relational-contextual approach. He recognizes that the sources for the historical Jesus are not separate sayings, but rather the sustained Gospel narratives of Jesus’ mission. Horsley’s new approach finds Jesus the popular prophet engaged in a movement of renewal, resistance, and judgment against Roman imperialism, Jerusalem rulers, and the Pharisees.

My review of this interesting volume is downloadable here.

Quote of the Day

“A scholar who reads the primary sources has an unfair advantage over the scholar who doesn’t.” – via Jeremiah Bailey

As the kids say, oh snap!

Our Baby-Quake

There was supposedly an earthquake in these here parts but I didn’t feel a thing.  Nothing.  Nada.  Frankly I think it was just a sort of mass delusion based on hangover-besotted Southerners after a hard night of boozings.  That or exhaustion has numbed me to anything but the most abrupt violent earth-shakings.  You decide.

Theological Dilettantism Taken to an Absurdly New Low

Sally Woodmansee is the worlds greatest theological dilettante. She insists that her…

Dead son told me heaven is colourful and Hitler is there having counselling…

She’s either completely insane or completely evil.  Read the whole piece if you don’t love yourself.  With a sort of anti-thanks to Francesca S. for pointing it out and making me wish this were the 16th century and Ms Woodmansee lived in Geneva.

There’s Very Little Time Left…

Did You Know That Zionism Is a Form of Racism, According to the United Nations?

On November 10, 1975, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed Resolution 3379, which declared Zionism a form of racism.

And then

After the vote, a lanky man with tousled hair stood to speak. He pronounced his words with the rounded tones of a Harvard professor, but his voice shook with outrage: “The United States rises to declare, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, and before the world, that it does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act.”

And its all documented in a new volume titled Moynihan’s Moment

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the US Ambassador to the UN, recognized the resolution for what it was: an attack on Israel and democracy motivated by anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism. Moynihan’s heroic defense of the State of Israel made him a celebrity, and won him a US Senate seat that he would keep for 24 years. Yet his effort to block the resolution failed; it even triggered a threat against his life by the head of the UN’s Palestinian delegation.

Moynihan’s Moment tells the dramatic story of Moynihan’s and America’s fight against “Zionism as racism.” It examines world events that led to the drafting of the UN resolution, recounts Moynihan’s political maneuverings to prevent its passage, and traces the effects this historic episode had on the complex US-Israel relationship.

The Best Systematic Theology Ever Produced, By a Lutheran

I’m serious when I say this- this volume by Schmid is THE BEST systematic theology ever produced (so far) by an Lutheran.  It’s fantastic.  It should still be required reading.

The Doctrinal Theology of the Evangelical Lutheran Church produces a comprehensive look at the complete development of Lutheran theology through the turn of the nineteenth century. Heinrich Schmid draws from 10 Protestant scholastics, compiling a dogmatic volume on old Lutheran theology, citing MelanchthonChemnitz, Gerhard, Hutterus, Hafenreffer, Calov, Quenstedt, Baier, Hollaz, and König as Lutheranism’s primary post-Reformation theologians.

Originally titled Die Dogmatik Der Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirche, this thorough volume represents the Lutheran Church’s mid-nineteenth-century teachings and doctrine. Since its first edition in 1843, this title has enjoyed such popularity that it has received five further editions and revisions, two English translation editions, and numerous reprints, republications, and redistributions.

That bit undersells it- it’s more praiseworthy than any other volume written by a Lutheran systematician between Luther and it and between it and now.

It’s The Birth Anniversary (The Birth-iversary ©) of Martin Luther, Augustinian

No need, is there, to delve into all those nifty biographical details on the anniversary of Luther’s birth.  I’ll just let him say something for himself:

Heretics are useful. We don’t realize how good it is for us to have opponents. If Cerinthus hadn’t lived, John would never have written what we have of his. Cerinthus attacked the person of Christ, and this compelled John to write and declare, ‘In the beginning was the Word’ [John 1:1]. John made the distinction of the three persons [of the Trinity] so clear that it couldn’t be made dearer.

So, too, Eck provoked me. He made me wide awake. I wished from the bottom of my heart that he would return to the way [of salvation], and therefore I wanted to strike out against him with my fist in the hope that he might be converted. But if he was always to remain as he had been, I wished him the papacy. He would have deserved it. He took all kinds of work upon himself, although he was in part paid for this, for he received income of seven hundred gulden from the parish in Ingolstadt alone. He would have been an inexpensive pope. They had nobody else who might have done it. He gave me my first ideas, and without him I would never have got this far. Accordingly our opponents are very useful to us, although they think they do us harm.