Daily Archives: 20 Nov 2012

Con Campbell: Out Pitting Brad Pitt

Two words: hi-larious!

Via the folk at Zondervan on the FB.

Speaking of Con, my review of his brilliant book will post tomorrow, D.V.

UPDATE:  And so it has.

Bible Reading Plans for 2013: Read Your Greek New Testament and Your Hebrew Bible Through This Year

And along with that, the Greek New Testament.

This is the year you can do it!

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

Churchgoers found a sign from above when they arrived at their North Carolina congregation on Sunday — a hole in the ceiling.  But in this case the man upstairs turned out to be a naked transient who fell through the ceiling at the Resurrection International Church in Hickory, according to the Hickory Daily Record.  A church member discovered James Albert Kimrey, Jr., Chris Wicked Tilling, 46, in the restroom without any clothes on, the Associated Press reported.

Kimrey Tilling had been removed from the church on Saturday, WHKY reported. He wanted to spend the night in the place of worship, but reports said he was incoherent and there was concern he’d harm children rehearsing in the choir.  At some point during the night he returned and climbed a ladder. Police believe he undressed because he couldn’t otherwise fit through a space between the ventilation duct and the building’s framework.

Chris, Chris, Chris… straighten up!  You have a wife now!

Let Me Reiterate…

Forgiveness granted without repentance expected is permission.  Nothing less.

Now That’s Something to See! Adriano’s Goal on 20 November 2012!

As With All Things Emergent, It Begins in a Bar…

Marc (Markie Mark) Cortez is commencing a series on Barth, Evangelicals, and Universalism.  The first post is really nicely attempted and the comments by the guy named Michael are worth noting.  I’m looking forward to the series though, since it’s set in a tavern of wicked drunkenness, I’ll be having a Diet Coke thank you.

[NB- All kidding aside, it should be a great series.  I like Marc.  He’s sharp and he’s a very congenial person (and if you’re wondering why he isn’t on the blogroll it’s just because his blog lacks a roll altogether and it’s not fair for relationships to be one sided)]

An Interview With Emanuel Tov

From 1990 to 2010, Professor Emanuel Tov (Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) served as the Editor in Chief of the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project, producing over thirty volumes from the famed 1947 discovery nearQumran. The scrolls — written between 250 B.C.E. and 70 C.E. by a Jewish monastic community (most likely theEssenes) — have had an enormous impact on Biblical studies scholarship over the last 65 years, calling into question, among many other things, the origin and influence of certain practices and beliefs. The volumes that Tov helped to produce during his tenure can now be found in the Discoveries in the Judaean Desert series, the foundational point of reference for students of the Dead Sea Scrolls.


In this interview (audio below) conducted for Oxford Biblical Studies Online (OBSO), Professor Marc Brettler (Brandeis University) discusses with Professor Tov his early days as a scholar of Biblical studies, his research into the Qumran scrolls, and the legacy of his work — most notably his landmark book Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible (3rd ed., revised and expanded; Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012), which continues to set the standard for his field.

Go the the link, scroll down a bit, and listen to the just over 22 minute interview.  It’s grand!

It’s Ok To Be Gay in the C of E But Not a Woman…

That’s odd.

In a knife-edge decision at a special sitting of the Synod in London, bishops and clergy voted through the change by large majorities.  But the measure failed to secure the required two thirds support among representatives of the laity by just 6 votes.  Although 324 members of the Synod voted in favour of the change, 124 voted against and 11 abstained.  The result was met with dismay in the Synod chamber at Church House in Westminster.  Twitter also reacted with anger with many Christians saying they were ‘ashamed’ to be part of the Church of England.

But not as ashamed as progressive Catholics to be Catholic these days!  Thankfully, I belong to a denomination untroubled by such oddities.

Oh Please! Here’s Your Dilly!


‘RevelationS’… oh for the love of (and that’s the least of the horrendous atrocities!)…


Political science major?  Says it all, doesn’t it.  So…

Here’s Your Dilly, Elizabeth!

The book of Revelation in the landscape of Utah my right nose-hair.  What next, the book of Isaiah represented in a pile of dog excrement?

Again, for some, the Bible should be unavailable.  They don’t read it, they don’t comprehend it, and they continue to speak, without reason, as though they do.

This Actually Did Make Me Laugh- Out Loud!

via Kara Cooney on the FB

Gaza Cease-Fire?

Please, dear Lord, let it be so.

Mainz Colloquium

11. Mainz International Colloquium on Ancient Hebrew (11. MICAH) Mainz November 1st – 3rd, 2013

Invitation and Call for Papers

The 11th Mainz International Colloquium on Ancient Hebrew (11. MICAH) will take place at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, from Friday, 1st to Sunday 3rd November 2013.

Topics of the meeting cover grammar and linguistics of Ancient and Classical Hebrew (Epigraphic and Biblical Hebrew, Qumran and related Hebrew, and Ben Sira), as well as studies of adjacent Semitic languages and epigraphy, as for instance Ugaritic, Phoenician-Punic, Old and Imperial Aramaic, Syriac, Moabite and Edomite. Topics on general epigraphy, paleography, adjacent non-Semitic (e.g. Philistine), and general linguistics in connection with these languages are also welcome.

We encourage scholars in the field to give lectures of preferably 20-30 minutes on a topic of their choice.

Depending on papers submitted, topics will be arranged into special sessions within the following areas:

Biblical Hebrew
Postbiblical Hebrew
Lexicography & Semantics
Epigraphy & Palaeography
General topics of Northwest Semitic paleography, and other.

Conference languages are German, English, and French. As we wish to avoid parallel sessions, the call will be deemed closed when the optimal number of proposed papers for each is accepted. For this reason, if you are considering participation, the earlier you send your proposal the better.

Postgraduates, or PhD. doctorate students are explicitly invited to present their projects where they might benefit from collegial discussions and a friendly, non-conceited atmosphere. Any one applying in this category, please indicate your institution and supervisor.

For participation, we request a fee of 30 Euro, which is due on site. For those who present a paper, participation is free. Active students may request the suspension of fees, which might be granted depending on the availability of funds.

Please send paper proposals to the undersigned (lehmann@uni-mainz.de) or to MICAH@uni-mainz.deand indicate the topic (preliminary or working title) and the estimated length of presentation.

While no formal pre-registration form is needed, for planning purposes, it is nevertheless important that we receive soon an email declaration of intent, at the above address.

We are not organizing travel or housing arrangements, but will gladly inform you on available lodging near the University.

For all questions and concern please contact the undersigned:
Dr. Reinhard G. Lehmann
Academic Director / Ancient Hebrew and NWS Languages
Research Unit on Ancient Hebrew and Epigraphy
Faculty of Protestant Theology
Tel. +49-6131-39-23284 (office)

Jesus: Rise To Power

Jesus: Rise To Power – Parthenon Entertainment , United Kingdom, 2012.  3 x 1 hours. Hosted by Dr Michael Scott.  How in three hundred years did a small Jewish cult become [the] one and only religion of the most powerful Empire on earth, sweeping away 1200 years of paganism? A unique investigation into the rise of Christianity told from a Roman point of view.

I saw this mentioned by Benjamin Pascut on his Academia.edu page and thought it interesting.  I wonder if anyone else knows anything about it- like air dates (or has it already?) and DVD availability.  Ben served as a consultant and Michael is a pretty good Classical historian, so I’m thinking it might be pretty good.  Better, at least, than anything ever aired on Discovery Channel or The History Channel on the topic.

The trailer at the link above is quite engaging, so do give a look.

UPDATE:  This email from the film’s producer-

Yes, Jim, thank you. Jesus: Rise To Power will air in the US on National Geographic Channel. They haven’t as yet told us the dates but as we delivered the programs in July I expect it will be either this Christmas time or Easter 2013.

With regards.

Richard Sattin

Pakistan Has Ended the Blasphemy Trial of Rimsha Masih

So the Guardian

A Pakistani Christian girl accused by her neighbours of burning sacred Islamic texts has had blasphemy charges against her dropped by the Islamabad high court.

Rimsha Masih is believed to be one of the few people to escape prosecution under the country’s religious laws, which have been subject to widespread abuse and false accusations.

The initial police report against the girl was quashed this week, more than three months after she was accused of carrying charred Qur’an texts near her house in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad. The conclusion to the high-profile case came after rare public opposition to a blasphemy case by senior Islamic clerics.

So, good.  It was a senseless charge in the first place.  Sense prevailed, as it should.

Is God Chinese?

via Ref.ch on the FB

Jason Goroncy’s Forthcoming Volume: Hallowed be Thy Name

English: Peter Taylor Forsyth (1848-1921)

It’s subtitled The Sanctification of All in the Soteriology of P. T. Forsyth.

This book fills a noticeable gap in Forsyth studies. It provides readers interested in the thought of Forsyth with a way of reading and critiquing his corpus, and that in a way that takes due account of, and elucidates, the theological, philosophical and historical locale of his thought. Goroncy explores whether the notion of ‘hallowing’ provides a profitable lens through which to read and evaluate Forsyth’s soteriology. He suggests that the hallowing of God’s name is, for Forsyth, the way whereby God both justifies himself and claims creation for divine service. This book proposes that reading Forsyth’s corpus as essentially an exposition of the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer is an invitation to better comprehend not only his soteriology but also, by extension, his broader theological vision and interests.

I confess- I know nothing about Forsyth. Nothing. But Forsythians and those interested in his theology will doubtless find this an important study.