Luther: On Atheists

There was mention of a citizen of Wittenberg who was an atheist and who confessed publicly before the town council that he had not received communion for fifteen years. To this Dr. Martin Luther said, “We’ve been sufficiently forbearing with him. After a couple of admonitions I’ll publicly declare that he’s excommunicated and is to be treated like a dog. If in view of this anybody associates with him, let him do so at his own risk. If the unbeliever dies in this condition, let him be buried in the carrion pit like a dog. As an excommunicated person we’ll turn him over to the civil laws.”  –  Luther’s Table Talk

I love Luther’s honest forthrightness.  Sure, he was wrong about some stuff but you just can’t ever accuse him of pandering or equivocating and these days I find that refreshing.

Was he harsh?  You bet.  But so far as he was concerned there was something harsher- death and hell.  He was trying to keep people from experiencing the latter since the former was inevitable.  This makes him miles superior to the likes of Warren and Rob Bell and the other array of self-aggrandizing self promoters.

Americans Need to Wise Up

Many lament the low wages paid workers at places like Wal Mart and yet those same people want to pay low prices for things they themselves buy.  Here’s a fact, America:

You can’t have high wages when you only want to pay low prices.  Or, to say it a bit differently, Americans want high wages but inexpensive products.

Sorry, America, you can’t have it both ways.  Either fork over more of your money to buy more expensive products from factories paying higher wages or shut up about the plight of the poor.  You’re the ones keeping them poor!!!!!!

Quote of the Day

It is no longer necessary, I trust, to offer any apology for laying aside the received text. When so much conscientious labour has been expended on textual criticism, it would be unpardonable in an editor to acquiesce in readings which for the most part are recommended neither by intrinsic fitness nor by the sanction of antiquity.*

* J.B. Lightfoot, of the Byzantine textual tradition, in St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians. A revised text with introduction, notes, and dissertations p.vii. No fan of the Byzantine text that one… And who can fault him for his low estimation of it.

A Bit of An Anomaly: Logos 5 and Word Lists

Does anyone care to explain to me why, when I attempt to generate a vocabulary list using Logos 5 for the LXX of Isaiah when I do this

I get this:

And if I select another version of the LXX, in this instance the lovely Logos LXX, I don’t get Greek at all, I get Hebrew:

Any ideas?  Anyone?  (I happily confess that I’m no computer wizard- but it seems to me that if one selects the LXX one should get Greek and not Hebrew- so what steps am I missing?)

More Muslim Madness

The National Post bears the sad news-

Two suicide bombs killed at least 11 people on Sunday at a church in a barracks in northern Nigeria, where the Islamist sect Boko Haram is waging a campaign of violence, the military said.  Army spokesman Bola Koleoso said a bus drove into the side of the St. Andrew Military Protestant Church at the Jaji barracks in Kaduna state and exploded at around 1105 GMT, five minutes after a service had started.  Explosives inside a Toyota Camry were detonated outside the church ten minutes later, he said. The military said at least 30 were injured.

Barbarians.   Just vile and depraved barbarians.

Joe Zias on BAR- Uncensored

On the cover of the latest edition of Biblical Archaeology Review, 38:04, July/Aug 2012, the BAR Crowd declares the inscription on the James son of Joseph Brother of Jesus ossuary is authentic! Shanks’ claim reappears on page one and again on page 26 in the article’s title . However, tucked away in the 4th paragraph Shanks concedes , “The court held only that the prosecution failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the inscription was a forgery.” Is there no “consumer protection law” in the world of biblical archaeology? Much like the tabloids, readers will purchase the article on newsstands not because of a sentence on page 26, 4th paragraph down, but because of the large, attention-grabbing marketing caption on the cover– thus, caveat emptor.

And more.  Classic Zias.  You’ll either be outraged and informed or amused and informed when you read it.  Joe’s one of those guys you either love or hate but you can’t ignore.

In One Week…

Avraham Faust has agreed to join us on the Biblical Studies List for a colloquium scheduled for December 2-10. His book just published, Judah in the Neo-Babylonian Period, is available from SBL.  There’s still time to join the list so that you can take part in the discussion.

Be sure to have the book read so that you can participate fully in the discussion.