Daily Archives: 30 Nov 2012

It’s Carnival Time: The Big Ole Gigantic Huge Humongous Edition Which Includes Every Posting in November From Every Biblioblog

And it’s the biggest Carnival I’ve ever seen.  Ever.  It’s so large it requires double columns of tiny print and it’s still downward scrolling for ages.

My hat’s off to ya Bob- THAT was a lot of work.  Well done.

Simcha Goes to North Korea!

indigosea2cArchaeologists in North Korea have apparently discovered a mythical unicorn lair belonging to an ancient king, according to a highly dubious report from the state news agency. The quite unbelievable claim of the discovery of the unicorn lair belonging to King Tongmyong, founder of the ancient Korean kingdom Koguryo was made by the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences. The lair was apparently found 220 yards fro a temple in the capital, Pyongyang. “A rectangular rock carved with words “Unicorn Lair” stands in front of the lair. The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392),” the report said. “The temple served as a relief palace for King Tongmyong, in which there is the lair of his unicorn.”

How awesome is that!  Look for a report in BAR in the next few weeks.

Why Is It Easier to Doubt than Believe; to Fear than to Trust?

lutherA question was proposed by Master Ignatius, a student of sacred literature, on the day before the Kalentis of December, 1532 (i.e., November 30): Why do we more readily believe Satan when he terrifies than Christ when he consoles?

The question was answered by Dr. Martin Luther: “Because we are better equipped to doubt than to hope; because hope comes from the Spirit of God but despair comes from our own spirit. Accordingly God has forbidden it [despair] under severe penalty. That we more easily believe penalty than reward is a product of the reason or spirit of man.

Hoping and believing are different from thinking and speculating. Reason sees death before it, and it’s impossible for reason not to be terrified by it. Likewise we can’t be persuaded [by our reason] that God gives his Son and loves us so much, and hence we say, ‘You have not allowed your Son to be crucified for nothing!’ This is above reason. That God is so merciful, not on account of my works but on account of his Son, is incomprehensible.*

Luther’s works, vol. 54: Table Talk (J. J. Pelikan, H. C. Oswald & H. T. Lehmann, Ed.) (59–60).

The ‘Jesus Blog’ is on the Twitter

Here.  It’s the offspring of Le Donne and the other guy whose name I cannot currently recall.  Give it a look.  Or, just wait a while.  They’ve only got 2 tweets so I guess this is just the beginning.

Michael Heiser Contra the Dilettantes: Or, How Things In Ignorance Land Never Change

Another term, another round of biblical ignorance.

I was treated this morning to an email that asked my opinion of this link. Another pseudo-Bible “student” passing around the idea that the Bible names Barack Obama as the Antichrist. This monument to interpretive incoherence was the result of a viral YouTube video (and where else would we look for sound biblical scholarship than YouTube?) that first surfaced back in 2009. I blogged about it here on PaleoBabble. I’d invite new readers to have a look and then decide if they should laugh or cry.

Let me add one footnote to this tale of biblical illiteracy. Back in 2009 this “story” was birthed by World Net Daily (WND). Here is where that story lives. To their credit, WND published my rebuttal. However, that can only be found with Google or some other search engine. That is, WND buried it. Check out the original WND story link above — you won’t find my rebuttal linked on the story page (at least at the time of this post!), so WND readers would never know the whole idea is hermeneutical garbage.


One day soon Michael may experience that dilettante of all dilettantes, Little Honey Tee Tee.  It will be a glorious day.

On The Anniversary of Otto Kaiser’s Birth

https://zwingliusredivivus.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/otto_kaiser.jpg?w=116&h=150The Old Testament scholar Otto Kaiser was born on November 30th, 1924.   A Bultmannian, Kaiser’s many volumes are articulate and insightful.  His most important work, in my estimation, is Der Gott des Alten Testaments. Theologie des Alten Testaments in 3 vols.

He’s a fine exegete and his commentaries are some of the best.

He was celebrated on his 80th birthday in 2004, and rightly so.

Bibi’s Unbounded Evil

Bibi Netanyahu has approved 3000 additional housing units in the Palestinian territories in response to the vote of the United Nations.  And he wonders why Israel is isolated.  It’s a no-brainer Bibi- the vast majority of the world’s population thinks you’re a prat and your policies are immoral.

Israel is to build 3,000 new settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank after the Palestinians won recognition as a non-member state at the United Nations, an Israeli official told AFP on Friday.

Asked if he could confirm a report that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had decided tp build the 3,000 units in response to the Palestinians success at the UN, he said: “It’s true — in (east) Jerusalem and the West Bank,” without saying exactly where.

The decision was revealed in a tweet by the diplomatic correspondent of Haaretz newspaper, who said some of the homes would be built in E1, a highly-contentious area of the West Bank which links annexed east Jerusalem with Maaleh Adumim settlement.

Bibi is a spoiled evil child who retaliates when he doesn’t get his way.  Israelis voting for him vote for hatred.

A Random Act of Kindness from Jona Lendering

I went to the Post Office and was happily surprised to discover a box from the Dutch-land from Jona Lendering which contained a copy of his new book and a mug from Sicily and one from Budapest.  So I wanted to thank him, publicly, for his very considerate random act of kindness.

Thanks Jona!


Conference Announcement: The Bible on TV

King’s College, London, is hosting The Bible on TV.

Location: Great Hall King’s Building Strand Campus
Category: Conference
When: 11/12/2012 (10:00-16:30)
Contact: Organised by Dr Edward Adams (Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies). Please contact Mr Matthew Claridge via trs@kcl.ac.uk. Hosted by the Department of Theology & Religious Studies, in association with CTVC. www.kcl.ac.uk/trs.

The past few years have witnessed renewed TV interest in the Bible, with series and programmes such as, The Bible: A History, The Story of Jesus, and Bible’s Buried Secrets. This major conference brings together high profile media professionals and academics to explore the use of the Bible on TV, and the role of TV in shaping the cultural impact of the Bible.

Then follows the schedule. Londoners, check it out. Via Francesca S. on the twitter.

Alban Books at SOTS Winter Meeting

From Elaine Reid-

Alban Books will have a book display at the forthcoming SOTS Winter Meeting in Cambridge this January. If there are any of our books, which you can view at our new website www.albanbooks.com, that you would like us to bring with us please just let me know and I’ll add them to my list.

Many thanks,

Elaine Reid
Alban Books