Oded Golan Responds to Joe Zias

In a new essay at Bible and Interpretation.

Zias’ story was thoroughly examined by the Israel Antiquities Authority and by the Israel Police and later was examined by the District Court of Israel and was found to completely baseless. The Court concluded that Zias’ testimony was not reliable and that Zias’ testimony could not be used to determine that the James Ossuary was one of the two ossuaries that were in Abu-Shakra’s store in the 1990s. Even the prosecution gave very little weight to Zias’ statement at all in its closing arguments.

And more- which read.

Why Is Emmanuel Christian Seminary Dragging its Feet?

Are they hoping that support for Christopher Rollston will die out or that scholars and colleagues will lose interest and then Emmanuel can remove a tenured Professor without cause simply to satisfy the personal vendetta of a couple of ill tempered administrators?

Well, they’re wrong.  We won’t lose interest in the matter and we won’t turn our backs on Chris.  We will stand by his side until every last issue concerning his employment is resolved to his satisfaction.

Emmanuel may be feet draggers- but the rest of us aren’t.

OK I’m Done With Instagram

Instagram, the popular service for sharing and filtering photos shot on phones, has now released changes to its Terms of Use, which will go into effect on Jan. 16, 2013 for all users. “Our community has grown a lot since we wrote our original terms of service. To get things up to date for the millions of people now using Instagram, we’re bringing you new versions of our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service,” Instagram wrote on its blog.  It quickly had something of an online rebellion on its hands. Pink, the singer, was one of many who vented on Twitter: “I will be quitting Instragram today. What a bummer. You should all read their new rules.”

So what did they say? Instagram pointed out a few updates, including the fact that it’s not changing anything regarding who can see your photos or who owns them and that it’s now sharing its systems with Facebook so it can fight spam better.

But it didn’t mention something that’s in the fine print.

Your Photos Can Be Used By Others   — “Instagram does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service,” it said. “Instead, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service, except that you can control who can view certain of your Content and activities on the Service as described in the Service’s Privacy Policy, available here: http://instagram.com/legal/privacy/.”

Jerks.  Buh bye.  I’m not granting you the rights to my photos to use howsoever you please.  I do the work, so you get the money by selling what I’ve done?  No way.  So as of today, I’m finished using your service.  I’ll be closing my account.  Now.

Pilgrim Theology, By Michael Horton

The nice folk at Zondervan sent along, several weeks back, the galley proofs of Horton’s soon to be published (Feb 2013) book titled “Pilgrim Theology“.

According to the publisher-

9780310330646This concise tour of Christian doctrine is an ideal resource for Sunday School, reading groups, church-wide studies, and college courses examining the Christian faith and the Reformed tradition. Based, in part, on Michael Horton’s award-winning The Christian Faith, this new study—Pilgrim Theology—presents the church’s teachings in an accessible manner, while engaging other Christian traditions and contemporary theological issues.

My review is here.

Theological Dilettantism: The Priest Edition

First, Christian Brady remarks

Theology and the Bible should never be separated. (Unless it is systematic theology. After all, the Bible isn’t very systematic.)

I agree.  The Bible is theological to its very core; and true Christian theology is biblical to its very core.  Systematizations are problematic, but not nearly as problematic as the Priest who declared of her sermon:

It was pure theology, no specific biblical references.

Blah.  If it wasn’t based on biblical texts specifically it isn’t even impure theology- it’s dilettantish theology  of the worst kind.

Chris then observes

That is wrong on so many levels. I think even Jim would agree.

Oh you bet he does.  You bet he does!  I don’t know who that woman was, but she should keep silent in the Church.  In absentia I present her this week’s Dilly- and it’s well deserved-

dilly-the-dilettante

Michael Langlois on the Newly Digitized Dead Sea Scrolls

Michael writes

First impressions on the DSS Digital Library:

(1) New photographs of all plates, including color and IR! Resolution goes beyond 1200 dpi, which is great. Now we can look at individual letters, see the actual condition of the fragments, skin color and texture, … and sometimes bad shape. Hence the need for our beloved old PAM photographs:

(2) The PAM photographs are there! Better quality than on the microfiches or the Brill CD-ROMs. Not perfect though, the resulting resolution varies between 400 and 600 dpi. Upscaling does not help much since artifacts (due to JPEG compression) are visible. I suspect working on the scan files could help. Any chance there will be an option for direct download of PNG or TIFF files?

Conclusion: congrats to the IAA & Google team! My #1 wish is to be able to download the original files so that I can play with them 😉

Of course what he’s talking about is this.   You should add that link to your resources.