Quote of the Day: Our Culture of Violence

Via TM Law on FB-

Rev. Gary Hall of National Cathedral re: NRA press conference: “A week after the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, the National Rifle Association’s only response has been to urge Americans to put armed guards in every school,” Hall said. “That the NRA seeks to answer the problem of violence with more violence shows that their answers are directly at odds with the teachings of all faith traditions of the vast majority of people of faith in America.

“In this season when Christians celebrate peace on earth and goodwill to humankind, I call on all to reaffirm the Bible’s promise that hope and love are more powerful than fear and hate. We must urge our legislators to support a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines, and commit ourselves to improving mental health treatment and critiquing our culture of glorified violence.”

I concur.

Fun Facts From Church History

francisoneThe Island of Rhodes fell to the advancing Turkish Army on December 21, 1522. When, consequently, Pope Adrian ordered a truce between Charles V (of the Holy Roman Empire) and Francis I (the French King), for the sake of their common war against the Turk, Francis burst out with the remark that the real Turk was the clergy.

Oh Francis… you crusty old Frenchman…  Not that you were wrong.  Just crusty.

The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew

the-dictionary-of-classical-hebrewLogos has just announced that it will be publishing The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew.  Fantastic news, really.

The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew is a completely new and innovative dictionary. Unlike previous dictionaries, which have been dictionaries of biblical Hebrew, it is the first dictionary of the classical Hebrew language to cover not only the biblical texts but also Ben Sira, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Hebrew inscriptions.

This dictionary covers the period from the earliest times to 200 CE. It lists and analyses every occurrence of each Hebrew word that occurs in texts of that period, with an English translation of every Hebrew word and phrase cited.

More thorough than HALOT and more up to date, linguistically sound, and ultimately more accurate than BDB, this dictionary is state of the art.  Expertly edited by David J.A. Clines (one of the most interesting people you will ever meet), this resource is superb.  Just simply superb.  And I’m not alone in that assessment-

If there is anything sensational about the contemporary study of ancient Hebrew, then one must say: It is in book form, and the book is called the Sheffield Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. Absolutely indispensable!  —Bernhard Lang, editor, Internationale Zeitschrift für Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete

Hearing of it’s impeding appearance has made my week.

The NRA: Total Depravity Times 10

As best described on the twitter-

@lydiadepillis  —  Kudos to the @NRA for the ballsiness of proposing the government reward it for Sandy Hook with a giant gun-industry stimulus package.
Indeed.  The NRA has demonstrated itself today to be hungry only for death- thirsting only for death because driven by merchants of death.  That isn’t a political statement- it is a theological fact.

The Pope Sounds Very Much Like Emil Brunner

brunner_tvz2“The defence of the family is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears. Whoever defends God is defending man”, said Pope Benedict XVI Friday in his Christmas address to members of the Roman Curia.

Brunner makes the same point more fully in his awesomely brilliant ‘Man in Revolt’ which EVERYONE everywhere should read.

The Pope recognized the widespread refusal in today’s world “to make any commitment ” as one of the biggest challenges to family life, “a false understanding of freedom and self-realization as well as the desire to escape suffering” . Only in self-giving, noted Pope Benedict “does man…discover the breadth of his humanity. When such commitment is repudiated, the key figures of human existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child – essential elements of the experience of being human are lost”.

Yes, all very Brunnerian (though Brunner said it better).  It’s nice to see the Pope becoming Protestant.