Daily Archives: 20 Dec 2013

Logos is Going Big

500-book-mega-packThey’ve come up with a 500 volume collection they’re calling the 500 Book Mega Pack.  It’s on sale for 96% off during their Christmas sale – http://logos.com/Christmas.   It’s got tons of material, including our friend Zwingli and many, many lesser luminaries (but luminaries nonetheless).

But there’s a catch- it’s like the McRib- it’s only available for a limited time. They tell me

This product will cease to exist as an offer after December 31. It will no longer be a live offer on our website January 1, 2014.

In all seriousness, it has some amazing books included in it– here are a few I think especially noteworthy:

Adolf von Harnack Collection (22 vols.)
Gnomon of the New Testament (5 vols.)
The Major Works of Justin Martyr in Greek (3 vols.)
Friedrich Blass Greek Studies Collection (3 vols.)
Adolf Deissmann New Testament Studies Collection (2 vols.)
The Decades of Henry Bullinger (4 vols.)
James Hope Moulton Greek Studies Collection (5 vols.)

And a lot more. It’s certainly something worth looking into. Whilst thou canst.

They’ve also, in an unrelated matter, given you a bit of a Christmas treat with, I think, Cliff Kvidahl singing the tune in this ‘Merry Christmas’ video! (OK fine, I don’t know if that’s Cliff or not. It could be Rick Brannan).

Thank You, TVZ

For sending these:


I will give them a proper going over and send along my assessment in due course.  In the meantime- thank you, again.

The Week That Was

Behold…  (from last Friday through midnight last night).  And hey, Libya, step it up!

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Quote of the Day

If man has no personal God, all the more surely he has one or more impersonal gods. — Emil Brunner

Post-Doc Research Appointment at the INTTR

Via SBL in the email thing-

The American Bible Society and the German Bible Society are awarding a post-doc research assistant at the Institute for New Testament Textual Research in Münster, Germany. The fellowship covers a period of 36 months, a fixed three-year appointment, beginning 1 July 2014. For fellowship details and applications instructions, please click here or visit the AAR-SBL Employment Services (http://www.aarsbl.org/).

Today With Zwingli

It was on 20 December, 1524 that Zwingli urged the  Zurich Council to move forward reforming in his brief Vortrag vor dem Rat betreffend die Gerichtsbarkeiten des Stifts. In three declarations-

Das wir für das erst geneigt und guotwillig sind, söliche ünsere hoche und nidere gericht zuo üweren handen stellen und übergeben, wie dann üns uwer ersam wysheit hierinn am aller fuoglichisten wol weißt zuo berichten, damitt es formklich ouch ünseren biderben lüten unnachteilich und unklagbar beschehe. Und wiewol diser handel vormals ouch uf der ban gewesen, ist er doch all weg guoter meinung hinder sich gestellt.

Zuom anderen, das es ouch one nachteil zinsen, zehenden, rendten und gülten des stiffts beschehe. Da uwer ersam wysheit wol mag ermessen, das, sidmal wir die letsten sind, sölich vorbehalten nit us eignem nütz komme, sunder us sorg, das by dem Grossen Münster das belybe, damitt man die bestimpten notturfften der ler und anderer dingen halb versehen moge. Wir setzend ouch sölicher übergebnus widerlegung zu üwer bescheidenheit und guete.

Zuom dritten empfelhend wir üns all mitt allem, das ünser stifft hat, üwer trüw und früntschafft, die wir bishar by üch all weg funden habend, und erbietend uns als die ghorsamen und willigen in allen gebürlichen dingen. Wellend ouch zuo üweren diensten all zit guotwillig und bereit sin.

Ohhh… Looks Like I Made Someone Angry…

Shocking, I know…


The Westboro (NOT) Baptist (NOT) Church Chipmunks

Via Lutheran Satire-

Augustine of Hippo and Martin Luther on Original Sin and Justification of the Sinner

Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht have just published the latest number in the Refo500 Academic Series (available in North America from ISD)

978-3-525-55063-2The book is divided into two parts. The first part deals with the development of Augustine’s theology of Original Sin and Justification. Here the emphasis is placed on the defining moments of this development process. These moments are the second half of 390s (period during which the Church Father wrote two of his key-works: De diversis quaestionibus a Simplicianum (396/397) and Confessiones (397-400)) and the last twelve years of his literary career, with emphasis on the works he produced in the heat of the long and bitter confrontation with Julian of Aeclanum.

In the second part Pereira deals with Luther’s doctrines of Original Sin and Justification of the sinner. The main source of analysis is Luther’s Lectures on Romans (1515/1516). There is an intrinsic relation between the two parts of the work. The author demonstrates how Augustine came to break with the patristic soteriology and anthropological theology and adopted the radicalism of grace with which he faced the theologians associated with the fifth-century Pelagianism, especially Julian of Aeclanum. In the second part, Pereira argues that it was precisely that radicalism of grace that made of Augustine Luther’s favourite theologian. The same radicalism of grace was adopted by Luther in his opposition to the recentiores doctores, the Nominalist theologians, especially Gabriel Biel.

Without overlooking the crucial role played by the Pauline corpus, one can accurately say that
Augustine’s anti-Pelagian thesis were at the core of the young Luther’s soteriological and
anthropological claims (essential to understand what the Lutheran “insurgency” was all about) and
were the driving force behind Luther’s cry for reformation, at least as far as the doctrine of salvation
was concerned.

When it comes to the doctrine of salvation, Augustine found in Luther a prominent reader and a faithful follower. To understand this fact, it would suffice a careful analysis of Luther’s doctrine of justification by faith alone since it contains a strong and genuine Augustinian tonality.

Dear Atheists…

The Dumb as a Doorknocker Atheist War on Jesus –  It’s a very fine essay by a non believer – R. Joseph Hoffmann. He writes

It’s a shame that when they chose their targets atheists decided to pick on Christianity as the epitome of what’s wrong with religion. In particular, their singling out of nativity scenes and their use of Christmas exuberance as an affront to their sensitivities is so singularly stupid that I sometimes wonder who runs their PR campaigns.