Daily Archives: 30 Mar 2014

It’s Impossible to Care What Mark Driscoll Thinks About the ‘Noah’ Film…

So why does the Christian Post?  And why is the headline indicative of the notion that Driscoll has written the piece when the by-line shows otherwise?

Here’s the headline: Does Hollywood’s ‘Noah’ Miss the Point? Mark Driscoll Explains What That Point Is.

This raises the immediate response- so what? He’s not a biblical scholar by any measurement so who cares and who can care what he thinks of the subject? Besides, that is, the Christian Post (which for all appearances seems to be serving as little more than a platform for Driscoll).

Here’s the by-line: BY ANUGRAH KUMAR, CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR

I wonder how many of the Christian Post’s readers read by-lines and how many recognize this as nothing more than a cover for Driscoll.

As the $125-million blockbuster “Noah” hit theaters Friday, Pastor Mark Driscoll sought to enlighten readers on what the biblical story of Noah is about and to apparently help Christians better decide if the Hollywood film misses the point. Biblically faithful Christians would be quick to point out that popular depictions of Noah “inevitably miss the point entirely,” Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash., says in a blog post on the Resurgence website.

Again, why does the Christian Post care and why would its readers?  Is the Christian Post owned by Mars Hill?

Joel Baden on ‘Noah’

Joel opines

With Noah, Darren Aronofsky has made a surprisingly good movie about a man who saves his family and the animal kingdom from a catastrophic worldwide flood. For those who entered the theater expecting to be entertained, and even perhaps made to think, by a cinematic adaptation of a biblical story, they no doubt left happy. For those who expected to see the biblical story rendered into glorious IMAX, every detail preserved exactly as it is told in Genesis, disillusion probably set in around the third minute and lasted until the hundred and thirty-third.

Etc.  I’m still not going to spend any money to see it.

The Cairo Genizah App

Via Jack Sasson –

A Mobile Application for the Cairo Genizah

We are pleased to announce the launch of Genazim Mobile Application. Genazim mobile app enables any user to view any of the 460,000 images of the Genizah manuscripts available in the Friedberg Genizah website on mobile devices: smartphones, i-pads, tablets, etc. Access to imagesis very fast and requires only the typing of the image FGP number. The application includes basic image processing functions such as zooming in and zooming out.

The app can be downloaded free of charge from Google Store (Google Play) or from Apple Store (App Store)

The Application Name is Cairo Genizah

The app requires individual username and password. If you don’t have one already, please register to our website: The Friedberg Jewish Manuscript Society

Suggestions and remarks are welcome.

Matthew Henry: The Bible, Prayer and Piety- A Conference at the University of Chester

Paul Middleton writes on FB

Colleagues, there are a few more spaces left for papers at this summer’s conference at the University of Chester to mark the 300th anniversary of the death of Matthew Henry. Further information (including booking) is here: http://www.chester.ac.uk/node/21521

You should go if you can go.  Chester is a beautiful place.  Really beautiful.  It would be my second choice if I could choose to live anywhere in the world (Zurich being first of course).  And the conference sounds grand.

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Ehrman v. Gathercole: ‘How Jesus Became God’ Debate

From the UK’s ‘Unbelievable’ (and via FB)

‘How Jesus became God’ debate Pt 1 – Bart Ehrman vs Simon Gathercole – Unbelievable? – 29 March 2014 http://ow.ly/2FaWze

Clicking that link will take you directly to the audio.

The Top 50 Biblioblogs: The Spring, 2014 Edition

Peter Kirby has posted the Spring 2014 edition of the Top 50.  It’s a good list.  For the most part.  By and large.  In sum.

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A Facebook Group You Should Drop In to See

It’s run by a fellow who was a plunderer and forger in Israel.  A very, very interesting point of view to be sure.

Tomorrow is the Last Day…

To send in your Carnival submissions.  The Avignonian Carnival goes live at midnight plus 1 minute on 1 April.

And thanks.