Daily Archives: 13 Jul 2014

Public Lecture: The Gospel of John and its Links with the Hebrew Bible

If you’re in Jerusalem this will interest you-

Wednesdays | 19:30 | Free with Museum admission

16.7 – The Gospel of John and its Links with the Hebrew Bible – Prof. Yair Zakovitch and Dr. Serge Ruzer, Hebrew Univ., in conversation following the publication of their new book: In the Beginning was the Word: Eight Conversations on the Fourth Gospel, Hebrew.

Advance reservations required, place is limited: 02-5611066.

Hatred – In Its Basest and Most Dehumanized Form

Israel’s latest assault on the besieged Gaza Strip has been accompanied by yet another sharp increase in incitement against Palestinians and solidarity activists on social mediaoutlets, such as Facebook and Twitter.  Facebook groups have been set up to call for the collective punishment of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Others host incitement against Palestinian students at Israeli universities, including posting pictures of and personal information about individual students.   The radical and violent anti-Palestinian climate in Israel is not divorced from reality.  After more than a week of Israeli government threats to do so, commandos launched the first ground incursion into the northern Gaza Strip early Sunday morning, reported Ma’an News Agency.

At the time of writing, there have been no Israeli deaths as a result of rockets fired by armed Palestinian groups in Gaza, though much of the mainstream media have focused on the impact of rocket fire on Israel rather than the staggering death toll in the Gaza Strip.  As Israel’s latest military offensive enters its sixth day, the Ministry of Health in Gaza reports that 170 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,000 injured.

Horrifyingly

Meanwhile, Israelis are taking to social media to call for a yet higher body count in Gaza.  A Facebook page for the group LEAVA — “Preventing Assimilation in the Holy Land” — is dedicated to preventing romantic relationships between Palestinian men and Jewish women and has more than 37,000 followers. The page regularly posts pictures of its “activists” patrolling parts of Jerusalem and other cities.  On 11 June, a picture was posted on LEAVA’s page of a young man standing next to an Israeli flag at a protest and wearing a shirt with the group’s emblem. Written above the photo is the following: “Citizens of Ashdod are also standing with LEAVA. Waiting for Gaza to be turned into a big blaze!” It received more than 2,300 “likes” in just two days.

And worse still

Many Israeli Facebook users have posted violent and disturbing content on their personal accounts. Talya Shilok Edry, who has more than one thousand followers, posted the following “status”: “What an orgasm to see the Israeli Defense Forces bomb buildings in Gaza with children and families at the same time. Boom boom.”

Hatred is a tool of Satan.  And more than enough to disgust any civil person.

Cartoon of the Tournament

And this is my favorite cartoon- from the twitter

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Photo of the Tournament

Via ESPN FC

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Zwingli and the Swiss

On 13 July, 1522, Huldrych Zwingli wrote what amounts to an ‘open letter’ to the Pastors of the Confederation urging them to preach the Gospel in its purity and simplicity.  His Eine freundliche Bitte offers, in 11 points, why they should.  All 11 points are, unsurprisingly, undergirded with and established by Scripture.  Unscriptural preaching should be abandoned and banished from every Swiss pulpit.

The booklet closes thusly-

Hie, ersame, wysen herren, habend wir willen ghebt unser namm underschriben und doch nit gton von vil ursachen wegen, die wir aber zuo syner zyt offnen unnd harfür tragen wellend, dann in dem buechly vil gschriben stat, das die namen wil erforderen. Nit me dann: Gottes willen geschehy uff erden wie in dem himel! Geben am 13. tag höumonats 1522.

What Zwingli urges in 1522 in that fine treatise is as much needed now as it was then. Too many Pastors preach anything but the Gospel. They much prefer to ‘tickle the ears’ of their hearers.

‘Two Percent of Catholic Clergy Are Pedophiles’ – Pope Francis

And that includes priests, bishops, and Cardinals…

In Italien veröffentlichte angebliche Äusserungen von Papst Franziskus zum Zölibat und zum Kindermissbrauch in der katholischen Kirche haben den Vatikan zu einem Dementi veranlasst. Die Tageszeitung «La Repubblica» zitierte das Kirchenoberhaupt am Sonntag unter anderem mit den Worten, es gebe auch pädophile Kardinäle.

Vatikansprecher Federico Lombardi teilte rasch mit, der Papst habe dem Blatt «kein Interview im Wortsinn» gegeben. Laut «La Repubblica» sagte Franziskus dem 90-jährigen Zeitungsgründer Eugenio Scalfari unter Hinweis auf Angaben von Mitarbeitern des Vatikans, der Anteil pädophiler Geistlicher in der katholischen Kirche liege «bei zwei Prozent». «Unter diesen zwei Prozent sind Priester und sogar Bischöfe sowie Kardinäle», wurde der 77-jährige Argentinier zitiert.

From the Basler Zeitung.  With more.

Astonishing! Bloggers and the Girls They Went Out With!

Below is a gallery of photos of the girls which various famous bibliobloggers have dated.  Mind you, none of them are married to any of these young ladies- they are first date only types-

Fast for Peace

Reposted from last week- as a reminder-

Tuesday next week, 15th July, is also 17th Tammuz, a day of fasting according to the Jewish calendar. It is the start of the three-week mourning period commemorating the First and Second Temples, and the loss of Jewish sovereignty in the land of Israel. This year it also falls during Ramadan, a month during which observant Muslims fast for 30 days during daylight hours.

Over the past few weeks we have witnessed an escalation of violence in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, including the brutal murders of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar, Naftali Frankel and Mohammed Abu Khedir. Rockets are terrorising the Israeli public, aerial bombardments of Gaza are killing innocent civilians.

Many individuals and organisations have decided to dedicate the fast day next Tuesday to ‘non-violence’ and to ‘peace’; a ‘choose life’ fast. The idea came in a joint visit of Israelis and Palestinians to the home of the family of the murdered teenager Naftali Frankel. All over the world Jews and Muslims, Israelis and Palestinians, will be fasting together, against violence, and for peace.

If like us, you believe there is another way, that violence begets violence, and that however hard and painful the choices and decisions are that have to made, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to a peace that will guarantee both Israelis and Palestinians self-determination, safety and security, we ask you to fast with us.

What difference will it make?

We intend for this fast to be very public. It is not meant as a ‘feel good’ campaign. We want to send a public message to the media, civil society, opinion-makers and politicians within the Anglo-Jewish community, the wider British society and to Israelis and Palestinians. We want to loudly and clearly call for de-escalation, return of calm, return to the negotiating table and the creation of two states for two peoples, the only way that can guarantee stability and security in the long run.

How to get involved

It’s very simple. To dedicate your fast, just sign up by clicking here. Once you have signed up we will send you some instructions of how to get the word out to your friends and family to ask them to join you, and how to promote the fast and its message in the run-up to the day and on the day itself.

At a time when dark forces are looming over the prospects of peace, I hope you will join us in fasting to show that another way is possible, in solidarity with all Israelis and Palestinians who reject talk of despair, opting instead to engage in dialogue and choose life.

Hannah Weisfeld
Director, Yachad

That’s certainly something I can, and will, support.

How The Teams Stack Up

Via FIFA WM-

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It’s Bigger than the World Series or the Super Bowl- Combined

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My prediction- Germany will win.  By how much?  5-2.