Daily Archives: 1 Nov 2014

Yikes: Twitter Theology that Makes Me Gasp!

@postbarthian: Excellent post by @moltmanniac for #AllSaintsDay on the virtue of praying for the dead with audio by Jürgen Moltmann http://t.co/3w0s6M4XuJ

Gasp!!!!!! What is going on in Protestantism these days? It’s as if Rome holds some strange appeal for the children of the Reformation.

Praying for the dead? Show me scriptural justification for that Corinthian behavior.

Heinrich Bullinger’s ‘Diarium’ Online

After questing for a good while I’ve finally found online, free, Bullinger’s ‘autobiography’.  You can access it here.  Or, conversely, you can download the entire PDF direcly here.


Bibliobloggers Hit the Gym…

So that when they arrive at #SBLaar14 they are in tip top shape:

Paul Anton de Lagarde und das Judentum

A book by Michael Lattke, available here.

He writes in the foreword –


Zwingli at the Baden Disputation

From Bullinger’s Reformationsgeschichte


The Official Carnival is Up and Running

By the dear Brian Renshaw.  Give it a look.  It’s scary!

Mark Driscoll: Morality Tale

What Mark Driscoll teaches the church at large: when your ‘pastor’ is more interested in being popular than being a theologian, your ‘church’ is doomed.

Let him who has ears to hear, hear.

Die Badener Disputation von 1526

9783290177577TVZ is producing yet another fantastic looking volume! Die Badener Disputation von 1526: Kommentierte Edition des Protokolls, hg. von Wolfram Schneider-Lastin, Alfred Schindler.

Die im Rahmen einer Eidgenössischen Tagsatzung vom 19. Mai bis 8. Juni 1526 im aargauischen Baden in deutscher Sprache abgehaltene Disputation war ein Grossereignis der Reformationszeit, vergleichbar der Leipziger Disputation 1519 und dem Reichstag zu Worms 1521, und von entscheidender Bedeutung für den weiteren Verlauf der Schweizer Geschichte. Sie war der mit der österreichischen Regierung und dem Bischof von Konstanz abgestimmte Versuch der damals noch mehrheitlich altgläubigen schweizerischen Orte, Zwingli zum Schweigen zu bringen und Zürich zurückzugewinnen. Über Realpräsenz, Messopfer, Heiligenverehrung, Bilder und Fegfeuer stritten Johannes Eck auf katholischer und (anstelle Zwinglis) Johannes Oekolampad und andere auf reformierter Seite.

Jetzt liegt erstmals ein kritisch edierter Text vor – samt Sprach- und Sachkommentar, einer historischen sowie einer philologischen Einleitung und einem bio-bibliografischen Verzeichnis von ca. 60 der namentlich bekannten rund 200 Teilnehmer: eine erstrangige Quelle für Historiker, Theologen und Germanisten.

It should be available in February.  And since the Swiss love to be on time- you can rest assured that it will be.

Calvin’s Speech for Nicolas Cop on All Saints, 1533

calvFOR a little while after Calvin’s conversion there appeared to be some probability of the French court’s favoring reform. The king’s sister, Margaret, was a patroness of the new movement. Several preachers who favored a moderate reformation were heard in the Paris pulpits. The king, from political motives and out of regard to his sister, was so conciliatory as to incur the suspicion of favoring the Reformation. He even invited Melanchthon to Paris as a councillor. Hence Calvin, along with others, seems, at this date, to have looked for reform from within the church. These hopes were not destined to fulfillment, and Calvin himself helped to discover their groundlessness.

His friend Nicolas Cop had been elected rector of the University of Paris, and was to deliver his inaugural oration on All Saints’ day, November 1, 1533. At his request Calvin prepared his oration. This oration was at once an attack on the scholastic theologians of the day as sophists and obscurantists, and a plea for a reformation on a New Testament basis. Both the Sorbonne and the Parliament regarded this academic oration as an attack on the church. In consequence both Cop and Calvin were forced to flee. Calvin is said to have escaped in the garb of a vine-dresser with a hoe on his shoulder, after having been let down from a window by the use of sheets.*

Calvin fled like a man escaping prison. Wisely. You can read the text of Calvin’s lecture (read by Cop) in volume 10 of the Opera Omnia, second part, pp. 30-36 in Latin; or you can read it in modern German (with the Latin on the facing page) in the delightful edition Calvin Studienausgabe, vol 1.
*John Calvin and The Genevan Reformation: A Sketch. (p. 19).


Einladung_zur_Buchprsentation_Melanchthon-BibliographieDas Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz lädt ein zur Buchpräsentation des 87. Bands aus der Reihe Melanchthon-Bibliographie 1510-1560, Quellen und Forschungen zur Reformationsgeschichte am Freitag 5. Dezember 2014, 16.00 Uhr in Mainz.

Mit der vierbändigen Ausgabe seiner Melanchthon-Bibliographie legt Dr. Helmut Claus ein Werk von immenser Bedeutung vor. Die Bibliographie erschließt das vielfältige Schaffen des Humanisten, Theologen, Philosophen, Philologen und Pädagogen Philipp Melanchthon und erfüllt ein lange gehegtes Desiderat der Forschung.


Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel, Mainz

Dr. Dr. h. c. Heinz Scheible, Heidelberg: »Helmut Claus – ein innovativer Bibliograph aus Leidenschaft und seine monumentale Melanchthonbibliographie«

Grußwort des Gütersloher Verlagshauses
Tanja Scheifele Gütersloh

Im Anschluss:
Empfang in den Räumen des IEG

Hier lesen Sie mehr.

Happy All Saints Day!

This is the day the Church Universal remembers all the departed Saints with gratitude and respect.  I’d like to take a moment to give thanks to God for Sts Jerome, Calvin, Zwingli, Luther, Melanchthon, Bucer, Vermigli, Bullinger, Oecolampadius, Beza, and Farel.  If ever there were a list of Saints deserving of remembrance on this glorious day, these are the folk.

The ‘I Can’t Believe SBL is Just Around the Corner’ Biblical Studies Carnival

This month’s Carnival is a chronological overview of the best posts of not just the month, but of each day of the month.  And they all lead up to the ginormous festival we lovingly call the SBL Annual Meeting.  It’s the glorious event we all love to attend (for different reasons).  Some go to give papers.  Fewer go to hear papers.  Most go to visit the book hall.  And all go to see friends and schmooze and do sightseeing.  Me, I go to hear papers by friends and hang out at the book hall and eat with folk.

Consequently, as an aid to building up to the climactic excitement of you getting to see me in the flesh in San Diego, here are October’s best posts, day by day-

1 – On the very first day of the month Mike Skinner posted the ‘Official’ Carnival.  I’m sure you read it but in case you haven’t, there you go.  It’s all up in your grill with a football theme because Mike is a Texan…  a Texan….

2 – News of the Hawarden OT in the NT Conference was posted here.  It’s a long running gathering of those who are interested in the relationship of OT texts to NT.  It’s on my bucket list.

3 – Some unspeakably silly soul sold to the devil of mythicism has suggested, again, that Jesus never existed.  Antonio takes him to the cleaners in this justifiably brief post.  It’s so easy for these dilettantes to get a hearing thanks to the general ignorance of the masses.  Fortunately the only people who take them seriously are those who, like them, are mentally deficient.  (And yes, you have to be mentally deficient to believe Jesus didn’t exist).   And, OK, I said one a day but you have to listen to this podcast interview by Dom Mattos with Chris Keith.  Even if you already have.

4 – No one posted anything- so here’s a quote from Jerome instead:  ‘Men invariably worship what they like best’.

hhschmid5 – Pete Enns talks about George Washington, Deist.  On the same day the IRG blog posted news of a forthcoming conference in Leuven.  It seems like the ‘one post for each day of the month’ plan is falling by the wayside.  Sadly, on the same day Hans Heinrich Schmid died.  Two notices of the sorrowful news are here.

6 – Mike Bird likes Karl Barth and suggests that no one has said something about the righteousness of God that’s better.   Psssaaahhhaawww.

7 – Pete Enns is at it again, suggesting that being disdained is something he’s not uncomfortable with.  I hope one day that I too become desensitized to the negative views of others concerning myself.

b111bd6d-d93a-4218-8358-df5a7e955fb98 – Not, strictly speaking, a blog post- but still some very useful information from Hendrickson: they’re publishing a reader’s edition of BHS.  This will be very helpful to beginning students of Hebrew and a great improvement over the only other Reader’s edition, that of Zondervan, which really is more a text assembled to support the readings of the NIV than a true Hebrew or Greek reader’s text.

9 – Phil Long reviewed a book.  By Zondervan. On Greek.

10 – Eerdman’s posted it’s ‘All Over‘ entry.  Not knowing your life, I don’t know if you keep up with Eerdman’s on their blog or twitter or facebook or somewhere else, but they have some pretty useful avenues of scholarship.    You’d benefit from taking advantage of them.

11 – This is the anniversary of Zwingli’s murder by the vile papists on the field at Kappel where our dear friend was serving as a chaplain to the Zurich troops.  In his honor, pause a moment and remember him.  It’s also James Crossley’s birthday.  I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

12 –  No one posted anything.  Except me.  I posted this.  It’s an essay by Julia Fridman that you should read about archaeology and the tendency of some to ‘cry David’ just to make the headlines.  No one else did anything.  Anywhere.  Which is really both sad and sad.  The merry band of blogging brethren and cisterns have sprouted up overnight and withered nearly as fast as Jonah’s Gourd (which, by the by, would be a great name for a biblioblog!)

baal_temple_burna13 – John had a very fine post on Jesus’ real attitude towards marriage and the views of the Pharisees- and who really is being Pharasaical when it comes to an ‘open’ view of marriage.  And Tom Bolin had an essay on the ASOR Blog.  Since Tom doesn’t blog and I like his work (and him), I’m mentioning it as today’s second entry.

14 – Antonio Lombatti pointed out the discovery of a Temple of Baal at Tel Burna.  Interesting stuff indeed.

15Shlomo Sand and Judaism.  That’s the post of the day for today.  It’s also the debate of the decade- because it asks ‘who really is a Jew, and what does it take to be one’.

The month is half over.  Here’s a little musical interlude for your listening pleasure.

16Philip Davies uploaded a paper on the last 50 years of biblical research to his academia.edu page.  It’s not technically a blog post, but since it’s my carnival I’m free to include whatsoever source I wish, aren’t I?  😉   And Larry Hurtado posted a right interesting piece on theological labels.  And got blasted for it.  I have no idea why.

17 – The World of the Bible had a brief report of the reopening of a Bible themed museum.  It’s worth a look.  By the way, the World of the Bible is an excellent, excellent publication.

18 – You’ve probably heard about the General Theological Seminary firings- well these folk have a take on it that’s worth your consideration.  And Akma does too.  It’s a real shame when political maneuverings and economic manipulation takes precedence over education.  Such are the times, though, in which we live.

19 – Everyone took the day off to watch football.  Well almost everyone.  Matt posted some Markus Barth lectures.  Markus is Karl’s son.  Also occupied with something besides football was Christian Brady– who had some great thoughts on temptations and trials.

jjsswer20- If you missed this scathing critique of the SBL employment service at the annual meeting- read it now.

21 – Brian LeDoor announces that there’s a new Journal out there – The Journal of the Jesus Movement in Its Jewish Setting.  Everything is so specialized these days.  I’m looking forward to the appearance of The Journal of the Pharisees’ Attitude Towards Jesus in the Years 28-29 CE.  Indeed, every journal should now be revamped so as to cover just one year of whatever.  Like- The Journal of Biblical Literature, 1214 CE.  Etc.   The market could expand amazingly that way!

One month exactly until SBL begins!  YaY!

22– Tyndale House has been working on the STEP (Scripture Tools for Every Person) for a number of years now.  And until now, the resources have been available online only.  Until now.  Now you can download them and install them on your computer and use them even if you have not internet access.

23 – Phil Long had some thoughts on the political situation in Galilee.  Oh Galilee of the gentiles… land of the demoniacs… and swine.  And hills down which said swine run for miles and miles and miles and hurl themselves into the sea and drown even though pigs can swim.  Galilee, where the laws of nature seldom apply.  How oft I would have gathered… no wait that’s not right.  Carry on.

24 – A nifty book review of Chris Tilling’s favorite OT scholar, Walter Bruggemann’s book on the Psalms appeared penned by one Conrade Yap.  I remember with such fondness the joy Chris expressed at SBL when inspecting one of B’s books when, lo and behold, B appeared directly behind Tilling as he opined on said book.   It was – well – a life event.

25 –  Scribes and Pharisees, Pharisees and Scribes.  They weren’t all bad ya know…  They probably would have been as cool to hang out with as Mike Bird, and he’s pretty funny.  I can just see them cracking jokes and telling tall tales.

zur26 – A bit of info on biblical studies at Cambridge has appeared.

27 – Rob Bradshaw is to be thanked for posting the 2 Corinthians commentary of Plummer in pdf (it’s in the public domain).  And Matthias Konradt is the subject of this interesting post by Wayne Coppins.

28–  Eerdword commenced a new series titled ‘Rachel in Review’- and it has nothing to do with a journalist of that name who fancies herself (wrongly) a biblical scholar/ theologian.  This is a good Rachel with a good column.  Give it a read.

29Torrey Seland offered some thoughts on the new version of Logos just released.  Might I suggest you wait to get it if you want to get it if you’re attending SBL.  They always have conference discounts.  Bryan Bibb also reappeared, offering some thoughts on ‘The Voice Bible‘.  I’ve not heard of it.  I prefer my Bible pure and unadulterated by wicked translators.  Anyway, it would be hard to take seriously a Bible based on some lame NBC singing competition.  But Bryan’s post is good.

30 – Just in time for Halloween, some of the bibliobloggers got together and went out on the town.  The photos are here.  Be disturbed.  Be very disturbed.

31 – ASOR posted a neat podcast with Susan Ackerman on the state of Biblical Archaeology.

Well there you have it- this month’s best of the best from the Biblioblog Kingdom.  See you in San Diego!