Daily Archives: 29 Apr 2015

Nebuchadnezzar, the End of the Davidic Rule, and the Exile in the Book of Jeremiah

“Nebuchadnezzar, the End of the Davidic Rule, and the Exile in the Book of Jeremiah”, in The Prophets Speak of Forced Migration. Edited by Mark J. Boda, Frank Ritchel Ames, John Ahn, and Mark Leuchter, SBL.AIL 21, Atlanta: SBL, 2015, 63–76

by Konrad Schmid.

Read it.  Konrad is one of the best.

The Muslim Boy Who Has A Message For the World

May his tribe increase-


Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh

No, it isn’t.  The Kingdom of God is about God’s reign and rule.  It is about the power of God to deliver people from sin, death, and hell.  It is about repentance and conversion and restoration, to God.  The Kingdom of God is about God, consists of God, subsists in God and has as its aim, God.

The Kingdom is NOT about you, your betterment, your improvement, your personal prosperity, or your hopes and dreams and wishes.

The view expressed in this heretical tweet is nothing but the ‘prosperity gospel’ in a new dress.


Christians In Syria Are Pleading For Help

In the weeks leading up to Easter, Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo was starting to sense, finally, that the war that had ravaged Syria since 2011 was finally beginning to ease.

He launched an effort to promote rebuilding and to keep some of the younger generation of Christians in Aleppo, a religiously diverse city of 3 million near the Turkish border that had been the country’s commercial hub.

Then, on Easter weekend, another round of fighting erupted, targeting the Christian quarter of the city and killing and injuring dozens. Three churches and several apartment buildings were destroyed and rockets hit Jeanbart’s own offices, which sit less than 200 yards from the Old City, where the rebels are based.

Read the rest.  And act as led.

If You’re Going to Tweet Big Words Like ‘#Hypocrisy’ You Really Should Know What they Mean…


Friends in Hong Kong: A Lecture at Ming Hua Theological College


Nearly every book of the New Testament bears the name of an author, but what do we really know about them? Who were they, where did they come from, and how did their setting shape what they wrote about Jesus and the early Church? This course will look at what we really know about the people we call Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and the others whose names we hear in church week by week.

Wednesdays 7-9pm
6,13,20,27 May 2015 and 3,10 June 2015

Venue: HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College

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Bid Farewell To Equality, America

Rights now only redound to those who hold anything but traditional Christian views.

PORTLAND, Ore., (Reuters) – An Oregon judge has ruled that the owners of a Portland-area bakery who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple should pay the couple $135,000 in damages, state officials said Tuesday.

Administrative Law Judge Alan McCullough issued a proposed order last week that could mean Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein will have to pay $60,000 in damages to Laurel Bowman-Cryer, and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer, for emotional suffering.

And there you have it.  Freedom only counts if you agree with the tyrannical minority.

First they came for the bakers and the florists and you were silent.  Next, they will come for you and you will harvest the indifference you formerly sowed.

You can’t fool God

Total Depravity, Nashville style.

Before It Hits the Press...

In the 1970s there was a popular television commercial about Chiffon Margarine which starred “Mother Nature.”

The gist of the commercial was someone fooled Mother Nature into thinking that Chiffon Margarine was actually butter. Of course, her famous response was, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.”

Well, today we have a lot of people who are trying to fool God. Unlike Mother Nature, however, God can’t be fooled.

He can see through utter nonsense.

Recently The Social Club, a “swinger’s club,” applied for a permit next door to Goodpasture Christian School in Madison, a suburb of Nashville. State lawmakers, however, passed legislation to keep sexual swinging clubs from locating within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, daycares, or parks. In addition, Metro (Nashville) Council changed its zoning code to block private clubs from properties zoned for office uses, according to The Tennessean.

Since that didn’t work, owners of The Social Club…

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Academic Scholarships In Tel Aviv

Dear distinguished friends and colleagues,

I am happy to share with you information regarding a new and exciting scholarship opportunity for the academic year 2015-6 with the International MA Program in Ancient Israel Studies: Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible.


The $5,000 (US) tuition assistance scholarships in Science in Archaeology will be granted to a number of students with proven records of academic excellence in the fields of Life and Exact Sciences who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of Ancient Israel, and specialize in the field of Archaeological Science.

Application process
Scholarships for the academic year 2015-2016 will be granted by the academic committee of the Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures to students with a BSc in Life or Exact Sciences, who meet the program’s application requirements, on the basis of their:

* Academic CV
* Final transcript from last academic establishment
* Abstract of final paper submitted to the last academic establishment
* Letters of recommendation

Application deadline: July 15th, 2015.

MA program and second year Science in Archaeology thesis track
Successful applicants will be accepted to the one year (three semester) MA program, in which they will explore Israel’s perplexing and complex past via classes in theory, field work experience, and study tours of some of the most exciting excavation sites in Israel (such as City of David, Megiddo, Hazor, Masada, and Caesarea).

Upon successfully completing the one-year MA program in Ancient Israel Studies, students will be able to continue on to a second-year thesis track of Science in Archaeology, in which they will be able to conduct research in Archaeobotany, Archaeometallurgy, Archaeozoology, or Archaeomaterials.

Further details can be found with the program’s manager, Ms. Nadin Reshef at nadinres@tauex.tau.ac.il and on our website.

We believe this program could be of great interest to students who would like to utilize their scientific knowledge and skills within archaeological field work and research, and we would appreciate your assistance in spreading the word about this unique and exciting opportunity.

Prof. Oded Lipschits
Head of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology & Head of the International MA program in Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible
Tel Aviv University

They Must Have Been Drunk When They Came Up With This..

#BudLight #Fail


It Should Be Available in About a Month

Finding Myth and History in the Bible: Scholarship, Scholars and Errors, Edited by Lukasz Niesiolowski-Spano (University of Warsaw), Jim West (Quartz Hill School of Theology), and Chiara Peri (Independent scholar).

ggfsThe essays collected in this volume focus on methodological and historical topics related to the study of the history of Ancient Israel. Contributors offer readers new readings of disputed texts, new methodological tools for study of the ancient world inhabited by an entity called “Israel”, and a variety of reinterpretations of biblical texts. Edited by Lukasz Niesiolowski-Spano, Chiara Peri, and Jim West contributions by Thomas L. Thompson, Philip Davies, Niels Peter Lemche, Etienne Nodet, Mario Liverani, and many other leading academics are included.

In Egypt, Muslims Are Contributing to the Construction of a Christian Church

Des musulmans ont contribué financièrement à la construction d’une église copte, dans le gouvernorat d’Al Manufiyya, au nord de l’Egypte.

I find that extremely decent, and commendable.

Quote of the Day

I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well. — Johann Sebastian Bach