Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Christian Zionist Connection to the Murder of the Palestinian Child

On the twitter, in reference to the Palestinian child burned to death by the ‘godly’ settlers, @Gabriel_Erbs tweets-

The terrorist settler were from Ma’ale Efraim, which is funded by Christian Friends of Israeli Communities, which is funded by John Hagee… who founded Christians United for Israel, which is headed by David Brog, who heads Adelson’s Campus Maccabees #HappyFamily”.

Christian Zionists fund these butchers. They too have blood on their hands.

Sad News: Richard Hays is Leaving Duke

In order to receive treatment for pancreatic cancer.  If you’re the praying sort please remember him and his family.  Pancreatic cancer is extremely nasty.

Reformers and their Weekend Plans


Planned DeceptionHood

It just keeps getting worse for the infant slaughterhouse.  Or rather, more of their deceptive practices are coming to light.

Israeli Settlers Set a Palestinian House on Fire and Burned a Baby to Death


sickSuspected Israeli settler attackers torched a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank on Friday, killing an 18-month-old child and seriously injuring his parents and older brother in an act that Israel’s prime minister described as terrorism. The house in Duma, a village near the city of Nablus, had its windows smashed and fire bombs thrown inside shortly before dawn as the family slept, the military and witnesses said. Graffiti in Hebrew reading “revenge” was scrawled outside, below a Star of David.

The child’s parents and four-year-old brother were flown by helicopter to an Israeli hospital where they were said to be in serious condition, officials said. A second house in sick2the village was also set ablaze, but no one was home. Several hundred people marched at his funeral procession calling for retribution. “With our souls and blood we shall redeem you, martyr,” they chanted as the child’s flag-draped body was carried through the village for burial.

What animals.  What vile animals. These cruel beasts need to experience punishment to the fullest extent of the law.  Human beings don’t act that way.

What Utter Perversity: The Methodist Pastor Who Thinks Objecting to Abortion is ‘Idolatry’

Talk about calling good, evil and evil, good… this Methodist guy has that down to an art:

The United Methodist Church has been a subject of controversy for years as it supports legalized abortion within the context of supposedly being a Christian denomination. Now, one pro-life advocate has uncovered a quote from a Methodist pastor who says that caring about unborn babies who die in abortions is “idolatry.”

Sarah Terzo, who has a knack for documenting the history of the abortion debate and the abortion advocacy movement by posting quotes from pro-abortion activists through the years, posted a new quote today that features Minister John M Swomley.

Swomley  is an ordained United Methodist minister, Terzo explains and, from 1960 to 1984 he was professor of Christian Ethics at St. Paul’s school of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. At the time he was active in ministry, he was president of Americans for Religious Liberty and a longtime board member and sometimes vice president of the American Civil Liberties Union and chair of its Church – State committee. So here is a Christian pastor serving on the board of a prominent pro-abortion group.

Etc.  This chap needs to take a look at Romans 1:32.  Someone tell him that’s in the Bible because he surely isn’t familiar with it.

Never Compare Yourself to Someone Else… A Parable

A new parable of Jesus has been discovered in the Judean desert on a papyrus fragment!

One day Jesus was teaching the multitudes and he said “Never compare yourself to someone else… Because whilst you are always going to find lesser souls…


than yourself… which may cause you to rejoice momentarily…


There will always be someone who is also rejoicing, because you are lesser than they….”


And lo- the disciples did weep mightily when Jesus had spoken these words, because they knew they were not of the .1%.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Good movie.  Not a great movie. Not the best movie so far this Summer.  But worth seeing.  At a matinee.  At the discount price.

Please, Sign this Petition

It has to do with allowing researchers the freedom to make use of materials and images held by the Zurich Central Library.  Please, sign it.  It won’t cost you a penny and it will insure that those responsible for these materials realize their importance to the scholarly community.


Reformation und Rationalität

A new volume has been published in the Refo500 Academic Series by V&R:

978-3-525-55079-3On 19th October 1512, Martin Luther received his doctorate of theology under the chairmanship of Andreas Bodenstein of Karlstadt. Throughout his life, Luther remained tied to the Universityof Wittemberg. The Reformation movement was initially driven by and through his concern with academic issues, which also from the outset pertained to the relationship between theology and the other sciences.

The contributors to this volume describe the relationship between faith and reason – or ratio and pietas – which was assessed in different ways in the Reformation, described by some as oppositional and by others as harmonious. Moreover, reformers referred back to medieval philosophical and theological points of view to relate reason with belief. The way in which this was done was definitive, for example for the establishment of universities, relations between science and the Church and in matters concerning the Bible and preaching. The lectures printed in this volume address the question of the relationship between the Reformation and reason before a European, interdenominational horizon.

Another Video Exposing #PlannedParenthood

Here– and this time the ‘Doctor’ describes live births….  These ghouls need prison.

SOTS President Hans Barstad Honored with a Festschrift

Thanks to our SOTS info guru Jonathan for posting this.


That’s Prof. Barstad on the left.  Our left, their right.  With the tie.  The dude.  Anyway, there’s an e-book edition but I haven’t been able to track down a print edition.  If you go to that link you can find the contents and a few sample chapters.

It’s a well deserved honor for a great scholar.

I Can’t Help It- This Made Me Laugh- #IAmCecil

Via Jim Aitken on the Facebook- and a source of a day’s worth of smilings.


With Appreciation To Emily Varner for a Copy of the Zondervan NIV Study Bible (50th Anniversary Edition)

438335It arrived today.  Should you wish to know all about it, Biblegateway has loads of info including videos.  Thanks again, Emily.

Critical Questions for the Early High Christology Club

Michael Kok writes in Bible and Interpretation:

Many scholars of Christian origins infer that the Christian understanding of Christ (i.e. Christology) evolved in the first century CE from a human who was exalted to heavenly glory to a divine being who became incarnate in human flesh. They debate how rapidly Jesus’ status grew over time among his devotees. For some scholars, a full-fledged Christ cult was established by the Hellenized communities in northern Syria and was spread throughout the Mediterranean by Saul of Tarsus. Others contend that the divinization of Jesus is not attested until the Gospel of John or the epistles of Ignatius. An evolutionary model for the development of Christology, however, has remained as a standard historical reconstruction.


Quote of the Day

Of the beginning of his struggle against the papacy, Luther notes,

I was occasionally accused of being excessively mordant and inconsiderate on account of that overconfidence with which I was inflamed.

Is there such a thing as OVERconfidence?

The Secret of A Long and Happy Pastoral Ministry

Back in college (last century) our Preaching Prof told us

If you want to have a long and happy pastoral ministry there’s only one thing you need to know: People will treat you like God.

When asked what he meant he said

Most people only acknowledge the existence and presence of God when they wish something of him; and that’s how they’ll do you too.  Don’t be disappointed when it happens that they have no thought of you.  You are invisible until a need is visible.

Truer words…

Peer Review: Biblical Studies’ Own Little Sacred Cow


To be sure, peer review has a role to play in academic biblical studies- but blind trust in the process is both foolhardy and – to be charitable- kind of stupid.  Peer reviewers aren’t perfect.  They operate with their own biases and interests as well as limitations.  One peer may love a paper whilst an equally qualified peer in another locale may loath it.  The difference lies not in the paper, essay, book, or whatever, but in the perceptions of the peer reviewer.

I’ve read utter garbage and so have you that has passed through the much vaunted ‘peer review process’.  Stupidity has appeared in every biblical studies journal that has ever existed, including JBL and CBQ and all the rest.  Meanwhile, excellent materials have been excluded because ‘peers’ found it- for whatever reason- unlikable.

In short, peer review is a crap shoot.  Nothing more.  Does it serve as sort of a first line of defense against the ignorance of dilettantism?  Sure.  But so what.  Any expert reading any journal can spot any dilettantism that slips through the cracks and appears in print.

Alongside the crap shoot nature of the peer review process, there’s fraud in them thar hills too.  And not just in the scientific community.  Perhaps you’ll recall the absurdity published by Karen King in the Harvard Theological Review after the much vaunted peer review process on that little fraudulent Jesus wife fragment… or perhaps you prefer to ignore that little bit of hooey.  The fact remains, garbage gets written and published.  Peer review can sometimes prevent it, but it can’t always.

Being ‘washed in the blood of the peer review process’ is the sacred cow of some in the guild for reasons known only to themselves.  My suspicion is that they embrace it unquestioningly because it allows them to continue to exert control as ‘insiders’ and thus to protect their ever narrowing job opportunities.  ‘Peer reviewer’ looks nice on a CV… but it’s still a sacred cow and it needs to be seen for what it is.

Even if that makes some people wince.

Der Samaritanische Pentateuch in der Geschichte des hebräischen Bibeltextes

Stefan Schorch has another great essay in Verkündigung und ForschungDer Samaritanische Pentateuch in der Geschichte des hebräischen Bibeltextes.

Der Pentateuch der Samaritaner erfreut sich in den letzten Jahren einer zuneh-menden wissenschaftlichen Aufmerksamkeit. Dieses neu gewonnene Interessegeht v.a. auf die Erkenntnisse zurück, welche die Auswertung der Funde vonQumran mit sich brachte. Jene haben nämlich vor Augen geführt, daß die Sama-ritanische Tora nicht vornehmlich Produkt und Spiegel ideosynkratisch-samari-tanischer Anschauungen ist, sondern vielmehr eine Textfassung des Pentateuchbewahrt, die im 2. Jh. v.Chr. zum literarischen und religiösen Gemeingut desgesamten palästinischen Judentums zählte, ebenso wie der Masoretische Text.Vor diesem Hintergrund ist die texthistorische Abwertung des Samaritanusebenso problematisch geworden wie die Priorisierung des Masoretischen Textes,und die Forschung konzentriert sich nun weitestgehend auf die sachgerechtehistorische Kontextualisierung beider Textzeugen und deren darauf aufbauendenVergleich.

Enjoy all of it.

His Name Is Rudolf, Not Rudolph

From time to time some copy editor or some book cover designer or some ignorant student will publish a book or write an essay about Bultmann and misspell his word- much to the shock, horror, and dismay of everyone who knows something about RKB.  So, for instance, an otherwise very fine book on Bultmann by John Webster, who knows better but who employed a printer who knew nothing is befouled by that simple senseless act.

Read the book.  Ignore the cover.