Daily Archives: 1 Jul 2015

Losing at One’s Own Hand is the Hardest Sort of Loss

But this too shall pass.  Well played, ladies.  Honorably done #England.


The Influence of the Reformation on Music

In this week’s episode, we’ll explore the influence the reformation and counter-reformation had on the world of music including the work of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

Give it a listen.

The Real Hero of the Tunisian Massacre

tunisiaHT- Gareth Jones on the FB.  Well done good sir, well done.

Sometimes Winning is Really Losing… Wisdom from the Classics

As Pyrrhus said after the battle of Asculum: “Another such victory, and we will be utterly ruined.”’  Let him who has ears to hear, hear.

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Luthers Meisterwerk – Eine Bibelübersetzung macht Karriere

978-3-525-77014-6Die Bibel ist zentral für den Religionsunterricht. Insbesondere die Übersetzung Martin Luthers zeichnet sich bis heute durch eine starke Präsenz in Theologie und deutscher Sprache aus. Umfassendes Material rund um jenes „Meisterwerk“ bietet Ihnen das Themenheft für die Sek I

Dieses hat vier Ziele: Die Schülerinnen und Schüler lernen den biografischen und zeitgeschichtlichen Kontext von Luther und seiner Übersetzung kennen. Sie erkennen, dass das Übersetzen eine andauernde hermeneutische Aufgabe darstellt. Sie entdecken Sprachschöpfungen Luthers in ihrer Lebenswelt. Sie diskutieren die Reformation als eine Medienrevolution mit all ihren Licht- und Schattenseiten. – Immer mit Bezug zur Wirklichkeit der Jugendlichen!

Sounds excellent!

A New Gospel Manuscript in Athens?

Well? Is there?

Daniel B. Wallace

In my last post I mentioned a newly discovered apostolos manuscript, found glued to the inside of the front and back covers of a codex (NLG 2676). This blog is about another manuscript inside another codex. This time the codex is Lectionary 1816, a 12th century parchment manuscript of the Gospels with 154 leaves. The National Library of Greece in Athens assigns it the shelf number 2711.

The new discovery, however, is not a couple of leaves glued to inside of the covers; rather, it is several reinforcing strips glued to the inner margin of bifolia (double-leaves) near the beginning of the codex.

The reinforcing strips are from a parchment manuscript which was a two-column text. It was probably written in the 12th or 13th century. The strips are found on bifolio 2a–5b, leaves 2b–3a, leaf 4a, leaves 4b–5a, and leaf 6a.

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Con Campbell on the Irony of the Marriage Equality Issue

Great stuff from Con.  Amidst it he notes

The movement for marriage equality was clever not to frame the discussion in terms of “changing the definition of marriage,” because that would surely meet greater resistance than pushing for “equality.” Instead, pushing for marriage equality already assumed the conclusion in the premise: a homosexual union is a marriage.

These moves have been so successful that now the crowd cannot see the irony. If you oppose gay marriage, you must be a bigot. There is no way to think otherwise, since the discussion has been framed in terms of equality, instead of in terms of the redefinition of an established social institution. The prejudice is now on the other foot. Without even considering arguments to the contrary, people will form negative conclusions about others because of an alternate opinion. That is prejudice.

You’ll want to see the whole

#BlackLivesMatter- And Maybe It’s Time to Whisper the Truth

.  That’s a fact.  93% of those blacks killed are killed by blacks.  — Andrew Young (former Mayor of Atlanta).  That’s a fact too.  So we have to ask, who is killing who?  And do black lives matter to Blacks?

Farel’s Letter to Calvin About his Quest for a Wife

Ladies, take note.  If you want to find a theologian like Calvin, you have to have certain attributes:

william_farelFarel,  to Calvin, July 1, 1558  –

“I could name to you some young ladies of good birth and well brought up; but as they are very poor, I have not ventured to do it. I know of none who are, at the same time, good-looking, amiable and rich. I have mentioned only three in my letters. Time will, perhaps, bring me acquainted with more….

Two live near you; they have an engaging appearance, and are well brought up; and though they have no great dowry to bring, they would not come altogether poor. If anything occurs here I will immediately inform you, and if you had set spurs to your horse and come hither sooner, you would have been able to inquire more conveniently for yourself.”

So, ladies, if you want a Calvin of your own, be well off, attractive, and amiable (and all three at the same time).  If you even exist, there is a Calvin out there for you.

David Congdon’s Book Has Found Its Place in the Bultmann Section of the Shelves


The Roasting of the First Lutheran Martyrs

From the Saxons on FB-

vos1523: Johann van Esschen and Henrik Vos were the first two Lutheran martyrs executed by the Council of Brabant for their adherence to Reformation doctrine. They were burned at the stake in Brussels on July 1.

Van Esschen and Vos were Augustinian monks of Saint Augustine’s Monastery in Antwerp. When in 1522 all the monks there publicly professed Lutheran doctrine, the Bishop of Cambrai had them all arrested and imprisoned in Vilvorde, where they were interrogated by Jacob van Hoogstraten from Cologne and some dependably Catholic professors. When the monks realized that they risked being burned alive if they did not recant, all except three—Johannes van Esschen, Henrik Vos, and Lampertus Thorn—recanted.

Van Esschen, Vos, and Thorn, still held in custody, were questioned again by the ecclesiastical inquisition court, but they refused to recant. They were then handed over to the secular court and sentenced to death. They were taken to Brussels and held until the appointed day of execution on 1523 July 1. New attempts were made meanwhile to get them to renounce. Vos was brought first to the inquisitors, but he refused to recant. Van Esschen also refused to renounce Lutheranism. Thorn asked for an additional four-day period to study the scriptures with respect to his views, and thus he was not executed then with Van Esschen and Vos. Van Esschen and Vos were summarily delivered to the executioner, brought to the marketplace in Brussels, and burned alive.

On learning of the execution of Van Esschen and Vos, Martin Luther wrote what is thought to be his first hymn, “Ein neues Lied wir heben an” (“A new song we raise”) which was printed in the Erfurt Enchiridion of 1524. This is generally known in English as John C. Messenger’s translation by the first line and title “Flung to the Heedless Winds”.

Materiality and Divine Remembrance: The Votive Inscriptions from Mount Gerizim

Good material from Anne.

The Votives Project

Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme is Professor with special responsibilities at the University of Copenhagen.

These past couple of weeks, I have been working on a paper on Aramaic dedicatory inscriptions containing a remembrance formula which I am going to present at the ARAM Society’s conference on sacrifices and offerings in the ancient Near East in late July. Remembrance formulae are well-known in Aramaic inscriptions and graffiti in the Eastern Mediterranean where the phrase “for good remembrance” and the more common “may he/she be remembered for good” is widespread in inscriptions dating from ca. 200 BCE to 300 CE.

This has made me revisit parts of my doctoral thesis on the votive inscriptions from Mount Gerizim and to think further on the relationship between materiality and divine remembrance in these inscriptions. In my thesis and in the paper that I have been working on, I compare the Gerizim inscriptions with…

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A Warning Issued in 1962 With Which Many Today Seem to Be Unfamiliar

The danger of parallelomania.  Read it.  Please.  (Kids today…. what with their video games and emergent heresies hardly ever familiarize themselves with previous literature- to their own intellectual harm).

I encountered the term parallelomania, as I recall, in a French book of about 1830, whose title and author I have forgotten, in a context in which there were being examined certain passages in the Pauline epistles and in the Book of Wisdom that seem to have some resemblance, and a consequent view that when Paul wrote the Epistle to the Romans, a copy of the Book of Wisdom lay open before him, and that Paul in Romans copied generously from it. Three items are to be noted. One, that some passages are allegedly parallel; two, that a direct organic literary connection is assumed to have provided the parallels; and three, that the conclusion is drawn that the flow is in a particular direction, namely, from Wisdom to Paul, and not from Paul to Wisdom. Our French author disputes all three points: he denies that the passages cited are true parallels; he denies that a direct literary connection exists; he denies that Paul copied directly from Wisdom, and he calls the citations and the inferences parallelomania. We might for our purposes define parallelomania as that extravagance among scholars which first overdoes the supposed similarity in passages and then proceeds to describe source and derivation as if implying literary connection flowing in an inevitable or predetermined direction.

Go read it now. Before you say something silly.

The Return of the Avignonian Carnival

This month’s fun is Chronological:  The best post of each day as determined by a panel of experts are listed here in the order of their appearance.  And some of what follows, especially mid-month, is sure to infuriate.  For that I cannot apologize.  You’re welcome to see things as you wish, but by the same token, so am I.

zwingli_laptop1 – Antonio Lombatti has a great post on early Judaism.  Not to be missed.

2 – Jennifer Guo and SBL have announced the hashtag for the upcoming Annual Meeting which, to my eternal sorrow, will include the unwashed masses of the AAR.  Remember when John reports that ‘Jesus wept’?  Yeah, that.

3 – I read with great interest and personal profit George Athas‘s post on depression.

4 – Dom Mattos wrote a piece which rounded up reviews of T&T Clark’s amazing volume on Geza Vermes.  Take a look.  You won’t regret it.

5 – Word was shared that J. Louis Martyn died on the 5th.  It saddened all of us and provoked Beverly Gaventa to write this beautiful testimonial.

6 – Words can’t express how much I find Richard Goode a delightful wit.  His post on two recent carnivalesque things will endear him to you as well.  Unless you’re insane and unhinged.

opitz_zwingli7 – Christian Brady posted a lovely series on the subject of suffering, about which he knows more than any parent should. You need to read it.  And need is emphatic.

8 – Joel Watts received a volume to review that looks genuinely of interest.  Keep an eye out for his review here.

9- Chris Tilling posted a nice and nicely titled bitlet on Barthing.  If you immediately thought the word ‘barfing’ then you hit the mark.

10- Gershon Galil offered a very intriguing reading of the second recently discovered Qeiyafa inscription.  Consider it.

11 – Larry Hurtado is writing a new book and in it he evidently is going to talk about the likes of Julius Africanus, whom he calls an interesting fellow.  Thanks, Larry… now I have to chase that rabbit to see if he really is interesting or if he’s just ‘Joel Watts’ interesting…

12 – A very intriguing and sensible essay on the emergence of the Codex for those interested in the history of books and writing.  The British Library has posted it.

zwingli13 – Jim Tabor is doing a series on John the Baptist and Messianic expectations.  Here’s a segment.  If you enjoy it you might also enjoy the rest of them.

14 – Deane Galbraith has an as always intriguing post on- this time – Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’.

15- Peter Head reviewed a book that sounds pretty good.   But I can’t link to it because that would be unfair to Peter who, a few years back, said academics shouldn’t blog (and other derogatory things about books on blogs).  And linking to it would make him seem to be a tad disingenuous.  So if you want to read it you’ll have to track it down using your own devices.

16 – Scot ‘The Canadian’ McKnight has some thoughts on how one shouldn’t talk about faith and science.  Being a big, big fan of the whole faith … science dialogue I can do nothing but commend it to you.

17 – Christoph Heilig has written a nearly ingenious review of the NIDNTTE.  It’s exceptional.

ZWINGLI-GOS-DIGITAL18 – On the evening of the 17th a young man walked into Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and murdered 9 people- including the Pastor.  I searched the biblioblogs to see who else had mentioned the event and I’m sorry to say that hardly any could be bothered with it.  I can’t express sufficiently how sad it makes me that so many people who are ‘interested in the Bible’ are not at all interested in contemporary events; nor do they see it as a part of their responsibility to say something to society in the face of such disgusting acts.  Ivory towers are for pulling down, not for settling into.  Notable exceptions:

Our Prayers are with Charleston, Scot McKnight and Greg Hillis.

Thank you, Scot and Greg (and perhaps others who are unknown to me).  To be sure, people can, and do, blog what they want.  But the disconnect between Scripture scholarship and current events is just so stunning as to be note-worthy and remark-able.

19 – George Athas says a big hearty ho NEIN to ridiculous claims being made that a Canaanite coin has been discovered.

conacher_zwingli20 – Day off.  Was sick.  Did nothing.

21 – Chris Rollston had some important things to say about the newly discovered second Qeiyafa inscription which maximalists especially owe it to themselves to read.

22 – Steve Wiggins posted a review of a book by a person of whom I have never heard on a topic which is of no interest to me.  But in order to be inclusive, I include it here.

23 – Nijay ‘Sanjay’ Gupta has announced that EP Sanders is going to publish a ‘big book’ on Paul this year.  I’m betting just in time for SBL.  Oh boy…. Paul… Who can’t get enough of Paul………..  Paul… It’s almost as though the NT consists only of Paul and the Synoptics and everything else is the red headed step child.  But in reality, John and the Johannine lit are the high water marks of the NT.  Everything else, including Paul, is of lesser interest.

More interesting than another book on Paul could ever be is the interview of Konrad Schmid on Swiss television.  Unmissable.

zwingli_1513_22.jpg24 – Very sad news this day: Eduard Lohse has died.  😦    (I’d have linked to another blog but evidently none of them could be bothered with noting the death of one of the best New Testament scholars to grace the planet).

25 – Richard Goode posted an announcement of a Greek Summer course.  You should go.  Yes, YOU!  If you don’t read the languages in which the Bible was written, you shouldn’t be preaching it or teaching it.

26 – A day that will live in infamy…  Oh, and Brian Small reviewed Herbert Bateman’s book on the Catholic Epistles (I don’t know why he calls them ‘General’).

27 – James Spinti had some historical and biblical thoughts about the SCOTUS decision which are quite worth reading.

28 – Jose da Silva posted a summary of the RBL reviews which, if you missed, you should take a look at.

zwingli_165029 – Daniel *The Big Haired Aussie Transplant to America* Gullotto posted a piece of homosexuality and Christianity as discussed by a book which isn’t nearly as good as Helmut Puff’s Sodomy in Reformation Germany which is, in my not uninformed opinion, the very best study on the subject of sexuality and the Church yet written in any Western European language.

But if that isn’t your ‘cup of vinegar’ then surely Brice Jones’ rampaging denunciation of rampant speculation and pure guesswork concerning early Christian texts will be.

30 – The last submission was that of Deane Galbraith‘s provocative essay on the sin of Sodom. And it’s fitting and proper that the final entry of the month is an analysis of the final book of the Bible- Revelation.  Ian Paul does a fine analysis of the components of the book and argues for a unified composition.

Join us next month as we return, once more, to offer Avignonian Contrarian posts intended to compete with those offered by the heretical official carnival hosted by the non-heretical Phil Jones (or one of his minions).  There’ll be plenty to annoy even those with the disposition of Mother Theresa.  After all…

It makes me tingle with pleasure from head to toe when I see that through me, poor wretched man that I am, God the Lord maddens and exasperates you hellish and worldly people – Luther