Daily Archives: 11 Nov 2015

Mizzou: The Center of a Bait and Switch Misdirected War on Racism

I read a very eye opening essay which virtually boils the recent events in Missouri in the cauldron of truth.  It’s author rightly remarks

You’d think if the Missouri football players were going to strike, they’d choose NCAA amateurism as their cause, not the homecoming king’s hurt feelings. And you’d think if the son of a millionaire was going to threaten to end his life over an injustice, he’d choose an inspiration more heart-wrenching than a poop-stained Nazi symbol.

Why not choose Tyshawn Lee?

Ask one of those liberal academics to explain the connection between mass incarceration and gang violence. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. The ruthless, gang-related execution of a black child is a direct outgrowth of mass incarceration and its corrosive impact on morality, decency and humanity.

Concerned Student 1950 needs to ask Mizzou’s liberal academics to carry them to Tyshawn Lee’s neighborhood and create a safe space there. Seriously. Assimilated, spoiled black kids showing up on modern college campuses and pretending they’re standing on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965 is f—ing embarrassing. What’s worse is assimilated, spoiled black journalists selling the righteousness of their cause.

Read the whole exceptional piece.

The Most Important Email SBL Has Ever Sent


AAR: The Atlanta AAR Parade

The floats are all assembled and AAR is ready for its parade through downtown Atlanta.  Their shindig is Monday at 3 PM in front of the Hyatt.  Don’t. Miss. It.

Total Depravity: When Clubbing is More Important Than Children

Katerra Lewis. Source: Birmingham Police Department

Katerra Lewis. Source: Birmingham Police Department

An 8-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a 1-year-old girl who was left at a home without adult supervision while their mothers went clubbing last month, according to Birmingham police.

Police said some point that night, the 8-year-old boy “viciously attacked” the 1-year-old little girl because she wouldn’t stop crying. She ultimately died from severe head trauma and major internal organ damage.

Police say Katerra Lewis, 26, left her 1-year-old daughter Kelci Lewis alone at the home, along with at least five other children ranging from 2 to 8 years old, to go clubbing with her friend, the homeowner and mother of the other children.

“The sad part is you had an adult mother here who had the audacity to leave her 1-year-old in the custody of several other children at the house and none of those kids were over the age of 8…and so decided to go out to the club for that night, leave those kids there alone and unfortunately an 8-year-old was extremely agitated, it appeared, and really attacked the child,” Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards said in a news conference on Tuesday.

Katerra Lewis has been charged with manslaughter in the case, which her attorney questions.

Some people should never have children.  People who would rather go clubbing and leave small children unattended chief among them.  Such persons are purely evil, purely self-centered, purely depraved.

[Spare me any ‘don’t judge me’ comments.  They are beneath contempt.  Persons who exhibit such careless disregard for the well being of children are known by their fruits].

Reading Precedes Writing: A Fact Too Often Forgotten


An Interview With Karen Jobes on the Septuagint, and Two New Volumes

An Interview With Karen Jobes

Q: I’d like, if I could, to get right to the point. You have a new book coming out this Fall – Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader. What is this book about and who are its intended readers?

Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader, is forthcoming from Kregel. Its intended readers are students or anyone who has had at least three semesters of NT Greek, and who would like to dip into the Septuagint (the ancient Greek Jewish Scriptures). It provides selections from several books of various genres along with notes about parsing and syntax.

Q: You also have another book coming out around the same time, a second edition of your Invitation to the Septuagint. Is it substantially different than the first edition? How has it changed? How has your mind changed?

The 2nd edition of Invitation to the Septuagint from Baker Academic is a thorough updating of every chapter to include the major developments in Septuagint research over the last fifteen years. We have also added new bibliography of recent work and expanded the appendices to include an English translation of the symbols and abbreviations used in the Göttingen critical apparatus. It will be released on Amazon December 1.

Q: What is it about the Septuagint that you find so interesting?

The Septuagint (and other ancient Greek versions) formed the scriptural context in which early Christianity developed, was used extensively by the New Testament writers, and has been largely overlooked by Protestants since the Reformation. My work in New Testament has primarily focused on how appropriate attention to the Septuagint can enlighten New Testament exegesis.

Q: How did you get involved in academic biblical studies?

In the early 80s God called me to seminary. In seminary I blossomed intellectually and spiritually, and felt a further call to a PhD in biblical hermeneutics. At that time it was still uncommon for a woman to work in the field, and my career has been blessed far beyond anything I expected in those early days.

Q: What drew you, then, to the Septuagint more than to, say, Jeremiah or The Gospels?

I love both testaments of the Christian Bible and wanted my work to allow me to be somewhat “ambidextrous” between Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament. Septuagint studies is the perfect combination. I was further drawn to Septuagint in my doctoral studies by Dr. Silva’s seminar on the Greek Bible.

Q: How important do you think the Septuagint is to the Church in the West today?

The Septuagint is still today the canonical text for eastern Orthodoxy, and has an elevated role in the Roman Catholic church. For Protestant churches, its importance is more indirect and mediated through biblical scholarship that recognizes the historical place of the Septuagint and other ancient Greek versions in the formation of early Christianity and its appropriate role in New Testament exegesis. I do not think the Septuagint should be the canonical basis of the Protestant Old Testament.

Q: How does your ‘guided reader’ differ from an interlinear?

An interlinear is of very limited value for the development of language skills in biblical Greek. Discovering the Septuagint is designed to support the reader who wishes to advance his or her proficiency in hellenistic Greek by providing a wealth of resources.

Q: The text of Samuel in the LXX is notoriously difficult. To this day, there is no 1-2 Samuel in the highly esteemed Göttingen edition. How do you ‘handle’ the text in your guided reader?

Those books are not included in the excerpts selected for this book.

Q: What do you like best about your Guided Reader?

Discovering the Septuagint is a collaborative work with graduate students who took my Septuagint reading class and former teaching assistants. They compiled most of the material based on my classroom notes and their own studies. It is a joy to see their names on this particular work, as it is targeted for students like them who can benefit from a substantial engagement with the Septuagint text.

Q: Are you working on another book? If so, what is it about? Who will the publisher be?

I am in conversation with a publisher about a possible future book, but it is too early to discuss that project publicly.

Q: Outside of biblical studies, what are your interests?

I enjoy taking cooking classes, walking for exercise, reading recreationally, and sometimes special activities like archery.

Thank you for your time. I’m very keen to read your guide!

There Remains But One Thing To Say About Starbuck’s and its Cups


“They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares”: Calvin’s Interpretation

When the nations should be taught by the word of God, there would be such a change, that every one would study to do good, and to perform the duties of love towards his neighbours. But by speaking of swords and spears, he briefly intimates, that men, until they are made gentle by the word of the Lord, are ever intent on iniquitous tyranny and oppression; nor can it be otherwise, while every one follows his own nature; for there are none who are not wedded to their own advantages, and the cupidity of men is insatiable.

As then all are thus intent on gain, while every one is blinded by self-love, what but cruelty must ever break forth from this wicked principle? Hence then it is, that men cannot cultivate peace with one another; for every one seeks to be the first, and draws every thing to himself; no one will willingly give way: then dissensions arise, and from dissensions, fightings. This is what the Prophet intimates. And then he adds, that the fruit of the doctrine of Christ would however be such, that men, who were before like cruel wild beasts, would become gentle and meek.  Calvin, on Micah 4:3.

We Still Haven’t Made Peace a Priority

We still haven’t beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks.  But maybe we will this year and no more veterans will be added to the rolls of those who have set aside their families and laid down their lives for politicians and their self-serving goals.

Then he will judge between the nations and arbitrate between many peoples. They will hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation, no longer will they learn how to make war. (Isa. 2:4)

Instead, we follow the lead of the doom for which we are destined as described by Joel-

Hammer your ploughshares into swords, your bill-hooks into spears; let the weakling say, ‘I am tough!’ Hurry and come, all the nations around, and assemble there! (Yahweh, send down your champions!). ‘Let the nations rouse themselves and march to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I shall sit in judgement on all the nations around. Ply the sickle, for the harvest is ripe; come and tread, for the winepress is full; the vats are overflowing, so great is their wickedness!’ (Joel 4:10-13)

Wickedness is the basis of conflict. Conflict is the just recompense of wickedness. Sin destroys and as a consequence, destruction is the reward of sin.

History has taught us that lesson quite well, but we live among fools who believe conflict a good thing merely because it enriches some. So, we reap what we sow. But maybe one day we’ll have some sense.

To My Fellow Veterans- Thank You