Monthly Archives: December 2015

TVZ Continues its Tradition of Producing Important Volumes

9783290178390I don’t know how they do it, but they do.  They keep building books I simply have to read.  I have to.  It’s a compulsion.

Im Vorwort zu seinem epochalen «Römerbrief» (1922) schrieb Karl Barth, Eduard Thurneysen habe «das ganze im Entstehen begriffene Manuskript gelesen, begutachtet, und sich durch Einschaltung zahlreicher vertiefender, erläuternder und verschärfender Korollarien, die ich meist fast unverändert übernommen habe, in sehr selbstloser Weise ein verborgenes Denkmal gesetzt». Die hier erstmals vollständig edierten Briefe und Dokumente Thurneysens aus dieser Zeit zeigen, wie intensiv er an Barths Werk beteiligt war und wie er buchstäblich mitgeschrieben hat. Die Edition ergänzt den bereits publizierten Briefwechsel zwischen Karl Barth und Eduard Thurneysen, in dem viele Briefe Thurneysens weggelassen oder stark gekürzt worden sind. Sie wirft damit neues Licht auf die «Arbeitsgemeinschaft» der frühen Dialektischen Theologie.

The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew Has Arrived

I’ve waited three years- since the folk at Logos first announced that DCH would become available for Logos users.  Three years.  I lost hope for 2 of them.  So, I’m absolutely thrilled it’s here and I don’t regret for a second the $250 I spent for it.  That’s about, by the way, the price of one of the hardback copies.  So the entire thing for the price of one is a steal (to me).

Christmas is here and I bought myself a present.  With some of the money I was given.




The Media Really Does Need to Shut Up About Christian Theology

The essayist of The Federalist nails it.  Absolutely spot on.  If you haven’t studied theology you have no business writing about it.

And staying at the Holiday Inn Express doesn’t give you any rights to do so.

Sad News: Heikki Räisänen Has Died

Heikki M. RäisänenA fact of which I was unaware until Deane posted the previous entry which I then reposted.

Heikki Räisänen was a very fine, very interesting scholar.  May he rest in peace.

Heikki Räisänen: “Are Christians Better People?”

Biblical Studies Online

On March 23, 2011, Emeritus Professor Heikki Räisänen (10 December 1941 – 30 December 2015) presented the paper “Are Christians Better People? The Contrast Between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ in Early Christian Rhetoric”. He examines in particular the Pauline and Pseudo-Pauline letters, noting the Pauline rhetoric which idealizes Christian morality and denigrates Greco-Roman morality.

Troels Engberg-Pedersen provides a response.


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Not Everyone Should Have A Gun. Stop Saying They Should

North Las Vegas police said that no charges are expected to be filed against an off-duty officer and her husband, who is in the police academy, after they shot a female family member.  KTNV reported that the Las Vegas police officer and her husband were asleep on Christmas night when the family member came home unexpectedly at 11:30 pm.

No charges because they’re cops and doubtless white and everyone has a ‘right’ to shoot their mom… right?

The couple “accidentally” fired 27 rounds at the woman, according to KNTV. The relative reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. At least one bullet was said to have hit her leg.  A law enforcement official told KNTV that the victim was the mother of one of the shooters. She had access to the home because she lives with the couple.

Well there’s stupid.  And then there’s super stupid.  The shooters and the NLVPD qualify for the latter term.

Remembering Mack Brady

Mack is Christian Brady’s little boy.  Mack died three years ago today.  Every time Chris shares his love for his son, I literally tear up.  There aren’t a lot of people I admire in this world, but Christian is one of them.

Here’s why.

Zwingli on His Critics- That ‘Herd of Anti-Christs’

zwingli_marignano“As to that base herd of Anti-christs accusing me first of imprudence and then of impudence, you ought to hear that quietly, for now I begin not to be [the only] heretic though they meanwhile are boldly, not to say lyingly, asserting it. For I am not alone: at Zurich there are more than two thousand rational souls, who, now feeding on spiritual milk, will soon take solid food, while those others are miserably starving. As to their assertion that my doctrine (it is Christ’s not mine) is of the Devil, that is all right. For in this assertion I recognise the doctrine of Christ and myself as its true herald. So the Pharisees declared that Christ had a Devil, and that they were in the right.”

Quod Antichristorum  turpis ille grex tum imprudentię tum impudentię nos accusat, gratis te oportet audire: iam enim incipimus esse non hęretici, cum illi interim fortiter dicant, ne dicam, mentiantur. Non enim soli sumus: Tiguri plus duobus millibus parvulorum et rationalium, qui lac iam spiritale sugentes mox solidum cibum perficient [cf. Hebr. 5. 12], illis misere esurientibus. Quod diaboli doctrinam nostram vocant (quę tamen Christi est, haud nostra), bene habet: in hoc enim Christi  doctrinam agnosco et nos veros eius precones. Sic Pharisei Christum  aiebant habere dęmonium, et se id recte facere asseverabant. Via.

1-2 Samuel in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary

eecThe newest addition to the EEC has arrived today to great excitement (from me).   It’s a good series (with a conservative bent, base, and audience in mind).

The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary is a brand new, 44-volume commentary series which incorporates the latest critical biblical scholarship and is written from a distinctly evangelical perspective. Published by Lexham Press, the EEC is the next standard commentary on the entire Bible for evangelicals. Like the Word Biblical Commentary and the Baker Exegetical Commentary, the EEC is written by a team of leading biblical scholars. Contributors to the EEC include Eugene Merril, Edward Glenny, Michael Stallard, Stanley E. Porter, John Oswalt, William Barrick, Eugene Carpenter, Richard Averbeck, R. Dennis Cole, H. Wayne House, and many others. Learn more at the main Evangelical Exegetical Commentary page.

Logos has allowed me to review the previous volumes in the series (and subscribed me to the whole set) and accordingly I will review 1-2 Samuel in the next months.  Stay tuned.

The Anniversary of Emil Egli’s Death

Emil Egli was a brilliant historian and though his name is nearly forgotten in all but the dustiest corners of academia, he was a giant in the field of Reformation studies. Born on the 9th of December, 1848, he died on the 31st of December, 1908. Egli

egli2was a Swiss church historian. He studied theology, was ordained in 1870, and served in several villages of the canton of Zürich. In his student days he was deeply interested in historical studies. In 1873 appeared his important work, Die Schlacht bei Cappell 1531; in 1879, Die Züricher Wiedertäufer zur Reformationszeit, a brief product of his Aktensammlung zur Geschichte der Züricher Reformation in den Jahren 1519-1532, which he published (1879) with the support of Zürich and offers an uncommonly rich source on the early history of the Anabaptist movement. In 1887 followed a smaller volume, Die St. Galler Täufer.


egliEgli occupied himself principally with the Reformation in Switzerland. In 1879 he began his work at the university of Zürich as lecturer in church history, and in 1892 he was made a full professor. In addition to a series of shorter works he published Heinrich Bullingers Diarium des Jahres 1504-1574in the second volume of the Quellen zur schweizerischen Reformationsgeschichte, which he founded. After 1897 he published a semiannual periodical, Zwingliana, and after 1899 two volumes of Analecta Reformatorica (documents and treatises on the history of Zwingli and his times; also biographies of Bibliander, Ceporin, Johannes Bullinger). In 1902 he provided for a new edition of the Kessler’s Sabbata (a publication of the historical association of St. Gall). With G. Finsler (Basel) he began the publication of the new edition of Zwingli’s works.

Over a twenty year span at the University of Zurich he taught these courses:



# Semester Veranstaltung Grad Funktion
1. SS 1880 Aeltere Kirchengeschichte der Schweiz PD
2. WS 1880 Kirchengeschichte der Schweiz seit 1077 PD
3. SS 1881 Repetitorium der Kirchengeschichte PD
4. WS 1881 Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte PD
5. SS 1882 Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte, zweite Hälfte PD
6. SS 1882 Repetitorium der Kirchengeschichte, erste Hälfte PD
7. WS 1882 Aeltere Kirchengeschichte der Schweiz PD
8. WS 1882 Repetitorium der Kirchengeschichte, II. Theil PD
9. SS 1883 Kirchengeschichte der Schweiz seit dem 13. Jahrhundert PD
10. SS 1883 Repetitorium der Kirchengeschichte, I. Hälfte PD
11. WS 1883 Neuere Kirchengeschichte der Schweiz PD
12. SS 1884 Kirchengeschichte des Reformationszeitalters PD
13. WS 1884 Christliche Archäologie PD
14. SS 1885 Altchristliche Quellen und Uebungen (die Inschriften) PD
15. SS 1885 Kirchengeschichte der Schweiz bis zur Reformation PD
16. WS 1885 Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte PD
17. SS 1887 Die Acta Martyrum (Uebungen) PD
18. WS 1887 Christliche Archäologie PD
19. SS 1888 Missionsgeschichte PD
20. WS 1888 Alttestamentliche Inschriften (Uebungen) PD
21. SS 1889 Aeltere Kirchengeschichte der Schweiz PD
22. WS 1889 Zwingli und seine Zeit EO
23. SS 1890 Christliche Archäologie EO
24. WS 1890 Geschichte der Vorreformatoren EO
25. SS 1891 Aeltere Kirchengeschichte der Schweiz EO
26. WS 1891 Zwingli und seine Zeit EO
27. WS 1891 Altchristliche Inschriften (Uebungen) EO
28. SS 1892 Christliche Archäologie EO
29. WS 1892 Geschichte der Vorreformatoren EO
30. SS 1893 Neuere Kirchengeschichte O
31. SS 1893 Repetitorium der Kirchengeschichte O
32. SS 1893 Theologisches Seminar: Die 3 grossen Reformationsschriften Luthers O
33. WS 1893 Kirchengeschichte, I. Teil O
34. WS 1893 Repetitorium der Kirchengeschichte O
35. WS 1893 Theologisches Seminar: Epigraphik des christlichen Altertums O
36. SS 1894 Kirchengeschichte, II. Teil O
37. SS 1894 Kirchengeschichte der Schweiz bis zur Reformation O
38. SS 1894 Theologisches Seminar: Repetitorium der Kirchengeschichte O
39. WS 1894 Kirchengeschichte, III. Theil (Neuzeit) O
40. WS 1894 Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte O
41. WS 1894 Theologisches Seminar: Repetitorium der Kirchengeschichte O
42. WS 1894 Theologisches Seminar: Quellen zur Geschichte der Christenverfolgungen im römischen Reich O
43. SS 1895 Kirchengeschichte, I. Theil O
44. SS 1895 Christliche Archäologie O
45. SS 1895 Kirchengeschichtliches Repetitorium O
46. SS 1895 Theologisches Seminar: Kirchenhistorische Uebungen O
47. WS 1895 Kirchengeschichte, II. Teil O
48. WS 1895 Repetitorium der Kirchengeschichte O
49. WS 1895 Theologisches Seminar: Die drei grossen Reformationsschriften Luthers O
50. SS 1896 Kirchengeschichte der Schweiz bis zur Reformation O Dekan/T
51. SS 1896 Kirchengeschichte, III. Teil (Neuzeit) O Dekan/T
52. SS 1896 Repetitorium der Kirchengeschichte O Dekan/T
53. SS 1896 Theologisches Seminar: Kirchenhistorische Übungen O Dekan/T
54. WS 1896 Kirchengeschichte, I. Teil O Dekan/T
55. WS 1896 Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte O Dekan/T
56. WS 1896 Theologisches Seminar: Kirchengeschichtliches Konversatorium O Dekan/T
57. WS 1896 Theologisches Seminar: Kritische Übungen zur Kirchengeschichte O Dekan/T
58. SS 1897 Kirchengeschichte, II. Teil O Dekan/T
59. SS 1897 Theologisches Seminar: Konversatorium der Kirchengeschichte O Dekan/T
60. SS 1897 Theologisches Seminar: Kirchenhistorische Übungen O Dekan/T
61. WS 1897 Kirchengeschichte, III. Teil (Neuzeit) O Dekan/T
62. WS 1897 Kirchliche Geographie und Statistik O Dekan/T
63. WS 1897 Die reformirten Theologen der Schweiz seit Bullinger O Dekan/T
64. WS 1897 Theologisches Seminar: Kirchengeschichtliches Conversatorium O Dekan/T
65. WS 1897 Theologisches Seminar: Kirchenhistorische Übungen O Dekan/T
66. SS 1898 Kirchengeschichte, I. Teil O
67. SS 1898 Kirchengeschichte der Schweiz bis zur Reformation O
68. SS 1898 Theologisches Seminar: Konversatorium der Kirchengeschichte O
69. SS 1898 Theologisches Seminar: Kirchenhistorische Übungen O
70. WS 1898 Kirchengeschichte, II .Teil O
71. WS 1898 Repetitorium der Kirchengeschichte O
72. WS 1898 Theologisches Seminar: Kirchenhistorische Übungen O
73. SS 1899 Kirchengeschichte, III. Teil (Neuzeit) O
74. SS 1899 Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte O
75. SS 1899 Repetitorium der Kirchengeschichte O
76. SS 1899 Theologisches Seminar: Kirchenhistorische Übungen O
77. WS 1899 Kirchengeschichte, I. Teil O
78. WS 1899 Repetitorium der Kirchengeschichte O
79. WS 1899 Theologisches Seminar: Kirchenhistorische Übungen O
80. SS 1900 Kirchengeschichte, II. Teil O
81. SS 1900 Repetitorium der Kirchengeschichte O
82. SS 1900 Theologisches Seminar: Kirchenhistorische Übungen O

Boy, That Went Fast!

2015 is over in mere hours…


Banish Trump

If you’re not a fan of Donald Trump, then this app is for you. A new add-on for Google Chrome allows users to strip any mentions of the Republican presidential candidate from the web pages they’re perusing. The program comes with three filter levels, giving users the option of how much Trump they can handle. Developer Rob Spectre says on the app’s site that the filter does not track users web usage.He also said he’s not making money off the program.

Now if we could just banish the whole political system

Another Course for those in Hong Kong and Vicinity


55 and Counting


Peter Opitz: The Tagesanzeiger Interview

Read it here.  The best bit-

opitzWas ist mit all den negativen Assoziationen, die dem Zwinglianischen

Als Historiker ärgere ich mich oft über den Unsinn, der hier erzählt wird. Zwingli hat keine Täufer ertränkt, er hatte kein politisches Mandat, sie zu verurteilen, ja er hat sie sogar lange verteidigt. Es war der Rat, die politische Behörde, die in den notorisch ungehorsamen Täuferpredigern eine Gefahr sah und schliesslich einige hinrichtete, über 250 Jahre bevor so etwas wie Religionsfreiheit erstmals propagiert wurde.

But read it all.  Every word.

Quote of The Day

I could NOT agree MORE!

Jim! You are absolutely the most agreeable and responsive person I’ve worked with as an editor in 20 years!   — M. Patrick Graham, Ph.D. (Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography and Director, Pitts Theology Library)

Guns Aren’t So Great When You Kill Your Own Daughter Because You Think She’s A Burgler…

A Florida woman killed her 27-year-old daughter after mistaking her for an intruder, officials in St. Cloud said on Wednesday.  Police said that the mother was sleeping when she heard something that sounded like an intruder at around 11:51 p.m. on Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

So, naturally, she just fired away at what she knew not.   Because anyone can get a gun even if they shouldn’t be able to.  And now she gets to live with the knowledge that she murdered her own child.  I’d rather be dead myself and have my child live than live with that guilt.  I couldn’t bear it.

According to police, the woman fired a single shot at the suspected intruder before discovering that she had shot her daughter, who died after being taken to a local hospital by emergency crews. St. Cloud Police Department declined to release the identities of the shooter or the victim because someone in the home works for a law enforcement agency. Police also declined to say if the resident who worked for law enforcement was involved in the shooting.

Oh that makes it even better… someone who knew better did not live better.

“At this time, the incident appears to be an accidental shooting,” a statement from police said.

But the end result is a dead person.  Guns don’t kill people though, moms who are trigger happy do.  Another sacrifice to the Gun god.  Yay, US.

Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh

Nope.  No.  Nein.  Nope.  That’s not how it goes.  Not even in the fertile mind of Moltmann or Osteen or Meyer or Warren or Wesley.




Another Joyce Meyer’s Theological Fail


Nothing like making forgiveness about you and ignoring the fact that it’s a reflection of God’s own mercy.  Nice fail, Joyce.  Nice fail.

Antiquities Thieves Beware

The Israeli government is cracking down:

The High Court rejected on Monday a motion by antiquities dealers against new regulations that force them to register their inventories online.  The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) hailed the decision as no less than a revolution.

The ruling ends the drawn-out process of changing the regulations, which began in 2012. The High Court rejected a petition by fifteen licensed antiquities dealers challenging the State of Israel and the Antiquities Authority by seeking a request to rescind the regulations for the management of inventories that took effect this year.

The regulations had been issued after a lengthy process of revision regulations that was initiated by the IAA, the Minister of Culture and Sports, the Ministry of Justice and the Knesset Education Committee. The Supreme Court justices, headed by Chief Justice Miriam Naor, Justice Anat Baron and Deputy Chief Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, did not see fit to intervene in the regulations enacted by the legislature, because in their words, the process by which the regulations were adopted was not flawed.

Advocate Radwan Badihi, legal adviser for the Israel Antiquities Authority, expressed his satisfaction with the court’s judgment. “The phenomenon of antiquities robbery is a national catastrophe,” he said. “The court’s ruling has put an end to years of ongoing damage to cultural assets and will place Israel in line with the civilized countries of the world in protecting the nation’s cultural heritage and antiquities. The court issued the Antiquities Authority effective tools for the enforcement and protection of antiquities”.