Daily Archives: 16 May 2016

What Does Loren Crow Think of The Commentary?


[People need the] Bible in one hand, yes; near the other hand, within easy reach, one needs a newspaper, a pipe … the entire Migne Greek and Latin Patrology, and, of course, Jim West’s commentaries.

I couldn’t have said it better.  You should listen to Loren and do the right thing:  get them.

The books can be obtained by the usual route. Or, you can just buy the PDF’s from yours truly for a paltry $199 by clicking my PayPal Link. It’s that simple.  Just. Do. It. Now.

Mike Webb… We’ve All Left Tabs Open That Embarrass Us…

Sure, we aren’t all running for office… but still…. I thought you should realize that all of us have skeletons on our tabs.  Here’s mine.  Again, I’m so ashamed… (but not as a ashamed as you should be…)(Politicians… they’re just dense).


1 Samuel as Christian Scripture

chapmanEerdman’s have sent a copy of this volume for review in the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament.  Consequently, my review will appear there rather than here.

I mention it here nonetheless because I think it amazingly helpful for any reader of the canonical Samuel.

It isn’t part of any series- it’s just a commentary on 1 Samuel which includes many things very useful to interpreters with the singular exception of the text of 1 Samuel itself.  That you’ll have to have separately.

Chapman has done a good thing here and I wanted to mention that fact before the full review appears in due time in SJOT.

The Conditions Under Which Imprecations May Be Uttered

We are not to pronounce an imprecation on our enemies, except, first, they are God’s enemies; and, secondly, except we disregard ourselves, and plead not our own cause, but, on the contrary, undertake the cause of public safety, having laid aside all turbulent feelings; and especially, except our fervour arises from a desire to glorify God. With these qualifications, then, we may adopt the form of prayer [of imprecation] given us here [in Lamentations]. — John Calvin

Good news indeed!  Let the imprecatory prayers commence.

Nadia Bolz-Weber Turns Pentecost Sunday into a Farce…

And shows how much more important it is to be theatrical (in her mind anyway) than to be substantive.  Because nothing says Pentecost like confetti shot from confetti guns…

farce bolz weber

Τοῦτο δὲ γίνωσκε, ὅτι ἐν ἐσχάταις ἡμέραις ἐνστήσονται καιροὶ χαλεποί.  ἔσονται γὰρ οἱ ἄνθρωποι φίλαυτοι, φιλάργυροι, ἀλαζόνες, ὑπερήφανοι, βλάσφημοι, γονεῦσιν ἀπειθεῖς, ἀχάριστοι, ἀνόσιοι,  ἄστοργοι, ἄσπονδοι, διάβολοι, ἀκρατεῖς, ἀνήμεροι, ἀφιλάγαθοι, προδόται, προπετεῖς, τετυφωμένοι, φιλήδονοι μᾶλλον ἢ φιλόθεοι, ἔχοντες μόρφωσιν εὐσεβείας, τὴν δὲ δύναμιν αὐτῆς ἠρνημένοι. καὶ τούτους ἀποτρέπου. ἐκ τούτων γάρ εἰσιν οἱ ἐνδύνοντες εἰς τὰς οἰκίας καὶ αἰχμαλωτίζοντες γυναικάρια σεσωρευμένα ἁμαρτίαις, ἀγόμενα ἐπιθυμίαις ποικίλαις,  πάντοτε μανθάνοντα, καὶ μηδέποτε εἰς ἐπίγνωσιν ἀληθείας ἐλθεῖν δυνάμενα. — (2 Tim. 3:1-7)

One of Princeton’s Brightest Minds SLAMS ‘Transgenderism’

“There are few superstitious beliefs as absurd as the idea that a woman can be trapped in a man’s body & vv,” he wrote. “But in the Age of Feeling …”

Read the who and the where here.  And follow this guy on twitter.  He’s America’s own Alister McGrath.

Dear High School Grads Across America…

Pat yourselves on the back, my preciousesssesssssss-


12 Second Piety

The Bee stings… again.

Theologians: An Observation

I’m getting the impression more and more each day that many theologians no longer bother to read the bible at all.  It’s as though they are so unfamiliar with the foundation-text of their work that they can’t find their way around in it any more than a worm can find its way to the moon.

Update:  I am teaching an MA class in liturgy. I brought Bibles from the library to use in class, and one of the students said that it was the first time he held a Bible in his hand during the entire five years of his degree program.  R.G.

I rest my case.

The Battle Of Frankenhausen Raged…

On May 16, 1525 (having commenced the day before): it was the low water mark of the wretched Peasants Revolt.  As Schaff describes things:

The peasants, badly armed, poorly led, and divided among themselves, were utterly defeated by the troops of the Landgrave Philip of Hesse, Duke Henry of Brunswick, the Elector John, and the Dukes George and John of Saxony. In the decisive battle at Frankenhausen, May 25, 1525, five thousand slain lay on the field and in the streets; three hundred were beheaded before the court-house. Muenzer fled, but was taken prisoner, tortured, and executed [on May 27th].

The peasants in South Germany, in the Alsace and Lorraine, met with the same defeat by the imperial troops and the forces of the electors of the Palatinate and Treves, and by treachery. In the castle of Zabern, in the Alsace (May 17), eighteen thousand peasants fell. In the Tyrol and Salzburg, the rebellion lasted longest, and was put down in part by arbitration.

The number of victims of war far exceeded a hundred thousand. The surviving rebels were beheaded or mutilated. Their widows and orphans were left destitute. Over a thousand castles and convents lay in ashes, hundreds of villages were burnt to the ground, the cattle killed, agricultural implements destroyed, and whole districts turned into a wilderness. “Never,” said Luther, after the end of the war, “has the aspect of Germany been more deplorable than now.”

The Peasants’ War was a complete failure, and the victory of the princes an inglorious revenge. The reaction made their condition worse than ever. Very few masters had sufficient humanity and self-denial to loosen the reins. Most of them followed the maxim of Rehoboam: “My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions” (1 Kings 12:14). The real grievances remained, and the prospect of a remedy was put off to an indefinite future.

The cause of the Reformation suffered irreparable injury, and was made responsible by the Romanists, and even by Erasmus, for all the horrors of the rebellion.

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice, to rebel.  How foolish were the followers of the radicals, to believe that God would give them victory.  They paid for their folly.

Call For Submissions

The upcoming Avignonian Biblical Studies Carnival is looking for the best and brightest posts of the Month of May.  Send them along!

My Present Mood Is…


I’m in a super foul mood.  So I’m not talking to anyone today.  Not for my sake.  For theirs.

Holy Hand Grenades, Batman…

This story makes me unusually sad.

The proud dome of the Franciscan chapel is pockmarked with bullet holes and the windows which once looked over the spot of Jesus Christ’s baptism were broken long ago.   Metal gates that used to fly open to welcome Catholic pilgrims are now locked shut and a sign warns visitors of land mines and unexploded artillery shells.  No one has set foot inside the church in nearly half a century but Israeli military records indicate its doors may be rigged with booby traps and improvised bombs.    This is one of the holiest sites in the Christian faith – and it feels like a ghost town.

What a world… What a ‘holy’ land…

Baseball Really Is America’s Favorite Past-time


Baptist, Methodist, Catholic


Zwingli Can’t Go to Baden

zwingl_badenIn 1525 the project of the disputation was revived. The Bishop of Constance chose Baden as the place. Zwingli declared his willingness, if necessary, to go to Schaffhausen or St. Gall, but the city Great Council refused him permission to go out of Zurich. The Diet at Luzern, on January 15, 1526, determined on Baden as the place and May 16, 1526, as the time.

Zwingli’s correspondence of 1526 shows clearly the course of events. After the disputation was determined upon there was uncertainty in regard to the place. Bern favoured Basel. Other cantons wanted Luzern. Œcolampadius naturally preferred Bern. Zwingli did not want to go out of Zurich. Perhaps his physical condition had something to do with it. Œcolampadius, on March 7, 1526, alluded to his having ulcers.

Zwingli himself, writing to Vadianus on Friday, March 30th, tells of an alarming attack of illness which had occurred that day. On April 16, 1526, Zwingli wrote a long letter to the City Council of Bern giving his reasons why he would not go to Baden for the disputation, although anxious to debate in such a presence.

The nine reasons amount to this—that the safe conduct and protection which Bern promised were really valueless under the circumstances because at Baden the Five Forest Cantons, Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden, Luzern, and Zug, devoted to the old teaching, would outvote the other three cantons of Zurich, Bern, and Basel, devoted to the new.

He then proceeds to give his reasons for declining to go to any place where the Five Cantons had control.  

  1. Those cantons had condemned him unheard as a heretic and burnt his books.
  2. They still persist in doing so.  
  3. They have avowedly gotten up the disputation for the purpose of silencing him.  
  4. As they have ordered him arrested, contrary to federal law, what value would their safe conduct have?  
  5. They are bound by mutual vows to uproot the faith he professed.
  6. Their negotiations for the disputation were with Eck and Faber exclusively, not with him, he not being in any way consulted.
  7. While Eck’s and Faber’s writings are freely circulated in the Five Cantons, his were suppressed.
  8. He had two years before plainly told Eck and company that under no consideration would he go to Baden or Luzern.

Baden was not attended by Zwingli but it was by Oecolampadius, who kept Zwingli informed of all the doings.