What Does Loren Crow Think of The Commentary?

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[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.

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)

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…

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.