New in Bible and Interpretation–
Judah appears remarkably few times as central player in 1–2 Samuel. If the Judah material were indeed primary to the David story, the story would collapse from lack of self-standing, independent lore. In contrast, the majority of the story of David as king is focused on David’s rule of Israel alone. The biblical evidence invites us to reconsider the political and social landscape of the early monarchy, defined not by the so-called “united monarchy,” nor by Judah alone, by the one important entity in these centuries: Israel.
The adjunct crisis exists because too many departments have too many PhD students. The only cure is for departments to offer PhD’s for the number of jobs there actually are.
Creating 500 PhD holders when there are only 30 positions suitable for those PhD’s is not only immoral, it is driven purely by economic considerations on the part of the University.
Fascicle 97/1 (2016) of Biblica’s journal is now available on-line at its usual site. In this issue you will find the following articles and short notes:
- I. Finkelstein, «The Old Jephthah Tale in Judges.»
- G.T.K. Wong, «Psalm 73 as Ring Composition.»
- B.C. Gregory, «Vice and Virtue in the Moral Vision of the Latin of Sirach.»
- O. Andrejevs, «Reexamining Q2: Son of God Christology in Q’s Redactional Layer.»
- S. Grindheim, «Faith in Jesus: The Historical Jesus and the Object of Faith.»
- O.J. Filtvedt, «A “Non-Ethnic” People?»
- G.R. Lanier, «”From God” or “From Heaven”? “ex upsous” in Luke 1,78.»
As usual, you will find on our pages the complete index of this issue and those of the last nineteen years, summaries of articles and the complete text of articles and shorter contributions published since 1998. We very much hope that our service will help the continuously increasing number of our on-line readers in their biblical research. We will be happy to receive your comments and suggestions.
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This would have happened…
καὶ ὃς ἂν μὴ δέξηται ὑμᾶς, μηδὲ ἀκούσῃ τοὺς λόγους ὑμῶν, ἐξερχόμενοι ἔξω τῆς οἰκίας ἢ τῆς πόλεως ἐκείνης ἐκτινάξατε τὸν κονιορτὸν τῶν ποδῶν ὑμῶν. (Matt. 10:14)
Many, I say, the most of men who live under the dispensation of the gospel, do woefully deceive their own souls in this matter. They do not believe what they profess themselves to believe, and what they think they believe. – John Owen
Or more precisely: Why Transgender Advocates Don’t Believe Anything They Say. In the midst of an article worth reading, H.F. writes
When many people raised concerns that sexual deviants would take advantage of “choose your own bathroom” policies, and when those concerns proved to be perfectly justified, why did so many on the Left scream about conservative hysteria instead of seriously addressing the question of how to legally distinguish between fake transgender and real transgender?
They did so because they know full well that the main thing a sexual predator claiming to be a transgender woman has in common with a man who has “transitioned” to female is that neither one is what he says he is. The only difference between them is that the former is pretending out of malice and the latter is pretending out of brokenness. But acknowledging this might have resulted in changing their positions, and changing their positions would have required them to stop saying the magic words they didn’t believe, the magic words that made them holy ex opere operato.
Read the whole.
A natural donkey, which carries sacks to the mill and eats thistles, can judge you – indeed, all creatures can! For a donkey knows it is a donkey and not a cow. A stone knows it is a stone; water is water, and so on through all the creatures. But you mad asses do not know you are asses. — Martin Luther
With suffering and misery and hardship…
“In this life Christ is incomprehensible. He rewards his best ministers in such a way that I must say I hardly know what I am about, whether I preach aright or not. This tormented St. Paul too. He didn’t talk much about it to others, I think. He couldn’t talk about it, for who can imagine what he meant when he said, ‘I die every day’ [I Cor. 15:31]. Christ, too, had his temptations.” — Martin Luther
It’s true, of course. And it makes you wonder exactly who is ‘rewarding’ Joel Osteen and Rick Warren and TD Jakes and the rest of that ilk.
Refo500 has the news of a new translation of Zwingli’s ‘The Implementation of the Lord’s Supper’. It looks fantastic!