Daily Archives: 26 Oct 2016

People Don’t Really Want Equality, They Want Hegemony

To prove it, just imagine the reaction if some white dude gleefully declared ‘and they were all men!!!’…


Rollston on the ‘Jerusalem Papyrus’ Thing

He makes several salient points and then says

VIII.  … Ultimately, I believe that there is a fair chance that although the papyrus itself is ancient the ink letters are actually modern…that is, this inscription is something that I would classify as a possible modern forgery.

IX. Recently, I signed a contract with Eerdmans Publishing for a volume (almost entirely completed at this time) entitled _Forging History in the Ancient World of the Bible & the Modern World of Biblical Studies_. The Jerusalem Papyrus inscription will be in that volume…

Read it.  And refrain, won’t you, from being over excited about every claim appearing in the Times of Israel.

Kirche der Reformation? Erfahrungen mit dem Reformprozess und die Notwendigkeit der Umkehr

9783788730666This new title has just appeared at V&R.

Die in diesem Buch gesammelten Berichte und Dokumente machen anschaulich, welch ein Umbauprozess sich gegenwärtig in der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland vollzieht. Zwar kommt nicht jede deutsche Landeskirche in diesem Buch vor.

Doch die Berichte aus vier großen Kirchen führen bereits vor Augen, welch ein Prozess in nahezu gleichartigen Schritten früher oder später alle Landeskirchen erfasst – wenn dieser Entwicklung nicht noch Einhalt geboten wird.

A review is forthcoming.

Rick Brannan’s Commentary on 1 Timothy

Take a look.

This Looks Interesting

downloadIt’s from Oxford U Press

Art historian Maxwell Anderson’s Antiquities: What Everyone Needs to Know® analyzes continuing threats to our heritage, and offers a balanced account of treaties and laws governing the circulation of objects; the history of collecting antiquities; how forgeries are made and detected; how authentic works are documented, stored, dispersed, and displayed; the politics of sending antiquities back to their countries of origin; and the outlook for an expanded legal market. Anderson provides a summary of challenges ahead, including the future of underwater archaeology, the use of drones, remote sensing, and how invisible markings on antiquities will allow them to be traced.

Written in question-and-answer format, the book equips readers with a nuanced understanding of the legal, practical, and moral choices that face us all when confronting antiquities in a museum gallery, shop window, or for sale on the Internet.

That ‘Jerusalem Papyrus’ Thing, Again

This time there’s finally a photo of the unprovenanced bitlet making people very excited.  But what’s it prove?  Absolutely nothing.  Even if it’s authentic (who knows, it’s unprovenanced and can’t be discussed at ASOR because of their policy concerning unprovenanced artifacts) it proves nothing.


It’s purty though….  But unprovenanced.  So useless.

The End of the Trial of Servetus and the Sentence Declared

October 26, 1553- the council of the City of Geneva writes

‘Having a summary of the process against the prisoner, Michael Servetus, and the reports of the parties consulted before us, it is hereby resolved, and, in consideration of his great errors and blasphemies, decreed, that he be taken to Champel, and there burned alive; that this sentence be carried into effect on the morrow, and that his books be burned with him.’

The council had little choice, since Servetus had

… spoken of the Trinity as a three-headed monster, comparable to the hell-dog of the heathen poets.

You might get away with that kind of nasty talk these days, but in the 16th century you only said that sort of thing if you had a death wish.  Servetus evidently did, since he decided he’d go to Geneva, of all places, to say them.