Daily Archives: 8 Dec 2016

Universalism’s Damnableness

Universalism is the heresy that God can’t be trusted to decide and that humanity needn’t be trusted to decide.

Quote of the Day

Assurance is a fruit that grows out of the root of faith; the fruits in winter do not appear upon the tree. Because I do not see a flourishing top, shall I deny the existence and sappiness of the root? Mary, when she wept at Christ’s feet, had no assurance of his love, yet Christ sends her away with the encomiums of her faith, acted before the comfort dropped from his lips. — STEPHEN CHARNOCK

My Christmas Wishlist

Dear people who think they know what the Bible is about, stop sharing your foundationless ‘personal opinion’. #Kthanksbye ‬

Get me that for Christmas, Santa.

Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh


Erm… “That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.” (Dan. 4:33).

Wouldn’t it be nice if people knew Scripture?  Before they blathered about it?  So I wouldn’t have to be all


Reformation Thursday: The Death of a Child

“The Lord has certainly inflicted a bitter wound in the death of our infant son. But He is Himself a father and knows what is good for His children.” —John Calvin

Read the post.

Overdue: Dating Early Christian Papyri at the SBL Annual Meeting. A Report

Take a look.

Roberta Mazza

15220233_10155149092281840_4653977620502856068_n The unruly half of the panel, i.e. Nongbri and Choat, and myself before losing control over those two….

You know academics are always late, right? So I am super-late in reporting a much fun session I organised and chaired on November 21 in San Antonio (Texas), at the last Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, a monster of a conference gathering together thousands of people interested in the history of the Bible from the most amazing perspectives.

As a member of the Archaeology of Roman Religion Group (obviously the coolest group of all), I planned a session on “Dating Early Christian Papyri: Old and New Methods”. The reasons behind the panel were basically three. First of all, in recent years there have been lively discussions on the dating of the earliest copies of the New Testament, driven in some cases by ideology (you remember all those laughs about the…

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Signs of the Times


The Lutherbibel 2017 Reviewed

Der Versuch von „Luther 2017“, „möglichst viel von Luthers eigener Verdeutschung zu bewahren und zugleich den biblischen Texten gerecht zu werden“, sei letztlich gescheitert, so Jürgen Ebach: „Er musste scheitern wie jeder Versuch einer Quadratur des Kreises.“ Dennoch zollt der Alttestamentler dem Unternehmen seinen „großen Respekt“ und findet „Luther 2017“ an vielen Stellen deutlich gelungener als die Revision von 1984.

Anhand einiger Textstellen, etwa in der Stellung von Frauen und der Darstellung des zeitgenössischen Israels, beleuchtet Ebach im Detail, wo die neue Übersetzung gelungen ist und wo sie den derzeitigen exegetisch-theologischen Erkenntnissen einerseits sowie andererseits einer im Sinne Luthers zu vollziehenden Aktualisierung der antiken Sprachen unter den gegenwärtigen gesellschaftlichen Gegebenheiten nicht gerecht wird.


Breaking News! A Newly Discovered Haiku By Dietrich Bonhoeffer!

What? smoking causes cancer?  Who cares...

What? smoking causes cancer? Who cares…

The nice folk at the Bonhoefferarchivefurbullgeschichte have sent this newly discovered Haiku penned by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on 9 April 1945 on the wall of his cell! It’s a remarkable discovery and a remarkable poem, showing, according to its editor, Herr Prof Dr Wolfram von Brandenburgerheimlichheimat

The last thoughts occupying Bonhoeffer before his execution. Here’s the poem-

Murder, Kill, Murder
Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Hitler
Kill, Murder, Murder

Amazing! Bonheoffer’s followers around the world will be delighted at the publication of this new gem which is to happen, formally, in the very useful periodical titled Bonhoeffers Zeitung.