Daily Archives: 29 Jan 2017

Signs of the Times


The SBL’s Public Statement on the Injustice of the President’s Racist Executive Order on Immigration

The Society of Biblical Literature’s mission is to foster biblical scholarship in accordance with our core values, which include scholarly integrity, critical inquiry, respect for diversity, inclusivity, and tolerance. This mission of fostering biblical scholarship rests on the firm belief that the study of sacred texts and traditions involves unhindered intellectual exchange among scholars. Such open, scholarly exchange serves the common good by contributing to a broad public understanding of religious texts, traditions, and practices in the modern world. It is for these reasons, for example, that SBL does not endorse academic boycotts.

In 2012, SBL received a grant to explore the establishment of an international and independent network of scholars of the Qur’an. That grant led to the formation of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) in 2014, now an independent affiliate of the SBL and an invaluable partner in the study of sacred texts. As a learned society, IQSA, like SBL, seeks to promote peace through understanding. We thereby stand with our colleagues in Qur’anic and Islamic studies to protest the ban on immigrants and refugees from Muslim countries.

Moreover, the ban encourages discrimination and promotes misleading and sometimes dangerous caricatures of religious people, practices, and texts. It also places obstacles to the travel of Muslim scholars in and out of the United States, and threatens the free exchange of ideas among the Society and partnering and affiliating organizations that advance learning and help make peace and understanding possible. Thus, the Society strongly opposes the ban and its implementation.

29 January 2017

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Signs of the Times



Luther: On Astrology

They set forth, in their almanacs, that we shall have no snow in summer time, nor thunder in winter; and this the country clowns know as well as the astrologers. —  Martin Luther

Today With Luther: Katie Luther’s Birthday

katie lutherOnce more, from the folk at Sachsen-Anhalt

The flowers are a birthday gift from an anonymous admirer. This year in brilliant yellow! Sure Katie would have loved it!

And from the undersigned:

Katharina (Katie) was born on January 29, 1499, to Hans and Katherina (nee von Haubitz) von Bora, a family of the lower German nobility. She was most likely born in the area of Hirschfeld near Meißen in Saxony. Although nobility, her parents were not rich. Her mother died and her father remarried when she was 5 years old. She was then sent to live in the convent at Brehna. She lived here for five years until the age of ten when her father moved her to a convent at Nimbschen near Grimma where two of her aunts, Margarethe von Haubitz and Magdelena von Bora, also lived.

In the convents, Katie lived a simple life with a strict routine. Her day consisted of regular worship and chores. It was here that he learned many things about cooking for large groups, sewing, beer making, and other domestic chores that would serve her so well later on when she was the mistress of the Black Cloister.  -Rebecca DeGarmeaux

Happy birthday to the backbone of the Lutheran branch of the Reformation.