Daily Archives: 9 Feb 2017

Quote of 2016-17

@MichaelRWear – It’s telling that there are some more concerned with protesting the mosque down the street than the strip club next door.

For. The. Win.

Metaxas Claims His Bonhoeffer Bio is Completely True. Actual Bonhoeffer Scholars Can’t Stop Laughing

Eric Metaxas lives in a curious space among those who admire and study German pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In one universe dominated by evangelicals outside of academia, Metaxas is viewed as a Bonhoeffer scholar. In another dominated by academics and Bonhoeffer scholars, he is considered a revisionist of Bonhoeffer’s work, someone who has hijacked Bonhoeffer perhaps for partisan religious purposes.

Yesterday on his radio show, Metaxas took aim at the latter group. His guest on the program was Hillsdale College president Larry Arnn. Arnn, a Winston Churchill scholar, told Metaxas about a recent talk at Hillsdale by the widow of Churchill biographer Sir Martin Gilbert. In the course of the discussion with Mrs. Gilbert, the subject of Bonhoeffer came up. Arnn said all of the information about Bonhoeffer in the room came from Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer bio.

And much more.  Give it a read.  Metaxas really is a deluded man; a pseudo-scholar of the highest order.  Indeed, he is no scholar.  He’s a cartoon creator.  He should stick with what he knows and stop deceiving people about Bonhoeffer and other topics.

Kiriath Jearim Will Finally Be Excavated

By Finkelstein and Römer no less!

The Shmunis Family Excavations at Kiriath Jearim‘s first season kicks off in August under the aegis of Tel Aviv University’s Israel Finkelstein and Christophe Nicolle and Thomas Römer of College de France.

“The place is important for several reasons,” Finkelstein told The Times of Israel. “It’s a large, central site in the Jerusalem hills that hasn’t been studied until now. It may be the only key site in Judah that hasn’t undergone a systematic archaeological excavation.”

The crown of the tel is largely bare, save for a 20th century monastery dedicated to Our Lady of the Ark of the Covenant, which sits atop the ruins of an earlier Byzantine edifice at the summit. The dig will focus on the area around the monastery. Much of the site, Finkelstein said, is believed to be relatively undisturbed.

One of the tantalizing aspects of Kiryat Ye’arim is the likelihood of there having been an ancient temple at the site, remains of which may lie buried. Such a discovery could help scholars better understand cultic practices in Judah during the Iron Age.

In several parts of the biblical narrative, Kiryat Ye’arim is alluded to as a site of religious worship. It’s referred to variously as Kiryat Ba’al, Ba’alah and Ba’ale Judah in the Book of Joshua, suggesting the site was at some point affiliated with worship of Ba’al, storm god of the Canaanite pantheon.

This really is an exciting site. I hope they find great things.

A Lecture by Martti Nissinen

Minerva Center Conference Announcement

Via Aren Maeir-

The planned schedule for the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times (RIAB), which will be held on March 1-3, 2017, at Bar-Ilan University and the Hebrew University. The meeting this year is in collaboration with the Jeselsohn Epigraphic Center for Jewish History (BIU).

If you are interested in participating in one or both of the days for the conference (the 3rd day is a field trip only for invitees), please go to the link below and register accordingly.

Here is the link to the form: https://goo.gl/forms/bhVkB25Pc58d1LOC3


Unterstützen Sie die Produktion des Zwingli-Filmes

zwingli_film2018 soll ein Film über Ulrich Zwingli und die Reformation in die Schweizer Kinos kommen. Das Drehen historischer Filme ist aufwendig und die Finanzierung ein schwieriges Unterfangen. Aus diesem Grund wurde der Zwingli-Film-Freundeskreis ins Leben gerufen. Er ermöglicht es, aktiv einen Beitrag für die Realisation des Films zu leisten und andererseits von den Leistungen des Freundeskreises zu profitieren. Detaillierte Informationen finden Sie unter http://www.zwingli-film.ch

Frieden und Reformation

Frieden und Reformation

Dürfen Christen zur Waffe greifen, wenn Frieden und Sicherheit bedroht sind? Schon zur Zeit der Reformation stritt man sich über diese Frage. Heute stellt sie sich sowohl im Hinblick auf globale Konflikte als auch bezüglich der inneren Sicherheit. Eine Tagung mit F. Enns, M. Hofheinz, S. Jacob, H. Jecker, J. Otto und J.-D. Strub. 08. April, 9.30–16.30 Uhr, Ort: Hirschengraben 50, Zürich. Anmeldungen bis zum 3. April an: marcel.lehmann@zh.ref.ch.

Reformation Books

The catalog is here.


500 Jahre Reformation – Rückblicke und Ausblicke

Im Jahre 2017 wird europaweit der Anfänge der Reformation vor 500 Jahren gedacht. Luthers Thesen gegen den Ablass, im Herbst 1517 publiziert, gaben den Anstoss zu einer Bewegung von schwer zu überschätzender Wirkung.
Im Kern christlich-«religiös» motiviert, wurde die Reformation zu einem Impuls, der kurz- und langfristig die gesamte politische und sozio-kulturelle Landschaft weiter Teile der «westlichen» Welt prägte und mitgestaltete.

Während sich 2017 der mediale Blick auf Wittenberg als Ort der «Initialzündung» der Reformation konzentriert, kann vergessen gehen, dass gerade Zürich als Reformationsstadt schlechthin gelten kann, waren doch die Beschlüsse des Zürcher Rats in den frühen 1520er Jahren europaweit von epochaler Bedeutung. Die Grossmünstertürme im Logo der Zürcher Universität zeugen davon, dass auch sie letztlich historisch aus der Reformation hervorgegangen ist. Wie jede geschichtliche Bewegung ist aber auch die Reformation facettenreich und wird sehr unterschiedlich beurteilt. Anlass genug zu Rückblicken und Ausblicken aus heutigen Forschungsperspektiven.

More here.

Reformation Thursday

luther_zwingliGood God … what a lot of trouble there is in marriage! Adam has made a mess of our nature. Think of all the squabbles Adam and Eve must have had in the course of their nine hundred years. Eve would say, “You ate the apple,” and Adam would retort, “You gave it to me.” —Martin Luther

Enjoy this week’s entry, based on that little snippet from ML.

Does the Matthean Jesus really love his enemies – talk by Lloyd Pietersen

Go if you can.

Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception

It is a real joy to have Lloyd Pietersen with us once again. This time he will be speaking at the Humanities Research Group Seminar Series for theNewman Humanities Research CentreThose of you who have heard Lloyd speak will know that this will be a stimulating, engaging and thought-provoking paper.

Does the Matthean Jesus Really Love His Enemies?


Dr Lloyd Pietersen

Thursday 30 March 2017

Newman University

Room DW112
17.00 – 18.00

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The Heart of the Matter: Luther’s Concept of Reformation

The Heart of the Matter: Luther’s Concept of Reformation will be the theme of the lecture by Herman J. Selderhuis, March 15 in Philadelphia.The Gaffin Lecture on Theology, Culture, and Missions is a lecture in biblical or systematic theology to honor the work of Dr. Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., professor of Biblical and systematic theology, emeritus.

Each year a renowned Reformed scholar is invited to speak the Gaffin lecture. Past lectures have been given by Drs. Bruce Waltke, Robert Letham, Paul Wells, Al Mohler, D. A. Carson, David Wells, John Piper, Peter Jensen, and Noel Weeks. 

Date and Time: Wed, March 15, 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Location: Westminster Theological Seminary



Via.  And if you have the chance to hear Prof. Selderhuis, you should.  He’s brilliant.

Conference 2017: The Bible in Politics

Attend if you can. If you dare.

Harnessing Chaos

The next conference to be hosted by the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible, St Mary’s University is…


The topics will be broad ranging and will involve critical analyses of uses of the Bible in politics in a range of geographical and cultural contexts roughly within the timeframe of capitalist modernity. There are more confirmed speakers too. Further details to come over the next few weeks.

Here is the link for registration: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/169437

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A Genuine Pooling of Ignorance Bible Study, For Just $699

Bell and Evans…. and Wright…. and the rest.  What a farcical assemblage of exegetical dilettantism.  And all for just $699 early registration.  HarperCollins is clearly willing to sell any rubbish.


Quote of the Day

LutherbibelDa sprach er zu allen: Wer mir folgen will, der verleugne sich selbst und nehme sein Kreuz auf sich täglich und folge mir nach. Denn wer sein Leben erhalten will, der wird es verlieren; wer aber sein Leben verliert um meinetwillen, der wird’s erhalten. Denn welchen Nutzen hätte der Mensch, wenn er die ganze Welt gewönne und verlöre sich selbst oder nähme Schaden an sich selbst? Wer sich aber meiner und meiner Worte schämt, dessen wird sich der Menschensohn auch schämen, wenn er kommen wird in seiner Herrlichkeit und der des Vaters und der heiligen Engel. (Lk 9:23-26)

Today With Luther

From the Table Talk, recorded on 9 February, 1533-

The issue in the controversy over the papacy is that the pope boasts that he’s the head of the church and condemns all who don’t live under his power, for he says that although Christ is the [spiritual] head of the church, there must nevertheless also be a bodily head on earth. (I would gladly have conceded this to the pope if he had only taught the gospel.) In addition, he claims for himself authority over the church and the Scriptures. No one may expound the Scriptures except the pope alone, who does it as he pleases. He boasts that he is lord over the church, and the church in turn is mistress over the Scriptures, and so everybody must submit to him. This was intolerable to me and provoked me to write against the papacy. Our opponents still admit today that our teaching’s true, but they defend themselves by saying that it’s not yet approved by the pope.

Fun Facts From Church History: The Genevan Elections After the Expulsion of Calvin

calvin4On February 9, 1539, the general assembly of the people having to elect the syndics of the year, not one of the citizens who had played a part in the expulsion of Calvin and his friends was chosen.*

Payback by the electors.

*J. H. Merle D’aubigné D.D. and William L. R. Cates, History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin (vol. 6; London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1975), 560.

The Horrifying Truth

‪The horrifying truth- Trump is President because a lot of Americans think and act like him. Christian nation? Ha. There’s nothing Christian about him or many citizens of the Country.‬