Daily Archives: 15 Feb 2017


You’ll see.  It’s big.

Boy you Don’t Find that Kind of ‘Exegetical Expertise’ Just Anywhere Do you….

That’s a gift right there.  Human wisdom didn’t reveal that to her……..


And You Definitely Should


Here.  It’s almost as good a translation as the Zurich Bible of 1531.  Almost.  Not quite, but almost.

If You’re in Oxford or Oxfordshire…

alister-mcgrathA talk with discussion on the complex relationship of science and faith given by Prof Alister McGrath, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion (Oxford).

This talk is a part of the termly series ‘Merton Conversations in Faith and Culture’, which seeks to foster dialogue about life’s biggest issues and questions by providing an opportunity for people to engage with leading experts in a relaxed environment.

Come for a glass of wine at 8.15 pm, with the talk beginning at 8.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre at Merton College. All welcome.

McGrath is really excellent.  Always worth hearing.

Call For Papers: Northern Reformations

om937What did the protestant reformations look like in the north of Europe in comparison with other parts of Europe? How did the cultural, political and economic consequences of the religious change affect the relationship between Scandinavia, the British Isles and continental Europe? Various questions related to these main themes will be discussed at the conference “Northern Reformations” in Tromsø, September 21–22, 2017.

Although still highly interesting for further scrutiny, the way in which England and Wales, Scotland, and Ireland came out in the seventeenth century as fairly different results of the turbulent fifteen hundreds has been subject to much research. Looking at international reformation research today, however, we know far less about the reformation paths undertaken by the areas that today constitute the five Nordic countries and how they differ from those in the rest of Europe. These differences are not merely due to chronology; the Nordic reformations are not only later stages of the German reformations. The different northern reformations took their own, independent courses.

Within these northern European areas and today’s nation states, some highly interesting regional differences can also be traced. In the sixteenth century, the state borders of Northern Fennoscandia were not yet drawn, and Norwegians, Swedes, Finns, Kvens, Karelians, Russians – and the indigenous Sámi people inhabited these vast areas. The Russians were Orthodox Christians – and so were many of the Karelians and Eastern Sámi groups. Many of the Sámi further west were well acquainted with western forms of Christianity, while still practicing traditions from their indigenous religion. These factors provided further challenges for the ruling kings and protestant theologians who set out to reform their subjects in the north.

This borderless area, with a distinct ethnic dimension, has been the main area of interest for the research project “The Protracted Reformation in Northern Norway” (PRiNN) – since 2014 one of the main concerns of the multi-disciplinary research group Creating the New North (CNN). The third and last book publication from this project will be launched at the conference. In addition, there will be sessions exploring other northern dimensions of the European reformations, as well as an account of the status of current Nordic reformation research.

Go here for the details.

Melanchthon: On God

You’ll hardly find a better description of God anywhere:

“God is a spiritual essence, intelligent, eternal, true, good, pure, just, merciful, most free, of vast power and wisdom, the eternal Father who begat the Son, his own image, from eternity, and the Son, the coeternal image of the Father, and the Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son.”  — Philipp Melanchthon

Tomorrow is Philipp’s birthday so expect lots of Melanchthonia.

Several of Martin Hengel’s Works are on Sale from JCB Mohr

Jesus und das Judentum

[A History of Early Christianity. Volume I: Jesus and Judaism.]
2007. XXIV, 749 pages.
109.00 €
Now 49.00 €
ISBN 978-3-16-149359-1

» Published in German. The first volume of this history of early Christianity, which will be published in four volumes, describes the path Jesus took and the work he did against the backdrop of contemporary Judaism in Palestine. Learn more….

Judaica et Hellenistica
Kleine Schriften I

Unter Mitarbeit von Roland Deines, Jörg Frey, Christoph Markschies u.a.
[Paulus zwischen Damaskus und Antiochien]
1996. IX, 484 pages.
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 90
79.00 €
Now 49.00 €
ISBN 978-3-16-147418-7

»Martin Hengel’s contribution to Judaeo-Greek studies has been, and continues to be, considerable. … I defy anyone not to come away from this collection full of new information about and new insights into the Jewish Hellenistic world. The footnotes are a wonderful resource themselves.« James Carleton Paget in Bulletin of Judaeo-Greek Studies 1997, p. 18 Learn more….

Judaica, Hellenistica et Christiana
Kleine Schriften II

Unter Mitarbeit von Jörg Frey und Dorothea Betz, und mit Beiträgen von Hanswulf Bloedhorn und Max Küchler
[Judaica, Hellenistica et Christiana. Selected Writings Volume II. By Martin Hengel. Student Edition.]
1999. Unrevised student edition 2002. X, 466 pages.
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 109
79.00 €
Now 49.00 €
ISBN 978-3-16-147751-5

»The volume also includes studies on Jewish/pre-Christian interpretation of scripture, Jerusalem as a Hellenistic city, the Sermon on the Mount’s Jewish backdrop, and the Gospel of John. Learn more….

Paulus und Jakobus
Kleine Schriften III

[Paul and James. Selected Writings Volume III. Student Edition.]
2002. Unrevised student edition 2005. XII, 587 pages.
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 141
84.00 €
Now 49.00 €
sewn paper
ISBN 978-3-16-148549-7

»Published in German. The third volume of Martin Hengel’s ‘Selected Writings’ contains eleven essays from the past 25 years. The three particularly long essays ‘Paul and Apocalypticism,’ ‘Paul, Israel and the Church’ and ‘Paul and the Question of a Prechristian Gnosis,’ which constitute more than one third of the volume, have been published here for the first time. Appendices have been added to the first two essays, ‘Between Paul and Jesus: The Hellenists the Seven and Steven,’ and ‘The Pre-Christian Paul.’ All the other essays have been expanded or checked. Learn more….

Studien zum Urchristentum
Kleine Schriften VI

Herausgegeben von Claus-Jürgen Thornton
[Studies of Early Christianity. Selected Essays Volume VI. Student Edition.]
2008. Unrevised student edition 2011. XII, 652 pages.
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 234
89.00 €
Now 49.00 €
sewn paper
ISBN 978-3-16-150849-3

»Published in German. Volume VI of Martin Hengel’s ‘Selected Essays’ contains 17 texts written over a period of 36 years between 1971 and 2007. They focus on aspects of Lukan historiography as the basis for our knowledge of early Christianity. Learn more….

It’s Very Clear Now…

That the Electoral College is not only outdated and useless but is actually a real and present danger to our democracy.  It must be eliminated so that agents of foreign states and persons beholden to foreign powers are never elected again.