Daily Archives: 25 Feb 2017

1955 Film of Cutting Open of the Copper Scroll

Thanks to Joan Taylor for sharing this on Facebook.

The Leverhulme International Network Project for the Study of Dispersed Qumran Cave Artefacts and Archival Sources

Judy Brown, daughter of John Allegro, has generously supplied the Network with many materials related to her father, and we are moving forward with investigating them. Included in these materials was a mysterious roll of film in a metal spool, shot by John Allegro. In order to find out what it was, Joan Taylor visited film archive expert Tim Emblem-English at his London studio: http://www.theflyingspot.co.uk/. Tim was able to recognise that this film was developed as a ‘reversal’ straight out of the camera that shot it, and its Kodak serial number could be traced to 1953. That date turned out to fit perfectly with the contents, as it showed, amazingly, the Copper Scroll being cut into with a circular blade. Thanks to Professor H. Wright-Baker, at the former Manchester Institute of Technology (now The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology), the scroll was first opened on 01 October 1955…

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The Winner of this Week’s Dilly is…. #CPAC2017 !!!!

For displaying the sort of ignorance about the Bible and theology that befuddles anyone with a brain and yet nevertheless pretending to interpret it for the present day.  Who is more deserving of a Dilly?  That’s right- no one at all.


Ignorance afoot!  So, #CPAC2017 – here’s your Dilly, because you don’t know what you’re talking about.  (PS- check Revelation, the gates are ALWAYS OPEN).


Bathrooms: Remember When They Only Came Under Discussion When Uncle Sy Left them Polluted?

Well the times, my friends, they are a-changin’.  So the Babylon Bee has some helpful points concerning the latest toilet discussions.  Nine points in fact.

1.) President Trump on Wednesday rescinded an Obama administration order to all public schools which stated that, in order to comply with federal law, all school policies must be based on “gender identity” and not biological sex.

2.) The overturned Obama order directed schools to thoroughly prove students’ gender identity before allowing them access to the opposite sex’s bathrooms and locker rooms by just asking them if that’s how they really feel.

3.) The overturned Obama order also confirmed that no high school boy would ever pretend to identify as a female in order to be able to shower with naked girls.

4.) The overturned Obama order also mandated large litter boxes be available for students identifying as otherkin.

5.) The overturned Obama order also declared that any father who would be upset about his daughter being forced to share a bathroom and locker room with a biological male is a terrible, disgusting, pig-faced equivalent of a KKK member circa 1960.

6.) By rescinding the order, President Trump has delivered a significant setback for humanity, sending us back to the Dark Ages of pre-May 2016.

7.) In his statement rescinding the order, President Trump specifically encouraged discriminating against, bullying, and harassing all members of the transgender community, as vigorously and often as possible.

8.) Trump titled his statement I Obviously Hate People With Gender Dysphoria Because I Am Asking Everyone To Use The Restroom Of Their Biological Sex Like Everyone Has Done Since The Beginning Of Time.

9.) Critics of Trump’s move cite a desire to protect transgender students from feeling uncomfortable because they have to share facilities with members of what they perceive as the opposite sex, while also having an easy way to identify intolerant bigots (non-transgender students who feel uncomfortable sharing facilities with members of the opposite sex).

The Bonnet Mocks the Evening Worship Skippers


Local man Henry Harder has guaranteed himself a spot in Heaven after successfully attending those really boring Sunday evening church services for twenty years straight.

“I’ve made it! I’ve finally made it!” shouted Harder as he galloped through the East Leamington MBCM foyer. “Two decades of sitting through evening services and watching Mrs. Peters pick cottage cheese out of her false teeth during faspa has finally paid off!”

Harder viewed evening services as a sort of penance and feels that he had more than enough torture to warrant a spot in glory.

“I sat there. I listened to the boring songs and boring sermons when I’d rather be watching W5,” said Harder. “Now I get to spend eternity singing those same songs and listening to those same sermons. It’s going to be great!”

The MBCM Conference has yet to confirm his position in Heaven, and suggests that people can earn their spot by tithing regularly and refraining from swearing.

“Attending boring evening services is just one way to get into Heaven,” said MBCM Conference Pastor Dave Schellenberg. “Other options include singing in an all-male quartet, lifelong abstinence, and spending thirty or more years on the mission field.”

Harder is already considering eating really unhealthy and taking unnecessary risks to hasten the day.

As few people do attend evening worship, those who do probably should earn special merit for it.

The Age of Ignorance

Mary Beard is right, people are proud of being ignorant theses days.

Still More Notice is Being Taken of the Women of the Reformation

Read this one, which was mentioned several days ago in its German incarnation but now has been published in English (so the Barthians can read it now!).

It was a big risk. Nevertheless, 500 years ago it was not just men who advocated the reformation of the Church, but confident women too. They created a female side to the religious movement, as Luther expert Sonja Domröse reports.

Anyone following discussion of the anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 could easily form the impression at first glance that events 500 years ago were only shaped by men. At best, Katharina von Bora, Luther’s wife, receives public coverage. “There were however many more courageous women in the early modern period who adhered to their faith privately and publically,” says the Luther expert Sonja Domröse, pastor in Stade. 

Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint

Keep your eyes open for this:

This large-scale collective and interdisciplinary project will aim to produce a new research tool: a multi-volume dictionary giving an article of between 2 and 10 pages (around 500 articles in all) for each important word or word group of the Septuagint. Filling an important gap in the fields of ancient philology and religious studies, the dictionary will be based on original research of the highest scientific level.

The dictionary will be published in English. The project will cover about a decade. The objective is to publish a first volume of 500 pages in 2017. At least three other volumes of the same size should follow over the years 2017-21.

Nifty!  And I hope I live to see it.

The Grinfield Lectures on the Septuagint

Grinfield Lectures on the Septuagint

Monday 27th February: 5pm Exam Schools – Is the Septuagint the Old Testament of the New Testament?

Tuesday 28th February: 2.30pm Hebrew Centre (Walton Street) – Seminar in Jewish Studies in the Graeco-Roman Period: Was there a Christianisation of the text of the Septuagint?

Wednesday 1st March: 5pm Ioannou Centre – Seminar in Late Antiquity and Byzantine Studies: The Septuagint in the Biblical Catenae

If you’re around Oxford you should go.  Unless you’re from Cambridge.  I don’t think you’re allowed.

#ICYMI – Are You On Satan’s Side, Or Jesus’s?

Originally posted last year on this date.

You will know them by their fruits (i.e., whether or not they do the right thing, the godly thing, the Christian thing or the demonic, satanic, wicked, perverse thing)…