American Biblical Dilettantism

Most Americans will tell you what they think the Bible means, but only 11% have read the entire thing (and that’s probably an overly optimistic percentage) and only 9% say they’ve read it more than once. And more than half of Americans have either read none of it, a few sentences, or a few stories.  Biblical illiteracy is rampant in America.  Christians, of all people, should be students of Scripture.

Breaking News: You don’t know anything about the Bible if you’ve only read it once.  Anything.

 

A Bacchanalia at Sheffield

Via Paul Middleton, this fun announcement:

Have you ever wanted to go back in time and get a taste of what the past was like? This 18th May at the University of Sheffield, you will have the chance to savour ancient Roman recipes, cooked by INOX Dine Chef Joe Berry, at a Roman banquet hosted by Dr Meredith Warren (Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies) and the University of Sheffield’s Festival of the Arts and Humanities.

The set menu features authentic meals reconstructed from ancient sources, made from local produce, and also includes vegetarian options and wine:

* Patina of Plaice with Olive Relish and Soft Boiled Eggs
* Vitellian Peas with Olive Relish and Soft Boiled Eggs (V)
* Roast Quail with Celery Puree with Toasted Pistachio and Pomegranate
* Ricotta and Oregano baked Parcels with Celery Puree with Toasted Pistachio and Pomegranate (V)
* Shoulder of Pork with Sweet Wine Cakes, lentils, Athenian Cabbage and barley rolls
* Roast Butternut Squash Stuffed with Millet and Lovage with Sweet Wine cakes, Athenian Cabbage and barley rolls (V)
* Honey and Walnut cake with Ricotta sweet meats (V)
For more information and to book tickets, visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/353589

Republicans Want to Keep Their Health Care Untouched By Any Legislative Change to the ACA

And that’s why I find Congress so utterly contemptible.

A new amendment to the Republican ObamaCare replacement bill exempts members of Congress and their staff from its effects.

The new changes to the bill would allow states to apply for waivers to repeal key ObamaCare provisions, such as the protection against people with pre-existing conditions being charged more and the requirement that insurers cover a range of health services, like prescription drugs and mental health.

The GOP amendment exempts members of Congress and their staffs to ensure that they will still be protected by those ObamaCare provisions.

Sickening.  Just sickening.  I will not be voting for any incumbent.  Use this tool to find your Senators and Representative and let them know how you feel about their schemes.

‘The origin, function and disappearance of the Ark of the Covenant according to the Hebrew Bible’

That’s the lecture to be delivered in May in London by Thomas Römer.

Professor Thomas Römer will be giving the 2017 Ethel M. Wood Lecture on ‘The origin, function and disappearance of the Ark of the Covenant according to the Hebrew Bible’. The lecture will take place in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre at King’s College London in the Strand, at 5.30 pm on Wednesday 17th May, followed by a reception in the Anatomy.

Etc.  I hope they record it.

Sometimes It’s Too Late

Yahweh said to me, ‘Even if Moses and Samuel pleaded before me, I could not sympathise with this people! Drive them out of my sight; away with them!

And if they ask you, “Where shall we go?” tell them this, “Yahweh says this: Those for the plague, to the plague; those for the sword, to the sword; those for famine, to famine; those for captivity, to captivity!  “I shall consign them to four kinds of thing, Yahweh declares: the sword to kill, the dogs to drag away, the birds of heaven and wild animals of earth to devour and to destroy.   I shall make them an object of horror to all the kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, and what he did in Jerusalem.” ‘  Who is there to pity you, Jerusalem, who to grieve for you, who to go out of his way and ask how you are?

‘You yourself have rejected me, Yahweh declares, you have turned your back on me; so I have stretched my hand over you and destroyed you. Tired of relenting,  I have winnowed them with a winnow at the country’s gates. They have been bereft, I have destroyed my people, but they refuse to leave their ways.  I have made their widows outnumber the sand of the sea. On the mother of young warriors I bring the destroyer in broad daylight. Suddenly I bring anguish and terror down on her.  The mother of seven sons grows faint and gasps for breath. It is still day, but already her sun has set, she is dismayed and distracted; and the rest of them I shall consign to the sword, to their enemies, Yahweh declares.’ (Jer. 15:1-9)

The 499th Anniversary of the Heidelberg Disputation

Am 26. April 1518 war Martin Luther zu Gast in Heidelberg. In der dortigen Universität leitete der Reformator eine wissenschaftliche Disputation. Anlass war das Generalkapitel – die höchste beschlussfassende Instanz – der deutschen Augustiner-Eremiten strenger Observanz, das 1518 in Heidelberg stattfand. Zunächst waren also die Ordensangelegenheiten geklärt worden, bevor es zur Disputation kam.

Die Disputation selbst kann schon als Teil des Vorgehens der römischen Kirche gegen Luther im Streit um den Ablasshandel verstanden werden. Der Augustinerorden war von Rom beauftragt worden, eine Disputation durchzuführen, in der Luther seine Thesen zum Ablass erläutern sollte. Dies geschah jedoch nicht, denn Luther ging schlicht nicht auf die Problematik ein. Stattdessen befasste er sich – im Hörsaal der Artistenfakultät – mit den Themen der Werkgerechtigkeit und der theologia crucis.

Etc.