Cairo Genizah Exhibit

If you have a chance to go to this, go.

Medieval documents from the Cairo Genizah are now on display in an exhibit at the Cambridge University Library called “Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo.” Many of the texts, which reveal the colorful social histories of medieval Jewish life in Old Cairo, at the center of an Islamic empire, will be on view for the first time—most of them have been translated into English for the first time.

Happy G.W. Locher Day

April 29, 1911Gottfried W. Locher was born. His contributions to the field of Reformation studies were so influential that when he was honored with a Festschrift, it took two volumes to house all the essays that were requested. Indeed, in 1992 and 1993 the annual publications of Zwingliana were devoted to this two part Festschrift for Locher.   Volume one is available here and volume two here.   His complete bibliography, which is the last entry of the FS, is here.

The world received a real gift back in 1911. And those interested in the Swiss Reformation not only need to be familiar with his name, they need to be thoroughly acquainted with his work.  Overlooking it would be as big a mistake as overlooking Bultmann’s contributions to New Testament studies and von Rad’s contributions to Old Testament research.

St. Jerome: A Dose a Day Keeps the Heretics Away

2014-JeromebyGhirlandaioWhen God formed man out of slime, and through the grace of His own inspiration gave him a soul, had that soul previously existed and subsisted which was afterwards bestowed by the inspiration of God, and where was it? or did it gain its capacity both to exist and to live from the power of God, on the sixth day, when the body was formed out of the slime?

You are silent regarding this, and pretend you do not know what is wanted, and busy yourself with irrelevant questions. You leave Origen untouched, and rave against the absurdities of Marcion, Apollinaris, Eunomius, Manichæus, and the other heretics. You are asked for a hand and you put out a foot, and all the while covertly insinuate the doctrine to which you hold. You speak smooth things to plain men like us, but in such a way as in no degree to displease those of your own party.

Evasion.  It’s what the heretics love.