Daily Archives: 5 Jul 2017

Scsc 2017 Program

The draft program for the 2017 SCSC conference is now available online at: http://scscdocuments.org/files/SCSC2017ProgDraft.pdf

It appears my paper is Saturday at 1.  Y’all come for the fun.

To All The ‘Hobby Lobby is Awful’ Bandwagon-ers…

Where was your concern for illicitly obtained antiquities when Biblical Archaeology Review was advertising their sale on its pages?

Countries That Care More About Others than the U.S. Does

The Reason the Government Wants the Church to ‘Do Welfare’

The State wants the Church to ‘do welfare’ because the State wants to use its money for war. #AThoughtProvokedBySomething  James Crossley said.

The Bee Stings the Crazy Charismatics

Local Pentecostal Amy Denton is reportedly tired of clarifying that she is not “one of those weird Charismatics” any time someone finds out she is Pentecostal, sources close to her confirmed Wednesday.

Whenever Denton has a conversation with a Christian from a different background, she immediately must clarify that she does not participate in snake handling, ribbon dancing, Spirit slayings, holy laughter, or any of the other bizarre rituals that have characterized much of the extremes of the Charismatic movement.

“I don’t even own a shofar,” an exasperated Denton recently told a Reformed sister in Christ who had asked her about all the “strange fire” that goes on in her church. “We just believe that all the gifts of the Spirit mentioned in the New Testament are active and available today.”

Denton also went on record to state that she does not watch the Trinity Broadcasting Network and further believes that prominent faith healers and prosperity preachers like Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland, and Benny Hinn are false teachers.

At publishing time, Denton admitted that she does raise her hands during worship time.

Come on, man. They’re all weird.

Trump’s Followers So Unfamiliar With American History, They Are Angered When NPR Reads the Declaration of Independence

Not The Onion

For 29 years, National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” has celebrated the Fourth of July with a reading of the Declaration of Independence by hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators. This historically uncontroversial testament to the nation’s founding document proved uncontroversial-no-more in the year 2017.

After NPR tweeted the Declaration line by line, Donald Trump backers,seemingly unaware of the source document, accused the media organization of playing partisan politics. “So, NPR is calling for a revolution,” Twitter user @JustEsrafel wrote.

“Propaganda is that all you know?” another asked.  Some even taunted NPR over the president’s budget proposal, insisting this is why NPR will lose federal funding.

Take a look at the tweet screenshots… and weep for America.  No wonder these people voted for Trump.  They’re literally that ignorant.

If You Have Used Davila’s ‘Pseudepigrapha’

He’d like your input.


Many of you have heard of the book I co-edited with Richard Bauckham and Alexander Panayotov: Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, Volume 1 (Eerdmans, 2013). If any of you have used the book for your research, teaching, or other creative projects, I would be grateful if you would give me a little information about how you used it.  Many of you have told me over the years that you have found my blogging at PaleoJudaica valuable. This is your chance to give me something back.  I have enabled comments on this post, so you can reply below.


Sister of the Earliest Complete Old Testament Discovered

Tyndale House Research Associate Dr Kim Phillips identifies the writing style of Samuel ben Jacob in newly published digitised photographs of a manuscript from the Firkowich collection in the depths of the National Library of Russia archives of St Petersburg. Locked away from the eyes of interested researchers for a number of years these microfilms have recently been posted online by the National Library of Israel. Due to painstaking work in the unusual practices of this scribe Dr Phillips has been able to identify that this is Samuel ben Jacob’s work despite there not being any identifying colophon, or signed publication note, on the text. The mystery of who wrote these texts has been decoded.

Samuel ben Jacob is the scribe who wrote the Leningrad Codex, the earliest complete copy of the Old Testament which is reproduced in the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. This manuscript is behind most modern translations. Identifying this piece of work to be by the same scribe will allow scholars to check the accuracy of tiny details in the manuscript behind most modern Bible translations. This will then contribute to future scholarly Bibles.

“For the first time (for scholars outside Israel and Russia) it is possible to contextualise the readings of L [the Leningrad Codex] against the background of equivalent readings in other manuscripts known to have been written by Samuel b. Jacob” Dr Kim Phillips Tyndale Bulletin 68.1.

You can read it here.