Daily Archives: 19 Aug 2017

The Word is ‘Heal’…

It boggles the mind to imagine a President who can’t spell the word ‘heal’.

The Latest from Israel Finkelstein

Finkelstein, Major Saviors, Minor Judges: The Historical Background of the Northern Accounts in the Book of Judges, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 41 (2017), pp. 431-449.

Why Silence is Immorality; And Trump’s Religion Advisory Board is, Accordingly, Immoral

Signs of the Times: The Unraveling of Trump Ties

TV Show Idea: ‘So You Think You Can Exegete’

If you’re familiar with ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, just imagine a show with the same sort of format except dancing it’s exegesis and instead of a panel of dance experts the panel is comprised of actual biblical scholars.

Contestants appear before the panel and are given a Hebrew Bible and a Greek New Testament and then assigned a brief passage to exegete.  Their task,

  1. Textual Criticism
  2. Translation
  3. Redaction Criticism
  4. Rhetorical Criticism
  5. Reception History

The contestant deemed best by the panel of experts is awarded a $5000 gift card to the publisher of their choice.

It would be brilliant.  Come on, @PBS , make it happen!

Your Reasons Don’t Matter…

To Have Integrity, Journalists Need to Connect With Academics

This is a very fine reminder for journalists to deepen their work through academic connections.  And a very much needed one at that.

A[s] this year alone would highlight, in this current age of post-truth, in order to maintain the journalistic standard that Sir Charles Wheeler set out – one  of “integrity, authority, humanity and evidence” – academic research is vital.

Read it all.

That’s How It’s Done

Today With Zwingli

On 19 August, 1530 Zwingli published his Supplikation und Begehren der Prädikanten zu Zürich. The topic at hand is nothing less than a plea with the Pastors of the Canton to remain faithful to the Gospel and to continue on the path of reform. He begins

Fromm, vest etc., lieb herren! Üwer ersam wysheit mag ring erwegen, was übels und unrates zuo diser zyt, dero alle ding so gefarlich stond, under den christlichen stetten entston möchte, wo sy in der leer nit eintrechtig. Es mag ouch das christlich burgrecht zweyerley ler nit erlyden.

So aber Benedictus Burgower, prędicant oder pfarrer zuo Schaffhusen, vom sacrament des nachtmals Christi nit glych mit üns in allen andren stetten leret, darus arges nit das kleinst erwachsen möcht, ist ünser ernstlich beger an üwer ersam wysheyt: Die welle ünser lieb Eydgnossen und mittburger von Schaffhusen darzuo vermögen, das sy üns gedachten Benedicten stellen und darzuo halten, das er bericht eintweders von üns empfahe oder üns gebe; dann wir inn hierinn der unwarheyt und unrechter leer leider muessend schuldigen, über das er sich vil eins andren hatt lassen zuo Bernn mercken.

Er lert ouch unsicher und valsch, so er von Christi beden naturen leret, sam die gotheyt ouch gelidten hab, dess wir inn, ouch anders, so mitlouft, bewysen embietendt.

Zwingli makes his points briefly (in just four pages). It’s still a nice piece, a sort of ‘stick with it guys’ rally cry.

Bultmann’s Birth-iversary is Tomorrow

So there’s plenty to look forward to.  Till then-