Monthly Archives: September 2017

An Honest Obituary of the Pervert Hefner

Brilliantly said.  It ends thusly, but you should read every word-

Now that death has taken him, we should examine our own sins. Liberals should ask why their crusade for freedom and equality found itself with such a captain, and what his legacy says about their cause. Conservatives should ask how their crusade for faith and family and community ended up so Hefnerian itself — with a conservative news network that seems to have been run on Playboy Mansion principles and a conservative party that just elected a playboy as our president.

You can find these questions being asked, but they are counterpoints and minor themes. That this should be the case, that only prudish Christiansand spoilsport feminists are willing to say that the man was obviously wicked and destructive, is itself a reminder that the rot Hugh Hefner spread goes very, very deep.

Another Jerome Gem

No one can be a better churchman than one who has never been a heretic – Jerome

P.J. Williams, “The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House.”

P.J. Williams, “The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House.” Early Christianity 8 (2017): 277-81.  Should you be interested, contact me privately and I will be glad to share my copy of the essay.  Here’s what Peter asserts, in part-

The overall conception of the edition has been to combine eclecticism with a radical documentary approach, defined as allowing the Greek documents themselves to play as significant a role as possible in the guiding of an eclectic edition.


Our edition is not intended to rival the Nestle-Aland edition, which will generally have a fuller apparatus and an array of information on manuscripts, citations, and cross-references for which we offer no counterpart. Nevertheless we believe that this edition is sufficiently different in its conception and in the information it provides that it should be an essential part of the Neutestamentler’s reference library. For study of the orality or poetics of the NewTestament we believe our edition should be the starting point.

Observation 2 on the New Greek New Testament by Tyndale House, Cambridge

The textual apparatus is quite intelligently and elegantly done.  Here’s Mark 16:9ff.  You may have to click on the picture to enlarge it-

Observation 1 on the New Greek New Testament by Cambridge’s Tyndale House

The font is beautiful and the new paragraph layout style is genius:

Neither Would Immoral Politicians

So let’s hear Christians speak out against immoral politicians as much as they do false teachers.

Jeff Hood Is What Happens When Theological Ignorance Meets Cultural Subservience

The result is a bastardized pseudo-theology and pseudo-christianity not even fit for a dog.  Indeed, a dog has a clearer moral center than Hood.

The First Sampling of the Tyndale House (Cambridge) Greek New Testament…

Arrived in the mail today in a quite lovely box.  Photos below.  And for more on the project see here.

More Jerome


Another Gem from Jerome

Some persons are so ignorant of themselves and so stupid and foolish that they make themselves laughing stocks to those who see them [for what they are] because of their gesture or gait or dress or conversation. — Jerome

Another Gem From Jerome

If all sinners are punished alike, it is unjust for one to be slain while another is admonished by his comrade’s death. — St Jerome

Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh…

„Luthers Eintritt in die Hölle“ von Egbert II van Hemskerck

In dem um 1700 entstandenen Werk des niederländischen Künstlers Egbert II van Heemskerck fühlt sich der Betrachter in die spätmittelalterlichen, apokalyptischen Szenarien Hieronymus Boschs versetzt. Es wimmelt von Ausgeburten der Hölle: Geflügelte und kriechende Mischwesen, skurrile, teilweise musizierende Gestalten mit verzerrten Fratzen, eine Hexe, die auf einem Besen reitet – sie alle flankieren Luther auf dem Weg vor den als riesiges Maul dargestellten Höllenschlund. Der Reformator, durch einen schwarzen Talar mit Pelzkragen und das Barett als Gelehrter charakterisiert, wird auf einem skelettierten Ungeheuer reitend mehreren infernalischen Wächtern vorgeführt. Luthers Einzug wird satirisch als Triumphzug inszeniert: Dem Reformator geht ein Fahnenträger voran, dessen Banner die Aufschrift „vivat martinvs luther“ trägt. Die Begründung für die Höllenfahrt Luthers liefert ein geflügelter Dämon in einem aufgeschlagenen Buch: „Weil er das Wort Gottes verdreht hat“.


Signs of the Times

Echo Chamber

Q&A With AJ and Marc

Over on the OUPblog: A Q&A with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler, editors of the newly released second edition of The Jewish Annotated New Testament

First published in 2011, The Jewish Annotated New Testament was a groundbreaking work, bringing the New Testament’s Jewish background to the attention of students, clergy, and general readers.  In this new edition, eighty Jewish scholars bring together unparalleled scholarship to shed new light on the text.  This thoroughly revised and greatly expanded second edition brings even more helpful information and new insights to the study of the New Testament.

In the post, Levine and Brettler discuss Jewish-Christian relations, the idea of “holy envy” and respect for different traditions, as well as the process and importance of putting together a project such as The Jewish Annotated New Testament.

AJ is just such a delight.  I’m glad to see this VERY useful edition of the NT out in a second incarnation.

Fortress Press is Farming Out Its Biblical Studies, Theology, and Church History Monographs to Lexington Books

Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield of Lanham, MD, and Fortress Press, a division of 1517 Media of Minneapolis, MN, announced today a joint publishing partnership. Under the agreement, the nearly seventy-title-per-year Fortress monograph program in biblical studies, theology, and Christian history will be published jointly under the Lexington Books/Fortress Academic imprint. The agreement does not cover textbooks, reference projects, or other Fortress Press initiatives.


Martin Luther: A Christian between Reforms and Modernity (1517-2017)

This new three volume work is to be published in mid October-

The three volumes present the current state of international research on Martin Luther’s life and work and the Reformation’s manifold influences on history, churches, politics, culture, philosophy, arts and society up to the 21st century. The work is initiated by the Fondazione per le scienze religiose Giovanni XXIII (Bologna) in cooperation with the European network Refo500.

The ‘Evangelical’s’ President…

Lest we forget what kind of person so called Christians continue to support:

Erasmus von Rotterdam – die heimliche Autorität der Zürcher Reformation

Huldrych Zwingli gilt als Autorität der Zürcher Reformation. Es ist klar: Unser Reformator war nicht alleine  unterwegs: Seine Zeit, die Zeitgenossen und geistige Strömungen, insbesondere der Humanismus, haben ihn, sein Denken und seine Ideen beeinflusst. Unter diesen sticht besonders Erasmus von Rotterdamheraus: In seinem humanistischen Geist haben die Zürcher damals den Aufbruch gewagt. Sein Einfluss ist um einiges grösser, als bisher angenommen.

Details zum Programm sind im Flyer ersichtlich. Der Eintritt ist frei.


The Bee Mocks the Heffnerian Weepers

According to reports from around the nation, Americans who think of themselves as progressive and forward-thinking in their support for women’s rights and the dignity of females everywhere were celebrating the life of Hugh Hefner, for some reason, after his death Wednesday at the ripe old age of 91.

“RIP Hugh Hefner!” one man whose online profile described him as a “feminist, activist, social justice warrior” wrote. “Thanks for supporting the liberation of women!”

Newspapers and other media outlets across the country released touching memoirs, obituaries, and photographs of the mogul who made a fortune parading nude women in public like pieces of meat dangled in front of wild animals, heralding him as a progress-oriented leader of a sexual revolution. These very same news organizations like to think of themselves as modern and progressive, sources confirmed, despite Hefner’s empire being built upon women being reduced to nothing but objects meant for the sexual gratification of men.

Celebrities who have previously championed the cause of women’s rights joined in throughout the day Thursday, memorializing the man who made millions of dollars pioneering the mainstream objectification of women across the nation and world, as he continuously slept with hordes of ladies who were young enough to be his great-granddaughters and relentlessly perpetuated the notion that all women should be impossibly proportioned and absolutely gorgeous.

“RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo” tweeted Kim Kardashian after news broke of his death.

At publishing time, several hundred think pieces explaining that Playboy’s rampant and shameless objectification of women was actually “empowerment” had been published, sources confirmed.