Daily Archives: 6 Oct 2017

The Most Recent Addition to BibleWorks 10

Is this oldie but goodie-

First rate exposition.

It’s Simply Shocking…

That so many Americans are silent when the @NRA buys and sells the elected officials who are supposed to work for us and not special interest groups.

You silent ones, you should be ashamed.  You are why this country allows the murder of children and innocents.  You are the true terrorists.

Karin Maag’s Brilliant Essay: The Reformation- What Did We Gain? What Did We Lose?

Read it here.

Schleiermacher Handbuch

From Mohr

Friedrich Schleiermacher’s work as a theologian and Plato scholar marked the start of a new epoch: as a system-forming philosopher, he claimed independent validity, and as church politician, educational policy-maker, and academic theorist, he was one of the most important figures during the Prussian reforms, whose contributions to pedagogy remain influential to this day.

This volume provides a clear-sighted overview of the various stages in Schleiermacher’s life (1768–1834), with each contribution portraying his fields of work and their contexts, placing his literary work and conceptions in the framework of the respective contemporary debates. Important stages in Schleiermacher reception and impact history are likewise considered.
The authors’ diverse approaches to interpreting and understanding his output mean that the Guide to Schleiermacher offers concentrated insight into the consensus on and controversies in current Schleiermacher research.

Survey of contents

A. Prolegomena
Martin Ohst: Sinn und Absicht des Unternehmens, Hinweise zur Benutzung, Textausgaben, Standardliteratur/Hilfsmittel – Andreas Arndt: Der Briefwechsel

B. Kontexte
Georg Eckert: Preußen zu Schleiermachers Lebzeiten – Andreas Arndt: Schleiermacher in der nachkantischen Philosophie – Jan Rohls: Literatur, Bildende Kunst und Musik

C. Lebensstationen – Werke – Entwürfe
I. Jugend- und Wanderjahre (1768–1796)
Ulrich Barth: Lebens- und Wirkungskreise – Peter Grove: Werke: Jugendmanuskripte, erste Predigten
II. Berliner Charité-Prediger (1796–1802)
Albrecht Beutel: Lebens- und Wirkungskreise – Bernd Auerochs: Manuskripte – Athenaeum – Geselliges Betragen – Vertraute Briefe – Joachim Ringleben: Über die Religion. Reden an die Gebildeten unter ihren Verächtern – Christian Albrecht: Monologen – Hans-Martin Kirn: Briefe bei Gelegenheit

III. Hofprediger in Stolp (1802–1804)
Simon Gerber: Lebens- und Wirkungskreise – Matthias Heesch: Grundlinien einer Kritik der bisherigen Sittenlehre – Albrecht Geck: Unvorgreifliche Gutachten – Lutz Käppel: Schleiermachers Platon-Übersetzungen

IV. Halle und Zeit der Unsicherheit (1804–1809)
Hermann Patsch: Lebens- und Wirkungskreise – Helmut Merkel: Ueber den sogenannten ersten Brief des Paulos an den Timotheos – Folkart Wittekind: Die Weihnachtsfeier. Ein Gespräch (1805/06)

V. Berlin (1809–1834)
1. Lebens- und Wirkungskreise
Simon Gerber: Familien- und Freundeskreis, Geselligkeit – Andreas Reich: Schleiermacher als Pfarrer – Albrecht Geck: Schleiermacher als Kirchenpolitiker – Dirk Schmid: Schleiermacher als Universitätstheoretiker und Hochschullehrer (inklusive Übersicht über seine gesamte Vorlesungstätigkeit) – Martin Rössler: Schleiermacher als Akademiemitglied und Wissenschaftsorganisator – Matthias Wolfes: Schleiermacher als Politiker
2. Eilert Herms: Systemkonzeption
3. Philosophische Werke
Andreas Arndt: Dialektik – Matthias Heesch: Philosophische Ethik – Lutz Käppel: Geschichte der Philosophie – Kirsten Huxel: Psychologie – Walter Jaeschke: Staatslehre – Inken Mädler: Ästhetik – Dietz Lange: Hermeneutik – Ursula Frost: Pädagogik
4. Theologie
Ulrich Barth: Theorie der Theologie – Hermann Patsch: Schleiermachers Berliner Exegetik – Martin Ohst: Kirchengeschichte – Simon Gerber: Kirchliche Statistik – Claus-Dieter Osthövener: Der christliche Glaube – Dogmatik I: Einleitung – Dogmatik II: Materiale Entfaltung – Matthias Heesch: Die Christliche Sitte – Wilhelm Gräb: Praktische Theologie – Reiner Preul: Predigten

D. Rezeption und Kritik
Martin Ohst: Bei Lebzeiten – Friedemann Voigt: Die Schleiermacher-Rezeption 1834–1889 – Friedemann Voigt: Die Schleiermacher-Rezeption 1890–1923 – Hermann Fischer †: Rezeption und Kritik (1918–1960) – Hermann Fischer †: Rezeption und Kritik (1960 ff.)

Another Reason the Tyndale House (Cambridge) Greek New Testament is A Remarkable Resource

γεινομαι was the normal spelling in Luke. It’s not a misspelling, but a prestigious koine spelling used by careful scribes to bring out the long vowel which arose when the second gamma of the Classical form γιγνομαι was dropped. You can call it a ‘historic spelling’ if you like and claim it has nothing to do with pronunciation, but that just makes the scribes smarter that they were able to preserve into the fourth and fifth centuries spellings representing pronunciations which were no longer current.

Read the post for the evidence.

Oh Great, There Are More ‘Metal Codices’ in the News…

And this time word that the ‘Seal of Solomon‘ is among them.  Jim D. notes

There are several points to note. First, the ring-bound metal book in the left foreground looks very much like one of those Jordanian lead codices. Second, some gold codices with Jewish imagery are already known. Some are in the possession of a dealer in Karak, Jordan. The gold books in the photo look to be about the same size. (My scale is the tiny codex between the seal stamp and the calf. It is reported to be about two centimeters long.) None of the photos are clear enough for me to identify the image. For the Karak books, see Samuel Zinner’s online report on the Jordan codices, Son of the Star: Bar Kokhba and the Jordanian lead books, pp. 754, 987-9992, 997, 1098, plus, in general, chapter 9 and Appendix III.

Third, the “seal of Solomon” looks like a medieval or modern artifact to me. There is a Talmudic legend about a ring that Solomon used to control demons, but I am not aware of any objects like this one from antiquity.

Fourth, the golden calf has obvious resonances with the biblical golden calf, but this one has a menorah stamped on it. What on earth does that mean? The only comparable object I know of is a bronze and silver bull statue excavated at Ashkelon. It dates to the first half of the second millennium BCE and it is about the same size as the gold one in the photo. I don’t think there is any direct connection.

So, before you panic and before BAR publishes some ridiculous sensationalistic piece declaring that the ‘Seal of Solomon’ has been found, take a breath, go walk your dog, and forget about the rubbish.  It means nothing.

Evangelicals Are Sticking With Their ‘Prince of Lies’

Read the whole.  The most telling bits are

Fundamentalists now have an all-access pass to the highest levels of government, and Trump made their wish list a priority. One of his first acts as president was to order the IRS to lay off monitoring political donations to churches. Political pastors and billionaires alike loved it: Conservative donors can now bleach dark money donations through churches.

His other big concession to his devout army was picking Pence to be his running (and kneeling) mate. The uxorious Hoosier, whose political career seemed deader than Lazarus or Myspace two years ago, is now a heartbeat—or a Robert Mueller indictment— away from being leader of the free world.

Trump’s chief spiritual adviser is not his veep, that pious silver fox who says he never dines alone with a woman not his wife. That sacred duty falls to White, chair of the White House evangelical panel. She is thrice-married (currently wed to Journey rocker Jonathan Cain, whose “Don’t Stop Believin’” was an ’80s rock anthem) and preaches to millions on TV and, when she’s back in Florida, to her smaller flock at the New Destiny Christian Center church in Apopka. White and her fellow prosperity theologians have put some white-out over the New Testament line that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. She prefers another biblical passage, “When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest” (Leviticus 23:10 NIV). Her webpage First Fruits 2017 is an online collection plate, decorated with a photograph of grapes, pomegranates and oranges, and click buttons labeled “Give your best first fruits offering today!” and “Send your prayer request today!” lead to forms for credit card payments.

The next most prominent godly voice in Trump’s White House is the Cabinet Bible study pastor, Ralph Drollinger, who preaches that Jesus—contrary to several millennia of church teaching—didn’t really think you had to help the poor if you happen to be a member of Congress. In “Entitlement Programs Viewed Through the Lens of Scripture,” a sermon from one of his weekly Bible study sessions, which he delivered last year on Capitol Hill, he told his high-level political congregants that the Bible “is clear” that caring for the poor is the responsibility of the family and the church, not the government. “Nowhere to be found in the NT is an explicit command for the Institution of the State to assume such a function,” he wrote. “Jesus was only a role model to emulate.”


Now comes the most presumptuous—perhaps even heretical—question a journalist could pose: What does God think of Trump, who, according to The Washington Post, has already told over 1,000 lies since he moved into the Oval Office and is on a trajectory to hit 2,000 by the end of the year?

The same digital voice analysis that measured Trump’s comfort level when talking about God and the allegedly godless New York Times shows that when the president tells an obvious lie (a statement PolitiFact has determined is false) he is more relaxed than he is at most other times during his speeches and interviews.

That would seem to be a vexing problem for the faithful, since the Bible repeatedly associates lying with the devil. To cite just one of many examples in Scripture, John 8:44 (NIV) refers to Satan thusly: “When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Now recall that millions of white conservative fundamentalists who take the Bible literally are awaiting the fulfillment of its prophesy about the apocalypse—the end of days—which will feature the rise of an evil force that will briefly rule the world. He goes by many names, among them the Prince of Lies.

No one does religion reporting better than Burleigh.  No one.

The SBL Annual Meeting App is Out

With thanks to Erin Van den Erickson von Daniken for the link

Quote of the Day

@JuliusGoat — Gun defenders need to be honest about the fact that saying laws won’t work because criminals won’t follow them is an argument against laws.

This is Why We Are Warned Against the Love of Money…

It makes us stupid.  Stupid beyond words.  Stupid enough to say, on behalf of a group we represent, that feet are as dangerous as guns…

NRA spokesperson and radio host Dana Loesch thinks that if guns are banned then fists and feet are probably next because people can punch and kick to harm others.

The American College of Physicians sent out a press release saying that gun violence is a public health issue and called for a ban of automatic and semiautomatic weapons. Loesch retweeted the release with the comment, “Right after we ban pools, cars, cigarettes, alcohol, hands feet and fists. Lives lost due to these constitute an epidemic.”

When The Hill reported on the press release from the physicians, Loesch retweeted the story and again claimed, “If it’s a “health issue,” cars, then hand, feet, and fists will be banned first (also pools).”

I’d like to see her use any of those things to kill 59 people in 4 minutes.  The fool.  And she said it because she’s been paid to say such things.  Because love of money makes us stupid.  Stupid beyond words.

The things that people are willing to do for money boggles the mind.