Today in Puritan History

On Sunday, October 8, 1586, twenty-one [Puritans] were meeting at Henry Martin’s house in the parish of St Andrew’s-in-the-Wardrobe, and, as they were listening to the reading of the Scriptures by John Greenwood, they were broken in upon by the bishop of London’s pursuivants and brought as prisoners the same day to his palace at Fulham for examination. In the event ten were released and eleven kept close prisoners; of the eleven thus detained Alice Roe and Margaret Maynard died of the ‘infection’ of Newgate, and John Chandler, and Nicholas Crane, an aged man of sixty-six years, also died in prison.

Being a Puritan was tough work.

I’m Furious With Evangelicals

Evangelicals have compromised their faith, their values, their morals, and the Gospel all in order to support Donald Trump.  But what has that compromise earned them?  Scorn, contempt, and disdain, not only from the Left, but from Christians.

Why haven’t these Evangelicals learned the simple truth that it is better to support a candidate who supports your positions and lose every single election they stand in than it is to support an immoral adulterer who betrays the principles you hold dear and who mocks your faith by insisting that he has never felt like he needed to be forgiven?

What perverse minds these Evangelicals have.  They are able, in those minds, to justify supporting a liar, a pervert, a scoundrel, a con man, and a vulgar wretch.  And they don’t even understand the cognitive dissonance.

I’m furious with Evangelicals.  They are traitors to the Gospel, supporters of heresy and contributors to the evil in the world that has come in the wake of Donald Trump.  At their feet can be laid the racism and wickedness raging in this Country.

The real problem, when all is said and done, isn’t Donald Trump.  He is, was, and always will be a vile perversion.  The real problem is compromising Evangelicals.  They are curse and plague and the world can do without them.  And so can the Church.

People Prefer The Lie

Before God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I charge you, in the name of his appearing and of his kingdom:  proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, give encouragement — but do all with patience and with care to instruct.

The time is sure to come when people will not accept sound teaching, but their ears will be itching for anything new and they will collect themselves a whole series of teachers according to their own tastes; and then they will shut their ears to the truth and will turn to myths.  But you must keep steady all the time; put up with suffering; do the work of preaching the gospel; fulfil the service asked of you. (2 Tim. 4:1-5)

Forgeries Amongst the Schøyen Dead Sea Scrolls Collection

Michael Langlois writes

Our team has just published a paper in which we explain why we believe that there are forgeries among the Dead Sea scrolls in the Schøyen collection.

As soon as 2013, I came to suspect the presence of forgeries after I examined the material and scribal features of these fragments which revived doubts I had expressed privately in 2006 and in a publication in 2008. After a second examination in 2014, I told my colleagues about it; some of them were skeptical at first but agreed to investigate this matter and, after we conducted additional testing, joined my conclusions. Nine fragments were removed from the edition that was in preparation, although I disagreed with that decision, as I believed more fragments were forgeries.

We were asked to remain quiet about it, and in 2015 I even offered to design a trap in order to identify the forger(s). Alas, I did not find the necessary support; worse, I saw on the Internet pictures of fragments with the same suspicious features in other private collections. When I was contacted by Newsweek journalist Nine Burleigh, I could no longer keep quiet and told her about those forgeries.

I told other journalists and colleagues about it and, as the interest of the scholarly community grew, a session on the issue of forgeries was organized at the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) international meeting in Berlin last August.

Meanwhile, we wrote a paper as a team to explain how and why we believe those fragments to be forgeries. This paper is now out, and I invite you to read it below:

Kipp Davis et alii, “Nine Dubious ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ Fragments from the Twenty-First Century,” Dead Sea Discoveries 24/2 (2017), p. 189-228.

As I said in our book and in Berlin, I believe that more fragments from the Schøyen collection are forgeries and that all fragments in the Museum of the Bible (MOTB) collection published in the volume edited by Emanuel Tov, Kipp Davis et alii are forgeries. This might be the case of other collections as well, although so far only the Schøyen collection and the Museum of the Bible collection have provided me with (at least) high resolution color and infrared pictures of their fragments.

Stay tuned! More news in the coming months… 😉

Satanists Want Christian Bakers to Make Satanic Cakes (Not The Onion)

Because, of course.

The Satanic Temple is urging its followers to target Christian bakers opposed to working gay weddings by demanding they make cakes for “for Satan.” Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, argued in a patheos blog called “According to Matthew” on Tuesday that Christian business owners are discriminating against gay people for refusing to serve gay weddings.

Patheos… pretty much the source of all religious crap on the internet.

He expressed fears that since sexual orientation is not a protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, religious business owners might start winning cases at the U.S. Supreme Court.  “For this reason, The Satanic Temple has announced a plan for those who feel alienated or oppressed by the privileged status that religion holds over sexual orientation: Request your homophobic baker make a cake for Satan,” Greaves wrote.  In an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday he suggested that if evangelical Christians choose to not work same-sex weddings, “then other people should be allowed to deny them services as well.”

Up next, NAMBLA and a demand that Christian bakers make cakes for pedophiles.

Remembering Giovanni Garbini on his Birthday: He Would Have Been 84 Today…

Giovanni Garbini was born on the 8th of October in 1931 and had he lived he would be celebrating today his 84th birthday!  He was a fantastic scholar and one of the nicest people you could ever know.

He has written widely on the subject of the history of Israel and his amazing History and Ideology in Ancient Israel is MUST reading for anyone doing biblical studies. If you read Italian, he has even more amazing things in it.

I especially recommend the fantastically written Il ritorno dall’esilio babilonese.  Now that’s fun reading and stimulating beyond belief. So, to him I wish a very Happy 84th Birthday!  He is missed.

Call For Papers: Science and Scripture

In Cambridge in April 2018 there will be a colloquium entitled “Reading is Believing: Sacred Texts in a Scientific Age” and organised by SOTS member Hilary Marlow as part of her latest research project. Keynote speakers include biblical scholars Prof John Barton and Dr Mark Harris. Free conference place for those whose paper is accepted. Please see further details at the project website — http://www.sciencescripture.org.

Via Janet Tollington.