Daily Archives: 21 Nov 2017

The 19th Benediction

Let the reader understand-

New Testament Post at the University of Geneva

The Faculty of Theology of the University of Geneva (cf. http://www.unige.ch/theologie/) invites applications for a position as Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Early Christianity. The application (exclusively online) is open till December 10, 2017. Starting date is August 1st 2018 (or upon agreement). It is a stable, well paid position (first evaluation after four years). It’s an interesting job opportunity (both in teaching and research) for a young scholar (PhD in Theology or similar research field) in a pleasant and international context. For further information (and inscription), see: https://jobs.unige.ch/www/wd_portal.show_job?p_web_site_id=1&p_web_page_id=30421

Via Steve Walton at BNTS.

Child Molesters are Worse Than Democrats, or Republicans, or Independents

But if you would rather vote for a child molester than a Democrat, or a Republican, or an Independent… I feel so sorry for you.  Hell is going to be super unpleasant for you.  From now on before I vote for anyone i’m going to ask them if they think a child molester is a better choice than someone of a different party.  If they say yes, I will fight their election every waking minute.

The fate of supporters of child molesters

Bible in Arts- A Free Online Journal from the German Bible Society

The first volume of the new free online journal “Bible in Arts” (BiA) has just been published on the scientific online portal of the German Bible Society: 

From now on, a new volume is to appear every year. We kindly invite you to take a look at the journal and to forward this e-mail to anybody who you feel might be interested in it.

The first volume of “Bible in Arts”  focuses on King Solomon. The collected papers have been presented at the conference „Salomobilder in Barock und Moderne“ (May 2016, in Linz). However, the focus on a single topic will be an exception. For the future, we are looking forward to receive papers from you dealing with various themes and aspects of the reception and the impact of the Bible in arts.

Univ.Prof. Dr. Susanne Gillmayr-Bucher
Institut für Bibelwissenschaft
Katholische Privat-Universität Linz
A-4020 Linz, Bethlehemstraße 20

A New ‘Violence Free’ Bible for the Special Snowflake on Your Christmas List

We know what you’re thinking: why does the Bible have to be so, you know, violent? Any honest look at human history shows we’ve progressed beyond all that barbaric, blood-soaked, pillage-the-Canaanites Old Testament stuff.

It’s the 21st century, after all, and we all know that love wins! God is all about peace, rainbows, and self-esteem. Nobody wants to open their Bible and get smacked in the face with images displaying the gory consequences of sin, the grisly certitude of death, and the murderous nature of the human heart. Wars? Yuck.  Animal sacrifice? Bleck. Disembowelment? DISGUSTING.

Well, you’re in luck. Just in time for the holidays, the Coalition of Progressive Christian Publishers has come together to bring us a new Violence-Free Version of God’s Holy Word.

The publisher has graciously offered The Babylon Bee an exclusive selection of story summaries from the VFV:

  • Angered by humanity’s sin, God drowns the earth in a global flood of puppies and candy.
  • As a sign of the covenant, God commands Abraham to get a lit “Shalom” tattoo on his wrist.
  • The Israelites and their Egyptian captors collaborate to reduce their collective carbon footprint, causing the Red Sea to lower.
  • Jericho attempts to build a wall to keep the Israelites out, but is unable to secure federal funding and public support.  Israel walks right through the city without killing anyone.
  • Jael, Heber’s wife, picks up a tent peg and a hammer and helps stake down the family tent while he sleeps—Proverbs 31 woman right there!
  • The shepherd boy David defeats the Philistine Goliath in a casual 5K Fun Run to combat leprosy.
  • After being taunted by 42 dangerous youths, Elisha surprises the gang of rowdy ne’er-do-wells with two big bear hugs.
  • Job is tested by Satan with first-world problems like his iPhone X cracking after an unfortunate drop and Starbucks being sold out of his favorite beverage after waiting in a long drive-thru line.
  • In the imprecatory Psalms, the Psalmist prays that the Lord would metaphorically bash the skulls of his enemies with His love and kindness.
  • Nebuchadnezzar totally roasts Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego with a fiery Facebook rant, only for an anonymous fourth commenter to come to their defense with some savage memes.
  • When He’s about 33 years old, Jesus establishes a large megachurch at Calvary, has a successful, uplifting ministry, and eventually retires to the Sea of Galilee on his attractive 401K plan.
  • Ananias and Sapphira donate part of their allotted offering to the church, and the Apostle Peter asks them to stand and be recognized for their generous donation.
  • Just before it’s about to start, the Battle of Armageddon is canceled. Jesus rolls up on a Segway in order to pass out participation trophies to everyone. Great job, guys!

What great stories from the Bible, only slightly altered for maximum warmth and fuzziness! The Violence-Free Version of the Bible is available today.

Go on now, get yourself one

What Are You Thankful For?

If you said ‘Jim West’, then if you’re really thankful for me, you’ll buy the commentary.   But if you lied,  you love Satan, and you won’t. #trueFact.


It’s My Turn to Organize the Biblical Studies Carnival…

Going live on 1 December, just a few weeks from today, the official Biblical Studies Carnival.  Which means, naturally, that posts from the month of November will be the source of joy.

So, if you see anything this month that you deem worthy of inclusion, send it along.  And this month, besides blogposts and the like, I’m going for a true ‘Biblical Studies’ Carnival, which means that news stories, blog posts, and other sources of biblical joy will be included.

In other words, if it’s biblical studies related stuff, let me know about it.  (And yes, naturally SBL will be included too).

Fun Facts From Church History: The Catholic Prelate Who Defended Zwingli in Writing

A remarkable instance of the readiness of at least one Roman Catholic prelate to protect Zwingli against printed attacks is given in a letter from Basel, dated November 21, 1519, from which it appears that a certain monk had preached against Zwingli, as he had a perfect right to do, and had gone to Basel to have his polemical sermons printed. But Zwingli, through another friend, asked his friend, Cardinal Schinner, who was in Basel, to have an embargo put upon the volume, and the Cardinal so managed things that the monk could not secure a printer in Basel! Another friend of Zwingli’s (Capito), living in Strassburg, undertook to exclude the same monk from the presses of that city. But this was a dangerous game for the friends of progress to play.*

*Samuel Macauley Jackson, Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531), Heroes of the Reformation (New York; London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons; Knickerbocker Press, 1901), 129.

Calvin is Significant, Sure, But Zwingli is Moreso

calvin4Einigen Kirchenhistorikern gilt Calvin als “Vollender der Reformation”. Auf ihn berufen sich heute mehr als 80 Millionen reformierte Christen weltweit – neben den Lutheranern der zweite große Zweig im Protestantismus. Calvin kam am 10. Juli 1509 rund 100 Kilometer von Paris entfernt in Noyon zur Welt – acht Jahre vor dem legendären Thesenanschlag Martin Luthers (1483-1546) gegen die Missstände seiner Kirche. Der “französische Luther” starb am 27. Mai 1564, im Alter von nur 54 Jahren, in Genf.

Enjoy the whole essay.

Sad News: The Death of Richard Coggins

The SOTS Secretary writes

I have learned today (via Paul Joyce) of the death on Saturday 18th November of the Revd Richard Coggins, who was President of our Society in 1993.  His daughter, Sarah Fielding, indicates that it was a peaceful passing.  If I receive information about funeral arrangements or obituary notices I will send out a further message.  May he RIP.