Daily Archives: 5 Jan 2018

Nope, Not Even Close, But Thanks for Trying…

Corrected, this reads ‘The Book of Revelation is a reminder to a persecuted community that no power on earth or in heaven is greater than the power of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus.  It levels a warning against the world’s opposition to His power and comforts His disciples with the assurance that ultimate victory is His and thus theirs’.

So kindly stop trying to hijack Scripture to fit your political agenda.  It means more when you let it speak than when you try to force it into your blinkered perspective.

I’ve Had A Revelation…

People who don’t buy The Commentary just hate truth. Don’t be a truth hater… buy the Commentary.

Jesus Himself Called the Supper a Memorial

‘Do this in remembrance of me’ he said. Not ‘do this in cannibalism of me.’

That settles it once and for all.

Vicar in Kent fines brides £100 if late to own wedding

This is the best idea ever.  Except it should be the case with anyone in the wedding party.  If anyone is late, you forfeit the on time charge.  So have your people there on time (because wedding time wasters are really the worst people on the planet).

Reverend John Corbyn, of the Holy Cross Church in Bearstead, said couples who are on time will get their £100 deposit back along with their wedding certificate at the end of the ceremony.

But those who are 20 minutes late will lose their money, and it will be distributed to the staff who were kept waiting for the happy couple to begin the service.

There will be no fine if the delay was unavoidable – so those who get stuck in traffic need not fear.

Rev Corbyn explained he came up with the idea after visiting a church in Uganda where services were performed back-to-back, with couples getting an incentive to arrive on time.

He said he wanted to show he was taking his staff and their time seriously, as many were not doing it for the money.

Bloody genius.  I want to be this guy’s best friend.

Nordic New Testament Conference

The forthcoming Nordic New Testament Conference will take place on 8 – 12 June 2018 at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. The conference supports Nordic scholarship on Early Christianity by facilitating continual Nordic interaction within the scholarly field.

Etc.  Here.  Nordic is one of my favorite countries.  I like it a lot better than I like the country of Texas.

Sad News: Gene Tucker Has Died

Via Jack Sasson-

Gene M. Tucker
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory
University January 08, 1935 – January 04, 2018

Denver, Colorado. Gene M. Tucker died on January 4, 2018 at the age of 82. He was born on January 8, 1935, on his grandmother’s dining room table in Albany, Texas. He was the first of five sons born to Raymond H. and Lorene Tucker. He grew up in West Texas, moving with his family at age 10 to the desert west of Andrews. Throughout his youth he hunted and fished with his father and brothers, leaving him with an abiding love for spending time outdoors, especially with the tools of those activities in his hand.

Upon graduating from high school, he entered McMurry College in Abilene Texas and became the first member of his family to earn a college degree. While there, encouraged by some of his teachers, he decided to be not only a minister of the United Methodist Church, but also a scholar and teacher of the Old Testament. But he often said that the most significant event of those years was meeting his life-long partner, Charlyne (Charky) Williams. Upon graduation in 1957, they were married in Abilene, Texas. Their honeymoon was the trip from Texas to New Haven, Connecticut, where he had been admitted to Yale Divinity School.

He graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1960 with the B.D. degree, and then the Yale Graduate School with an M.A.in 1961 and the Ph.D. in Religion in 1963. He then embarked on his career in teaching, scholarship, and—as he would always stress—as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. In 1963, he and Charky moved from Connecticut to Los Angeles for his first teaching position in the Graduate School of Religion at the University of Southern California. From there he moved to Duke University Divinity School in 1966 and subsequently to the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1970, where he taught until his retirement in 1995. In addition to teaching, he served a term as the Associate (academic) Dean at Candler School of Theology.

Tucker became a respected scholar, publishing numerous books and articles as author, co-author, and editor. He wrote for a wide range of audiences, including his academic peers, ministers, and general readers. He took particular pride in facilitating the work of other scholars, particularly by editing several series of publications. His works focused mainly on literary and theological issues in the biblical texts. In his teaching and research he dealt with a wide range of biblical materials, but his work was focused on the prophets and the prophetic literature. He served on the translation committee that produced the New Revised Standard translation of the Bible. In his last years as a teacher and scholar he turned his attention to the issue of the bible and the environment, driven by his concerns for how the human race is abusing its home. He was elected President of the Society of Biblical Literature in 1996. He was honored by McMurry University as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2008.

As a teacher, he was especially proud of a number of his doctoral students who have become distinguished teachers and scholars in their own right in schools and universities around the globe.

When he retired, he and Charky moved to Denver to be closer to their children, and also to be near the trout streams of the Rockies and the open skies of the West.   Gene continued his research and writing until age 76, when he donated his extensive scholarly library to the Protestant Theological Seminary in Puerto Rico. He also taught occasionally, including a semester as Visiting Lecturer at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.

He and Charky travelled extensively, to Australia several times, to Central and South America, and throughout the American West. The ideal destination included snorkeling, fishing, and birding. It would be an understatement to say that Gene became an avid fly fisherman. He was a founding member of the Old Testament Fishing Society. With friends, he caught salmon in Alaska, bass and bluegill in Virginia, small mouth bass and northern pike in Canada, trout in New Zealand, barramundi in Australia, bonefish, tarpon and permit in Florida and the Caribbean, and—of course—trout in the Rockies. He took special pleasure in catching fish on flies he tied with the feathers of pheasant he shot, or the hair of elk he shot with a muzzle loading rifle. He would tell you a fishing or hunting story at the drop of a hat, whether you had heard it before or not.

He and his family were active in United Methodist churches wherever they lived. He taught the same adult church school class for twenty-five years in Atlanta, and was deeply moved when members of the class established a scholarship fund in his honor at the Candler School of theology. In addition, his volunteer activities included serving as the President of the Council on Human Relations, an organization working for civil rights in the late 1960’s in Durham, NC. For more than a decade he devoted a great deal of his time to leadership roles in the Society of Biblical Literature. He and his family were deeply involved in Ring Lake Ranch, Dubois, Wyoming, a non-profit retreat center beginning in 1974. He served on the board of directors and as president for many years.

Women in Zwingli’s World

Here’s a great essay for your weekend reading pleasure: Women in Zwingli’s World.

Traditional Zwingli scholarship has been fairly unanimous in the assumption that women did not play a significant role in Zwingli’s life. The records are strangely silent on the matter. Neither his writings nor his activities suggest that Zwingli was greatly involved with women and their specific concerns. In fact, one of the archivists of the Zürich Staatsarchiv expressed surprise some years ago when I asked for catalogue entries under the subject heading «women in Zwingli’s world». Nonetheless, the possibility of gaining new insights into the role women played in Zwingli’s world led us to re-examine a number of available sources.

Do enjoy.

Luther Was a Busy Guy

luther“I am very busy. Four persons are dependent on me, and each of them demands my time for himself. Four times a week I preach in public, twice a week I lecture, and in addition I hear cases, write letters, and am working on a book for publication. It is a good thing that God came to my aid and gave me a wife. She takes care of domestic matters, so that I do not have to be responsible for these too.”  — Martin Luther