Daily Archives: 17 Jan 2018

The Ideal Church for the ‘Rich Young Ruler’ – Joel Osteen’s…

A rich, young ruler looking for salvation was proud to announce Wednesday that he finally found a place to call home at Lakewood Church.

Calling the revelation “powerful” and “moving,” the wealthy, powerful lover of money said he knew Lakewood Church was the place for him after his lifestyle was affirmed and praised by lead pastor and famous author Joel Osteen.

“This place just makes me feel so comfortable,” the man told reporters. “I came in and told Pastor Joel I was a good person and had kept all the commandments from my youth, and asked him what I still lacked—and do you know what he said? He told me I didn’t lack anything, that I was great just the way I am.”

The young man further stated that other churches had tried to confront his love of money and challenged him to make Jesus his first priority, and that he had just gone away sad.

“That’s not what Jesus would have done,” he said confidently.


Happy News from DeGruyter

Via the twitter-

Good news for all #openaccess fans: We reached the milestone of 1000 OA volumes, freely available on our website. Beside our own publications, you will find also OA books of our publishing partners. Visit https://t.co/MEUVQXw9vC to discover great content for free.  https://t.co/6fieVKeeoO

Hendrickson is Running a Special on its ‘2 Minutes a Day’ Series

I recommend you take advantage of the opportunity.  While you can.  The volumes are half off.

I reviewed them here.

News From Oxford

Via James Aitken-

A large gathering for the first of the Oxford seminars in the series: “Greek Expanded, Greek Transformed. The Vocabulary of the Septuagint and the Cultural World of the Translators”. Jan Joosten spoke on how the Septuagint came about, emphasizing we should not overstate its special beginnings but recognize how religious terms and ideas in Hebrew had already been rendered in Aramaic, paving the way for Greek renderings. He went on to describe features of LXX vocabulary, how the vocabulary was put to use to render religious terms, and how these terms then caught on in the history of the language among Jews and Christians.

Prof Teresa Morgan in a response raised a number of pertinent questions, including: how far are changes unintended accidents from the translation process? Given that in Hellenistic education, anyone who could read and write at all would have a grasp of classical Attic, why did the translators choose non-literary Koine? Can we see the impact of LXX anywhere else than in Christian texts? And does it matter for our interpretation of words that the text has been a subject of 2000 years of exegesis?

A lively discussion followed, revolving on how to really understand Septuagint vocabulary, on the relation to the Hebrew, and on the translation process.

[abstracts not written by the speakers]

Palestine Exploration Fund 2018 Grant Applications


PEF Grants 2018.pdf

Application Form and Procedure — The following forms and notes are available to download here:  PEF grant form (PDF | DOC)  PEF reference request form.  Grant Notes 2018.pdf.  Follow our grants researchers in the field by visiting our blog at:  www.pef.org.uk/blog/

With thanks to Jonathan Stökl for the mention on the twitters.

Greek, and then City

The Greek session went very, very well, I think.  Such perceptive and quick students.  In two class sessions they have nearly mastered the Greek alphabet and are already easily reading the list of names in Matthew 1.  Plus, we had a great time discussing the not ever boring passage.

The Job session went well last night as well.  Or so it seems.  One participant writing:

I learned so much more about what’s going on in the book of Job in the two hours with Dr. Jim West than all the days that I had spent reading it by myself in the past!

That, as anyone who teaches knows, is about the most gratifying and uplifting sort of thing you can ever hear.

Anyway, all the sessions seem to be very well received.  And this city is just a joy.  The evenings are especially nice because it seems to come alive even more than during the day.  Here are some photos: