Oh Well, It Will Be Gone Before SBL Arrives in Denver… So What’s the Point…

Sad.

A vast exhibition of ancient artifacts from Israel, featuring two Dead Sea Scrolls never displayed in public before, is opening Friday at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature.

The newly unveiled scrolls lay down the rules for ritual purification and moral conduct that Jews have been following for thousands of years.

Other gems in the 600-piece collection include 18 other scrolls, which have been displayed before; a 3-ton stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem; a lot of pagan gods; and the biggest lintel ever found at a First Temple-era estate, says the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Buzzfeed Buys the ‘The Gospel Coalition’

This makes sense, actually-

In what was rumored to be a multi-million-dollar deal, popular clickbait website BuzzFeed has purchased The Gospel Coalition, journalists learned Wednesday.

TGC had reportedly been restructuring and refocusing its content for the past several years in an attempt to merge with a larger clickbait site, and according to TGC council members, BuzzFeed was a perfect match.

“It’s a match made in heaven from eternity past,” council member D.A. Carson said. “We’ll be able to reorient our gospel-centered content to a more attractive, listicle-style feel. ’27 GIFs That Will Make Paedobaptists Feel All The Feels,’ ‘Beth Moore Just Debuted Her New Hairstyle And We Are LOVING IT,’ that kind of thing.”

“Whatever gets the clicks,” he added.

Exciting articles like “Here are 53 pictures of John Piper that will make you say, FAREWELL ROB BELL!” and “Tell us your favorite dessert and we’ll tell you which Puritan is your spirit animal” immediately went up on the site following the purchase. One hot, trending article was titled “YASS, SLAY QUEEN: THIS WOMAN WAS TOLD SHE COULDN’T SERVE IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY, AND YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT SHE DID NEXT!”

At publishing time, sources confirmed that BuzzFeed was eyeballing Desiring God.

Next up, Buzzfeed will buy Patheos…

Reformation on the Record Lecture Announcement

From ‘Reformation on the Record’-

Also, very excited about this upcoming event – a unique opportunity to hear the fantastic Jonathan Willis, Diarmaid MacCulloch and Alex Walsham reflecting on the records of the Reformation, their relevance today and the impact of last year’s anniversary of the beginning of the European Reformation. This will take place on the 13th April at The National Archives between 18.00 and 20.00. The event includes a display of original Reformation-related documents and a wine reception (in separate areas!) – to book search for ‘Reflections on the Reformation’ on Eventbrite #ReformationOnRec

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Congratulations, Christoph Heilig

I told you this kid was a genius. Now we can call him an award winning genius. Congrats, Christoph.

Paul the uncritical apostle?

The Mercator Award in the field of arts and social sciences goes to Christoph Heilig. The doctoral candidate of theology investigated the extent to which the Bible can serve as a source of critical reflection on the power of the state. “Religion is a very important part of political discourse, especially in the US,” says Heilig. Particularly since the presidency of George W. Bush, the question of whether and how political programs can be criticized on the basis of the Bible is being hotly debated in the field of English-language theology.

The New Testament – the central document of Christianity – includes only a single section where the relationship between Christians and Roman state power is discussed: Paul the Apostle calling on Christians to submit to Roman state power and pay their taxes. But why wasn’t Paul more critical of the Roman Empire? Out of fear, or because it wasn’t relevant to him? In his research, Christoph Heilig looked for – and found – political criticism hidden in the writings of Paul. As one of only few to do so at the time, the apostle made critical allusions to a triumphal march of Emperor Claudius and thus to Rome’s imperialist politics. “The New Testament can therefore indeed be considered as a source for critically dealing with political power by Christians,” says Heilig, whose interpretation was published in the two monographs Hidden Criticism and Paul’s Triumph.

A Great Quote from the Selderhuis Luther Lecture at Westminster

Is this one-

Here’s the full quote from which that excellent snippet is extracted:

He has accomplished what he was called to do. He has introduced among us [the knowledge of] languages, and has called us away from the sacrilegious studies. Perhaps he himself will die with Moses in the plains of Moab, for he does not advance to the better studies (those which pertain to piety). I greatly wish he would restrain himself from dealing with Holy Scripture and writing his Paraphrases, for he is not up to this task; he takes the time of [his] readers in vain, and he hinders them in studying Scripture. He has done enough in showing us the evil. He is (in my opinion) unable to show us the good and to lead us into the promised land. But why do I talk so much of Erasmus? Only so that you will not be influenced by his name and authority, but rather be happy when you feel that something displeases him in this matter of Scripture. For he is a man who is unable to have, or does not want to have, a right judgment in these matters, as almost the whole world is beginning to perceive of him.*

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*Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 49: Letters II (ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann; vol. 49; Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999), 44.   Text in Latin: WA, Br 3, 96–97.  Emphasis mine.

Remember…

bible“He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” (1 Jn. 2:9-11)

The Birthday of Georg Strecker

Georg Strecker, New Testament scholar supreme, was born on the 15th of March, 1929- making today the anniversary of his birth (and he died on the 11th of June, 1994).  He was a student of Rudolf Bultmann’s and he took up a teaching post at Bonn after he finished his studies in 1968.  He then moved to Göttingen where he assumed the chair previously occupied by none less than Joachim Jeremias.

Over the course of his career he traveled widely, lecturing in Europe, North America, and Japan.  His bibliography is more than a little impressive.  Especially good is his New Testament Theology, which you really ought to read.  In fact, in order of the three best ever written Bultmann’s is first, Hahn’s is second, and Strecker’s is third.

So, to the good Professor, Happy Birthday!

Calvin on Henry VIII

In a letter to Farel, Calvin remarks

“The King is only half wise. He prohibits, under severe penalties, besides depriving them of the ministry, the priests and bishops who enter upon matrimony; he retains the daily masses; he wishes the seven sacraments to remain as they are. In this way he has a mutilated and torn gospel, and a church stuffed full as yet with many toys and trifles. Then he does not suffer the Scripture to circulate in the language of the common people throughout the kingdom, and he has lately put forth a new verdict by which he warns the people against the reading of the Bible. He lately burned a worthy and learned man [John Lambert] for denying the carnal presence of Christ in the bread. Our friends, however, though sorely hurt by atrocities of this kind, will not cease to have an eye to the condition of his kingdom.”