Daily Archives: 11 Apr 2018

Jon Lovett Despises Paul Ryan, With Good Reason

Lovett writes

I also believe Paul Ryan is a fraud. He was a fraud when he claimed this most recent round of tax cuts would pay for themselves. He was a fraud long before Trump upended our politics, when the math of every budget and proposal Ryan delivered didn’t add up. He was a fraud when he campaigned against deficits amid national crisis only to forget his concerns when the party of the president changed. His great skill has never been policy but rather understanding how the game is played. And he really is good at that.

And then

As much as I am a partisan, I thought better of Paul Ryan. I was naïve about just how far the Republican party had fallen. I expected more. I was foolish enough to expect patriotism. Yes, Ryan’s supporters and staffers will say he was in a tough spot, that the alternative would be worse, that he was balancing competing interests, that he’d face a revolt in his caucus, that he did his best. His best was not good enough. His personal decency was worthless to us. Paul Ryan’s legacy is debt and chaos. He let his country down.

And finally

Good riddance.

Amen.  Read it all.

exegetical rapture followed by eisegetical tribulation

People are ignorant.

Peripatetic Learning

David Jeremiah recently published a brief article on the (completely supposed!) difference between the (so-called) “rapture” and the (slightly more appropriately dubbed) second coming of Christ. Two seconds into reading it, I could not stop myself from asking: How is this still being advocated? How can people, in good conscience, continue to promote the bunk conclusions of Classical/Modified Dispensationalism? More problematic: why are people still believing things like this to be true? (Proof can found if you choose to enter the hell that is the comments section of the article).

I ask because, and to borrow from D. Jeremiah’s opening claim: the belief that there isa difference between the two is one of the biggest misconceptions in (popular) theology. Sorry, but the only way this type of (Classical/Modified) Dispensational drivel can be sustained if one throws proper exegetical procedures out the window and then willingly shackles himself/herself to eisegetical…

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The 7th International Septuaginta Deutsch Conference (Wuppertal)

Go if you can go.

Septuaginta &c.

Every two years Septuagint scholars around the world rub their hands in anticipation of one of the best conferences in the discipline. Aside from the lovely location on the heiligen Berg just outside the city, this event provides an ideal size and pace for genuinely useful research presentations and scholarly interaction. That is why people come.

The conference is part of the Forschungsprojekte zur Septuaginta in Deutschland, a research initiative that is responsible for the production of Septuaginta Deutsch (also here) and the ongoing Handbuch zur SeptuagintAnother important aspect of this project is the biannual conferences, which also lead to an edited volume. Although the 2016 conference volume is not quite available yet, I am told it will be this year.

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Why You Don’t Have to Worry that Trouble in Syria Will Lead to War With Russia

  • Trump let Russia know he was going to send missiles.
  • Trump let Syria know the same.
  • Russia and Syria have had more than enough time to relocate their resources to undisclosed bases.
  • Trump will blow up a few empty bunkers and maybe a few bodies from the local morgue will be dumped there beforehand to make it look real.
  • Russia will whine about the unprovoked attack.
  • Syria will swear they have no chemical weapons.
  • Trump and Putin will be on the phone laughing about it later.
  • Trump isn’t about to do anything against Putin or Russia in any meaningful or real way.  And Russia knows it.  Because Putin owns Trump.

Erfahrung im Alten Testament: Untersuchung zur Exegese des Alten Testaments bei Franz Delitzsch

Der Tatsache, dass die exegetische Arbeit des Leipziger und Erlanger Theologen Franz Delitzsch schon zu seiner eigenen Zeit als altmodisch galt, entspricht nicht die Rezeption und Aufmerksamkeit, die seine Schriften im deutschsprachigen wie im englischsprachigen Raum genossen haben und teilweise noch genießen. Diese Dissertation untersucht mit Blick auf dieses Phänomen den von Delitzsch angewandten Ansatz und dessen Wurzeln in der lutherischen Erlanger Schule, zu der er – so zeigt es sich – eindeutig gehörte. Gegenwärtige Debatten über die Stellung des Alten Testaments in christlicher Theologie bestätigen die dauerhafte Relevanz solcher Untersuchungen, gerade wenn man Delitzschs bemerkenswerte Beziehung zum Judentum bedenkt.

A New Edition of Melanchthon’s 1559 Loci

The first volume is available and the second is forthcoming. It’s a bilingual Latin-German edition:

Loci praecipui theologici nunc denuo cura et diligentia Summa recogniti multisque in locis copiose illustrati 1559, by Philipp Melanchthon

Philipp Melanchthons »Loci praecipui theologici« in der Letztfassung von 1559 sind die reife Summe ­seines theologischen Schaffens. Gemeinsam mit der »Institutio« Johannes Calvins sind sie die wirkmächtigste reformatorische Dogmatik. Sie liegen nun erstmals ins Deutsche übersetzt in einer lateinisch-deutschen Ausgabe im ersten Teilband vor.

Die philologische Seite der Übersetzung lag bei dem Basler Altphilologen Peter Litwan unter Assistenz der Altphilologin Florence Becher-Häusermann. Die theologische Redaktion hatte Sven Grosse, Professor für Historische und Systematische Theologie an der Staatsunabhängigen Theologischen Hochschule Basel. Die Ausgabe ist auf zwei Bände angelegt.

Der 2. Band der Loci erscheint im Juli 2020.

More Than a Third of Louisiana’s Senators Approve of Beastiality…

What a State that must be…

The state Senate has approved a bill designed to make it clear that bestiality is illegal in Louisiana.  A law on the books prohibits “crimes against nature,” but it also outlaws so-called sodomy and was ruled unconstitutional in 2003.  New Orleans Senator JP Morrell says it’s important that the state has a way to arrest someone for having sex with animals. He told fellow lawmakers, “God forbid you vote against this bill, good luck explaining it.” Ten senators did vote against it. Click here for a list of state senators who voted for and against the bill which “creates the crime of sexual abuse of an animal.”

What a State that must be…

Luthers Heidelberger Disputation als Initial der südwestdeutschen Reformen

21.04.2018, 10-15 Uhr an der Europäischen Melanchthon-Akademie in Bretten: Studientag Luthers Heidelberger Disputation als Initial der südwestdeutschen Reformen.

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There’s Plenty of Dead Sea Scrolls Conferencing Coming Up

All these are announcements made by Charlotte Hempel on the Twitter-

  1. 15th May Paris on “Where is ‘Ezra’ in the Dead Sea Scrolls?” with thanks to Claude Cohen-Matlofsky for the invitation instituteliewiesel.com/ 1 of 3 @The_EAJS@E_A_B_S@stecacareers
  2. 18th May Cambridge on “The Evidence of the Dead Sea Scrolls on Pre-Christian Meeting Places: Who? Where? And What Did They Get up To?” at a Study Day in Honour of the amazing Judith Lieu. divinity.cam.ac.uk/about-us/confs… 2 of 3
  3. 22 May James A. Kirk Lecture @UofDenver hosted by Alison Schofield on “The Dead Sea Scrolls: How Special are the Texts and the People Behind this Treasure?” alongside Scrolls Exhibit in town! dmns.org/dead-sea-scrol

A Few Imprecatory Prayers

May death descend on them, may they go down alive to Sheol, since evil shares their home with them — (Ps. 55:15)


Erase them from the book of life, do not enroll them among the upright. — (Ps. 69:28)

Or if the big guns are needed-

God, break the teeth in their mouths, snap off the fangs of these young lions, Yahweh. May they drain away like water running to the sewer, may they wither like trampled grass, like the slug that melts as it moves or a still-born child that never sees the sun. — (Ps. 58:6-8)

Just in case the occasion should arise when such prayers should be needed.  You’re welcome.

‘Teach us to Number Our Days…’

Horrible Ways to Die That Are Preferable to Being Forced to Read One More Book by NT Wright