Scripture for the Day

In light of remarks made by various evil-inspired politicians, a passage of Scripture that is not decontextualized:

You should not have stood at the crossings to cut off his fugitives; you should not have handed over his survivors on the day of distress.  For the day of the Lord is near against all the nations.  As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head.  (Obadiah 14-15)

When Politicians Quote The Bible…

You can be sure of 2 things: 1- they are taking it out of context. And 2- they are twisting it to suit their own evil agenda.

Politicians always have and always will twist Scripture to suit themselves. If you trust their interpretations you deserve to be misled. If, on the other hand, you want to know what the Bible actually says, ask a biblical scholar.

You don’t go to the vet for psychological advice and you don’t go to politicians for biblical information. Unless you’re insane.

James Crossley on Cults, Martyrs and Good Samaritans

Fun times-

Biblical Studies Online

Professor James Crossley (St Mary’s University) presents a paper drawn from his book, Cults, Martyrs and Good SamaritansReligion in Contemporary English Political Discourse (Pluto Press, July 2018). The paper was presented at the CSSSB conference, Christian Origins and Social-Scientific Criticism, on May 25, 2018 (Crossley appears at 2:50)  There were two responses to his paper, from Dr Hannah M. Strømmen (University of Chichester) and Professor Yvonne Sherwood (University of Kent), not included in the video. 

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Jeff Sessions is Using the Bible to Justify Separating Children From their Parents, And He’s 100% Wrong About It

This is sickening and vile. Sessions quoting the Bible out of context is exactly why dilettantes like him, distorters of Scripture, shouldn’t be allowed within 100 miles of the Bible. He should never talk about the Bible again- because he doesn’t understand it at all.

For Those who Love Tuebingen

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750 Jahre Augustinerkloster und Evangelisches Stift in Tübingen     Hrsg. v. Volker Henning Drecoll, unter Mitarb. v. Vanessa Bayha

[750 Years of the Augustinian Monastery and Evangelisches Stift in Tübingen. Published in German.]  A specialist conference examined the history of the Augustinian Monastery in Tübingen and produced new research contributions, which are now collected in this volume.

Studien zu Jesus und dem frühen Christentum

Ulrich B. Müller’s work is distinguished above all by his profound knowledge of early Jewish and ancient Christian prophecy and apocalypticism. This compilation of essays written between 2004 and 2014 by the New Testament scholar is published in honor of his 80th birthday. The first part includes studies on the historical Jesus and his self-understanding, followed by essays on the theological lines of development of early Christianity.

The T&T Clark Companion to the Dead Sea Scrolls

Word today that the volume is due out next month

The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the last century. They have great historical, religious, and linguistic significance, not least in relation to the transmission of many of the books which came to be included in the Hebrew Bible. This companion comprises over 70 articles, exploring the entire body of the key texts and documents labelled as Dead Sea Scrolls.

Beginning with a section on the complex methods used in discovering, archiving and analysing the Scrolls, the focus moves to consideration of the Scrolls in their various contexts: political, religious, cultural, economic and historical. The genres ascribed to groups of texts within the Scrolls- including exegesis and interpretation, poetry and hymns, and liturgical texts – are then examined, with due attention given to both past and present scholarship. The main body of the Companion concludes with crucial issues and topics discussed by leading scholars. Complemented by extensive appendices and indexes, this Companion provides the ideal resource for those seriously engaging with the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Table of contents

List of Images and Figures
List of Contributors
Introduction – George J. Brooke and Charlotte Hempel

I. Background
Discoveries – Hans Debel
Archaeology of Qumran – Dennis Mizzi
Manuscript Collections: An Overview – Mladen Popovic
Publication Process – Weston Fields and son
Scholarly and Popular Reception – Matthew Collins

II. Context
Ethnicity: A Fresh Religious Context of the Scrolls – Robert Kugler
The Yahad in the Context of Hellenistic Group Formation – Benedikt Eckhardt
Regional Context of the Dead Sea – Joan E. Taylor
Qumran and the Ancient Near East – Henryk Drawnel
Scrolls and Early Judaism – George J. Brooke
Scrolls and Early Christianity – Albert Hogeterp
Scrolls and Hellenistic Jewish Literature
a. Philo – Joan E. Taylor
b. Josephus – James McLaren
c. Other Literature – Matthias Henze
Scrolls and non-Jewish Hellenistic Literature – Jutta Leonhardt Balzer

III. Methods 
Physicality of Manuscripts and Material Culture – Ingo Kottsieper
Scientific Technologies – Ingo Kottsieper
Reading and Reconstructing Manuscripts – Annette Steudel
Languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek – Holger Gzella
Biblical Scholarship and Qumran Studies – Reinhard G. Kratz
Scrolls and the Study of the Ancient World – Benjamin Wright
Historiography – Philip R. Davies
Social Scientific Approaches
a. Sectarianism – David Chalcraft
b. Sociolinguistics – Trine Hasselbach
c. Identity Theory – Lloyd Pietersen
Postmodern and Poststructuralist Questions – Maxine Grossman

IV. Key Texts 
Aramaic Job – David Shepherd
Aramaic Levi – Vered Hillel
Authoritative Scriptures: Torah and Related Texts – Katell Berthelot
Authoritative Scriptures: Prophets and Related Texts – Roman Vielhauer
Authoritative Scriptures: Writings and Related Texts – Ulrich Dahmen
Authoritative Scriptures: Other – Kelley Coblentz Bautch and Jack Weinbender
Barkhi Nafshi – Daniel Falk
Bar Kokhba Letters – Lutz Doering
Beatitudes – Dorothy Peters
Berakhot – Daniel Falk
Commentaries on Genesis – George J. Brooke
Copper Scroll – Jesper Høgenhaven
Damascus Document (D) – Liora Goldman
Genesis Apocryphon – Daniel Machiela
Hodayot (H) – Angela Kim Harkins
Instruction – Benjamin Wold
Messianic Apocalypse – Eric Mason
Mil?amah (M) – Brian Schultz
Miq?at Ma?ase ha-Torah (MMT) – Hanne von Weissenberg
Mysteries – Samuel Thomas
New Jerusalem – Michael Langlois
Pesharim – Shani Tzoref
Rule of Blessings (Sb) – Judith Newman
Rule of Congregation (Sa) – Corrado Martone
Serekh ha-Yahad (S) – Stephen Hultgren
Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice – Judith Newman
Son of God Text – Eric Mason
Tan?umim – Jesper Hogenhaven
Temple Scroll – Joseph Angel
Testimonia – Eva Mroczek
Wiles of Wicked Woman – Michael Lesley
Words of the Luminaries – Judith Newman

V. Types of Literature
Bible – Mika Pajunen
Parabiblical Texts /Rewritten Scripture – Molly Zahn
Exegesis and Interpretation – Michael Segal
Halakhah – Vered Noam
Rules – Charlotte Hempel
Poetry and Hymns – Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra
Liturgical Texts – Daniel Falk
Calendars – Helen Jacobus
Wisdom – Matthew Goff
Mystical Texts, Magic, and Divination – Gideon Bohak

VI. Issues and Topics 
Patriarchs and Aramaic Traditions – Ariel Feldman
Revelation – Hindy Najman and Nick Hilton
God(s), Angels and Demons – Hanne von Weissenberg
Eschatologies and Messianisms – Kenneth E. Pomykala
Jerusalem and the Temple – Mila Ginsburskaya
Purity and Holiness – Cecilia Wassen
The Scribes of the Scrolls – Eibert J. C. Tigchelaar
Forms of Community – Alison Schofield
Daily Life – Cecilia Wassen
Ethics and Dualism – Marcus Tso
War and Violence -Alex Jassen

APPENDICES A-G – Drew Longacre, Michael DeVries

Index – Michael DeVries

Luther’s Condemnation of Prosperity

If your aim is to make Luther unpopular to Americans, or prosperity preachers, or the greedy, just read them this quote:

“Where there’s prosperity there are all sorts of sins, for:

  • Property produces effrontery,
  • Effrontery produces poverty,
  • Poverty produces humility.

Accordingly the rich must give a vigorous accounting, for ‘to whom much is given, of him will much be required’ [Luke 12:48]. Wealth, talent, beautiful form are fine gifts of God, but we misuse them badly. Talent can be an evil thing, too, when we use it to speak in a bad way, for it has been said, ‘He who wishes to submit to talent will be nobody.’

It’s better not to be so handsome to look at. Sickness can come and take beauty from a person, but talent is not so readily changed. It’s written, ‘you will be like God’ [Gen. 3:5]. Yes, indeed! You’ll also be as rich as God. This sickness we’ve inherited from Adam: ‘You will be like God.’”

The GOP has become the Party of Racists and Whoremongers

Everyone knows that the GOP will field racists as candidates but less well known is their willngness, till Trump, who owns brothels, to field whoremongers too.  But, along with Trump, there’s also the GOP pick in Nevada- a world famous whoremonger.

I don’t want another Republican to utter the words ‘family values’ again.  The party is bereft of family values, or any kind of values.   The GOP disgusts me.