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Daily Archives: 9 Jul 2018

Quote of the Day

No merrymaking, Israel, for you, no rejoicing like other peoples, for you have deserted your God to play the whore, you have loved the fee of prostitution on every threshing-floor. (Hos. 9:1)

 
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Posted by on 9 Jul 2018 in Bible

 

Cooking in Cuneiform- A Guest Post by Alice Slotsky

Cooking in Cuneiform
Alice Slotsky, PhD Yale 1992 NELC

“When the lion makes soup, who says it’s not good?” (Sumerian proverb)

On behalf of scholarly standards, I do dare complain about the recent soup-making of the Yale Babylonian Collection: “What did ancient Babylonians eat? A Yale-Harvard team tested their recipes,” by Bess Connolly Martell (<https://news.yale.edu/2018/06/14/what-did-ancient-babylonians-eat-yale-harvard-team- tested-their-recipes>). It is astonishing to read that the culinary tablets “might have remained unused forever in a display case in the Yale Babylonian Collection were it not for an invitation to a cooking event…” Add a large cup of smelling salts to the numerous previous culinary events and research based on this material! Further, the brilliant, seminal work of Jean Bottéro on these difficult texts—deciphering, translating, interpreting, instructing— is not credited at all, but referred to as anonymous “old translations.” The following gives a representative sample of previous scholarship and cooking events, all of which acknowledged the essential impossibility of ever knowing exactly the ingredients, measures, and methods:

  • Jean Bottéro, “The Culinary Tablets at Yale,” JAOS 107 (1987), his presidential address to the AOS annual meeting.
  • “Mastering the Art of Babylonian Cooking,” New York Times, January 3, 1988.
  • Jean Bottéro, Textes culinaires Mésopotamiens/Mesopotamian Culinary Texts (1995). Jean Bottéro, The Oldest Cuisine in the World, transl. Theresa Lavender Fagan (2004). Alice Slotsky, SBL Forum “Cuneiform Cuisine: History Reborn at Brown” (2007).
  • Laura Kelly, “New Flavors for the Oldest Recipes,” Aramco World 63:6 (2012).
  • Alice Slotsky, BBC Science Documentary, “Ideas That Changed the World” (2012). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAp-oA7Ypk4
  • Prior cooking events in the U.S. include ones held on the following occasions: the AOS meeting in New Haven (1987); Brown University Department of Classics, Annual Cuneiform Cuisine (1999-2007); the Festschrift presented to B. R. Foster (2010); Harvard Semitic Museum, “A Taste of the Past” with Nawal Nasrallah (2015).
  • Several cookbooks have been published, such as Flavours of Babylon by Linda Dangoor (2011), and there are many ongoing blogs, for example, “The Silk Road Gourmet” by Laura Kelly. More popularized articles include “The Cuisine of Babylonia Comes Back Again in Tablet Form,” People Magazine (1988). Jean Bottéro appeared on several French television programs and had wide press coverage.
 
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Posted by on 9 Jul 2018 in Archaeology

 

Heresy

 
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Posted by on 9 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

What A Remarkable Sense of Community

Americans and especially American Christians – this is what community and solidarity look like:

 
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Posted by on 9 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

What in the World is Christoph Heilig Up to Now?

Improv!

 
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Posted by on 9 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Middle Knowledge: Human Freedom in Divine Sovereignty

Most Christians believe God is in control, but they are unsure of how to reconcile that control with their struggles with sin, the command to evangelize, and the immense suffering in the world and their own lives.

Laing offers an introduction to the doctrine of providence based on the theory of middle knowledge, first articulated in the sixteenth century. This view describes how creatures have true free will and God has perfect knowledge of what each creature could and would do in any circumstance. Middle knowledge helps answer the most perplexing theological questions: predestination and salvation, the existence of evil, divine and human authorship of Scripture, and science and the Christian faith. Laing provides extensive biblical support as well as practical applications for this theology.

This looks interesting.

 
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Posted by on 9 Jul 2018 in Books

 

One Reason that Reformed Theology is Superior to Lutheran Theology

There are, of course, many reasons that Reformed theology is the best.  But the worst thing about Lutheranism is its fostering an attitude of obedience to the government. That’s why you seldom see Lutheran twitter denounce government policy or government officials. The Reformed, on the other hand, criticize wrong wherever it arises.  And rightly so.

 
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Posted by on 9 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Call For Papers: Calvin and the Old Testament

All the details are available here.

Calvin Studies Society 2019 Colloquium on  Calvin and the Old Testament. 11-13 April 2019 at Trinity Christian College.

 
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Posted by on 9 Jul 2018 in Calvin, Conferences

 

Quote of the Day

In many cases we may, by the rules of the gospel, be obliged to give to others when we cannot do it without suffering ourselves; as if our neighbor’s difficulties and necessities are much greater than our own, and we see that he is not like to be otherwise relieved, we should be willing to suffer with him and to take part of his burden on ourselves. Else how is that rule of bearing one another’s burdens fulfilled? If we are never obliged to relieve others’ burdens but when we can do it without burdening ourselves, then how do we bear our neighbor’s burdens when we bear no burden at all?  — JONATHAN EDWARDS

 
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Posted by on 9 Jul 2018 in Theology

 

Praying with Calvin

Grant, Almighty God, that as thou hast once appeared in the person of thy only-begotten Son, and hast rendered in him thy glory visible to us, and as thou dost daily set forth to us the same Christ in the glass of thy gospel,   —O grant, that we, fixing our eyes on him, may not go astray, nor be led here and there after wicked inventions, the fallacies of Satan, and the allurements of this world: but may we continue firm in the obedience of faith, and persevere in it through the whole course of our life, until we be at length fully transformed into the image of thy eternal glory, which now in part shines in us, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
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Posted by on 9 Jul 2018 in Calvin

 

Tomorrow is Calvin’s Birthiversary

So look for a day of Calvin in celebration.  To whet your appetite, here’s a gallery of Calvin stuff:

 
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Posted by on 9 Jul 2018 in Modern Culture

 
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The Wretched State In Which Pride Leaves Us

 
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Posted by on 9 Jul 2018 in Calvin