Daily Archives: 6 Sep 2018

Scripture and Theology: Or, Why Most Modern Theology is Crap

If your theology isn’t rooted in Scripture it isn’t theology, it’s philosophy pretending to be theologically minded. But it isn’t. It’s crap.  And the fact that most modern theology isn’t rooted in Scripture is the precise reason that most modern theology is crap.

Are You In Bäretswil?

I’m Definitely Going

I can’t pass up the opportunity to hang out with JB when he’s just a 5 hour drive away.

It’s in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Come on by.

When a Leader Departs From God, They May Be Disregarded

So soon as rulers do lead us away from the obedience of God, because they strive against God with sacrilegious boldness, their pride must be abated, that God may be above all in authority. Then all smokes of honour vanish away. For God doth not vouchsafe to bestow honourable titles upon men, to the end they may darken his glory.

Therefore, if a father, being not content with his own estate, do essay to take from God the chief honour of a father, he is nothing else but a man. If a king, or ruler, or magistrate, do become so lofty that he diminisheth the honour and authority of God, he is but a man.   —  John Calvin

Signs of the Times – #JustDoIt

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Follow Along With #bntc2018

And keep up with the doings of the 2018 British New Testament Society annual conference using the above hashtag.  It’s going on in London right now.

The Beauty of Holiness: Re-Reading Isaiah in the Light of the Psalms

I love Joe Blenkinsopp.  I’m getting a copy of this book.

Joseph Blenkinsopp presents an intertextual reading of Isaiah and the Psalms furthering his previous well-known work on the text of Isaiah. Blenkinsopp argues that, read together, these two biblical books can be shown to form a single religious vision, a way of experiencing and articulating a commitment to the fundamentals of the faith of Israel, with its own distinctive character. 

Blenkinsopp shows how the emphasis in Isaiah and the Psalms is on affect and emotion, the expression of joy and sorrow articulated in music, singing, and dancing; in praise, thanksgiving and lament. This represents a key difference from other parts of the Hebrew Bible where the focus is more on the Law and on the covenant at Sinai – in Isaiah and the Psalms these terms rarely occur, the focus is instead on Zion and on the Temple. Blenkinsopp shows how the temple singers, with their close connections with the circles which transmitted and eventually committed to writing the Book of Isaiah, demonstrate that the divine word is not incompatible with other forms of religious experience and expression, affective and even mystical, articulated and embodied in the performance of music, song, ritual prayer, and dance. The beauty of the Psalms is echoed strongly in Isaiah, and the Isaian vision of a Creator God, Lord of nature and history beyond the bounds of Israel, is joyfully proclaimed by the psalmists.

I’ve never read anything Joe has written that I didn’t enjoy thoroughly and learn a lot from.  I expect this will be the same.

Planning IOSCS/ IOSOT 2019

From Marieke Dhont

The planning of the 2019 IOSCS conference is in full swing!  The conference will take place in Aberdeen, UK from August 5–8, 2019. It will run conjointly with the IOSOT conference, but care is taken to avoid overlap with the IOSOT plenary sessions.  An IOSCS business meeting will take place after the conference, in the late afternoon or early evening of Thursday, August 8.  The call for papers will be circulated within the next few weeks.  We hope to see many of you there!

Mark your calendars.

A New Volume on Historical Theology

Find all the details here.

Signs of the Times

A New Exhibition at the British Museum: Search For Dissent

It looks tremendous.