Daily Archives: 8 Oct 2018

When St. Jerome Mocks You, You Are Well and Truly Mocked

Here, for instance, he mocks his adversary Jovinian:

Here we have a man who has reached perfection without a teacher, so as to be a vehicle of the spirit and a self-taught genius. He surpasses Cicero in eloquence, Aristotle in argument, Plato in discretion, Aristarchus in learning, Didymus, that man of brass, in the number of his books; and not only Didymus, but all the writers of his time in his knowledge of the Scriptures.

It is reported that you have only to give him a theme and he is always ready—like Carneades—to argue on this side or on that, for justice or against it.

The world escaped a great danger, and civil actions and suits concerning succession were saved from a yawning gulf on the day when, despising the bar, he transferred himself to the Church. For, had he been unwilling, who could ever have been proved innocent? And, if he once began to reckon the points of the case upon his fingers, and to spread his syllogistic nets, what criminal would his pleading have failed to save?

Had he but stamped his foot, or fixed his eyes, or knitted his brow, or moved his hand, or twirled his beard, he would at once have thrown dust in the eyes of the jury. No wonder that such a complete Latinist and so profound a master of eloquence overcomes poor me, who—as I have been some time away (from Rome), and without opportunities for speaking Latin—am half a Greek if not altogether a barbarian. No wonder, I say, that he overcomes me when his eloquence has crushed Jovinian in person.

Good Jesus! what! even Jovinian that great and clever man! So clever, indeed, that no one can understand his writings, and that when he sings it is only for himself—and for the muses!

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Posted by on 8 Oct 2018 in Modern Culture


Der »Kritisch-exegetische Kommentar« in seiner Geschichte

Der Kritisch-exegetische Kommentar zum Neuen Testament (KEK) wurde von Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer im Jahr 1829 begründet. Bis heute wird dieser Kommentar noch unter dessen Namen als »Meyers Kommentar« geführt. Das Kommentarwerk bietet zunächst ausschließlich von Meyer, später dann von seinen Mitarbeitern, bald dann von Mitgliedern der Religionsgeschichtlichen Schule und der Dialektischen Theologie bis heute in 16 Abteilungen grundlegende Kommentare zur Auslegung der neutestamentlichen Schriften. Theologisch bewegt sich das Kommentarwerk in Korrespondenz zur jeweiligen Theologiegeschichte (Rationalismus, Philologie, Religionsgeschichte, Kerygmatheologie). Kennzeichen des Kommentarwerks ist jedoch eine sich durchhaltende philologische und religionsgeschichtliche Akzentuierung. Unter den Kommentaren, die stets nur auf einen einzigen Band zu einer Schrift festgelegt waren, befinden sich theologische Meisterwerke wie Rudolf Bultmanns Kommentar zum Johannesevangelium oder wie Wilhelm Boussets Kommentar zur Johannesoffenbarung. Das vorliegende Werk zeichnet die Geschichte des KEK, seiner Autoren und seiner Beziehung zum Verlagshaus Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht von seinen Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart nach und bespricht die wechselvolle Auslegung der neutestamentlichen Schriften.

This volume is available in North America from ISD.

I love this book. I love everything about it. I love the introductory section, with its important and engaging biography of Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer, the founder and grand designer of the commentary series which is here celebrated in a glorious historical survey. I love the chapter by Arndt Ruprecht, of the famous V&R publishing house, and his description of how this series came to life and the Publisher’s part in that process.

The second segment of the book, the largest part, is a historical survey of the various volumes which have appeared in KEK NT edited by Meyer.

The third segment of the volume is an ‘appendix’ – though much more than merely that – which provides readers with what can best be characterized as a Reception-History of the series and its manifestation in both German and English editions.

The final segment of the ‘appendix’ is a series of plates which feature both leading persons and facsimiles of pages from the various commentaries which have appeared in the series. Two of those plates are especially noteworthy:

So much for the format of the volume- but what of the substance of the work? It is a historical study as implied above. Moreover, it is a historical examination of one of the most important commentaries in the history of New Testament exegesis.

Allow me to illustrate the method of the volume by making reference to the Romans Commentary. Michael Theobold is the scholar assigned the task of surveying the various incarnations and editions of the examination of Paul’s letter to the Romans. To do so he surveys the chief viewpoints of the Commentary’s authors, he surveys the various interpretations of the ‘Gattung und Aufbau, Veranlassung und Zweck’ of the letter to the Romans as those are made plain in the various editions. And then he turns to how the various editions have dealt with the more difficult questions raised by crux passages in Romans and the interpretation of Romans through the decades of the commentary’s life. And finally, he looks forward to potential issues that future editions will need to address.

Mind you, however, that this approach is not applied ‘cookie cutter’ style to each of the New Testament commentaries discussed in this volume. Rather, the subject matter and issues of each volume are the starting point for the historical analysis of each work.

The chief accomplishment, then, of this book is that it provides in one handy place a well reasoned ‘history of New Testament scholarship’ or how New Testament scholars have addressed different issues that have arisen in the examination and exposition of the New Testament texts since the beginning of critical scholarship.

I love this book not only because it’s interesting, but because it’s informative. It is well written. It is glorious. It is, as a consequence, highly recommended.

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Posted by on 8 Oct 2018 in Book Review, Books, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht


If You’re in Zurich, Go Hear Ben Sommer

October 15th, 2018, 14:15-15:45, 
Theologisches Seminar, Kirchgasse 9, 8001 Zurich, Room 21:
From Confidence to Confusion: Structure and Meaning in Psalm 27

October 15th, 2018, 18:15-19:45, 
Theologisches Seminar, Kirchgasse 9, 8001 Zurich, Room 200:
The Maturing of Positive Historical Judaism: The Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminaries and in Conservative Judaism

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On Those Who Leave The Christian Faith Because of ‘Christians’

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Posted by on 8 Oct 2018 in Theology


Remembering Giovanni Garbini on his Birthday: He Would Have Been 85 Today…

Giovanni Garbini was born on the 8th of October in 1931 and had he lived he would be celebrating today his 85th birthday!  He was a fantastic scholar and one of the nicest people you could ever know.

He has written widely on the subject of the history of Israel and his amazing History and Ideology in Ancient Israel is MUST reading for anyone doing biblical studies. If you read Italian, he has even more amazing things in it.

I especially recommend the fantastically written Il ritorno dall’esilio babilonese.  Now that’s fun reading and stimulating beyond belief. So, to him I wish a very Happy 85th Birthday!  He is missed.

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Signs of the Times

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Reading the Bible as an Asian Christian

Our newest faculty colleague!

HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College eNews

Ming Hua is delighted to welcome Dr Stephen Lim to the College’s Faculty.

Dr Lim is teaching Advanced Biblical Exegesis for the Master of Theology programme, after recently completing his PhD on Asian Biblical Hermeneutics at King’s College London.

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The Role of Women in the Church

Worth reading!

HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College eNews


The Revd Catherine Graham reflects on the importance of women’s ministry

The vocation of men and women, both lay and ordained, is crucial to God’s mission and the ministry of the Church. As the people of God, we are called to be ‘agents of transformation’ individually and collectively.

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Just a Reminder that Creflo Dollar is a Reprehensible Heretic

‘If anyone preaches another gospel, which is not a gospel at all, to you, let him be damned.’ –  St. Paul, to the Galatians.

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Posted by on 8 Oct 2018 in Heresy and Heretics, Modern Culture


People Prefer The Lie

Before God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I charge you, in the name of his appearing and of his kingdom:  proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, give encouragement — but do all with patience and with care to instruct.

The time is sure to come when people will not accept sound teaching, but their ears will be itching for anything new and they will collect themselves a whole series of teachers according to their own tastes; and then they will shut their ears to the truth and will turn to myths.  But you must keep steady all the time; put up with suffering; do the work of preaching the gospel; fulfil the service asked of you. (2 Tim. 4:1-5)

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Today in Puritan History

On Sunday, October 8, 1586, twenty-one [Puritans] were meeting at Henry Martin’s house in the parish of St Andrew’s-in-the-Wardrobe, and, as they were listening to the reading of the Scriptures by John Greenwood, they were broken in upon by the bishop of London’s pursuivants and brought as prisoners the same day to his palace at Fulham for examination. In the event ten were released and eleven kept close prisoners; of the eleven thus detained Alice Roe and Margaret Maynard died of the ‘infection’ of Newgate, and John Chandler, and Nicholas Crane, an aged man of sixty-six years, also died in prison.

Being a Puritan was tough work.

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Posted by on 8 Oct 2018 in Church and State, Church History


That’s Not how Real Presidents Act

Trump tweeted-

You don’t hand matches to an arsonist, and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob. Democrats have become too EXTREME and TOO DANGEROUS to govern. Republicans believe in the rule of law – not the rule of the mob. VOTE REPUBLICAN!

Real Presidents unite, they don’t divide. They are the President of all the people, not just the people in their party.

Trump is not, by his own admission here, the President of the United States. He is only the President of Republicans.

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Posted by on 8 Oct 2018 in Modern Culture