Daily Archives: 9 Oct 2018

Wow, John MacArthur Knows Nothing About Biblical Scholarship

This is some pretty appalling ignorance. Anyone holding these opinions would fail any Intro course on either the New Testament or Textual Criticism.

MacArthur should clearly not be allowed to talk about the Bible.

It’s SBL Buzzword Announcement Time

Please take note that all papers delivered at the annual meeting of SBL must include at least one of the following:

  • masculinity
  • toxic masculinity
  • white privilege
  • patriarchy (not Patriarchs- they no longer exist – being myths created by the patriarchy)
  • feminist perspective
  • womanist
  • womanism

If your paper does not include at least a few of these, please expect to be denounced as ‘patriarchal’ and profoundly guilty of exercising your ‘white privilege’ (which you, sad dolt that you are, don’t even know you’re a beneficiary of).*

* Calm down. It’s just jesting mockery intended to point out the true fact that every year at SBL papers always adopt a buzzword…

Archaeology Once Again Proves the Entire Bible… Or At Least That’s What Someone in BAR Will Say

The unique inscription from Jerusalem as it was found in the excavation.

For sensible people, however, what the inscription proves is that people used Hebrew script and could spell the word Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period.  Impressive, isn’t it…

Still True

They hate the one who convicts the guilty at the city gate, and they despise the one who speaks with integrity.  Therefore, because you trample on the poor and exact a grain tax from him, you will never live in the houses of cut stone you have built; you will never drink the wine from the lush vineyards you have planted.  For I know your crimes are many and your sins innumerable. They oppress the righteous, take a bribe, and deprive the poor of justice at the city gates.  Therefore, those who have insight will keep silent at such a time, for the days are evil.  Pursue good and not evil so that you may live, and the LORD, the God of Armies, will be with you as you have claimed.  Hate evil and love good; establish justice in the city gate. (Amos 5:10-15)

The Tentative Title is ‘Jeremiah in History and Tradition’ And It Will Be Published by Taylor and Francis in the Copenhagen International Seminar Series

And, I’m very pleased to report, that the contract has been signed this very day.

The contributors for the volume are a star studded who’s who of Jeremiah scholars whilst I myself serve as but the lowly editor (with an introductory chapter and a concluding look forward).  I am super excited about this work, especially given the fact that the external reviewers (or at least 2 of the 3) were very, very positive in their assessments (and curse you, reviewer #2… ).

I hope that you’ll have it in your warm little hands by the Spring of 2019.  Stay tuned.

Quote of the Day

“There’s nothing clearer, nothing simpler than the truth, if we deal not wickedly; just as (on the other hand) if we deal wickedly, nothing is more difficult” – St. John Chrysostom

No Matter Which Party You Support, You’re Supporting Self Serving Reprobates

I Think Journal Specialization Is Getting Out of Hand…

Signs of the Times

Jerome on the Demented Montanists (Pentebabbleists)

I must confute the open blasphemy of men who say that God first determined in the Old Testament to save the world by Moses and the prophets, but that finding Himself unable to fulfil His purpose He took to Himself a body of the Virgin, and preaching under the form of the Son in Christ, underwent death for our salvation. Moreover that, when by these two steps He was unable to save the world, He last of all descended by the Holy Spirit upon Montanus and those demented women Prisca and Maximilla; and that thus the mutilated and emasculate Montanus possessed a fulness of knowledge such as was never claimed by Paul; for he was content to say, “We know in part, and we prophesy in part,” and again, “Now we see through a glass darkly.”  These are statements which require no refutation. To expose the infidelity of the Montanists is to triumph over it.  – St Jerome

Zwingli and the Re-Baptizers, In His Own Words

hubmaier“Balthasar of Waldshut has fallen into prison here—a man not merely irreverent and unlearned, but even empty. Learn the sum of the matter. When he came to Zurich our Council fearing lest he should cause a commotion ordered him to be taken into custody. Since, however, he had once in freakishness of disposition and fatuity, blurted out in Waldshut against our Council, of which place he, by the gods, was a guardian [i. e., he was pastor there], until the stupid fellow disunited and destroyed everything, it was determined that I should discuss with him in a friendly manner the baptising of infants and Catabaptists, as he earnestly begged first from prison and afterwards from custody. I met the fellow and rendered him mute as a fish. The next day he recited a recantation in the presence of certain Councillors appointed for the purpose [which recantation when repeated to the Two Hundred it was ordered should be publicly made. Therefore having started to write it in the city, he gave it to the Council with his own hand, with all its silliness, as he promised. At length he denied that he had changed his opinion, although he had done so before a Swiss tribunal, which with us is a capital offence, affirming that his signature had been extorted from him by terror, which was most untrue].

“The Council was so unwilling that force should be used on him that when the Emperor or Ferdinand twice asked that the fellow be given to him it refused the request. Indeed he was not taken prisoner that he might suffer the penalty of his boldness in the baptismal matter, but to prevent his causing in secret some confusion, a thing he delighted to do. Then he angered the Council; for there were present most upright Councillors who had witnessed his most explicit and unconstrained withdrawal, and had refused to hand him over to the cruelty of the Emperor, helping themselves with my aid. The next day he was thrust back into prison and tortured. It is clear that the man had become a sport for demons, so he recanted not frankly as he had promised, nay he said that he entertained no other opinions than those taught by me, execrated the error and obstinacy of the Catabaptists, repeated this three times when stretched on the rack, and bewailed his misery and the wrath of God which in this affair was so unkind. Behold what wantonness! Than these men there is nothing more foolhardy, deceptive, infamous—for I cannot tell you what they devise in Abtzell—and shameless. To-morrow or next day the case will come up.”*

*Samuel Macauley Jackson, Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (Heroes of the Reformation; New York; London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons; Knickerbocker Press, 1901), 249–250.

Today With Luther: On War Against the Muslims

Luther’s concern throughout the book [On War Against the Turks] is to teach men how to fight with a clear conscience. In so doing he develops two major points. There are, he says, only two men who may properly fight the Turk [Muslims, in our terminology]. The first of these is the Christian, who by prayer, repentance, and reform of life takes the rod of anger out of God’s hand and compels the Turk to stand on his own strength. The second man who may wage war is the emperor. The Turk has wrongfully attacked the emperor’s subjects, and by virtue of the office to which God has appointed him, the emperor is duty-bound to protect and defend the subjects with whose care God has entrusted him.*

It’s a pretty sharp booklet.  Theologically, it gives priority to prayer and repentance so that war is avoided because God’s wrath is assuaged.  A brilliant theological move really.  And it was published on 9 October, 1528.

*Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 46: The Christian in Society III, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann, vol. 46 (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999), 159.

Looking For Calvin’s Grave

In case you didn’t know- Calvin was buried in an unmarked grave; Zwingli was hacked to bits and his body burned and the ashes scattered, and Luther was buried in the Church. So we know where Luther’s buried, we know where the Papists slaughtered and dismembered Zwingli, but we don’t know where Calvin was laid to rest. So this is an interesting foray into the quest for Calvin’s grave:



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