Daily Archives: 15 Oct 2018

Share The News With Those Who Adore the Sound of Fingernails on Blackboards…

Or dogs barking in the middle of the night, all night. Or cats being run over for eternity. Or basically anyone who is a bit of a masochist…

Said No Reformed Theologian, Or Scripture, Ever

Some days it just doesn’t pay to look at twitter.

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That Wicked Racist White Woman In Missouri Who Blocked a Black Man From His Own Apartment Has Been Fired From her Job

And she should have been.  Her company is right to remove such a person from their employment.

A white woman shown on a viral video blocking a black man from entering a loft to his downtown St. Louis apartment was fired from her job Sunday, KMOV reported.

In a cellphone video posted to his Facebook page, D’Arreon Toles documented a confrontation between himself and a female tenant at the Elder Shirt Lofts. Toles, 24, said he was returning from a late shift Friday when the woman, who was walking a dog on a leash, asked what unit he lives in, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Toles isn’t mad at her.  But I am.  And at all like her who are such horrible human beings that they harass Blacks simply for being Black.  It’s disgraceful.  You White folk with that racist chip on your shoulders need Jesus.

Her name is Hilary Thornton. Or Mueller…

Horrifyingly Sad News: The Death of Rolf Knierim

The following has been sent to Agade by my pal Jack Sasson-

Marvin A. Sweeney, Claremont School of Theology writes

I deeply regret to announce the passing of Professor Rolf P. Knierim (90) and Mrs. Hildegard E. Knierim, née Salm, (89) on September 29, 2018. Both died instantly in an automobile accident near Winslow, Arizona, while returning to Claremont from a brief vacation in New Mexico.

​Professor Knierim was born in Pirmasens and Mrs. Knierim was born in Edenkoben, both in the Rhineland-Palatinate region in Germany near the French border. They met at the age of 5 or 6 in elementary school, and later faced the challenges of World War II. Professor Knierim was forced into military service at the age of 15, but later turned himself in to American MP’s following the bombardment and capture of his home town. After the conclusion of the war, he continued his education at the Humanitisches Gymnasium in Pirmasens, theMethodist Seminary in Frankfurt am Main, and Heidelberg University.

The Knierims were married in 1955, and Professor Knierim was ordained as an Elder in the Methodist Church in 1957. Mrs. Knierim devoted herself to her family. She was well-known for her cheerful personality, her wonderful hospitality, and her own keen intellect. The Knierims are the parents of five children, Johannes, Eva, Eberhard, Barbara, and Gabriele Knierim, and they are grandparents of five grandchildren.

​While at Heidelberg, Professor Knierim served as a pastor, hospital chaplain, assistant to Professors Claus Westermann and Gerhard von Rad, and Privatdozent. He was invited to write a doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Professor von Rad, and he earned his Dr. Theologiae in 1957 and his Habilitation in 1963. His monograph, Die Hauptbegriffe für Sünde im AltenTestament (Gütersloh: Verlaghaus Gerd Mohn, 2nd edition, 1967),is the published version of his Inaugural Dissertation and his Habilitationsschrift.

​Professor Knierim was invited to serve as Visiting Professor at the School of Theology at Claremont (now Claremont School of Theology) in 1964-65. In 1966, he joined the faculty of the Claremont School of Theology as Professor or Old Testament and the faculty of Claremont Graduate School (now Claremont Graduate University) as Professor of Religion (later as Avery Professor of Religion). He developed the Ph.D. program in Hebrew Bible at the Claremont Graduate School and supervised well over thirty Ph.D. dissertations in the field.

​Professor Knierim was an internationally-recognized authority in Form-Critical Methodology and Old Testament Theology. He was a demanding, precise, and enlightening scholar, who constantly reminded his students that our work begins with a close reading of the language, syntax, and formal features of the biblical text. His ground-breaking article, “Form Criticism Reconsidered,” Interpretation 27 (1973) 435-468, marked the conclusion of classical form-critical scholarship and the beginning of a newer and more precise form of the method that he later labeled Conceptual Criticism. Upon reading this article in an undergraduate seminar at the University of Illinois led by Professor David Petersen, I decided to pursue Ph.D. work in the field under Professor Knierim’s direction. Based upon his reconceptualization of the method, Professor Knierim together with the late Professor Gene M. Tucker, Emory University, founded the Forms of the Old Testament Literature commentary series (Eerdmans), which to date has produced nineteen volumes.

Professor Knierim’s monograph, Text and Concept in Leviticus 1:1-9 (FAT 2; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1992), and his commentary on Numbers, co-authored with the late George W. Coats, Numbers (FOTL 4; Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 2005), illustrate his understanding of exegetical methodology. His volume, The Task of Old Testament Theology: Substance, Methods, and Cases (Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 1995), illustrates his approach to the field of Old Testament Theology.

​Professor Knierim retired from the Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in 1994. He was honored with a Festschrift, Problems in Biblical Theology: Essays in Honor of Rolf Knierim (ed., H. T. C. Sun, K. L. Eades, with J. M. Robinson and G. I. Möller; Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 1997), to which Mrs. Knierim also contributed. A two-volume set of essays, Reading the Hebrew Bible for a New Millennium: Form, Concept, and Theological Perspective (ed., W. Kim, D. Ellens, M. Floyd, and M. A. Sweeney; Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2000), republished a number of Professor Knierim’s seminal essays together with studies by colleagues and former students.

​Professor Rolf Knierim and Mrs. Hildegard Knierim had a major impact on the lives of their many friends, colleagues, students, and family members, and they will be missed by all.

So VERY sad.  So heartbreaking.

What the Bible Says About Wealth

No one who loves money ever has enough, no one who loves luxury has any income; this, too, is futile.  Where goods abound, parasites abound: where is the owner’s profit, apart from feasting his eyes? The labourer’s sleep is sweet, whether he has eaten little or much, but the surfeit of the rich will not let him sleep at all.  

Something grossly unjust I observe under the sun: riches stored and turning to loss for their owner.  An unlucky venture, and those riches are lost; a son is born to him, and he has nothing to leave him.  Naked from his mother’s womb he came; as naked as he came will he depart; not one of his achievements can he take with him.  And something else grossly unjust: that as he came, so must he go; what profit can he show after toiling to earn the wind, as he spends the rest of his days in darkness, mourning, many sorrows, sickness and exasperation. 

So my conclusion is this: true happiness lies in eating and drinking and enjoying whatever has been achieved under the sun, throughout the life given by God: for this is the lot of humanity.  And whenever God gives someone riches and property, with the ability to enjoy them and to find contentment in work, this is a gift from God. For such a person will hardly notice the passing of time, so long as God keeps his heart occupied with joy.  (Eccl. 5:9-19)

Perhaps wealth is really a curse and God gives it to those whom he wishes to punish.

Of Interest to Some

Church Attendance and The Rate of Divorce

Interesting stuff in this new study.

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

He’s at the beach.  Oh, and he also goes by the name of Mario.  Mario V.

Today…

Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness,  Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years.  Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said,`They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’  So I swore in My wrath,`They shall not enter My rest.'”  Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;  but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. — (Heb. 3:7-13)

The Death of Oswald Myconius

myconiusThe editor of Calvin’s letters remarks

Oswald Myconius of Lucerne, the distinguished philologist and theologian, [was the] disciple of Glarean and of Erasmus. He taught literature at Zurich in the lifetime of Zwingli, who honoured him with his friendship; was then called to Basle, where he discharged the office of theological pastor, and was elected first pastor on the decease of Œcolampadius, (1531.) Zealous partisan of the Lutheran dogma of the Sacraments, in his relations with the Swiss churches, he was ever animated by a spirit of moderation and gentleness, which procured him the constant affection of Calvin. He died October 15, 1552, at the age of sixty-three years.

He was one of the good guys.  No one knows about him these days, to their loss.

Zwingli: On the Perpetrators of Fraud

If it is found that he [i.e., someone] has gained his ends fraude egisse, i.e., by fraud, one owes him no more than the Romans did Jugurtha, who by means of bribes sought to have the murder of his own brothers entirely disregarded, of which he boasted openly when leaving Rome, saying: “Oh this venal city! A merchant could attain anything he pleased if he only had enough money”; and in fact Jugurtha could have proved the truth of his own words if the upright Metellus Numidicus had not defeated and overthrown him on several occasions and thus seriously injured his cause; for too long a period had Jugurtha bred treachery in Rome by means of his money. And finally he fell into the hands of the Romans. Thus, in accordance with the proverb, “deceit turns upon its own creator,” and it is well thus when someone attempts to commit treachery and does something behind the back of upright people. — Huldrych Zwingli