Daily Archives: 22 Oct 2018

Signs of the Times

Daniel Dale tweets this exchange between the press and Donald Trump… The President… of the United States…

The man is mentally unstable.  Or just plain stupid.  Or both.

The Museum of the Bible and Unprovenanced Rubbish

I have news for you- anyone with any sense can look at that piece and tell it’s a modern fake.  But at least the Museum is admitting that it has fakes.

The Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC says five of its most valuable artifacts — all once thought to be part of the historic Dead Sea Scrolls — are fake and will not be displayed anymore. German-based scholars tested the fragments and found that five “show characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin and therefore will no longer be displayed at the museum.”CNN raised questions about the museum’s Dead Sea Scroll fragments in an article published last November, as the Green family prepared to unveil their new, $500 million museum.

CNN taking credit for questioning the fakes is ABSURD. Actual scholars like Roberta Mazza and Michael Langlois have been talking about the rubbish for years.

Steve Green, the Bible museum’s evangelical founder and chairman, would not say how much his family spent for the 16 fragments in its collection. But scholars say even small fragments with little text can fetch millions in the antiquities market. “Though we had hoped the testing would render different results, this is an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of verifying the authenticity of rare biblical artifacts, the elaborate testing process undertaken and our commitment to transparency,” said Jeffrey Kloha, the chief curatorial officer for Museum of the Bible.

Bottom line- if an artifact is unprovenanced, don’t pretend it’s valuable.

NB– It’s worth reminding folk to read Nina Burleigh’s book ‘Unholy Business‘.

A Free Book by Jacob Wright!

062821PArchaeology and History of Eighth-Century Judah (Ancient Near East Monographs),Edited by Zev I. Farber and Jacob L. Wright, Pages 610

Free Download.

Description: Essays from scholars of the ancient Near East and the Hebrew Bible honor Oded Borowski’s pioneering work in the archaeology and history of ancient Israel and Judah. Designed for students, contributors approach the question of what we know of eighth-century Judah from multiple angles, including a survey of Judah’s neighbors, the land of Judah and its cities, daily life and material culture, religious beliefs and practices, and early forms of what are now biblical texts. Contributors include Rami Arav, Shawn Zelig Aster, Assaf Avraham, Jeffrey A. Blakely, Sandra Blakely, Elizabeth Bloch-Smith, Efrat Bocher, Erin Darby, Jennie Ebeling, Zev I. Farber, Avraham Faust, Daniel E. Fleming, Yuval Gadot, Kristine Garroway, Seymour Gitin, James W. Hardin, Gilad Itach, Hayah Katz, Reinhard G. Kratz, Joel M. LeMon, Shani Libi, Oded Lipschits, Donald Redford, Christopher Rollston, Bruce Routledge, Yair Sapir, Konrad Schmid, Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, Brent A. Strawn, Andy Vaughn, Jacob L. Wright, and K. Lawson Younger Jr.

Plagiarism is a Sin

It always has been and always will be.

I’m Just Soooooooooo Sad About this Group That I Have to Share a Photo of Them Protesting Me….

That’s how sad I am….

I’m sad that I didn’t get more publicity for myself anyway….  So I had to share my sadness with you…

Lifeway: For When the Bible isn’t Enough

Lifeway has a new movie based ‘bible study’, for your small group.  Because studying the Bible itself is just so hard and without a ‘popular’ hook you just can’t get people interested in doing it…

Christ, Christians, And Migrants at the Gates…

‘When the Son of man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory.  All nations will be assembled before him and he will separate people one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats.  He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.

Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.” Then the upright will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome, lacking clothes and clothe you? When did we find you sick or in prison and go to see you?” And the King will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”

Then he will say to those on his left hand, “Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you never gave me food, I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink, I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, lacking clothes and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me.”  Then it will be their turn to ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or lacking clothes, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?” Then he will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.”  And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the upright to eternal life.’  (Matt. 25:31-46)

Fellowship Opportunities at the Meeter Center

Graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and pastors working on research topics related to John Calvin, Calvinism, and the Reformation are invited to apply for short-term research fellowships from the Meeter Center for Calvin Studies at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, MI.

The details are all available here.

‘Pastrix…’ That’s a New One

I guess when your theology stinks you have to find some way to refashion the faith to match your wishes…

I guess ‘Pastor’ is too penis-centric for Nadia.

Oh, and the Christian faith isn’t about God pulling us out of the graves we dig for ourselves.  It’s about redemption from sin and deliverance from its eternal consequences.  But don’t expect the pastrix to talk about sin.  That concept doesn’t exist in her universalist universe.

Calvin in Budapest

#ICYMI – Fun Facts From Church History: Luther Becomes a Member of the Wittenberg Faculty

Johann von Staupitz had persuaded Luther to pursue advanced studies to qualify for the degree of Doctor in Biblia and had moved Frederick the Wise to provide funds for promoting Luther’s doctorate on the promise that Luther would be a great asset to the University of Wittenberg as lecturer on the Bible. Staupitz himself had held this position with distinction but was now vacating it because of his duties as vicar general of the Augustinians. On October 22, 1512, the new doctor was with appropriate ceremony received as a colleague by the faculty senate and apparently immediately began his preparations for lectures on the Psalms.

So the Editor of the American Edition of Luther’s Works.

Luther’s installation in the Wittenberg faculty would be, as you can guess, momentous.  He would still not become a ‘Reformer’ for five more years- two years after Zwingli began his efforts at reformation. From 1512 when he was installed until 1517 Luther was simply a Papist Professor of Scripture at a Catholic University in backwater Wittenberg.

The Family Name ‘Zwingli’

There’s an interesting snippet on Swiss Radio 1 about the meaning of the Zwingli family name.  Give it a listen.

This Is What Happens When You Don’t Pay Attention to What You’re Doing