Daily Archives: 19 Nov 2018

The Most Depressing Sentence I’ve Read in a Long Time

On the other hand, Wright seems correct when he notes that “the question of eating with Gentiles was not an issue which the meeting left undecided.”  –  Christoph Heilig

‘Wright seems correct…’  Excuse me, I have to go weep now.  Oh how the mighty have fallen….

Lock Her Up!!!

If you aren’t screeching ‘lock her up’ now but you did about Hillary Clinton, you, miss, are a hypocrite.  Period.

But Why? We Have the REB

I just…

Boy finds gun under father’s pillow, shoots himself

The father should be arrested.  He is guilty.

Police in Georgia say a 2-year-old boy who found a handgun under his father’s pillow has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the boy died Thursday after walking into a bedroom where his father was sleeping.

A Clayton County police statement says the boy didn’t wake the father, found the loaded handgun under his pillow and fired one shot. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he died. Police say the toddler’s mother was asleep in the front room at the time.  The news release says both parents are cooperating with law enforcement. Police say it’s unknown whether charges will be filed.

Charges should be filed.  And the dad should be charged with negligent homicide.    Disgusting.

Quote of the Day

Whenever, therefore, those things present themselves to us which would lead us away from resting in God alone, let us make use of this sentiment as an antidote against them, that we have sufficient cause for being contented, since he who has in himself an absolute fullness of all good has given himself to be enjoyed by us. In this way we will experience our condition to be always pleasant and comfortable; for he who has God as his portion is destitute of nothing which is requisite to constitute a happy life. — John Calvin

My Annual Christmas Message: There’s no Truth to the Claim that ‘Xmas’ is Legit

Xmas does not mean Christmas. And the reason is as simple as can be explained in two sentences. The latter the most important:

The problem with the x = Chi explanation that so many love to spew from their keyboards and mouths during this season is that the general public knows NOTHING of it, or Greek. And, most importantly of all, all they see is an x, and in Greek, x is Xi, not Chi.

If you’re going to foist a ridiculous pseudo-explanation on the public in an attempt to justify laziness in abbreviation, please, at least learn enough Greek to know the difference between χ and ξ . Otherwise, you just look silly.

And, by the by, the early church did abbreviate χριστος- but NEVER with just χ. When they did, it was χρ with a line over it so you knew it was an abbreviation. People who tell you they just used x are stupid, or liars, or stupid liars.

In sum- NO, you have NEVER heard someone say -‘Chi- mas’ but you’ve heard plenty of people say ‘X-mas’ because to them X is X.

Thus endeth the lesson.

Amen, and amen.

Was hat Jesus in den Sand geschrieben?

Um es vorweg zu sagen: Eckhard Nordhofen ist mit seinem Buch «Corpora. Die anarchische Kraft des Monotheismus» eine kleine Sensation gelungen. Er erzählt die Geschichte des Monotheismus als Mediengeschichte. Vom Bild über die Schrift zum Körper. Das sind die Stationen, die gelehrt, klar und in erfrischender Diktion abgeschritten werden. Am Anfang stehen die Bilder. Sie sind die Medien des Polytheismus. Menschliche Bedürfnisse werden auf Götter projiziert. Nordhofen spricht vom Prinzip der Passung. Wer den Göttern gibt, was er hat, darf erwarten, dass sie ihm geben, was er noch nicht hat, aber gerne hätte.

Etc. Enjoy. With thanks to Andreas Dettwiler for the heads up.

Simon Gathercole at the Ecole Biblique on the ‘Gospel of Peter’

Handbook of European History, 1400-1600

The Handbook of European History 1400-1600 brings together the best scholarship into an array of topical chapters that present current knowledge and thinking in ways useful to the specialist and accessible to students and to the educated non-specialist. Forty-one leading scholars in this field of history present the state of knowledge about the grand themes, main controversies and fruitful directions for research of European history in this era.

Volume 1 ( Structures and Assertions) describes the people, lands, religions and political structures which define the setting for this historical period. Volume 2 ( Visions, Programs, Outcomes) covers the early stages of the process by which newly established confessional structures began to work their way among the populace.

Sounds great.

Richard Bauckham Lectures in Jerusalem

Hopefully this will appear on the Ecole Biblique’s youtube channel in due course:

I Bet That Advert Ran in BAR in the 80’s…

It sure looks like something that would have-

Just Stop It

Stop distorting the Bible to make a buck.

Um, That Would Be Jodi Magness…

Reminder- if you’re going to take photos with folk, it’s a good idea to know their name…  And don’t be this guy (from last year)-


Interview with Jörg Frey by Mike Bird

Read it here.  Great stuff.