Daily Archives: 22 Jan 2019


The cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Rev. 21:8)

You’re welcome.

Is The Shutdown Ending Thursday?

I Guess in the EU Having Someone Else do your Work Isn’t Plagiarism

Refusing to Pay A Person their Wages is Cheating and Robbery

`You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning.’ — (Lev. 19:13)

‘Unoriginal’: A Review of Hendel / Joosten

Over at Bible and Interpretation

Hendel and Joosten’s book is chock-full of insightful observations on a multitude of linguistic, textual, and cultural/historical phenomena, and they argue cogently that the best method for dating biblical writings should include all three of these data sources. Nonetheless, their answer to the question, “How Old is the Hebrew Bible?,” is unoriginal because they do little more than offer a sophisticated repackaging of the traditional linguistic dating approach and results, and it is also unsatisfactory because they eschew literary criticism in the formulation of their model of consilience for determining the ages of biblical literature.

Read the full review.

The Full Story of the Covington Catholic School Boys

Rudy, Buddy, That’s Already Set in Stone

Truth Can Never be Surrendered, Nor Compromised

The business of the truth is not to be deserted, even to the sacrifice of our lives. For we live not for this age of ours, nor for the princes, but for the Lord. To admit for the sake of the princes any thing that will diminish or vitiate the truth is silly, not to say impious. To have held fast to the purpose of the Lord is to conquer all adversaries.  — Huldrych Zwingli

Call For Submissions

Beth Plummer, Interim North American editor of the Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte/ Archive for Reformation History invites article manuscripts from North American scholars for consideration for inclusion in the 2020 volume. The journal publishes innovative scholarly work on aspects of early modern European religious life and thought related to the Protestant Reformation, Radical Reformation, and Catholic Reformation/Counter Reformation/early modern Catholicism. The extension of European theology and practice into the extra-European world also lies within the journal’s scope. Its chronological range is approximately 1450 to 1650.

A manuscript should not exceed 12,000 words (including notes). The author should submit it to Beth Plummer (meplummer@email.arizona.edu) as an attachment to an email message. The editors will read it and arrive at an initial judgment. If it considers it potentially suitable for publication in the journal, it will forward it anonymously to two specialist reviewers for detailed evaluations.The ARG will make every effort to limit the period of review to three months, and to maintain confidentiality about evaluators’ as well as authors’ identity.

For more information about the submission process, style guide, and journal, please visit the North American web page for the Archive for Reformation Research: http://sites.nd.edu/archive-for-reformation-history/.

The 2019 Zwingli Conference, Zurich

Now has a website.  Check it out.  The link is also in the nav panel on the right.  And, happy news, if you aren’t able to attend, sessions will be recorded!

Im Januar 2019 jährt sich der Beginn der Zürcher Reformation und damit der Beginn des weltweiten reformierten Protestantismus als Konfessionskultur und als kulturprägende Kraft zum 500. Mal. Es ist ein einzigartiges Ereignis, das einen „Jahrhundertgeburtstag“ feiert: Nie zuvor und nie danach nahm eine in Zürich ihren Anfang nehmende Bewegung einen derart tiefen Einfluss auf weite Teile Europas.

So bildet der Jahresbeginn 2019 einen einmaligen Anlass, in einem Kongress den gegenwärtigen internationalen, wissenschaftlichen For-schungsstand zur Zürcher Reformation zu bündeln, zu dokumentieren und der Forschung neue Impulse zu verleihen. Dabei soll die Zürcher Reformation nicht isoliert betrachtet, sondern ihre Rolle im Rahmen der europäischen Reformationsbewegungen ins Zentrum gestellt werden. Historische, wirkungsgeschichtliche und theologische Aspekte gilt es zu berücksichtigen.

Check out the topics and speakers.

Another ‘Jesus’ Special By the History Channel… Scheduled for March

It has a number of reliable scholars among the explainers, like Candida Moss, Nicola Denzey Lewis, Mark Goodacre, and Annette Yoshiko Reed; but it also has Joel Osteen and Miroslav Volf…  So it looks like a mixed bag.

Its approach also sounds a bit different:

HISTORY‘s eight-part event “Jesus: His Life” explores the story of Jesus Christ through a unique lens: the people in his life who were closest to him. Each of the eight chapters is told from the perspective of different biblical figures, all of whom played a pivotal role in Jesus’ life including Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Peter.

Each figure takes a turn guiding viewers through the emotional and epic story of the most famous man in history, through his birth, death and resurrection, all conveyed through a combination of scripted drama and interviews with prominent religious and historical experts.

I’m not sure where they’re going to get enough material to put words in the mouths of the likes of Pilate and Mary, given that they don’t really say all that much in the Gospels.

But maybe it will be ok…   Though given the track record of these things and the predominance of not actual scholars and ax griding agenda academics on the list of ‘explainers’ I’ll have to be skeptical until the series proves itself accurate.

That’s Who I’ll Vote For