Daily Archives: 29 Jan 2019

Quote of the Day

The research worker is sometimes a difficult person because he has no great confidence in his opinions, yet he also is sceptical of others’ views. This characteristic can be inconvenient in everyday life.”  – W.I.B. Beveridge

With thanks to my BFF Deane Galbraith for it.

The First Law of Academics

Be skeptical.

Selective Outrage

‘Selective outrage’ – it’s when you’re outraged about a thing but not about other things that are outrageous too but you don’t care because your outrage is selective.

Septuagint News

Marieke Dhont writes on facebook

Jim ‘James’ Aitken and I are organising a panel at the IOSCS meeting in Aberdeen (4-9 August 2019) on “The Septuagint in its Bilingual Context.” Taking into account recent studies in bilingualism and the multilingual context of the Hellenistic East, this panel wishes to think about the consequences of bilingualism for the study of the Septuagint. We are interested in papers that deal with the Septuagint translation as a text facing two ways, to the source text as well as to the target language environment; the question of the linguistic competency of the translators; and the evidence for bilingualism from the wider ancient world. If anyone wants to join this panel, or has submitted a paper directly to the organisers of the IOSCS but think their paper would fit well here, please contact us on jka12@cam.ac.uk and md790@cam.ac.uk with a title and abstract by International Septuagint Day, 8 February 2019.

Take part if you wish.

Advertising for Outrage

Don’t worry, you don’t need to know why you’re outraged- you’re just invited to be outraged.  Don’t ask if there are two sides to the story, just jump on the outrage bandwagon.  It has to be a just cause, doesn’t it?  After all, it has to do with slighted women (or so the claim, but don’t trouble yourself to find out if it’s true or not) and that’s a headline making cause du jour...

Outrage is no longer legitimate when it has to be garnered from total strangers who have no firm understanding of the issues at hand.  It’s politicized and weaponized outrage.  It’s faux outrage.

The ‘Zwingli Film’ in the News

Here’s the report.

He Really is Just so Profoundly Ignorant

The Media in America Really Are the Problem

When you’re rich the media take you seriously as a politician no matter how daft you are; meanwhile they ignore actual decent candidates who haven’t earned billions off the backs of the poor…

There has been no shortage of reaction to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s declaration that he is seriously considering running — as an independent — for president.

Democrats have warned that he would get President Trump re-elected if he goes through with it. Trump seemed to be baiting him into running, tweeting that he doesn’t have the “guts” to do it. Former Obama adviser David Axelrod tweeted that it would be such a “gift” to Trump that the president should give Starbucks free rent in Trump Tower.

The media in America really are the problem.

Even the French-Speaking Swiss are Celebrating Zwingli in 2019!

Check it out.

Le Réformateur zurichois Huldrych Zwingli est né peu après Luther en 1484 et est décédé prématurément en 1531 (tué durant la seconde bataille de Kappel, durant laquelle il officiait comme aumônier). Pour être sincère, Zwingli est franchement mal connu de ce côté-ci de la Sarine, et on pourrait légitimement se demander pourquoi un jubilé le concernant est célébré durant cette année 2019. La réponse est assez simple : il y a 500 ans, le 1er janvier 1519, Zwingli devenait prédicateur du Grossmünster de Zürich, et ses appels à un retour à l’Écriture et à une réforme de l’Église finirent par déplaire à l’évêché de Constance : la Réforme à Zürich était lancée.


The Auschwitz Exhibition

The horrific history of Auschwitz to be displayed in New York museum

The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York is preparing to bring over 700 artifacts from the infamous Auschwitz death camp for a new Holocaust exhibit. Set to open in the spring, this tremendous undertaking will see the clearing away of three floors of permanent exhibits in order to offer a vivid sense of the Nazi concentration camp that where 1.1 million Jews died.

If you are able to go, you should go. And take your children!

Peter Opitz Responds to Criticism of the New ‘Zwingli Film’

Brilliantly.  And he’s right, it’s easy to criticize trivialities.

Too Much Screen Time For Toddler Timmy Makes Him Developmentally Hindered

Parents, take note, and stop letting the iPad babysit-

Among toddlers, spending a lot of time staring at screens is linked with poorer performance on developmental screening tests later in childhood, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, found a direct association between screen time at ages 2 and 3 and development at 3 and 5. Development includes growth in communication, motor skills, problem-solving and personal social skills, based on a screening tool called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. Signs of such development can be seen in behaviors like being able to stack a small block or toy on top of another one.

Ok parents, read the whole thing and then act accordingly.

Anti-Vaxxers Should Be Charged With Criminal Offenses

They are a menace to society.

The State of Washington has declared an emergency because of a measles outbreak in Clark County, which is across the river from Portland, Oregon. To the surprise of no one, the outbreak has occurred, almost exclusively, among the unvaccinated. The motivation of those who refuse to vaccinate their children—whether it is fear, ideology, or thoughtlessness—is irrelevant. They are putting the safety of thousands of people at risk.

Measles is one of the most contagious viruses known. According to the CDC, a person can be infectious even before the characteristic rash or symptoms appears. Worse still, others who are either not vaccinated or those with insufficient immunity because the vaccine has worn off can contract the infection by simply walking into a room two hours after an infected person has left.

And, despite the claims of anti-vaxxers, who call it “Mickey Mouse measles,” it is not a harmless disease. According to the World Health Organization, 110,000 people die every year, mostly children under the age of five. Prior to the vaccine, the U.S. also experienced the horror of measles. The CDC reports that in the 1910s, about 6,000 Americans died annually from the infection.

Criminals, the lot of them.

Celebrating Melanchthon’s 522nd Birthday

Der Geburtstag Philipp Melanchthons markiert Mitte Februar stets den Auftakt des Jahresprogramms im Melanchthonhaus. 522 Jahre gilt es 2019 zu feiern – und dies zuerst mit einem Konzert. Am Samstag, 16. Februar, um 19.30 Uhr entfaltet sich in der Gedächtnishalle eine „Barocke Klangpracht“. Isabel Steinbach (Violine) und Regina Steinbach (Violine und Blockflöte) spielen Werke u.a. von Bach und Telemann. Veranstalter ist das Evangelische Bezirkskantorat Bretten-Bruchsal.

Tradition hat auch der Gedenkgottesdienst zum Wiegenfest des Reformators. Er findet am Sonntag, 17. Februar, um 10 Uhr im Melanchthonhaus statt und wird von Pfarrer Dr. Hendrik Stössel, theologischer Referent an der Europäischen Melanchthon-Akademie Bretten, und Dekanin Gabriele Mannich gemeinsam gestaltet.


Guess What?!?!?!?!

That’s right, the next Biblical Studies Carnival is just around the corner.  Give us your preciousssss possstttessess preciousssssses…..

Billionaires:  An Observation

Getting your politics from billionaires is like getting your exegesis from Osteen.  It’s something only a fool does.

Rudolf Pfister on the First Zurich Disputation

In an essay in Zwingliana Rudolf Pfister discusses the situation in the Church in the wake of the debate. Pfister’s assertion that the core argument Zwingli offered, that Scripture is the final court of appeal for Church and faith, is doubtless correct.

Revolutionär muß die Grundforderung der Reformation genannt werden, die Heilige Schrift des Alten und Neuen Testamentes sei alleiniges Kriterium für «Kirche und Glaube». Am Schluß der 67 Schlußreden schrieb Zwingli, niemand solle versuchen, sie «mit sophistry oder menschentandt » zu bekämpfen, man müsse vielmehr «die geschrifft für ein Richter» anerkennen. Im Ingreß zu diesen Sätzen heißt es, die Schrift sei «theopneustos», «das ist vonn gott ingesprochen». Mit anderen Worten, auch jetzt, bei diesem Streitgespräch sollte das Wort Gottes als Zeugnis der Wahrheit oberster Richter sein.

Though modern Protestants take for granted that Scripture is the supreme authority, things were quite different in the 16th century. Astonishingly different.

It’s a very nice essay and since it’s ‘The First Zurich Disputation Day’ today, worth a look.

Today With Zwingli: The First Zurich Disputation

The opening statement by the representative of the government of Zurich reads

zurich“Very learned, venerable, noble, steadfast, honourable, wise, ecclesiastical lords and friends: In my lords’ city of Zurich and in its territories there has risen for some time discord and strife on account of the sermons and doctrine given to the people from the pulpit by our preacher here in Zurich, Master Ulrich Zwingli. Wherefore he has been reproached and spoken against by some as a false guide, by others as a heretic. So it has come about that not alone in our city of Zurich but in the country under the authority of my lords such discord among the priests, also among the laity, increases, and daily come complaints to my lords about it, until it seems that there is no end to such angry words and quarrelling.

On this account Master Ulrich Zwingli has offered often from the public pulpit to give before everybody the rationale and ground of his preaching and doctrine delivered here in Zurich in an open disputation before numerous clergy and laity. The honourable Council has granted this request of Master Ulrich with a view to stop the great unrest and disputing, has allowed him to hold a public disputation in the German language before the Great Council of Zurich, as the Two Hundred are called, to which the honourable wise Council has invited all the people’s priests and curates of the canton; also solicited the venerable lord and prince, etc., Bishop of Constance; on which his Grace has kindly sent the deputation here present, for which the honourable Council of Zurich expresses especial great thanks.

Therefore, if anyone now present has any displeasure or doubts over the preaching and doctrines of Master Ulrich here has given from the pulpit, or knows to speak about the matter, as that such preaching and doctrine were and must be not correct but seditious or heretical, let him here before my lords convict the oft-mentioned Master Ulrich of untruthfulness, and in this presence here confute his error by Holy Scripture freely, boldly, and without fear of punishment, so that my lords may be spared hereafter daily complaints, whence originate discord and disunity. For my lords are tired of such complaints, which tend to increase constantly from the clergy and laity alike.”

Over 600 Clerics and interested citizens were in attendance and at the end of it all the Zwinglian Reformation of Christianity in the City and Canton were established as the course of action which would be taken.

Worship was reformed and theology – as the basis of right worship and conduct – would no longer be based on tradition, but upon Scripture alone. And it all commenced on the 29th of January, 1523.

Today With Luther: Katie Luther’s Birthday

katie lutherOnce more, from the folk at Sachsen-Anhalt

The flowers are a birthday gift from an anonymous admirer. This year in brilliant yellow! Sure Katie would have loved it!

And from the undersigned:

Katharina (Katie) was born on January 29, 1499, to Hans and Katherina (nee von Haubitz) von Bora, a family of the lower German nobility. She was most likely born in the area of Hirschfeld near Meißen in Saxony. Although nobility, her parents were not rich. Her mother died and her father remarried when she was 5 years old. She was then sent to live in the convent at Brehna. She lived here for five years until the age of ten when her father moved her to a convent at Nimbschen near Grimma where two of her aunts, Margarethe von Haubitz and Magdelena von Bora, also lived.

In the convents, Katie lived a simple life with a strict routine. Her day consisted of regular worship and chores. It was here that he learned many things about cooking for large groups, sewing, beer making, and other domestic chores that would serve her so well later on when she was the mistress of the Black Cloister.  -Rebecca DeGarmeaux

Happy birthday to the backbone of the Lutheran branch of the Reformation.