Daily Archives: 21 Mar 2019

Maybe Leave Theology to Theologians…

And biblical interpretation to biblical scholars. You’re not very good at it.


Hard to see how you can miss stuff in the Table of Contents… In footnotes, sure, ok. And maybe even in the text. But the TOC?

Come on publishers, #BeBest.

Via Mike Bird and from Horton’s volume 2 of whatever thing wasn’t edited very well.

Emidio Campi on Zwingli

SBL Handbook of Style: Their new T-Shirt range


Remnant of Giants

The SBL Handbook of Style does T-Shirts, now. Since November 2018. Who knew?

This is a goodie, from their online shop:

What I’m really wanting from SBL, however, are some SBL-branded “slacks”. What are slacks? I don’t really know. But they are prescribed in the Dress Code for the AARSBL Annual Meeting:

“Attire is business casual. Feel free to be comfortable in slacks, polo shirts, sweaters, blazers, skirts, blouses and most importantly, comfortable shoes.”
– ARSBL Annual Meeting FAQ

A SBL slacks-and-tshirt combo! Now THAT is what the world of professional Biblical Studies has been waiting for.

h/t: Sarah Rollens

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The Invention of the Alphabet: Historical Sleuthing and the Power of Naming

Enjoy it- over at Bible and Interpretation.

It’s Funny, But…

Those most opposed to ‘doctrinal orthodoxy’ are generally predisposed to that viewpoint because they disapprove of orthodox morality.

A Bargain- The Tyndale House (Cambridge, so the Real One) GNT for a Just $14

Get it whilst thou canst.

If you wish to learn a bit about the edition you can visit this post.  And you can also check out my earlier observations on a sample of the Gospel of Mark and other posts.

Oh Harvard, You Just Can’t Stop Profiteering, Can You?

The enslaved man’s name was Renty. His image adorns the cover of a Harvard publication that the university sells for $40.

Tamara Lanier says “Papa Renty” is the patriarch of her family. And in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, she says Harvard is using those photos without permission — and in so doing, profiting from photos taken by a racist professor determined to prove the inferiority of black people.

Lanier says that Harvard has no rightful claim to the images of Renty or his daughter, Delia, forced to strip naked and pose for a demeaning pseudoscientific study. Lanier argues that in refusing to acknowledge Lanier’s claim to the photos, Harvard is “perpetuating the systematic subversion of black property rights that began during slavery and continued for a century thereafter.”

“Slavery was abolished 156 years ago, but Renty and Delia remain enslaved in Cambridge, Massachusetts,” the complaint states. “Their images, like their bodies before, remain subject to control and appropriation by the powerful, and their familial identities are denied to them.”

That’s called profiteering.

Houston, You Have a Problem

The Houston Public Library promised kids and their parents “an imaginative storytelling experience” during Drag Queen Storytime — but it served up something a lot more sinister.

One of the participating drag queens, Tatiana Mala Nina, whose real name is Alberto Garza, is a 32-year-old child sex offender who was convicted of assaulting an 8-year-old boy in 2009, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Maybe check the backgrounds of people you allow to be around kids? Houston?

“In our review of our process and of this participant, we discovered that we failed to complete a background check as required by our own guidelines,” the library said in a statement. “We deeply regret this oversight and the concern this may cause our customers. We realize this is a serious matter.”

Ya think???????????

“No participant is ever alone with children, and we have not received any complaints about any inappropriate behavior by participants at storytimes,” HPL stated. “We are taking the appropriate action to ensure that the status of every participant in every program throughout our system is verified. We will continue to review our process to ensure that this cannot happen again.”

It shouldn’t have happened at all. #BeBetter….

He’ll Cry a Lot More in Hell

A bus driver who sexually abused a little girl cried as he was finally jailed for his sickening attacks.  Martin Willcocks, now 50, began his sickening campaign of abuse when the girl was aged six, convincing the child the attacks were completely normal.

Willcocks, from Kirkby, Merseyside, shook his head in the dock as the now adult victim described her “horrific” ordeal, reports the Liverpool Echo.  Liverpool Crown Court heard how she tried to kill herself as a result of the trauma suffered at his hands, before summoning the courage to go to police.

Louise McCloskey, prosecuting, read a statement in which the victim said she came forward in January 2017 to protect other children.  The woman, who sat crying in the public gallery, said: “He was a bus driver and the idea that he would have had kids on his bus scared me. “The thought of him being in prison, away from me and other kids gives me massive relief.”

These evil guys are always, always more compassionate to themselves than they are to the victims.  Hell awaits.

Beyond Absurd

Here we go again. Another woman in Britain is facing a police investigation – and potentially, a jail sentence – because she wrote things online about sex, gender and a person who changed gender.

So far, so familiar, but this tale has a significant feature. The woman is a journalist. A British police force is investigating a journalist over words that she published.

Caroline Farrow, 44, is the subject of an investigation by Surrey Police over tweets she sent referring to the adult child of Susie Green, head of Mermaids, a charity concerned with transgender children.  Farrow says the investigation arises because she ‘misgendered’ the child, who was born male but now identifies as female.

Farrow is a columnist and occasional TV commentator. She writes and speaks from a Catholic perspective about a number of issues including education, family policy, euthanasia and gender. Her political and religious stance makes her relatively unusual among women who question transgender orthodoxy; a significant number of ‘gender critical’ feminists are on the left of politics, while others profess no particular political or religious affiliations.

I point this out here because some people are keen to suggest that anyone who challenges the trans rights agenda is automatically a right-wing culture warrior possibly in league with Christian conservatives in America. There will no doubt be those who cite Farrow’s faith as proof of that thesis. In fact, I’d suggest it proves the opposite: it shows you can find women (and men) who worry about gender issues right across the political and social spectrum.

Farrow told me that on Monday this week an officer from a police station in Guildford had contacted her to tell her she was to be interviewed under caution in relation to tweets she sent last year some time after September, when she appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain with Susie Green of Mermaids, a charity.

Beyond.  Absurd.

Cathars and Waldensians – a way back to a more varied Christian Europe 回溯中世紀歐洲基督教世界

A study trip worth doing if you’re able-

HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College eNews

Principal Professor Gareth Jones introduces the two main Christian movements that will be studied in the College’s next study trip to Europe.

The Cathars

The Cathars, whose name means the ‘Pure Ones’, were one of the most fascinating, unusual, and in the end tragic of all Christian movements in the medieval Church.

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On the Anniversary of Cranmer’s Death, Listen to Diarmaid MacCulloch Talk about Him


Cranmer’s reputation has run from dishonest, ambitious politician to gentle, moderate Anglican. Prof. Diarmaid MacCulloch shed light on the life and motivations of the man central to the English Reformation.

Signs of the Times

Via facebook-

The Cheating Scandal Proves One Thing (At Least)

And that is, lots of people in higher ed are driven by pure greed and care nothing about the truth, facts, or education.

And ‘accreditation’ (which is also a scam which benefits no one but those scraping cash off of campuses with it) can’t safeguard against that.

You can’t teach honesty to adults.  If they haven’t learned it as little children, they will never have it.

Fun Facts From Church History: A Little Known Influence on Luther

You may not be familiar with Johann Hilten, but he was a strange little Monk with some fairly bizarre apocalyptic inclinations who was fairly influential on Luther in terms of the latter’s self understanding.

In the Franciscan Convent at Eisenach, in Thuringia, was a monk named John Hilten. He was a careful student of the Prophet Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John; he even wrote a Commentary on these Books, and censured the most crying abuses of monastic life. The enraged monks threw him into prison. His advanced age, and the filthiness of his dungeon, bringing on a dangerous illness, he asked for the friar superintendant, who had no sooner arrived, than, without listening to the prisoner, he began to give vent to his rage, and to rebuke him harshly for his doctrine, which (adds the chronicle) was at variance with the monk’s kitchen.

The Franciscan, forgetting his illness, and fetching a deep sigh, exclaims, “I calmly submit to your injustice for the love of Christ; for I have done nothing to shake the monastic state, and have only censured its most notorious abuses. But,” continued he, (this is the account given by Melancthon in his Apology for the Confession of Augsburg,) “another will come in the year of the Lord one thousand five hundred and sixteen; he will destroy you, and you will not be able to resist him.”

John Hilten, who had announced the end of the world in the year 1651, was not so much mistaken in the year in which the future Reformer was to appear. He was born not long after at a short distance from Hilten’s dungeon, commenced his studies in the same town where the monk was prisoner, and publicly engaged in the Reformation only a year later than the Franciscan had mentioned.*

When Luther learned of Hilten, and discovered his anti-monastic vitriol, and most especially his ‘prophecy’ of a destroyer of the Monastic orders, it was hardly a stretch for Luther to see himself as the prophesied one. Which he did.

Funny, isn’t it, how people we barely know anything about somehow manage to be some of the greatest ‘influencers’ in Church History.
*J. H. Merle D’Aubigné, History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (trans. Henry Beveridge and H. White; vol. 1; 1862), 70.