Monthly Archives: July 2019

Biblical Studies Antivaxxers

Biblical studies aren’t taken as seriously as other disciplines because we’ve allowed people to think every opinion is of equal value. They aren’t. Opinions unformed by education in the subject are empty and without value. And those who hold them are, mutatis mutandis, antivaxxers. And just as dangerous.

Quote of the Week

“There has not been a moment since taking office that Trump has not seen the national economy as his to manipulate for his own ends.

The legend of the patrician farmer that began with Washington and has roots in the Iliad ends here. Nobility ends in the slough of profiteering.” — R Joseph Hoffmann

Pentebabbleist ‘Prophets’ and Trump Hotel

All the evils of the prosperity gospel under one roof.

A Lesson For Young Theologians

How to Tell The Difference Between a Biblical Scholar and an Amateur

  • Amateur- Jesus was a refugee.
  • Biblical scholar- in fact the Matthean account of the flight to Egypt is a literary fiction supplied to ‘fulfill’ Hosea 13. Further, no other gospel uses the trope nor does it occur anywhere else in the NT.

See the difference?

If It’s On Facebook, It’s Probably Misleading

So be very skeptical of facebook.  Use it, but limit what it knows of you and never trust it.  Ever.

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against Facebook Inc. for making misleading disclosures regarding the risk of misuse of Facebook user data.  For more than two years, Facebook’s public disclosures presented the risk of misuse of user data as merely hypothetical when Facebook knew that a third-party developer had actually misused Facebook user data.  Public companies must identify and consider the material risks to their business and have procedures designed to make disclosures that are accurate in all material respects, including not continuing to describe a risk as hypothetical when it has in fact happened.

Wissenschaftliche Tagung: Gegeneinander glauben – miteinander forschen?

In der Zeit vom 3. bis zum 5. Oktober dieses Jahres findet in der Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek die Tagung Gegeneinander glauben – miteinander forschen? Paradigmenwechsel frühneuzeitlicher Wissenschaftskulturen statt.

Den Ausgangspunkt für diese Tagung, die in das Kooperationsprojekt „Konfessionskultur des Reformiertentums im Nord- und Ostseeraum“ zwischen unserer Einrichtung und dem Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte Mainz eingebettet ist, bildet das Verhältnis von frühneuzeitlicher Astronomie und Physik zur christlichen Religion im Allgemeinen und zu ihren konfessionsspezifischen Ausprägungen im Besonderen.


30% Off Mohr Siebeck Titles Published Before 2017

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IN ASSOCIATION WITH MOHR SIEBECK, we are delighted to offer all Mohr Siebeck titles published in 2017 or earlier at a discount of 30%. This unique offer is available exclusively from ISD through the end of 2019 or while stocks last.

Take a look at their catalog. There may be something you would like to pick up. Or your library may be interested too.

That One Time When Martin Luther Was in a Bad Mood…

And wrote, in a preface to a book by another that was being published,

The Papists despair of their cause and have decided, in spite and in defiance of God, with full knowledge and intent, to do everything that is dear to the devil. They have chosen him as their god, lord, protection, and comfort. Very well, let them go their own way. “The cattle [suit the] stall,” the devil said and drove flies up his mother’s rump. Such a god deserves to have such creatures. Such trees, as Jotham says in Judges 9 [:14–15], deserve to have such a ramnus (thornbush) as king.*

*Preface to Urbanus Rhegius’, “Exposition of Psalm 52, against the Godless, Bloodthirsty Sauls and Doegs of These Last, Perilous Times” (LW Vol. 60, p. 243).

Breaking News: An Archaeological Discovery That May Change Everything!!!

Jerusalem:  DP –  Archaeologist Rob Farfella today announced at a packed press conference that he and his team of international archaeologists working for the Bradbury Archaological Referendum have discovered a parchment in Jerusalem that may indeed be ancient and may contain a series of laws that may date to the 10th century BCE and which may show that maybe some of the laws in the Hebrew Bible may be related potentially to laws that may have originated in Egypt or maybe Babylonia.

Farfella went on to describe the location of the artifact’s extraction as maybe a controlled dig or maybe a shop in Jerusalem’s Old City.  Photos of the artifact may be forthcoming, possibly and potentially, if the IAA gives the discoverers permission potentially.

Fortunately a photo of the image has been leaked by the excavation team:

The excavation team has dubbed this potentially important manuscript ‘Codex Farfellensis Imbecilicus’.

Reports from other sources indicate that there may be nothing at all to the claims being made in today’s presser by Farfella and BAR.  ‘Skepticism is always appropriate when it comes to the announcements of the importance of such trinkets’ said Cindy Tubors of Harvard U.

Other scholars may weigh in, maybe, said Tubors as she wandered off from the press conference to imbibe at the local tavern and lament the death of archaeological seriousness.

‘Basic Economy’….

‘Basic economy’ is just your way of telling @united @Delta @AmericanAir and the rest that you are happy to be bumped from your flight because someone else has bought a regular ticket.

I Love this Painting of Luther… It’s Every Pastor Every Sunday

Note how no one is paying any attention to him.  Everyone is looking outside, at the departing Bishops.  The artists appears to be a subversive who suggests that Luther may have gained the pulpit, but lost the Church.

However, since I can’t find any information about the painting I’m just guessing.  Perhaps you know the artist?

I found the artwork here.

Today With Zwingli: His Refutation of Catabaptist Tricks

In catabaptistarum strophas elenchus was published by Zwingli on 31 July, 1527 and was translated into English in the early 20th century by S.M. Jackson and published in a very lovely little edition which, fortunately, is now in the public domain and accessible here in pdf (Chapter 5).

You’ll enjoy it.  In fact, you’ll enjoy all of the books in the collection.

Signs of the Times

Via the twitter.

Carl Trueman on The YRR Rubbish That Produced the Likes of Josh Harris and Mark Driscoll and Other Pandering Heretics

Read it here.

Makers of the Modern Theological Mind: Rudolf Bultmann

9781619708136oDecades ago Morris Ashcraft wrote the definitive exposition of the theology of Rudolf Bultmann.  It also went out of print decades ago and became a classic in the meanwhile.

Hendrickson has, thankfully, republished this masterpiece in paperback and made it once more easily available.

How can modern scientific humanity understand the strange religious language of the Bible? This is one of the questions Rudolf Bultmann (1884–1976) spent his life answering. As a devout Lutheran committed to the Christian faith, Bultmann’s concern was how to make Christianity intelligible in the twentieth century. His concept of demythologizing was part of his lifelong attempt to help people “hear” the Christian gospel and respond to it authentically. All of this originated out of a genuine pastoral concern to highlight the nature of New Testament faith. As Morris Ashcraft writes, “He stands alongside Karl Barth as a man who changed the direction of theology significantly and perhaps permanently.”

In this book, along with a brief biographical sketch, Morris Ashcraft provides a concise and reliable guide to Bultmann’s system of thought and his continuing influence.

Dean Ashcraft was at Southeastern Seminary while I was there doing an MDiv and a ThM and a finer scholar and Christian you’ve never met.  His book on Bultmann remains the finest of the genre.  Students of the New Testament should all be required to read it.

Biblical Studies Volumes From ISD

The Bible for the Curious
A Brief Encounter
by Philip R. Davies

9781781797433 (Hardback) 9781781797440 (Paperback)

Hardback, 160 pages (6 Illus, 11 maps & charts)
Publication Date: November 2018
Regular Price Hardback: $67.95 / Special Offer Price: $55.00
Regular Price Paperback: $27.00 / Special Offer Price: $22.00

This book is for anyone curious about the Bible: what it is, and what modern research reveals about it. Unlike most textbooks, it has no footnotes, avoids technical discussion as much as possible, and makes no assumptions about religious belief. Its aim is to introduce the contents a way that engages readers critically, and to persuade them that in a modern secular society this collection of ancient writings can still contribute to the way we think about history, philosophy and politics. It is a challenge to both those who regard it as ‘word of God’ and those who dismiss it as obsolete or myth or irrelevant.

For more information, please click here.


Monotheismus, ein ganz leeres Wort?
Versuche zur Monotheismustheorie Erik Petersons

edited by Giancarlo Caronello


Paperback, 352 pages

Publication Date: November 2018

Regular Price: $55.00 / Special Offer Price: $44.00

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
Series: Rom und Protestantismus – Schriften des Melanchthon-Zentrums in Rom, 3


The pros and cons of the category of monotheism have been debated intensively in recent research. This concerns a number of areas, such as biblical exegesis, the church history of late antiquity in particular, and systematic theology. Erik Peterson was one of the first to deal with this category in the twentieth century. His theory of monotheism is a critique of monotheism – not just of political monotheism, as the title of his famous book from 1935 states. Protestant and Catholic theologians from the fields of exegesis, dogmatics, patristics and canon law go in search of Peterson’s theories in this volume. ​(German Text)

For more information, please click here.

A Fun Fact About Rudolf Bultmann

According to his biographer, Konrad Hammann, Bultmann either sent or received around 20,000 pieces of correspondence over the course of his career!

That’s a lot of mail!  And none of it was electronic!!!!

Remembering the Death of Rudolf Bultmann: His Most Influential Commentary

bultmannPersonally, I’ll admit, I love his commentary on 2 Corinthians most, but I suppose it’s fair to say that his greatest commentary is the one on the Gospel of John.  In many ways it has been surpassed but it continues to exert grand influence on the area of Johannine studies.  I can’t think of a single commentary since that hasn’t made reference to his.  Not one.  It has even been republished numerous times- as recently as last year-

As the first volume in the Johannine Monograph Series, The Gospel of John: A Commentary by Rudolf Bultmann well deserves this place of pride. Indeed, this provocative commentary is arguably the most important New Testament monograph in the twentieth century, perhaps second only to The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer. In contrasting Bultmann’s and Schweitzer’s paradigms, however, we find that Bultmann’s is far more technically argued and original, commanding hegemony among other early-Christianity paradigms. Ernst Haenchen has described Bultmann’s commentary as a giant oak tree in whose shade nothing could grow, and indeed, this reference accurately describes its dominance among Continental Protestant scholarship over the course of several decades.


Ultimate My Eye…

There isn’t a single book by Emil Brunner in there.