Daily Archives: 10 Aug 2019

Now That’s A Preface…


Family Night at the Luther’s

Signs of the Times

The Wevers Prize


The John William Wevers Prize in Septuagint Studies

The IOSCS offers an annual prize of $350 to be awarded to an outstanding paper in the field of Septuagint studies. The prize has been named in memory of John William Wevers to honor his many contributions to Septuagint studies.

The field of Septuagint studies is construed broadly, and a paper may focus on any aspect of the study of the Greek translation of the Jewish Scriptures. The IOSCS wants to encourage the study of these translations by younger scholars, and eligibility is thus limited to advanced graduate students or recent Ph.D. recipients (4 years or less after receiving the degree).

The papers will be judged by a committee of IOSCS members, with the expectation that the winning paper be published in the Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies (JSCS).

The deadline for submitting papers for the current year is September 1. Papers should be between 4500-5500 words in length. Please submit the paper electronically to Dr. Michaël van der Meer at [m.n.van.der.meer.6884@gmail.com](mailto:m.n.van.der.meer.6884@gmail.com?subject=Wevers%20Prize).


zwingli9235In … 1519 the plague appeared in Switzerland.  As it had not yet come to Zurich, Zwingli went on a holiday that summer to Pfaefers, about sixty miles south-east of Zurich. In the village was a large Benedictine monastery, in which he probably stopped. There Zwingli was when the news reached him that the plague had broken out in Zurich.

As it was the duty of the people’s priest to be on service in the city during plague time, he hastened back, and did his duty faithfully. The plague was very severe, for 2500 died of it out of an aggregate population in the three parishes of only 17,000. It broke out on St. Lawrence’s day (Wednesday, August 10, 1519), reached its height September 12th, and subsided in Christmas week, yet lingered for a year after that.

Zwingli fell a victim toward the end of September, and was very sick. By November he was able to write again. But his recovery was slow. On November 30th, he complains that the disease had left his memory weakened, his spirits reduced, so that his mind wandered when preaching, and after preaching he felt thoroughly exhausted. On December 31st, he reported himself as well again, and that the last ulcer caused by the malady had healed.

But his rejoicing was premature, as on March 27, 1520, he complains that he had eaten and drunk many drugs to get rid of his fever, and still his head was weak, although he was daily growing better.*

Zwingli never shirked his duty, never fled the scene, never acted out of fear or in a quest for self preservation. Always his eyes were on the Church for which he felt an all encompassing responsibility. Even if he was wrong on things from time to time, his motives were always stellar.

S. Jackson, Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531),(pp. 131–132). New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Praying with Calvin

Grant, Almighty God, that as thou hast not only provided for thine ancient Church, by choosing JEREMIAH as thy servant, but hast also designed that the fruit of his labours should continue to our age,

—O grant that we may not be unthankful to thee, but that we may so avail ourselves of so great a benefit, that the fruit of it may appear in us to the glory of thy name; may we learn so entirely to devote ourselves to thy service, and each of us be so attentive to the work of his calling, that we may strive with united hearts to promote the honour of thy name, and also the kingdom of thine only-begotten Son, until we finish our warfare, and come at length into that celestial rest, which has been obtained for us by the blood of thine only Son. Amen.

Academic Books: An Observation

When it comes to academic books, what matters doesn’t sell and what sells doesn’t matter.