Daily Archives: 2 Sep 2019

This is Why If Your Pastor isn’t A Legitimately Trained Scholar, You Should Find Another Church

Yes, a scholar. If your pastor isn’t, get out.

Read the whole. Horror.

Oh Nashville….

Those stories aren’t real! (I say that because you apparently don’t know it). #Sad #Ignorant #Nashville

Are You Serious?

‘... Any truly serious study of antiquity requires analyzing documents in their original languages.‘  – Eckhard Schnabel

Amen.  If you’re serious about the Bible, you analyze its documents in their original languages.  Period.  Full stop.  Anything less is not serious and should not be taken as such.

October 7th

That, according to the publisher, is when WP Stephens’ ‘The Theology of Heinrich Bullinger’ will be published.  It’s at the printer’s now.


Exhibitions Featuring the Gabriel Stone: A Chronological List

Personally, I’ve never thought the thing was either ancient nor important.

The Lying Pen of Scribes

By Ludvik A. Kjeldsberg and Årstein Justnes

[First published: 2 Sep 2019]

[N]ever have I imagined that an item of my collection would be published on the front page of the New York Times, would have more than a million search results in the internet, would be the subject of many articles and books, would be exhibited in museums, or would be the star of television movies.

 David Jeselsohn, antiquities collector and owner of the Gabriel Stone, 2011


12 Dec – 12 Apr 2009

The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish StoryHouston Museum of Natural Science (Houston, TX)The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story.”

Jeselsohn, “The Jeselsohn Stone: Discovery and Publication,” 7.

Karkabi, “Museum exhibit explores roots of Christianity.”

Meadows, “Building an Exhibit-thee Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story.”


11 Dec – 6…

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Scripture in Its Historical Contexts

Mohr sent review copies of these two volumes a while back.

Veröffentlicht auf Englisch: Vol 1- Diese wichtige Sammlung von Aufsätzen von James A. Sanders enthält seine bedeutsamsten Arbeiten zum Text und Kanon der hebräischen Bibel, zusammen mit bahnbrechenden Studien zu den Schriftrollen von Qumran. Er ist einer der führenden Forscher zur Entstehung des Kanons, der Geschichte seiner Deutung und Textkritik, und spezialisiert auf die Schriftrollen vom Toten Meer und der Verwendung des Alten Testaments im Neuen. Diese Studien dokumentieren die Vielfalt der Texttraditionen sowie ihre Verschiedenheit und den ungeklärten Zustand der Sammlung heiliger Literatur, die in der späten Zeit des Zweiten Tempels als maßgeblich oder kanonisch galt. Damit legten sie den Grundstein für die heutige Forschungsdebatte.

Vol 2- James A. Sanders ist ein Pionier in der Forschung zur Entstehung des Kanons, der Geschichte seiner Interpretation, Textkritik und Exegese im Kontext, speziell der Schriftrollen vom Toten Meer und der Verwendung des Alten Testaments im Neuen. Viele seiner Untersuchungen, die in diesem Band versammelt sind, werden als wegweisend angesehen und waren äußerst einflussreich.

Potential readers will want to click on the ‘contents’ (Inhaltsverzeichnis & Leseprobe) link on both volume web pages.  There, the front matter and the full table of contents are available.  The first volume contains 30 essays, all published by Prof. Sanders, one of the most important scholars of his generation.  The second volume is comprised of another 21 essays by the same scholar.  The two volumes, then, consist of 51 essays written over decades by James Sanders and here collected and edited by Craig Evans.

The only new material herein is the prologue, written by Prof. Sanders himself.  In it, Sanders provides an overview of his life and work, describing his various academic interests and positions.  For example, Sanders writes

Interest in the Dead Sea Scrolls (also known as the Judean Desert Scrolls) was piqued for the writer upon the first publication of them in the spring of 1950 when Vanderbilt University School of Religion (now Divinity School) Prof. James Philip Hyatt brought to our advanced Hebrew class Vol. 1 of The Dead Sea Scrolls of St. Mark’s Monastery, edited by Prof. Millar Burrows of Yale University Divinity School, under whom Hyatt had studied. Though Burrows had transcribed the text column by column into modern printed Hebrew, Hyatt opened the volume to the Plate XXXII photograph of the ancient scroll itself, set it in front of the three of us, pointed to the bottom line of the ancient column where Isaiah ch. 40 began, and said, “Read!” I was hooked!

His prologue is very engaging and shows him to be a scholar of wide interests and pursuits.  The essays themselves have been available in other places – some for decades, some more recently.  The benefit of having them all here, ‘under one roof’ (as it were) is that now the great range and profound knowledge of Prof Sanders is easily accessible to any and all who wish to access it.  All of the essays include full bibliographies and some of them also include updated bibliographic material in a second bibliography.  There are indices of modern authors and of ancient sources.

I had read several of the chapters in Grad school and several others since and am exceptionally happy to have the chance to see them again; as the experience is rather like walking into the study of an old friend and sitting down and having a chat about a subject we have chatted about before.  It’s a delight to be reminded of things we had known before and it’s also a delight to be introduced to new ideas from an old and trusted thinker.

I am, accordingly, grateful for Craig’s work and for James’s thoughts.  I think you will be too when you have the opportunity to give these two books a read through.  You will be stimulated, informed, and enlightened.

Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Horrors

This is the most horrifying twitter account of them all. The clips are of people who repulse me for a lot of reasons. But I can’t look away.

@FakeSermon – follow them.

Wrong, Pentebabbleist

I Guess They Forgot that Whole ‘Love One Another’ Thing…

A “minor conflict” between the wives of a pastor and youth pastor at a West Virginia church resulted in gunfire, leading to the arrest of the pastor’s wife for wanton endangerment.

According to The Register Herald, the pastor’s wife, Melinda Frye Toney, 44, was charged on Aug. 22, after surveillance video captured at the New Life Apostolic Church in Oak Hill on May 11, showed what happened when she allegedly fired a pistol in the church’s parking lot.

Fayette Sheriff’s Detective Kevin Willis, who also confirmed the incident with The Christian Post on Friday, told the publication that Toney had an ongoing dispute with Lori Haywood, 29, who is the wife of New Life Apostolic Youth Pastor David Haywood.  On May 11, the two women argued over a themed T-shirt that Haywood had worn to an event at the church and it was “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Willis said.

“The pastor and the youth pastor had thought, ‘Maybe we could get them together, we can hash this out and fix this before it escalates,’” Willis explained. “Of course, it just made it worse, I think.”  Haywood, who was at the church with her children on May 11, said that before the shooting, she “called out” Toney for making dishonest statements.

Ladies… ‘love one another’.  That precludes violence and gun-play.  That sort of behavior is indefensible.

Zwingli Was a Self-Paced Reformer, A Man Who Didn’t Rush into Anything

As we learn, for instance, in the way he reformed the Mass-

In his treatise on “The Canon of the Mass,”—dated IV. Cal. Septemb. (i. e., September 2) 1523—the canon is that part of the mass liturgy in which the words of the institution appear, and is therefore doctrinally the storm centre of discussion respecting it—he enunciates the doctrine now so commonly associated with his name that the Eucharist is not a mystery but a ministry, the atmosphere is not awe but love, the result is not infusion of grace but of enthusiasm; we remember Christ, and the thought of His presence stirs us to fresh exertion in His service. He proposed a substitute for the Latin prayers which still more strikingly would set forth these teachings.

Yet, characteristically he made no innovation himself at once. His books, however, laid down principles which logically followed out would oblige a complete break with the Old Church. Yet, so slow was he to make changes that on October 9, 1523, he actually defended himself against the charge that he retained the Old Church ceremonies—the use of the cross, vestments, choir-singing, etc.,—because he liked them!*

*Samuel Macauley Jackson, Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531); (New York; London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons; Knickerbocker Press, 1901), 201.

Fun Facts From Church History: Pious Teens Don’t Get on Swings

James Walter Douglas was born in Virginia in November 1797. After completing his primary education Douglass moved to the village of Christiana, Delaware, after obtaining a position as a trainee clerk. The teenaged Douglass also became a pious member of the local church. The extent of his faith is evident in Douglass’s personal diary, where he explains his reasons for not using a rope swing erected by other young men in Christiana:

“A very high and quite expensive swing was put up in the village by the young men [and has become] a great resort for the young people of the town. I was very much in doubt whether I ought to attend it, and at length determined that I ought not, for these reasons:

1. It takes time, and we must account for our time.
2. It is setting an example of levity.
3. The Lord Jesus would not attend such a place.
4. Nor [would] his apostles.
5. Nor [would] our minister, Mr Latta…
6. Please when carried to excess is criminal. Is this not excess?
7. What good can I get [from the swing]. Will I be more virtuous? Wiser? Better tempered? More full of grace? No, no I will not…”

Now that’s a pious teen….

Luther Didn’t Cash in On His Translation of the Bible

Our Saxon friends write

Did you know … that Luther did not make a single Gulden off of his Bible translation?

Martin Luther’s translation of the New Testament first appeared at the autumn edition of the Leipzig Autumn Fair in 1522. The first edition consisted of 3,000 copies and sold out right away. By the end of the first year of publication alone, the twelfth edition was being issued! Incidentally, Luther refused to take any financial benefit. He did not make a single Guilder (Gulden) off of his translation. One time, someone suggested to him that he should publish his complete works. Martin replied that he would rather devour them.

Martin Luther’s September Testament, 1522