Daily Archives: 22 Oct 2019

The Disciples’ Prayer: The Prayer Jesus Taught in its Historical Setting

Jeffrey Gibson’s book came out in 2015.  I’ve now reviewed it (because it was just recently that I laid hands on it).-

Christians around the world recite the “Lord’s Prayer” daily, but what exactly are they praying for—and what relationship does it have with Jesus’ own context? Jeffrey B. Gibson reviews scholarship that derives the so-called Lord’s Prayer from Jewish synagogal prayers and refutes it. The genre of the prayer, he shows, is petitionary, and understanding its intent requires understanding Jesus’ purpose in calling disciples as witnesses against “this generation.” Jesus did not mean to teach a unique understanding of God; the prayer had its roots in first-century Jewish movements of protest.

In context, Gibson shows (pace Schweitzer, Lohmeyer, Davies, Allison, and a host of other scholars) that the prayer had little to do with “calling down” into the present realities of “the age to come.” Rather, it was meant to protect disciples from the temptations of their age and, thus, to strengthen their countercultural testimony. Gibson’s conclusions offer new insights into the historical Jesus and the movement he sought to establish.

My review has been sent along to Reading Religion, and it has been published there.

This is A Lynching

The President isn’t being lynched, he’s being held accountable.

Quid Pro Quo

Period. Full stop. Incontrovertibly.

Hop on Your Private Jet and Fly to Norway

Welcome to tomorrow’s Brown Bag seminar with Tommy Wasserman (12:15–13:00 in A7-002)! Tommy, who is professor at Ansgar University College and Theological Seminary, will not only present on “Constantine Simonides’s ‘Codex Mayerianus’ and Its Model”, he will even give an extended version.

Abstract: «Constantine Simonides (1824–1890[?]) is known as one of the greatest manuscript forgers in history. During the 19th century, he travelled to many countries in Europe trying to sell forged as well as authentic Greek manuscripts to collectors, scholars, and curators of prominent libraries. This paper (co-written with Malcolm Choat, Macquarie University) focuses on arguably the most spectacular of all his forgeries, ‘Codex Mayerianus,’ an alleged first-century papyrus codex containing the autograph of Matthew alongside texts of James and Jude. I will discuss its purported provenance, external features, text, and accompanying critical edition. Furthermore, I will identify for the first time the model Simonides used for this famous forgery. Finally, I hope the seminar can discuss the implications in relation to modern forgeries of ancient manuscripts (and provenance stories).»

Something to Ponder

“If a restoration of land to Israel is biblical, then does that include restoration of animal sacrifices, official toleration of slavery, the death penalty for transgressions of the ritual law, and the establishment of a theocratic state too?” — Hans Küng

Quote of the Day

Your damnation does not slumber; it will come swiftly, and, in all probability, very suddenly upon many of you. You have reason to wonder that you are not already in hell” (Edwards, “Sinners”).

#ICYMI – Fun Facts From Church History: Luther Becomes a Member of the Wittenberg Faculty

Johann von Staupitz had persuaded Luther to pursue advanced studies to qualify for the degree of Doctor in Biblia and had moved Frederick the Wise to provide funds for promoting Luther’s doctorate on the promise that Luther would be a great asset to the University of Wittenberg as lecturer on the Bible. Staupitz himself had held this position with distinction but was now vacating it because of his duties as vicar general of the Augustinians. On October 22, 1512, the new doctor was with appropriate ceremony received as a colleague by the faculty senate and apparently immediately began his preparations for lectures on the Psalms.

So the Editor of the American Edition of Luther’s Works.

Luther’s installation in the Wittenberg faculty would be, as you can guess, momentous.  He would still not become a ‘Reformer’ for five more years- two years after Zwingli began his efforts at reformation. From 1512 when he was installed until 1517 Luther was simply a Papist Professor of Scripture at a Catholic University in backwater Wittenberg.

The Family Name ‘Zwingli’

There’s an interesting snippet on Swiss Radio 1 about the meaning of the Zwingli family name.  Give it a listen.