Daily Archives: 4 Dec 2019

Eric Cline’s ASOR Plenary Address

Most Biblical Scholarship (mutatis mutandis) in A Single Meme


Fly, Reindeer… Fly…

Quote of the Day

Sin, in the reign and power of it, may cohabit with the most excellent natural gifts under the same roof—I mean in the same heart. A man may have the tongue of an angel and the heart of a devil.… The learned Pharisees were but painted sepulchers. — John Flavel

Luther’s Advice to Would Be Dilettantish Authors of Books About the Bible

You should not write a book before you have heard an old sow fart; and then you should open your jaws with awe, saying, “Thank you, lovely nightingale, that is just the text for me!” – Martin Luther

Well said, Martin. Well said.

The Hawarden ‘Old Testament in the New Testament’ Conference Reminder

Dear colleagues,

Just a final reminder to send me your proposals by Friday 27th December if you would like to offer a paper at this year’s Hawarden seminar. I have reproduced the original call in full below FYI.

I look forward to receiving your proposals and, in the meantime, wish everyone all the best for the end of term and for a very happy Christmas,



It is once again time to start making firm arrangements for the next Hawarden Seminar on the Use of the OT in the NT. The 2020 meeting will take place at the usual venue, Gladstone’s Library Hawarden, from early evening on Thursday 2nd April to just after lunch on Saturday 4th April. I do hope many of you will be able to join us.

Following discussions at the last Seminar, we have selected as our particular focus for the next two years The Re-Use of Scriptural Characters in the NT, with a particular focus on Abraham and Elijah. Prof Steve Walton has graciously accepted an invitation to provide a keynote paper on the use of scriptural characters in the Book of Acts, so we look forward to welcoming him to Hawarden for the first time. Other paper offers, either on this specific theme or on aspects of the OT in NT generally are very welcome, as ever.

1. To book your place

The Library staff are ready to receive our bookings in the usual way – i.e. by telephone (01244 532350 – UK; + 44 1244 532350 from outside UK) or email (enquiries@gladlib.org), but not via the on-line booking facility (which cannot recognise our block booking). Please state clearly when booking that you are part of the OT in NT seminar Group and wish to book a room from within the block in my name. Costs for the accommodation and all meals will depend on the type of room you book, but will be in the region of £175 – £250. Day rates are also available for those who live near enough to commute but also need to be booked in advance with the Library’s Reception team.

2. To offer a paper
Proposals are warmly invited, from both established scholars and PhD students, so please email me with a provisional title and a short abstract by Friday 27th December 2019, and also feel free to circulate this notice widely. All proposers will be informed whether or not their paper has been accepted by 31st January 2020. Usually invited speakers present for 40 minutes followed by 30 minutes of questions/discussion, and other presenters have 25 minutes to present and 15 minutes of questions. If you wish to request a different amount of time, please let me know in your proposal so that I can see whether this can be accommodated within the programme. Priority will be given to papers dealing with the main theme, but there will definitely be space for other papers in the field of the use of the OT in the NT.

Looking forward to seeing you in Hawarden in April, and wishing you all the best in the meantime,

Best wishes,

Professor Susan Docherty
Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism/Head of Theology
Newman University Birmingham


A Most Excellent Way: An Essay on Faith, Hope, and Love


Faith, hope, and love are the three core realities of Christian existence. Far from being self-grounded, they are rooted in God’s action and being in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Reflecting on the meaning these three realities have for us today, Christophe Chalamet argues that we gain a deeper understanding of them as we consider them in their interrelation, rather than separately. The first disciples sometimes described their burgeoning tradition as “the Way.” The apostle Paul, who reflected on faith, hope, and love in his epistles, praised love as “a most excellent way.” This book in constructive theology, drawing from a wealth of thinkers from the Christian tradition broadly conceived, presents faith, hope, and love as the abiding response to God’s faithfulness, God’s justice, and God’s love, for the sake of this world.

The False Gospel of Obedient-less Faith

Any ‘gospel’ that promises salvation without obedience is a false gospel; and a denial of the Gospel.  Faith, where it lacks works, is no faith at all because it is dead.  And any promise of salvation based on such a dead faith is a lie.

I Bet You Didn’t See That Coming from Pat Robertson

From 2013-

Pat Robertson on Sex Change: “I Don’t Think It’s A Sin–There Are Men Who Are In A Woman’s Body”

CBA Annual Meeting, 2020

Editing Matters, Wal-Mart…

The Psychology of Emotions

NPR has a fascinating segment on the psychology of emotions today. Give it a listen.

The Stranger

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and at you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 19:33-34

Luther Laments the Increase of Godlessness…

luther“It’s a remarkable and very offensive thing that the world is constantly degenerating more and more, though the gospel has been preached often. Everybody interprets the spiritual liberty of Christ as if it were carnal pleasure. In external matters, therefore, the kingdom of Satan and the kingdom of the pope are best for the world, for the world wishes to be governed by laws, the lies of superstition, and tyranny and is only made worse by the doctrine of grace because it doesn’t believe that there is any future life after this one. This was demonstrated by the man who, when he was dying, set down his written will and testament in a letter in which nothing was read but these words: ‘As long as I could I robbed. Rob as long as you can!’ ” –  Martin Luther

Hard to imagine what he would say 500 years later….