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A Very Useful Post From Logos: Comparing Hebrew and Greek Texts

This week’s post is centered on the following question I received from a Logos user:

I’m hoping you can help me with a frequent task: finding which Greek words (LXX) are used to translate a particular word in the Hebrew text. I’d like to know, for example, what Greek words the scholars chose to use in the LXX for “hesed,” which is so rich in meaning.

Even though not every Logos user will need this tip, the feature in the answer is a good trick to know if you venture into the original languages.

Users of Logos will find this quite helpful.  Read the rest.

Asparagus Festival? Seriously??? Seriously????????


I’m so glad I’m Baptist.

ALERT: Hawarden Old Testament in the New Conference 2018 IMPORTANT NEWS

Susan Docherty writes, in part

Dear all,

I’m afraid there has been a mix up at the Hawarden end about our booking for the 2018 Seminar – they CANNOT after all accommodate us on the dates I recently circulated, i.e. March 21st to 23rd. However, they could offer us Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th March, if we are willing to return to a previous pattern of meeting from Thursday evening to Saturday lunchtime. Alternatively, if we do want to go for a Wednesday to Friday meeting, we would have to meet earlier than usual, and in term time – 7th to 9th March. Could I ask those of you who are likely to be able to come next year to let me know within the next few days which of these two options would work best for you so that I can make a booking as soon as possible.

Please let Susan know ASAP.

Zwingli and Bullinger and their Influence: A Conference Announcement

Via Emidio Campi

When Texts are Canonized

How did canonization take place, and what difference does it make?

Essays in this collection probe the canonical process: Why were certain books, but not others, included in the canon? What criteria were used to select the books of the canon? Was canonization a divine fiat or human act? What was the nature of the authority of the laws and narratives of the Torah? How did prophecy come to be included in the canon? Others reflect on the consequences of canonization: What are the effects in elevating certain writings to the status of ‘Holy Scriptures’? What happens when a text is included in an official list? What theological and hermeneutical questions are at stake in the fact of the canon? Should the canon be unsealed or reopened to include other writings?

Edited by Timothy Lim.

The Bee Stings the Always Offended

According to ominous local reports, a local woman was gravely offended over what several witnesses described an innocuous comment made to question the beliefs and convictions of the slighted individual.

The victim in question was rumored to be “totally outraged” and demanded “justice” for the inconvenience of having to think through her position after being exposed to a contrary worldview, sources confirmed.

Local news teams swarmed the woman’s home to get a statement after hearing that she was, in fact, horribly offended, and irreconcilably shaken.

“I can’t believe things were said that didn’t make me feel good!” the outraged individual stated to the crowd of journalists. “I demand justice!”


At publishing time, the victim was relaying her firm conviction that the offending party was an insufferable fascist.

Her name is Legion.

In Which Zwingli Explains Why He Published his Sermon on ‘The Choice of Food’

zwingli_schriftenBecause his enemies were misrepresenting the oral presentation, Zwingli expanded and published it.

I have therefore made a sermon about the choice or difference of food, in which sermon nothing but the Holy Gospels and the teachings of the Apostles have been used, which greatly delighted the majority and emancipated them. But those, whose mind and conscience is defiled, as Paul says [Titus, 1:15], it only made mad.

But since I have used only the above-mentioned Scriptures, and since those people cry out none the less unfairly, so loud that their cries are heard elsewhere, and since they that hear are vexed on account of their simplicity and ignorance of the matter, it seems to me to be necessary to explain the thing from the Scriptures, so that every one depending on the Divine Scriptures may maintain himself against the enemies of the Scriptures. Wherefore, read and understand; open the eyes and the ears of the heart, and hear and see what the Spirit of God says to us.

The Bee Stings Heretic Jakes

In an effort to ensure consistency and transparency across its various events and programs, a spokesperson for The Potter’s House Church in Dallas has confirmed that Bishop T.D. Jakes will be held to a two-heresy minimum each time he preaches.

The announcement comes as a relief to the congregation, which was often kept in the dark as to when Jakes would be launching into a passionate oratory that would wander across the bounds of orthodoxy and end up firmly in heretical territory. “Stability is really important to me and my family,” longtime church member Marvin Jones told reporters. “Jakes is our head visionary, and I support him 100%, but I’m glad he’s finally being held accountable. Now we know for certain that whenever we come to church, we’ll definitely be confronted with blasphemous or heretical teaching.”

Jakes’s most recent message, which contained only one grievous heresy, spurred the church’s leadership team into making the change. Josh Robinson, the church’s Prophet of Operations & Expansion, told press in a statement, “That was really the tipping point. Bishop Jakes is a real man of God, obviously, but even he needs to be held to some kind of standard now and then. Going forward, Bishop Jakes will be under close watch to ensure he meets the biblical standards for an overseer and also sincerely delivers at least two separate egregiously-unbiblical proclamations each week.”

Jakes himself was not available for comment, according to his butler.

Jakes: favored by anti-trinitarians the world over.

Signs of the Times


Sorry Bucko but Abortion isn’t A Ministry, It’s Murder

I have now officially seen everything under the sun.

Dr. Willie Parker believes he’s doing the Lord’s work when he kills unborn babies in the womb with his own “capable hands.” The self-proclaimed Christian, who not only acts as an abortionist, but incessantly advocates for abortion by invoking his faith, views his Mississippi abortion clinic as a “ministry.”

Nope.  10,000 times nope.


Their wearers tend not to be grammarians…

via Helen I.

BBC Radio 3 and Luther

Next Sunday – 18:45
Breaking Free – Martin Luther’s Revolution: A Square Dance in Heaven
Sunday Feature

The Protestant Reformation has traditionally been regarded as “the triumph of the word”, marking a decisive shift from a visual and sensual culture to a literary one. But for Martin Luther, music, with its power to move emotions, was an “inexpressible miracle” second only to Theology. When people engage in music, he said, singing in four or five parts, it is like a “square dance in heaven.”

Luther’s ideas about music were to have a decisive influence on the development of music in Germany. Indeed, the dominance of German music from the 17th to 19th centuries would not have happened without him. The English and Scottish Reformations, which took a Calvinist route, were untouched by this influence. It took until the 18th century for the hymn-writing Wesley brothers to do for England’s churches what Luther had done for German ones two hundred years earlier. The Lutheran Church, with its hymns and chorales, was the seedbed for the choral and liturgical works of Germany’s greatest composers. No Luther, no Bach. It’s that simple.

The Rev Lucy Winkett, a trained singer and Bach enthusiast, takes the listener on a musical tour of the Reformation. The programme opens in the Georgenkirche in Eisenach where Martin Luther and J.S Bach were both choirboys. Lucy visits Torgau, where the first Lutheran cantor, Johann Walther, set Luther’s famous words to music and spearheaded the educational reforms which led to an explosion of choral singing throughout Saxony. The programme ends in Leipzig at the Thomaskirche, where Bach wrote his famous cantatas and other works based on Lutheran liturgy.

Music for this programme has been specially recorded with the choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, under the direction of Dr Geoffrey Webber.

Producer, Rosie Dawson.

With thanks to Diarmaid MacCulloch for the hat tip.

»What is Human?« Theological Encounters with Anthropology

The present volume is the result of an interdisciplinary project within the Department of Theology at Aarhus University. The project was related to the research programme: “Christianity and Theology in Culture and Society: Formation – Reformation – Transformation”, running from 2012–2016 at the Institute of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The idea was to bring together scholars from all disciplines of Theology at Aarhus University in order to stimulate and coordinate disciplinary and interdisciplinary research cooperation. One substantial fruit of this endeavor can be found in the form of the present volume.

The front matter can be read here.  With thanks to V&R for the review copy.  Stay tuned for more.

Something Fun From David J.A. Clines

Read it here.

We’ve Had A Lot of Rain Here

Many roads in the county north of us are washed out and schools are cancelled here and in most surrounding counties today because of the flooding.  Here’s my report to the weather folk for the last three days-

Fortunately the rain has stopped, but the rivers and streams are still boiling over.

Bible in Politics Conference: Hot Topics!

For the folk in the U.K. (Well, it’s the UK for now… but give it some time and it will break up like the prom queen breaks up with the chess club geek).

Harnessing Chaos

Just before the General Election, CSSSB will provide the most up-to-date assessment of contemporary politics and possibly predict the election outcome with a 3% margin of error. Yes, finally some relevance for biblical studies for it is the Bible in Politics conference, 2-3 June! In addition to Erin Runion’s headline act, here are some of the topics to be covered at the conference:

  • Political uses of Paul as “mystic”
  • Bible in the American political sphere
  • Biblical aesthetics, Islamophobia and Homeland
  • The Bible, the Muslim Other and the far right
  • Andrei Zviagintsev’s 2014 film Leviathan
  • Politics of biblical translation
  • Taiping Revolution
  • Apocalypse on the Left
  • Bible and New Zealand politics
  • The Bible and contemporary Scottish politics
  • Trump’s Bible

Here is the link for registration:

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The Reformations

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Ausstellung “Der Luthereffekt” in Berlin.
Kreise von Reformatoren, 1625/1650

Luther the Eisegete

It is my opinion that the Holy Spirit shortens the Turk’s name and does not only call him “Magog,” which is the correct, full name in Genesis 10 [:2], but He breaks off his head, takes away the first letters, and calls him “Gog,” though both “Gog” and “Magog” are a single name in this passage [Ez 38] and in Revelation, and both also signify the same Turk. He does this to give us comfort, by showing that He is a bitter enemy to Gog, just as any man calls his enemy by a nickname if he wants to show his anger or displeasure, as when one otherwise calls someone “Johannes” on a daily basis and out of anger shouts “Hans!” – Martin Luther

Luther identified the Ottomans as Gog simply because he found it expedient, not because he had any exegetical basis to do so. And that, dear Martin, is eisegesis.

Luther was an often witty theologian but his exegesis was frequently really terrible. As here in his comment on Ezekiel 38.

Just for the Joy of It

The Story of Luther’s Reformation

Here.  In a series of videos.  And remember, even though they call it ‘The History of the Reformation’ it really isn’t that at all.  Rather, it’s the story of Luther’s little corner of a grand historical phenomenon.