Archive for the ‘Friends’ Category
Being horrible to his elderly neighbor!
BelfastLondon man has been convicted of assaulting an elderly neighbour by using his belly to “bounce” her away from his home. Morrison WilsonChris Tilling, 58, claimed he was simply trying to get the pensioner off his garden path during a dispute. BelfastLondon Magistrates’ Court heard the woman suffered injuries when she fell during the incident in October 2013.
Every year I try to remember my departed friend. I missed it by a day this year (he passed away on 23 February, 2000).
In the early 1990’s when George was visiting SEBTS with his wife Ruth we struck up a fast friendship and they invited me to visit them at their home in Hove, East Sussex. It was my first visit to England (although certainly not my last) and it was wondrous.
The anniversary of his passing always brings back some very fond memories of my two weeks with George and Ruth, our visits to London and Cambridge, and our trip across the Channel to Dieppe, France for a day excursion. We discussed everything under the sun and I wondered aloud at the fact that the people at the Baptist Church he attended in Hove knew nothing of his international reputation as a leading New Testament exegete, expert on baptism in the early church, and lead translator of Rudolf Bultmann’s commentary on John. By the by, Beasley-Murray met Bultmann on a number of occasions and shook his hand. Meaning I too had shaken Bultmann’s hand (once removed).
George was a brilliant man and a good friend to me. And his wife Ruth was a witty treasure who, like all Brits, loved to swap tales (usually of some fascinating personal tidbit about this or that person).
I miss them still.
The report in various papers (and online) of the discovery grape seeds from the Negev dating to the 6th century CE would be ironic if it was not so tragic!
The original report of the finds at Elusa in the Negev is on the Israel Antiquities Authority website. It has been picked up by various media outlets (Haaretz, Times of Israel, Daily Mail, etc.). All stressing that these are the type of grapes which were used in the Byzantine period to produce one of the finest and most renowned wines in ancient world, know as ‘the Wine of the Negev’ or ‘wine of Gaza’ (since it was exported through Gaza to locations throughout the Byzantine world).
The emphasis in all these reports is on the quality of the wine produced in the Negev and how it might be recreated. However, what it also indicates is the importance of Gaza at the terminus of overland trade routes and sea routes across the Mediterranean. Gaza has been one of the most important towns in the history of Palestine and flourished because of its strategic location on trade routes.
The tragic irony is that none of these reports note that it cannot at present exploit the connectivity that has been the key to its success in the history of the region because of the long-term blockade by the Israeli government. The inhuman punishment and suffering heaped upon its present inhabitants is in stark contrast to its famous description as ‘the outpost of Africa; the door of Asia’.
— Keith Whitelam
Jim is on the mend to such an extent that he’s back online, checking in on facebook! He announces
The IOSCS has launched its own Facebook page to keep up with news: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1569061813331911/
I’m happy about the group but happier that James is nearly home (and should be this week).