Category Archives: pseudo-scholarship

#ICYMI- Tom Wright Called ‘Revelation’ ‘Revelations’

Dear Tom, just so you know, it’s not ‘Revelations’… It’s Revelation.  Apparently NT Wright isn’t sure of the title of the book.  In this video, at 4:23, he calls the Book of Revelation the “Book of Revelations”.  How sad.  F-

Boy The Speculation Boggles the Imagination…

Rampant even.

Those ‘Lead Codices’ That Margaret Barker Keeps Pushing? Jordan has Disavowed Them

AMMAN — The Department of Antiquities (DoA) on Thursday announced that the lead codices it seized with the help of security authorities around seven years ago have not been proven to be authentic so far, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

DoA Director General Monther Jamhawi said that a national team of researchers and specialists scanned the area of the alleged cave where the codices were allegedly found but did not find any relevance between the codices and the cave, particularly as no cavities in the cave’s walls were found.

The department described the findings of British scientist David Elkington as baseless, stressing that the cave was not found and the pictures he has have nothing to do with the cave that was visited, which indicates that his insistence on the originality of the codices is groundless and not credible.

With a lot more from the esteemed Jim Davila.  It’s time for Margaret to ‘let it go’.

Dilly Of the Year Winner

Maybe of the decade.

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Anyway, ‘Phil’, here’s your well deserved award.  Wear it proudly.

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Dale Martin May be From Yale, But He’s Dead Wrong

Dale Martin rejects the idea that there is a “correct” way to interpret Biblical passages. That might make some Christians uncomfortable, but Martin says the idea of unequivocal Biblical interpretation is a relatively new concept and not reflective of the religion’s long history.

There is in fact a correct way to read Scripture.  Do you know who hasn’t believed that in the history of Christianity?  Every heretic and heterodox.

“You never think about reading a poem, looking only for what the poet was trying to say,” Martin told WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth. “You can’t listen to the Moonlight Sonata and think there’s only one meaning of that music. So we’ve kind of crippled ourselves when we think that’s what we’re supposed to do with the Bible.”

Apples and oranges, Dale.  Apples and oranges.  Scripture isn’t a sonata nor is it a poem.  It’s authors had an intent that was quite specific and to suggest otherwise is the path that has been taken by every person who has ever twisted Scripture to meet their own agenda.

In that sense, meaning comes not from the Bible’s written words, but from the readers – something Martin says is already creating a cultural shift in the way believers worship, cultivate values and practice their faith.

Poor Dale.  Still riding the coattails of reader-response criticism.  But it died a terrible death at the same time that semiotics did.

Dale used to be smart.  I’m sure at some level he still is.  But he has imbibed too deeply of his pet hermeneutic and he’s lost the plot.  I hope he recovers.

Boy you Don’t Find that Kind of ‘Exegetical Expertise’ Just Anywhere Do you….

That’s a gift right there.  Human wisdom didn’t reveal that to her……..

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Metaxas Claims His Bonhoeffer Bio is Completely True. Actual Bonhoeffer Scholars Can’t Stop Laughing

Eric Metaxas lives in a curious space among those who admire and study German pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In one universe dominated by evangelicals outside of academia, Metaxas is viewed as a Bonhoeffer scholar. In another dominated by academics and Bonhoeffer scholars, he is considered a revisionist of Bonhoeffer’s work, someone who has hijacked Bonhoeffer perhaps for partisan religious purposes.

Yesterday on his radio show, Metaxas took aim at the latter group. His guest on the program was Hillsdale College president Larry Arnn. Arnn, a Winston Churchill scholar, told Metaxas about a recent talk at Hillsdale by the widow of Churchill biographer Sir Martin Gilbert. In the course of the discussion with Mrs. Gilbert, the subject of Bonhoeffer came up. Arnn said all of the information about Bonhoeffer in the room came from Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer bio.

And much more.  Give it a read.  Metaxas really is a deluded man; a pseudo-scholar of the highest order.  Indeed, he is no scholar.  He’s a cartoon creator.  He should stick with what he knows and stop deceiving people about Bonhoeffer and other topics.

A Genuine Pooling of Ignorance Bible Study, For Just $699

Bell and Evans…. and Wright…. and the rest.  What a farcical assemblage of exegetical dilettantism.  And all for just $699 early registration.  HarperCollins is clearly willing to sell any rubbish.

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The Bee Stings Purpose Driven Drivel and Thomas Nelson

In its latest push to capitalize on popular Christian book trends, religious publisher Thomas Nelson hurriedly announced upcoming book The Purpose Driven Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book Featuring Tim Tebow Tuesday to much fanfare.

The book will reportedly feature forty days of purpose-driven devotionals written as if Jesus were talking directly to the reader, with inspirational images of Tim Tebow captioned with encouraging Joel Osteen quotes for believers to color during their read-through.

“This book is everything Christians want to read right now, all wrapped up into one,” a Thomas Nelson representative told reporters. “And best of all, you get to color every page yourself!”

“We fully expect this to become the number-one bestseller for a very long time to come,” the rep added.

At publishing time, the new book had generated millions of preorders, prompting the publisher to announce a follow-up book entitled The 5 Money Languages: An Amish Romance Coloring Book Featuring Chip & Joanna Gaines.

Yup- that about sums up the marketing aims of Thomas Nelson and the continuing theological stupidification of American Christians.

The Most Uninformed Tweet of the Year

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The issues are far more complex than simply sacraments, polity and authority.  This is the most misinformed tweet I’ve yet seen on the Reformation.  Only someone who has never studied the Reformation for more than a minute could suggest such.

Oh Zondervan, Why Would You? Why?

But it makes no sense.  It is irrational, and, frankly, absurd.  But anything for a buck I suppose, for those Murdochian companies that care more for profit than theological sense.

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More ‘Second Coming’ Prediction Madness

These people should just stop.  But they seem incapable of it, driven by some sort of demonically induced madness.

An Israeli Rabbi has claimed that the biblical prophecy of Balaam, which says that the appearance of a new star will precede the coming of the Messiah, matches an astronomical event that scientists predict will occur in 2022. Although the Jewish faith does not believe that Jesus is the Messiah, some Christians have interpreted the Rabbi’s prediction as proof that Jesus’ second coming will occur in 2022.

Rabbi Yosef Berger of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion claimed that biblical prophecy of Balaam and “Jewish esoteric sources” show that the astronomical event predicted for 2022, the collision of two stars to form a brand new star in the night sky, will herald the arrival of the Messiah. The astronomical event fulfills an ancient prophetic sign of the coming of the Messiah, the Rabbi claimed, according to Breaking Israel News.

Rabbi Berger claimed that Balaam’s prophecy and other Jewish mystical sources say that the coming of the Messiah will be preceded by heavenly signs involving multiple stars. The ancient prophecy of the arrival of the Messiah matches recent predictions by astronomers that a dazzling display from a red nova explosion will appear in the sky in 2022, following the collision of two faint stars in the constellation of Cygnus, according to the Rabbi.

Lunacy.  When 2022 comes and goes I hope this guy has the courage to admit he is a liar.

Andy Stanley Is A Poor Theologian and A Really Poor Thinker

Or, a really poor thinker, which is what makes him a poor theologian.  Wait, he isn’t a theologian at all.  He’s the Pastor of a megachurch, where being a theologian is the last thing anyone wants.

Stanely’s recent remarks about the Virginal Conception (it’s not a Virgin Birth… that’s a biologically nonsensical phrase) of Jesus show that he doesn’t understand Scripture or Christian theology.  But that’s to be expected, because the reason he says and does what he says and does isn’t to communicate truth, it’s to draw a crowd.

Stanley is, if I might put it quite crudely, exactly what every other megachurch pastor is- a publicity whore.  He craves publicity and is willing to say and do whatever necessary to get it.  Even if what he has to say is quite outrageous.  But that’s the point, really.  That’s what gets attention.

If a Christian asserts classic Christian belief, that’s not news.  But if a pretend Christian says that he or she doesn’t believe in God or doesn’t think the Bible is true or theologically meaningful or, around Christmas, that Jesus is just like everyone else, then that gets the news juices flowing.

Attention whores love attention.  Andy Stanley is an attention whore, not a theologian.  His remarks should be taken in that light.

Or More Accurately, Christian Pastor Twists Scripture To Make It Fit His Own Inclinations…

But that’s not theology, it’s heresy.  It isn’t exposition, it’s eisegesis.  Ya gotta love the guys who think that their navel gazing expositions and ‘reframings’ have merit and the publishers who pander to them simply because they address the latest societal buzzwords.  Toss LGBTQ into any title or subtitle and the substance of your research can be utter nonsense and Westminster will still publish it.

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Lifeway Is There For You, Lazy Unmotivated Plagiarizing Pastor…

Lifeway has sent along an email with the promise of 4 FREE sermon outlines and all I need do is download them….  Yay….  This is perfect for the lazy, unmotivated plagiarizing SBC pastors who are satisfied to let others do their sermon prep for them.  Their name is Legion…

Fortunately, I like to do my own work.  So, no thanks.

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Another O’Brien Commentary Bites the Dust

peter-obrienIn the summer of 2016 Zondervan Academic became aware of emerging concerns that one of its authors, Dr. Peter T. O’Brien, may not have followed commonly accepted standards for the use and documentation of secondary resources in Bible commentaries he had written. Consequently, we began a careful review of Dr. O’Brien’s commentary on Colossians and Philemon, volume 44 in the Word Biblical Commentary (WBC).

It is with sadness and regret that we have concluded this volume does not follow commonly accepted standards for the use and documentation of secondary resources. Dr. O’Brien is revered by his colleagues in the academy and by his former students. His commentaries, including volume 44 in the WBC, have been used with great benefit by the thousands who have purchased them. While we have no reason to believe that Dr. O’Brien intentionally misused secondary resources, our commitment to high publishing standards leaves us no choice but to put volume 44 of the WBC out of print in both its print and digital formats and to destroy the remaining inventory.

Plagiarism….  see how bad it sucks.

The Rabbi is An Eisegete

A Rabbi claims he has found Hebrew codes hidden in the Bible that point to a presidential victory for Donald Trump.

Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson, author of more than 30 books in Hebrew and expert in decoding the hidden meanings of ancient Hebrew, says he has found texts in the books of Deuteronomy and Numbers that predict Donald Trump will become President of the United States.

The Rabbi explains on YouTube how the the Bible code in the tables breaks down.

In one section of the text, the word “Donald” appears in Hebrew letters next to the word “nasi” which is Hebrew for president, Breaking Israel News reported. The codes are repeated in another section.

The rabbi is an eisegete. It may turn out that Trump is elected President (shiver) but there’s no secret code embedded in the Bible and there’s no prediction of America, much less Trump or the presidency or anything else. The rabbi is an eisegete.

The Bee Stings Jen Hatmaker and her Doctrinal Revampings

HGTV crews followed Jen and Brandon Hatmaker’s quest to overhaul an old farmhouse for their growing family in hit show “My Big Family Renovation.” Now the home improvement cable channel has confirmed that they have asked the Hatmakers back for a new series entitled “My Biblical Doctrine Renovation.”

“The Hatmakers have an uncanny knack for tearing down old, worn-out, traditional things and replacing them with new, shiny fixtures and appliances, and they’ll be using these skills to renovate a traditional teaching from Scripture in each episode,” said an HGTV spokesperson.

“In every fun, relatable episode of the show, the Hatmakers will take a boring, traditional biblical doctrine, rip it to shreds using words like ‘tender’ and ‘nuanced,’ and replace it with something much more modern and acceptable,” the spokesperson said as part of the official announcement on the cable channel’s website.

“Viewers will get to see the detailed, step-by-step process of updating out-of-vogue beliefs into something cutting-edge and trendy.”

According to an early episode guide obtained by reporters, the Hatmakers will turn their renovation skills to the traditional understanding of doctrines like sin, gay marriage, hell, and the church.

At publishing time, Jen Hatmaker had tweeted that she was so excited to begin casting aside centuries of church doctrinal agreement in favor of her own vision that she “can’t even.”

#Bam.  The nearer the truth, the better the irony.  And this is, as things go, nearly ironically perfect.

Well That’s a Load Off!

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Who wants to take all that ‘love one another stuff’ literally, #AmIRight….

[Of course the problem with the ‘I don’t take the Bible literally’ herd of ignoramuses is that they don’t really mean what they say.  What they mean is that they don’t take the parts they don’t like literally.  Things that make them uncomfortable, or challenge their precious Millennial preconceptions, or cause them to rethink their social ethics, those they don’t take literally.  But of course they’re the first ones to chime in with ‘don’t judge me’ as soon as you challenge their theologically ignorant misreadings of texts.  That they think they’re taking literally though of course they aren’t.  They take the Bible neither literally nor seriously.  They take it in pieces and consequently they take it to pieces.  And worst of all, their ignorance is so invincible, they don’t even know what they’re doing.]

That ‘Jerusalem Papyrus’ Thing, Again

This time there’s finally a photo of the unprovenanced bitlet making people very excited.  But what’s it prove?  Absolutely nothing.  Even if it’s authentic (who knows, it’s unprovenanced and can’t be discussed at ASOR because of their policy concerning unprovenanced artifacts) it proves nothing.

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It’s purty though….  But unprovenanced.  So useless.