Category Archives: pseudo-scholarship

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.