I Am Extremely Unimpressed

This volume… which seems so promising… is an absolute disappointment.  And that’s before even opening it and merely reading the table of contents.

How on earth can you have a volume on the Reformation which includes primary sources and completely ignores Zwingli? That’s like having a volume on math and leaving out a discussion of addition.  It is literally incomprehensible, inexcusable, and unforgivable.

#ICYMI: NT Wright Ascends to Heaven From Bible Conference in Houston!

Witnesses say that just before he was seen to fly skyward without a rocket pack, he spread out his arms, and then up he went, shouting ‘buy my giant book which is very much like all my other less giant books or the wrath of God will descend onto your unrighteous heads… sinners…’

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Witness stories diverge at this point but many swear that as he disappeared out of sight through a giant hole in the ceiling created by the hurling of his new book through it that he was received either by Chuck Norris or Ryan Seacrest.

He promised to return.  Oh that we will all still be alive when he does…  Meanwhile, many will come in his name, proclaiming his gospel and urging souls to follow Tom’s teachings (also known as TT).  If you want to get to heaven, and spend eternity with Tom, you have to embrace TT.

I Remember When WJK Used To Be A Super Publisher

It hasn’t been for a few years and it’s getting in the business of publishing more and more bizarre stuff (apparently the more bizarre the better they like it).  If Tyndale and Zondervan publish the rubbish of the far right, WJK has taken on the task of publishing the rubbish of the far left.

I used to love thumbing through the WJK catalog, but anymore I just can’t stomach their questing for obscurity and irrelevance.

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Some People Need to Learn to Distinguish Between the Words of Jesus and the Words of His Interpreters

Like Leithart who, without justification or reason, has read John’s rendition of the prayer of Jesus in Chapter 17 of his Gospel as a roadmap of Jesus himself for the future of his Church.

Some ‘theologians’ are genuinely awful at biblical scholarship and vice versa.  This is the primary failing of academic theology today: the severing of biblical and theological learning.

At any rate, one needn’t even read the volume to know Leithart is wrong, for two reasons:

  • It’s by Leithart.
  • It suggests a priori an unsubstantiated notion about the Historical Jesus that cannot be sustained by research.

So here’s something else I won’t be reading.

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Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh

Have publishers now come to the place where they have to invent non-existent theological debates in order to peddle their latest tome?  Aren’t there already enough real and pressing theological issues to write about?

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Has anyone, anywhere, at any time, ever heard someone say ‘I think the Gospel must be a factory that makes useful and uniform disciples from a supply of raw souls’?  Ever?  Anyone?  Anywhere?

And what’s a raw soul?  Sigh.

Dear Lunatics and Nutbags and Weirdos… I’m NOT Interested in What You Have to Say…

So you can STOP sending your unhinged book notices. Thanks.

Global Education à la HEGEL, SCHELLING, FICHTE, AND KANT is the Solution to Our World’s Problems

“In this book, Dr. Foldes takes his previous work to a higher level and makes it accessible to a wider audience. The Handbook may well prove to be of central importance in solving some of our most corrosive problems. Foldes grounds ‘global education’ in the philosophical Science (Wissenschaft) of Hegel and other idealists and shows its application to bothersome issues in politics, religion, personal relations, health and business. A tour de force.”
—John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University

“Both engaging and erudite, both accessible and challenging, this Handbook appeals to scientific and to New Age communities alike in order to make the case that Hegel’s philosophical Science is not only relevant but is indeed essential for the genuine healing of our planet.”
—Michael Baur, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University

Really? Someone was ignorant enough to write a blurb for you? Really? Or are these just names you cooked up…  But the next one… well it’s just…

The Jedi Handbook of Global Education: A Guide to Healing Your Planet and Bringing Balance to The Force, 526 pages

Ken Foldes, Fulbright Scholar, a member of The Hegel Society of America, The North American Fichte Society, and The North American Schelling Society

Erghhh…. that doesn’t speak well of either the Hegel Society or the Schelling Society.

The Jedi Handbook of Global Education is unprecedented. It is the first book of its kind to appear anywhere and is the result of 35 years of research and collaboration with some of the greatest minds of the century, John McDermott, Norman O. Brown, Alan Watts, Stan Grof, Amit Goswami, Eckhart Tolle, Tom Altizer, John Sallis, Stanley Rosen, Tom Rockmore, Quentin Lauer, Otto Pöggeler, and Kenley Dove.

I’ve never heard of a single one of these pretend people.

The Handbook offers a global educational program designed to heal our planet, solve all of its problems without exception, and actualize an incredible new world and humanity (“The Jedi Order”). It offers a program that cannot fail to achieve its end, as it is based on an “Absolute Science” that is the culmination of 2,000 years of the history of philosophy and science. The book shows how only Global “Jedi” Education can resolve our many problems and world crises such as war, terrorism, political/religious instability, economic inequality, worldwide poverty, homelessness, nihilism, disease, and “death.” It is unprecedented in its scope. Its program includes not only hands-on methods for transforming K-12 and university education, but also for transforming our major global institutions—politics, religion, science, business, health (medicine & psychiatry), the arts and media—which by their very nature educate and shape the consciousness of nations and individuals. It is superior to other similar programs to heal our planet based on merely “relative” sciences such as quantum physics, which are sense-based and unable to definitively ground the absolute reality of consciousness and the New Holistic Science now coming on the scene as a result of the global “paradigm shift” now occurring on our planet.

Oh for the love of…

Please, nutbags, lose my email address. Instead, send your stuff to Joel Watts. He’s easy to find on Google.

I Wouldn’t Read Ed Young’s Book if the Publisher Flew Me to Tahiti For a Year Long Vacation

First, Young is a miserable ‘theologian’.  That reason alone is enough to keep me from reading his Dreck.  Second, he’s an egomaniacal self-promoter who knows nothing of the Gospel.  Need proof?  Here’s a tweet which he paid to promote which promotes his book demonstrating that he only cares about sales.  If his book were that good, others would promote it.  But since it is rubbish, he has to stir up interest himself.

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The man knows nothing of the Bible and less of Christian ministry.  John the Baptist, pointing his disciples to Jesus, said ‘he must increase and I must decrease’.  Ed Young’s theology (and Osteen’s and Warren’s and Jakes and the rest of the mega church self indulgers) is thoroughly self centered and self exalting.  They point to themselves because they love themselves excessively.

I won’t bother with his book, but dear Luther, with plenty of time on his hands in heaven, has.  Here’s what he thinks of its author and his cohort of mega-big-deceivers:

A natural donkey, which carries sacks to the mill and eats thistles, can judge you – indeed, all creatures can! For a donkey knows it is a donkey and not a cow. A stone knows it is a stone; water is water, and so on through all the creatures. But you mad asses do not know you are asses.  – Luther

Amen, and amen.

A Site as Bad as Wikipedia: ‘tlogical’

I was looking for something and happened upon this:

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I couldn’t get any further than the top of the entry because the picture they’ve used of Zwingli isn’t of Zwingli and honestly, if they can’t get that right what can they?

People, please, ask before you post.  Otherwise you’ll just be wrong.  And really wrong.  You’ll be as bad as wikipedia.

The June Biblical Studies Carnival: The All Women-Folk Edition!

wom1Unlike other months this month there’s a catch for the Carnival: all postings are by women. Yes friends, it’s the all women-folk edition!

Ever since the beginning of blogging various people have lamented the absence of the fairer sex so we’re going to remedy that and highlight posts ONLY by the ladies. Here goes!

Old Testament

A conference on the language of the LXX was pointed out by Ekaterini.  It looks authentically amazing.  Chalk it up to yet another event I’d love to attend. Another Conference was announced as well- this one on the Psalms of Solomon.   Rachel Berenblat had a right nice post on Heschel’s reading of Torah.  Kim posted a very engaging and really interesting piece on Deborah which I heartily and joyfully commend.  Claudia discussed the dicey issue of Leviticus and homosexuality in a post titled A Bíblia hebraica não é homofóbica. Artigo de Pierre-Israël Trigano.

New Testament

Ekaterini informed readers of the appearance of a FS for Martinus C. de Boer titled ‘Paul, John and Apocalyptic Eschatology’.  It looks like a good one.  Ruth Martin examined the word ‘myth’ in the New Testament as well as the words ‘bought and sold‘ and ‘spiritual’ but not ‘religious’ along with ‘pure, purity, purify‘, and of course ‘heal’ and ‘healing’.  Ruth’s blog is truly one to keep up with.  So is Kimberly’s.  Her discussion of divorce in the Church is very much worth a look.

Archaeology

wom3Though not specifically related to the archaeology of the eastern Levant alone – here’s a blog that has, from time to time, useful things.

Dead Sea Scrolls

Vacat  (apparently there are no women who blog the Scrolls).

Miscellaneous

wom4Here are the women bibliobloggers known to me or pointed out to me for your continued reading pleasure- with especial thanks to Deane and J.K. Gayle and Doug Iverson for the list (and to be completely honest, they included other blogs on their lists but they hardly seemed to me to fit the category of biblioblogs.  For instance, a mom reviewing Christian books doesn’t really match the profile and neither does a blog featuring readings from Joyce Meyers…  Of course that’s my subjective take on the category but since it’s my own Avignonian Carnival up in your face here I hardly feel compelled to include materials I think don’t at all fit).

Lady Bloggers

forbiddengospels.blogspot.com/                                          (barely active)*
judyredman.wordpress.com/                                              (inactive)**
candidamoss.wordpress.com/                                             (inactive)
blog.nyashajunior.com/                                                      (active)
biblenerd.blogspot.com                                                      (inactive)
biblicalstudiesblog.blogspot.com/                                        (active)
pioneernt.wordpress.com/                                                  (active)
velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/                                          (active)
mystical-politics.blogspot.com/                                           (active)
notbeingasausage.blogspot.com/                                        (active)
brendasbiblioblog.wordpress.com/                                      (inactive)
aucklandtheology.wordpress.com/                                      (active)
womenshebrewbible.blogspot.com/                                     (inactive)
bltnotjustasandwich.com/                                                   (active)
judithweingarten.blogspot.com/                                          (active)
wtjblog.com/                                                                     (barely active)
panoramabiblico.blogspot.com/                                           (active)
estudosjudaicos.blogspot.com/                                            (active)
kimberlymajeski.com/                                                        (active)
cheesewearingtheology.com/                                              (active)
barbarah.wordpress.com/category/the-bible/                       (inactive)
rebeccaluellamiller.wordpress.com                                      (active)

zwingli092Very few of the blogs listed posted materials related to biblical studies (as the carnival above makes clear).  There may not be as much of a dearth of women bloggers as there once was, but interest in the bible (etc) seems fairly rare or sporadic or something other than rampant and widespread.

A complete list of all known and unknown biblioblogs by all genders including even non-gendered people like Joel Watts can be found here, at the Biblioblog Top 50 managed by the curmudgeony NT Wrong.  Since she is a she, I feel it appropriate to include mention of her work this month.  She has also posted the Top Biblioblog of the month (which is clearly not based on any neutral data since the chosen blog is ranked in the 2 million range by Alexa and there are numerous biblioblogs which rank higher (in terms of traffic) like this one which none other approaches in terms of said traffic).  But you know how women are… they have an eye to other-than-scientific ranking methods.  They’re so subjective.  They aren’t like men.  They are from Venus).

Caroline posted on the New Zealand and Australia Theological Society meeting.  Some very interesting things went on, it looks like, down under.

Next month, to be fair and equitable, the Carnival will be an all male edition. Just for the sake of fairness.

And now, if you will, trot over to Andy King’s blog, The Blog of the Twelve, and take a look at the official Carnival.  If it hasn’t been posted yet I’m sure it will be soon.

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* ‘Active’ blogs have posts, though not necessarily related to the Bible, in June.
** ‘Inactive’ blogs do not have posts of any sort, in June.

Yeah, That’s OK, I Won’t Be

This note arrived overnight:

userDear Jim,

As you probably know, my new book is coming out soon.  Do you mind mentioning it?

Thanks

XXXX

My reply-

Dear XXXX,

I would, but as you’ve never mentioned any of mine, I think I’ll pass.  One way ‘friendship’ isn’t real friendship at all- it’s ‘using’ someone else.  So, thanks anyway, but I’ll just say no.

Jim

So, Let Me See If I Understand This…

Rachel Evans apparently interviewed Tom Wright.  Lovely.  I’m sure billions of people will be interested in what Tom has to say about whatever.  Furthermore, she evidently allowed her readers to pose questions (I don’t know because I haven’t read the interview because, when you get right down to it, I don’t care what Wright thinks though some Aussies do [which is even more reason not to]).

What does interest me though is the sort of questions asked by the sort of people who participated and the answers Wright gave.  I saw this on Facebook… and it raised a number of questions:

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1- Who would ask Tom Wright about sex?
2- Why would anyone as Tom Wright about sex?
3- Why is Evans so fixated on sex that she chose- of all the 600 questions sent her- that one? (And she is fixated on sex. She’s recently spent lots of time talking about masturbation). Doesn’t she know that there’s more to life than sex? And if we’re going to focus on biological functions, why not focus on urination too? Or defecation? Or regurgitation (which is the one that came to mind when I saw the facebook snippet).
4- Why? Why???? WHYYYY?????????????? does Timothy ‘like’ the fact that Tom has likened sex to rugby?

Tom Wright- the Dr Ruth of British New Testament scholarship….  it’s the final sign of the apocalypse.

Our Own Candida Moss Shows Bill O’Reilly to Be an Historical Ignoramus: There Is No ‘War on Easter’

Here, Candida writes (in part)

For those who do not share O’Reilly’s perspective about the war on Christianity and the agenda of the secular progressives, his argument appears laughable. But for those who do he’s a herald of the apocalypse. He is the seer who reads the tea leaves and understands the connections between seemingly unrelated current affairs. He sees the work of the Devil in the details.

Nor should we expect O’Reilly to abandon this perspective anytime soon. In a brief conversation about his forthcoming book Killing Jesus, O’Reilly stated that Jesus died because of taxation. Without going into detail about the specifics of his argument, he went on to discuss the similarities between Roman treatment of Jews at the time of Jesus and the current administration’s encroachment on the liberties and properties of modern Americans.

It is not difficult to connect the dots or extract O’Reilly’s larger point. In this modern day passion story, O’Reilly and like-minded individuals stand with Jesus and the oppressed Jews of ancient Galilee. The current administration and SPs stand with the Christ-killer Romans.

If only O’Reilly knew as much as he thinks he knows- particularly about history and specifically about Christian history… alas, then he wouldn’t be shown to be so unlearned at every turn.  And whilst Candida thinks Bill may need to be taken as a prophetic voice in the hinterlands of fundamentalism (my term, not hers) representing some segment of Christianity, I can’t.  I can only take him for what he is- a dilettante who should neither speak about history nor write about Jesus.

I certainly won’t be reading his rubbish.  There’s too much, far too much good stuff to read to waste a second on his fourth rate pseudo-‘scholarship’.

Anywho- read Candida’s entire essay.

Cashing in on ‘The Bible’: Downey and Burnett Book-ify Their Rubbish

Having produced a film it’s just natural that these ‘experts’ on the Bible turn their ‘explanation’ into a book…

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I doubt the book will be an improvement on the film.  The disinformation, misinformation, and downright falsehoods propagated by the tv special can hardly escape being absent here.  If you can hold off a month or two you’ll find plenty of copies on ebay for a dollar if you just enjoy reading garbage.