Tagung: 450 Jahre Frankenthaler Religionsgespräch, Referent*innen gefragt

Im Jahr 1571 fand in Frankenthal (Pfalz) ein Religionsgespräch zwischen Reformierten und Täufern statt. Das Gespräch gilt als eine der wichtigsten religionspolitischen Maßnahmen in der reformierten Kurpfalz. Es war eingebunden in eine dezidiert gegen täuferisches Wirken gerichtete obrigkeitliche Agenda.

Much more on the conference here.

Melanchthon Explains the Bible to Luther



“What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” – Tertullian

Here’s the full context-

What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the Academy and the Church? what between heretics and Christians? Our instruction comes from “the porch of Solomon,” who had himself taught that “the Lord should be sought in simplicity of heart.”

Away with all attempts to produce a mottled Christianity of Stoic, Platonic, and dialectic composition! We want no curious disputation after possessing Christ Jesus, no inquisition after enjoying the gospel! With our faith, we desire no further belief. For this is our palmary faith, that there is nothing which we ought to believe besides. – Prescription Against Heretics, Ch. 7

Luther to Cheer You Up

lutherIt makes me tingle with pleasure from head to toe when I see that through me, poor wretched man that I am, God the Lord maddens and exasperates you hellish and worldly people, so that in your spite you will burst and tear yourselves to pieces – while I sit under the shade of faith and the Lord’s Prayer, laughing at you devils and your crew as you blubber and struggle in your great fury.  — Martin Luther

Why are The Dead Sea Scrolls so Sensational?

This lecture took place at the University College, London.  And it was given by James Charlesworth.  It was, all in all, a very enjoyable lecture, although it adhered to a fairly conservative interpretation of the site (i.e., scriptorium, Essenes, etc.).

12 Years Ago Today at SOTS

Jared and Ivanka Don’t Want Those Secret Service Guys Using their Precious Bathrooms…

Jared and Ivanka told the Secret Service not to use ANY of the half-dozen bathrooms in their home, so the federal government has been spending $3,000 a month — more than $100,000 to date — to rent a basement studio, with a bathroom, from a neighbor.


CBA Continuing Seminar on the Deuterocanonicals

The Seminar met today.  The lead off paper was on Ben Sira, and who doesn’t like him?  It was an exceptionally interesting presentation on an interesting topic:

These online sessions (in the absence of actual in person conferences) are a godsend.  Seriously.  Sorry for all the slides.  I’ll stop now.  But the whole session was so very good.

Zwingli was no Lutheran

“I do not want the papists to call me a Lutheran for I did not learn the doctrine of Christ from Luther, but rather from the Word of God. When Luther preaches Christ, he does the very same as me, though—thank God— innumerably more people are led to God through him than through me and others.” – HZ

The Melanchthon Prize

Via Refo500 on facebook

Melanchthonpreis-Verleihung an Dr. Tobias Jammerthal erst am 26. Juni

Die Verleihung des 12. Internationalen Melanchthonpreises der Stadt Bretten an den Theologen Dr. Tobias Jammerthal wird erst am 26. Juni 2021 stattfinden. Darauf verständigten sich der Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Bretten Martin Wolff und Prof. Dr. Günter Frank, Direktor der Europäischen Melanchthon-Akademie (EMA) Bretten. Die wissenschaftliche Auszeichnung für eine Veröffentlichung im Wirkungskreis von Philipp Melanchthon findet alle drei Jahre stets Mitte Februar – um den Geburtstag des Reformators und Universalgelehrten – in dessen Heimatstadt statt. Die Festveranstaltung in der Gedächtnishalle des Melanchthonhauses war für den 20. Februar geplant. Die Lage der Corona-Pandemie ließ eine Durchführung nach jetzigem Stand nicht möglich werden.

Der Preisträger, Dr. Tobias Jammerthal, wurde bereits im Oktober als Preisträger benannt. Der gebürtige Karlsruher erhält die mit 7.500 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung für seine Studie „Philipp Melanchthons Abendmahlstheologie im Spiegel seiner Bibelauslegung 1520-1548“, die zugleich seine Doktorarbeit an der Universität Tübingen darstellt. Eine wissenschaftliche Findungskommission hatte die Promotionsschrift des Theologen für den Melanchthonpreis 2021 als würdig vorgeschlagen, der Gemeinderat der Stadt Bretten schloss sich dieser Empfehlung an und erkannte dem Theologen diesen Preis zu. Es handelt sich um eine hochdifferenzierte und gewichtige Arbeit, die das Verständnis Melanchthons anhand von Details im Grundsätzlichen neu justiert, heißt es in der Begründung.

Luther Tells an Englishman What Justification Means

luther_bullAn Englishman asked Dr. Martin Luther about this question, which is very common in England: Whether godly persons who are already justified should expect some merit on account of the works that follow justification? Dr. Martin Luther replied, “It should be understood at the outset that we who are already justified are still sinners, and so we believe in and pray for forgiveness of sins in this life. ‘Therefore let every one who is godly offer prayer to thee’ [Ps. 32:6]. ‘Enter not into judgment with thy servant [for no man living is righteous before thee,’ Ps. 143:2]. This is a certain statement. We’re all sinners and live under the grace of the forgiveness of sins.

“In the second place, God promises reward to those who do works, and therefore we earn something, etc. Surely God gives works to individuals, but differently, as one star differs from another. Yet all of these are under the forgiveness of sins. As heaven (that is, justification) is under grace, so much the more are the stars. As the stars don’t make heaven but only adorn it, so works don’t merit heaven but only adorn justifying faith. This is the only reasoning that solves everything: ‘I believe in Jesus Christ, who suffered under Pilate for us.’ Everything is his; nothing is ours. Afterward, when by grace we are sons of God, we differ in our gifts, just as there are different stars in heaven.

“In short, the article of justification by Christ solves everything. If Christ merits it, we merit nothing. In Christ there are gifts, not merits. Likewise, since capital and substantial righteousness is nothing, how much less will accidental righteousness count in God’s sight? Substantial righteousness is the righteousness of faith, but accidental righteousness is gifts, not merits. God crowns nothing but his own gifts, as Augustine said.

He expounded the term ‘merit’ very well against the deceit of the sophists, who said that the Blessed Virgin merited becoming the mother of Christ, the Son of God, because of her virginity; that is, she was suited in her maidenly body to give birth to him. Truly, an excellent merit! It’s as if somebody were to say, ‘This tree merits the bearing of fruit because God ordained it to do so.’ Surely, one should look upon God’s gifts and ordinance, not upon our works. Thus Augustine carefully reflected on the term ‘merit’ and concluded from the words of Mary, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord’ [Luke 1:38] and ‘He has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden’ [Luke 1:48], that it depends on God’s grace and not our merit. The merit of our works is nothing before God. The merit of our justification is grace, or Christ died in vain. Besides, we’re all non-doers because there must be a diversity of gifts. This error comes from a confusion of the law and the gospel; when each of these teachings doesn’t remain in its place and sphere, we turn heaven into hell and hell into heaven.” — Table Talk

The Problem With Pentebabbleism…

Is that, among other things, it is impervious to truth.

For millions of charismatic Christians, the Capitol riot doesn’t change the truth: Trump’s win has been prophesied.

False prophecy. But they are unable to realize it. Very pathological. And very sad.

Jeremiah’s Most Profound Confession

You deceived me, LORD, and I was deceived. You seized me and prevailed. I am a laughingstock all the time; everyone ridicules me.  For whenever I speak, I cry out, I proclaim, “Violence and destruction!” because the word of the LORD has become for me constant disgrace and derision. 

If I say, “I won’t mention Him or speak any longer in His name,” His message becomes a fire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones. I become tired of holding it in, and I cannot prevail.  For I have heard the gossip of many people, “Terror is on every side! Report him; let’s report him!” Everyone I trusted watches for my fall. “Perhaps he will be deceived so that we might prevail against him and take our vengeance on him.”

But the LORD is with me like a violent warrior. Therefore, my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. Since they have not succeeded, they will be utterly shamed, an everlasting humiliation that will never be forgotten. LORD of Hosts, testing the righteous and seeing the heart and mind, let me see Your vengeance on them, for I have presented my case to You. (Jer. 20:7-12)

Luther, Contra Moltmann and the other Anti-Theologians


How to Make a Boebert Cry

@kylegriffin1 — Speaker Pelosi announces a rule change mandating fines for refusing to follow new chamber security screening protocols: “The fine for the first offense will be $5,000 and $10,000 for the second offense. The fines will be deducted directly from Members’ salaries.”

Lauren Opal Boebert will not be dodging security for much longer.  The only thing she and her ilk understand is money.  When they lose it, they pay attention.

Another Portrait of Calvin I’ve Never Seen Before

From the newly published volume by Brill.  This is a very interesting portrait in that not many of Calvin as a very young man seem to exist.

Quote of the Year

American Christians seem to excel at asserting that our faith and hope are not in any party or politician, then behaving as if they really are. — Michael Svigel

If You Don’t Think MAGA is a Cult, Think Again

The depths of this godlessness is astonishing.

Free: A New Book Edited by Avraham Faust

Faust, A. (ed.), 2020, Archaeology and Ancient Israelite Religion, Basel: MDPI (260 pp.).

This is a book version of a special issue of Religions. The e-book can be downloaded for free using the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/2835 (where the printed version can be purchased).

  • Yosef Garfinkel and Madelein Mumcuoglu, The Temple of Solomon in Iron Age Context
  • Avraham Faust, Israelite Temples: Where Was Israelite Cult Not Practiced, and Why
  • William G. Dever, Archaeology and Folk or Family Religion in Ancient Israel
  • Beth Alpert Nakhai, Women in Israelite Religion: The State of Research Is All New Research
  • Jonathan S. Greer, The Zooarchaeology of Israelite Religion: Methods and Practice
  • Zev Farber, Israelite Festivals: From Cyclical Time Celebrations to Linear Time Commemorations
  • Jeremy Smoak and William Schniedewind, Religion at Kuntillet ʿAjrud
  • Irit Ziffer, Moon, Rain, Womb, Mercy The Imagery of the Shrine Model from Tell el-Far‛ah North—(Biblical Tirzah)
  • Aaron Greener, Archaeology and Religion in Late Bronze Age Canaan
  • David Ben-Shlomo, Philistine Cult and Religion According to Archaeological Evidence
  • Margreet L. Steiner, Iron Age Cultic Sites in Transjordan
  • Craig W. Tyson, The Religion of the Ammonites: A Specimen of Levantine Religion from the Iron Age II (ca. 1000–500 BCE)

David’s Last Word

As David lie dying he charged his son Solomon to bring deathly vengeance to an old enemy-

There is also with you Shimei son of Gera, the Benjaminite from Bahurim, who cursed me with a terrible curse on the day when I went to Mahanaim; but when he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the Lord, ‘I will not put you to death with the sword.’ Therefore do not hold him guiltless, for you are a wise man; you will know what you ought to do to him, and you must bring his gray head down with blood to Sheol.”

‘I won’t kill you’, David promised Shimei…. but Solomon, you must.  David’s last word wasn’t a prayer of confession or a word of praise- it was a vindictive vengeful charge to his son.

That’s what the Deuteronomist thought of David.  Because right after David uttered these words, the Deuteronomist reports that he died.

The Deuteronomist despised David as much as David despised Shimei…