Monthly Archives: November 2015
By Tony Day two of the 2015 SBL annual meeting began for me with the “Blogger and Online Publication” panel, a welcome change from Christian Apocrypha (mostly because I don’t have to take any notes! I can sit back and just listen). Funny enough, the first paper, by Rick Brannan, did discuss …read more
By larryhurtado In this year’s Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting I took part in a session focused on the question of whether Paul believed that fellow Jews should put faith in Jesus. Three scholars gave three quite different views of the matter, and I was the designated respondent to their …read more
By Mike Skinner “Where did you come from?”
This basic, almost childish, question of ontology is perhaps the basis of all right thinking about our lives. For Augustine, in his classical work Confessions, it grounds his ability to understand his life as completely and fully dependent on God.* We did not create our own …read more
By Tony The morning of day 3 began with a meeting with some fine folks from Polebridge Press, the publishing wing of the Westar Institute. My friend and York colleague Phil Harland has recently become involved with Westar, best known (perhaps infamously) as the organization behind the Jesus Seminar. Our conversations led …read more
By mattsheedy “Spirituality” as the Creative Self in the Digital AgeThis post is part of the Theory & Religion Series, where contributors are asked to discuss a current project they are working on, or a book or essay by a particular theorist that they have found useful in their teaching and research …read more
By larryhurtado My article, “Interactive Diversity: A Proposed Model of Christian Origins,” Journal of Theological Studies 64 (2013): 445-62, was the focus of a session in this year’s annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (Atlanta, 21-24 November).
After my summary of the article, three senior colleagues, Paula Fredriksen, Carl Holladay, and …read more
By TorreyS I have added some links to my Resource Pages for Biblical Studies; the following have been added: Link to Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint Link to the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library Link to David Lincicum’s blog. Links to some more scholars writing on Philo: Courtney …read more
By Marlowe In the last chapter, we learned that all but one of Jehoram’s sons were either kidnapped or killed by the Philistines and Arabs, leaving him with only his youngest – Jehoahaz.
In this chapter, we take up the story of Jehoahaz, now called Ahaziah, after his father’s death. This new name …read more
By TorreyS The AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta is definitely over; hopefully all the 10.000 participants have arrived safely home. Those of us travelling halfway around the globe to get there may still suffer from some jetlag, but that’s temporary. Soon we will be back ‘on stage’ carrying out our day to …read more
By TorreyS It has become a recurring tradition that some evening during the SBL Annual Meeting, Philo scholars are invited to participate in an evening dinner session in some nearby restaurant. Thus, in this way following the traditions of Philo about the sociality in dining together, ‘old’ and ‘new’ Philo scholars can …read more
By Mike Skinner Mike Skinner:Great little summary of what sounds like a remarkable book. Itching to start reading it!
Originally posted on Crux Sola:
If you missed the great SBL review session on John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift (or even if you were there), and if you haven’t read his new book, here is …read more
By ferrelljenkins Earlier this week the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Police arrested a man living near Beit Shean (Bethshan) with some pottery and more than 3000 coins that he was illegally trying to sell. One report says the coins dated from the Roman period, the Bar Kochba revolt, the Byzantine period, …read more
By Ken Schenck Psalm 71. The title to this psalm (which was not original and about which we cannot at all be certain) is puzzling. What was a “shiggaion”? Who was Cush the Benjamite? Perhaps the obscurity of the title speaks to its historicity. Nothing about the content would speak against David as …read more
By Phillip J. Long Jim West Blogging
The November BiblioBlog Carnival will be hosted by Jim West at Zwinglius Redivivus. Jim was busy at SBL/AAR snapping pics and taking names. Jim is not the kind of person to let a scrapbook opportunity pass him by!
So if you are recovered from your tryptophan stupor (or football …read more
By Scot McKnight Anne Fishel is a co-founder of the Family Dinner Project, a professor at Harvard Medical School and the author of “Home for Dinner.” Each year, more than 9 in 10 Americans gather around the table with family and friends for Thanksgiving. But only 50 percent of us eat with our …read more
By Kaleb Cuevas Don’t miss your opportunity to save big on some of the most sought-after resources! With big names like Gordon Fee, Peter O’Brien, and Craig Koester and resources such as Commentary on the New Testament Use of The Old Testament, the Old Testament for Everyone series, and the Crossway Apologetics Collection, …read more
By Brian LePort Beth M. Sheppard’s The Craft of History and the Study of the New Testament (Resources for Biblical Study; Atlanta: SBL, 2012) is a helpful volume because it creates a dialogue between historians and biblical/New Testament scholars. Historians have a variety of methods that they’ve applied to their discipline and the …read more
By email@example.com (Charles Savelle) Here are some sales that might be of interest.Amazon has a 30% off sale of one item until 11/30. Use the code “HOLIDAY30.” But do note that it caps out at $10 so you won’t get a great break on more expensive volumes. If you don’t have Prime then free …read more
By James F. McGrath And Jesus said to her, “It is not appropriate to take the birds’ food and throw it to the squirrels.”The Syrophoenician woman replied, “But sir, even the squirrels eat seeds that fall from the birds’ feeder!”People with bird feeders who also know the Gospels will get it… …read more
By Jacob J. Prahlow Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! If you read one article this week, look at the Conciliar Post Round Table: After Death. For those of you with additional reading time (perhaps over some delectable leftovers), check out the following suggestions below. As always, if you think there is something else that I should …read more
By Ben Witherington My Mom, who lives in her home town of Wilmington N.C. often sends me newspaper clippings, and sometimes the material is blog worthy, this being such a time. Here is a picture of a man who was baptized in the Fifth Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington in November of …read more
By Gavin R (This is the sixth part of a review of Hyam Maccoby’s 1986 book Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity.)One of the key questions Maccoby poses is whether Jesus was crucified for his religious teachings (blasphemy) or as a political troublemaker and liability to the Roman administration and their Sadducee …read more
By Deane Slaying Humbaba – by Leonard Greco
Philip Jenkins has written two useful posts on the Book of Giants, the ancient Jewish work which is found in different versions at Qumran and in Manichaeism.
In his first post, Philip provides a brief introduction to the Book of Giants. In his second post, Philip …read more
By Bob MacDonald Can tribes and nations ‘sin’ (a carelessly used gloss) or transgress (my concordant gloss for verse 1) against each other? Shouldn’t be hard for a modern person to answer this in the affirmative. Can my nation sin or transgress against another? Some will have a harder time answering this in …read more
By Joel L. Watts The post The love of God appeared first on Unsettled Christianity.
My books are now available on Amazon.
Praying in God’s Theater, Meditations On the Book of Revelation,
Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary, and From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls is in paperback …read more
By Micheal W. Palmer The presentation that Jonathan Robie and I gave at SBL this past Sunday was well received, and discussion afterward was productive.
Our talk began with a brief discussion of language acquisition theory and it’s practical implementation, then Jonathan gave a brief introduction to the ways we are using queryable databases to …read more
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Charles Savelle) A new festschrift honoring Dr. Elliott Johnson was presented at the recent Dallas Theological Seminary alumni breakfast at the Evangelical Theological Society. The volume entitled, The Theory and Practice of Biblical Hermeneutics: Essays in Honor of Elliott E. Johnson. The volume consists of an introduction by E. D. Hirsch and …read more
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