Les Mis—- the Movie. On Further Review

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Many years ago, when I was in high school I read Victor Hugo's famous novel Les Miserables. Then about ten or so years ago I saw the musical in the West End in London. And now comes the movie. First it should be said that unlike Django and various other non-Christmas movies, Les Miserables is a very appropriate movie to release on Christmas. Both the novel and the musical are deeply rooted in Christian themes and ideas as even those who are not all that familiar with Christianity can … [Read more...]

Cover her Face— P.D. James’s First Novel


The official introduction to P.D. James on Amazon is daunting.... it reads as follows:"P.D. James was born in Oxford in 1920 and educated at Cambridge High School. Widely acknowledged as "the greatest contemporary writer of classic crime" (The London Sunday Times), she has written twenty books and been awarded major prizes for her crime writing in Great Britain, America, Italy, and Scandinavia. After 30 years in the civil service, including a senior position in the Police and Criminal … [Read more...]

An Interview and a U.K. Radio Show on the Birth Narratives

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Here are two resources for you in which I was interviewed about the birth narrative or had a debate about them.http://www.religionnews.com/2012/12/23/ask-the-experts-christmas-questions-edition/You can now listen online via www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable where it is currently the "featured" show and will remain in the archive, at the bottom of the page, as the show of 22 Dec 2012 You can can click through directly to the show via the following link: http://goo.gl/9BnXdOr … [Read more...]

The Fascinating World of Ancient Papyri— Part Four


How did scribes copy manuscripts? Did they take dictation, or copy line by line? Was there a particular professional way to form the Greek letters? In our last post here, we will allow William Johnson to offer us his findings on these sorts of matters.p. 4— Johnson says “Systematic analysis of hundreds of bookrolls shows…that the rakish lean often seen in the columns of an ancient bookroll is a deliberate design feature…” Note the use of scribal dots to mark out the pattern before the … [Read more...]


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Emily Dickinson put it well... My life closed twice before its close— It yet remains to see If Immortality unveil A third event to meSo huge, so hopeless to conceive As these that twice befell. Parting is all we know of heaven, And all we need of hell.For me that first huge closing that I was helpless to prevent was the death of our Christy girl a year ago today. But closings are not all bad things. Don't we often speak of the need for closure? It was a small mercy for m … [Read more...]

So Close, Yet So Far AWAY— For CC

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Life is…. ‘Nothin but a Miracle’– Daryl Hall and Diane Birch

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The Fascinating World of Ancient Papyri– Part Three


When we think about the roles of professional scribes, it is important to bear in mind that slaves could be scribes. This is because as the Roman Empire spread, lots of well educated people were conquered and sold into slavery. Thus the the distinction we might make between professional scribes and private copying when it comes to NT manuscripts may well not apply. A person who was of low status such as a slave, in regard to his personal freedom, might at the same time be a person of elite … [Read more...]

The Fascinating World of Ancient Papyri— Part Two


According to William Johnson (pp. 87-91), the standard bookroll tended to have 20 sheets, though production of rolls with up to 50-70 sheets are known, but they are surely special orders. If a scribe ran out of space, he would simply glue a new blank roll on to the end of the used up one. This process continued until the copying was complete, and then the excess or blank remnant would simply be cut away. “A reinforced sheet, with fibres at right angles to the roll itself could (but need n … [Read more...]