A Hippocratic Hero—- ‘Big Hero Six’

Perhaps you will remember Hippocrates (not to be confused with hypocrites), one of the fathers of medicine. Hippocrate’s motto was ‘do no harm’ and so promote health and well-being. There are not too many, indeed, I can hardly remember any super hero movies where violence, destruction, and death are NOT bathed in the rhetoric about glory, about self-sacrifice, indeed about a certain sort of heroism. This movie, Big Hero Six, is of a decidedly different ilk. It’s real hero is... Read more

The Minions are Coming, the Minions are Coming!


Aha! Praha– The Prague Report Part Two

I’m hoping that it will not come as a great shock to you that there are two sides to the Vtlava/Moldau river, and in Praha one side has more of the old city…see above and one side has more of the new city…. So to get around in this very large city of 1.25 million people, we took the usual trams… Walking tours are grand, but man cannot live on touring alone, so we stopped for a nice lunch in... Read more

Logos Course on all of Johannine Literature Going Live!

I have taped a full course on Johannine literature (the Gospel the Epistles, the Revelation). The course is listed as NT221, and here is a link to it. I bring this up now, because the pre-order price is much cheaper than when it goes live on Nov. 14th, so this is your window of opportunity to get it not only while it is hot, but before it becomes more expensive…… Here’s the info…. The product page is here: https://www.logos.com/product/42481/mobile-ed-nt221-the-wisdom-of-john-a-socio-rhetorical-commentary-on-johannine-literature. The... Read more

Aha! Praha— The Prague Report Part One

The proper transliterated name of the city is Praha, but Westerners have called it Prague forever, and so we will call it both. After the SBL conference in Vienna (which we shall get back to in due course) at the beginning of July, we took the train to Praha, about four hours by slow train from Vienna (which is actually Wien as in Wiener Schnitzel and Wieners (hot dogs etc.). As in Vienna, we had an Asbury graduate, Jennifer Alexander,... Read more

Albertina II

The thing about a good quality museum is that you can linger and appreciate it all, without the ‘glazed over’ effect of being in a huge museum where you simply can’t take it all in, and as a result you race from one room to the next looking for key items. This is not an issue at the Albertina. Impressionism was for the most part killed off by the First World War, and what replaced it was Cubism and Abstract... Read more

Impressionism in the Albertina

While there are many fine museums to be explored in Vienna, if you are a fan of the paintings of the Impressionists, then you will want to go to the Albertina across from the Mozart cafe and the Opera House in central Vienna. Here’s what you are looking for….. The museum is perhaps most famous for the most famous of all modern Austrian paintings— Gustav Klimmt’s The Kiss….. But it is the permanent loan exhibit of a private collection of... Read more

Frost and Fall and Ginko Trees

This is What happens when your Students have Far Too Much Time on their Hands

Cut and Paste this mysterious link into your browser….. and prepare to try and identify certain Asbury faculty persons……in disguise…. http://www.jibjab.com/view/3-A59yttRqqIMzrMJyasdw?mt=1

On the Making of Papyrus

The only ancient description we have of the making of papyrus is that of Pliny the Elder in his Natural History Book XIII. He wrote in the latter half of the first century A.D., and while some scholars have questioned whether he had actually seen the process due to some of his remarks, even if he got it second hand, this is valuable first century information… Pliny, Natural History, 13.74-82 Paper is made from the papyrus plant by separating it... Read more