An Interesting NEW Book on the Historical Jesus

 Videos: “Jesus Among Friends and Enemies” by larryhurtadoChris Keith, whose idea the book was, talks about the recently published volume that we co-edited, Jesus Among Friends and Enemies (Baker, 2011) on some YouTube videos.  These might be useful for anyone considering the book, especially teachers considering whether/how to use it in courses: (General survey of contents) (In this and the next one, Chris talk … [Read more...]

Quality Control and the Transmission of NT Manuscripts


(The following is a helpful post from Larry Hurtado) Zetzel’s Observations on Textual Transmission by larryhurtadoAlthough alerted to the book in an essay by Michael Holmes published in 1996, I confess that it is only in the last few days that I've got around to it: Latin Textual Criticism in Antiquity, by James E. G. Zetzel (Salem, NH: The Ayer company, 1984). I am very glad to have done so, even if tardy. For anyone concerned with the copying/transmission of NT writings (or, f … [Read more...]

Evangeline Lilly as Top Elf– the Hobbit


New Zealand Herald writes a few statements from Evangeline Lilly on her role as Tauriel, the Mirkwood warrior elf, in the Hobbit movies.“She’s actually the head of the Elven guard.  She’s the big shot in the army,” said Lilly.“So she knows how to wield any weapon, but the primary weapons that she uses are a bow and arrow and two daggers. And she’s lethal and deadly. You definitely wouldn’t want to be caught in a dark alley next to Tauriel.”The Canadian actress also said Tauriel appear … [Read more...]

‘Haywire’– Sleek, Slick, Slender


I am partial to thrillers. Shoot, I write thrillers. And in the movie dead zone known as January and February 'Haywire' is a good thriller. It is stylish, it is subtle, and its gone in 93 minutes. No lard here. It raises the question--- when is a movie star not a movie star? The answer is when the star has previously only been involved in the beat down forum known as mixed martial arts. Steven Soderbergh found her on TV--- no not on American Idol or the Voice, on the fight channel! … [Read more...]

Hurtado on Kyrios Christos


(Here's another helpful piece by my friend and colleague Larry Hurtado) Bousset and “Early High Christology”by larry hurtadoI'm teaching a segment of our masters core course this semester, my bit focusing on the emergence of "Jesus-devotion" in earliest Christianity, and in discussions with the class and with others over recent years, Wilhelm Bousset's classic work, Kyrios Christos (ET, Nashville: Abingdon, 1970; German 1913, 1921) naturally comes up. (2013 will mark the centenary of … [Read more...]

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


Sometimes its a mistake to see a movie full of pathos right after you've just had your own gut-wrenching personal experience of loss of a family member. So, it was with some trepidation that I went to see the new star-studded and widely praised film with Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, a brilliant but mute Max von Sydow, and the real star of the show Thomas Horn. Horn plays the brilliant but emotionally over-wrought child (possibly with Asperger's Syndrome) who is on a 'quest' to follow clues he … [Read more...]

Good Grief— the E-Book

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I finally have some happy news to report. Mark Galli, senior editor at CT liked the Good Grief articles so well, that Christianity Today is turning them, plus another 35 pages of my reflections that don't turn up on this blog, into an e-book which you can read on Kindle, and see the pictures in color on Kindle Fire. In addition, there will be a sample in the April print issue of Christianity Today. Finally, all profits from this book are going to be donated to a worthy charitable cause … [Read more...]

Good Grief — The Sermon on Earthen Vessels

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Christy Ann Witherington funeral 1st Church2 Corinthians 4:7-11January 18, 2012 Michael T. Powers But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. 2 Corinthians 4:7Life is so very fragile, isn’t it?  We realize that so powerfully when we hold a newborn in our arms.  This tiny life is so fragile, so dependent, so precious and so alive with wonder.  We want to protect that child from all harm forever.  We also … [Read more...]

Good Grief: Post Mortem

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Pictured here are our three kids in 2000 -- Christy, David, and our Russian daughter Yuliya.The response to this series has been wonderful and heartfelt, and so I thought I would share a few thoughts about where I am now, three plus weeks out. Grief counselors talk a lot about reaching a stage of acceptance.  But that word can mean many things.  Acceptance of what?    Acceptance that your daughter is dead?  Well, Ann and I accepted the fact that that was true almost from the beginning, once … [Read more...]