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

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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 Read more

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

Chester Beatty Papyrus 45 in Vienna

Some of the most important early papyri of the NT are the Chester Beatty Papyri housed in Dublin Ireland, EXCEPT for one piece which can be found in the papyrus museum in the basement of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna. The small fragment which is found there is from the Gospel of Matthew containing Matt. 25:41-26:39 (Pap. Vindob. G. 31974). And sparing no expense, here it is….. This papyrus likely dates to the third century A.D. The Gospel of Matthew was… Read more

Scary Papyri II– Self Help Medicinal Cures

Medicine in antiquity was one part home remedy, one part common sense, and one part Hippocratic let the body heal itself. But the desperate also would go to the gods and the healers, and what passed for ancient doctors and medicine. Such treatments as listed above could be of relevance to NT studies, as it seems quite possible Paul had eye troubles (see Galatians 4.12-16 (why the metaphor about tearing out their eyes and giving them to Paul). Since the… Read more

Polling Questions I Wish I’d been Asked!

Joel Pett is our local pundit cum political cartoonist in the Lexington newspaper…… Read more

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