Philippians has arrived!

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HOORAY! My new socio-rhetorical commentary on Philippians has arrived! This is the last volume I am contributing to our Eerdmans socio-rhetorical commentary series, and I hope you will get as much out of it as I got while doing it. What a great discourse Philippians is. While it is not Paul's last will and testament, it certainly is one of his most poignant discourses.How could you not enjoy a discourse about joy, even in the midst of suffering? … [Read more...]

Raising the Barr: The Legacy of James Barr

The following is a post by my friend Larry Hurtado. 50th Anniversary: Barr’s “Semantics of Biblical Language” by larryhurtadoA bit late in the year, I've noted that this is the 50th anniversary of the publication of a truly landmark book by a former member of academic staff in New College, Edinburgh:  James Barr, The Semantics of Biblical Language (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 1961).Barr served as Professor of Old Testament Literature & Theology in the University … [Read more...]

Ancient Future: The Future of Seminary Education

This post is part of a Patheos symposium on the Future of Seminary Education. Please note that this post is from Dr. Ben Witherington, but Timothy Dalrymple posted it on his behalf.  So the ascription to Timothy Dalrymple is incorrect. * * * * *While it may be true that traditional mainline seminaries are experiencing financial woes and are dying, this is more a reflection of the problem of mainline Protestantism than it has anything to do with the actual future of seminary education in g … [Read more...]

Orlando Bloom on Legolas— ‘I Was So Much Older then, I’m Younger than that Now’

More than a decade has now passed since the filming of the original Lord of the Rings series, however, Orlando Bloom has the task of having to look younger in his role of Legolas, considering The Hobbit takes place much earlier.  Orlando Bloom discussed this challenge and gave his thoughts at a recent press junket, where he had much to say about the new movie.  When asked how he plans do it, he responded, saying “Dude, magic. Good genes…I don’t know what to tell you, a bit of make-up … [Read more...]

Beware— 'The Ides of March'

George Clooney likes politically themed movies.  And he has done some fine ones in the past  (see Good Night, and Good Luck).  And this particular movie, just released, is set in northern Kentucky and Cinci,  Kentucky being George's home turf.    The scenario is plausible, the setting is a primary (finally a movie that has good timing), and the cast is absolutely an A list cast.   Furthermore the plot is tight, and it has several twists and turns.   What's not to like?  Well frankly, almost all o … [Read more...]

The Princess’s Library— Thousands of Years Ago

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http://uk.io9.com/5805358/the-story-behind-the-worlds-oldest-museum-built-by-a-babylonian-princess-2500-years-ago?skyline=true&s=i … [Read more...]

Calling upon the Name of the Lord—Prayer to and Worship of Jesus

“Calling upon the name of the Lord” by larryhurtadoIn the continuing discussion about earliest Christian devotional practice and beliefs, especially how Jesus figured in them, a work that has not received the attention I think it deserves is this one.  I've cited it a number of times, and have had occasion to consult it again in connection with a current essay-project.Carl Judson Davis, The Name and Way of the Lord:  Old Testament Themes and New Testament Christology (Sheffield:  Sheff … [Read more...]

Magical Midori

The house was sold out, and it was the gala opening of the symphony season for the Lexington Philharmonic.  But it was not the opening of just any season, but of the 50th season of this symphony orchestra.  Lexington is very fortunate, as a city of 330,000 to have a full-fledged symphony and to have it supported so well for a half century. Of course part of this is that because of the fine music degrees and programs at U.K. There is a good talent pool to choose from for playing in the orchestra, … [Read more...]

Peter Berger on Professor Habermas

What Happens when a Leftist Philosopher Discovers God? Peter Berger Society is the social science journal superbly edited by Jonathan Imber. In its fall issue it carries an article by Philippe Portier (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris), entitled “Religion and Democracy in the Thought of Juergen Habermas”. Coincidentally, in a recent issue of the German news magazine Der Spiegel, Habermas is on a list of German celebrity intellectuals who pop up continuously in the media. (The list inc … [Read more...]


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