The Ripening of the Green Collection


On Friday Last I was in Charlotte to view a very small portion of the Green Collection of Biblical manuscripts, including not only old Bibles (e.g. Tyndale, KJV, Coverdale) but original OT and NT manuscripts, Qumran manuscripts, cuneiform tablets, and a host of other things (there are some 40,000 pieces to the Green Collection and counting). This collection has been assembled at an incredible rate, since 2009, with the Green's buying up all kinds of manuscripts and artifacts on the open … [Read more...]

Love’s Labor’s Won


John Chrysostom, one of the greatest preachers of all Christian history once said: Homileticians “should not be governed by their desires. It is impossible to acquire this power except by these two qualities: contempt of praise and the force of eloquence. If either is lacking, the one left is made useless by the divorce from the other. If a preacher despises praise yet does not produce the kind of teaching which is ‘with grace, seasoned with salt,’ he is despised by the people, and his sublime wo … [Read more...]

Hobbitses, Dwarves, and Elves on the Loose


Shots from the December 2012 release-- 'An Unexpected Journey' … [Read more...]

John Piper on Men in Ministry, and the Masculinity of Christianity


Alert reader of this blog, Craig Beard sent me the following link which presented a precis of John Piper's recent address at a conference on the 'Masculinity of Christianity'. Here is the link--- God and Jesus, on this showing are not in favor of women in ministry, or for that matter female images of the deity either, despite the fact that there are many such images in the Bible. If you take time to … [Read more...]

Orality and Textuality in the NT World


Here are some more helpful reflections by Larry Hurtado about orality and textuality in the NT world. BW3 ----- “Orality”, “Textuality” and the Material Evidence by larryhurtadoI've recently read a small book sent to me advocating the idea that the Gospel of Mark was the result of "oral composition", not the product of an author, and that what we know as "Mark" was typically recited, not read out from a manuscript, in early Christian assemblies: Antoinette Clark Wire, The Case for Mar … [Read more...]

‘The Artist’– A Masterpiece

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The period of 1927-1933 was a crucial one for the fledgling film industry in Hollywood. It was the period when films moved from the silent era (with musical accompaniment) to 'talkies'. If you have never seen any of the restored earliest films from the silent era, you have really missed something. Start with 'Birth of a Nation', move on to some fun films like those by Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton or the Marx Brothers. I like black and white films for the same reasons I like Ansel Adams … [Read more...]

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...]