French Works on Prayer

My doctoral students are frequently asking---- "but what French theological and exegetical works are worth reading and using?"   I usually point them first to the classic works of great scholars like  C. Spicq, or Feuillet, or Rigaux to mention but three, and of course there are many of my contemporaries in the SNTS who I can commend highly, such as the work of Daniel Marguerat which I value highly.  My friend Larry Hurtado has a recent post which is quite helpful in pointing us to French sou … [Read more...]

Sean Freyne on Jesus and Galilee

Jesus of Galilee larryhurtado | September 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Tags: Historical Context, Important publications | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pYZXr-cu(N.B. the following are Hurtado's observations).Several days ago I mentioned perusing a sample copy of a newish journal, Early Christianity (published by Mohr Siebeck, Tubingen), and indicated that I'd provide some futher comment on the contents.The issue in question (vol. 1, issue 3, 2010) includes a w … [Read more...]

Just ‘Drive’— the Movie

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It was a rainy day.  I went for a drive.  Ended up at 'Drive' the movie.  For an hour and forty minutes I was in L.A. in a world I have no desire to ever live in.  But like a voyeur, I found it a fascinating movie world to look in on, even if I was glimpsing it in my rear view mirror, because frankly it did not make me want to live in the 'City of Angels' (which is what L.A. means).   If those are angels, they are avenging angels, and I want no part of them.  Those are the kinds of angels that Ju … [Read more...]

More on the Hobitt Movie

Things continue to move forward with Hobbit production.  Peter Jackson has been spotted in a variety of New Zealand locations scouting new filming spots.After completing the extremely successful television series LOST, Evangeline Lilly is excited to spend time in New Zealand with Jackson and crew to film The Hobbit.  She spoke a lot about the movie in a recent interview.  She said, “I will be in and out of New Zealand for the course of a year. It worked out well,” Lilly recently reveal … [Read more...]

The Dunn-Hurtado Dialogue on Jesus Devotion

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The Dunn/Hurtado Dialogue on Jesus-Veneration larryhurtado | September 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pYZXr-cb(The following are my friend Larry Hurtado's own reflections on the dialogue)At the annual British New Testament Conference (1-3 September, Nottingham), one of the sessions was a dialogue with my long-time friend, Prof. Jimmy Dunn on "The Veneration of Jesus and the First Commandment."  Dunn and I have been in dialogue on this subject … [Read more...]

Rethinking Dirt— Earthy Matters

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Warning:  This will be a dirty post.  Anthropologists remind us from time to time of their basic definition of dirt---- namely that it is matter out of place.  For example, the soil in my front garden is rich and good, but if I walk through it in my good Sunday shoes and then walk onto the carpet in my living room, suddenly the good soil just becomes dirt, and the carpet is dirty, or soiled--- not a good thing.   But the only difference between the dirt in my garden and the dirt on the carpet is … [Read more...]

Planning Ahead— New College Oxford

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New College Oxford is a pretty special place.  Originally established in 1379 as a college for the training of priests, and dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary,  as you can see from the picture above, it has remarkable architecture and an inspiring chapel.  Less inspiring however was the condition of the oak timber beam ceilings in various places in the college as we shall see.   This college has been viewed as perfect for films, and was used in both the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, and more r … [Read more...]

Review of the New Bibleworks

An Updated BibleWorks larryhurtado | September 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pYZXr-bDSeveral weeks ago I was given (by the publisher) a copy of the latest version of the computer-based software package, BibleWorks 9.  Having expressed my misgivings about the dangers of students relying on such resources and not really doing the work of learning Greek and/or Hebrew, I feel obliged to give some initial and limited comments about this particular … [Read more...]

‘Seven Days in Utopia’– One Day in Heaven

I love golf for many reasons.  I love it because you get to be outdoors in beautiful scenery, and feel the breeze, and see the green grass, and walk, and walk, and walk (yes I walk and carry my clubs).  I am by no means the golfer I was fifteen years ago.  Time and age have a way of diminishing things.  I don't play to win,  I play for exercise, for fun, for some good shots once in while, and for fellowship when I have a partner to play with.  But mostly I play because it brings back lots of memo … [Read more...]


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