Let the Games Begin— Hunger Games that Is


In the midst of the movie wasteland that is February and March comes a movie that has already set a weekend box office record-- the Hunger Games. Based (reasonably faithfully) on the novel of the same name you can see that Gary Ross and his team were thinking big from the start as there are various A listers playing smaller roles in this movie (Donald Sutherland as the President,  Woody Harrelson as the guide for the tributes from District 12).   But the real star of this movie is indie film fa … [Read more...]

Hengel and Hurtado on ‘the Zealots’

“The Zealots”, Martin Hengel by larryhurtadoYesterday I was delighted to receive a gift-copy of the newly-released 3rd edition of Martin Hengel's landmark book, Die Zeloten (Tuebingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011), with a touching note from his widow, Frau Hengel. The full title translated = The Zealots: Studies on the Jewish Freedom Movement from the time of Herod I to 70 CE. In its initial form, it was Hengel's doctoral thesis (accepted 1959, Tuebingen), and immediately after its publ … [Read more...]

Wisdom from Hurtado on the Patio Brouhaha

Early Jewish-Christian Tombs–Earlier Proposals by larryhurtadoIn all the current hullabaloo about the most recent proposed identification of 1st-century Jewish-Christian tombs in the Talpioth area, I haven't noted any reference to the earlier proposals, which go back as early as the late 19th century.C. Clermont-Ganneau (in Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly, 1874, pp. 7-10; and Archaeological Researches in Palestine during the years 1872-1874, London:  Palestine Exp … [Read more...]

An Article About Easter in Deutsch


 (The following is an article that recently appeared in the 'Bible Knowledge' (Bibel Wissen) Magazine in Germany.  It is a revision of an article I previously did for BAR). DIE UNGLAUBLICHE GESCHICHTE VON DER AUFERSTEHUNGDie biblischen Berichte von Jesus’ Auferweckung sind für antike Menschen haarsträubend. Gerade die Unstimmigkeiten sind ein Hinweis auf ihre Glaubwürdigkeit.Als über- zeugende Geschichten, um Menschen für den Glauben zu gewinnen, e … [Read more...]

Dr. Luke meets the Post-Modern Interviewer

 Who knew that Luke had read Witherington's commentary on Acts to figure out why he wrote the way he did? … [Read more...]

The Difference between Partisans and Fans


Watching March Madness this season has reminded me once again that there is such a difference between a partisan and a fan. A partisan is someone who is a supporter of a particular team, because it is THAT team, 'my team'. A partisan doesn't much care about other teams, or watching basketball for the joy of the sport or its athleticism. A partisan simple likes his team, wants them to win, and gets a sort of vicarious high when they do, and an equally vicarious low when they don't. A … [Read more...]

Canterbury Tale– Archbishop to Step Down


Archbishop of Canterbury to Step Down at End of Year By JOHN F. BURNS and ALAN COWELLLONDON — After a decade of struggling inconclusively to keep the worldwide Anglican Communion from breaking apart over intractable issues like women clergy, gay bishops and same-sex marriage, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, announced Friday that he would step down at the end of the year to take up a senior position atThe archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan W … [Read more...]

Great Jazz from 1964-65 and the BBC


Here are some wonderful selections from an early jazz show on the BBC in 1964-65 and it includes luminaries such as North Carolina's own Theolonius Monk, the Bill Evans Trio, the Oscar Peterson Trio, Milt Jackson and the Modern Jazz Quartet. I can especially recommend to you the Bill Evans full hour and 10 minute segments, especially the ballads.http://www.openculture.com/2012/02/thelonious_monk_bill_evans_and_more_on_the_classic_ijazz_625i_show.html … [Read more...]

More on Mark Fragments from Dan Wallace


Here's a link to a Forbes article where Dan Wallace says a bit more about the newly discovered Mark fragments, that at least one epigrapher says are from the first century A.D.http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnfarrell/2012/02/27/fragments-of-marks-gospel-may-date-to-1st-century/ … [Read more...]