Why Doctoral Students Can't Get no Satisfaction!

Behold the Scrolling Drones of Duke Divinity School.......Vocal (Mick Jagger):  Joel Marcus, Professor of NTLead guitar (Keith Richards): Richard Hays, Dean and Professor of NTRhythm guitar (Ron Wood?): Norman Wirzba, Research Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Rural Life…not sure what was the inspiration for the hat….Drums (Charlie Watts):  Lori Baron, doctoral student in NT. … [Read more...]

James Howell on Perfection

(James Howell is the senior minister at my home church Myers Park UMC in Charlotte N.C.  The following is taken from his summer series on Genesis).----------In Genesis 17:2, God urges Abraham to "walk before me, and be perfect." Much as we might dream of perfection before God, not many of us think we have the slightest chance to get anywhere near perfection - at anything, much less in the eyes of God.But what is this perfection? and why does God ask such an obviously flawed … [Read more...]

Important Archaeological Finds—- Do Tel

650 lines of cuneiform text, recording Esarhaddon's vassal treaty! This really is important for biblical studies, Deuteronomy especially, but any other discussions of Israel's covenant as well. Tell Tayinat is in southeastern Turkey.http://www.news.utoronto.ca/humanities/u-of-t-researchers-shed-light-on-ancient-assyrian-tablets.htmlKudos to Bill Arnold for this one. … [Read more...]

CKB is Gone to Glory


Several years ago, I went back to my alma mater, the University of Durham to give some lectures and to see my old mentor  C.K. Barrett.  This is the picture I took in his house in Pity Me, a little village outside of Durham. It was the last time I saw him.  This morning an alert student told me that Jimmy Dunn announced his passing.Here is the notice from Jimmy----"Hi everyone. You will be saddened to hear that Kingsley Barrett, my predecessor, died last night (6.30 pm, 26.08.11) - aged … [Read more...]

The Serkis Comes to Town— Gollum Goes Ape, and Has Hobbit News

All seems to be well with The Hobbit movie production.  Both Orlando Bloom and Stephen Fry are in Wellington filming for The Hobbit movie and there have been plenty of sightings.We look forward to another video blog from Peter Jackson, which we suspect will be released in the next couple months.  He has yet to disappoint with these.Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened this weekend, which features Hobbit actor, Andy Serkis, who played the character Caesar, which was also a m … [Read more...]

Down with the Syndrome

This is a grace-filled rap video about the friendship of several Christian guys with a Downs Syndrome mate. Check it out. … [Read more...]

Unearthing a Goliath of a City

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/9/unearthing-the-bibles-bad-guys/?page=2 … [Read more...]

Hoaxes Ancient and Modern— Hurtado Once More

Hoaxes from the Past (that Keep on Re-appearing) larryhurtado | August 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pYZXr-aNWhile awaiting more bookshelves for my office move, another book from the past that is worth knowing about:  Famous Biblical Hoaxes, or, Modern Apocrypha, by Edgar J. Goodspeed (1931, reprinted 1956).  Goodspeed was a shining star of NT scholars in the University of Chicago, and among the most important (if not the most important) American N … [Read more...]

Eerdmans Post on the new Philippians Commentary

“Philippians Revisited: Higher Up and Further In” by Ben Witherington III August 9, 2011 in Authors, Background Studies, Biblical Studies, Commentaries | Tags: Apostle Paul, Asbury, Ben Witherington, New Testament, Pauline epistle, Philippi, Philippians, rhetoric, rhetorical analysisBen Witherington IIIBen Witherington III, Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, has written many socio-rhetorical commentaries on New Testament books — inc … [Read more...]