In his positive proposal (beginning p. 1332), Tom wants to argue that while Christians did not have literal priests, temples, or sacrifices, “if religion in the ancient world was the system of signs including myths and rites by which people were bound together as a civic unity in which both gods and humans shared, then there is clear evidence that Paul saw the common life of those in Christ as precisely that, a united community, whose politeuma was in heavenly… Read more

Chapter Thirteen of this opus is meant to be paired with Chapter 4, and the discussion of ‘religio’ in the Greco-Roman world. Now however the focus is on the intersection of Paul with that world, and not just a context description. There has been something of an allergic reaction in contemporary culture to the word religion. You even see bumper stickers these days which read ‘I’m spiritual, not religious’. There is of course a long history in Protestantism of tarring… Read more

There are many reasons to be upset with the current state of popular music, not the least of which is that mp3s strip the source music of much of its inherent quality, but an even better reason to do so is that buying individual songs purely because you like the ‘sound’ of the tune, is an act of disembodiment. It strips the music of its human context, and often of its lyrical content as well. Ear candy is one thing,… Read more

It might be thought that after the hugely successful Harry Potter novels, J.K. Rowling would be content to rest on her laurels (not to mention her millions), and put the pen back in the ink well for a while. Not a bit of it! She has now assumed a nom de plume of Robert Galbraith, and is writing whodunnits, or murder mysteries, or crime thrillers, call them what you will. Thus far, two books have come out in this series—-… Read more

The remainder of Chapter Twelve (pp. 1300-1319) is in the main devoted to a rebuttal to John Barclay’s critique of Tom’s reading of Paul’s ‘anti-imperial’ rhetoric. There are some significant qualifications along the way, for example, whatever critique Paul would have offered of Roman paganism and the Emperor cult, it is simply a part of the wider and broader critique Jews had always been offering in regard to paganism and polytheism. Just so. The question then becomes whether Paul was… Read more

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Our very last thing to do on our trip was to take a leisurely stroll through the old city of Antalya, and have one last yummy Turkish meal. We will start at the famous Hadrian’s gate….seen from the front and from the back. We walked through the old streets and saw all kinds of things, a bouquet hotel,beautiful flowers, even wedding photos. We passed cheap street vendors of food and trinkets, and expensive shops selling Iznik tile copies… We saw… Read more

The Antalya archaeological museum is a world class museum. Indeed, it has won international awards. It’s basic problem is far too little space. It needs about three more floors. Then perhaps they could bring in the hundreds of artifacts sitting outside on the lawn in all directions into the museum. Nevertheless, this museum in the very heart of a very busy city of over a million which has been dubbed the Turkish Riviera is a major tourist destination, especially in… Read more

The ride from Myra to Antalya was rather long, and as we skimmed along the southern coast, and turned north and east, the sun was setting but you could just see a huge array of what looked like plastic covered buildings. As it turned out, that is exactly what they were— greenhouses. Produce is a huge industry in this country, and they have increased their productivity dramatically through the greenhouses. In fact there are whole towns that depend on their… Read more

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