Peter Berger on Professor Habermas

What Happens when a Leftist Philosopher Discovers God? Peter Berger Society is the social science journal superbly edited by Jonathan Imber. In its fall issue it carries an article by Philippe Portier (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris), entitled “Religion and Democracy in the Thought of Juergen Habermas”. Coincidentally, in a recent issue of the German news magazine Der Spiegel, Habermas is on a list of German celebrity intellectuals who pop up continuously in the media. (The list inc … [Read more...]

Attention Tea Party Advocates

Thanks Elizabeth.  There are no self-made persons in this country. And there would be no social fabric to this country were it not for taxes--- no roads, no fire department, no police department, no traffic lights, no garbage collectors,  etc.  And as Elizabeth says, we have an obligation to those who come after us, to pay it forward.  For example, we need enough money in the S.S. system so my children will have it when their day comes to need it.  Frankly there are two things needed for that to … [Read more...]

Attention Hobbit Wannabes—-Here is Your Big Chance

First of all, you need to hurry on down to the Middle of the northern island in New Zealand. It's only about 25 hours of flying from the eastern part of the U.S.  but well worth it.  Secondly,  you need to find Oamaru, and in particular a little road in hilly country where you will see various sheep farms (yes its true--- in New Zealand the sheep out number the people about 10 to 1).   When you get there you will discover that Peter Jackson and company are looking for about 200 or so good elves a … [Read more...]

Pauline Amnesia

(the following is a helpful post by Larry Hurtado) Scholarly Amnesia on Paul larryhurtado | September 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: Unintentionally having created a controversy that (in the words of one blogger) went "viral", with what I presumed was the modest contention that those seeking a PhD in NT/Christian Origins should be able to read the Greek NT, and should also be able to engage at least scholarship in English, German and French, I … [Read more...]

The Jewishness of Jesus

A Very Jewish Jesus by larryhurtadoFurther to my previous posting concerning Sean Freyne's excellent review of scholarship on first-century Galilee, I highlight here another of the valuable articles in the sample issue of the new journal, Early Christianity (vol. 1, 2010, issue 3):  Roland Deines (Professor of NT in Nottingham University), "Jesus and teh Jewish Traditions of His Time" (pp. 344-71).Deines has previous important contributions of his own to the topic of his ess … [Read more...]

Nomina Sacra in Early Christian Manuscripts


Students of the Greek New Testament are sometimes alarmed to discover that while their Nestle-Aland Greek Text, or their UBS Greek text is quite readable, when one actually looks at photos of ancient manuscripts, even the best student has great trouble reading them!   Why? The reasons are twofold: 1) scriptum continuum is used, a continuous flow of Greek letters without separation of words, and  2) the use of abbreviations for nomina sacra,  abbreviations for sacred names and terms.Here a few … [Read more...]

Moneyball– The Game’s Up


Brad Pitt is an interesting person in many respects. Having spent some time in and around Springfield Mo. the inside skinny about his youth is he was a regular guy. Played ball, chewed tobacco, enjoyed the ladies. A regular guy. No one saw Hollywood stardom coming. In this respect, Brad Pitt is much like the Oakland As as steered by Captain Billy, aka Billy Beane.I have read the book 'Moneyball' and found it fascinating. I think the philosophy that undergirds Beane's approach is … [Read more...]

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: 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...]