Orality and Textuality in the NT World


Here are some more helpful reflections by Larry Hurtado about orality and textuality in the NT world. BW3 ----- “Orality”, “Textuality” and the Material Evidence by larryhurtadoI've recently read a small book sent to me advocating the idea that the Gospel of Mark was the result of "oral composition", not the product of an author, and that what we know as "Mark" was typically recited, not read out from a manuscript, in early Christian assemblies: Antoinette Clark Wire, The Case for Mar … [Read more...]

‘The Artist’– A Masterpiece

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The period of 1927-1933 was a crucial one for the fledgling film industry in Hollywood. It was the period when films moved from the silent era (with musical accompaniment) to 'talkies'. If you have never seen any of the restored earliest films from the silent era, you have really missed something. Start with 'Birth of a Nation', move on to some fun films like those by Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton or the Marx Brothers. I like black and white films for the same reasons I like Ansel Adams … [Read more...]

An Interesting NEW Book on the Historical Jesus

 Videos: “Jesus Among Friends and Enemies” by larryhurtadoChris Keith, whose idea the book was, talks about the recently published volume that we co-edited, Jesus Among Friends and Enemies (Baker, 2011) on some YouTube videos.  These might be useful for anyone considering the book, especially teachers considering whether/how to use it in courses:http://youtu.be/EODuAZZ4in4 (General survey of contents)http://youtu.be/JNdPQ2MDc0Y (In this and the next one, Chris talk … [Read more...]

Quality Control and the Transmission of NT Manuscripts


(The following is a helpful post from Larry Hurtado) Zetzel’s Observations on Textual Transmission by larryhurtadoAlthough alerted to the book in an essay by Michael Holmes published in 1996, I confess that it is only in the last few days that I've got around to it: Latin Textual Criticism in Antiquity, by James E. G. Zetzel (Salem, NH: The Ayer company, 1984). I am very glad to have done so, even if tardy. For anyone concerned with the copying/transmission of NT writings (or, f … [Read more...]

Evangeline Lilly as Top Elf– the Hobbit


New Zealand Herald writes a few statements from Evangeline Lilly on her role as Tauriel, the Mirkwood warrior elf, in the Hobbit movies.“She’s actually the head of the Elven guard.  She’s the big shot in the army,” said Lilly.“So she knows how to wield any weapon, but the primary weapons that she uses are a bow and arrow and two daggers. And she’s lethal and deadly. You definitely wouldn’t want to be caught in a dark alley next to Tauriel.”The Canadian actress also said Tauriel appear … [Read more...]

‘Haywire’– Sleek, Slick, Slender


I am partial to thrillers. Shoot, I write thrillers. And in the movie dead zone known as January and February 'Haywire' is a good thriller. It is stylish, it is subtle, and its gone in 93 minutes. No lard here. It raises the question--- when is a movie star not a movie star? The answer is when the star has previously only been involved in the beat down forum known as mixed martial arts. Steven Soderbergh found her on TV--- no not on American Idol or the Voice, on the fight channel! … [Read more...]

Hurtado on Kyrios Christos


(Here's another helpful piece by my friend and colleague Larry Hurtado) Bousset and “Early High Christology”by larry hurtadoI'm teaching a segment of our masters core course this semester, my bit focusing on the emergence of "Jesus-devotion" in earliest Christianity, and in discussions with the class and with others over recent years, Wilhelm Bousset's classic work, Kyrios Christos (ET, Nashville: Abingdon, 1970; German 1913, 1921) naturally comes up. (2013 will mark the centenary of … [Read more...]

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


Sometimes its a mistake to see a movie full of pathos right after you've just had your own gut-wrenching personal experience of loss of a family member. So, it was with some trepidation that I went to see the new star-studded and widely praised film with Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, a brilliant but mute Max von Sydow, and the real star of the show Thomas Horn. Horn plays the brilliant but emotionally over-wrought child (possibly with Asperger's Syndrome) who is on a 'quest' to follow clues he … [Read more...]

Good Grief— the E-Book

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I finally have some happy news to report. Mark Galli, senior editor at CT liked the Good Grief articles so well, that Christianity Today is turning them, plus another 35 pages of my reflections that don't turn up on this blog, into an e-book which you can read on Kindle, and see the pictures in color on Kindle Fire. In addition, there will be a sample in the April print issue of Christianity Today. Finally, all profits from this book are going to be donated to a worthy charitable cause … [Read more...]