O Danny Boyle— Let the Games Begin

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Danny Boyle, perhaps best known for his production of the film Slum Dog Millionaire had the proverbial hard act to follow---- the Bejing opening ceremonies extravaganza. Boyle said, in his press release, that in some ways it was liberating that the 2008 ceremonies were so jaw-droppingly spectacular, as he realized there was no competing with that. And so he did not try---- well, not really.Besides the fun film gag of Bond (Daniel Craig)in Buckingham Palace meeting the real Queen and … [Read more...]

Hurtado on the Hermeneutics of Agape

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Hermeneutics of ‘Agape’ by larryhurtadoIn my inaugural lecture as Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology (1996), "New Testament Studies at the Turn of the Millennium: Questions for the Discipline," I devoted a section to "The 'Postmodern' Challenge to New Testament Studies" as to the interpretative task. (The lecture was later published in Scottish Journal of Theology 52 [1999]: 158-78.)I acknowledged gratefully "the critique of naive epistemological ass … [Read more...]

Michael Halcomb’s 15 Things that Make Being a Biblical Scholar Difficult

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15 Things That Make Being A Bible Scholar Difficult1) Retention of the languages & syntax/grammar rules 2) Retention of the details of historical events and the various interpretive nuances about them 3) Retention of key figures and discussions in interpretive history 4) Keeping up with the mass of relevant academic studies/literature 5) Keeping up with the mass of relevant popular literature 6) Being able to, at one and the same time, be a generalist across the spectrum (history, … [Read more...]

That’s a Wrap— Hobbit Filming Comes to an End

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The Early High Christology of Earliest Christianity


(Here is a fine post by Larry Hurtado on an important matter). An “Early High Christology” by larryhurtadoA reader responding to an earlier posting of mine drew attention to a forthcoming book in which apparently the author asserts that the view of Jesus as somehow divine or partaking in divine honor arose sometime in the 40s and in places such as Antioch (where, supposedly, the influence of pagan religion with the frequency of divinized heroes would have helped to generate a divine Jes … [Read more...]

Harmonic Convergence— or Bill Evans Redivivus?


It would be difficult to over-estimate the influence Bill Evans has had on jazz since he left us, all too early, when I was in college. Classically trained, Bill became that rarest of persons--- someone who could play jazz just as well as he could play classical music. In regard to the latter, he admitted he was deeply influenced by the Impressionists, folks like Ravel for example, and you can hear this in his lyrical way of playing, and his inventive use of chords.To say there has … [Read more...]

A Shared Christian Life– A Wesleyan and Biblical Guide to Spiritual Formation


I'm very pleased to announce that next week my small study guide (184 pages) on how to cultivate your spiritual life without becoming Simon Stylites will be available next week courtesy our friends at Abingdon. It is entitled A Shared Christian Life, and it is in some ways the climax of my series of books on a theology of the normal Christian Life.Many of you will be familiar with the earlier volumes in this series the first being Imminent Domain, an exploration of what the Kingdom of God … [Read more...]

The Thrill of Discovery— a Lost Synagogue


(Mark Fairchild and I have had many adventures exploring Turkey together. Mark is a real explorer and risk taker. I am more of a dabbler when it comes to exploration. I remember a recent trip to a site near Ararat which found me clinging to a cliff which Mark climbed through in a driving wind and rain. As for me.... I hung out in a niche on the other side while he snapped pictures of ancient worthies carved in the cliff. Here is his account of how he discovered lost synagogues in Cilicia. … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exist?— The Audio File Version


Here, thanks to Eric Sawyer, is my dialogue with Bart Ehrman as an audio file.http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA2BCFB708740268F&feature=view_all … [Read more...]