Kool for Kids— Dory and the Dogs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGWv91YZua4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZJVc_JTI_wWith summer comes more movies for out of school, and bored out of their minds, children. There promise to be at least three good ones this summer (the third is the final chapter of Ice Age, which comes later this month). The first two have opened to good reviews, and in some cases rave reviews. Finding Dory (Disney/Pixar) came out mid-June and is the sequel to Finding Nemo--- a very hard act to … [Read more...]

Larry Hurtado on— Early Emergent Canon Consciousness

The following post is by colleague Larry Hurtado. I agree with the conclusions of the article he is previewing, see my What's in a Word? and The Living Word of God.In researching for my current project (an analysis of NT papyrus P45 as an early Christian artefact), I've come across Charles Hill's doughty case that the artefactual data reflects "the presence of a 'canonical consciousness' among Christian scribes from at least the late second century": "A Four-Gospel Canon the Second Century? … [Read more...]

Turkey 2016– Part 16— The Theater at Izmir(Smyrna)

Sunset over the ocean at Izmir (Smyrna). It is a beautiful seaport town with a lot of history, including a lot of Christian history. Besides the reference to the city in Revelation, there is the residence in this city of Polycarp, a martyr in the second century. Today, efforts are ongoing to unearth the ancient theater, as well as the agora dig which has been going on for years (see the next post). But the theater dig is in its very early days. Like with so many of these hilly cities, the … [Read more...]

Turkey 2016–Part 15 The Hellenistic Fortress at Lydai

Guarding the coast of the mainland of Asia Minor could not have been easy. Too many peninsula's sticking out into the water, too many coves for pirates or invaders to hide in, but it's clear that from the Hellenistic era on, if not before, the effort was made to protect the land from invasion. On the Gulet boat ride to the island of Kos we stopped in a cove over which hovered the remains of a Hellenistic fortress at Lydai, not accessible by land these days. Of course we climbed up to the top … [Read more...]

Turkey 2016 Part 14– Knidos

One of the advantages of doing the Gulet boat is you can go to places along the undulated coast of Turkey which are difficult or impossible to reach by land. One such place is the port called Knidos which St. Paul harbored off of according to Acts. 27.7. When we arrived we discovered a spectacular double port, both on the Aegean and on the Mediterranean, and it does indeed appear to be a safe haven for small boats, but also its a remote site, and there was this warning sign when it came to the … [Read more...]

Turkey 2016 Part 13— The Gulet Boat to Turtleland

Cruising down the coast in a Gulet boat with friends and great food is a blast...... and on this particular day we were entering the Dalyan river from the Aegean through a freshwater marsh jam packed with blue crabs and loggerhead turtles, that according to our guide got as big as 3 meters across.... the turtles love eating the crabs, and they lay their eggs on sandbanks in the marsh. Yep that's me on the right side of the boat, and the eager lad poking his head through the life preservers is … [Read more...]

Aaron Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait — LA Philharmonic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_814266003&feature=iv&src_vid=ahWeXfTsjuA&v=SHBKEL_VSFs … [Read more...]

Bruce Longenecker’s The Crosses of Pompeii– Part Six

BEN: As it turns out, talking about waste is not a waste of time when discussing the crosses in the streets of Pompeii. I take your point about human latrines and private toilets and the baths etc. But as you say carts pulled by animals were allowed in the streets of Pompeii, and it is unconvincing to suggest there wouldn’t be animal dung in the streets when farmers brought their produce to market in town. Yes, there may have been civic slaves with pooper scoopers of some sort, but the notion t … [Read more...]

Bruce Longenecker’s The Crosses of Pompeii– Part Five

BEN: In the streets of Ephesos, there are also things carved in the street paving stones that people walked on. Famously, there is one which seems to give directions to a brothel in town from the southern agora and port. This evidence might support the notion that things carved in paving stones were meant to be directional in character. I wonder if you have explored other ancient cities like Ephesos for such crosses? Or know of evidence of such from some other person’s scholarly w … [Read more...]