June 1, 2011

As most of you know, I enjoy good mysteries, especially those well grounded in historical realities of the given period.  ‘The Prince of Darkness’ is such a mystery written by the prolific novelist and headmaster of a Catholic school in England,  P.C. Doherty.   I have enjoyed getting to know the redoubtable Paul and his novels, of which there are many.  He and I share various things in common, not the least of which is a fondness for Durham (no not… Read more

May 31, 2011

Here is something to whet your appetite for my reports when I return from Gobecklitepe and from Mt. Ararat.   BW3: Read more

May 30, 2011

Though the term Evangelicalism has come to mean different things to different people  (e.g. to very liberal Protestants it seems to be a term hardly distinguishable from the term Fundamentalism) but what it usually connotes is Conservative Protestants, and more specifically white Conservative Protestants.  In fact many African American Protestants are just as conservative as ‘Evangelicals’  but they do not self-identify as ‘Evangelicals’.    A good litmus test is looking at the membership rolls of a group such as the Evangelical… Read more

May 29, 2011

Further to his post on monotheism, Larry Hurtado has now posted this on his blog….. ———– In response to some comments and questions directed to my posting (4 May) on the term “monotheism,” I want to emphasize the particular importance of worship in the ancient religious setting.  For a variety of historical reasons, western scholars have tended to focus on religious beliefs, doctrines, and the terminology used to express them, and often have neglected worship.  I’ll try to be concise… Read more

May 28, 2011

What follows in this blog post is another fine blog post by my friend and NT colleague Larry Hurtado— ——————- Another noteworthy manuscript recently published in the Oxyrhynchus volumes is P.Oxyrhynchus 73.4933, a papyrus leaf with remains of excerpts of several OT texts in Greek (Jer. 38:24-26 [LXX]; Amos 9:11-12; Psa. 17:1-11).   The editor dates the handwriting (“an upright semi-documentary hand”) to the late third or early fourth century CE.    For full introduction and transcription, see D. Colomo, “4933. Collection of… Read more

May 27, 2011

Nope, that is not the original manuscript of the King James Bible.  It’s in fact an early Greek manuscript of part of the NT.  The Bible of course was written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, and the Bible in any other language is frankly just a translation, some better, some worse, but still just a translation.   You know the old saying— ‘something gets lost in translation’. That is especially true when we are dealing with a language as different from… Read more

May 26, 2011

Meet the mongoose.  There is actually a sound track for these creatures, courtesy of the last hit by Donovan— ‘Riki Tiki Tavi’ (mongoose is gone).   You may ask why is this critter smiling.  Well because he is the natural predator of things like snakes, and actually Mayor Bloomberg could have done better picking mongeese (yes that’s the plural of mongoose, over possums to get rid of his rodent problem.    If you are wondering what the connection of a mongoose to… Read more

May 25, 2011

Meet the wolf in sheep’s clothing.  Not your normal sheep, but what with genetic engineering these days, perfectly possible.  I had never considered that genetic engineering might be a way to speed up the process of fulfilling of Biblical prophecies, but hey— whatever works. Sheep are not notably bright creatures.   My theory is because someone stole their ram memory.    One weekend I was driving in the Lake District in England on a very narrow paved track, and came over a… Read more

May 24, 2011

It was white, looking like a bleached out ground hog, it was wobbling and waddling its way across my back yard,  destination unknown.   Meet the O-possum or as we call him in the ole South, the possum.   It is hard to believe this critter has been turned into food, he is so stringy and scrawny, but in fact it’s true.  American will eat anything that’s chewable, you know. But the possum has a secret.  He is the only marsupial of… Read more

May 23, 2011

Meet the vermin, aka varmint, aka varmin. He is a fearsome critter, but his pelt is much in demand. And in fact, the fur industry has given this animal an extreme makeover, by taking away the first letter of his name. They call him the ermin. Don’t be fooled by this P.R. move, they knew that the name vermin had negative connotations and would never sell. Their ‘rebranding’ is about as reliable as those labels inside of furs that say… Read more

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