August 29, 2011

(James Howell is the senior minister at my home church Myers Park UMC in Charlotte N.C.  The following is taken from his summer series on Genesis). ———- In Genesis 17:2, God urges Abraham to “walk before me, and be perfect.” Much as we might dream of perfection before God, not many of us think we have the slightest chance to get anywhere near perfection – at anything, much less in the eyes of God. But what is this perfection? and… Read more

August 28, 2011

650 lines of cuneiform text, recording Esarhaddon’s vassal treaty! This really is important for biblical studies, Deuteronomy especially, but any other discussions of Israel’s covenant as well. Tell Tayinat is in southeastern Turkey. Kudos to Bill Arnold for this one. Read more

August 27, 2011

Several years ago, I went back to my alma mater, the University of Durham to give some lectures and to see my old mentor  C.K. Barrett.  This is the picture I took in his house in Pity Me, a little village outside of Durham. It was the last time I saw him.  This morning an alert student told me that Jimmy Dunn announced his passing. Here is the notice from Jimmy—- “Hi everyone. You will be saddened to hear that… Read more

August 27, 2011

All seems to be well with The Hobbit movie production.  Both Orlando Bloom and Stephen Fry are in Wellington filming for The Hobbit movie and there have been plenty of sightings. We look forward to another video blog from Peter Jackson, which we suspect will be released in the next couple months.  He has yet to disappoint with these. Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened this weekend, which features Hobbit actor, Andy Serkis, who played the character Caesar,… Read more

August 26, 2011

This is a grace-filled rap video about the friendship of several Christian guys with a Downs Syndrome mate. Check it out. Read more

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August 24, 2011

Hoaxes from the Past (that Keep on Re-appearing) larryhurtado | August 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: While awaiting more bookshelves for my office move, another book from the past that is worth knowing about:  Famous Biblical Hoaxes, or, Modern Apocrypha, by Edgar J. Goodspeed (1931, reprinted 1956).  Goodspeed was a shining star of NT scholars in the University of Chicago, and among the most important (if not the most important) American NT scholars of… Read more

August 23, 2011

“Philippians Revisited: Higher Up and Further In” by Ben Witherington III August 9, 2011 in Authors, Background Studies, Biblical Studies, Commentaries | Tags: Apostle Paul, Asbury, Ben Witherington, New Testament, Pauline epistle, Philippi, Philippians, rhetoric, rhetorical analysis Ben Witherington III Ben Witherington III, Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, has written many socio-rhetorical commentaries on New Testament books — including a forthcoming volume on Philippians. Here he celebrates the culmination of this great labor, and he explains… Read more

August 22, 2011

Books Old(er) and Still Worth Knowing by larryhurtado on August 9, 2011 I’m moving office in New College, and this means packing up my books.  As it will be a smaller office, this also means down-sizing my book-collection.  In the process of having to make such decisions, one comes across books read long ago but still very much worth noting (and some acquired but never read!).  Here are just a few gems that today’s students in NT/Christian Origins should know (and know… Read more

August 21, 2011

I was unable to do this dialogue which Justin Brierley asked me to do, as I am in the midst of an intensive doctoral seminar on Socio-Rhetorical analysis of the NT, so I am quite happy that Darrell Bock was willing to step in quickly from Germany to do this dialogue.  You will find this discussion interesting, if provocative.  BW3 Read more

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