Clifford Kvidahl:

Happy birthday to a brilliant, brilliant man!

Originally posted on Zwinglius Redivivus:

That profoundly gifted exegete and theologian Adolf Schlatter was born on the 16th of August in 1852. His productivity was second to none as he published commentaries on every book of the New Testament (some for general readers and some more advanced), dogmatics, ethics, devotional materials, philosophy, history, and even an introduction to the entire Bible.

Only a fragment of his work has been translated into English and consequently he is barely known (if at all). This is a real shame, as he has much to say that’s worth hearing.

Not that everyone cares for his work, or even him. Both Karl Barth and Rudolf Bultmann studied for a time under him and neither of them were very impressed. And in more recent times, Gerd Ludemann has found him wanting because of his apparent support of the Nazi party (which, I hasten to add, was not the case at all!).

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F.F. Bruce- On The Passing of Bultmann

Originally posted on Zwinglius Redivivus:

When the Society for New Testament Studies held its annual meeting in August 1976 at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, the secretary read out at the opening session the names of members who had died since the previous meeting. When this is done, the chairman usually invites those present to stand for a moment in respect for the memory of departed colleagues. On this occasion, when the names were read in alphabetical order, the first was that of Professor Dr. Rudolf Bultmann, and as soon as his name was read out, the audience rose to its feet as one man: such was the esteem in which this veteran scholar was held, by those who disagreed most profoundly with him as well by members of his school.

Rudolf Bultmann was appointed Lecturer in New Testament at Marburg in 1912. After four years there he moved to Breslau and then to Giessen, but…

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#RecentRelease: Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament

Hot off the press from Zondervan is Con Campbell’s Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament. Earlier this year I had the privilege of reading this excellent work and I cannot recommend it more highly! This type of book is long overdue and fills a very large gap for students who want to continue their Greek long after their class is over. When I was a student I remember lamenting the fact that there was not an accessible book like this—now those days of lamenting are over!

So, do yourself a favor and order a copy or two of this fine work today!

#QOTD: Samuel Byrskog on the Gospels

[T]he history that is reported in the gospel narratives, as histories, is put within the framework of synchronic relations emerging as a coherent story. The time is over when the gospels were regarded as mere collections of formal units, as “Perikopenbücher”, like beautiful pearls held together only by the thread of the necklace. Today we see the necklace as a piece of art in itself; and the individual pearls, no matter how beautifully designed each of them appears to be, are closely related to make up a compositional and semantic whole. There are historical items; there is history, but history has become story; it has become present.
Story as History, History as Story: The Gospel Tradition in the Context of Ancient Oral History: 3.

Strack and Billerbeck’s “Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch”

30801In a few weeks, Logos will make available Strack and Billerbeck’s infamous Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch. Yes, I am fully aware of the anachronistic and methodological issues that this work brings with it. Nonetheless, it is still a valuable resource in its own right; and having it in one’s Logos library will also be a great addition.

NB: There is still an English translation on PrePub that would be a nice addition as well.

Tim Cook is a Hypocrite, And So Is Apple

Clifford Kvidahl:

Could not have said it better myself.

Originally posted on Zwinglius Redivivus:

Tim Cook hates Indiana’s new #RFRA.  Lots of people do.  But lots of people don’t run companies that rake in BILLIONS of dollars in profit whilst paying slave labor wages to the people who make those products.  Tim doesn’t like discrimination, but his sliding corporate pay scale discriminates every single day.

Furthermore, Tim, and Apple, discriminate against the poor every day by pricing their products out of the reach of most citizens of the world and many Americans.  We all know that Apple could easily distribute, for free, an iPad to every kid in the third world and still have money left over for their stockholders to grovel for.

So, Tim, go ahead, continue to complain about discrimination.  The only people who don’t see the hypocrisy are those of like mind who are driven more by ideology than by compassion for those discriminated against.


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Give me Grave Christianity

Originally posted on Abbey House Sojourner:


No more superficial Christianity

No more weak preaching

No more selfish jokes from the pulpit

No more omission of the realities of hell, or heaven

No more self-centered ‘worship’ songs

No more self-help sermons

No more man-pleasing pastors

No more yes-man associate pastors

No more best life now

No more listless homilies

No more shallow expositions

No more lazy exegesis

No more giftless churches

No more arrogant pulpits

No more silent congregations

No more wasted Sundays

No more Lord-less Lord’s Days

No more Zion-less pleas

No more Blood-less fellowship

No more grave-less Christianity

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