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Fabricus quips again

Kim Fabricus' "Doodlings", a semi-regular feature on the Faith & Theology blog, continues to warm my heart with humor. This most recent batch produced multiple fits of audible laughter. This was the chief in my estimation:

There are two major legal grounds for divorce in the UK: adultery and “unreasonable behaviour”. Interestingly, these are the same theological grounds on which evangelicals and liberals “divorce” each other – accusations of syncretism on the one hand and irrationality on the other.

So please, help yourself, and subscribe over there.

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Early Christian Writings

Early Christian Writings is an index of pre-Nicean Christian texts. It includes links to texts and translations (where available), as well as commentaries, and all of the works are tied up in a chronology.

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In Oregon we have had some snowfall. It has not amounted to much. But this event confirms the suspicions of my youth, that somehow snow is predestined to come on holiday weekends, thereby eliminating the possibility of missing a day of school.

Here's some links to get you through the nearly-snowy blues:

  • Halden is back, talking about John Piper.
  • Take note of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and [consider a donation to Compassion First][].
  • Theo-blogging heavyweight DET is expanding to [publish a whole team of bloggers][].
  • Been stuck in a too-long sermon? There's a blues song for that.
  • Via Evan Kuehn, an old lady playing slide guitar with a light bulb

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Notes in the new year

Welcome to the new year.

  • The Jesus Radicals podcast The Iconocast is [asking for donations][]. This program has a really outstanding quality and variety of guests and discussion. I recommend it to anyone wanting to add a new podcast to their rotation.
  • It seems that eulogizing Christopher Hitchens has become compulsory on Christian blogs.
  • Am I the only biblical scholar of my generation who does not really use Bible software? I do create and use Bible software, but not study software as it is typically marketed. I have always preferred paper books for Greek text, lexicon, grammar, etc.
  • Go Trailblazers!
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Old School

I got so far behind in my blog reading that I simply had to take some austerity measures and skip a bunch of unread posts. My loss. But I found some delightful posts this morning.

  • Mike Aubrey has [a textual study in support of a grammatical discussion][]. How do you complete your θελω clauses, infinitive, subjunctive, or other?
  • Speaking of actually speaking Greek, Daniel R. Streett's [series of posts on immersion Greek pedagogy][] are awesome. Part 9 in the series is on support structures. I am becoming more and more convinced that this sort of teaching is the future for excellence in teaching Koine Greek. Streett's overall blog is my favorite recent find.
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Two notes

James McGrath has a new book entitled Religion and Science Fiction.This fusion has for quite some time been a favorite for me, so I am excited to see such a title published. McGrath is doing a pretty awesome job marketing the book on his blog as well (I approve of humorous photo edits). Now I have at least one book for my Christmas list.

John Hobbins reports that another denomination has rejected the NIV 2011. However the reason is a bit different than the Southern Baptist Convention:

The issue of whether or not to adopt NIV 2011 was forced on WELS Lutherans by the copyright owners of NIV. The copyright owners, beginning in 2013, will disallow the use of NIV 1984 in Sunday school materials and other official publications of denominations which have, until now, paid hefty royalties. WELS Lutherans would have gladly continued with NIV 1984 and paid for the privilege to do so.

Another benefit of freely-licensed Bible translations would be the avoidance of this sort of situation. The decision to stop licensing the previous version clearly benefits Zondervan, but not the church.

Iconocast interviews Jonathan Moyer

Iconocast is a good podcast from Jesus Radicals. They have a good interview with Jonathan Moyer regarding the Groupee, an alternative monetary exchange implemented among a group of Mennonites in Colorado.

Probably the best part of the interview comes when Moyer explains the rationale for such small-scale implementation of his group's ideals. Basically they found it better to do something themselves than to lobby the political powers to align public policy with their own. In that the Groupee reminds me of the behavior of the early church. When faced with a need, they did not revolt against Rome and establish their own government, nor did they petition their proconsul to implement social welfare. Rather, they took it upon themselves to help themselves, sharing wealth and serving each other as needed. Besides being practical, I think it may be the right approach in general to Christians resisting unjust structures in society.

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Linguas Links

A few notes:

  • Interested in seeing a Stack Exchange site for linguistics questions and answers?Commit to it here.
  • The b-greek mailing list is now a web forum. They are getting rid of the email list. It is the end of an era.
  • Here is another entry into the "[free Greek New Testament audio online][]" market. Bonus points for this one also including Latin.
  • Mark Goodacre's The Synoptic Problem: A Way Through the Maze is now available for free download in multiple formats at
  • Doing research online, O Firefox user? Zotero is an apparently helpful plugin.

The internet just keeps growing.