Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Back on the map?

With the retirement of Richard Bauckham and the departure of Bruce Longenecker to Baylor University, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland took a huge hit in terms of strength of faculty. It seems like one man has put them back on the map:

Bishop Nicholas Thomas Wright, better known as N.T. Wright in New Testament scholarship, has been elected as the Research Professor/Chair in New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews. See the school's announcement here, the announcement of his retirement from the See of Durham here, and a Times Online article here.

What do you think this will do to the number of postgrads trying to get into the school? With the poor funding overseas, I basically gave up seriously thinking about applying to the U.K. for a Ph.D, but I guess one can dream... Who knows? All I know for now is University of St. Andrews is back on the map!

HT: Near Emmaus

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


With the recent hoopla on the iPad, iPhone OS 4.0, the new MacBook Pro, and possible leak of the next iPhone model... I started thinking that maybe a new religion has formed right under our noses.

Their god:

He has revolutionized the world as we know it. Changed the way we laugh, changed the way we listen, changed the way we do life. If you were to ask even the most distant pagan who they admire as a leader of a movement, it would be him.

Their holy temple:

According to some statistics, some 170 million people have gathered to worship in 2009 to tithe upwards of $700 million per week. They even have priests at this temple, who are called "specialists." Unlike many of the subscribers to other religious movements, these specialists can answer anything and everything about their religion. It would be a shock if you did not frequent this temple at least once this past year, and quite possibly a shock if you did not ponder buying at least some bauble from this magnificent temple. They have a particularly powerful evangelistic model, where no proselyte has ever been asked to evangelize, yet driven by pure love, almost every single proselyte has probably at least once uttered the powerful words, "It's better than PC."

Their scriptures:
They have a powerful indoctrination method, a digital scripture called iTunes. It gives access to anything from what-to-do (apps), what-to-watch (movies, tv), what-to-listen (podcasts, music), what-to-read (books), etc. Unlike so many of the holy writings of other religions, iTunes is fun, interactive, modern, and most of all, hip. Once you've used it, will one rarely turn away to another.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I love Wheaton!

I was pretty bummed that I couldn't attend the Wheaton Theology Conference which seemed to have a stellar line-up of scholars. Especially because my fiancee's house is so close to there, I could've easily just visited her and had a nice place to stay/rest at (with her permission of course!) while I attended the conference. Thankfully, it's all online! If you're a "nerd" as one of my professors likes to call people like me (he also includes himself in that group), go here and enjoy!

HT: Near Emmaus

EDIT: Oops, the link that was marked "here" above was not right, I fixed that now. Apologies.

Friday, April 16, 2010


I've been reading through C. Kavin Rowe's Early Narrative Christology: The Lord in the Gosepl of Luke lately. I had heard that he's been doing excellent work and as you can see from his Duke profile, it's pretty obvious that he's one of the young bright NT scholars in the world. I corresponded briefly with Dr. Richard Hays at Duke and he also pointed to Dr. Rowe's works for my own interest in the biblical studies department at Duke.

"Jesus is κύριος from the inception of his life. This is not simply an "anticipation" or foreshadowing of Acts 2:34-36, though it is that. More importantly, that Jesus' very existence and his identification as κύριος are coextensive means that κύριος is in a crucial way constitutive of his identity. The root idem in identity is proper here: for Luke there is no point at which Jesus is not κύριος. Lukan christology, therefore, does not allow for a separation between Jesus and his identity as ὁ κύριος."

Monday, April 12, 2010

I wish...

the entire Loeb Classical Library was on my computer in digital form! I really hope someone starts creating some kind of software that has them all... Anyway, does anyone know how I can get access to translations of Stobaeus? He seems to have collected a bunch of sayings from Greek authors, and I can find the Greek texts alright, but can't seem to find any English translations. If anyone knows anything, let me know!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Maundy Thursday

This year, it happens to fall on that odd day we call April Fool's. Well, today happens to be a much better day than that: Maundy Thursday, the day that Jesus enjoyed the Last Supper with his disciples.
I always wondered why they called it "Maundy", so I just did a little bit of digging regarding the origin of the name. There are various theories, but I think there was one that was particularly fitting: It is a derivation of a word from Old French, mandé from the Latin mandatum. This happens to be the first word from John 13:34 in Latin:

Mandatum novum do vobis, ut diligatis invicem; sicut dilexi vos, ut et vos diligatis invicem.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.

There are two other important statements from the Gospel accounts that are titled after the first word that appears in Latin: (1)The Magnificat, the Song of Mary in Luke 1:46-55 and (2) The Benedictus, Song of Zechariah in Luke 1:68-79. So, in my opinion, the Latin verse origin of Maundy Thursday seems like a good guess. Also, if we follow the Gospel accounts of Jesus' activities, John 13-17 happens to fall on Thursday, so that seems to fit. Of course this is all in the realm of conjecture, but better than April Fool's.