Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I've blogged about this project before (click here), but the news media is now announcing that it is imminent (click here). Codex Sinaiticus (imaged above, click to enlarge) is coming online this Thursday, at least some significant initial parts of it. High resolution images of the Gospel of Mark, "several Old Testament books," and notes on the work made over centuries will appear on www.codex-sinaiticus.net as a first step towards publishing the entire manuscript online by next July. To access the site (after July 24 when it goes live), click here.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Have you every wondered why biblical scholars write so many commentaries on biblical books? Prof. Alan Lenzi has some very interesting reflections on the question over on his blog (click here).
I'm sure it's true that much commentary writing is just the field re-writing itself on a cyclical basis---and the cycles seem to be getting shorter all the time! Makes you wonder if all your efforts as an author will really be remembered for long! On the other hand, I think of many useful commentaries that have appeared since I was in divinity school, that the church and the guild really are the richer for.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Qumran Visualization, Post 5: The Dining Hall (Meals at Qumran)
First are two photos from my own slide-collection of the Qumran Dining Area and Pantry. Following is an image of the reconstruced Dining Area and an image of the pantry from the Visualization Project and then the new YouTube video of "Meals at Qumran" from the project. The video takes you into the dining area from a locale near the flour mill. You also get to walk into the pantry to see its two chambers and some of the pottery.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Qumran Visualization, Post 4: The Scriptorium
First are two photos from my own slide-collection of the Qumran Scriptorium. All that is left of course are the walls of the ground-floor section of the building. At the bottom of the post is the newly available YouTube video of the reconstructed scriptorium, which clearly shows how much more there was to the building than can now be seen.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Qumran Visualization, Post 3: The Miqvah at Locus 117
Qumran Visualization, Post 2: The Pottery Workshop
Now, here is the project's view of the locus 64 and 84 ovens/kilns at Qumran, facing directly north.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Virtual Qumran (Short Video)
To download this move as a 194 MB file (.mov), which will take about 15 minutes over a high speed connection, right-click here.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Update on Sudan 2008 Mission
Our VTS student teacher on the scene, Clarisse has proven to be a superb teacher, loved by her students because of her unswerving diligence in trying to make sure every student gets what they need. From dawn to dusk she has been preparing lessons, teaching, giving special tutoring, grading papers, and just generally being indispensable. She has had a great presence and Peter and Ellen have found a wonderful traveling companion.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Gabriel's Vision and the "Wicked Branch" / Anti-Messiah
Given the importance of this keyword "Branch" in Zechariah (Zech 3:8; 6:12), the appearance of the language reinforces all the ties to Zechariah in the Gabriel's Vision text. It also suggests the authors of the vision were well aware of the logic of Zechariah, who speaks not only of a Messiah but also of the figure's archetypal shadow, a coming "worthless" ruler who "devours flesh" and "tears off hoofs" (Zech 11:15-17). The mounting messianic fervor of Zechariah brought this shadow to consciousness. It seems very likely to me that the authors of Gabriel's Vision put two and two together and designated this shadow figure of Zechariah the "evil Branch," a term not specifically used in Zechariah.
Knohl notes a somewhat related reference to a "tree of evil" in a Qumran document that also mentions a Messiah (4Q Narrative A [4Q458]). Commenting on the nature of the "Evil Branch," Knohl writes, "The Antichrist is duplicitous, presenting himself as Messiah and Redeemer while actually being the devil’s spawn who comes to corrupt and lead astray."
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Messianism Before Christ: Gabriel's Revelation
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Church of England Synod Votes to Support Women Bishops
Monday, July 07, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
AKMA Adam has accepted an appointment as Visiting Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. He joined the Seabury faculty in 1999 after several years teaching New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. The author of numerous books and articles, Adam spent the academic year 2007-2008 as a resident Member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey.
Frank Yamada will remain nearby in his new position as Director of the Center for Asian American Ministry and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Since joining the Seabury faculty in 1999, he has been an active speaker and lecturer in both church and academy. He is author of a number of articles and commentary selections and recently published his first book, Configurations of Rape in the Hebrew Bible.