Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
National Press Club: OBO Launch
We each took home a OUP-OBO burlap tote-bag, with a signature USB-stick, a handsome OBO coffee-mug, gift certificates and other goodies!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Bishop Lee Portrait
Monday, June 21, 2010
iOS 4 Up and Running!
As of just about 1:15pm Eastern Time (I'm in Alexandria, VA), the new operating system from Apple for the iPhone went live for free download. The download took about half and hour, and went off without a hitch. I must have been one of the first in the nation to download, and I'm enjoying this new system. For a good walkthrough, click here. Below is a 10 minute YouTube overview:
Thursday, June 10, 2010
English Grammar to Ace Biblical Hebrew
Zondervan mailed me a free copy of the little book, English Grammar to Ace Biblical Hebrew by Miles Van Pelt. I am thinking of either requiring or recommending it the next time that I teach Beginning Biblical Hebrew. I do find that many of my seminary students struggle with grammatical concepts because of a lack of traditional education in English grammar. This resource should help with that, since it provides quick, user-friendly orientation to such things as conjunctions, prepositions, types of adjectives (attributive, predicative, substantive), mood, tense, and aspect, and so on.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
The sample sculpture below depicts Ezekiel's initial vision of God's throne-chariot (oil on wood, tin, found objects; 96H. x 48W. x 30”D. inches). The artist uses old, mundane objects in his art, thus asserting that everything is included in true spirituality. Included in the sculpture is a disk labeled "Hashmal - Electrum"; a bellows labeled "Ruach"; the panels of a light-shade used as scroll parchment; and a cut-glass light-fixture representing the firmament of heaven, atop of which sits God's-name.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Sunday, June 06, 2010
A Hike to the Rocks!
Friday, June 04, 2010
Ezekiel 5 at Schwarzrheindorf
During a break from grading exegesis papers this morning, I surfed over to the images from the Ezekiel Cycle at Schwarzrheindorf, a church from the 12th century c.e. crusading period. Shown above is the south cross vault and images of a prohetic symbolic act depicting God's judgment of Judah from Ezekiel 5. Beginning at the far left and moving counter clockwise we have Ezekiel using a sword as a razor (5:1); weighing the shaved hair in balances (5:1); striking one-third with the sword; and scattering one-third to the wind, but preserving a remnant in his belt (5:2-3).
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Teaching Slide: The Canonical Shape of 2 Isaiah
I created this slide (click to enlarge) during this past Spring Semester, to help illustrate why 2 Isaiah (chps 40-55) should not be read apart from the book as a whole. Isaiah 40 is anticipated by words of promise and comfort in the first part of the book. A trajectory running from the first to the second half of Isaiah is present, making key theological points including the idea that God's work in 2 Isaiah is part of a long-range plan of salvation and not just a political re-patriation of exiles.