Athletics in our society is a religion. Making Christianity complicit in the practice of that religion at the expense of ethics is not something that should happen.
Amen! Good preaching!
Idle musings by a once again bookseller, always bibliophile, current copyeditor and proofreader. Complete with ramblings about biblical studies, the ancient Near East, bicycling, gardening, or anything else I am reading (or experiencing). All more or less live from Red Wing, MN
Most of us non-Americans are naturally nonplussed at the fury that Barak Obama’s health care reform bill has unleashed. It perplexes us that so many suburban American Christians who do not care one iota about a trillion-dollar military budget, and wax eloquently about being zealously ”pro-life”, are now indignant about their state spending public funds to make the poor Americans more equal to them when it comes to receiving medical treatment and enjoying good health! Please, could some Republican party Christian explain these anomalies to the rest of the Body of Christ around the world?
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
This situation, frustrating and confusing to those without Greek and even to some who have it, is further complicated by the tendency for words, like bright three-year-olds, not to sit still where you told them to, but to wander around the room, start fiddling with things they weren't supposed to touch, form new friendships (especially when they bump into their Latin cousins, but that's another story) and generally enjoy themselves at the expense of the exegete who is trying to keep them under control.—Justification, page 89
Every seventh year you shall grant a remission of debts. And this is the manner of the remission: every creditor shall remit the claim that is held against a neighbor, not exacting it of a neighbor who is a member of the community, because the LORD’S remission has been proclaimed...If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be. Be careful that you do not entertain a mean thought, thinking, “The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,” and therefore view your needy neighbor with hostility and give nothing; your neighbor might cry to the LORD against you, and you would incur guilt. Give liberally and be ungrudging when you do so, for on this account the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, “Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.”—Deuteronomy 15:1-2, 7-11 NRSV
...the question is about the means of salvation, how it is accomplished. Here John Piper, and the tradition he represents, have said that salvation is accomplished by the sovereign grace of God, operating through the death of Jesus Christ in our place and on our behalf, and appropriated through faith alone. Absolutely. I agree a hundred percent. There is not one syllable of that summary that I would complain about. But there is something missing—or rather, someone missing. Where is the Holy Spirit?In some of the great Reformed theologians, not least John Calvin himself, the work of the Spirit is every bit as important as the work of the Son. But you can't simply add the Spirit on at the end of the equation and hope it will still have the same shape. Part of my plea in this book is for the Spirit's work to be taken seriously in relation both to Christian faith itself and to the way in which that faith is “active through love” (Galatians 5:6). and the way in which that Spirit-driven active faith, at work through love and all that flows from it, explain how God's final rescue of his people from death itself has been accomplished (Romans 8:1-11).—Justification, pages 10-11
Sin is what bubbles up unbidden from the depths of the human heart, so that all one has to do is go with the flow. That has the appearance of freedom, but is in fact slavery, as Jesus himself declared. True freedom is the gift of the Spirit, the result of grace; but, precisely because it is freedom for as well as freedom from, it isn't simply a matter of being forced now to be good, against our wills and without cooperation (what damage to genuine pastoral theology has been done by making a bogey-word out of the Pauline term synergism, “working together with God”), but a matter of being released from slavery precisely into responsibility, into being able at last to chose, to exercise moral muscle, knowing both that one is doing it oneself and that the Spirit is at work within, that God himself is doing that which I too am doing.—Justification, page 189
BookNews from Eisenbrauns
I recently asked our Twitter followers for sale ideas. I
received several interesting ones that you will be seeing
in the future. The winner, though, came from our webmaster.
Here's his blurb:
"While several of us here at Eisenbrauns enjoy the novelty
of walking on water (the ice on Winona Lake is still half a
foot thick) we long for Spring and the chance to get out in
our boats. So, with that in mind, we present 12 titles related
to boats and sailing. There's a broad range here, from discus-
sions of Noah and the great Flood to underwater archaeology
and ship design."
As always, all sales on this web sale are final; no returns
will be permitted. Offer is good only on orders placed at
www.eisenbrauns.com through March 14, 2010.
To go directly to the weekly sale, click on this link:
"'Each Man Cried Out to His God:' The Specialized Religion
of Canaanite and Phoenician Seafarers"
by Aaron J. Brody
Harvard Semitic Monographs - HSM 58
Harvard Semitic Museum, 1999. Cloth. English.
List Price: $29.95 Your Price: $20.97
"'Ploes... Sea Routes...' Interconnections in the Mediterranean,
16th-6th Centuries. BC: Proceedings of the International Symposium
held at Rethymnon, Crete, September 29th - October 2nd 2002."
Edited by N.C. Stampolidis and Vassos Karageorghis
University of Cyprus, 2003. Cloth. English.
List Price: $123.00 Your Price: $98.40
"Black Sea: Past, Present and Future- Proceedings of the
International, Interdisciplinary Conference, Istanbul
(14-16th October 2004)"
Edited by Gulden Erkut and Stephen Mitchell
British Institute of Archaeology, Ankara, 2007. Cloth. English.
List Price: $60.00 Your Price: $54.00
"From the Upper Sea to the Lower Sea: Studies on the History
of Assyria and Babylonia in Honour of A. K. Grayson"
Edited by Grant Frame and Linda S. Wilding
Publications de l'Institut historique-archeologique
neerlandais de Stamboul - PIHANS 101
Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten/Netherlands
Institute for the Near East (NINO), 2004. Paper. English.
List Price: $76.00 Your Price: $60.80
"Cyprus, the Sea Peoples and the Eastern Mediterranean:
Regional Perspectives of Continuity and Change"
by Timothy P. Harrison
Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies, 2008. Paper.
English and French.
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"The Sea Peoples in the Bible"
by Othniel Margalith
Harrassowitz Verlag, 1994. Paper. English.
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"Itineraria Phoenicia: Studia Phoenicia 18"
by E. Lipinski
Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta - OLA 127
Peeters Publishers, 2004. Cloth. English.
List Price: $138.00 Your Price: $121.44
"The Philosophy of Shipbuilding: Conceptual Approaches
to the Study of Wooden Ships"
by Frederick M. Hocker and Cheryl A. Ward
Nautical Archaeology Series
Texas A & M University Press, 2004. Cloth. English.
List Price: $75.00 Your Price: $60.00
"Noah's Ark and the Ziusudra Epic:
Sumerian Origins of the Flood Myth"
by Robert M. Best
Enlil Press, 1999. Cloth. English.
List Price: $38.00 Your Price: $7.60
"Out of Noah's Ark: Animals in Ancient Art from
the Leo Mildenberg Collection"
Edited by Patricia Erhart Mottahedeh
Bible Lands Museum, 1997. Cloth. English.
List Price: $35.00 Your Price: $28.00
"On the Primaeval Ocean: The Carlsberg Papyri 5"
by Mark Smith
Carsten Niebuhr Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies - CNIANES 26
Museum Tusculanum Press, 2002. Cloth. English.
List Price: $91.00 Your Price: $72.80
"The Phoenicians in Spain: An Archaeological Review of the
Eighth-Sixth Centuries B.C.E. -- A Collection of Articles
Translated from Spanish"
Translated by Marilyn Bierling
Edited by Seymour Gitin
Eisenbrauns, 2002. Cloth. English.
List Price: $42.50 Your Price: $21.25
Faith does not live in the past with regret (“If only…”). Nor does it live only for today, though it should be fully living in the present. Nor does it live only marking time, thinking what matters is only what lies ahead (as in Jesus’ second coming). No. Faith helps us through Jesus to live completely in the present in light of the past in anticipation of the future. The future is actually present now through and in Jesus by the kingdom present in him, manifest in his redeemed community on earth now.
To translate this into life in Christ, I feel that by trying to train the flesh through countless rules, laws, methods, principles, restrictions, disciplines, etc, the modern church has stifled the true living out of the wild (unfettered, free) life that God created us to live. The teachers and preachers of all this may even have the best of intentions, but the best of intentions will never change the fact that we live from our union-life with God, not from a list of do's and don'ts and from our attempts to live by principles for good Christian living.
I really wanted to be all those good things for my wife. And so my focus slowly changed from pure devotion to my wife to my own fleshly attempts to try to be a good husband, and the result was that over and over again, I found that I could do "good" for a while, but ultimately I would fail at living up to being the good husband I wanted to be.
For the month of March, Eisenbrauns is featuring a selection of
titles on comparative Semitics. Save from 20-40% as you expand
your knowledge of the Semitic family of languages.
As always, all sales on this web sale are final; no returns will be
permitted. Offer good only on orders placed at www.eisenbrauns.com
through March 31, 2010.
To easily access all the sale items, please visit:
"Comparative Studies in Biblical and Ugaritic Languages and Literatures"
by Yitzhak Avishur
Archaeological Center -Tel Aviv, 2007. Cloth. English.
List Price: $60.00 Your Price: $48.00
"Comparative Philology and the Text of the Old Testament"
by James Barr
Eisenbrauns, 2001. Cloth. English.
List Price: $39.50 Your Price: $23.70
"Comparative Semitic Linguistics: A Manual"
by Patrick R. Bennett
Eisenbrauns, 1998. Paper. English.
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"Introduction to the Semitic Languages:
Text Specimens and Grammatical Sketches"
by Gotthelf Bergstrasser
Translated by Peter Daniels
Eisenbrauns, 1983. Paper. English.
List Price: $49.50 Your Price: $29.70
"Current Issues in the Analysis of Semitic Grammar and Lexicon I:
Oslo-Gothenburg Cooperation 3rd-5th June 2004"
Edited by Lutz Edzard and Jan Retso
Abhandlungen fur die Kunde des Morgenlandes - AKM LVI, 3
Harrassowitz Verlag, 2005. Paper. English.
List Price: $72.00 Your Price: $57.60
"Current Issues in the Analysis of Semitic Grammar and Lexicon II:
Oslo-Göteborg Cooperation 4th-5th November 2005"
Edited by Lutz Edzard and Jan Retso
Abhandlungen fur die Kunde des Morgenlandes - AKM LIX
Harrassowitz Verlag, 2006. Paper. English.
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"Semitic Noun Patterns"
by Joshua Fox
Harvard Semitic Studies - HSS 52
Harvard Semitic Museum / Eisenbrauns, 2003. Cloth. English.
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"Semitic Languages: Outline of a Comparative Grammar"
by E. Lipinski
Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta - OLA 80
Peeters Publishers, 2001. Cloth. English.
List Price: $130.00 Your Price: $104.00
"An Introduction to Comparative Grammar of Semitic Languages:
Phonology and Morphology"
by Sabatino Moscati
Porta Linguarum Orientalium - PLO 6
Harrassowitz Verlag, 1980. Paper. English.
List Price: $60.00 Your Price: $48.00
"Semitic Languages: An Introduction"
by Chaim Rabin
Biblical Encyclopaedia Library - BEL 5
Bialik Institute, 1991. Paper. Hebrew.
List Price: $29.00 Your Price: $23.20
"Studies in Semitic Grammaticalization"
by Aaron Rubin
Harvard Semitic Studies - HSS 57
Harvard Semitic Museum / Eisenbrauns, 2005. Cloth. English.
List Price: $32.95 Your Price: $23.07
"The Case for Fricative-Laterals in Proto-Semitic"
by Richard C. Steiner
American Oriental Series - AOS 59
American Oriental Society, 1977. Paper. English.
List Price: $18.00 Your Price: $14.40
"A Syntactical Study of Verbal Forms Affixed by -n(n)
Endings in Classical Arabic, Biblical Hebrew, El-Amarna,
Akkadian and Ugaritic"
by Tamar Zewi
Alter Orient und Altes Testament - AOAT 260
Ugarit-Verlag, 1999. Cloth. English.
List Price: $49.50 Your Price: $39.60
So we finally arrive at the question…which translation is best. The answer is essentially this: the one that most effectively does to the receiving reader what the original did for its reader. Notice this is not about word-for-word or thought-for-thought. It’s about impact. A translation should offer an equivalence of experience. Any equivalences about words or constructions must be subservient to this.
Theosis is transformative participation in the kenotic, cruciform character and life of God through Spirit-enabled conformity to the incarnate, crucified, and resurrected/glorified Christ, who is the image of God.
God calls people to a countercultural, communal, participatory experience of the Son (1Cor 1:9) that is brought to fruition by the Spirit (Phil 2:1). Human holiness is participation in divine holiness. Holiness is, therefore, both the property and the activity of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. God not only sets people apart, but also conveys to humans the very character of God. Thus human holiness is not merely a human imperative; it is a divine product, or “fruit” (Gal 5:22).—Inhabiting the Cruciform God, p. 112