Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, et al killed on this day in 1956

Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian were killed on this day in 1956. They were killed by the same people to whom they were trying to bring the Gospel.

This is a clear case of “They meant it for evil but God meant it for good.” (Gen. 50:20).

A quote from his journals has become quite famous: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Here is a picture of it in his journal.

Read about it here and here and here.

My wife recently read the journals of Jim Elliot and read significant portions to me and the kids over dinner. Challenging to say the least.

The story of Jim Elliot and the others is told by his wife, Elisabeth Elliot, in her book Through Gates of Splendor and his journals are in Shadow of the Almighty (edited by his wife).

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Gerhard von Rad

Von Rad has long been one of my favorites.

After Existentialism, Light

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“Gerhard von Rad was a theologian who was entirely consumed by his subject matter. If one allowed him to lead the thought process, he was able to impart to his readers and listeners that he was in pursuit of something mysterious and wonderful. In an unobtrusive way, his speaking and writing contained elements of the prophetic voice, almost like a medium able to transfer insights from another world to modern individuals. God as the mystery of the written Word: this was his central concern. In his exegesis of OT texts, he intentionally and successfully pointed to and illuminated the importance of the God of the Bible.”

— Manfred Oeming, University of Heidelberg, Professor of Old Testament Theology

(“Gerhard von Rad as a Theologian of the Church,” Interpretation 62:3 [July 2008], 235)


From 1934 to 1945, Gerhard von Rad was a professor at the University of Jena, where the rector was Dr…

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The Righteousness of God (Romans 1:17)

“Perhaps there is a danger in over-emphasizing the action of God for all of creation and missing the “call to salvation” the Gospel offers to individual sinners.

It is also possible Evangelical Christianity has so over-emphasized personal righteousness in salvation that we have missed Paul’s point: it is God’s righteousness that is demonstrated in his offer of salvation. Certainly Paul is talking about the problem of our sin, but the emphasis is on the sovereign God who solved that problem because he is a righteous judge.”

Reading Acts

Longenecker and Still have stimulating section on the “righteousness of God” in Romans (Thinking through Paul, 174-7). Prior to the Reformation, the phrase referred to the justice of God and his righteous judgment of sin. Think of the Renaissance paintings depicting God as a fearsome judge presiding over the judgment of sinners.

RighteousnessAfter Martin Luther, however, the definition of the righteousness of God was expanded to include God’s graciousness and gift of mercy give to those who believe. Rather than the “justice of God” punishing sinners, justification referred to a gracious act of God by which he imputed his righteousness to those who have faith. This is the sense of justification has dominated systematic theology as well as Pauline studies since the reformation. In fact, “justification by faith” is usually made the “center” of Pauline theology.

This emphasis led to the unfortunate result of anti-Judaism in biblical studies…

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Interviews with Text-Critical Scholars

Daniel B. Wallace

csntm_itunesThe Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) conducted a series of interviews with scholars of textual criticism at the Society of Biblical Literature conference in San Diego, California in 2014. These videos are currently being released on CSNTM’s iTunes U site for free. The first two interviews are by Dr. Ekaterini Tsalampouni of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Peter Gurry, a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge.

Make sure to check out these interesting and significant videos as they continue to come out over the next few weeks.

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The NYT thinks we don’t know for sure if there was a Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

In this piece of shoddy journalism at the NYT “Historical Certainty Proves Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place” Rick Gladstone originally claimed that no one knows for sure whether there was ever a temple on the site traditionally known as the “Temple Mount.”

“The question, which many books and scholarly treatises have never definitively answered, is whether the 37-acre site, home to Islam’s sacred Dome of the Rock shrine and Al Aqsa Mosque, was also the precise location of two ancient Jewish temples, one built on the remains of the other, and both long since gone.”

The next day NYT published a correction and edited the article to reflect that we don’t know for sure exactly where on the mount the temples were situated. More information about the changes may be found: New York Times Tweaks Article Questioning Jewish Temples’ Existence on Temple Mount

Read more: http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/322431/new-york-times-amends-article-questioning-jewish-temples-existence-on-templ/#ixzz3oNLWNGlG

One wonders what kind of “research” Rick Gladstone, the fact-checkers, and the editors did for this article. I’m inclined to suspect that Gladstone et al knew exactly what they were doing but I don’t want to be cynical.

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Call for Papers

Looks to be an interesting conference. I’m excited to see what papers are presented.

Our inaugural Edinburgh Postgraduate Conference on Late Antiquity will take place at the University of Edinburgh from April 21-22, 2016. This cross-disciplinary conference is intended to bring together postgraduates and early career researchers from across the UK and abroad whose research focuses on any aspect of Late Antiquity. We welcome submissions from disciplines including (but not limited to) history, literature, archaeology, classics, art and architecture, and divinity. The conference aims to provide a forum to meet fellow postgraduates of Late Antiquity and discuss our current research and enthusiasm for the field.

Source: Call for Papers

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A Question for the Doug Wilson Adoration Society

I have to admit to being baffled myself by the adoration some people have toward Doug Wilson. I just don’t get it. These quotes make it even more baffling. I didn’t even realize how wacky he is until seeing some of these. It’s long but I urge you to read the whole thing.

My question is for those in the Reformed, Presbyterian world who say they really like or appreciate what Wilson says/has written/teaches on various subjects. My question is: what exactly do you like about Wilson?

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