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February 2006 Archives

A Preview of What’s Next

posted by Ben Witherington

Coming off my sabbatical, I am now back to being buried teaching Johannine Literature, Exegesis of Romans and NT Theology and doing the usual seminary stuff. Some of you have asked as to what is coming next on the publishing […]

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Literal Renderings of Texts of Contention– 1 Tim. 2.8-15

posted by Ben Witherington

1 Tim. 2.8-15 “I wish then men to pray in all places, lifting up holy hands without anger and argument, and likewise women in tasteful dress with modesty and sobriety adorning themselves not with plaited hair with gold or pearls […]

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A Sample of More Literal Translations

posted by Ben Witherington

Here below are some sample more literal translations of key verses in Romans. What makes them more literal is that issues like whether a phrase involves an objective or subjective genitive (such as the phrase ‘the faith/faihtfulness of Christ’) is […]

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Going to the dogs at “Eight Below”

posted by Ben Witherington

Jerry Shepherd is a ‘dogman’ at the Antarctica outpost of the National Science Federation. The year is 1993 and winter is coming on as it is late January, and of course the seasons are the reverse of what they are […]

What to Give Mom on Valentine’s

posted by Ben Witherington

Mama’s Bible Four brothers left home for college, and they became successful doctors and lawyers and prospered. Some years later, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who lived […]

“Goodnight and Good Luck”— a Timely Film

posted by Ben Witherington

There are rumblings in Congress these days about the Patriot Act and whether it perhaps has gone too far and needs to be scaled back. In this current milieu in which fear-based decision making seems to continue to dominate the […]

God and Gambling– the Latest Scourge

posted by Ben Witherington

It may not be on the medieval list of the seven deadly sins, but we should have realized that since Jesus and the NT has plenty to say about and against ‘the love of money’, gambling was likely to surface […]

The Litmus Test of Genuine Christian Experience

posted by Ben Witherington

C.H. Dodd was one of the truly great NT scholars in the U.K. before, during and after WWII. His commentary on the Johannine Epistles is a classic, and continues to offer fresh insight into the text and its relevance for […]

2 Tim. 3.16– On the Inspiration and Authority of Scripture

posted by Ben Witherington

Most Christians who have done any Bible verse memorization will know that for whatever reason the ‘3.16’s seem to be special, John. 3.16 being the most famous. But for the patristic Fathers the ‘3.16’ that seems to have been most […]

Some folks will Swallow Anything!

posted by Ben Witherington

Occasionally something comes across my desk which is so far out, that I figure it belongs in apocalyptic literature— or on blogs. So all I can say is, the link is below that is labeled swallowing.wmv. Copy it into your […]

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The John Wesley Fellows Meeting at Candler---- The Senior Fellows
The John Wesley Fellowship began in 1977, with Steve Harper and yours truly being two of the first John Wesley Fellows chosen.  I have told the story of Ed Robb and AFTE  this past Fall on the blog so I will not repeat it.   Here ...

posted 5:46:30am Jan. 11, 2011 | read full post »

Guns and Religion--- Enough is Quite Enough
I was sitting at the traffic light when a pickup pulled up next to me.  On the back of the cab window was a bumper sticker saying 'Guns and religion. Now more than ever.'   Then I found the picture you see above, and then this one ...

posted 7:05:08pm Jan. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Revival 2011--- At My Home Church in Charlotte
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posted 9:58:02am Jan. 10, 2011 | read full post »

The John Wesley Fellows Meeting at Candler---- The Art of Theology
The John Wesley Fellows meeting this January was held in Atlanta at Candler School of Theology, and its Dean,  Dean Love is a collector of art for the seminary, with some 50 or so paintings now gracing the walls of their beautiful new ...

posted 5:30:50am Jan. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Ancient Readers and Manuscripts--- William A. Johnson's Take
  In the American world of bigger is better (and more erudite) it is refreshing to find a smallish book  (207 pages of text, including some pictures)  that makes its points in detail with full primary source documentation and then ...

posted 9:30:59am Jan. 07, 2011 | read full post »

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