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June 2008 Archives

PAGAN CHRISTIANTY: by George Barna and Frank Viola

posted by Ben Witherington

PAGAN CHRISTIANTY: by George Barna and Frank Viola PART ONE OF THE REVIEW First a word of disclaimer. I know Frank Viola, indeed for some years he has asked me loads of good and telling questions via email. I did […]

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PIXAR PERFECT–WALL-E’S WORLD IS WONDERFUL!

posted by Ben Witherington

First I have a confession. I am a sucker for anything Pixar does. It’s almost gotten to the point where I feel like they can do little wrong. I’d go watch their version of a chewing tobacco or mortuary commercial. […]

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Bishop Wright visits Stephen Colbert

posted by Ben Witherington

My friend and colleague Bishop Wright has boldly gone where angels fear to tred— onto the Comedy Central Show– The Stephen Colbert Report— You’ll enjoy this one, and notice the reaction of the crowd. http://www.spike.com/episode/27772/st/2995361 or try this— + June […]

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LANDS OF THE BIBLE TOUR EXTRAVAGANZA– MAY 2009

posted by Ben Witherington

Here below you will find advance notice about our upcoming tour in May of 2009. Let me tell you now this tour is top drawer. You get two good meals a day, good hotels, airfare is included as are entrance […]

Pew Forum’s Revelations– Do even a Majority of Evangelicals Believe Jesus is the Only Way of Salvation?

posted by Ben Witherington

You can read the 200 plus page full report of an extensive religious survey taken last year by the Pew Charitable Trust at the Pew Forum website, which can be found here— http://religions.pewforum.org/reports Below is their own summary of findings […]

When is a Text not a Text? When is a Reader not a ‘Reader’?

posted by Ben Witherington

We are a text driven culture. We are preoccupied with things like copyright infringement, and used to looking at computer screens. And so it is natural to assume, when one is part of a largely literate culture that ancient texts […]

Memento Mori– Part Two

posted by Ben Witherington

Grave steles, sarcophagi, and grave art teach us a great deal about what ancient peoples believed about the afterlife. In cultures where the spirits of the ancestors (called genius (singular, and genii plural– from which we get the word genie) […]

Memori Mento– Please Remember Me; Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

Museums are fascinating places for those who love history, and know what they are looking at! This post begins our tour of statuary, grave art, and stone inscriptions of relevance to NT studies which are found in the Istanbul Archaeological […]

Ephesos and the Artemesion

posted by Ben Witherington

There is a special exhibit at the Istanbul Archaeological Museum on the Temple and cult of Artemis in Ephesos (Ephesus), or the Artemsion. You will see a scale model on the left here of this temple and its precincts, which […]

Get Smarter— ‘Missed it by That Much’

posted by Ben Witherington

I must confess a guilty please. I used to enjoy the old Get Smart TV spy spoof. I even like the cartoon remake called ‘Inspector Gadget’ which I watched with my children. I was hoping for some more low camp […]

Visiting the Land Down Under=Oz

posted by Ben Witherington

The first stop on my world circling bone-wearying tour was Australia, to do a conference at Morling colleague and to give a lecture on Oral Texts at MacQuarrie University, which certainly has one of the leading Ancient History Departments in […]

The Spectacular Kultepe Excavations

posted by Ben Witherington

Approximately 15 miles north of Kayseri in south central Turkey are the now famous Kultepe-Kanish Excavations, which are of direct relevance to OT studies, as this site provides us with a clear link between the Assyrians and the Hittites. This […]

Exploring Erythrai

posted by Ben Witherington

Set on a hill overlooking the beautiful Aegean is the ancient city of Erythrai. It is not on anybody’s tour itinerary, because it has hardly been excavated. Some of it simply sticks out of a farmer’s plot of eggplants. The […]

Mission to Jakarta

posted by Ben Witherington

Through the auspices of of Perkantas, the Indonesian version of InterVarsity, and other Christian groups, I was asked to come to Jakarta and deal with the issue of the Gnostic Gospels and also the Jesus Tomb theory. The impetus for […]

Pagan Christianity?– Ask St. Nick

posted by Ben Witherington

There has been a lot of loose talk of late about pagan Christianity. I want to say from the outset that most of this sort of rhetoric about pagan Christianity, and it is rhetoric, is either false, or based on […]

The Pilgrimage to the Nerl

posted by Ben Witherington

Let me take you on a journey into the past. Let us return to a time when people simply walked to church, along birch tree-lined paths, often walking many miles to get to church. The time is the high Middle […]

Celtics return to Glory– the 2008 NBA Champs

posted by Ben Witherington

Basketball is a North Carolina obsession. It is the other religion in North Carolina. If you don’t believe me, consider the license plate pictured on the left here.Basketball is a game played by the greatest athletes in all of team […]

More Scenes from Beautiful Iznik (Nicea)

posted by Ben Witherington

In this post I am simply trying to give you a feel for the modern city of Iznik (population 20,000). The major industry here today is not tourism, as one might expect, since Iznik is off the beaten path. If […]

Holy Blogging Batman!

posted by Ben Witherington

This cartoon appeared in a Turkish newpaper….enjoy.

Historic Nicea (Iznik)

posted by Ben Witherington

Nestled in the hills which surround Iznik lake is the beautiful small town (about 22,000) of Iznik. The unassuming tourist might well mistake it for just another little Turkish town, but in fact it is a city of great historical […]

The Underwater Archaeology Museum at Bodrum

posted by Ben Witherington

Nestled on the southwest coast of Turkey is the beautiful resort town of Bodrum, which is actually an ancient Roman (and before that Greek) harbor town. Not surprisingly, there are many shipwrecked boats not far from this harbor, which as […]

Russian Cake Baking Contest

posted by Ben Witherington

O.K. so first of all, the Russians love their sweets, both cakes and candies. You should see the sweet shops. So they had a cake baking contest, withthe most creative representation of something real winning. I’ll let you vote for […]

Euromos– The Growth of Paganism in the Christian Era

posted by Ben Witherington

We will begin our tour of places I visited this summer in Turkey. The first is in some ways one of the oldest and most well preserved of the Greek cities visited. It is also today one of the most […]

A Three D Jesus in a High Def World

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the things you find at the Moscow Flea Market is products made by the new laser technologies. Naturally enough someone was going to try and capture Jesus in glass through this technology and with some considerable success. Here […]

The Freedom of God and the Free Will of Human Beings

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the more interesting subjects to discuss is the freedom of God. What exactly is God free to do or not to do? Is God’s will the primary and controlling divine attribute such that even God’s knowledge is dependent […]

From Russia With Love

posted by Ben Witherington

Here are a series of pictures from my time in Russia the land of golden domes and beautiful icons of Christ and the saints. Above you will see the picture of Moscow Evangelical Seminary where I teach from time to […]

‘Back in the USSR’–err Russia

posted by Ben Witherington

Well I am in my fifth country on the world tour and will be teaching Christology here all week at Moscow Evangelical Seminary. Its currently light until almost 11 p.m. and its also light by 3:30 in the morning, so […]

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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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