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April 2009 Archives

THE MANY FACES OF THE CHRIST

posted by Ben Witherington

What you see above is the visual equivalent to my book The Many Faces of the Christ which surveys the various images and titles of Jesus in all the NT witnesses.

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THE SOURCE OF THE SWINE FLU EPIDEMIC

posted by Ben Witherington

Pigs are big in eastern N.C.. Shoot they are so big there are even pig parlors where they go to be beautified. But as we all know, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it will still be a […]

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A BROWNIE INFILTRATES LIBERTY– WITH JUSTICE FOR ALL

posted by Ben Witherington

Meet Kevin Roose. He looks like your average nice college dude, and he is sitting in the pews in the chapel at Brown University. You may not have known Brown has a chapel, what with it being a bastion of […]

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FRACTURED FAIRY TALES FROM THE FARM NO. 4

posted by Ben Witherington

Meet the vermin, aka varmint, aka varmin. He is a fearsome critter, but his pelt is much in demand. And in fact, the fur industry has given this animal an extreme makeover, by taking away the first letter of his […]

FRACTURED FAIRY TALES FROM THE FARM NO. 3

posted by Ben Witherington

Ours is an age of hybrids. Hybrid cars, hybrid economies, hybrid vitamins and foods in general. It is thus not unexpected that there might be hybrid holiday food, in this case for Thanksgiving. Enter the turducken, one part turkey, one […]

FRACTURED FAIRY TALES FROM THE FARM NO. 2

posted by Ben Witherington

Meet the spamster. He is native to small islands in the south Pacific, including Hawaii. The spamster is a cute little fellow who starts out without ears, and then grows little pointy ones, the better to hear the commands of […]

FLYING SOLO WITH A FRIEND– ‘THE SOLOIST’

posted by Ben Witherington

The life of a mentally ill person is messy, and difficult, and often heart-rending. And what is interesting about such a person is that it is by no means simply a matter of some chemical imbalance in the brain, though […]

FRACTURED FAIRY TALES FROM THE FARM NO. 1

posted by Ben Witherington

Meet the Nauga, a species not of gerbil, hamster or guinea pig but of its own, and indigenous to America! The Nauga is known for its bug-eyes. The Nauga, unfortunately today, the day after Earth Day, has to be reported […]

A MODEL OF HEROD’S TEMPLE

posted by Ben Witherington

Alec Garrard is a farmer, but he had a dream (not to be confused with a field of dreams). Alec has worked for more than 30 years to create a full and accurate model of Herod’s Temple. His version of […]

All That Jazz— in Daytona Beach

posted by Ben Witherington

My sister Laura and I are musicophiles. To say we are music lovers is to say too little its closer to music-aholics (‘Hi my name is Ben, and its been 21 days since I bought my last CD’). We were […]

Bart Interrupted— A detailed Analysis of ‘Jesus Interrupted’— Coda

posted by Ben Witherington

</a In the first part of Chapter Six Bart Ehrman rehearses for us some of his major conclusions to his earlier work, Misquoting Jesus. Since I have responded to that elsewhere (see e.g. my Gospel Code book, and earlier blogs) […]

Assessing the “State of Play”

posted by Ben Witherington

It has been a while since Russell Crowe had a real stellar performance in a movie, but this movie shows he is not losing his edge. Playing with an all star cast (especially the fabulous Helen Mirren) Crowe raises his […]

Bart Interrupted— A detailed Analysis of ‘Jesus Interrupted’ Part Five

posted by Ben Witherington

In chapter five of his book, Bart Ehrman sketches out a basic narrative of the historical process which led to the production of the Gospels. I do not really disagree much with him about either the dating of the Gospels, […]

Bart Interrupted: Part Four

posted by Ben Witherington

We live in a text bound age full of litigious people concerned about copyright, intellectual property, and authorship in the modern sense. I have a friend in fact who is in fact a intellectual property lawyer. You don’t want to […]

Bart Interrupted— A detailed Analysis of ‘Jesus Interrupted’ Part Three

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the valid points made by Bart Ehrman at various junctures in this study is that each Gospel needs to be allowed to have its own say. He is guarding against the tendencies to blend all the accounts together, […]

Christos Aneste– The Emmaus Road Story

posted by Ben Witherington

A Companion Along the Way: Easter Sunday on the Emmaus Road by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson The gleaming cloud tops and fragrant spring air would have invigorated most travelers leaving Jerusalem that Sunday afternoon. But these two began their trek […]

COLBERT INTERRUPTS EHRMAN

posted by Ben Witherington

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Bart Ehrman colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor NASA Name Contest

Bart Interrupted— A detailed Analysis of ‘Jesus Interrupted’ Part Two

posted by Ben Witherington

Bart D. Ehrman, Jesus, Interrupted, (San Francisco: Harper One, 2009), xii +212 pages. Part Two ( pp. 61-75). In his first rate analysis of Edward Gibbon’s classic 18th century study, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a work […]

You Know the Economy is Bad when…….

posted by Ben Witherington

I must confess to being partial to the cat in this picture— he’s so dramatic BW3

AL MOHLER ON POST-CHRISTIAN AMERICA AND EASTER WEEK

posted by Ben Witherington

There is an interesting and detailed article in Newsweek this week about the decline of Christianity in America over the last ten years, which includes an interview with my near neighbor and fellow seminary colleague Al Mohler of Louisville Southern […]

Bart Interrupted— A detailed Analysis of ‘Jesus Interrupted’ Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

Bart D. Ehrman, Jesus, Interrupted, (San Francisco: Harper One, 2009), xii +292 pages. Part One ( the first 60 pages) Bart Ehrman is both a gifted writer and a gifted lecturer. Perhaps his best gift is the ability to distill […]

TAR HEELS MO’BETTER IN MOTOWN

posted by Ben Witherington

MY MOM AND DAD IN THEIR GOLDEN YEARS I was walking down Franklin Street in Chapel Hill last fall where I was there to do a church and Intervarsity event, and literally ran into Tyler Hansbrough. I took a moment […]

SATAN’S FACEBOOK PAGE

posted by Ben Witherington

It has been said that you can meet almost anybody on Facebook. Well, imagine my surprise when I discovered that the Prince of Darkness himself has a Facebook page. Here is the link—-http://www.pcworld.com/zoom?id=162166&page=1&zoomIdx=5 I must say that there is very […]

A FACEBOOK PASSION OF THE CHRIST

posted by Ben Witherington

I am not a particular fan of Facebook, but recently one of my former students sent me the following link— http://canter.s437.sureserver.com/fbp/facebookpassion.pdf In a surprising end run manuever, apparently Jesus interrupts Bart Ehrman during Passion week, knocking on his office door […]

MONSTER VS. ALIENS– AND PRESIDENT COLBERT

posted by Ben Witherington

Perhaps you are too young to remember the Blob. 50s horror movies featured him/it, along with a host of unpleasant aliens (think the original and far better version of ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’). Shucks, someone in the 50s […]

JAMES OSSUARY TRIAL WINDS DOWN

posted by Ben Witherington

In the ‘its about time department’ the following is from the Biblical Archaeology Society website today. I’m thinking its about time to print up the bumper stickers saying “Free the Ossuary”. BW3 *Special Report* James Ossuary Trial Continues to UnravelApril […]

FAMOUS QUOTES FROM SPORTS STARS

posted by Ben Witherington

America’s continued idolizing of major sports figures goes on apace, and unabated, even with the recent steroids scandals and the like, with athletes and even coaches now commanding enormous salaries. In economic times like these, it might be wise to […]

SEEING IS BELIEVING? THE EYE IS QUICKER THAN THE HAND

posted by Ben Witherington

Since I was a child I have always enjoyed illusionists (not to be confused with magicians who practice the black arts), because they remind us that our empirical senses are not totally reliable. They can be deceived. Certainly one of […]

ADVENTURES AT LAITY LODGE

posted by Ben Witherington

This past weekend I had the pleasure of going and speaking, preaching, singing at Laity Lodge near Kerrville Texas. As the pictures will show, this lodge hangs over the Frio River Gorge, and is, in a word– gorgeous. Indeed, the […]

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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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