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June 2010 Archives

Brazilian Baby Dances (the Samba) for Joy

posted by Ben Witherington

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The New Face of Evangelicalism

posted by Ben Witherington

There is a new program on ABC at 2:30p.m. on Tuesdays entitled Beliefs. Here is one of the episodes that alter reader Carey Hughes found.

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Lands of the Bible—Sardis

posted by Ben Witherington

Without question one of my favorite sites to visit and revisit is Sardis, home of the fancy synagogue and even fancier gymnasium lovingly restored by a team from Harvard. The picture immediately above is of the Torah shrine portion of the […]

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Lands of the Bible 2010–Laodicea and Hierapolis II

posted by Ben Witherington

Hierapolis, today known as Pammukale (cotton castle) has also been undergoing an upgrade including an upgrade of  imaginative  signs.  The town gets its modern name from the limestone cliffs that characterize the area and the hot springs that people since antiquity have […]

Yahweh or No Way: Vatican endorses Blues Brothers…and Glenn Beck: Part Two

posted by Ben Witherington

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Prophet Glenn Beck – Father Guido Sarducci www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Fox News

Yahweh or No Way: Vatican endorses Blues Brothers…and Glenn Beck: Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Yahweh Or No Way – The Blues Brothers & Glenn Beck www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Fox News

Lands of the Bible 2010–Laodicea and Hierapolis I

posted by Ben Witherington

The alert reader will know that I have already, last year posted a good deal of material on the massive archaeological dig at Laodicea (while Colossae still remains undug at all) and we have also posted a good deal of […]

The Earliest Iconic Images of Peter and Paul?

posted by Ben Witherington

Some of you may have heard reports immanating from Rome that the earliest pictures ever of Peter, Paul (and other apostles) have been found in the catacombs. Several things should be said about this: 1) the claim is these images […]

Lands of the Bible—Aphrodisias

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the best Greco-Roman sites in all of Turkey is Aphrodisias, and if you have read the most recent issue of BAR you will know it was not just a site for pagans, but also Jews and Christians lived […]

Threepeat!— Toy Story III

posted by Ben Witherington

    It is always difficult to top a classic film like Toy Story, but when you have some of the most talented writers and illustrators at Pixar and some of the most familiar voices (i.e. Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack […]

Lands of the Bible—Ephesus Part Two

posted by Ben Witherington

There is so much to see at Ephesus that even several trips and even with having a trained guide, there are things one misses. Here above is the oden of Domitian today at the upper end of Curetes street. But what would […]

Colbert on Prothero on How All Religions are not One

posted by Ben Witherington

Here is a very interesting recent clip from the Colbert Report based on Prothero’s recent book entitled God is Not One, the point of which is that those who say all religions are one (and therefore bad, or therefore good, […]

Lands of the Bible 2010–The Cave Church of Paul and Thecla

posted by Ben Witherington

Before the time of Constantine when Christianity became a legal or licit religion, Christians met in private places— homes being the most obvious. But they also met in caves, and turned caves into churches.  This seems to have especially happened […]

Lands of the Bible 2010–Ephesus Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

Ephesus was indeed the city that Paul seems to have spent more time in than any other during his missionary period of life.  He was here for over two years at one stretch and important letters of Paul (such as […]

Lands of the Bible 2010–Miletus

posted by Ben Witherington

Paul’s speech to the Ephesian elders at Miletus is, interestingly enough, the only full blown speech by Paul in Acts which is addressed to Christians. This speech then, not surprisingly bears the closest resemblance in content to some of the […]

Are You an Ichthusiast? Ichthus 2010

posted by Ben Witherington

    (Skillet at the 2007 Icthus Festival) I remember 1969 all too well.  I went to N.Y. to Fillmore East with my Methodist Youth Group and we saw Joe Cocker and the Jefferson Airplane.  The first CSN album had […]

Lands of the Bible 2010–Alexandria Troas and Assos

posted by Ben Witherington

There are a wide variety of sites mentioned in passing in the NT which were nonetheless very important places in the ancient world.  Two of these are Alexander’s Troas and Assos. Acts 20 recounts Paul’s visit to Troas (not the […]

Iron Man 2– the Stark Realities

posted by Ben Witherington

Just when I was convinced that Ozzy was Iron Man, along came Robert Downey Jr. And the first Iron Man movie really kicked butter.  It would be hard to top, and sure enough  installment 2 of this Marvel Comic hits […]

Lands of the Bible 2010–Istanbul

posted by Ben Witherington

Certainly one of the most interesting and cosmopolitan cities in the world is Istanbul. This is a city of many names and many cultures, both east and west, indeed its residents like to boast that it is the only major […]

Lands of the Bible 2010–Philippi

posted by Ben Witherington

The two most important Biblical sites in Greece from an archaeological point of view are Corinth and Philippi. There is very little to see at either Berea or Thessalonike from the first century era.  But Philippi is an embarrassment of […]

Lands of the Bible 2010–Meteora

posted by Ben Witherington

Meteora is an interesting place, rather like Capadoccia in Turkey (on which see a later post on this blog). Only instead of Christians being under ground, at Meteora they are up in the air, on top of cliffs in monasteries. […]

The Last Station–Tolstoy’s Demise

posted by Ben Witherington

There are not many features films made in Russia these days, but one that is both outstanding and heavily nominated for awards is ‘The Last Station’, the story about the end of Leo Tolstoy’s life. Yes of course the movie […]

Lands of the Bible 2010–Delphi

posted by Ben Witherington

Without question, the oracle at Delphi was the most famous prophet or prophetess in all the Greco-Roman world. Most ancient’s views on prophecy were shaped by what went on at prophetic sites like this one seen above (the Temple of […]

The Gospel of Jesus–The Last Part

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER THIRTY SIX: RISING TO THE OCCASION Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Miryam of Migdal, accompanied by several other Galilean women, went to the tomb of Jesus and saw that the stone […]

Lands of the Bible 2010–The Asclepion at Corinth

posted by Ben Witherington

One of the more fascinating aspects of life in ancient Corinth is what went on in the temple of Asklepion,  the god of healing (from which we get the modern symbol for medicine with the staff and the serpent).  What […]

Lands of the Bible 2010–Cenchreae

posted by Ben Witherington

O.K. so it just looks like another ocean shot.  What it actually is is the harbor of Cenchreae which was the eastern seaport for Corinth.  This locale is important because it is the home of the first Christian person to […]

‘We the People’— Vanelli, Cobham, Acuna

posted by Ben Witherington

Without question, Billy Cobham is one of the great drummers of our time, and on his recent album he assembled an all star cast in support—- Chaka Khan, Gino Vanelli, Alex Acuna, John Scofield and more. This song flat out […]

Lands of the Bible 2010–Corinth and the Isthmus

posted by Ben Witherington

Behold the canal carved through the isthmus just north of ancient Corinth. This canal has a long history, going back to Nero, who began to have the canal dug so ships would not have to be dragged across the isthmus […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Thirty Four

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER THIRTY FOUR: THE DEMISE OF THE SON OF MAN As the Roman soldiers led Jesus away, they seized Simon from Cyrene (a Roman colony on the north coast of Africa). Simon was a Diaspora Jew on his way to […]

Robin of the Hood— the Prequel

posted by Ben Witherington

R?dley Scott has a penchant for mak?ng b?g mov?es w?th sweep and grandeur and th?s ?s definitely one of them despi?te some of the ludite cr?t?cs reviews who either don’t much know or don’t much care about English h?story.  This […]

Lands of the Bible 2010–The New Parthenon Museum

posted by Ben Witherington

Although I am not generally given to hyperbole, the new museum of the Parthenon in Athens deserves every awe-inspiring adjective I can muster. The brain child of architect Bernard Tschumi’s creative mind,  it stands, as the Financial Times recently said […]

LOST—Final Commentary

posted by Ben Witherington

As the Grateful Dead once said— What a long strange trip we’ve been on.  In this case the trip has lasted six years and more than a hundred episodes with only 4 hours worth not actually filmed on the island […]

The Lands of the Bible 2010— Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

I have just returned from five weeks of filming and traveling in Greece, Turkey, and Israel in preparation for making six DVDs about Jesus, Paul, and the Earliest Christians.  What I will be sharing with you in a series of […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Thirty Three

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER THIRTY THREE: THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF JESUS Jesus was well and truly alone now, having been abandoned by all his Galilean male disciples. Eliezer, though he had not abandoned Jesus, and had indeed gained access to Caiaphas’ house […]

Grains

posted by Ben Witherington

Sometimes I feel,Like a grain of sandOn a giant beachBy an endless sea. Sometimes I feel,Like a grain of saltSeasoning’s savorOn a mundane menu. Sometimes I feel,Like a grain of senseIn a cold cacophonyOf violent voices. Sometimes I feel,Like a […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Thirty Two

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER THIRTY TWO: A DAY OF INFAMY The afternoon passed quickly, and the rendezvous at Bethany had happened without incident. The time came when Jesus sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying […]

Cherish the Day– Our 33rd Anniversary

posted by Ben Witherington

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Thirty One

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER THIRTY ONE: WIDOWS AND FEMALE DISCIPLES The morning time in the Temple courts on Thursday began with Jesus sitting with his disciples opposite of where people would come and throw money into the vessels called temple treasuries. These were […]

The Gospel of Jesus–Part Thirty

posted by Ben Witherington

CHAPTER THIRTY: ABIDING TRUTHS The meal on Wednesday evening was not elaborate, and the mood was more somber than celebratory. After two days of confrontation with authorities and some people in the crowds, the disciples wondered what could be next. […]

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