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November 2010 Archives

On the Richter Scale—- Sandy Richter in the News

posted by Ben Witherington

Well it isn’t the cover of the Rolling Stone, but I am proud to say the newspaper in Jackson Ms. was smart enough to interview our friend and colleague Sandy Richter, who taught for us for many years (still does […]

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Name That Ancient Object

posted by Ben Witherington

  Here are four shots of an ancient object I bought from an antiquities dealer in Jerusalem some years ago.  The first person to correctly identify this object wins a free copy of my recent book on Revelation.   The winner […]

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows— Part One

posted by Ben Witherington

If you’re asked the question what is the opposite of well done, the answer should be— half-baked.   And unfortunately, and I didn’t expect to say this, that is what we get for two hours and 37 minutes of the most […]

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The Carlos Museum at Emory

posted by Ben Witherington

The Carlos Museum at Emory has a nice small collection of Greco-Roman remains, particularly busts which I thought I would share with you.  The above bust should be familiar—  it is  Julius Caesar himself. As you can see from this […]

Black Friday—- Shop ’til You Drop

posted by Ben Witherington

I was minding my business drinking my morning coffee, and looking out on the unexpected snowfall on Black Friday which made it white Friday here in Lexington when ‘what to my wondering eyes did appear,  then a plane load of […]

Puritanical Eaters: Who’s a Turkey Now?

posted by Ben Witherington

I’ve always been a huge fan of Gary Larson’s  Far Side cartoons, and his Thanksgiving ones are some of his best. But there are others who have now stepped into his shoes since he isn’t entertaining us any more.  For […]

‘Tangled’ Up in You– Finally Some Real Disney Magic

posted by Ben Witherington

Walter Elias Disney, according to one Asheville N.C. legend was once fired as an employee of the Asheville newspaper because he was always doodling— especially drawing pictures of a mouse and a duck.  Whether this story is true or not, […]

Thanksgiving Redivivus

posted by Ben Witherington

Jammin’ at the SBL in Hotlanta

posted by Ben Witherington

The annual general meeting of the whole Society for Biblical Literature (and for ASOR, ETS, and the Biblical Archaeology Society, not to mention the IBR which is the Institute for Biblical Research) was held last week through this Tuesday with […]

SBL Lecture for the Paul and Scripture Seminar

posted by Ben Witherington

‘IN PRINCIPIO ERAT VERBUM': SACRED TEXTS IN AN ORAL CULTURE                                       BenWitherington, III                                     AmosProfessor of NT for Doctoral Studies                                     AsburyTheological Seminary               Ithas become by now a commonplace to point out that Paul and the other earliestChristians […]

Pastor to church leaders: Thou shalt not Facebook

posted by Ben Witherington

  There is an article just posted on MSN about a pastor in Neptune New Jersey who has discovered in marital counseling sessions that Facebook is one of the main sources igniting infidelity and the pursuit of old flames, and […]

Top Twenty Cities in America

posted by Ben Witherington

TOP TWENTY CITIES IN AMERICA (minimum criteria— must be a city of at least 300,000 people)                 As most of you know,  I have lectured all over the place and visited dozens and dozens of cities smallish and largish, and […]

The NIV 2011 and Inclusive Language

posted by Ben Witherington

The process of translation revision is a grueling one, not least because English is a living language and the use and meaning of words keeps changing, and the finding of ancient texts with rare Greek usage keeps happening.    I […]

Good Hobbits are Hard to Find— Filming ‘The Hobbit’

posted by Ben Witherington

I am happy to report that things have finally firmed up when it comes to filming the Hobbit (in two parts and in glorious 3-D).   The filming itself will begin in Feb. 2011 with the first film out in November […]

THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE

posted by Ben Witherington

The above is a picture of a Christian veteran in Lexington One of the truisms of history is that those who refuse to learn from the past, learn from the lessons of history, are doomed to repeat that past.   History […]

UNSTOPPABLE IS INEXORABLE– WASHINGTON’S WILD RIDE

posted by Ben Witherington

  There was a time when America had a love affair with trains, before the age when American families thought it was their birth-rite to own 2.5 cars. And so, for most of America, the passenger train went the way […]

Filming the Jesus Quest for the BBC

posted by Ben Witherington

David Batty is a British film producer and direction who works with an outfit called Far Away Films (and Big Book Media).  He is the person, with help from his aide de camp, Rob Slater who convinced me to come […]

John Grisham on Wrongful Conviction in a Murder Case

posted by Ben Witherington

John Grisham’s The Confession

posted by Ben Witherington

I have been a fan of John Grisham for a long time, and I have read most of his ouevre, and have often wanted him to bring in more characters with genuine Christian faith,  since he is such a person, […]

Caesarea Maritima– The Provincial Headquarters

posted by Ben Witherington

At the end of my very brief four the BBC,  I managed to have a few hours catching up with the latest at Caesarea Maritima, where we now can find an amazing ocean front hippodrome (no its not where they […]

Imperium– The Story of Cicero

posted by Ben Witherington

Students desiring to better understand the Greco-Roman world in which and into which the New Testament was written would do well to familiarize themselves with that world by reading the Greco-Roman classics (can you say Loeb classical library) and the […]

Free critically edited Greek New Testament propels biblical scholarship forward

posted by Ben Witherington

BELLINGHAM, WA–October 28, 2010–The Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software announced today the release of The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition (SBLGNT), a critically edited Greek New Testament. For the first time ever, students, teachers, pastors and laypeople […]

Gino’s Love Song for His Wife— Gypsy Days

posted by Ben Witherington

The Dig at the Pool of Siloam–2005 until Now

posted by Ben Witherington

Ronnie Reich has spent these last years of his archaeological career digging the Pool of Siloam of John 9 fame. As it turns out, it is spectacular, and indeed it involves far more than at first meets the eye.   […]

Villains as Heroes—If you Don’t Megamind— the Trailer

posted by Ben Witherington

Villains as Heroes, if you don’t Megamind

posted by Ben Witherington

It topped the box office this past weekend, which isn’t hard to do, since most of the movies in the theaters about now are lame in the run up to the Scary Potter megamillions later this month. It is the […]

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years– Donald Miller (Part Two)

posted by Ben Witherington

The last one hundred pages of Don Miller’s latest book are the most important.  Real life persons creating their own stories know they only have so much control. In fact, just about all they can really control is their own […]

Raising the Dead, as Opposed to Raising Hell

posted by Ben Witherington

Here is another brief clip from the DVD Revelation and the End Times.EnjoyBW3

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years– Donald Miller (Part One)

posted by Ben Witherington

As we speak,  Donald Miller and a film crew are finishing up shooting a movie version of his first memoir— Blue Like Jazz, a fine foray into life, albeit coming at it from left field (see the review of it […]

Resources from the Duke Convocation 2010

posted by Ben Witherington

Audio recordings of the lectures and worship services are now available at the following link. http://divinity.duke.edu/initiatives-centers/lifelong-learning/convocation-pastors-school/ You may download the recordings free of charge. Additionally, N.T. Wright talks about why he doesn’t feel he has to choose between being an […]

The Dream Weaver— My Friend Levent

posted by Ben Witherington

This is my friend Levent Oral standing beneath beautiful bouganvillia in the Turkish town where his parents live— Chesme, a beautiful seaside resort town.  Levent runs a tour company called Tutku Tours out of Izmir, another beautiful Turkish seaside town.   […]

The Historical Jesus—- Sean Freyne’s View

posted by Ben Witherington

The latest issue of the magazine I write for, Biblical Archaeology Review,  is now out, and has an interesting and extended interview in it of Sean Freyne, now emeritus Professor of Theology at Trinity College Dublin.  This post will interact […]

The Final Reckoning

posted by Ben Witherington

THE FINAL RECKONING   ‘I reckon you’re right,’  I said. ‘I reckon you righteous’ he replied. My right standing reckoned The eschaton beckoned Where all things materialize.   ‘I hope against hope,’  I said. ‘Who hopes for now?’  he replied. […]

‘We the People’—Music to Vote By

posted by Ben Witherington

Listen to the lyrics of this song, then get out and vote!

Tom Wright on a Christian’s Role in a Democracy

posted by Ben Witherington

    (This is taken from an interview done with N.T. Wright in October during the Duke Convocation). ” I’m very interested in what a Christian vision of wise government might be. There are insights we can bring to bear.  […]

Previous Posts

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 are some of the senior fellows attending the meeting.

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 below......   My response to this nonsense above

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

Revival 2011--- At My Home Church in Charlotte

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 seminary building.  The art of choice comes from a West

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 resists the tendency to be verbose or erudite for all

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

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