Due to the overwhelming number of great posts and my off-line methodology, I lost track of all the referrals. So here’s preliminary a hat tip to all of you in my Google Reader.
Bible Maps and geography – Tyndale Tech. Lots of great links including Bible Mapper is a fully interactive, highly accurate Bible mapping system that helps you quickly and easily create customized maps of the Holy Lands or study a particular period and aspect of Bible history. FREE! Click here to download.
Everything you could ever want from the Septuagint-interlinear-Greek-bible (free downloads). Like Jim said, there’s a lot there.
UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology: Open Version, – peer reviewed. (See Alan Lenzi’s description). The Alan Lenzi who is “a graduate of WTS (MAR 1997) . . . no longer a Christian” and Satan’s press agent. (Hey, he got my attention.)
**John Hobbins lists a “few”(? 36!!) good blogs that have caught his eye all over again, or for the first time. It’s a great list that includes one with “thoughts on the Bible, family, Africa, Kenya, social justice” 😉 (Feeling like I’m already on the bubble every month, and it’s only month four.)
Post of the week: “Better Be “Poor” in Malawi”. I find this true of Africa in more ways than one, even if Victor’s examples are hard-core rural. (Victor Kaonga)
But there can be a much darker side to rural life in Africa (Paradoxes-on-Friday)
Doing Short-Terms Missions without Doing Long-Term Harm Most STM trips violate basic principles of effective poverty-alleviation and have the potential to do considerable harm both to low-income people and to ourselves. (Thanks: Kruse Kronicle )
Rather than going as “doers,” some powerful dynamics can be unleashed if STM teams go as “learners” from the poor or as “co-learners” with the poor. Consistent with an asset-based model, going as a learner emphasizes the gifts which poor people have to share with others: the spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social resources that God has already placed in their community.
Dave Richard’s begins critiquing micro-finance. (April 20)
Ben Witherington3 – NT rhetoric handbook Ch. 2 – The History and Practice of Ancient Rhetoric.
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Scot McKnight McKnight introduces Thomas Oden’s new book, How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind , an attempt to resurrect awareness of the significance of Africa in shaping Christian theology. Here are seven things the Christians all picked up from Africa:
- The University form of education — Alexandria.
- Exegesis — prior to the Alexandrian/Antiochene debate there was the influence of the African, Origen.
- Theology — the dogma of the Church emerged out of African articulations.
- Ecumenical councils — shaped by African councils.
- Spiritual formation — monasticism grew up out of African soil.
- Neoplatonic philosophy — shaped in African soil.
- Dialectics and literature — again, think of Tertullian, Cyprian, etc.. Africans.
There is what he calls a “very deep distinctly modern European prejudice” to minimize Africa and maximize Hellenism and to devalue the Christian faith. It’s time to fix that, so says Oden.
A case for blogging (and some concerns) for young academics. Advice: keep it clean, useful, and honest. (Brandon Withrow)
Reflections on Facebook usage. Me, I use it as an address book that you update for me. BTW, I know they must be good, but I can’t read any of your funwall posts – internet is too slow here. (I know I owe someone for this link.)
An NT Wright interview by Trevin Wax:
A-blogging-abecedaria (Just to make him feel all warm and fuzzy.)
An ancient snake with legs (BBC) or an older fossil found near Jerusalem. (Apparently there are old cave drawings of this in Egypt. Rikk Watts has an interesting article connecting certain creation motifs with Egyptian Making Sense of Genesis 1.)
Disillusionment with God’s Call to Disillusioned Christians (InterVarsity), and Letters from a Disillusioned Generation (Zondervan) – Kate Galli
The church can indeed be bureaucratic, inefficient, and, at times, hopelessly outdated. It remains one of the most embarrassing institutions to which one can belong. But it has also given us a 2,000-year legacy of saints and social reformers, and a rich liturgy and theology—the very gift 20-somethings need to grow into the full stature of Christ.
Jim West wants to be president (poor soul.)
Tilling’s shameful plug for Goldingay – Go to his blog and find April 15 or to avoid all the other really shameful things Tilling posts try the category label Goldingay . ;-). (This my friends is a clear example of the effects of corrupt bribery in the West. I don’t want to hear another word out of you about corruption in Africa. I think Tilling ought to do penance by shipping me his free copy of vol. 2 and buying his own; I already own vol. 1) Click here for the table of contents, here for the preface, and here for chapter 1. For a substantive look at each chapter see Scot McKnight’s monthly – First Day is Goldingay (Goldingay on Jesus Creed).