Groove, Mbeki, the lost Ark, Turkey ban, meetings, & Hebrew handouts (links & quotes)

Groove award winners have been announced (the most popular of the Kenyan Christian Music scene.)

Thabo Mbeki’s Bible: The Role of the Religion in the South African Public Realm after Liberation (Gerald West, SBL Forum May 1 2008).

the Bible no longer occupies the same kind of place in the public realm in South Africa. Indeed, religion in general has receded to the private sphere.

But Mbeki: “Through our National Effort they [the people of South Africa] can see the relevance to our situation of God’s blessings communicated in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.”[19]

Finders of the Lost Ark

Archaeology in search of a headline, or even archaeology that’s too eager to “prove the Bible,” is prone to sensationalism and error. It’s too much like the treasure hunting that characterized 19th-century explorers who lacked the tools of modern science and relied on observation and supposition.

. . . Better tools have led to more accurate archaeology, but also to the realization that the earlier discoveries didn’t as easily fit into the biblical framework as some had anticipated. Responding to these developments, some secular scholars have claimed that archaeology actually disproves the Bible. Thankfully, it does not.

Tim Brookins’s bibliography of The Doctrine of Inspiration “by camp . . . full inerrancy, some sort of limited inerrancy or infallibility, paleo- or neo-orthodoxy, I’m not sure (Pelikan & NT Wright)” and his comments on Roger Olsons Postconservativism

There are a lot of positive qualities to the book. For one, he drives home the point that Scripture is about transforming lives as we encounter God in it. Probably not many evangelicals would disagree with that; his contention is that evangelicals have often viewed Scripture solely as something that conveys information, and that conversion comes through cognitive apprehension of propositions, without necessarily regarding experience as a necessary component. Yet in subordinating propositional content to experience, has he not gone too far in the other direction? In my opinion, he inadequately deals with why such a switch is permissible, . . . [Other critiques – mischaracterization of paleo-orthodox camp. ]

Ferrell Jenkins’s blog banned-in-turkey follow it – great pictures.

Leading a Meeting – something they usually don’t say much about in Seminary (Thanks: Drew who adds 3 C’s: be clear, be consistent, and be creative.) My pastoral mentor always told me. In seminary they teach you a lot about the bible and theology; in the pastorate you mostly deal with (manage) people.

Handouts for Teaching Biblical Hebrew (or studying) by Naama Zahavi-Ely, College of William and Mary

I’ll add a couple in separate posts that deserve individual attention.

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