ἀπὸ γυναικὸς ἀρχὴ ἁμαρτίας καὶ δι᾽αὐτὴν ἀποθνῄσκομεν πάντες
“From a woman sin had its beginning, and because of her we all die” (RSV, NRSV).
“To love both frees the lover from himself
And binds him to the loved; so to be loved
Is to become a god who stands above
The lover as the lover’s choicest wealth.
But the love’s sweet freedom brings a double stealth,
An unseen chain, when god’s the world, and love
Is lust, and pride of life’s a grace: the loved,
This pampered god, is surreptitious self.
A million billion trillion years from now,
The gods pursued so hotly in our day
Will find no selfish slaves to scrape and bow:
The world and its desires all pass away.
Alone th’eternal God transforms, forgives:
And he who does God’s will forever lives.”
D. A. Carson, Holy Sonnets of the Twentieth Century (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994), 109.
A sonnet on 1 John 2:15-17:
Μὴ ἀγαπᾶτε τὸν κόσμον μηδὲ τὰ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ. ἐάν τις ἀγαπᾷ τὸν κόσμον, οὐκ ἔστιν ἡ ἀγάπη τοῦ πατρὸς ἐν αὐτῷ· ὅτι πᾶν τὸ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ, ἡ ἐπιθυμία τῆς σαρκὸς καὶ ἡ ἐπιθυμία τῶν ὀφθαλμῶν καὶ ἡ ἀλαζονεία τοῦ βίου, οὐκ ἔστιν ἐκ τοῦ πατρὸς ἀλλ᾽ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου ἐστίν. καὶ ὁ κόσμος παράγεται καὶ ἡ ἐπιθυμία αὐτοῦ, ὁ δὲ ποιῶν τὸ θέλημα τοῦ θεοῦ μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.
Yesterday while traveling for most of the day, Jenni and I listened to The Life of Jesus: Dramatic Eyewitness Accounts from the Luke Reports. This is one of many first-class productions by Focus on the Family Radio Theatre. These CDs are great long-term investments for your family. Unlike videos, these require (and help develop) a lot of imagination.
The Life of Jesus series is creative and well-done. It’s over eight hours long altogether, and its reconstruction is based on Luke’s Gospel (cf. Luke 1:1-4).
The basic plot is this: Paul is in jail in Rome, and Luke is with him. A Roman senator is sympathetic and asks Luke to travel to Palestine to compile a record of the life of Jesus in order to make the Roman emperor more sympathetic to Paul’s cause so that Paul will be released. This Roman senator’s code name is Theophilus. Luke’s mission is to interview as many primary sources (i.e., people who had direct contact with Jesus) as he can, and his travels are full of action and suspense. (They’re probably over-dramatic and at times pushing the envelope, e.g., Luke casts demons out of a magician, and such like–but I don’t want to spoil the plot by listing much more.) The plot gets a little complicated, especially if you listen to the whole series without much of a break. Overall: creative, stimulating, thought-provoking, enjoyable.
Warning: Carson’s description of “the first approach” below may be convicting to some who read this.
The following is from D. A. Carson, “An Introduction to Introductions,” in Linguistics and the New Testament: Critical Junctions (ed. D. A. Carson and Stanley E. Porter; Studies in New Testament Greek 5; Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series 168; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999), 14-17.
Carson recognizes that “the current state of biblical studies . . . has become fragmented,” extending “beyond presuppositions and conclusions to the methods themselves” and reducing BT to NTT to Synoptic Gospel theology to Matthean theology to Q theology to “Q’s couplets in the third Q source.” There are “four responses to this fragmentation.” I’ll not quote the full descriptions of the last three approaches because I’d like to highlight the first in contrast with the fourth. (Carson takes the fourth approach.)
During this semester at TEDS, Dr. Barry Beitzel has had the cover of a forthcoming book taped on his office door: Biblica: The Bible Atlas: A Social and Historical Journey Through the Lands of the Bible. I asked him about it this morning, and he said that the book has been available in Australia for two months and should be available in America in November. Apparently, Costco and Sam’s Wholesale Club purchased a massive number of copies and will be selling them at a discount. The retail price is somewhere around $150 each, and Sam’s may sell them for $90 or $100. I just found it here for $80, almost half the price of retail!
Dr. Beitzel, who is well known as the author of The Moody Atlas of Bible Lands, was the project coordinator, and he invited a large spectrum of scholars to participate, including Jews and Catholics. So evangelicals will disagree with the content in some of the articles. Since I haven’t even scanned the content, I can’t comment on it. I did, however, see a copy of the book in Dr. Beitzel’s office. Wow. It’s massive. It’s is the largest hardback I’ve seen in recent times. High quality paper, too.
(And a little trivia for my BJU friends: Dr. Beitzel was in Dr. Sam Schnaiter‘s wedding.)
Biblical Training has recently released two more “classes” with free MP3 downloads:
If you’re not familiar with Biblical Training, you’ll want to explore the site, register, and start downloading MP3s for many other classes. It’s an outstanding resource.