Archive for October 3rd, 2007


Is Your Relationship with God Monogamous?

Another insightful article from The Onion. 😉

Im In An Open Relationship With The Lord

The Onion

I’m In An Open Relationship With The Lord

With Jesus as my personal Savior, I felt like I had it all. But then we hit a rough patch, and before long, I was beginning to question both my…

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A Priest and a Rabbi…

Prof. Joel Kaminsky (currently a visiting profssor at YDS; normally seen gracing the halls of Smith College, Northampton, MA) has quickly established himself as one of the funniest scholars I’ve ever encountered. Now, I know that “funny” and “scholar” are not normally used in the same sentence (at least, not in a positive way), but check out this joke, which appeared during our most recent “Sibling Rivalries” class. Not only was it funny, but it also had something to do with what we were talking about at the time! (Now that Yale’s reading week–and a brief vacation in Louisville–is nearly upon us, I should have time to report on the course’s academic side, in addition to its humorous one.)

A Roman Catholic priest and a rabbi sit down together in a bar and begin discussing their respective vocations. The rabbi asks the priest about his opportunities for advancement within the church hierarchy. The priest replies that although he currently serves a single small parish, he could someday become the archbishop of a major metropolitan area. “Is that it?” asks the rabbi. The priest hesitates for a moment, and responds that while the chances are much more remote, he might one day be chosen to serve as a cardinal. Once again the rabbi asks, “Is that it?” The priest (who is probably becoming a little annoyed at this point) replies that he is at least eligible to be elected to the papacy, and thus become the head of the entire church and God’s leading representative on earth. But much to his surprise, the rabbi asks yet again, “Is that it?” The priest sarcastically exclaims, “What? Do you think that I can actually become God?”

To which the rabbi responds, “Why not? One of our boys did it.”


More Exciting Markdowns From Dove!

Dove Booksellers has compiled another fine list of monthly markdowns, including works published by Brill, T & T Clark, and Eerdmans. Although I normally select a few choice items for your viewing (and potentially buying) pleasure, I will refrain for the moment (because I’ve been folding laundry and I’m tired), and simply allow you to peruse the list for yourselves:

Dove Markdowns: October 2007

Happy Hunting!


New Edition: The Shadow of the Galilean

A recent announcement from Augsburg Fortress Publishers:

The Shadow of the Galilean:
The Quest of the Historical Jesus in Narrative Form

A contemporary classic, The Shadow of the Galilean is an acclaimed and popular work of historical fiction about Jesus. Written by one of this generation’s great New Testament scholars, Gerd Theissen, the work vividly captures the tensions and turmoil of Jesus’ time, as well as the enormous attraction and unpredictability of the figure of Jesus as he affects his Jewish environment under Roman sway.

First published in 1987 by Fortress Press, this 20th anniversary edition includes careful documentation in the footnotes showing that much of the narrative is based on ancient resources and also includes a new Afterword from the author.

“An achievement in ‘narrative theology’, illuminating the social world of Jesus from rich sources and imaginative reconstructions. Theissen’s book combines scholarship and story. The author supplements his fictional creations with letters to a professional colleague, Dr. Kratzinger, illuminating methodology. The book should be a boon to preachers of the Gospels.”
John Reumann, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

Gerd Theissen is Professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Order your copy today!

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