Thursday, December 29, 2005

Books for sale on behalf of Book Aid

I have listed some titles here that are being sold by Book Aid to fund the shipment of Christian books and Bibles to Africa and Asia.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Google earth map of Paul's First Missionary Journey

The ESV Bible Blog notes that a map of Paul's First Missionary Journey has been produced for the Google Earth program. The map provides historical background material on the locations and links to the relevant biblical references. Click here for more details.

Answering Muslim Objections to Christianity

On a Christian website with which I am indirectly involved the Community boards have recently been swamped with questions from two Muslims. The objections, I soon realised, are standard ones drawn from Islamic websites and because they are standard questions have been answered many times before. On doing some research I have found that the same thing is happening on other Christian forums and chatrooms around the world and I thought that some resources might be helpful.

There is always the option of banning objectors from the forums - which should be done if anyone breaks the "house rules" for the site - though this could be misinderstood by others on the forum. Another option that was suggested to me would be to agree to answer one objection against Christianity and then be allowed to put an objection against Islam. Most Muslims are totally unaware of the problems in the Qur'an, for example, and most quickly move on to another site to try their luck there. Handled this was observers on the forums will see that the objections can be answered satisfactorily.

Here are some sites that should help in answering Muslim objections. My list is based on that provided by Lambert Dolphin:

Answering Islam (Jochen Katz)
Arabs for Christ
Islam: The Way, the Truth and the Life?
Christian-Muslim Debate (UK)
Islam Review (The Pen and the Sword)
Jesus and Islam, (The Books of M.N. Anderson)
The Good Way (Christian response to Moslems)
Iranian Christians International, Inc. (UK)
The Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity (ISIC)

If anyone can suggest other resources, please do so.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Boxing Day is Narnia Day on BBC Radio 7

Next Monday 26th December 2005 from 8.00am GMT is Narnia Day on BBC Radio 7, accessible via the Internet here and archived for 7 days here.

Gordon Wenham on Original Sin in Genesis 1-11

The Church Society have made available the following article via their website:

Gordon Wenham, "Original Sin in Genesis > 1-11," Churchman 104 (1990): 309-21.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Bookselling: Amazon vs. eBay

For the last year or so my wife and I have been downsizing our theological library to make room for books for homeschooling our two little boys. During that time we have gained some experience in amateur bookselling which I thought it was worth sharing with others wishing to unburden their bookshelves (in order to make room for MORE books!)

We tried last year to sell books via eBay, with limited success. Although we did sell some, the auction fees need to be paid regardless or whether the book is sold or not. Additionally eBay does not make it easy to list books. If you have a DVD to sell, you can just enter the code number and its database provides you with a full description of the item. With books there is no such facility and you are left having to scan the cover and write a description yourself. That's not that hard! I hear you say, but it all adds to the time it takes selling the book - and as the saying goes, time is money.

Amazon Marketplace on the other hand is a different kettle of fish. You just enter your ISBN, take a look at what others are selling their copy of the book for, decide on a price, write a short note about the condition and submit it. You get a 60 day listing in the store front of the largest bookshop in the world and if you don't sell it in that time, there are no fees to pay. You can just drop the price and relist. Of course the commission rate is slightly higher than eBay, but there again we have found that we can set a price higher than we would have got in an eBay auction.

If you are just interested in buying books, Amazon is always worth checking for secondhand titles - it is mazing just how many titles are available - often at good prices - starting at £0.01!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Papers in Honour of Alan Millard - Table of Contents

The Festschrift for Professor Alan R. Millard has just been published. Many thanks to Becca Vaughan-Williams of T. & T. Clark for providing me with details of its contents:

Piotr Bienkowski, Christopher Mee & Elizabeth Slater, eds., Writing and Ancient Near Eastern Society. LIbrary of Hebrew Old Testament Studies 426. London & New York: T & T Clark, 2005. Hbk. ISBN: 0567026914. pp.368.

Pierre Bordreuil, "Migraines d'Epigraphiste," pp. 15-28.

Alasdair Livingstone, "Taima' and Nabonidus: It's a Small World," pp. 29-40.

Dennis Pardee, "Dresser le beouf a Ougarit," pp.41-48.

M.C.A. MacDonald, "Literacy in an Oral Environment," pp. 49-118.

Wolfgang Rollig, "Keilschrift versus Alphabetschrift: Uberlegungen zu den epigraphs auf Keilschrifttafeln," pp. 119-126.

John F. Healey, "The Writing on the Wall: Law in Aramaic Epigraphy," pp. 127-142.

David T. Tsumura, "'Mispellings' in Cuneiform Alphabetic Texts from Ugarit: Some Cases of Loss or Addition of Signs," pp.143-154.

Graham Davies, "Some Uses of Writing in Ancient Israel in the Light of Recently Published Inscriptions," pp. 155-174.

K.A. Kitchen, "Now You See It, Now You Don't! The Monumental Use and Non-use of Writing in the Ancient Near East," pp. 175-188.

Daniel I. Block, "What has Delphi to do with Samaria? Ambiguity and Delusion in Israelite Prophecy," pp. 189-216.

Christopher Tuplin, "Darius' Accession in (the) Media," pp. 217-244.

K. Lawson Younger, "'Hazael, Son of a Nobody': Some Reflections in Light of Recent Study," pp.245-270.

George L. Brooks, "4Q341: An Exercise for Spelling and for Spells?" pp. 271-282.

John Davies, "The Origins of Inscribed Greek Stela," pp. 283-300.

Alan Millard, "Only Fragments from the Past: The Role of Accident in our Knowledge of the Ancient Near East," pp. 301-

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

New Directions in Pooh Studies

This should be of interest to those studying the original form of the Winnie the Pooh epics. I think the author is D J A Clines - I am sure that someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

Thirty Years of "Contact for Christ" (1976-2006)

Next year Contact for Christ will be celebrating it's 30th Anniversary. Since 1976, CfC has served the church in Great Britain and Ireland by linking those wishing to know more about the Christian faith with a committed Christian in his/her local area who can help them. The Christian Enquiry Agency, with whom Contact for Christ works closely, recently featured an article about the service - you can read it on-line here.

Here is an example of the feedback received recently:

Location: Bristol Source: First Contact Card

We have known C. for some years and Praise God! He has accepted Christ as his Saviour. We will be baptising him at our church on Easter Sunday. We will continue to support him in the Rehab in a Salvation Army Men’s Hostel.

Location: Pembrokeshire Source: United Christian Broadcasters

He has been visited and has attended church ever since.

Location: Edinburgh Source: United Christian Broadcaster's Prayerline

Sent letter, SAE, plus phone number on Sunday 28th September. 2) D phoned me on Monday 29th. Quite a story. He was in a gay relationship. His partner Jim died just last week. Funeral in Edinburgh on Wednesday afternoon. D stated that he wants to end gay relationships (Hallelujah!!) and to go all out for Jesus. He actually attends erratically an Edinburgh church - has an evangelical minister. So I'll 'phone the Minister and probably "Hand over" D to his church. Nevertheless I hope to meet D and encourage where I can. Will keep you informed.

Location: Bangor, North Wales Source: Christian Enquiry Agency

E. is now regularly writing to me and is thinking of going to church regularly to help her with her commitment to Christ. It has been a blessing writing to her!

Source: Christian Enquiry Agency Location: Leeds.

An Iranian lady who lives in Leeds with her husband. She has experienced the "forced & pressured" Muslim faith in Iran and rejects it - although she wants to know God and loves to pray. Some friends from Iran moved to Germany and have told her about how much they enjoy the Christian church. I have arranged to meet with her - for coffee - and talk about local churches to her … where I can introduce her to the ministers and she can be assured of a warm welcome and the possibility of the Alpha Course.

The Current Need – More Contacts!

The majority of the local Christian "Contacts" on our Register joined in the late 1970’s when Contact for Christ was founded. These Contacts have done sterling work over the past 30 years but most – if not all – have reached retirement age. It is time for a new generation of Christians who have a heart for winning the lost, to take their place. At present we have around 1,400 people on the Register. Many of these are ministers, but most are lay-people. Although 1,400 may sound like a large number, there are areas of the country where we have few Contacts, notably in cities like Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham, as well as in sparsely populated areas of Wales and Scotland. For more information about what is involved, visit the Deo Gloria Trust website.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 48.3 articles

The latest issue of JETS (Sept 2005) has some interesting articles:

David R. Liefeld, "God's Word of Male Words? Postmodern Conspiracy Culture and Feminist Myths of Christian Origins," pp. 449-473.

Bryant G. Wood, "The Rise and Fall of the 13th Century Exodus-Conquest Theory," pp. 475-489.
[Wood critiques the evidence presented by Kenneth Kitchen for a 13th Century exodus. He concludes that there is no support for the theory and urges evangelicals to abandon it in favour of the 15th Century date.]

Andrew E. Steinmann, "The Mysterious Numbers of the Book of Judges," pp. 491-500.
[Steinmann presents a plausible solution to the vexed problem of the chronology of the book of Judges.]

Ken. M. Campbell, "What Was Jesus' Occupation?" pp. 501-519.
[Michael Bird has recently commented on this article]

Donna R. Reinhard, "Ephesians 6:10-18: A Call to Personal Piety or Another Way of Describing Union With Christ," pp. 521-532.

Robert E. Picirilli, "The Meaning of the Tenses in New Testament Greek: Where Are We?" pp. 533-555.

Timothy I. McConnel, "The Influence of Idealism on the Apologetics of Cornelius Van Til," pp. 557-588.

J. Daryl Charles, "Just-War Moral Reflection, the Christian, and Civil Society," pp. 589-608.

I hope to comment on some of these further when I get a chance to read them!

Friday, December 09, 2005

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Thoughts on Inspiration

I recently came across Gerald Hiestand's blog and found his post on the inspiration of Scripture worthy of note. Further on-line articles on the subject can be found here.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Articles on Biblical Inerrancy

Steven Harris notes that Richard Hall on Connexions [I cannot find the link to his post] has "some strong criticism of biblical inerrancy in his post on Fundamentalim and Evangelicals". There is also a very helpful entries on this subject on The Evangelical Outpost and JollyBlogger. For those interested in inerrancy there are a large number of articles on that subject available on-line here.

Forthcoming Commentary list

Parableman has an extensive and informative list of forthcoming commentaries that will either fill gaps or replace volumes in existing series. The only entry that surprised me is that Carl Armerding is working on the New International Commentary on the Old Testament on Judges. I have always seen him listed as working on the Word Biblical Commentary on Judges. Perhaps someone has more information on this?

Monday, December 05, 2005

Eisenbraun's Book News

For some time now I have been benefitting from Eisenbraun's Book News. This weekly email lists significant titles in the field of Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Studies, both new titles and back-list. I have been adding many of the titles included in these mailings to my on-line bibliographies. If you are interested in these subjects, their website is "must-see".

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Job Vancancy - Warden of Tyndale House

Tyndale House have advertised the vacancy for a Warden to succeed Dr Bruce Winter who retires next year.