Today I finished up Mark 13 in the adult Sunday School class. We’ve been on the chapter for several weeks now and we’ve covered a lot of interesting material, but it is time to move on. It has actually seemed longer than it has actually taken because of something that is key to understanding Mark 13, and this is that Mark 13 is just a thematic continuation of both chapters 11 and 12.
Category: New Testament
The day began earlier than the last several since we are on a schedule today. I woke at 7:00 and we left around 8:15 to head to the institution at which we will be photographing for the next three days. We got there without a hitch.
Do you? I did not until fairly recently.
Mark’s language is simple, but his composition of the story of Jesus betrays a subtlety that it not to be ignored. This was driven home to me very clearly when thinking about Mark 6 for the Sunday school lesson a couple weeks ago.
I am finally back at home. While at SBL I missed my family and my study. While in SE Texas I missed my study. It is so nice to be able to sit in my super-groovy study room in my super-comfy recliner. So nice.
It is also nice to be back from the land of dial-up internet. Having to wait 15 seconds for web pages to come up is just horrible! It's like going back into the stone ages. But since I was not preoccupied with the niceties of the internet I did get some good reading done. More on that soon. Tonight my time will be spent hangin' with the wife and preparing for Sunday School tomorrow.
Today was the first actual day of SBL for me. It began bright and early at 9:00 with the first meeting of the Computer Assisted Research section.
I was poking around on Google books this morning (as I have been doing a lot lately) and found the 1885 edition of Westcott and Hort's New Testament. I don't own a copy of that edition, but I do own a student's edition from 1948. I compared the two and the only difference was my student edition has a lexicon in the back by W.J. Hickie (a most unfortunate name).
So this got me thinking: what was the first edition of the Greek New Testament to include a lexicon for the large mass of people like myself who don't like carrying around BDAG? Anybody know?
As I mentioned in a recent post on Ignatius, I am beginning a new series. This series discusses how the Apostolic Fathers viewed viewed authority, revelation, the New and Old Testament documents, tradition, and other related important things. This is ultimately to bring this data, along with the witness of the New and Old Testament writings, in for a discussion of church authority and Scripture in modern Christianity.
The quixotic infidel had a very good visualization for describing the canonical status of various books by various entities in early Christianity.
Michael from Pisteuomen is in a discussion with the author of the blog on the authorship of Hebrews. I happen to agree with Quixie; Paul did not write Hebrews.