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Final Call for Posts!

Please tell your wife and sweet family (and other internet users) that this is now the final call for the April Biblical studies carnival. believe me when I say if you, your dog, and your blog miss out on this you will rue it, and then some. This is the carnival of which in times to come the bloggers of biblioblogdom will say, "I was there," unless they weren't in which case they will say nothing and gaze ashamedly at their bunny-slippered feet. Email me and don't miss out, bigjon[at]

Creation out of Nothing in the New Testament and Genesis

In his NIV Application Commentary on Genesis, Walton states,
When we are doing exgesis, we are not asking the question, "What does my belief system affirm God has done?" nor even, "What would Israel's belief system affirm God was responsible for?"  Rather we must ask, "What is the text asserting that God did in this context?"  The above analysis suggests that in the seven-day initial period God brought the cosmos into operation (which defines existence) by assigning roles and functions.  Later Scripture supports our belief that God also made all the matter out of which the cosmos is composed (and that he made it out of nothing, Col 1:16-17; Heb 11:3), but that is not what Genesis means by bara'.- Walton, Genesis, 2001, p71
I think his main point is excellent, but what troubles me is the quick use of NT proof texts which don't seem to me to say that the world was made out of nothing anymore than Gen 1 does.

Hebrews 11:3 is perhaps the most obvi…

Bible and Critical Theory Seminar

Call for papers: Auckland Bible and Critical Theory Seminar
[This is a reblog from here]

Date for seminar: 1-2 September 2012
Due date for paper proposals: 30 June 2012
Venue: Queens Ferry Hotel, 12 Vulcan Lane, Central Auckland

Now in its fifteenth year, the Bible and Critical Theory Seminar once again steps over the ‘ditch’ to New Zealand, meeting this time in Auckland and under the watchful and sober guidance of Robert Myles and Caroline Blyth

Papers for the seminar typically seek intersections between critical theory and the Bible, both interpreted broadly. We understand critical theory as deriving initially from the Frankfurt School (more fully, the Institute for Social Research at Frankfurt am Main) and the work of Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, but now enriched and broadened by a host of other methods. These approaches include but are not restricted to post-structuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, ideological criticism, post-colonialism, Marxism, ecocriticism an…

Habets on Torrance and Henry

Myk Habets has made available on his book chapter entitled Beyond Henry’s nominalism and evangelical foundationalism: Thomas Torrance’s theological realism  which should be of interest to anyone interested in Torrance, Carl Henry, evangelical and reformed theology, epistemology, theological method and all that guff.  But also interesting to find, which I hadn't come across before, or at least if I had I had ignored it.  Looks like there is already a heap of bibliobloggers on it.  Might be worth exploring if you have the time.

Threes at 33

Well this week sees me celebrating my 33rd birthday, I have to say I think multiples of 11 are far more interesting to celebrate than multiples of 10, but doubt I could convince everyone else.  Birthdays are a good time for morose navel gazing and taking stock of ones life.  Some noteworthy threes I have acheived by my third endecade.

Fathered three children (thanks to Mrs Robinson's cooperation)Been a pastor in three churches in three different towns/citiesLived on three different islands: mainland Orkney, mainland Britain, and Te Ika-a-MāuiCompleted three tertiary quatlifications: BMus (Hons), GradDippAppTheol, MTh

So the question is will any of those threes be fours by the time I make it to 44? (D.V.)

Call for posts for the Biblical Studies Carnival April 2012

It is carnival time (just like it is every month).  March's carnival is looking very festive over with Jim West so pop on over and check it out if you haven't.  Muggins is hosting April's carnival so please your links to fascinating and edifiying posts from your blog or someone else's to little old me. 

Much obliged.