"The object of all good literature is to purge the soul of its petty troubles." ~ P.G. Wodehouse

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mark Noll on Learning and Jesus

"...the greatest hope for Christian learning in our age, or in any age, lies not primarily in heightened activity, in better funding, or in strategizing for the tasks at hand--though all these matters play an important part. Rather, the great hope for Christian learning is to delve deeper into the Christian faith itself. And going deeper into the Christian faith means, in the end, learning more of Jesus Christ." 

Mark A. Noll, Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind, 22.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"The Gospel of Jesus' Wife"


News just broke Tuesday in the New York Times on the appearance of an ancient papyrus that speaks about Jesus as possibly having a wife. The papyrus has been dated to the fourth century. Karen King who has presented the only known information about the fragment has pointed out that it may have been composed in the second century.

According to Christian Askeland, the majority of Coptologists (the fragment is written in Coptic) seem to think at this time that the document is a forgery (see also the comments to Christian's post).

See further information here, including comments from Simon Gathercole who is a specialist on apocryphal gospels.

A high resolution image and a translation of the document may be found in the NY Times article.

Seneca, from his Moral Epistles

"It is at the cost of a vast outlay of time and of vast discomfort to the ears of others that we win such praise as this: 'What a learned man you are!' Let us be content with this recommendation, less citified (rusticore): 'What a good man you are!'" (372-73 [v. 2, 88.38-39]).