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Thyen on an apocalyptic Son of Man in John's Gospel

"Die danielische Vision eines 'wie ein Mensch' aussehenden Himmelwesens und der sogenannte 'apokalyptische Menschensohn' spielen bei Joh keine Rolle" (Hartwig Thyen, Johannesevangelium, 205).

I should say that I couldn't disagree more.

Google Launches Dead Sea Scrolls Online Library

Just saw the news that the Dead Sea Scrolls are going digital on Google. This will be great for scholars worldwide as access to the text of the scrolls will be available to everyone. For texts that have a history of being shrouded in secrecy, this is great news! See the site here.

The Seventh Enoch Seminar in Camaldoli, Italy, 2013

The schedule has been set for the Seventh Enoch Seminar to be held in Camaldoli, Italy, July 21-26, 2013. Camadoli was the site of the Third Enoch Seminary in 2007. The theme of the Seventh Enoch Seminar is "Enoch and Synoptic Traditions." The line up looks great. More information can be found on the 4 Enoch site. Here is the planned schedule:

SUNDAY 21 JULY 2013 Arrivals - Bus from the Arezzo Railway Station (around 3:30pm--4pm).
Accomodation at Camaldoli
Welcome 6pm-6:30pm Opening session 6pm-7:45 -- Introduction (Loren Stuckenbruck)
MONDAY 22 JULY 2013 8pm Breakfast
8:45am-10:30am -- Papers One and Two
11:00am-12:45am -- Papers Three and Four
1pm -- Lunch
4:00pm - 5:30pm -- Discussion groups (one group for each of the morning papers)
6:00pm-7:30pm -- Reading Session
8pm -- Dinner
TUESDAY 23 JULY 2013 8pm Breakfast
8:45am-10:30am -- Papers Five and Six
11:00am-12:45am -- Papers Seven and Eight
1pm -- Lunch
4:00pm - 5:30pm -- Discussion groups (one group for e…

Mark William Roche Quotes on the Liberal Arts

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These quotes are from the Introduction to his excellent book Why Choose the Liberal Arts?

"The liberal arts build on one of the oldest ideals of learning which Socrates put into practice in ancient Greece. For Socrates it was clear that we learn more effectively when we pursue questions ourselves and seek the answers ourselves, when we embody what educators call 'active learning.' The student is actively engaged in the learning process, asking questions, being asked questions, pursuing often elusive answers in dialogue with others. Knowledge cannot simply be poured, like water, from one larger container into an emptier one (Symposium 175d). Socrates also made it clear that learning is most important and most successful when students are engaged in meaningful discussions, asking questions that will determine who they are and what they think about life's most significant issues. For example, what is human excellence? What is friendship? love? courage? How do we learn? …

Fifth Edition of Gundry's Survey of the New Testament

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Robert Gundry's fifth edition of his Survey of the New Testament came out in June 2012 (just six months ago). The new edition has some added photos and a different pagination, but one of the biggest benefits is available online through Zondervan's "Textbook Plus." Students are able to create an account and have access to online quizzes and flash cards that match the "People to Remember," "Places to Remember," "Terms to Remember," and "How much did you learn?" sections at the end of each chapter. The focus of all these materials is clearly on student learning, and now there are multiple ways for students to engage in active learning.

Gundry's survey textbook is still one of the best NT surveys, in my opinion, because of the way in which students are encouraged to actually read the text of the NT rather than merely reading about background content. The historical, cultural, social, and biblical context information is not over…