Biblical Criticism, Biblical Studies, Exegesis, and Hermeneutics

Stuff I have actually read:

6 May 2014 – Is Orthodoxy Compatible with Modern, Biblical Criticism?

June 2017 – Figure It In by Michael C. Legaspi

10 July 2017 – The Corruption of Biblical Studies

Stuff I have yet to actually read:

Books

1871 – The last twelve verses of the gospel according to S. Mark : vindicated against recent critical objectors and established by John William Burgon

1896 – The traditional text of the Holy Gospels vindicated and established by John William Burgon

1896 – The causes of the corruption of the traditional text of the Holy Gospels : being the sequel to The traditional text of the Holy Gospels by John William Burgon

1883 – A Companion to the Greek Testament and the English Version by Philip Schaff – The second section of the first chapter is entitled “Three Elect Languages,” referring of course to Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. “While some of the Augustinian approach has been eroded by contemporary biblical criticism, its most fundamentalist ingredient has ironically survived as the foundation of that criticism. The fixation with scriptural words has been transformed into a fixation with the original languages of scripture, demonstrated especially through the preference for the Hebrew over the Greek Old Testament. In many respects, this preoccupation with the critical study of scripture in the original languages has reminded Romanides of the “three languages” heresy of the western middle ages which proclaimed that the true languages of theology could only be those of the cross’s superscription. But because the language of God is uncreated, the interpretation of scripture cannot reside with linguists but only with those who have experienced glorification.” – Andrew J. Sopko, Prophet of Roman Orthodoxy: The Theology of John Romanides

1908 – The Value of Byzantine and Modern Greek in Hellenic Studies

The Text Of New Testament 4th Edit

Culture of Death

25 March 1995 – Evangelium Vitae, Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II – “In fact, while the climate of widespread moral uncertainty can in some way be explained by the multiplicity and gravity of today’s social problems, and these can sometimes mitigate the subjective responsibility of individuals, it is no less true that we are confronted by an even larger reality, which can be described as a veritable structure of sin. This reality is characterized by the emergence of a culture which denies solidarity and in many cases takes the form of a veritable “culture of death.””

29 April 2017 – Wiktionary, culture of death

24 May 2017 – St. Louis Roman Catholic Archbishop Resists Law Requiring Catholics to Hire Abortion Activists: ‘We will not comply’ – “The passage of this bill is not a milestone of our city’s success. It is, rather, a marker of our city’s embrace of the culture of death.”

30 June 2017 – The Vatican’s Statement on UK Baby Condemned to Die is Frightening –

“So we must watch as a little boy, not old enough yet to be a toddler, dies “with dignity,” at the hands of a court system with no business making such a decision, and with the meek and tacit approval of a church that, once upon a time, fully understood the stakes of precious human life but now speaks only of “complexity.”
This issue is not complex. Nor is the culture of death that underlines it. We should be afraid of what is to come next.”

July 2 update to the above: Pope Francis backs parents in UK’s Charlie Gard drama

2 July 2017 – Human Exceptionalism: Life and Dignity with Wesley J. Smith, Three Culture of Death Tipping Points

Saturday Morning Social Justice: SJWs & Cultural Appropriation

While going over some Greek as I drank my coffee this morning, planning a blog post regarding Greek, I received this tweet on my phone. It goes with this tweet about an article from November 25th, 2015.

As a Métis who isn’t a SJW nor believes in “cultural appropriation” I watched this video and just loved her take (the Christmas comments were gold).

Now back to Greek. Αντίο!

 

Nor Shall a Garment of Mixed Linen and Wool Come Upon You

<<…καὶ ἱμάτιον ἐκ δύο ὑφασμένον κίβδηλον οὐκ ἐπιβαλεῖς σεαυτῷ.>>

Λευιτικὸν Κεφὰλαιον ΙΘʹ:19

This morning, the day after the celebration of the Orthodox Church’s Triumph over heresy, I found myself in a position of having to defend the Faith against, sadly and ironically, a fourth-year seminarian who has fallen into heresy in many areas of the Faith. As he stated his case against the Church’s teaching on ὁ διάβολος and supported his position that abortion is not caused by ὁ διάβολος, he informed me that evil isn’t a πρόσωπον.

“The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist.”

Charles Baudelaire

Trust me, I know this is ridiculous, but it is a position he has chosen to take in order to justify his political stance of supporting Hillary Clinton (and no, he is not an American citizen…see how ridiculous this is?) and yet be free from cognitive dissonance due to his alleged profession of Orthodox Christianity.

Carrying on, he said and inferred that certain teachings (let’s say, the Church’s traditional teaching on demons) need to be reinterprted, to which I disagreed (q.v. ΠΑΡΟΙΜΙΑΙ ΚΒʹ:28), exposing his secular φρόνημα as a postmodern demythologizing of the Church; he responds to me in the classic ignorant seminarian way by invoking the Canons (even though I know very few who have ever read them, those non-readers of the Canons sure like to bring them up), when that doesn’t destroy my position due to the fact that I actually read and understand what the Canons are he resorts to the ultimate in, ironically, atheist bullshit arguments, the anti-Christian social justice warrior’s perceived ace in the hole, the progressive heterodox christian’s Sirens’ Call: Leviticus. Specifically Leviticus 19:19d.

There is no need for me to write in opposition to this argument, as it has been already been done by Orthodox and conservative heterodox Christians already. Below I will simple supply some links.

2013 – Why Wearing Clothes of Mixed Fabrics (Lev. 19:19) Was Wrong

<<οἶδα ὅτι σπέρμα ᾿Αβραάμ ἐστε· ἀλλὰ ζητεῖτέ με ἀποκτεῖναι, ὅτι ὁ λόγος ὁ ἐμὸς οὐ χωρεῖ ἐν ὑμῖν. ἐγὼ ὃ ἑώρακα παρὰ τῷ πατρί μου λαλῶ· καὶ ὑμεῖς οὖν ὃ ἑωράκατε παρὰ τῷ πατρὶ ὑμῶν ποιεῖτε. ἀπεκρίθησαν καὶ εἶπον αὐτῷ· ὁ πατὴρ ἡμῶν ᾿Αβραάμ ἐστι. λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦσ· εἰ τέκνα τοῦ ᾿Αβραὰμ ἦτε, τὰ ἔργα τοῦ ᾿Αβραὰμ ἐποιεῖτε. νῦν δὲ ζητεῖτέ με ἀποκτεῖναι, ἄνθρωπον ὃς τὴν ἀλήθειαν ὑμῖν λελάληκα, ἣν ἤκουσα παρὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ· τοῦτο ᾿Αβραὰμ οὐκ ἐποίησεν. ὑμεῖς ποιεῖτε τὰ ἔργα τοῦ πατρὸς ὑμῶν. εἶπον οὖν αὐτῷ· ἡμεῖς ἐκ πορνείας οὐ γεγεννήμεθα· ἕνα πατέρα ἔχομεν, τὸν Θεόν. εἶπεν οὖν αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦσ· εἰ ὁ Θεὸς πατὴρ ὑμῶν ἦν, ἠγαπᾶτε ἂν ἐμέ· ἐγὼ γὰρ ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐξῆλθον καὶ ἥκω· οὐδὲ γὰρ ἀπ᾽ ἐμαυτοῦ ἐλήλυθα, ἀλλ᾽ ἐκεῖνός με ἀπέστειλε. διατί τὴν λαλιὰν τὴν ἐμὴν οὐ γινώσκετε; ὅτι οὐ δύνασθε ἀκούειν τὸν λόγον τὸν ἐμόν. ὑμεῖς ἐκ τοῦ πατρὸς τοῦ διαβόλου ἐστέ, καὶ τὰς ἐπιθυμίας τοῦ πατρὸς ὑμῶν θέλετε ποιεῖν. ἐκεῖνος ἀνθρωποκτόνος ἦν ἀπ᾽ ἀρχῆς καὶ ἐν τῇ ἀληθείᾳ οὐχ ἕστηκεν, ὅτι οὐκ ἔστιν ἀλήθεια ἐν αὐτῷ· ὅταν λαλῇ τὸ ψεῦδος, ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων λαλεῖ, ὅτι ψεύστης ἐστὶ καὶ ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ. ἐγὼ δὲ ὅτι τὴν ἀλήθειαν λέγω, οὐ πιστεύετέ μοι. τίς ἐξ ὑμῶν ἐλέγχει με περὶ ἁμαρτίας; εἰ δὲ ἀλήθειαν λέγω, διατί ὑμεῖς οὐ πιστεύετέ μοι; ὁ ὢν ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ τὰ ῥήματα τοῦ Θεοῦ ἀκούει· διὰ τοῦτο ὑμεῖς οὐκ ἀκούετε, ὅτι ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ οὐκ ἐστέ.>>

PTNT ΚΑΤΑ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΝ Ηʹ:43-45