Friday, 27 November 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Time flies - it has been more than 2 weeks since I arrived at Cambridge. Work on my book has been progressing rather well - but at a rather slow pace - this is partly due to the fact that there is quite a fair bit of catching up for me to do in my reading. There has been a large number of significant monographs being published in Pauline studies in the last year or so. Scholarship is progressing at a rather fast pace, and this can be seen in the high number of PhD theses that are being published by major academic publishers. From the photo above, these are shelves containing books on the Corinthian correspondence - how can one finish reading these in 5 weeks?
I have 2 more weeks to go before heading for home - and I wish time could slow down a bit for me.
Friday, 20 November 2009
Closer to home, we also hear of our own students' lament about their seminary experience. The following is what one of our seminary students posted about his rather negative reflection about us as lecturers in one of his blogposts. Is this a case of unmet expectations of the student (whether these are realistic or not is a separate isssue), or we, as lecturers, are simply incompetent or 'beyond redemption'?
Lecturers: In many ways, being more competent than me, they have always challenged me to be ready to be a competent full time pastor. Unfortunately, I realised some of them just talked only ...they are good academically, not really that pastorally(not being patience by walking alongside with the students). On the other hand, some are really pastoral but not academically competent (do not update their information on their disciplines- they still use the 1990s materials for their lecture). Some even preached and don't practice what they preached. Sometimes, their preachings are bad model eg. Generally, most of them are busy and difficult to spend times with us or to nurture us personally. I pity those students in Chinese department where they have to bear the incompetencies of the lecturers who were neither pastoral nor academic. Well comparing to the Westerners, perhaps, at least Malaysian lecturers would try to be friends with us and are more compassionate towards us. These are the mixture of the characteristics of the lecturers there that make me as a student, need to be patient with and be challenged to pray for.
Another student blogs about his learning experience after one year in seminary. This is what he says:
Things that I have learned in lecture is (sic) very dry, spiritually dry, because it is just knowledge....I realised that when I understood something, it doesn't makes (sic) my relationship with God become more intimate.
Incidentally, Sze Zeng does have some good things to say about TTC lecturers - something that is missing from my students. Some food for thought for us as lecturers.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Jim W. Adams
The Performative Nature and Function of Isaiah 40-55
Reviewed by Ulrich Berges
Joseph Azize and Noel Weeks, eds.
Gilgamesh and the World of Assyria: Proceedings of the Conference Held at the Mandelbaum House, The University of Sydney, 21-23 July 2004
Reviewed by Michael Moore
John M. G. Barclay and Simon Gathercole, eds.
Divine and Human Agency in Paul and His Cultural Environment
Reviewed by Thomas R. Blanton IV
Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land
Reviewed by Aren Maeir
Reviewed by Jacek Stefanski
Deborah L. Ellens
Women in the Sex Texts of Leviticus and Deuteronomy: A Comparative Conceptual Analysis
Reviewed by Carolyn Pressler
J. Harold Ellens and Wayne G. Rollins, eds.
Psychology and the Bible: A New Way to Read the Scriptures (4 vols.)
Reviewed by Ron Clark
The Temporal Mechanics of the Fourth Gospel: A Theory of Hermeneutical Relativity in the Gospel of John
Reviewed by John C. Poirier
The Healer from Nazareth: Jesus' Miracles in Historical Context
Reviewed by Tobias Hagerland
K. C. Hanson and Douglas E. Oakman
Palestine in the Time of Jesus: Social Structures and Social Conflicts
Reviewed by Panayotis Coutsoumpos
Contra Christianos: La critique sociale et religieuse du christianisme des origines au concile de Nicée (45-325)
Reviewed by Stephan Witetschek
Tremper Longman III
Reviewed by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton
James L. Resseguie
The Revelation of John: A Narrative Commentary
Reviewed by Tobias Nicklas
Das Werden des Buches Hosea: Eine redaktionsgeschichtliche Untersuchung
Reviewed by James Nogalski
Archaeology: What It Is, Where It Is, and How to Do It
Reviewed by Aren Maeir
KAIROS PUBLIC FORUM
THE REALOF HISTORY
Jesus of The Bible
Jesus of the Documentaries (National Geographic/Discovery /BBC)
Time: 8.30pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Hall 1, Dream Centre
2 Jalan 13/1, Seksyen 13
46200 Petaling Jaya
Influential networks like National Geographic, Discovery and BBC Channels are propagating new portraits (or fabrications) of Jesus that distort if not contradict what Christians traditionally believe about Jesus for 2000 years.
This Kairos Public Forum seeks to explain why these TV producers rely on pagan Mystery Religions and 2nd century Gnosticism texts to reconstruct new portraits Jesus, what methods and assumptions inform the scholars who advise these media channels for their distorted views of Jesus.
The Forum also offers evidence for the integrity of the images of Christ in contemporary society.as reliable historical records of Jesus’ life and ministry and critiques popular
1) The Fabricated Jesus of Contemporary TV Documentaries
Speaker: Mr. Philip Koh
(Partner of a legal firm in Kuala Lumpur and Director of Kairos Research Centre)
2) The Historical Christ of the New Testament: The Test of History
Speaker: Dr. Ng Kam Weng
(Research Director of Kairos Research Centre)
3) The Real Jesus Christ and Contextual Christs Today: Who makes the real difference?
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Tan Jin Huat
(Anglican minister and CTEE Director, Seminari Theoloji Malaysia)
Kairos Seminar on Jesus Christ and
There will be a follow-up seminar for those who want to learn in detail how contemporary research supports the historical accuracy and authenticity of the New Testament portrait of Jesus Christ.
Speaker: Dr. Ng Kam Weng
Time: 9.30am – 12.00 noon
Place: Dream Centre
To participate in this seminar contact Kairos office (Tel no: 7726 5420 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
All the best to the Rabbi. Hope you have a fruitful time in Oxford. Do drop by Cambridge for a visit. Tyndale House beckons you!
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
By now, I've got most of the books in place, and this means that I am all set to begin work by next week Monday!
Some of the books needed are now on my desk. How do I devour all of them in 5 weeks, not to mention there will be more to come along the way?
Friday, 6 November 2009
My working space for the next 5 weeks
Coming back to Tyndale House has been a real blessing. It also brings back many happy memory of the many months I spent here working on my doctoral thesis.
I look forward to my 5-week stay here.
Oh yes, a small little surprise greeted me when I walked into the library as I browsed through the new arrivals section in the library.