Thursday, June 15, 2006

Around the Web>Loren Rosson will be looking at some parables from the 'peasant' perspective in an upcoming series. Should be worthwhile. I queried, and he'll involve Ken Bailey. Bailey is intriguing though mercurial, as he tends to rely quite heavily on his own experience in Arabic and Syriac texts, as well as in "oral" and honor/shame cultures (some 40 years in the Middle East), to interpret the parables and other biblical material. He may be more famous for his theories on>oral transmission and reliability, I think he lightly influences NTW there; but I think his parable material may be more valuable, if eclectic. For a sample, his website offers on Luke 16:19-31.

James Crossley has some football action (finally).
Crouch may be wasteful, but he's more useful than Owen. Beckham proved his value--playing three back and having Becks and Lennon on the wing (one to raid, one to cross) from the start would be ideal if you get Carrick, maybe, to play a holder's role in midfield for cover. Beckham is much maligned but England desperately need his crosses. Alternatively, they could play small, lose Crouch and Beckham and see what happens.
Whatever the case, I think someone in England should do a parody of Sven as the coach for Brazil; bringing in a large center forward (Brazil has some 6'8" basketball players), limiting the fluid poetry by insisting on long balls, stickign with Ronaldo till he hits 20 stone, ruining the beautiful game as we know it for yet another country. Then he gets caught chatting to Colombian drug lords ("Yes, Ronaldinho is ugly..."; "Yes, Ronaldo is quite fat..."; "Yes, I could come to Bogota and coach your squad...") on a Caribbean cruise.
I will pay to finance such a film...unless England win it all. Then hang it.

Fellow Memphian Chris Weimar has an interesting, broad spectrum blog going. An interesting post on Lucretius right now, and a>section on Matt's Gospel, including recent posts on historicity and genre. These aren't my primary interest, but I think Chris has some useful remarks on the front end. I'm not so sure it's easy to write off an interest in historicity in the opening chapters (certainly not a 'parable'!) based on the text (though many have tried!) or an interest in Jesus-as-Moses. Maybe more on that later.


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