Monthly Archives: January 2013

This Thursday: “(Re)creating the World: Modeling for Google Earth with Trimble SketchUp”

This Thursday, January 24, at 12:30 pm, as part of the University of Iowa Digital Studio for the Public Humanities’ PDH4L (“Public Digital Humanities for Lunch”) series of talks, I’ll be giving an informal, hands-on tutorial on modeling buildings with Trimble SketchUp. SketchUp is a remarkably simple 3D modeling program with a very short learning curve. Plus, it’s free to use!

No previous knowledge of 3D modeling is necessary to attend this workshop. I’ll be starting from the very basics of modeling with SketchUp, and over the course of a very short hour, participants will learn everything they need to know to model buildings for inclusion in Google Earth.

Read more on DSPH’s blog.

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Diogenes Allen Dies at 80

Diogenes Allen, a renowned scholar in the field of the philosophy of religion and the Stuart Professor of Philosophy emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary, died yesterday at the age of 80 in hospice at Chandler Hall in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Allen was an expert in the philosophy of Leibniz and Simone Weil, and on the spirituality of Simone Weil, Blaise Pascal, and George Herbert. A prolific author, he wrote books that contributed both to the world of scholarship and to the lives of practicing Christians and church leaders. One of his most well known books was Love: Christian Romance, Marriage,and Friendship, which he wrote in1987. The book later became a video series. Allen was referred to my many of his colleagues and students as “Dr. Love” for his thinking on the subject, and his classes on the topic were often filled to capacity.

Princeton Seminary Professor Diogenes Allen Dies at 80 | Planet Princeton

(HT Dwight Davis on Facebook)

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I don’t check my blog for a day…

…and I come back to see that Brian LePort and Anthony LeDonne/Chris Keith both linked to the first part of my SBL paper, making it now my second highest ranked post of all time. Thanks, guys!

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YHWH: An Imported Deity?

A lot of people may not be aware of the evidence that exists that Yhwh was originally a deity from the southwestern territory of Edom, on the west of the Arabah, a large valley running south from the Dead Sea down to the gulf of Aqabah. The evidence begins in the Hebrew Bible with a small number of early biblical texts that suggest Yhwh originated in that area …

This may all help explain why no other culture of Canaan worshipped Yhwh. Baal, El, and Asherah seem to be deities acknowledged and revered by multiple ethnicities in Canaan, but Yhwh is Israel’s alone. They were indigenous, he was imported. The conflict that is constantly highlighted in the Bible between Yhwh and Baal is intriguing in light of the complete absence of any such conflict between Yhwh and the Canaanite patriarchal deity El. Judg 5:4–5 gives us clues. Yhwh’s power is described with imagery associated with the storm deity motif. The same can be said of numerous other texts. Psalm 29, for instance, refers repeatedly to thunder and lightning as expressions of Yhwh’s glory. Baal was also a storm deity, and while deities performing the same function within the pantheon could be tolerated across national borders (see chapter 1 here), in the same region, there would be room enough only for one. Baal and Yhwh were thus in constant competition for devotees of the local storm deity. Yhwh did not bring imagery associated with the patriarchal deity to Canaan, but rather he appropriated that imagery, along with the station, from the local Canaanite patriarchal deity. There was no need to combat his influence.

Thus, an Edomite deity from around the Arabah was brought north to the central highlands around the end of the thirteenth century. At some point a federation or coalition of tribes dedicated to this deity coalesced, perhaps as described in the Song of Deborah in Judges 5, and developed into a state.

Yhwh, God of Edom | Daniel O. McClellan

This is quite interesting. Go and see the evidence Daniel marshals in support of this point.

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