Friday, October 03, 2014

Ezekiel 1:22, The Gleaming Expanse (Firmament)

As scholars have long noted, the heavenly platform of God’s chariot-throne seen by Ezekiel is the  רקיע, the cosmic expanse. The Hebrew term occurs infrequently in Bible, in places such as Genesis 1:6-8, 14; Pss 19:1; 150:1; Ezek 10:1; Dan 12:3. For my Prophets class this afternoon, I thought it would be nice to post some fresh images of the expanse. I particularly like the chaos-serpent in the J. Walton image at bottom!

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Ezekiel’s Wheel: An Incursion of the Multidimensional?

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My prophets course this semester is now in full swing, and we are reading Ezekiel’s vision of the fantastic wheels this afternoon (Ezek 1:1-28). Last academic year, John D. Willard was taking a course with me and shared the above image. This is his commentary, which I find just fascinating:

In the early 1990s, as part of my job, I visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Fulton, Maryland. There was a group doing a project that involved modeling what multi-dimensional objects (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th dimensions) would look like if they passed through our three dimensional world. This was at a time when computers were slow and the graphics capabilities of the average computer were slim or non-existent. They had huge computers with independent roof-top cooling units. This was impressive stuff!

One of the project managers showed me a graphic model of one of these 5th or 6th dimensional objects. It appeared to be a flower-looking object with sections rotating in one direction, with a lower segment moving in the opposite direction. In the model, it moved around the screen several times. I suddenly remembered the passage from Ezekiel 1:16 of the wheel within a wheel.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

ALC Ice Bucket Challenge

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ALC Ice Bucket Challenge

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Few More Images from the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Here are two more images, one from the Egyptian Gallery and another, Reubens’ “Jerome,” ca. 1615-1617.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kunst Historisches Museum Wien

After a great session being on a panel on Israelite Religion this morning, I had an amazing visit to the Museum of Art History in Vienna, a truly world-class museum:

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna

Here are some photos at the Stephansdom, Wien:

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Stephansdom, Wien

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Ezekiel Group Dinner at ZUM Leupold

The Ezekiel group had a wonderful dinner last night at das Weiner Restaurant, zum Leupold. Several of us ordered edelweiss beer and, of course, Wienerschnitzel, “Vienna Cutlet.” Very tasy! 

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The publishers are set up all around the cloister that circles the main inner courtyard of the University Hauptgebӓude.

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Monday, July 07, 2014

2014 ISBL: Vienna, Austria

Last night we had the opening plenary session and reception of the 2014 International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. I'm here in Vienna, Austria for the first time. It is a truly wonderful city.

Here is a photo of the University of Vienna. The Building is the Hauptgebӓude, where most all of the papers will be given, including mine:

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Below is the magnificent Festsaal of Vienna’s Rathaus (City Hall). I took the shot last night at the SBL Opening Reception by Invitation of the Mayer of Vienna.

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