Friday, 2 May 2008

tribute service for kerk zi on

received news from my daughter's godparents (parents of the late kerk zi on) that a memorial/tribute service for zi on will be held on june 22nd 2008 at 3.30pm in wesley methodist church teluk intan. the president of trac methodist church will be giving away the message. i have been asked to say the prayer.

it will be a rush for many of us. i heard that the trac president will be in penang in the morning and will come down for the service afterwards. i have a preaching engagement in ekklesia methodist church usj the same morning at 9.30am, so i will also have to run down to teluk intan.

we probably expect a lot of personal friends of the kerks present as well as the boys brigade members. if you can have that day free, drop in to teluk intan too. the new church building can take 500 people.

for those who came in late, you can check the previous blogs on zi on here:

Thursday, 1 May 2008

my pbwiki on otstuff

to my seminary students (including TEE),

i have added a pbwiki to my collection of blogs and webpages. the one below is on old testament stuff (what else?) and done in the style of a classroom course with syllabus, bibliography and questions for assignments. so far, i listed four possible areas to explore and wrote up on one - the centre of the Old Testament. those interested on this issue should proceed and check it out:

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

archaeological site much older than stonehedge

7,000 years older than Stonehenge: the site that stunned archaeologists

Circles of elaborately carved stones from about 9,500BC predate even agriculture
Nicholas Birch in Istanbul The Guardian, Wednesday April 23 2008

As a child, Klaus Schmidt used to grub around in caves in his native Germany in the hope of finding prehistoric paintings. Thirty years later, a member of the German Archaeological Institute, he found something infinitely more important: a temple complex almost twice as old as anything comparable on the planet.

"This place is a supernova," said Schmidt, standing under a lone tree on a windswept hilltop 35 miles north of Turkey's border with Syria. "Within a minute of first seeing it I knew I had two choices: go away and tell nobody, or spend the rest of my life working here."

Behind him are the first folds of the Anatolian plateau. Ahead, the Mesopotamian plain, like a dust-coloured sea, stretches south hundreds of miles. The stone circles of Gobekli Tepe are just in front, hidden under the brow of the hill.

Compared with Stonehenge, they are humble affairs. None of the circles excavated (four out of an estimated 20) are more than 30 metres across. T-shaped pillars like the rest, two five-metre stones tower at least a metre above their peers. What makes them remarkable are their carved reliefs of boars, foxes, lions, birds, snakes and scorpions, and their age. Dated at around 9,500BC, these stones are 5,500 years older than the first cities of Mesopotamia, and 7,000 years older than Stonehenge.

for the rest of the article, read it from the link below:

Monday, 28 April 2008

edward harris and the harris matrix free download

The Harris Matrix was invented in 1973 by Dr. Edward C. Harris and for the first time provided archaeologists with a means to view stratigraphic sequences in diagram form. It has since been adopted by professionals worldwide.

Additionally it is also the home of "35th Anniversary of the Harris Matrix" - the International Conference on Archaeological Stratigraphy, held in Vienna, Austria, 17th to 19th of September 2008.

The International Conference on Archaeological Stratigraphy is organized by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, VIAS - Vienna Institute for Archaeological Science, University of Vienna and the Bermuda Maritime Museum.

Good news - the book is free for download. go to the link below:

they require you to give your name and email adrress and the reason why you want a copy of the book. just state that you are a student of the OT! the pdf file is about 38.4 mb