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Membertheo ploeg

dedicated accelerationist. tells stories of possible futures. lives happily in the extreme now. researches, teaches, talks and writes. loves cats (especially adorno), pop culture, design and (new) media. lives in the old heart of europe. investigates the theory and praxis of living in an accelerating world at studio hyperspace. co-founder of frnkfrt, webzine for pop, media and culture critique, and buro neue. teaches and researches at the maastricht academy of media design & technology. contributes to neuzeit, frnkfrt and dj broadcast, writes regularly for other media and blogs occasionally at medium.com.

DepositJohn Goldingay, Reading Jesus’s Bible: How the New Testament Helps Us Understand the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2017.

John Goldingay has recently written several short, popular level books. IVP Academic published his Do We Need the New Testament? (2015) and A Reader’s Guide to The Bible (2017). In both books Goldingay argues the Old Testament (or First Testament in Goldingay’s book) is the foundational for a proper understanding the New Testament. As he observed in Do We Need the New Testament?, few Christians would actually question the need for the First Testament, but they are usually ignorant of the contents beyond the basic “Sunday School” stories. Goldingay rightly observes, “in a sense, God did nothing new in Jesus” (Do We Need the New Testament?, 12). This new book from Eerdmans develops this theme from a slightly different angle. In order to connect the New Testament to the First Testament, Goldingay lays out a series of themes (Story, Promises, Ideas, Relationships and Life) and develops three or four New Testament texts to illustrate how New Testament writers stand on the foundation of the Law and Prophets. This is the point of the title, Jesus and the writers of the New Testament not only read the First Testament, but use it as the bedrock for their theology and practice. For each of his themes, he will begin with a text from Matthew and then expand to other New Testament texts to show the importance of the First Testament for understanding the New Testament.

DepositThe new “Uncle Tom”’s of Our New Media.

In his unfinished manuscript, James Baldwin created what can be considered the premise of a complete and general theory of the re- lationship between our new media, popular culture particularly, and the structures of our domination. According to Marx, they who have power control ideas. Because, our times are not theirs, though many parallels can be found, we must turn to them, who, poison our minds, and make all of our lives unlike they should be. We must turn to them in all areas : no matter if “false intellectuals”, or the false idols of our times. In the times that are ours, and we cannot escape, unfortunately, but they remain at all times the best times, we must bring ourselves to confront what our days offer, and have to offer. “Money and hoes, more money and hoes.” In this case study, we turn to the particular taste- and idea-makers of the constrained, though highly influential, strange, strange world of rappers.