Scholars and Seed Pickers: Part 1

From time to time I have appended comments on Introvigne’s Bitter Winter tweets. He has never responded. In the same manner, I had a brief exchange with George Chrisyddes and he wrote a really nice review of Tom Irregardless and Me that I have made use of. He even said, on my request, that I could use his real name if I wanted, not ‘Ivor E Tower.’ But since then he has not responded to email. 

Now, it’s possible these guys are so busy they don’t keep up with their own posts upon writing them. Look at their output and you begin to suspect some of them are on hyperdrive. It may also be they think I am a yo-yo. My early books were very choppy, though I have cleaned them up since. But since Introvigne has stated he has a soft spot for Jehovah’s Witnesses, it seems odd I should draw no response from him. I have come to think that, as scholars of ‘new religions’ they wish to keep themselves unattached to apologists for any given one. Possibly all the other ‘sects’ have someone trying to get his ear as well.

“Or they just got a little too big for their boots,” says a pal.

Maybe. But I try to see it through what I imagine are their eyes. I am not a scholar. They are. A scholar sets his sites on a topic, makes thorough investigation no matter how long it takes, and writes up his/her findings. A non-scholar just writes up whatever he happens to know. The result may appear scholarly if he knows a lot, but it is a entirely different process. I check out a fact here and there, sometimes delve into a topic that has newly come to my attention, but I am mostly like what the naysayers said of Paul in Acts 17: “What is this chatterer trying to say?”

The word literally means seed-picker. It denotes a bird that picks up a seed here and poops it out there. 26EB44BB-BE1B-40AF-B5F2-D773A22CB5B3That’s all I’m doing. That’s all most writers do. But it is not what Introvigne and Chrysiddes do.They are scholars.. I think true scholars must almost necessarily keep a certain  distance from apologists, which I am clearly one of. Even Shultz, obviously a fine brother, avoids approaching his work as an apologist, likely so as not to throw away his credibility as a scholar.

I’m sure it doesn’t help that I freely indulge in what I hope passes for riotous humor—anathema to any true scholar.

…One local bro (who eventually went apostate) would inform one and all that he was an historian. ‘How do you know that?’ a householder would ask and he would say it was because he was an historian. In time I told him to knock it off. He was a history buff, not an historian. An historian is when others recognize your expertise, not just yourself.

However, Chrysiddes and Introvigne are scholars of ‘new religions.’ I accept that. If they strive to know what makes Witnesses tick, they do the same with all the other ‘sects.’ I double-down on my feeling that it compromises them to be closely identified with apologists of any faith. Even Introvigne does not want to say something backing up the JW organization only to be dismissed with, “Yeah, but aren’t you a friend of that yo-yo TrueTom?”

“I always wanted to be a scholar but I didn’t know much.”—Garrison Keillor

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Matthew

Matt 2:1-23

Matt 6:5

Matt 6:9-10                           Matt 6:9-10                     Matt 6:10

Matt 6:19-33

Matt 7:3-5

Matt 7:28-29

Matt 10:8

Matt 11:11                    Matt 11:11

Matt 11:25

Matt 11:28-30

Matt 13:10-15

Matt 13:24-30                    Matt 13:24-30

Matt 18:23-34

Matt 18:34

Matt 20:25-27

Matt 20:28

Matt 24:3               Matt 24:3-7              Matt 24:3-8              Matt 24:9

Matt 24:14                   Matt 24:14                      Matt 24:14

Matt 24:36

Matt 24:38-39               Matt 24:38-39

Matt 24:42, 25:33

Matt 24:45-47                Matt 24:45-47                  Matt 24:45-47

Matt 24:48                     Matt 24:48-9

Matt 24:48-49,25:13

Matt 25:1-11

Matt 25:14-18

Matt 28:18                    Matt 28:18-20

Matt 28:19                   

Mark

Mark 4:22

Mark 4:35-41               Mark 4:35-41  

Mark 5:26

Mark 6:17-28

Mark 9:43-48

Mark 13:33-37

Mark 16:9-20

Luke

Luke 1:31-33

Luke 2:8-14

Luke 3:1

Luke 4:5-8

Luke 8:5-15

Luke 8:17

Luke 8:43-44                 Luke 8:43-44

Luke 9:26-37

Luke 13:23-24

Luke 16:2-8

Luke 16:8  

Luke 18:8              Luke 18:8            Luke 18:8

Luke 19:11

Luke 21:11                  Luke 21:11

Luke 21:26,31

Luke 21:36

 Luke 22:19

Luke 23:29-30

Luke 23:43

John

John 1:1                             John 1:1, 7:15

John 1:41, 7:15

John 3:16

John 5:28

John 6:14-15                    John 6:15

John 7:48-52

John 8:32

John 11:11-14                  John 11:11-44

John 12:19,17:19

John 13:35

John 14:12

John 14:30

John 15:2

John 17:3  

John 17:14-16                John 17:16                     John 17:16

Acts

Acts 1:6-7

Acts 2:27

Acts 2:31                        Acts 2:30-34

Acts 2:41,4:4,6:7,9:31, 11:1-18

Acts 4:13                    Acts 4:13                  Acts 4:13, 17:11

Acts 4:13, 20:9, 28:21-22

Acts 5:30                   Acts 5:30, 10:39

Acts 12:15

Acts 15:1-33, 16:4-5

Acts 15:14

Acts 16:4-5

Acts 17:11                           Acts 17:11

Acts 17:18

Acts 18:1-4                        Acts 18:3-4

Acts 20:29                   Acts 20:29                    Acts 20:29-30

Acts 21:27-32, 28:21-22

Acts 22:22-29, 24:24-25, 25:9-11, 26:24-32, 28:21-31

Acts 23:6-10

Acts 24:15                       Acts 24:15

Acts 28:12

Romans

Rom 1:16          Rom 1:18-21                  Rom 1:20                        Rom 1:20

Rom 1:22                       Rom 1:24-27  

Rom 5:12                     Rom 5:12                      Rom 5:12

Rom 6:23                       Rom 6:23

Rom 11:33-36

1 Corinthians

1 Cor 1:10-15

1 Cor 1:10-15, 16:16  

1 Cor 1:18-28                      1 Cor 1:26-28 

1 Cor 2:9

1 Cor 3:19                          1 Cor 3:26-28

1 Cor 4:6

1 Cor 5:7

1 Cor 7:18-20                       1 Cor 7:31

1 Cor 8:5

1 Cor 9:19-22                      1 Cor 9:24-27

1 Cor 12:14-20

1 Cor 15:24-26                     1 Cor 15:25

1 Cor 15:45                        1 Cor 15:45

2 Corinthians

2 Cor 1:20                      2 Cor 1:24, 8:8, 10:1

2Cor 4:4

2 Cor 5:20                           2 Cor 5:20                        2 Cor 5:20 

2 Cor 7:1

2 Cor 10:3-5                     2 Cor 10:10 

2 Cor 11:23-25                  2 Cor 11:23-27

Galatians

Gal 3:13

Gal 5:1-3

Gal 5:19-21

Ephesians

Eph 2:1-2

Eph 4:11-13                          Eph 4:13-14

Philippians

Phil 2:3                Phil 2:12               Phil 2:12                Phil 2:12

Phil 3:2-3                 Phil 3:8                      Phil 3:18-19

Colossians

Col 1:15-18                Col 1:26                   Col 1:26

Col 2:8

Col 4:1

1 Thessalonians

1 Thes 4:10-11                1 Thes 4:16                       1 Thes 4:17-18

1 Thes 5:2-3

2 Thessalonians

2 Thes 3:4                       2 Thes 3:11

1 Timothy

1 Tim 1:7               1 Tim 1:7                  1 Tim 1:9                   1 Tim 1:19

1 Tim 2:3-4                 1 Tim 2:5-6  

1 Tim 3:11

1 Tim 4:1

1 Tim 5:23

1 Tim 6:3-4                  1 Tim 6:7-8  

1 Tim 6:17-19              1 Tim 6:17-19                 1 Tim 6:17-19

1 Tim 6:20

2 Timothy

2 Tim 2:16                     2 Tim 2:24                        2 Tim 2:24-25

2 Tim 3:1-5             2 Tim 3:1-5              2 Tim 3:1-5              2 Tim 3:1-5

2 Tim 3:1-5                  2 Tim 3:2-4                  2 Tim 3:3

2 Tim 4:2-3               2 Tim 4:3                   2 Tim 4:3                2 Tim 4:10

Philemon

Phil 8-9

Hebrews

Heb 3:4

Heb 11:1

Heb 11:8-10                     Heb 11:8-10                        Heb 11:9-10

Heb 12:7-11  

Heb 13:17                        Heb 13:17                        Heb 13:17

James

Jas 2:26

Jas 3:2                         Jas 3:17                       Jas 3:17

Jas 4:4                         Jas 4:4

Jas 4:13-15                   Jas 4:17

Jas 5:11                        Jas 5:19-20                      Jas 5:19-20

1 Peter

1 Pet 1:10-12  

1 Pet 2:12, 4:3-4

1 Pet 3:15

2 Peter

2 Pet 2:1-2                    2 Pet 2:1-2                          2 Pet 2:1-2

2 Pet 3:3

2 Pet 3:3-4                     2 Pet 3:3-4                     2 Pet 3:3-4

1 John

1 John 1:10, 2:4,22,:20, 5:10

1 John 2:15-17                       1 John 2:15-17                          1 John 2:18

1 John 5:7                   1 John 5:7                  1 John 5:7                      1 John 5:7

1 John 5:19

2 John   

2 John 8-10                  2 John 9                     2 John 9

3 John

3 John 9-10                             3 John 10

Jude

Jude 3-4                       Jude 9                         Jude 22

Revelation

Rev 3:15

Rev 4:1                                Rev 4:11

Rev 5:2-10                      Rev 5:2-10                 Rev 5:10                         Rev 5:11

Rev 6:2-8                         Rev 6:2-8                     Rev 6:3-8

Rev 6:12-17, 4:11

Rev 7:4-10                       Rev 7:9-17

Rev 11:18                     Rev 11:18                        Rev 11:18

Rev 12:9-12                  Rev 12:9-12                  Rev 12:9-12                 Rev 12:10-17

Rev 13:14-15                     Rev 13:18

Rev 17:1-18:18:1-24                   Rev 17:8                           Rev 17:16-17

Rev 18:1                   Rev 18:24

Rev 19:11-19

Rev 20:1-6                     Rev 20:10                       Rev 20:10-15

Rev 21:2-3                         Rev 21:4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Genesis

Gen 1:1,11-25, Gen 2:4          

Gen 1:28, Gen 3:1-5          

Gen 1:28         

Gen 1:6-8, Gen 7:11-12         

Gen 2:7         

Gen 2:9,16, Gen 3:15,22-24          

Gen 2:17         

Gen 5:1-32, Gen 11:1-32, Gen 25:7         

Gen 6:11-12         

Gen 11:1-9         

Gen 11:6                Gen 11:6         

Gen 37:35         

Gen 40:8                Gen 40:8

Exodus

Ex 14:11-12

Ex 20:4-5               Ex 20:4-5             Ex 21:5-6

Ex 32:24

Leviticus

Lev 17:11-12

Lev 18:24-25, 19:9-10

Lev 25:11-55

Numbers

Numbers 14:34

 Deuteronomy

Deut 4:5-8

Deut 13:1-5, 18:20-22

Deut 19:21

Deut 21:22-23

2 Samuel

2 Sam 12:1-7                2 Sam 12:1-7

1 Kings

1 Kings 4:33

1 Kings 18:27                1 Kings 18:27

1 Kings 20:23-25

2 Kings

2 Kings 2:23-24

2 Kings 17:7-17

1 Chronicles

1 Chron 29:23

2 Chronicles

2 Chron 28:3

2 Chron 33:9

Job

Job (throughout)

Job 2:4-5,Job 38-41

Job 14:13

Job 26:7,10                 Job 26:7,10

Job 15:15,32:2-3,42:7

Psalms

Ps 10:4                Ps 10:4

Ps 16:10

Ps 22:16

Ps 23:1

Ps 34:12-14

Ps 37:10-11

Ps 38:12-14

Ps 83:18                   Ps 83:18

Ps 93:1

Ps 104:8

Ps 110:1                  Ps 110:1

Ps 115:4-8

Ps 115:16                Ps 115:16

Ps 120:6-7

Ps 138:6

Ps 146:3-4

Proverbs

Prov 4:18

Prov 14:15

Prov 18:11

Prov 21:19

Prov 22:29

Prov 26:14

Prov 30:7-9

Prov 30:8-9

Prov 30:12

Prov 30:18

Ecclesiastes

Eccles 1:11, 2:18-19

Eccles 5:2

Eccles 7:1

Eccles 7:7

Eccles 7:16                Eccles 7:16

Eccles 9:5,10

Eccles 9:10                Eccles 9:10

 Isaiah

Isa 2:4

Isa 6:9

Isa 11:6-9

Isa 11:9-11

Isa 21:9

Isa 26:2

Isa 38:13

Isa 40:22

Isa 55:9

Isa 65:21-23                 Isa 65:21-23

Jeremiah

Jer 8:9, 10:23

Jer 38:7-13

Jer 45:2-5

Jer 52:8-11

Ezekiel

Ezek 3:17

Ezek 4:6, 21:25-27

Ezek 18:25

Ezek 21:5-6

Ezek 33:32

Daniel

Daniel 2:42-43

Dan 2:44              Dan 2:44            Dan 2:44            Dan 2:44

Dan 4:7-26

Dan 6:7-16

Dan 12:1                       Dan 12:1

Dan 12:4                       Dan 12:4

Micah

Micah 7:3

Habakkuk

Hab 3:17-18              Hab 3:17-18                Hab 3:17-18

Zephaniah

Zephaniah 3:9

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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