Charlie Trimm

Biola and Talbot Professors and Students Speak at 2016 Annual Scholarly Conferences

By Charlie Trimm Nov. 3, 2016 9:50 a.m. Theology

Every year, the week before Thanksgiving brings the annual scholarly conferences for biblical and theological studies. Like most years, Biola and Talbot professors and students are well represented at these meetings in a variety of ways. See a full list of speakers and topics in this post.

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The Long Defeat and an Unfinished Sequel to "The Lord of the Rings"

By Charlie Trimm Jun. 27, 2016 9:00 a.m. Culture, Theology

As we saw in the previous two posts in this series, the long defeat was an important theme for Tolkien that continued even after the defeat of Sauron. As is well-known, Tolkien did not intend his fiction to be an allegory; unlike C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings was not designed to correlate to the Christ event. Given the lack of attention to a central act of atonement in the book, it is not surprising that Tolkien continued the theme of the long defeat even after the defeat of Sauron.

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Reflections on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Part Two: The Long Defeat and the Old Testament of Middle-Earth

By Charlie Trimm May. 3, 2016 9:00 a.m. Culture, Theology

This post continues the study of the long defeat of Tolkien by looking at the foundational work for the Lord of the Rings, the Silmarillion. As noted in the previous post, the long defeat was Tolkien’s phrase for the idea that no matter how many times one defeated evil, it continued to (apparently effortlessly) return to full strength. The motif is connected with the elves primarily, who are immortal and experience the long defeat over the long millennia of their lives. Since we are talking about the long defeat, it is good to slow down and look at more history!

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Reflections on Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Part One: The Long Defeat

By Charlie Trimm Mar. 21, 2016 9:00 a.m. Culture, Theology

J. R. R. Tolkien produced a masterpiece of fiction with his Lord of the Rings, one of the best-selling novels of all time. This post will begin a series of reflections based on Tolkien’s work, not only surrounding the 600,000 word Lord of the Rings but the entire world of Middle Earth (as recounted to us in great depth in the Silmarillion and other posthumously published work by Tolkien) and Tolkien’s thoughts about what he was trying to achieve through his world (largely recorded in The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien) ...

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When the Old Testament Was More Popular Than the New Testament

By Charlie Trimm Mar. 14, 2016 9:00 a.m. Culture, Old Testament, Theology

Most agree that knowledge about the Bible in the United States is very low today (our own Ken Berding’s helpful Bible Fluency Program seeks to rectify this). What little Bible knowledge is present usually is focused on the New Testament, leaving the Old Testament as a scary foreign land that few visit. However, this was not always the case. A recent book by Eran Shalev, American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War, gives us a glimpse of a somewhat different world as he shows how important the Old Testament was in political discussions in the United States before the Civil War ...

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2015 Biola/Talbot Speakers At The Annual Scholarly Conferences

By Charlie Trimm Nov. 10, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Theology

Every year, the week before Thanksgiving brings the annual scholarly conferences for biblical and theological studies. Like most years, Biola and Talbot professors and students are well represented at these meetings in a variety of ways ...  The following list (mostly compiled by David Roberts) includes all those at Biola and Talbot participating in the meetings this year. As always, Biola professors and students are doing fascinating work in many different areas! ...

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YHWH Fights for Them: An Interview with Charlie Trimm

By Charlie Trimm Oct. 14, 2015 9:00 a.m. Old Testament

Charlie Trimm, Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, released a book last year on the exodus and God as a warrior. Following is an interview with the author ...

 
 
 
 
 
 

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