Feb 24, 2017

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.

Kristian A. Bendoraitis
‘Behold, the Angels Came and Served Him’: A Compositional Analysis of Angels in Matthew
Reviewed by Marianne Blickenstaff

J. Blake Couey
Reading the Poetry of First Isaiah: The Most Perfect Model of the Prophetic Poetry
Reviewed by Daniel J. Stulac

Robert Hanhart, ed.
Septuaginta: Paralipomenon liber II
Reviewed by Roger Good

Diana Lipton, ed.
Universalism and Particularism at Sodom and Gomorrah: Essays in Memory of Ron Pirson
Reviewed by Victor H. Matthews

Peter Meineck and David Konstan, eds.
Combat Trauma and the Ancient Greeks
Reviewed by Zsuzsanna Varhelyi

Geert van Oyen
Reading the Gospel of Mark as a Novel
Reviewed by Gregg S. Morrison

E. J. Revell; Raymond de Hoop and Paul Sanders, eds.
The Pausal System: Divisions in the Hebrew Biblical Text as Marked by Voweling and Stress Position
Reviewed by Jerome A. Lund

Randy Rheaume
An Exegetical and Theological Analysis of the Son’s Relationship to the Father in John’s Gospel: Equal Yet Subordinate
Reviewed by Athanasios Despotis

Mirjo Salvini
Les textes hourrites de Meskéné/Emar
Reviewed by Michael S. Moore

Christopher W. Skinner
Reading John
Reviewed by Chang Seon An

Feb 23, 2017

Another Three-Fold Division of the Law

Ian Paul discusses Philip Jenson's alternative three-fold division of the law here. It is an interesting proposal but I am not sure that setting up a tiered-system solves some of the thornier problems related to Christians and the law.

Feb 22, 2017

Maintaining Your Greek

Andreas Köstenberger and Robert Plummer talk about maintaining your Greek here. I especially liked this quote: “Greek is like the neighborhood cat. If we don’t feed it, eventually it will leave.” The same could be said of Hebrew as well.

Feb 21, 2017

The Temple in Daniel 9:24-27

Michael Vlach has a good  post here on the three phases of the Jerusalem temple in Daniel 9:24-27.

Feb 20, 2017

Feb 19, 2017

How to Read (a Lot) More Books This Year

See this article at the Harvard Business Review.

HT: Trevin Wax

Feb 18, 2017

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.

Terri Bednarz
Humor in the Gospels: A Sourcebook for the Study of Humor in the New Testament, 1863–2014
Reviewed by David B. Gowler

Mark J. Boda
The Book of Zechariah
Reviewed by Anthony R. Petterson

Helen K. Bond and Larry W. Hurtado, eds.
Peter in Early Christianity
Reviewed by Timothy Peace

Philip Wesley Comfort
A Commentary on the Manuscripts and Text of the New Testament
Reviewed by Richard I. Pervo

John H. Elliott
Beware the Evil Eye: The Evil Eye in the Bible and the Ancient World: Volume 1: Introduction, Mesopotamia, and Egypt
Reviewed by Nicole L. Tilford

John H. Elliott
Beware the Evil Eye: The Evil Eye in the Bible and the Ancient World: Volume 2: Greece and Rome
Reviewed by Nicole L. Tilford

Shai Gordin
Hittite Scribal Circles: Scholarly Tradition and Writing Habits
Reviewed by Yitzhaq Feder

George Anton Kiraz
The Syriac Dot: A Short History
Reviewed by Jerome A. Lund

Michael A. Knibb
The Ethiopic Text of the Book of Ezekiel: A Critical Edition
Reviewed by Curt Niccum

Amanda Beckenstein Mbuvi
Belonging in Genesis: Biblical Israel and the Politics of Identity Formation
Reviewed by Benjamin D. Giffone

Maarten J. J. Menken
Studies in John’s Gospel and Epistles: Collected Essays
Reviewed by Cornelis Bennema

Nicholas Moore
Repetition in Hebrews: Plurality and Singularity in the Letter to the Hebrews, Its Ancient Context, and the Early Church
Reviewed by Amy Peeler

Karl-Wilhelm Niehbuhr, ed.
Sapientia Salomonis (Weisheit Salomos)
Reviewed by Helmut Engel, S.J.

Matthew S. Rindge
Profane Parables: Film and the American Dream
Reviewed by Emily O. Gravett

Melissa C. Stewart, ed.
Simulating Aichele: Essays in Bible, Film, Culture and Theory
Reviewed by Jay Twomey

Feb 17, 2017

Not Everything Is a "Bible Study"

Jen Wilken has a great reminder and challenge here not to use the label "Bible study" for a catch-all for any gathering at church. Rather "Bible study" should be reserved for classes where you actually study the Bible.

Feb 16, 2017

Intertextuality, Again

Earlier this year, I shared a link to a post by James Hamilton that was fairly critical of intertextuality (see here). Now Kyle Dunham at the Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary blog has two posts, here and here, that doesn't shy away from issues raised by Hamilton but does see some value in using intertextuality as a hermeneutical tool. Dunham will be posting a third installment on how John's use of Zechariah in his account of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion in John 19.

Feb 15, 2017

Genesis 6:7: A Reversal of Creation

Here is another visual from my Genesis course.

Feb 14, 2017

A Tale of Two Brothers

I have been reworking my teaching materials in Genesis. Here is one the visuals that I have used before.

Feb 13, 2017

Genesis 1:1

Lee Fields has a good discussion here on the various syntactical issues and options for translating Genesis 1:1.

Feb 11, 2017

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.

Sonja Ammann
Götter für die Toren: Die Verbindung von Götterpolemik und Weisheit im Alten Testament
Reviewed by Christl M. Maier

M. Daniel Carroll R. and J. Blair Wilgus, eds.
Wrestling with the Violence of God: Soundings in the Old Testament
Reviewed by Eric A. Seibert

Jordi Cervera I Valls
Jesús en la Carta als Hebreus: Una cristologia de matriu jueva
Reviewed by Jeffrey L. Morrow

James H. Charlesworth, Lee Martin McDonald, and Blake A. Jurgens, eds.
Sacra Scriptura: How “Non-canonical” Texts Functioned in Early Judaism and Early Christianity
Reviewed by Tobias Nicklas

Jørgen Christensen-Ernst
Antioch on the Orontes: A History and a Guide
Reviewed by Mark Wilson

Sean Freyne
The Jesus Movement and Its Expansion: Meaning and Mission
Reviewed by Richard Horsley
Reviewed by Brian J. Wright

Heather M. Gorman
Interweaving Innocence: A Rhetorical Analysis of Luke’s Passion Narrative (Luke 22:66–23:49)
Reviewed by Steve Smith

Yaakov Huster
Ashkelon 5: The Land behind Ashkelon
Reviewed by Carol Meyers

Andrew Knapp
Royal Apologetic in the Ancient Near East
Reviewed by Danny Mathews

Halvor Moxnes
A Short History of the New Testament
Reviewed by Dieter T. Roth

Jack M. Sasson
Judges 1–12: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
Reviewed by Victor H. Matthews

Michael K. Snearly
The Return of the King: Messianic Expectation in Book V of the Psalter
Reviewed by Richard Bautch

Max Stern
Psalms and Music: Influences of the Psalms on Western Music
Reviewed by James F. McGrath

Eric J. Tully
The Translation and Translator of the Peshitta of Hosea
Reviewed by Jerome A. Lund

Feb 10, 2017

Do Theological Studies Majors Work Hard?

I think they do. But according to this study, not nearly as hard as STEM majors. Theological studies majors come in at 30 out of 86 majors. At least we beat philosophy which comes in at 31.

Feb 9, 2017

New Dead Sea Scrolls Cave

This was heavily reported yesterday but just in case you missed it, a new cave, the twelfth, that likely held some Dead Sea Scrolls has been discovered and excavated. Unfortunately, no new scrolls or fragments of scrolls with texts were found. But they did find, pieces of six jars consistent with those that contained scrolls found in the other caves, papyrus and parchment fragments, a leather strap that might have been used to tie scrolls, Neolithic flint tools, and a carnelian stamp seal. Two modern pickaxes were also found, suggesting that the cave had been looted.

There are too many sources to list. But the Hebrew University of Jerusalem story has links for good quality photos here. The Logos Academic blog has additional photos and explanation here. The Washington Post has a good article here.

Although it is bit early to tell, this discovery might support at least two points. First, there are likely other caves yet to be discovered. Second, that some of the recent Dead Sea Scrolls fragments that have been sold recently might be authentic. But great caution should be exercised before we know more.

Feb 8, 2017

Paul's Departure from Malta?

February 8 is one suggested date for Paul's departure from Malta. You can read more about it here.

Feb 7, 2017

H.B. Charles on Biblical Preaching

You can read H. B. Charles' understanding of biblical preaching here.

The Imminent Return of Christ and the Canon

Michael Kruger has a good discussion here on what implications that an imminent return of Christ might of had on the production of Scripture. Kruger seems skeptical that the early church had an expectation of the imminence of the Lord's return but argues that even if they did, the conclusions regarding the writing of Scripture are wrong. I happen to think that the early church had an expectation of imminence but Kruger is right that this would not necessarily mean that such an expectation would have precluded the desire or need for Scripture.

Feb 6, 2017

Abandoning Scriptural Authority

This article has been out a few days, but D. A. Carson's article here is worth reading.

Feb 5, 2017

Preaching Tips

Trinity College principal Emma Ineson recently posted a request on Facebook for preaching tips from alumni and friends could that could be shared in an Introduction to Preaching module she was about to teach. Here is a post on the results and an edited compilation of the tips can be accessed on this PDF.

HT: Antony Billington

Feb 4, 2017

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.

Bill T. Arnold and Richard S. Hess, eds.
Ancient Israel’s History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources
Reviewed by Emanuel Pfoh

John Barton, ed.
The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion
Reviewed by Phil J. Botha

Ben Blackwell, John Goodrich, and Jason Maston, eds.
Reading Romans in Context: Paul and Second Temple Judaism
Reviewed by Günter Röhser

Ignacio Carbajosa and Andrés García Serrano, eds.
Una Biblia a varias voces: Estudio textual de la Biblia Políglota Complutense
Reviewed by Jeffrey L. Morrow

Jan Dochhorn, Susanne Rudnig-Zelt, and Benjamin Wold, eds.
Das Böse, der Teufel und Dämonen – Evil, the Devil, and Demons
Reviewed by Carol A. Newsom

Cynthia Edenburg
Dismembering the Whole: Composition and Purpose of Judges 19–21
Reviewed by Edgar W. Conrad
Reviewed by Klaas Spronk

Bart D. Ehrman
Jesus before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior
Reviewed by James F. McGrath

Richard B. Hays, Stefan Alkier, and Leroy A. Huizenga, eds.
Reading the Bible Intertextually
Reviewed by Josh Mathews

H. A. G. Houghton
The Latin New Testament: A Guide to Its Early History, Texts, and Manuscripts
Reviewed by John C. Poirier

Feb 3, 2017

Judaism and Rome Website

I don't know much about this project but some might be interested in this Judaism and Rome website. This project attempts to re-think Judaism’s relationship with the Roman Empire, especially from the 2nd Century BC to the 4th Century AD.