Apr 26, 2017

Resources on the Song of Solomon

David Murray has a helpful list here for helpful resources for studying the Song of Solomon.

Apr 25, 2017

Archaeology and Biblical Studies

Terry Wilder argues here that archaeology and biblical studies are distinct but friendly disciplines.

Apr 24, 2017


Todd Chipman has some important questions to ask here.

Apr 23, 2017

A Parable for Greek and Hebrew Students

Gary Manning has posted a clever and humorous parable for language students here.

Apr 22, 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.

Jeff W. Childers, trans.; George A. Kiraz, ed.
The Antioch Bible: The Gospel of Luke according to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation (Syriac Edition)
Reviewed by David A. Smith

Karin Finsterbusch and Armin Lange, eds.
Texts and Contexts of Jeremiah: The Exegesis of Jeremiah 1 and 10 in Light of Text and Reception History
Reviewed by Marvin A. Sweeney

Simon Gathercole
Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul
Reviewed by Don Garlington

Jogy Cheruvathoor George
The Metaphor of Shepherd in the Gospel of Mark
Reviewed by Wayne Baxter

Jean-Daniel Macchi
Le livre d’Esther
Reviewed by Kristin De Troyer

Scot McKendrick, David Parker, Amy Myshrall, and Cillian O’Hogan, eds.
Codex Sinaiticus: New Perspectives on the Ancient Biblical Manuscript
Reviewed by S. Matthew Solomon

Paola Mollo
An Intratextual Analysis of the Mirroring Birth Stories of Samson and Samuel: Explaining the Narrative Logic of Literary Montage
Reviewed by Catherine Lewis-Smith

Susanne Scholz and Pablo R. Andiñach, eds.
La Violencia and the Hebrew Bible: The Politics and Histories of Biblical Hermeneutics on the American Continent
Reviewed by Hector Avalos
Reviewed by Brandon Grafius

Jan van der Watt, ed.
The Quest for the Real Jesus: Radboud Prestige Lectures by Prof. Dr. Michael Wolter
Reviewed by Stephan Witetschek

Apr 21, 2017

Witherington on Adam and the Genome

I have been enjoying Ben Witherington's interaction with the book Adam and the Genome by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight. I am not sure how many posts Witherington will do but the first five are here, here, here, here, and here.

Apr 19, 2017

Christ's Resurrection and Missions

William Barrick has some great thoughts here on Christ's resurrection and missions.

Apr 18, 2017

Zondervan Lecture Videos Sale

Zondervan is offering its lecture videos at 55%-off with free shipping. This sale is only good for three days, April 18-20. Use the source code VIDEO. You can check it out here.

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Paying Taxes in Biblical Times

Livia Gershon talks about the process of paying taxes in biblical times here.

Apr 17, 2017

Biblical Chronology

Rodger You has links to a number of resources related to biblical chronology here.

HT: Kevin Woodruff

Apr 15, 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.

Richard A. Burridge
Four Gospels, One Jesus? A Symbolic Reading
Reviewed by Matthew C. Baldwin

Derek Cooper and Martin J. Lohrmann, eds.
1–2 Samuel, 1–2 Kings, 1–2 Chronicles
Reviewed by John Herbst

Jeremy Gabrielson
Paul’s Non-violent Gospel: The Theological Politics of Peace in Paul’s Life and Letters
Reviewed by Thomas P. Nelligan

Robert H. Gundry
Peter: False Disciple and Apostate according to Saint Matthew
Reviewed by Marius J. Nel

Matthew Ryan Hauge and Andrew W. Pitts, eds.
Ancient Education and Early Christianity
Reviewed by Alex Damm

Jarmo Kiilunen and Nina Nikki
Alfasta oomegaan: Uuden testamentin kreikan tukipaketti
Reviewed by Paavo Tucker

Kasper Bro Larsen
The Gospel of John as Genre Mosaic
Reviewed by D. A. Carson

Gwynned de Looijer
The Qumran Paradigm: Critical Evaluation of Some Foundational Hypotheses in the Construction of the Qumran Sect
Reviewed by Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer

Robert W. Wall and David R. Nienhuis, eds.
A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible: Learning to Read Scripture’s Story
Reviewed by Lilly (SJ) Nortje-Meyer

Shamir Yona
The Many Faces of Repetition: Basic Patterns of Repetition in Construct-State Expressions in Biblical, Post-biblical and Ancient Eastern Rhetoric [Hebrew]
Reviewed by Jerome A. Lund

Apr 14, 2017

Daniel 9:24-27

Kyle Dillon has an excellent post here on the "Seventy Week" prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27. He has summarized and organized quite a bit of material.

Apr 13, 2017

Is Hebrew Behind the World's First Alphabet?

Doug Petrovich thinks so and he explains briefly how and why in this article. This is beyond my expertise so I will await the judgment of others but the proposal is intriguing.

Apr 12, 2017

Ninth Blogaversary

Today marks the ninth anniversary of the beginning of this blog. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by over the years.

Apr 11, 2017

Considering a PhD?

Andy Naselli has some good questions for students considering a PhD to ask here.

Apr 10, 2017

The Pontius Pilate Inscription and the Imperial Cult

Carl Rasmussen has an interesting post here discussing the potential connection between the Pilate Inscription at Caesarea Maritima and a tiberieum dedicated to the imperial cult.

Apr 9, 2017

The Scofield Reference Bible

With the proliferation of study Bibles, it is easy to forget how groundbreaking the Scofield Reference Bible was. And whether you like it or not, it did get many people into the Word of God. So check out the Oxford Blog's nice write-up on the Scofield's 100th anniversary here.

Apr 8, 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.

Terrance Callan
Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor: The Second Letter of Peter
Reviewed by Michael F. Bird

Greg Carey
Apocalyptic Literature in the New Testament
Reviewed by David L. Barr
Reviewed by David A. Sánchez

Eryl Davies
Numbers: The Road to Freedom
Reviewed by David Frankel

Jason S. DeRouchie, Jason Gile, and Kenneth J. Turner, eds.
For Our Good Always: Studies on the Message and Influence of Deuteronomy in Honor of Daniel I. Block
Reviewed by Jeffrey G. Audirsch

Tobias Hagerland
Jesus and the Scriptures: Problems, Passages and Patterns
Reviewed by John C. Poirier

Stephen Mark Holmes, ed.
The Fathers on the Sunday Gospels
Reviewed by Jennifer S. Wyant

Robert D. Holmstedt
The Relative Clause in Biblical Hebrew
Reviewed by Frank H. Polak

Hieronymus Horn
Anfänge, die Geschichte schrieben: Das Buch Genesis (1–11) neu kommentiert
Reviewed by Matthias Millard

Teresa J. Hornsby and Deryn Guest
Transgender, Intersex, and Biblical Interpretation
Reviewed by Jo Henderson-Merrygold

Simon J. Joseph
The Nonviolent Messiah: Jesus, Q, and the Enochic Tradition
Reviewed by Blake A. Jurgens

Thomas W. Mann
The Book of the Torah
Reviewed by Cody Eklov

Elvira Martín-Contreras and Lorena Miralles-Maciá, eds.
The Text of the Hebrew Bible: From the Rabbis to the Masoretes
Reviewed by James R. Blankenship

Dieter T. Roth
The Text of Marcion’s Gospel
Reviewed by Hugh Houghton

Emanuel Tov
Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, Septuagint: Collected Essays, Volume 3
Reviewed by Randall X. Gauthier

Apr 7, 2017

First Century Jews Still in Exile?

Mike Bird discusses the question of whether first century Jews considered themselves to be still in exile here. The discussion is brief and will not shed much light on the particulars but Bird does provide a good bibliography on the topic. 

The AD 33 Date for Jesus' Death

This article by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor came out a few years ago but it provides a good argument for AD 33 rather than 30 for the death of Jesus.

Apr 6, 2017

Fake Dead Sea Scrolls?

See this article on the possibility that some of the Dead Sea Scroll fragments that have been sold/purchased recently are likely fakes.