Mar 23, 2017

Six Keys for Better Sermon Preparation

Jason Allen provides some solid advice and encouragement here for the hard work of sermon preparation.

Three Essential Elements of a Funeral Sermon

What 3 elements need to be in every funeral sermon? An answer can be found here.

Mar 22, 2017

Interpretation Commentaries eBook Sale

There is a three-day sale on volumes in the Interpretation series with prices as low as $1.99. The sale ends Friday, March 24. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors should all have the sale prices. See here.

Do You Love the Psalms?

Robert Godfrey explains why he does here.

Mar 21, 2017

Renovations at Jesus' Tomb

Recent renovations at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre have been completed. You can read about it here.

Mar 20, 2017

Lot in Genesis 19

In Genesis 19, there are several clues that Lot may have compromised morally and spiritually. Consider the following list.
  • Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom (19:1).
  • Lot addressed the wicked men of Sodom as “brothers” (19:7).
  • Lot was willing to offer his two daughters to the wicked men of Sodom (19:8).
  • Lot was willing to let his daughters marry men from Sodom (19:14).
  • Lot’s sons-in-law do not take his warning seriously (19:14).

For these reasons, we might be somewhat surprised that Lot can be described as righteous and implied as godly (2 Pet 2:7-9). But there might be clues that Lot's character was more righteous than it might first appear.
  • Abraham's attempted negotiations in the previous chapter might suggest that Lot was "righteous" (18:16-33).
  • Lot's hospitality towards the visitors is commendable (19:1-3).
  • Lot's attempt to protect the visitors and dissuade the men of Sodom (19:6-8).
  • The men of Sodom's view of Lot as an outsider and as a judge (19:9).
  • The angel's favorable treatment of Lot might imply it (19:10, 12, 15, 16, 21).

Mar 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.

Todd S. Berzon
Classifying Christians: Ethnography, Heresiology, and the Limits of Knowledge in Late Antiquity
Reviewed by Robert M. Royalty Jr.

Collin Blake Bullard
Jesus and the Thoughts of Many Hearts: Implicit Christology and Jesus’ Knowledge in the Gospel of Luke
Reviewed by Tyler Smith

Anthony Le Donne
A Study Companion to The Bible: An Introduction
Reviewed by Johanna Friedl

Karoline M. Lewis
Reviewed by Chang Seon An

Robert MacEwen
Matthean Posteriority: An Exploration of Matthew’s Use of Mark and Luke as a Solution to the Synoptic Problem
Reviewed by J. Andrew Doole

Matthieu Richelle
Guide pour l’exégèse de l’Ancien Testament: Méthodes, exemples et instruments de travail
Reviewed by Olivier-Thomas Venard

Clare K Rothschild
Paul in Athens: The Popular Religious Context of Acts 17
Reviewed by Troy M. Troftgruben

Brian Schmidt, ed.
Contextualizing Israel’s Sacred Writings: Ancient Literacy, Orality, and Literary Production
Reviewed by Gareth Wearne

Craig A. Smith
2 Timothy
Reviewed by Robert W. Wall

Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer
Zechariah’s Vision Report and Its Earliest Interpreters: A Redaction-Critical Study of Zechariah 1–8
Reviewed by Max Rogland

Mar 16, 2017

Wipf & Stock 50%-Off Sale

Wipf and Stock is having a 50%-off sale. The sale is good until April 3. Use code INV50 at checkout to get the discount. Here is a list of the books on sale.

Mar 15, 2017

Is This Really Satire

The Babylon Bee has this post about choosing a dissertation topic. But those who have been through the process of trying to select a topic know how true to life this can be!

Word Studies for Those that Don't Know Hebrew or Greek

Jackson Wu has some helpful advice here for doing word studies when you don't know Hebrew or Greek.

Mar 14, 2017

Free Audio of a Dan Wallace Textual Criticism Course

You can download free audio of a textual criticism course by Dan Wallace here. Note video and other options are not free but the audio portion is. I am also unsure of how long it will be free so you might want to take advantage of the opportunity sooner rather than later.

Why Are Academic Books So Expensive?

Thomas Kidd explains here.

Mar 13, 2017

Exegesis vs Exposition

Michael Duduit explains the difference between exegesis and exposition here.

Mar 12, 2017

Missions and Hermeneutics

Will Brooks argues that training in biblical interpretation should be an integral part of every missions strategy here.

Mar 11, 2017


Rob Plummer explains how to set goals, manage your time, and grow your Greek here.

Mar 10, 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.

Keon-Sang An
An Ethiopian Reading of the Bible: Biblical Interpretation of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church
Reviewed by Ralph Lee

Bradley Arnold
Christ as the Telos of Life
Reviewed by Julien M. Ogereau

Margaret Aymer
James: Diaspora Rhetoric of a Friend of God
Reviewed by Carla Swafford Works

Timothy Brookins
Corinthian Wisdom, Stoic Philosophy, and the Ancient Economy
Reviewed by Devin L. White

Michael Gorman
Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission
Reviewed by Gregory R. Perry

Christoph Heil
Das Spruchevangelium Q und der historische Jesus
Reviewed by Kari Syreeni

Ronald Hendel
Steps to a New Edition of the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by Emanuel Tov

Corrado Martone
Scritti di Qumran 1
Reviewed by Paola Mollo

Paul A. Rainbow
Johannine Theology: The Gospel, the Epistles and the Apocalypse
Reviewed by Athanasios Despotis

Daniel L. Smith-Christopher
Micah: A Commentary
Reviewed by Claude F. Mariottini

Mar 8, 2017

The Tombs of Esther and Mordechai

You can read this interesting article on the tombs of Esther and Mordechai located in Iran.

Mar 5, 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.

Rainer Albertz
Exodus 19–40
Reviewed by William Johnstone

Darrin W. Snyder Belousek
Good News: The Advent of Salvation in the Gospel of Luke
Reviewed by Benjamin J. Burkholder

Stephen B. Chapman
1 Samuel as Christian Scripture: A Theological Commentary
Reviewed by Jordan M. Scheetz

Nicole Wilkinson Duran and James P. Grimshaw, eds.
Reviewed by Ernest van Eck

Joachim Eck
Jesaja 1—Eine Exegese der Eröffnung des Jesaja-Buches: Die Präsentation Jesajas und JHWHs, Israels und der Tochter Zion
Reviewed by Richard J. Bautch

Rebekah Eklund
Jesus Wept: The Significance of Jesus’ Laments in the New Testament
Reviewed by Leonard Maré

Izaak J. de Hulster, Brent A. Strawn, and Ryan P. Bonfiglio, eds.
Iconographic Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: An Introduction to Its Method and Practice
Reviewed by Michael B. Hundley

Charles Irons
The Righteousness of God: A Lexical Examination of the Covenant-Faithfulness Interpretation
Reviewed by Robert L. Foster

Britt Leslie
One Thing I Know: How the Blind Man of John 9 Leads an Audience toward Belief
Reviewed by Susanne Luther

Peter S. Williamson
Reviewed by Andrew R. Guffey