Oct 19, 2017

Baby Names Using the Old Testament

This HuffPost article points out that some obscure Old Testament names are being given to babys today. The author notes concerning Azriel that, "This name of three minor characters in the Old Testament is set to join more prominent figures like Ezra and Ezekiel. Also on the rise: Ozias, Azariah and Zabdiel."

Oct 18, 2017

New Testament Interpretation: Essays on Principles and Methods

Rob Bradshaw recently noted that New Testament Interpretation: Essays on Principles and Methods has been digitized for free online access. Some of the essays in the volume might be dated but are still worth reading. You can access the volume here. I am very thankful for Rob's work in making resources like this available.

Oct 17, 2017

Online Resources for Jude

Michael Kok has a brief list of online resources for Jude here.

Oct 16, 2017

Luther on Galatians

Thomas provides a helpful list here of recent articles and books on Luther and his understanding or approach to Galatians.

Oct 15, 2017

Eating in Isaiah

Rebekah Divine has a nice review and summary here of Andrew Abernathy's monograph Eating in Isaiah: Approaching the Role of Food and Drink in Isaiah’s Structure and Message.

Oct 13, 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. 

Christian Blumenthal
Gott im Markusevangelium: Wort und Gegenwart Gottes bei Markus
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10459
Reviewed by Steffen Jöris

James K. Hoffmeier, Alan R. Millard, and Gary A. Rendsburg, eds.
“Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?”: Biblical, Archaeological, and Egyptological Perspectives on the Exodus Narratives
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11311
Reviewed by Pieter de Vries

Jonathan Klawans
Josephus and the Theologies of Ancient Judaism
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8650
Reviewed by Phillip Michael Sherman

M. David Litwa
Refutation of All Heresies
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11117
Reviewed by Simon Gathercole

Marvin Lloyd Miller
Performances of Ancient Jewish Letters: From Elephantine to MMT
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10982
Reviewed by Jason M. Silverman

Eric C. Smith
Foucault’s Heterotopia in Christian Catacombs: Constructing Spaces and Symbols in Ancient Rome
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10097
Reviewed by Valérie Nicolet

Oct 12, 2017

Mounce on Learning Greek

Bill Mounce offers nine tips here to help in learning biblical Greek.

Oct 11, 2017

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 Again

I recently posted about the recently renewed interest in the text-critical issue involving 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 (see here). Richard Fellows has now posted on the issue and questions Payne's measurements of the bars in Vaticanus. I wont take the time to explain it further, but this is wonderful Bible nerd stuff and encourage you to check it out here.

Oct 10, 2017

The Photo Companion to the Bible

I have long touted the resources produced by Todd Bolen and BiblePlaces. This post shows one reason why the Photo Companion to the Bible is such a valuable resource to the teacher, preacher, or student. The labeling in this resource is a frustration-reducing time-saver. Even seasoned Bible students have a hard time identifying places and features of biblically related sites. You can do your own time-consuming research by examining numerous other resources but with the Photo Companion it is already done for you by someone who is well-versed in biblical geography.

Online Resources for 2 Peter

Michael Kok has a list of online resources for 2 Peter here.

Oct 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. 

Mark G. Brett
Political Trauma and Healing: Biblical Ethics for a Postcolonial World
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11848
Reviewed by Mark R. Glanville

Timothy D. Finlay and William Yarchin, eds.
The Genre of Biblical Commentary: Essays in Honor of John E. Hartley on the Occasion of His 75th Birthday
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10940
Reviewed by Jeremy Schipper

Mark Grundeken and Joseph Verheyden, eds.
Early Christian Communities between Ideal and Reality
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10560
Reviewed by Matthijs den Dulk

Philip Harland, ed.
Greco-Roman Associations: Texts, Translations, and Commentary: II. North Coast of the Black Sea, Asia Minor
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10480
Reviewed by D. Clint Burnett

Reinhard G. Kratz
The Prophets of Israel
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11078
Reviewed by Nathan Mastnjak

Lee Martin McDonald
The Story of Jesus in History and Faith: An Introduction
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9398
Reviewed by Matthew C. Baldwin

Eva Mroczek
The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11302
Reviewed by Matthew V. Novenson

Vernon K. Robbins, Robert H. von Thaden Jr., and Bart B. Bruehler, eds.
Foundations for Sociorhetorical Exploration: A Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Reader
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11365
Reviewed by Greg Carey

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
1 Peter: Reading against the Grain
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11120
Reviewed by Andrew Mbuvi

Carla Swafford Works
The Church in the Wilderness: Paul’s Use of Exodus Traditions in 1 Corinthians
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10618
Reviewed by Glenn Snyder

Oct 7, 2017

Translating Cuneiform

This is an interesting and informative article behind the efforts to translate cuneiform.

Oct 6, 2017

Student Entitlement

Those involved in the academic world are usually familiar with the phenomenon of student entitlement. This post by Maryellen Weimar provides a brief but helpful discussion on the topic. I particularly appreciate Weimar's comment that, "telling them that’s wrong isn’t likely to change the attitude. It helps if teachers clarify their expectations with constructive positive language and even more importantly with discussions of the rationales on which those expectations rest."

Oct 5, 2017

Social Media: Who Is Using Whom?

This post asks the question, "Are You Using Social Media or Being Used By It?" There is much to think about here.

Oct 4, 2017

The Authenticity of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

Some readers might be following the renewed text-critical debate raised by Philip Payne concerning the authenticity of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35. In any case, Ian Paul has a fairly balanced post here on the issue.

Moisés Silva on Learning and Trnslating Greek

This post interacts shares some sage thoughts from Moisés Silva’s on learning and translating Greek.

HT: Jeff at the Scripture Zealot Blog

Oct 3, 2017

Karl Barth

William Evans explains here why he still does doesn't care for Karl Barth.

HT: Lisa Robinson

Oct 2, 2017

Free Audio Book: The Whole Christ

Christianaudio.com is offering The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson as their free audio download for the month of October. You can access this offer here.

Oct 1, 2017

Free Logos Book for October: Romans

The free Logos Book of the Month for October is Joseph Fitzmyer's Romans commentary in the Anchor series. You can also purchase Francis Anderson's Habakkuk or J. Louis Martyn's Galatians in the same series for $1.99 and $2.99 respectively. And you can enter to win the fifty-five volume Luther's Works. Go to the Logos' Free Book of Month page here.

Sep 30, 2017

Leading with Questions

Bob Tiede lists his top 15 leading with questions books here.

HT: George Hillman

Sep 28, 2017

Choosing a Seminary

Bob Wilkin has some helpful thoughts here concerning choosing a seminary. I think Bob's reminder that there can be a disconnect between an institutions doctrinal statement and what is actually held and taught is important. His reminder concerning prayer and spiritual formation is also worth considering.