May 23, 2015

Can Technology Make You a Better Christian?

David Murray apparently thinks so. You can read his explanation in an article from the latest issue of Christian Computing here (or here if you just want to read David's article)

May 22, 2015

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. 

Susanna Drake
Slandering the Jew: Sexuality and Difference in Early Christian Texts
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9399
Reviewed by Sara R. Johnson

Rubén R. Dupertuis and Todd Penner, eds.
Engaging Early Christian History: Reading Acts In The Second Century
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9656
Reviewed by Christopher Stroup

Susan Gillingham
A Journey of Two Psalms: The Reception of Psalms 1 and 2 in Jewish and Christian Tradition
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9775
Reviewed by Janis Jaynes Quesada

Marvin J. Heller
Further Studies in the Making of the Early Hebrew Book
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9145
Reviewed by Ryan Korstange

Antoon Schoors
The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah in the Eighth and Seventh Centuries B.C.E.
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9444
Reviewed by Aren M. Maeir

Thomas B. Slater
Ephesians
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8876
Reviewed by Corneliu Constantineanu
Reviewed by Brian C. Small

Francis Watson
Gospel Writing: A Canonical Perspective
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9205
Reviewed by Ken Olson
Reviewed by Peter-Ben Smit

Vincent L. Wimbush, with Lalruatkima and Melissa Renee Reid, eds.
MisReading America: Scriptures and Difference
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9343
Reviewed by Francisco Lozada Jr.

May 21, 2015

The Kingdom according to Luke and Acts

I recently won a copy of a new volume entitled, The Kingdom according to Luke and Acts. This looks to be an interesting
read. Here is the publisher's description.
This substantial, reliable introduction examines the character and purpose of Luke and Acts and provides a thorough yet economical treatment of Luke's social, historical, and literary context. Karl Allen Kuhn presents Luke's narrative as a "kingdom story" that both announces the arrival of God's reign in Jesus and describes the ministry of the early church, revealing the character of the kingdom as dramatically at odds with the kingdom of Rome. Kuhn explores the background, literary features, plotting, and themes of Luke and Acts but also offers significant, fresh insights into the persuasive force of Luke's impressively crafted and rhetorically charged narrative.
You can read an excerpt here.

May 20, 2015

Issues in Pauline Studies

Those interested in Pauline studies might want to check out the Spring 2015 issue of the Criswell Theological Review. You can read more about the contents of the issue here.

May 19, 2015

Learning German for Biblical and Theological Studies

Noah Kelley has a helpful blog post entitled, "Resources for Learning German for Biblical/Theological Studies" here.

May 18, 2015

Whose Eyes in Zechariah 9:1?

Lee Fields has a good discussion here related to translating Zechariah 9:1, in particular the owner of the "eyes."

May 17, 2015

Why is Jerusalem called Jerusalem?

Haaretz has an interesting article here discussing how Jerusalem came to be called Jerusalem. I was able to read the article but it may be behind a pay wall depending on how you access it.

May 16, 2015

New Book: Do We Need the New Testament?

You can access an excerpt of John Goldingay's new book, Do We Need the New Testament? here. I often find myself disagreeing with Goldingay but this looks like an interesting read.

May 15, 2015

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. 

John Ashton
The Gospel of John and Christian Origins
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9819
Reviewed by Seth Pollinger

Cornelis Bennema
A Theory of Character in New Testament Narrative
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9805
Reviewed by Alicia D. Myers

David G. Burke, Philip H. Towner, and John F. Kutsko, eds.
The King James Version at 400: Assessing Its Genius as Bible Translation and Its Literary Influence
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9447
Reviewed by Brian Hartley

Josef Forsling
Composite Artistry in the Book of Numbers: A Study in Biblical Narrative Conventions
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9766
Reviewed by Benjamin D. Giffone

Robert W. Funk
A Beginning-Intermediate Grammar of Hellenistic Greek
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9292
Reviewed by James W. Voelz

Mark Harding and Alanna Nobbs, eds.
All Things to All Cultures: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9507
Reviewed by Andrew Spurgeon

Felipe de Jesús Legarreta-Castillo
The Figure of Adam in Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15: The New Creation and Its Ethical and Social Reconfiguration
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9712
Reviewed by John Anthony Dunne

Boris Paschke
Particularism and Universalism in the Sermon on the Mount: A Narrative-Critical Analysis of Matthew 5-7 in the Light of Matthew’s View on Mission
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8924
Reviewed by Jeannine K. Brown

Micahel L. Satlow
How the Bible Became Holy
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9762
Reviewed by Chad Spigel

Jay Twomey
2 Corinthians: Crisis and Conflict
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9638
Reviewed by Adam White

May 14, 2015

Jesus' Genealogy according to His Great-Grandmothers

Claude Mariottini has an interesting wrap-up post on the genealogy of Jesus according to his great-grandmothers here.

May 13, 2015

Five Reasons to Preach the Psalms

Although the post is from 2012, Peter Mead's post on "5 Reasons Why I Love Preaching Psalms" is worth a look here.

May 12, 2015

Five New and Forthcoming Books on Paul

Some might be interested in these five new and forthcoming books on Paul published by Eerdmans.

May 8, 2015

Some Recent Blog Posts on 1 John

Bloggers David Allen and Dennis Wretlind have several posts related to 1 John. 

Allen posts expositional treatments of 1 John 2:16 and 2:18-19, here and here. He is also the author of the volume on the Johannine Epistles in the Preach the Word series edited by Kent Hughes.

Wretlind has posted grammatical diagrams of 1 John 1:1-4, 1:5-10; 2:1-6 and 2:7-11, here, here, here, and here.

May 7, 2015

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. 

Markus Bockmuehl and Guy G. Stroumsa, eds.
Paradise in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Views
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=7864
Reviewed by Pieter G. R. de Villiers

Tony Burke, ed.
Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery?: The Secret Gospel of Mark in Debate: Proceedings from the 2011 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9622
Reviewed by James F. McGrath

Andrew R. Davis
Tel Dan in Its Northern Cultic Context
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9445
Reviewed by Bob Becking
Reviewed by Aren M. Maeir

Stephen Finlan
The Family Metaphor in Jesus’ Teaching: Gospel Imagery and Application
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9275
Reviewed by Joanna Dewey

Kai Kaniuth, Anne Löhnert, Jared L. Miller, Adelheid Otto, Michael Roaf, and Walther Sallaberger, eds.
Tempel im Alten Orient
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9296
Reviewed by Jeffrey L. Morrow

Emma Loosley
The Architecture and Liturgy of the Bema in Fourth- to-Sixth-Century Syrian Churches
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8747
Reviewed by Robert Morehouse

Elvira Martín Contreras and Guadalupe Seijas de los Ríos-Zarzosa
Masora: La transmisión de la tradición de la Biblia Hebrea
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8920
Reviewed by Amparo Alba Cecilia

Halvor Moxnes
Jesus and the Rise of Nationalism: A New Quest for the Nineteenth Century Historical Jesus
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8578
Reviewed by Craig A. Evans

Pheme Perkins
First Corinthians
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8901
Reviewed by H. H. Drake Williams III

May 6, 2015

Tertullian on Acts

Tertullian responding to groups like the Marcionites who rejected the book of Acts gave the following response,
Those who do not accept this volume of Scripture can have nothing to do with the Holy Spirit, for they cannot know whether the Holy Spirit has yet been sent to the disciples; neither can they claim to be the church, since they cannot prove when this body was established or where it was cradled (Prescription against heretics 22).

May 5, 2015

Hurtado on the Christ-Hymns Debate

Larry Hurtado has a great discussion here concerning a recent proposal rejecting Philippians 2:6-11 and Colossians 1:15-20 as examples of early Christ-Hymns. I remain agnostic on the issue and have gone back-and-forth in my own thinking. So I really appreciate Hurtado's balanced and fair approach to the debate.

May 4, 2015

John 2:1-11: The First Sign

Jim Gray has a good discussion on John 2:1-11 here.

May 3, 2015

The New Testament in Bob Dylan Song Titles?

Now for something a bit different, see Kim Fabricius' post, "The New Testament in Bob Dylan Song Titles" here.

HT: Jeff Carter

May 2, 2015

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. 

Francis Borchardt
The Torah in 1Maccabees: A Literary Critical Approach to the Text
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9803
Reviewed by Thomas Hieke

Cilliers Breytenbach and Jörg Frey, eds.
Reflections on the Early Christian History of Religion—Erwägungen zur frühchristlichen Religionsgeschichte
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8807
Reviewed by Thomas J. Kraus

Walter Dietrich
Die Samuelbücher im deuteronomistischen Geschichtswerk: Studien zu den Geschichtsüberlieferungen des Alten Testaments II
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8818
Reviewed by Mark W. Hamilton

James D. G. Dunn
The Oral Gospel Tradition
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9392
Reviewed by David B. Sloan

Paul S. Evans and Tyler F. Williams, eds.
Chronicling the Chronicler: The Book of Chronicles and Early Second Temple Historiography
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9741
Reviewed by Michael D. Matlock

Katharina Galor and Hanswulf Bloedhorn
The Archaeology of Jerusalem: From the Origins to the Ottomans
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9688
Reviewed by Aren M. Maeir

Moshe Garsiel
From Earth to Heaven: A Literary Study of the Eliijah Stories in the Book of Kings
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9806
Reviewed by Keith Bodner
Reviewed by David A. Glatt-Gilad

Alison Ruth Gray
Psalm 18 in Words and Pictures: A Reading through Metaphor
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9827
Reviewed by Leslie C. Allen

Mignon R. Jacobs and Raymond F. Person Jr., eds.
Israelite Prophecy and the Deuteronomistic History: Portrait, Reality, and the Formation of a History
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9437
Reviewed by James M. Bos
Reviewed by Thomas Wagner

Ronald Jolliffe, Gertraud Harb, Christoph Heil, Anneliese Felber, and Angelika Magnes
Q11: 39a, 42, 39b, 41, 43-44: Woes against the Pharisees
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9197
Reviewed by Peter J. Judge

W. G. Lambert
Babylonian Creation Myths
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9575
Reviewed by Michael S. Moore

Daniel C. Matt, trans.
The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume 6
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8985
Reviewed by Ralph K. Hawkins

Abera M. Mengestu
God as Father in Paul: Kingship Language and Identity Formation in Early Christianity
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9371
Reviewed by Inhee C. Berg

Anthony M. Moore
Signs of Salvation: The Theme of Creation in John’s Gospel
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9555
Reviewed by Brian J. Tabb

Valérie Nicolet-Anderson
Constructing the Self: Thinking with Paul and Michel Foucault
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8853
Reviewed by Chris L. de Wet

Vernon K. Robbins
Who Do People Say I Am? Rewriting Gospel in Emerging Christianity
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9413
Reviewed by Michael J. Kok

David S. Vanderhooft and Abraham Winitzer, eds.
Literature as Politics, Politics as Literature: Essays on the Ancient Near East in Honor of Peter Machinist
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9577
Reviewed by Shawn W. Flynn

Ryan Donald Wettlaufer
No Longer Written: The Use of Conjectural Emendation in the Restoration of the Text of the New Testament, the Epistle of James as a Case Study
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9169
Reviewed by Jeff Cate

May 1, 2015

Free Logos Book for May: The Lord and His Prayer by N. T. Wright

The free Logos Book for May is N. T. Wright’s The Lord and His Prayer. You can also purchase Following Jesus: Biblical Reflection on Discipleship by Wright for .99 cents. While you are at it, you can enter to win  the 48 volume Works of N. T. Wright collection. Go the Logos' Free Book of Month page here to enter and download your free book today!

Apr 29, 2015

A New Commentary on the Song of Solomon

Christina Bucher discusses her commentary on the Song of Solomon in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series here.