Steve Walton has made his slides from a recent talk he gave on the parables and the kingdom of god/Heaven available here as a free PDF.
Apr 22, 2021
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Apr 20, 2021
Albert Baumgarten has an interesting post here that focuses on why partial skin infections are apparently "unclean" and complete skin infections considered "clean" (Lev 13). Although the article is framed by that issue it also addresses the issue of skin diseases more generally.
Apr 19, 2021
Recently while teaching through Zechariah 14, I was struck by the idea that worship is an expression of obedience and as such failure to worship has consequences. This can be seen in vv. 17-19. Here, failure to observe the Feast of Tabernacles leads to the withholding of God's blessings ("rain") and the reception of God's punishment ("plagues"). So, although care needs to be exercised here since this is an eschatological passage, a principle derived from this text suggests that we might fail to experience God's goodness because we fail to acknowledge God's greatness.
Apr 17, 2021
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Apr 15, 2021
When I first began studying the Bible, I was not very interested in the geographical elements in the text. But the more time I have spent in the Scriptures, the more I have come to appreciate how the geography is part of its story. So I was happy to see Kelsa Graybill explaining five ways that biblical geography shapes our view of God's mission here.
Apr 14, 2021
I am very interested in how the issue of Mosaic Law relates to the Christian. So, I was happy to see Thomas Willoughby's article "Does Leviticus 18 Apply to New Testament Believers?" (here). Unfortunately, the question in the title is barely addressed and concludes with something like believers should be aware and concerned about issues of sexual ethics. I don't think that this conclusion is altogether insightful or helpful.
Apr 13, 2021
Apr 12, 2021
Todd Bolen and the folks at BiblePlaces have just released their newest volume in the Photo Companion to the Bible series.This volume focuses on 2 Samuel and provides a beaucoup of pictorial resources (2,900 photos!) arranged by chapter/verse in well-designed PowerPoint presentations. Check it out here. It is currently at the significantly discounted price of $39, a price that includes the option for immediate download, the DVD, and free shipping. If you are working in, or plan to work in, 2 Samuel, this resource really is one you should have. You might also want to check out the other available volumes here.
Apr 8, 2021
Apr 7, 2021
Christianaudio.com's free audio book for the month of April is John Bunyan's classic The Pilgrim's Progress. To read more about this resource and to get your free audio download in either MP3 or M4B formats go here.
Apr 6, 2021
Apr 5, 2021
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Apr 3, 2021
D. Clint Burnett explains here why he thinks that it is important to read ancient inscriptions alongside the New Testament. I think he is correct but one needs to exercise great care in using since many inscriptions lack context and there can be a tendency of committing the parallelomania error.
Apr 2, 2021
Apr 1, 2021
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Mar 31, 2021
David Frankel attempts to answer the question here. I don't agree with Frankel's conclusion which requires a fair amount of redaction and depends on a view of the authorship of Torah that I do not hold but the discussion is interesting nonetheless.
Mar 30, 2021
It was reported here that a Tyrian shekel was found in recent conservation work at the so-called Tower of David. According to the reports, "the ancient coin was found inside a box of artifacts originally excavated in the 1980s." But technically, as my numismatist friend Russell Atherton points out, it is not a Tyrian shekel but a coin of Demetrius (or Demetrios) II, with the portrait of Demetrius not Melqart. This would make it a tetradrachm rather than a shekel. The name "ΔHMHTPIOY" can be seen clearly on the reverse although the date is hard to make out (see the picture below from the article).
In sum, it is a nice coin, but not especially rare and not correctly attributed. This is one example why one needs to exercise care in reading news reports on archeological finds.
Mar 29, 2021
Steve Walton has made his slide presentation available for a recent talk that he gave on Elijah, Elisha, John and Jesus in Luke–Acts here.This was part of a two-day online seminar on the use of the Old Testament in the New.
Mar 26, 2021
I have been working on a commentary on the Psalms. I have decided to compile some helpful links that I discovered during my research. It includes a mix of exegetical and sermonic links. Here is what I have for Psalm 42 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful in the comments section.
The Fathers on Psalm 42: https://pursuingveritas.com/2019/08/27/the-fathers-on-psalm-42
Literary analysis of Psalm 42: http://psalmsstudy.com/psalms-literary-analysis-by-chapter/literary-analysis-psalm-42-presence-god
Into the Word with Paul Carter: https://ca.thegospelcoalition.org/into-the-word/psalms-42-43
Analysis by C. J. Labuschagne: https://www.labuschagne.nl/ps042-43.pdf
William Barrick’s notes: https://drbarrick.org/files/studynotes/Psalms/Ps_042.pdf
John Piper, Spiritual Depression in the Psalms: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/spiritual-depression-in-the-psalms
Mar 25, 2021
Nijay Gupta and Cody Matchett have produced a helpful New Testament exegesis and hermeneutics bibliography. You can check it out here.