Mar 18, 2018

Why You Should Be Reading

I am probably preaching to the choir here, but here is another article touting the benefits of reading.

Mar 17, 2018

Comparing the World’s Oldest Torah Scrolls and the Recent

Gary Rendsburg writes about the world’s oldest Torah scrolls and the recent acquisition by the Library of Congress here.

Mar 16, 2018

The Latest Issue of the 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.

Aaron Chalmers
Interpreting the Prophets: Reading, Understanding and Preaching from the Worlds of the Prophets
Reviewed by Paul L. Redditt

István Czachesz
Cognitive Science and the New Testament: A New Approach to Early Christian Research
Reviewed by L. Gregory Bloomquist

Nathaniel P. DesRosiers and Lily C. Vuong, eds.
Religious Competition in the Greco-Roman World
Reviewed by Evgenia Moiseeva

Lewis R. Donelson
Pseudepigraphy and Ethical Argument in the Pastoral Epistles
Reviewed by Charles Bumgardner

Yosef Garfinkel and Madeleine Mumcuoglu
Solomon’s Temple and Palace: New Archaeological Discoveries
Reviewed by Ralph K. Hawkins

Joel S. Kaminsky, Joel N. Lohr, and Mark Reasoner
The Abingdon Introduction to the Bible: Understanding Jewish and Christian Scriptures
Reviewed by Marcel V. Macelaru

Christos Karakolis, Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr, and Sviatoslav Rogalsky, eds.
Gospel Images of Jesus Christ in Church Tradition and in Biblical Scholarship: Fifth International East–West Symposium of New Testament Scholars, Minsk, September 2 to 9, 2010
Reviewed by Valeriy A. Alikin

Francis M. Macatangay
When I Die, Bury Me Well: Death, Burial, Almsgiving, and Restoration in the Book of Tobit
Reviewed by Micah D. Kiel

Dennis R. MacDonald
The Dionysian Gospel: The Fourth Gospel and Euripides
Reviewed by Jo-Ann A. Brant

Charlene van der Walt
Toward a Communal Reading of 2 Samuel 13: Ideology and Power within the Intercultural Bible Reading Process
Reviewed by Anne Létourneau

Mar 15, 2018

Determining the Jewishness of the Pseudepigrapha

While the Jewishness of the pseudepigrapha was generally accepted in my theological training, recent scholarship has challenged this assumption. In seeking to address this issue, James Davila has identified “five signature features” that help to verify the Jewishness of a given text. Davila’s features are:
  • Substantial Jewish content and evidence of a pre-Christian date;
  • Compelling evidence that a work was translated from Hebrew;
  • Sympathetic concern with the Jewish ritual cult;
  • Sympathetic concern with Jewish Law/Torah and halakah;
  • Concern with Jewish ethnic and national interest.
James R. Davila, The Provenance of Pseudepigrapha: Jewish, Christian, or Other? (Leiden, Brill, 2005), 65 as referenced in John J. Collins, “Early Judaism in Modern Scholarship,” in Early Judaism: A Comprehensive Overview, ed. John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 9.

One though struck me as I was thinking through this list. Namely, what if one applied the list to the New Testament. Would it affect the debate about the Jewishness of the New Testament?

Mar 14, 2018

Köstenberger on Bblical Theology

You can find two recent addresses by Andreas Köstenberger on biblical theology in print here and here and in video here and here.

Mar 13, 2018

The Function of the Transfiguration in 2 Peter

I think Michael Kok is spot on here in suggesting that the reference to the Transfiguration in 2 Peter 1 is more than a validation of Peter as an eyewitness (although I believe it is that) but fits within the broader eschatological argument within the epistle.

Mar 12, 2018

Another New Testament Greek Resource

Hopefully, by now you are aware of, and better yet using, the wonderful resources of Daily Dose of Greek and Daily Dose of Hebrew. But now NT Resources, a website established by the late Rod Decker, is starting "Greek for a Week," a series of short videos that will go through the Greek of Philemon. The first two videos are available here and here.   

Mar 11, 2018

Free Productivity Apps

David Miller has discusses some free apps that you might want to consider here.

Mar 9, 2018

Where Is the Bethsaida Mentioned in the Gospels?

Ben Witherington talks about that question here. There are also two useful maps noting the two main proposals.

Mar 8, 2018

Mar 7, 2018

Free Course on Acts by Craig Keener is offering free audio of Craig Keener teaching the book of Acts. Check it out here.

Mar 6, 2018

Multi-Site Churches

Here is an interesting overview of multi-site churches.

Mar 5, 2018

Slides on Acts

Steve Walton has made two presentations introducing the book of Acts available here.

Mar 4, 2018

Reading the Bible in Community

Might friend Brian Wright identifies four reasons to read the Bible in community here.

Mar 2, 2018

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.

Ryan P. Bonfiglio, ed.
A Study Companion to Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by Blake A. Jurgens

John J. Collins
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by Blake A. Jurgens

Bryan R. Dyer
Suffering in the Face of Death: The Epistle to the Hebrews and Its Context of Situation
Reviewed by Bryan J. Whitfield

C. D. Elledge
Resurrection of the Dead in Early Judaism: 200 BCE–CE 200
Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz

Leander Keck
Why Christ Matters: Toward a New Testament Christology
Reviewed by Dieter T. Roth

Mark A. Leuchter and David T. Lamb
The Historical Writings: Introducing Israel’s Historical Literature
Reviewed by Kyle Greenwood

Yoseop Ra
Q, the First Writing about Jesus
Reviewed by Sarah E. Rollens

Margaret G. Sim
A Relevant Way to Read: A New Approach to Exegesis and Communication
Reviewed by Stephen Pattemore

Heidi Wendt
At the Temple Gates: The Religion of Freelance Experts in the Roman Empire
Reviewed by Timothy Luckritz Marquis

Siu Fung Wu
Suffering in Romans
Reviewed by Michael E. Peach

Mar 1, 2018

Free Logos Book for March: From Bondage to Liberty: The Gospel according to Moses

The free Logos Book for the Month for March is From Bondage to Liberty: The Gospel according to Moses. You can also purchase A Theology of James for $1.99 and Reformed Expository Commentary: Acts for $4.99. You can register for a chance win John Frame's four-volume A Theology of Lordship. For all these offers, go to the Logos' Free Book of Month page here.

Feb 28, 2018

How Two Evangelical Biblical Scholars Treat Scripture

You can read here how Dan Block and Richard Schultz believe that evangelicals ought to treat Scripture.

Feb 27, 2018

The Purpose of Biblical Theology

Scot Hafemann, recalling a challenge articulated by the late Carl F. H. Henry of an "articulation of an enduring Christian life and worldview with revelatory excitement that transcends technological science and heralds an unreviseable truth claim that replies to critics who decry reason," rightly suggests the following. "The purpose of biblical theology, if history and theology, faith and reason, 'law and gospel' can be wed again, is to answer this need, and in so doing to find doxology at the end of theology. For the final goal of biblically driven and integrated theology is not knowledge per se, but praise."

Scott Hafemann, “What’s the Point of Biblical Theology? Reflections Prompted by Brevard Childs,” in BiblicalTheology: Past, Present, and Future, ed. Corey Walsh and Mark. W Elliott, (Cascade: Eugene, OR, 2016), 120.

Feb 23, 2018

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.

Phyllis A. Bird
Faith, Feminism, and the Forum of Scripture: Essays on Biblical Theology and Hermeneutics
Reviewed by Lisa W. Davison

Keith Bodner
An Ark on the Nile: The Beginning of the Book of Exodus
Reviewed by Jean Louis Ska

Timothy A. Brookins and Bruce W. Longenecker
1 Corinthians 1–9: A Handbook on the Greek Text
Reviewed by George H. Guthrie

L. Stephanie Cobb
Divine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Texts
Reviewed by Gail P. Streete

Michael S. Heiser
The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible
Reviewed by David B. Sloan

Mauricio Saavedra Monroy
The Church of Smyrna: History and Theology of a Primitive Christian Community
Reviewed by Mark Wilson

Chantal Reynier
Vie et mort de Paul à Rome
Reviewed by Stephan Witetschek

Marion L. Soards and Darrell J. Pursiful
Reviewed by Nijay Gupta

Brent A. Strawn
The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment
Reviewed by Benjamin D. Sommer

Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, ed.
Priests and Cults in the Book of the Twelve
Reviewed by James M. Bos

Feb 22, 2018

A Bulla of Isaiah the Prophet

Several news outlets, including this one, are reporting that a "seal" (more technically a bulla) possibly referencing the prophet Isaiah has been found.

(Photo Credit: Ouria Tadmor/Eilat Mazar)