Sep 23, 2017

Text-Driven Preaching Workshop on Philemon

There is still time to sign up for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Text-Driven Preaching Workshop focusing on Philemon. The workshop is on Monday, October 9 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). Speakers include David Allen, Denny Autrey, Deron Biles, Barry McCarty, Matthew McKellar, and Kyle Walker. No registration details are listed yet, but you can see the announcement here.

Sep 22, 2017

Outlines for Hebrews

Michael Kok continues his helpful series on Hebrews. In this post he links to a number of outlines for the book.

Sep 21, 2017

The 17th Edition of The Chicago Manual of Style

I am not sure how I missed it, but the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style is now out. Grammar nerds everywhere rejoice! The Washington Post has a write up here.

Sep 20, 2017

Pointers for Preaching Habakkuk

Jeff Hampton gives some pointers on preaching Habakkuk here. By the way, Preaching Source is a great resource for preachers. 

Sep 19, 2017

Getting Inside the Brain of a Prophet

The Atlantic has an interesting article and interview with James Kugel here concerning his most recent book, The Great Shift: Encountering God in Biblical Times. The book apparently tries to understand how prophets might have received their revelations by looking at socio-cultural perceptions of self and neuro-scientific research.

Sep 18, 2017

Dating the Book of Hebrews

Michael Kok follows up his post on the authorship of Hebrews here with a post here laying out some of the data to be taken into consideration in dating the book.

Sep 17, 2017

The Appointment of David Friedrich Strauss

This is an interesting article on the controversy surrounding the appointment of David Friedrich Strauss to the faculty of the University of Zurich.

Sep 16, 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. 

Timothy A. Brookins and Bruce W. Longenecker
1 Corinthians 10–16: A Handbook on the Greek Text
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11402
Reviewed by James D. Romano

Colleen M. Conway
Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11476
Reviewed by Gregory Mobley

Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder
When Momma Speaks: The Bible and Motherhood from a Womanist Perspective
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11373
Reviewed by Kimberly Russaw

Lester L. Grabbe
1 and 2 Kings: History and Story in Ancient Israel
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11563
Reviewed by Steven L. McKenzie

Ronald Hendel
Steps to a New Edition of the Hebrew Bible
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11532
Reviewed by Arie van der Kooij

John Jarick, ed.
SOTS at 100: Centennial Essays of the Society for Old Testament Study
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11586
Reviewed by Corrine Carvalho

Jörg Jeremias
Theologie des Alten Testaments
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11521
Reviewed by Jordan M. Scheetz

Mogens Müller and Jesper Tang Nielsen, eds.
Luke’s Literary Creativity
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11375
Reviewed by Nils Neumann

Stanley E. Porter and Bryan R. Dyer, eds.
The Synoptic Problem: Four Views
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11361
Reviewed by Robert K. MacEwen

Allen P. Ross
A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 3 (90–150)
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11498
Reviewed by J. Clinton McCann Jr.

Sep 15, 2017

The Authorship of Hebrews

Michael Kok has a pretty good discussion on the authorship of Hebrews here.

Sep 14, 2017

Reading Josephus in Greek

If you have ever had the desire to tackle Josephus in Greek you should read this post.

Sep 13, 2017

The Value of a Good Commentary

Michael Barber has a great anecdote here involving Aquinas, Chrysostom's commentary on Matthew, and Paris.

Sep 12, 2017

Apostles Today?

Terry Wilder has a good post here concerning whether we can have apostles today.

Sep 10, 2017

Maximizing Your Study Time

With the start of the new semester, some might be interested in these practical study tips.

Sep 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. 

Alan J. Bale
Genre and Narrative Coherence in the Acts of the Apostles
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10392
Reviewed by Loveday Alexander

Patrick T. Egan
Ecclesiology and the Scriptural Narrative of 1 Peter
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11258
Reviewed by Torrey Seland

Susanna Elm
Sons of Hellenism, Fathers of the Church: Emperor Julian, Gregory of Nazianzus, and the Vision of Rome
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11114
Reviewed by Andrew R. Guffey

Matthew Harmon and Jay E. Smith, eds.
Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10157
Reviewed by H. H. Drake Williams III

Jonathan G. Kline
Allusive Soundplay in the Hebrew Bible
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11407
Reviewed by Thomas P. McCreesh, O.P.

Reinhard G. Kratz
Historical and Biblical Israel: The History, Tradition, and Archives of Israel and Judah
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11167
Reviewed by Brad E. Kelle

Jeremy D. Lyon
Qumran Interpretation of the Genesis Flood
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10952
Reviewed by Jonathan M. Potter

Harry O. Maier
Picturing Paul in Empire: Imperial Image, Text and Persuasion in Colossians, Ephesians and the Pastoral Epistles
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9730
Reviewed by Torsten Jantsch

Hans de Wit and Janet Dyk, eds.
Bible and Transformation: The Promise of Intercultural Bible Reading
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11092
Reviewed by Jione Havea

Gary Yamasaki
Insights from Filmmaking for Analyzing Biblical Narrative
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11513
Reviewed by Steve A. Wiggins

Sep 7, 2017

The Beatitudes

Here is a very good post on the Beatitudes (Matt 5, Luke 6).

Sep 6, 2017

Robert L. Thomas (1928-2017)

I just learned that Dr. Robert L. Thomas has gone to be with the Lord. It is interesting to note that both he and Dr. Toussaint were born the same year and passed the same year. I never met the man but I benefited from his writings, most noticeably, his two-volume Revelation commentary.

8 Tech Tools for Church Staff

See this article although I must admit I don't use any of these.

Sep 5, 2017

Stanley D. Toussaint (1928–2017)

I just learned that Dr. Stan Toussaint has gone to be with the Lord. In many ways my life and ministry was shaped by this dear servant. I consider it one of the great privileges in my life to have been able to fill in for him at DTS occasionally from 2008 to 2015. I would often meet with "Dr. T." before such occasions to go over what I was supposed to cover but he would always tell me to teach the text as I understood it. I always felt affirmed by that, yet always mindful that he had probably forgotten more Bible than I knew. 

Sep 4, 2017

Best Free Digital Bible Resources

Mark Hoffman has provided a helpful annotated list here of the best free digital Bible Study resources.

Sep 3, 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. 

Kimberly Ambrose
Jew among Jews: Rehabilitating Paul
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11150
Reviewed by Michael F. Bird

Elie Assis
Identity in Conflict: The Struggle between Esau and Jacob, Edom and Israel
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11182
Reviewed by George Savran

Stephen B. Chapman and Marvin A. Sweeney, eds.
The Cambridge Companion to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11333
Reviewed by Jeffery M. Leonard

Raimo Hakola, Nina Nikki, and Ulla Tervahauta, eds.
Others and the Construction of Early Christian Identities
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10022
Reviewed by H. H. Drake Williams III

David Horrell
An Introduction to the Study of Paul
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10387
Reviewed by Nijay Gupta

Bryan M. Litfin
Early Christian Martyr Stories: An Evangelical Introduction with New Translations
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9932
Reviewed by Jan Willem van Henten

John Poirier and Jeffrey Peterson, eds.
Marcan Priority without Q: Explorations in the Farrer Hypothesis
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10389
Reviewed by David J. Neville

Ada Taggar-Cohen and Roy E. Gane, eds.
Current Issues in Priestly and Related Literature: The Legacy of Jacob Milgrom and Beyond
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11091
Reviewed by Mark Awabdy
Reviewed by Brandon R. Grafius

Géza G. Xeravits and Peter Porzig
Einführung in die Qumranliteratur
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10674
Reviewed by Pieter B. Hartog

Sep 2, 2017

Acts as Biblical History

Steve Walton has made his presentation slides (PDF) available here from his recent talk at the British New Testament Society on "Acts as Biblical History."

Sep 1, 2017

The Opponents in Jude

Mike Bird discusses briefly the identity of the opponents in Jude here.