Jul 20, 2018


Carl Rasmussen has a brief but nice post on Patmos here.

Jul 18, 2018

Subtle Humor in Preaching

While some people would suggest that subtle humor is an oxymoron, Peter Mead suggests here that it might be the preferable way to use humor in preaching.

Jul 17, 2018

Shema Seal from Megiddo

Ferrell Jenkins has an interesting note and a picture related to the so-called  "Shema Seal" from Megiddo here.

Jul 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. 

James W. Aageson, Windows on Early Christianity: Uncommon Stories, Striking Images, Critical Perspectives
Reviewed by Evgenia Moiseeva

Eve-Marie Becker, The Birth of Christian History: Memory and Time from Mark to Luke-Acts
Reviewed by Tucker S. Ferda

Tony Burke, ed., Forbidden Texts on the Western Frontier: The Christian Apocrypha from North American Perspectives; Proceedings from the 2013 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium
Reviewed by Sheldon Steen

Marvin L. Chaney, Peasants, Prophets, and Political Economy: The Hebrew Bible and Social Analysis
Reviewed by Victor H. Matthews

Walter Dietrich, ed., Die Welt Der Hebräischen Bibel: Umfeld – Inhalte – Grundthemen
Reviewed by Izaak J. de Hulster

Christoph Heilig, Paul’s Triumph: Reassessing 2 Corinthians 2:14 in Its Literary and Historical Context
Reviewed by Gudrun Nassauer

James D. Nogalski, The Book of the Twelve and Beyond: Collected Essays of James D. Nogalski
Reviewed by Aaron Schart

Joseph Poon, The Identities of the Beast from the Sea and the Beast from the Land in Revelation 13
Reviewed by Martin Karrer

Annette Weissenrieder and Robert B. Coote, eds., The Interface of Orality and Writing: Speaking, Seeing, Writing in the Shaping of New Genres
Reviewed by Brandon Walker

Ben Witherington III, Isaiah Old and New: Exegesis, Intertextuality, and Hermeneutics
Reviewed by Wilson de Angelo Cunha

Jul 15, 2018

The Value of a Theological Education

Claude Mariottini posts here on the value of a theological education.

Jul 14, 2018

Household Gods in the Greco-Roman World

Carl Rasmussen has a post here on how household gods might have been worshiped in New Testament times by looking specifically at ruins in Ephesus and Pompeii.

Jul 13, 2018

Whales, Leviathan, Jonah, and the Talmud

Here is an interesting article related to recent discoveries both archaeological and actual whales in the Mediterranean Sea.

Jul 12, 2018

Reading Those with Whom You Disagree

Marty Duren makes the case here for reading those with whom you disagree.

Jul 11, 2018

Greg Beale on Biblical Theology

Fred Zaspel interviews Greg Beale here on the subject of biblical theology.

Jul 10, 2018

2018 Text-Driven Preaching Workshop

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Text-Driven Preaching Workshop at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. This year's focus will be on the book of Job. You can get details here.

Jul 9, 2018

Turning True Statements into Truth Nuggets

Merely articulating a truth can be helpful but packaging that truth in a winsome or memorable way is usually preferable. So Michael Cooper explains how he turns true statements into truth nuggets that transform lives here.

Jul 7, 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. 

Garrick V. Allen, The Book of Revelation and Early Jewish Textual Culture Reviewed by Juan Hernández Jr.

Paul N. Anderson, Felix Just, S.J., and Tom Thatcher, eds., John, Jesus, and History, Volume 3: Glimpses of Jesus through the Johannine Lens
Reviewed by Harold W. Attridge

Drew W. Billings, Acts of the Apostles and the Rhetoric of Roman Imperialism
Reviewed by Davina C. Lopez

Dylan M. Burns, Apocalypse of the Alien God: Platonism and the Exile of Sethian Gnosticism
Reviewed by Glen Fairen

Micah D. Kiel, Apocalyptic Ecology: The Book of Revelation, the Earth, and the Future
Reviewed by Héctor Martín

Max Kunze, ed., Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem: Führer durch die Sammlungen
Reviewed by Wolfgang Zwickel

Alan Moss, Proverbs
Reviewed by Bernd U. Schipper

Nele Spiering-Schomborg, Man kann sich nicht entscheiden, als was man geboren wird”: Exodus 1 im Horizont von Intersektionalität und empirischer Bibeldidaktik
Reviewed by Gottfried Adam

Michael E. Stone, Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Angels and Biblical Heroes
Reviewed by Adam Carter Bremer-McCollum

Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, Ezra-Nehemiah: Israel’s Quest for Identity
Reviewed by Lester Grabbe

Jul 6, 2018

Amillennialism and Revelation 20

Matt Waymeyer has a post here challenging the standard Amillennial approach to Revelation 20.

Jul 5, 2018

Parents and Children in the Old Testament

Claude Mariottini has a helpful post here related to parents and children in the Old Testament and how the godliness (or lack thereof) of the parent is not a reliable indicator of how their children turn out. There is also also a good pastoral word to believing parents whose children are not walking in wisdom or obedience.

Jul 4, 2018

LMLK Seals

Here is a pretty good article on Judean LMLK seals.

Jul 3, 2018

John 2 and the Wedding at Cana

Ian Paul has a helpful post on the wedding of Cana pericope in John 2 here. I hold that a creation motif runs through the account and that the turning of the water to wine is a divine act of creation. On an additional note, during a recent trip to Israel I was able to visit a late Second Temple stoneware factory and found a couple of fragments from stone vessels.

Jul 2, 2018

Free Audio Book of the Month: Reading the Bible Supernaturally

Christianaudio.com is offering John Piper's Reading the Bible Supernaturally as their free audio download for the month of July. To read more about this resource and to get your free audio download in either MP3 or M4B formats go here.

Jul 1, 2018

Free Logos "Book" for July: Mobile Ed: NT308 The Reliability of New Testament Manuscripts Course

The free Logos "Book" for the Month for May is Craig Evans' The Reliability of New Testament Manuscripts course. You can also purchase Mark Strauss' Introducing Bible Translations course for $9.99 and/or Craig Keener's Critical issues in the Synoptic Gospels course for $19.99 and register to win the four-course Text of the Bible bundle. For all these offers, go to the Logos' Free Book of Month page here.

Jun 29, 2018

The Portrayal of Nebuchadnezzar in 2 Kings and Jeremiah

Claude Mariottini has a nice post here about the portrayal of Nebuchadnezzar in 2 Kings and Jeremiah.

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.

Johannes Beutler
A Commentary on the Gospel of John
Reviewed by Stephen C. Barton

Christiane Böhm
Die Rezeption der Psalmen in den Qumranschriften, bei Philo von Alexandrien und im Corpus Paulinum
Reviewed by Max Botner

Lisa M. Bowens
An Apostle in Battle: Paul and Spiritual Warfare in 2 Corinthians 12:1–10
Reviewed by Gudrun Nassauer

John Paul Heil
The Gospel of John: Worship for Divine Life Eternal
Reviewed by David Rensberger

Robert D. Holmstedt and John Screnock
Esther: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text
Reviewed by Ethan C. Jones

Lydia Lee
Mapping Judah’s Fate in Ezekiel’s Oracles against the Nations
Reviewed by John T. Strong

Eugene E. Lemcio
Soaring with St. John: Flight Paths of the Eagle; A Pedagogical Aid
Reviewed by Jey J. Kanagaraj

D. Eric Lowdermilk
Two Can Play That Game: Manipulation, Counter-manipulation, and Recognition in John 21 through the Eyes of Genesis
Reviewed by Kasper Bro Larsen

Christina Petterson
From Tomb to Text: The Body of Jesus in the Book of John
Reviewed by Alicia D. Myers

Clemens Scholten
Theodoret, De Graecarum affectionum curatione: Heilung der griechischen Krankheiten
Reviewed by Jonathan Douglas Hicks

Susanne Scholz
Introducing the Women’s Hebrew Bible: Feminism, Gender Justice, and the Study of the Old Testament
Reviewed by Laura Quic

Yves Simoens
Homme et femme: De la Genèse à l’Apocalypse
Reviewed by Jeffrey M. Tripp

Gary V. Smith
Interpreting the Prophetic Books: An Exegetical Handbook
Reviewed by Patricia K. Tull

Marvin A. Sweeney
The Pentateuch
Reviewed by Eckart Otto

Ben Witherington III
A Week in the Fall of Jerusalem
Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz

Jun 28, 2018

Balaam and Rembrandt

Here is an interesting article on Rembrandt's interpretive depiction of Balaam and the donkey.

Jun 27, 2018

Bibliography on Jews in Acts

Michael Kok has provided a brief but solid bibliography covering scholarly views on how the Jewish community is portrayed in the book of Acts here.