May 23, 2024

Psalm 131

I am 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 131 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful in the comments section.

Analysis by C. J. Labuschagne: https://www.labuschagne.nl/ps131.pdf

William Barrick’s notes: https://drbarrick.org/files/studynotes/Psalms/Ps_131.pdf

John Piper, Join Me in Soul-Satisfaction in God: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/join-me-in-soul-satisfaction-in-god

Psalm 131 devotional: https://www.generations.org/devotionals/216

Cameron Howard’s commentary: https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/eighth-sunday-after-epiphany/commentary-on-psalm-131

H.B. Charles Jr’s handout: https://hbcharlesjr.com/resource-library/sermon-outlines/when-faith-grows-up-psalm-131-handout

May 21, 2024

Jeremiah's Land Purchase

Anathea Portier-Young has a nice article here on Jeremiah's land purchase recorded in Jeremiah 32.

May 20, 2024

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 to read them.

Nissim Amzallag, Psalm 29: A Canaanite Hymn to YHWH in the Psalter (Peeters)
Joseph Lam

Richard Bauckham, Early Jewish Literature, volume 1 of “Son of Man” (Eerdmans)
Benjamin E. Reynolds

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (Simon & Schuster)
Edmund P. Cueva

Tova Ganzel and Shalom E. Holtz, eds., Contextualizing Jewish Temples (Brill)
Joshua Schwartz

John D. Griffiths, The Spirit as Gift in Acts: The Spirit’s Empowerment of the Early Jesus Community (Brill)
David John McCollough

Raimo Hakola, Outi Lehtipuu, and Nina Nikki, eds., Common Ground and Diversity in Early Christian Thought and Study: Essays in Memory of Heikki Räisänen (Mohr Siebeck)
Alicia J. Batten

Jason A. Myers, Paul, the Apostle of Obedience: Reading Obedience in Romans (T&T Clark)
Robert Brian Lewis

Tina M. Sherman, Plant Metaphors in Prophetic Condemnations of Israel and Judah (SBL Press)
Julian J. Sieber

Brent A. Strawn; Collin Cornell and M. Justin Walker, eds., The Incomparable God: Readings in Biblical Theology (Eerdmans)
Jennifer M. Matheny

Adela Yarbro Collins, Collected Essays on the Gospel according to Mark (Mohr Siebeck)
Max Botner

May 17, 2024

Teaching through Storytelling

While my task in preaching or teaching is to proclaim God's Word, I am seeing greater value in using stories to explain, illustrate, and apply that Word. This Faculty Focus article provides help with that even though it is not specifically aimed at preaching or teaching the Bible. Don't miss the link in the article for other resources.

May 16, 2024

Psalm 130

I am 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 130 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful in the comments section.

Analysis by C. J. Labuschagne: https://www.labuschagne.nl/ps130.pdf

William Barrick’s notes: https://drbarrick.org/files/studynotes/Psalms/Ps_130.pdf

Psalm 130 devotional: https://www.generations.org/devotionals/215

Mark Throntveit commentary: https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/ordinary-10-2/commentary-on-psalm-130

Doug Bratt’s commentary: https://cepreaching.org/commentary/2015-06-22/psalm-130-2

Witherington on Romans

Ben Witherington is teaching through Romans via video. This series is an overview rather than a detailed exposition. Here is a link to to the first video.

May 15, 2024

Child Sacrifice

Daniel Vainstub has a sobering but good examination of child sacrifice to Molekh (also spelled  Molech) here.

May 14, 2024

The Best Books on Ecclesiology

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen identifies what he thinks are the sixteen best books on Ecclesiology here.

May 13, 2024

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 to read them.

Michael Avioz, Legal Exegesis of Scripture in the Works of Josephus (T&T Clark)
David M. Miller

Blaine Charette and Robby Waddell, eds., Spirit and Story: Pentecostal Readings of Scripture, Essays in Honour of John Christopher Thomas (Sheffield Phoenix)
Alaine Thomson Buchanan

Tucker Ferda, Daniel Frayer-Griggs, and Nathan C. Johnson, eds., “To Recover What Has Been Lost”: Essays on Eschatology, Intertextuality, and Reception History in Honor of Dale C. Allison Jr. (Brill)
William R. G. Loader

John Frederick, The Ethics of the Enactment and Reception of Cruciform Love: A Comparative Lexical, Conceptual, Exegetical, and Theological Study of Colossians 3:1–17 (Mohr Siebeck)
Philip J. Lowe

Drew N. Grumbles, YHWH Is There: Ezekiel’s Temple Vision as a Type (Wipf & Stock)
Andrea K. Di Giovanni

Christoph Heilig, The Apostle and the Empire: Paul’s Implicit and Explicit Criticism of Rome (Eerdmans)
Vien V. Nguyen

Jean-Baptiste Humbert, Alain Chambon, and Jolanta Mlynarczyk, The Archaeology of Qumran: Reassessment of the Interpretation; Peripheral Constructions of the Site; Qumran Terracotta Oil Lamps (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht)
Alan H. Cadwallader

Douglas E. Oakman, The Radical Jesus, the Bible, and the Great Transformation (Cascade)
Christopher B. Zeichmann

John D. Schwandt, An Introduction to Biblical Greek: A Grammar with Exercises (Lexham)
David H. Warren

Pieter G. R. de Villiers and Annette B. Merz, eds., Power in the New Testament (Peeters)
Clarissa Breu