Dec 10, 2016

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.

Garrick V. Allen, Ian Paul, and Simon P. Woodman, eds.
The Book of Revelation: Currents in British Research on the Apocalypse
Reviewed by by Hanna Stenström

John M. G. Barclay
Paul and the Gift
Reviewed by by Matthew V. Novenson

Jin Young Choi
Postcolonial Discipleship of Embodiment: An Asian and Asian American Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Mark
Reviewed by by Chang Seon An
Reviewed by by Angela N. Parker

David A. Fiensy and James Riley Strange, eds.
Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods, Volume 1: Life, Culture, and Society
Reviewed by by Ralph K. Hawkins

John Paul Heil
1–3 John: Worship by Loving God and One Another to Live Eternally
Reviewed by by Chris S. Stevens

Else K. Holt and Carolyn J. Sharp, eds.
Jeremiah Invented: Constructions and Deconstructions of Jeremiah
Reviewed by by Marvin A. Sweeney

Siegfried Kreuzer
The Bible in Greek: Translation, Transmission, and Theology of the Septuagint
Reviewed by by W. Edward Glenny

Catherine L. McDowell
The ‘Image of God’ in the Garden of Eden: The Creation of Humankind in Genesis 2:5–3:24 in Light of the mis pi pit pi and wpt-r Rituals of Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt
Reviewed by by Andreas Schuele

Robert J. Myles and Caroline Blyth, eds.
Sexuality, Ideology and the Bible: Antipodean Engagements
Reviewed by by Rhiannon Graybill

Saul M. Olyan
Ritual Violence in the Hebrew Bible: New Perspectives
Reviewed by by Jeremiah W. Cataldo

Catherine Petrany
Pedagogy, Prayer and Praise: The Wisdom of the Psalms and Psalter
Reviewed by by Marco Pavan

Jang Ryu
Knowledge of God in Philo of Alexandria
Reviewed by by Gregory E. Sterling

Osvaldo D. Vena
Jesus, Disciple of the Kingdom: Mark’s Christology for a Community in Crisis
Reviewed by by John W. Fadden

Oda Wischmeyer
Liebe als Agape: Das frühchristliche Konzept und der moderne Diskurs
Reviewed by by Athanasios Despotis

Dec 8, 2016

Royal Priesthood

William Barrick discusses the royal priesthood here.

Dec 7, 2016

Latest Issue of Themelios

You can access the latest issue of Themelios either in PDF or Logos formats for free here.

Dec 6, 2016

The Gift of Tongues Project

Some might be interested in this new website that seeks to collect all ancient textual references to the gift of tongues.

HT: Roger Pearse

Dec 5, 2016

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.

Mary Ann Beavis and HyeRan Kim-Cragg
Reviewed by Bryan J. Whitfield

Lincoln Blumell and Thomas Wayment, eds.
Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents, and Sources
Reviewed by Geoffrey S. Smith

Stacy Davis
Haggai and Malachi
Reviewed by Hanna Tervanotko

Brian C. Dennert
John the Baptist and the Jewish Setting of Matthew
Reviewed by Brian LePort

Oliver Dyma, Stefanie-Ulrike Gulde-Karmann, and Dagmar Kühn, eds.
‘Der Herr des Himmels möge lang machen seine Tage und seine Jahre’: Religionsgeschichtliche Beiträge; Festschrift für Herbert Niehr zum 60. Geburtstag
Reviewed by Markus Witte

Markham J. Geller and Ludek Vacin
Healing Magic and Evil Demons: Canonical Udug-hul Incantations
Reviewed by Michael S. Moore

Elizabeth W. Goldstein
Impurity and Gender in the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by Thomas Kazen

Raimo Hakola
Reconsidering Johannine Christianity: A Social Identity Approach
Reviewed by Cornelis Bennema

Hugo Lundhaug and Lance Jenott
The Monastic Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices
Reviewed by Timothy Pettipiece

Iain Provan, V. Philips Long, and Tremper Longman III
A Biblical History of Israel
Reviewed by Aren Maeir

John Scheid
The Gods, the State, and the Individual: Reflections on Civic Religion in Rome
Reviewed by Jeffrey Brodd

James M. Scott
BACCHIUS IUDAEUS: A Denarius Commemorating Pompey’s Victory over Judea
Reviewed by G. Anthony Keddie

Kristi Upson-Saia, Carly Daniel-Hughes, and Alicia J. Batten, eds.
Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity
Reviewed by Janelle Peters

Cana Werman, ed.
From Author to Copyist: Essays on the Composition, Redaction, and Transmission of the Hebrew Bible in Honor of Zipi Talshir
Reviewed by Pieter de Vries

Sami Yli-Karjanmaa
Reincarnation in Philo of Alexandria
Reviewed by Justin M. Rogers

Dec 4, 2016

The Latest Southwestern Journal of Theology

The Fall 2016 issue pf the Southwestern Journal of Theology is available as a free PDF here.

Dec 3, 2016

The Reformation Commentary on Scripture: 1–2 Samuel, 1–2 Kings, and 1–2 Chronicles

Timothy George has some interesting tidbits here from the the forthcoming Reformation Commentary on Scripture, volume covering 12 Samuel, 12 Kings, and 12 Chronicles.

Dec 2, 2016

Recovering from a Sermonic Dud

Herschel York shares three helpful responses when one preaches a bad sermon here. I think number three is particularly important.

Free Audio: Paul House on Jeremiah

You can access free audio here of Nancy Guthrie talking with Paul house on teaching the book of Jeremiah.

Dec 1, 2016

Don't Avoid Reading Older Books

Wyatt Graham gives four reasons here.

Free Logos Book for December: How to Read Proverbs

The free Logos Book of the Month for December is How to Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman III. You can also purchase Longman's How to Read the Psalms for $1.99. For both offers you can go to the Logos' Free Book of Month page here.

Nov 30, 2016

How Is Your Greek and How Is Your Preaching?

Stephen McAlpine has some important thoughts here and here on the challenges that many pastors face in trying to balance the expectations placed on them by academics concerning the use of Greek and Hebrew and the realities of pastoral ministry.

Nov 26, 2016

Hipster Nativity Set?

Do we really need a hipster nativity set? Apparently, some think so. You can read about it here.


Nov 25, 2016

IVP's Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale

IVP is offering a number of titles at 50%-off for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is even better than the 45%-off at the just concluded ETS and SBL meetings. You can check out the sale here.

Video on Hebron

A 15-minute video on Hebron from a Jewish perspective can be seen here.

Nov 24, 2016

Peter Flint

I had seen several reports noting that Peter Flint had died but here is the first published confirmation that I could find. I have benefited greatly from his books and he always gave engaging lectures

Nov 23, 2016

Wallace on Romans, Corinthians, and Galatians Resources

Dan Wallace provides a brief annotated bibliography here of mostly commentaries on the books of Romans. 1-2 Corinthians, and Galatians.

Nov 22, 2016

Lament as Praise

I was glad to read the following comment by Christopher Wright regarding lament in general and lament psalms in particular.
"Is this not a bit surprising? Here we have a book that bears the title 'The Praises,' yet the largest group of 'Praises' are actually laments! This may seem contradictory to us, but that is because we unusually think of 'praise' only as something we do when we feel happy and joyful. But for Israel, praise was something far deeper than that. Praise could happen even in the darkest momentsin fact, especially in those darkest moments.

"For Israel, praising God meant recognizing God's reality and presence. Praise meant affirming that the LORD God of Israel is the one and only true and living God. Praised described the character of God and declared the acts of God. Praise was essentially, God-talk. Praise is to bow down in God's presence (no matter what the circumstances) and affirm, 'God is alive, and God is here, and God is like this, and God has done that.'"  

Christopher J. H. Wright, How to Preach and Teach the Old Testament for All Its Worth (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016), 237.

Nov 21, 2016

Jerusalem Temple Resource

This is a pretty cool website featuring the first century Jerusalem temple. You can access two videos here.

Nov 18, 2016

Ten Commandments Tablet

This article in the Daily Mail is one of the better articles on the ancient Ten Commandments tablet that was recently sold at auction.