Aug 23, 2008
Elliott Masie has produced an e-book entitled My Most Memorable Teacher (or Trainer). In this book he records over 750 responses to the simple question "Who is your most memorable teacher (or Trainer)."
According to Masie, the responses to his question suggest that the most powerful characteristics of a memorable teacher are:
They were demanding of us,
They were highly accessible,
They were passionate about their content,
They were different or creative,
They were great storytellers,
They added context and relevance to their content,
and They believed in my ability to learn.
Surely there is something to learn here for all of us who are involved in the task of communicating God's Word.
You can download the entire book for free here.
Aug 22, 2008
See Phil Sumpter's brief review of Christopher Wright's Old Testament Ethics for the People of God. I interacted with this book several years ago and I believe that Wright has provided a helpful way of making sense of the ethical material in the Old Testament. You can read Sumpter's evaluation here.
Aug 21, 2008
Ligonier Ministries has a list and discussion of their top five commentaries on 1-2 Kings.The list is good. However, I would not have Davis at number one and Walsh (1 Kgs) and Cohn (2 Kgs) both in the Berit Olam series belong in the top five. A recent work by Marvin Sweeney (OTL) looks promising, but I have not really interacted with it. To the runners-up list I would add Patterson and Austel (EBC). In any case, the top five Keith Mathison has listed are:
1. Dale Ralph Davis -- 1 Kings, 2 Kings (Focus on the Bible, 2002, 2005).
2. Paul R. House -- 1, 2 Kings (New American Commentary, 1995).
3. Iain W. Provan. -- 1 and 2 Kings (New International Biblical Commentary, 1995).
4. Donald J. Wiseman -- 1 & 2 Kings (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, 1993).
5. Mordechai Cogan (and Hayim Tadmor) -- 1 Kings, 2 Kings (Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries, 2001, 1988).
Aug 20, 2008
Several weeks ago I posted several items on the so-called "Messiah Stone." See here and here. Now you can read Walt Kaiser's take on the "Messiah Stone" or what he is calling the "Dead Sea Scroll in Stone." See it here.
Aug 19, 2008
Kar Yong has noted that a series of three lectures by Ben Witherington III given at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary on the theme "What Have They Done with Jesus," has been posted at the Gordon-Conwell website.
Lecture 1: What Have They Done With Jesus?
Lecture 2: The Talpiot Tomb - The Family Tomb of Jesus?Lecture 3: The Jesus History and the Pseudo-Christ of Gnosticism
Aug 18, 2008
Aug 17, 2008
Ligonier Ministries has a list and discussion of their top five commentaries on 1-2 Samuel.The list is good. However, I would replace Davis with either Bergen or Robert Gordon in the first slot and one probably needs to have McCarter in the top five. I have not personally worked through much of Tsumura, but what I have used has been solid. I would also suggest that Fokklemann and Hertzberg (OTL) deserve a place among the runners-up list. In any case, the top five they have listed are:
1. Dale Ralph Davis -- 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel (Focus on the Bible, 2000, 2002).
2. David T. Tsumura -- The First Book of Samuel (New International Commentary on the Old Testament, 2007).
3. Ronald F. Youngblood. -- "1 & 2 Samuel" (Expositor's Bible Commentary, 1984).
4. Joyce Baldwin -- 1 & 2 Samuel (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, 1988).
5. Bill T. Arnold -- 1 & 2 Samuel (NIV Application Commentary, 2003).