Sep 27, 2008

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews that may be of interest from a Bible Exposition perspective include:

Craig D. Allert
A High View of Scripture? The Authority of the Bible and the Formation of the New Testament Canon
Reviewed by Garwood P. Anderson

Stephen Bertman
Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia
Reviewed by Aren M. Maeir

Michael J. Gorman
Reading Paul
Reviewed by Stephen Finlan

Joseph H. Hellerman
Jesus and the People of God: Reconfiguring Ethnic Identity
Reviewed by Vernon Robbins

Christophe Nihan
From Priestly Torah to Pentateuch: A Study in the Composition of the Book of Leviticus
Reviewed by Jeffrey Stackert

Barbara E. Reid
Taking up the Cross: New Testament Interpretations through Latina and Feminist Eyes
Reviewed by Mary J. Marshall

Bernard Renaud
«Proche est ton Nom»: De la révélation à l'invocation du Nom de Dieu
Reviewed by Jean-Paul Michaud

Joseph B. Soloveitchik; David Shatz, Joel B. Wolowelsky, and Reuven Ziegler, eds.
Abraham's Journey: Reflections on the Life of the Founding Patriarch
Reviewed by Dan W. Clanton Jr.

Sep 26, 2008

Dispensationalism and the New Covenant

Rodney Decker has posted a recently delivered paper entitled, "Why Do Dispensationalists Have Such a Hard Time Agreeing on the New Covenant." You can access it

Trier on Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture

Follow this
link to an interview with Daniel Trier concerning his book Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture published by Baker.

Sep 25, 2008

Hamilton on the Christology of the Old Testament

Jim Hamilton has
posted a link to a panel discussion that he was part of on the Christology of the Old Testament and several articles that he has written.

Link to the panel discussion audio here.

Article links:

The Seed of the Woman and the Blessing of Abraham,Tyndale Bulletin 58.2 (2007), 253-73.

The Messianic Music of the Song of Songs: A Non-Allegorical Interpretation,” Westminster Theological Journal 68 (2006) 331-45.

The Skull Crushing Seed of the Woman: Inner-Biblical Interpretation of Genesis 3:15,The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 10.2 (2006), 30-54.

Free Book Download: Essential Church

Some readers might be interested in this free book download of Thom and Sam Rainer's book Essential Church.
The book is based on a study of one-thousand so-called "church dropouts" who were interviewed about why they left. Their answers are quite surprising, having less to do with "losing their religion" and more about the desire for a community that isn’t made stale by simply maintaining the status quo.
To download the book you will have to submit your e-mail. Here is the link.

Why Learn New Testament Greek?

See Nijay Gupta's
post answering the question "Why Learn NT Greek?"

Sep 24, 2008

Messiah as a Hebrew Term

Claude Mariottini has a nice post on the Hebrew term Messiah read it

Sep 23, 2008

Moyise on Paul's Quotation of Scripture

Bruce Fisk has posted a link to Steve Moyise's paper entitled "Does Paul Respect the Context of His Scriptural quotations and Does it Matter?" The paper will be delivered at the SBL meeting in November. You can download the paper

Sep 22, 2008

Robert Yarbrough Interview

Christianity Today has posted a nice interview with Robert Yarbrough editor for the Baker Exegetical Commentary of the New Testament series, the author of 1-3 John in the BECNT series, and contributor to the ESV study Bible. The interview by Collin Hanson basically involves his work in the Epistles of John. Read it

Free Resources for Bible Study

website promoting the Archaeological Study Bible has apparently been out awhile. What I did not realize was that they have made a nice selection of pictures, charts, diagrams, and maps available for free. The materials are helpfully catagorized as Introduction, Old Testament, New Testament, and Maps and the OT and NT sections are further divided into books. Check it out here.

Sep 21, 2008

Top Five Commentaries on Ezra-Nehemiah

Ligonier Ministries has a list and discussion of their top five commentaries on Ezra-Nehemiah. I would replace the briefer works of Kidner and McConville with Blenkinsopp (OTL) and Thrtontveit (Int). I would also add Yamauchi (EBC) to the runners-up list. In any case, the top five Keith Mathison has listed are:

1. F. Charles Fensham -- The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament, 1983).
2. H.G.M. Williamson -- Ezra/Nehemiah (Word Biblical Commentary, 1985).
3. Derek Kidner. -- Ezra & Nehemiah (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries 1979).
4. Mervin Breneman -- Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (New American Commentary, 1993).
5. J. G. McConville -- Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther (Daily Study Bible, 1985).