Jan 17, 2009

Cohick on Roman Citizenship

Lynn Cohick, one of the coauthors of
The New Testanment in Antiquity, has a interesting post on Paul's Roman's citizenship. Cohicl argues that "it is possible that both his parents had been slaves, taken from the Jewish Homeland during one of its altercations with the Roman military machine. They were granted freedom and Roman citizenship, married, and could then bestow Roman citizenship on their son, Paul. If, however, Paul’s father was a citizen, but his mother was not, then their marriage was not licit, and Paul would have taken his mother’s status. As he was a Roman citizen, it is clear that his mother was a Roman citizen – we can only guess as to whether his father was as well."

You can read the entire post here.

Review of Biblical Literature Blog

Regular readers of this blog are awware of the fact that I often publish links to books that are reviewed in the
Review of Biblical Literature. Those of you who enjoy thoser reviews might be interested to know that RBL now has its own blog which can be accessed here.

Jan 16, 2009

Satirical Advice for Theological Students

Ben Myers has offered some funny theological satire in his "Advice for theological students: ten steps to a brilliant career." You can read it

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:

James W. Aageson
Paul, the Pastoral Epistles, and the Early Church
Reviewed by David J. Downs

Reinhard Achenbach, Martin Arneth, and Eckart Otto
Tora in der Hebräischen Bibel: Studien zur Redaktionsgeschichte und synchronen Logik diachroner Transformationen
Reviewed by Kent Reynolds

Bruce Chilton, ed.
The Cambridge Companion to the Bible
Reviewed by Douglas Estes

Naomi G. Cohen
Philo's Scriptures: Citations from the Prophets and Writings: Evidence for a Haftarah Cycle in Second Temple Judaism
Reviewed by Torrey Seland

James D. G. Dunn
The New Perspective on Paul
Reviewed by J. R. Daniel Kirk

Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd
The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition
Reviewed by Ken Olson

Tryggve N. D. Mettinger
The Eden Narrative: A Literary and Religio-historical Study of Genesis 2-3
Reviewed by Howard N. Wallace

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
St. Paul's Ephesus: Texts and Archaeology
Reviewed by Jonathan L. Reed

Kuo-Wei Peng
Hate the Evil, Hold Fast to the Good: Structuring Romans 12.1-15.1
Reviewed by Carl N. Toney

Emerson B. Powery, Brian K. Blount, Cain Hope Felder, and Clarice J. Martin, eds.
True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary
Reviewed by Gosnell Yorke

Ulrich Schmidt
"Nicht vergeblich empfangen"! Eine Untersuchung zum Zweiten Korintherbrief als Beitrag zur Frage nach der paulinischen Einschätzung des Handelns
Reviewed by Günter Röhser

Leonard J. Swidler
Jesus Was a Feminist: What the Gospels Reveal about His Revolutionary Perspective
Reviewed by Eve-Marie Becker
Reviewed by Kathleen E. Corley

Anthony C. Thiselton
Hermeneutics of Doctrine
Reviewed by Dirk J. Smit

Jan 15, 2009

D. A. Carson on Audio

There are now over four hundred audio recordings of D. A, Carson available as free downloads at the Gospel Coalition website. You can access these resources

What is the Word of God?

The latest edition of the Church Leaders Intelligence Report makes reference to a recent Harris poll that asked which religious texts are the "Word of God"? According to the poll, "Slender majorities of all adults believe all or most of the Old Testament (55%) and the New Testament (54%) are. Still, only 37% and 36% believe all of these texts are the Word of God. Interestingly, only 26% believe the Torah is the Word of God, even though it is the same as the first five books of the Old Testament."

Jan 14, 2009

Apocryphal Rope Tied to the High Priest's Ankle? Redux

I posted on the topic of the old idea that the high priest had a rope tied to his ankle before he went to minister into the temple before (you can access that post
here). Although this tradition has been referenced often both in pulpit and print, it appears to be rather late and almost likely apocryphal. See Todd Bolen's good post on the matter here.

Mounce on Greek Testament Versions

Mounce discusses some of the various options available for Greek New Testaments available for purchase. You can access the post

Online Septuagint Interlinear

Some might be interested in this online Septuagint interlinear that you can access here. Update: This link no longer works and I have not been able to locate another LXX interlinear.

If you want to access a Greek text you can try here or here.

Jan 13, 2009

New Testament Scholarship through One Hundred Years of Harvard Theological Review

Several blogs are discussing the article written by Helmut Koester on "New Testament Scholarship through One Hundred Years of Harvard Theological Review." I have not yet had the chance to read the article. In any case, the article is available as a pdf

Missiology Gateway

Rob Bradshaw has announced an exciting new project, a missiology (the study of missions) gateway. This gateway will host various resources related to missiology. You can read the announcement

Micah 5:2-4

Claude Mariottini continues his series on preaching from the Old Testament with a post on Micah 5:2-4. You can read it

Jan 12, 2009

A Good Reminder for Bible Teachers

Peter Beck writes, "I heard it in the Army. I heard it in advertising. I heard it in seminary. That old adage just won’t go away. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach." Go
here to read why Beck rightly thinks this adage is wrong.

Getting Theologically Humiliated

C. Michael Patton has posted on getting theologically humiliated. Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. Read Michael's post

Bandy on Seven Tips for Interpreting Symbols in the Apocalypse (Revelation)

Alan Bandy has posted seven tips for interpreting symbols in the Apocalypse, i.e. the book of Revelation. His seven tips are.

1. Recognize the symbolic imagery associated with the description of people and beings, colors, numbers, institutions, places, and events.

2. Look for interpretations of those symbols within the vision.

3. Determine if the symbol stems from an allusion to the Old Testament.

4. Compare it with other apocalyptic writings to see if it is a common symbol with a relatively standard meaning.

5. Look for any possible connections between the symbol and the cultural-historical

6. Consult scholarly treatments of the symbol in commentaries and other works.

7. Remain humble in your conclusions.

For a fuller explanation see the post here.

Jan 11, 2009

Sources for Biblically Related Art, Pictures, Music, and Video

Mark Hoffman has a helpful listing of sources for biblically related art, pictures, music, and video. You can access the list

Ph.D. in Spirituality

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will become first Protestant school to offer Ph.D. in spirituality. You can read the article