Feb 21, 2009
Mark Dever's 9Marks website has free access to some nice audio interviews on interesting topics with some major players in Evangelicalism today. The interviewees include J. I. Packer, John MacArthur, Simon Garthercole, D. A. Carson, Kent Hughes, etc. You can access these interviews here.
Feb 20, 2009
Denny Burk has an interesting discussion on the implications or contributions of Exodus 3 to the issue of divine sovereignty and human freedom. Make sure to read the post carefully and the subsequent comments should be lively as well.
Feb 19, 2009
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews that may be of interest from a Bible Exposition perspective include:
Bill T. Arnold and Bryan E. Beyer
Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey
Reviewed by Elmer A. Martens
Gabriele Boccaccini, ed.
Enoch and the Messiah Son of Man: Revisiting the Book of Parables
Reviewed by Thomas J. Kraus
Mark J. Boda, Daniel K. Falk, and Rodney A. Werline, eds.
Seeking the Favor of God, Volume 2: The Development of Penitential Prayer in Second Temple Judaism
Reviewed by Carla Sulzbach
Victor A. Copan
Saint Paul as Spiritual Director: An Analysis of the Concept of the Imitation of Paul with Implications and Applications to the Practice of Spiritual Direction
Reviewed by V. Henry T. Nguyen
Sidnie White Crawford
Rewriting Scripture in Second Temple Times
Reviewed by Stephen A. Reed
David G. Horrell
Reviewed by Peter H. Davids
Martin Illert, ed.
Doctrina Addai; De imagine Edessena = Die Abgarlegende; Das Christusbild von Edessa
Reviewed by Ilaria L. E. Ramelli
Temba L. J. Mafico
Yahweh's Emergence as "Judge" among the Gods: A Study of the Hebrew Root Spt
Reviewed by Robert Wafawanaka
Les Actes des Apôtres (1-12)
Reviewed by Stephan Witetschek
Herman J. Selderhuis
Calvin's Theology of the Psalms
Reviewed by Mark Elliott
Ekkehard W. Stegemann; Christina Tuor-Kurth and Peter Wick, eds.
Paulus und die Welt
Reviewed by Jens Herzer
Graham H. Twelftree
In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism among Early Christians
Reviewed by David Frankfurter
Feb 18, 2009
Craig Blomberg, who has recently coauthored a commentary on James, has provided an annotated list of his top seven scholarly books (but not Commentaries) on James.
7. Luke L. Cheung, The Genre, Composition and Hermeneutics of James (
6. Robert L. Webb and John S. Kloppenborg, eds., Reading James with New Eyes: Methodological Reassessments of the Letter of James (
5. Lockett’s published version of that thesis, Purity and Worldview in the Epistle of James (
4. David H. Edgar, Has God Not Chosen the Poor? The Social Setting of the Epistle of James
3. Mark E. Taylor’s A Text-Linguistic Investigation into the Discourse Structure of James (
2. Hershel Shanks and Ben Witherington III, The Brother of Jesus: The Dramatic Story and Meaning of the First Archaeological Link to Jesus and His Family (
1. Elsa Tamez, The Scandalous Message of James: Faith Without Works is Dead (
Read the entire post with the annotations here.
Feb 17, 2009
Matthew Malcolm has a nice interaction with David Garland's view of the argument of 1 Corinthinas 8-10 (or perhaps 8:1-11:1). I have a lot of sympathy for Garland's view and although Malcom does not quite buy it all, he does a nice job of presenting it and interacting with it. You can read his post and my response here.
Feb 16, 2009
Matthew Malcolm asks, "Is Colossians also among the Hauptbriefe?" in a recent post. For those that may not be quite up on their theological German, Hauptbriefe is German for "main letters" and is used in biblical studies to refer to Galatians, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, both for their importance and for the fact that these epistles are genuinely Pauline. Malcolm for his part, and rightly so in my opinion, makes the case for Pauline authorship of Colossians, a book that critical scholars routinely reject as authentic. In any case, you can read Malcom's post here.
Feb 15, 2009
Keith Mathison Ligonier Ministries has a list and discussion of his top five commentaries on Jeremiah at the Ligonier Ministries blog. The list is okay, but I would place Mackay and Kidner in the Runners Up category, replacing them with
2. Jack R. Lundbom -- Jeremiah 1-20, Jeremiah 21-36, Jeremiah 37-52 (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries, 1999, 2004, 2004).
3. John L. Mackay -- Jeremiah 1-20, Jeremiah 21-52 (Mentor Commentary, 2004).
4. Tremper Longman -- Jeremiah, Lamentations (New International Biblical Commentary, 2008).
5. Derek Kidner -- The Message of Jeremiah (The Bible Speaks Today, 1987).