Mar 7, 2009
Mike Bird takes on the topic of perseverance and Hebrews 5:11-6:12. It is an interesting post, although I would take a bit of a different interpretation. Read Bird's post here.
Books & Culture has posted an article/review by Gary Burge of the work of Kenneth Bailey in general, and his recent book Jesus in Middle Eastern Eyes in particular. Burge is perhaps most well known for his work in Jesus' parables. I believe that Bailey's work merits more attention than he usually gets. But check out Burge's thoughts for yourself here.
Mar 6, 2009
Mar 5, 2009
Technology has enabled a number of seminaries and Bible colleges to offer classes online. This can be a great opportunity for those who are unable to move or find commuting difficult. But online courses can present its own set of challenges. Jake Belder at GoingtoSeminary.com has written a helpful piece on some of these challenges. I would echo Jake's points, having served as a graduate teaching assistant for online courses for several years.
Maer dos Santos has written an interesting post related to Harvey K. McArthur and Robert M. Johnston's book,They Also Taught in Parables: Rabbinic Parables from the First Centuries of the Christian Era. "The first part is a collection of selected parables of the תנאים (tannaim - the Rabbinic sages in the Mishnah from approximately 70-200 CE) and the second part comprised of essays on the nature of their parables and some comparisons with the parables of Jesus." Read the rest of the post here.
Mar 4, 2009
I just received my review copy of Perspectives on the Ending of Mark (thanks to Jim Baird at Broadman & Holman). The book consists of five chapters as noted below.
Chapter 1 — Mark 16:8 as the Conclusion to the Second Gospel (Daniel B. Wallace)
Chapter 2 —The Long Ending of Mark as Canonical Verity (Maurice A. Robinson)
Chapter 3 —The Last Twelve Verses of Mark: Original or Not? (J. Keith Elliott)
Chapter 4 —Mark 16:9–20 as Markan Supplement (David Alan Black)
Chapter 5 — The Ending of Mark: A Response to the Essays (Darrell L. Bock)
I will be reviewing this book shortly. In the meantime, you can access a sample chapter of the book here.
Alan Bandy has a helpful overview concerning the identity of the angelos in Revelation 2-3. This is a tough issue. I wrote a review of a commentary on Revelation several years ago in which the author's translated angelos in his translation of Revelation 2-3 with "angel," but stated in his comments that he believed that the angelos were human messengers.
Mar 3, 2009
Bill Mounce has posted on the difficulty of translating some Greek words and phrases. In particular, Mounce looks at Mark 5:7 and the optative me genoito (e.g., Luke 20:16; Rom 3:4). Read Mounce's post here.
Mar 2, 2009
Patrick Woods an M.Div. student at Truett Seminary at Baylor University has started a new blog dedicated to the Epistle of James. In a recent post, Woods interacts with Margaret Mitchell’s essay “The Letter of James as a Document of Paulinism” in Reading James With New Eyes (T & T Clark, 2007), edited by Robert Webb and John Kloppenborg and identifies the following possible options for Jmaes' relationship to Paul.
1. James and Paul were completely independent and any allegorical overlaps are mere coincidence.
2. James and Paul both reflect “Hellenistic Judaism” or “first generation Jewish [Christianity]” (without direct connection to one another).
3. Paul knew the Epistle of James and wrote against it in his letter(s), especially Galatians (and/or Romans).
4. James did not know Paul’s letters but had heard something (accurate) about Paul.
5. James did not know Paul’s letters but had heard something (inaccurate) about Paul.
6. James depends on the Pauline letters (especially Galatians, perhaps Romans) and writes against them because he understands how radical Paul’s teaching on justification was and wishes to combat it.
7. James depends on the Pauline letters (especially Galatians, perhaps Romans) and writes against them, but ‘misunderstands’ Paul’s true teaching on justification to combat it.8. The author of the Letter of James knows some collection of Paul’s letters, and writes from within Paulinism (rather than in opposition to Paul), creating a compromise document which has as one of its purposes reconciling ‘Paul with Paul’ and ‘Paul with the Pillars.’ This is Mitchell’s view.
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John Walton has posted on the possible ancient Near Eastern background to the designation "I Am Who I Am" in Exodus 3:14-15. You can raed Walton's post here.