Apr 4, 2009
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews that may be of interest from a Bible Exposition perspective include:
Piotr Bienkowski, Christopher Mee, and Elizabeth Slater, eds.
Writing and Ancient Near Eastern Society: Papers in Honour of Alan R. Millard
Reviewed by Raymond Person
Gerald L. Borchert
Worship in the New Testament: Divine Mystery and Human Response
Reviewed by Tony Costa
Thomas L. Brodie
Proto-Luke: The Oldest Gospel Account: A Christ-Centered Synthesis of Old Testament History Modelled Especially on the Elijah-Elisha Narrative
Reviewed by Gerbern S. Oegema
Stephanie Lynn Budin
The Myth of Sacred Prostitution in Antiquity
Reviewed by Mayer Gruber
Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer
Die Gerechtigkeit der Tora im Reich des Messias: Mt 5,13-20 als Schlüsseltext der matthäischen Theologie
Reviewed by Stephan Witetschek
The Arrogance of Nations: Reading Romans in the Shadow of Empire
Reviewed by Glenn E. Snyder
Reviewed by Graydon F. Snyder
Reviewed by Ben Witherington III
Weston W. Fields
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Short History
Reviewed by Eric F. Mason
The Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy, Second Timothy, and Titus
Reviewed by Matthew D. Montonini
Joseph A. Fitzmyer
First Corinthians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
Reviewed by Anthony C. Thiselton
Matthew E. Gordley
The Colossian Hymn in Context: An Exegesis in Light of Jewish and Greco-Roman Hymnic and Epistolary Conventions
Reviewed by Vincent Pizzuto
Wouter J. Hanegraaf, ed.
Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism
Reviewed by David E. Aune
Edith M. Humphrey
And I Turned to See the Voice: The Rhetoric of Vision in the New Testament
Reviewed by Greg Carey
Die Zehn Gebote
Reviewed by Paul Sanders
Andreas J. Kostenberger and Scott R. Swain
Father, Son and Spirit: The Trinity and John's Gospel
Reviewed by Mary Coloe
Oded Lipschits, Gary N. Knoppers, and Rainer Albertz, eds.
Judah and the Judeans in the Fourth Century B.C.E.
Reviewed by Allen Kerkeslager
Linda M. MacCammon
Liberating the Bible: A Guide for the Curious and Perplexed
Reviewed by Martin Meiser
Anthropologie im Neuen Testament
Reviewed by Christoph Stenschke
Source and Revision in the Narratives of David's Transfer of the Ark: Text, Language, and Story in 2 Samuel 6 and 1 Chronicles 13, 15-16
Reviewed by Terrance A. Clarke
Eric A. Seibert
Subversive Scribes and the Solomonic Narrative: A Rereading of 1 Kings 1-11
Reviewed by Ralph K. Hawkins
Apr 3, 2009
Hall Harris has a good post on the challenges of translating singular nouns and plural verbs. This is an excellent example of the difficulties of translating and one reason I am so appreciative of those who do it well and allow me to benefit through their work.
See this post for Scot Mcknight's recommendations concerning commentaries on Luke. He lists
Joel Green, The Gospel of Luke (New International Commentary on the New Testament)
Darrell Bock, Luke (2 vols.) (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)
John Nolland,Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 35a, Luke 1:1-9:20 .
Joseph Fitzmyer, The Gospel According to Luke I-IX: Introduction, Translation, and Notes (The Anchor Bible, Vol. 28).
These are solid recommendations.
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Mar 30, 2009
Rodney Decker has made one of his doctoral papers available:
A History of Interpretation of “That Which Is Perfect” (1 Cor 13:10) with Special Attention to the Origin of the “Canon View”
This looks intriguing.
Keith Mathison Ligonier Ministries has a list and discussion of his top five commentaries on Daniel at the Ligonier Ministries blog. In evaluating this list I am somewhat hindered by the fact that I have not interacted with the commentaries by Lucas or Duguid. But, I would suggest that the top five should include S. Miller's commentary in the New American Commentary series and Goldingay in the Word series. Some more conservative interpreters might have problems with Goldingay, especially on introductory matters, but his interaction with the text itself is quite good. As far as the best overall, general commentary I would give the nod to Miller. That being said, I would probably bump Young and Ferguson out of the top five and into the Runners Up category. In the Runners Up category I would add Archer (EBC), L. Wood, D. Pentecost (BKC). In any case, the Mathison’s top five are:
1. E.J. Young -- Daniel (1949).
2. Iain M. Duguid -- Daniel (Reformed Expository Commentary, 2008).
3. Sinclair Ferguson -- Daniel (The Preacher's Commentary, 2002).
4. Tremper Longman III -- Daniel (NIV Application Commentary, 1999).
5. Ernest Lucas -- Daniel (Apollos Old Testament Commentary, 2002).
Mar 29, 2009
John Walton has posted on the topic of the tabernacle and how it compares to other ancient Near Eastern temples. While such comparisons are interesting and perhaps valid, it is important to keep in mind that the tabernacle was designed by God (which Walton acknowledges) and that it was not patterned after earthly structures but a heavenly one (Heb 9).