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Jun 17, 2009
One of the challenges of taking the Jerusalem Council as a historical event is Paul’s apparent silence concerning it in his epistles, even when such a reference might be appropriate (e.g., his discussion of food sacrificed to idols; cf. 1 Cor 8:1––11:1; Acts 15:20, 29; 21:25) and even though Luke states the Paul was present at the Council and even carried its results to the church at Antioch. There are generally two broad approaches concerning this problem.
1. Some interpreters conclude that the Jerusalem Council was a Lukan creation and never actually happened. This view is generally unacceptable for conservative interpreters.
2. Other interpreters affirm the general historicity of the Jerusalem Council. In this position there are at least three variations. (1) The Jerusalem Council did occur, but contrary to Luke’s assertion, Paul was not there. Therefore, Paul does not refer to the decision of the Council either because he is unaware of it or that he does not feel bound by it since he was not present during the proceedings. (2) The Jerusalem Council was attended by Paul as Luke records, but he chooses to ignore the Council’s decision in his correspondence with
“As I have shown earlier, the most likely scenario is that, in his first visit to
“To sum up, I have shown that the arguments advanced against the historical accuracy of Luke’s account of the
I am very sympathetic to Chueng’s conclusions and his position on Paul’s perspective concerning idol food has been echoed by David Garland’s excellent 1 Corinthians commentary in the Baker Exegetical series.
Jun 16, 2009
Andy Nasselli has summarized a list by Dan Burrell, a former pastor, on ten things that your pastor probably wishes you knew about him. The ten are:
- Bible college and seminary weren’t enough.
- Good sermon preparation takes time.
- His family is important too.
- Be kind if you have a criticism.
- Give your pastor time to grow.
- Your pastor probably views you differently than you view him.
- Pastors sometimes find it difficult to have friendships.
- Your pastor may well be different out of the pulpit than when he’s in the pulpit and that doesn’t necessarily make him a hypocrite.
- Your pastor has bills too.
- Your pastor loves the work of the ministry.
Jun 15, 2009
Jun 14, 2009
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews that may be of interest from a Bible Exposition perspective include:
Roger David Aus
The Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus and the Death, Burial, and Translation of Moses in Judaic Tradition
Reviewed by James Crossley
Mark G. Brett
Decolonizing God: The Bible in the Tides of Empire
Reviewed by Roland Boer
L'évangile de la trahison: Une biographie de Judas
Reviewed by Stephan Witetschek
Chaim Cohen, Victor Hurowitz, Avi Hurvitz, Yochanan Muffs, Baruch Schwartz, and Jeffrey Tigay, eds.
Birkat Shalom: Studies in the Bible, Ancient Near Eastern Literature, and Postbiblical Judaism Presented to Shalom M. Paul on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday
Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer
Daniel K. Darko
No Longer Living as the Gentiles: Differentiation and Shared Ethical Values In Ephesians 4.17-6.9
Reviewed by William R. G. Loader
J. Harold Ellens, ed.
Miracles: God, Science, and Psychology in the Paranormal: Volume 1: Religious and Spiritual Events
Reviewed by Susanne Heine
Gene L. Green
Jude and 2 Peter
Reviewed by Peter H. Davids
Michael P. Knowles
We Preach Not Ourselves: Paul on Proclamation
Reviewed by H. H. Drake Williams III
Tremper Longman III and Peter Enns, eds.
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=6690
Reviewed by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton
Jerome H. Neyrey and Eric C. Stewart, eds.
The Social World of the New Testament: Insights and Models
Reviewed by Heather McKay
Leo G. Perdue
The Sword and the Stylus: An Introduction to Wisdom in the Age of Empires
Reviewed by Benjamin G. Wright III
Stanley E. Porter and Christopher D. Stanley, eds.
As It Is Written: Studying Paul's Use of Scripture
Reviewed by Rodrigo J. Morales
Tom Thatcher and Stephen D. Moore, eds.
Anatomies of Narrative Criticism: The Past, Present, and Futures of the Fourth Gospel as Literature
Reviewed by Steven Hunt
Peter T. Vogt
Deuteronomic Theology and the Significance of Torah: A Reappraisal
Reviewed by Trent C. Butler