Jun 27, 2009
Glen Scrivner has a good reminder concerning the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). In part Glen writes, "I wanted the fruit not the Spirit. I wanted the fruit apart from the Spirit. Yet the fruit is fruit of the Spirit. It grows organically from a relationship with Him. Henceforward I prayed for the Spirit Himself." You can read the entire post here.
Jun 26, 2009
“The fact that Luke and Acts are addressed to Christian readers puts even more restrictions on contemporary free play of interpretation than their traditional character alone would require. All narratives have gaps in what is explicitly recounted, the filling of which is a major aspect of their interpretation. The gaps in Luke and Acts that are meant to be filled are gaps that would occur to Christian readers, and they are meant to be filled from a Christian perspective. The points of view of the text, both in its original setting and in its later context as part of the Christian Bible, are grounded in and express Christian faith. The most empathetic reading of the text would therefore ordinarily proceed from Christian faith and experience. Readers from many backgrounds and faiths can execute historical-critical methods to glean historical answers from the text or engage in literary analysis of the text, but reading Luke-Acts as biblical requires a biblical perspective and strong imaginative empathy for the Christian faith. Some obvious examples where faith facilitates filling biblical gaps in Luke concern Jesus' identity and accounts of providence or the miraculous, including Jesus' resurrection and relationship to God as his Father.”
William S. Kurz, Reading Luke-Acts: Dynamics of Biblical Narrative (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1993), 15.
Jun 25, 2009
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews that may be of interest from a Bible Exposition perspective include:
Stephen C. Barton, ed.
Idolatry: False Worship in the Bible, Early Judaism and Christianity
Reviewed by Markus Bockmuehl
Other Early Christian Gospels: A Critical Edition of the Surviving Greek Manuscripts
Reviewed by Stephen J. Patterson
A Pathway of Interpretation: The Old Testament for Pastors and Students
Reviewed by Danny Mathews
The Roman Empire and the New Testament: An Essential Guide
Reviewed by Pieter J. J. Botha
J. Harold Ellens
Sex in the Bible: A New Consideration
Reviewed by William R. G. Loader
The Metaphor of Shepherd in the Hebrew Bible: A Historical-Literary Reading
Reviewed by Claudia D. Bergmann
Jeffrey P. Greenman, Timothy Larsen, and Stephen R. Spencer, eds.
The Sermon on the Mount through the Centuries: From the Early Church to John Paul II
Reviewed by Charles H. Talbert
Philip A. Noss, ed.
A History of Bible Translation
Reviewed by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton
Der Tyroszyklus des Ezechielbuches
Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer
Martin A. Shields
The End of Wisdom: A Reappraisal of the Historical and Canonical Function of Ecclesiastes http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=5240
Reviewed by Harold C. Washington
H. G. M. Williamson
A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Isaiah 1-27: Volume 1: Commentary on Isaiah 1-5
Reviewed by Francis Landy