Aug 1, 2009
Jul 31, 2009
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews that may be of interest from a Bible Exposition perspective include:
1 Samuel: A Narrative Commentary
Reviewed by Tim Bulkeley
J. Bretschneider, J. Driessen, and K. van Lerberghe, eds.
Power and Architecture: Monumental Public Architecture in the Bronze Age Near East and Aegean
Reviewed by Aren Maeir
Adela Yarbro Collins and John J. Collins
King and Messiah as Son of God: Divine, Human, and Angelic Messianic Figures in Biblical and Related Literature
Reviewed by Stephen Reed
This Strange Story: Jewish and Christian Interpretation of the Curse of Canaan from Antiquity to 1865
Reviewed by David M. Whitford
Michael B. Dick
Reading the Old Testament: An Inductive Introduction
Reviewed by George C. Heider
Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Andrea L. Weiss, eds.
The Torah: A Women's Commentary
Reviewed by Yael Shemesh
Das Angesicht JHWHs: Studien zu seinem höfischen und kultischen Bedeutungshintergrund in den Psalmen und in Exodus 32-34
Reviewed by Mark W. Hamilton
Brad E. Kelle and Frank Ritchel Ames, eds.
Writing and Reading War: Rhetoric, Gender, and Ethics in Biblical and Modern Contexts
Reviewed by Pierre Johan Jordaan
Christ and Caesar: The Gospel and the Roman Empire in the Writings of Paul and Luke
Reviewed by Warren Carter
Tat-siong Benny Liew
What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament
Reviewed by Jae Won Lee
The Myth of the Lost Gospel
Reviewed by Sarah E. Rollens
Paul's Rhetoric in 1 Corinthians 10:29b-30
Reviewed by Mark A. Jennings
James W. Thompson
Reviewed by Alan C. Mitchell
Jason A. Whitlark
Enabling Fidelity to God: Perseverance in Hebrews in Light of Reciprocity Systems in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Reviewed by Ryan D. Chivington
Jul 30, 2009
Here is a nice quote from David Peterson’s just released commentary on Acts:
“However, Acts 15 is to imply commending a particular process of decision-making and the ideal of a community united in discovering and applying the will of God. Subtly and surely, Luke uses the apostles’ statements to shape a new definition of ‘the people of God’ as one based on messianic faith rather than on ethnic origin or ritual observance. Here we find an important manifestation of the church as entity involving local congregations in partnership, working together to maintain the truth of God’s word and promote the work of the gospel. The Jerusalem Council makes the gospel of salvation by faith alone the key to defining the true nature of this church, which involves Jewish and Gentile believers together. At the same time, there is further reflection on the role of the law in the new community created through faith in Christ.”
David G. Peterson, The Acts of the Apostles, Pillar New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2009), pp. 442–3.
Jul 29, 2009
Ironside was not a dazzling preacher; he did not aim to be sensational. He stepped into the pulpit with exclamation points, not question marks. A generation of preachers that has tried every gimmick available to get people’s attention would do well to become acquainted with Harry Ironside and to learn afresh the meaning of living by faith and preaching the Word of God in simplicity and love.
Jul 28, 2009
Here is a quote from an older work as part of my ongoing study in Acts in general and the Jerusalem Council in particular.
John Pilkington Norris, A Key to the Narrative of the Acts of the Apostles (London: Rivingtons, 1871), 74.
I am not sure that Norris is right given Acts 21:25, but the issue of 1 Corinthians is problematic. See this earlier post.
Jul 27, 2009
Some readers might find this website created to track the progress of a creation of a Torah scroll, a project expected to take eighteen months, by Rabbi Avraham Bloomenstiel. The website contains several short videos explaining some of the intricacies of creating the Hebrew letters.
Jul 26, 2009
Timothy Wiarda identifies three models for those “who share a belief that the Jerusalem Council offers a paradigm that may be followed today by those who develop theology to guide the church.”
1. The council as a model of contextualization.
2. The Council as a model for Spirit-led community interpretation of Scripture.
3. The Council as a pattern for a bimodal authority structure (Scripture and Tradition).
4. The Council as an example of canonical conversations (intramural discussions related to theological diversity).
5. The Council as a precedent for theological decision-making based on a concept of progressive revelation.
Timothy Wiarda, The Jerusalem Council and the Theological Task, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 46 (2003): 233–43.