Aug 14, 2010
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews that may be of interest from a Bible Exposition perspective include:
Steven L. Bridge
Getting the Old Testament: What It Meant to Them, What It Means for Us
Reviewed by Robert Wallace
Robert R. Cargill
Qumran through (Real) Time: A Virtual Reconstruction of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Reviewed by Eibert Tigchelaar
Frances Flannery, Colleen Shantz, and Rodney A. Werline, eds.
Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity
Reviewed by David Maas
Greg Schmidt Goering
Wisdom's Root Revealed: Ben Sira and the Election of Israel
Reviewed by Ibolya Balla
Joel B. Green, ed.
Methods for Luke
Reviewed by Stephan Witetschek
Bernd Janowski, Bernhard Greiner, and Hermann Lichtenberger, eds.
Opfere deinen Sohn! Das 'Isaak-Opfer' in Judentum, Christentum und Islam
Reviewed by Paul Sanders
Edith Lubetski and Meir Lubetski, eds.
The Book of Esther: A Classified Bibliography
Reviewed by Mayer I. Gruber
What Did the Ancient Israelites Eat? Diet in Biblical Times
Reviewed by Raz Kletter
Mark S. Smith and Wayne T. Pitard
The Ugaritic Baal Cycle: Volume 2: Introductioni with Text, Translation and Commentary of KTU/CAT 1.3-1.4
Reviewed by Frank H. Polak
Roger E. Van Harn and Brent A. Strawn
Psalms for Preaching and Worship: A Lectionary Commentary
Reviewed by Hallvard Hagelia
Aug 13, 2010
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Aug 9, 2010
I recently wrapped up a twenty-hour exposition of the Book of Jeremiah. Although I have taught surveys of this book, this was my first detailed exposition of the book. As I think through this experience here are five reflections.
1. I found the narrative sections easier to exposit than the prophetic oracles. This may not at first seem all that revelatory, but narratives can be tricky, especially by way of application. The narratives related to the symbolic acts (e.g., the visit to the potter's house) are helped by the fact that the purpose and/or the meaning is given.
2. I think that I would have been better served to spend a bit more time on the front end discussing some recurrent phrases (e.g., "sword, famine, and plague," used around twenty times in the book) and some difficult concepts (e.g., the imprecatory statements).
3. I struggled more than I expected with identifying the person speaking (the prophet, God, the city, the people, the invaders, etc.) in a given oracle. Knowing Hebrew is of some help here, but there are still a number of places where it is ambiguous.
4. Working through the book again has led me to the conclusion that there were at least three recurring sins committed by Judah: (1) rejecting God's Person (idolatry), (2) rejecting God's presence (social injustice), and (3) rejecting God's power (relying on foreign nations rather that the Lord for protection).
5. Working through the book again also helped clarify that Judah failed to remember three important facts involving the past, present, and future: (1) Past: Judah failed to remember what God had done for them (e.g., the Exodus, Conquest), (2) Present: Judah failed to remember that keeping covenant was the responsibility of every generation, and (3) Future: Judah failed to remember that the covenant curses (Deut 28–29) would be a future reality for breaking covenant.
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