Aug 21, 2010

Varner on Psalm 23

I posted a link to William Varner's thoughts on Psalm 22 the other day. Varner now follows that post with a post on Psalm 23. I was struck by the following comment on this well-known psalm.

"Although Psalm 23 is often read at funerals, its message applies to the days of your life right now (v. 6). The Savior who died for you also lives for you and cares for you, the way a shepherd cares for the sheep (John 10:1-18). If you can say, “The LORD is my Shepherd,” you can also say, “'I shall not want:'”

Blomberg on James 3:1

See this
post by Craig Blomberg on James 3:1.

Aug 20, 2010

A Cry of Dereliction?

See this
post by Larry Hurtado on Jesus' so-called "Cry of Dereliction": “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt 27:46; Mark 13:34). But this is not exactly new. See this post.

Creative Options for Expository Preaching

See Peter Mead's helpful list of creative options for preaching an expositional series here.

Aug 19, 2010

Varner on Psalm 22

See this
post by William Varner on Psalm 22.

Aug 18, 2010

Latest Issue of Themelios

The latest issue of
Themelios (35:2) is now available as a pdf here. The articles are:

  1. Carl Trueman | Minority Report: Not in the Public Interest
  2. Fred G. Zaspel | B. B. Warfield on Creation and Evolution
  3. Denny Burk | Why Evangelicals Should Ignore Brian McLaren: How the New Testament Requires Evangelicals to Render a Judgment on the Moral Status of Homosexuality
  4. Biblical Theology and the Ancient Near East: A Symposium on Jeffrey J. Niehaus, Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology
    1. Stephen Dempster | A Member of the Family or a Stranger? A Review Article of Jeffrey J. Niehaus, Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology
    2. William Edgar | Parallels, Real or Imagined? A Review Article of Jeffrey J. Niehaus, Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology
    3. Jeffrey J. Niehaus | How to Write—and How Not to Write—a Review: An Appreciative Response to Reviews of Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology by Dempster and Edgar
  5. D. A. Carson | Pastoral Pensées: Motivations to Appeal to in Our Hearers When We Preach for Conversion
  6. Book Reviews

Sinai as Temple

See this
post on the possible presentation of Mount Sinai as a tripartite temple.

The Merneptah Stele

See Todd Bolen's post on the Merneptah Stele.

Aug 17, 2010

Bridging the Gap Between Seminary and Church

See Dustin Benge's post on bridging the gap between the seminary and the church.

Increasing Food Portion Sizes in Depictions of the Lord's Supper

Here is an interesting article on how food portion sizes seem to be getting bigger in depictions of the Lord's Supper.

The Death of Herod Agrippa I in Acts and Josephus

I apparently missed this good
post by Todd Bolen last month addressing the death of Herod Agrippa I in Acts and Josephus.

Aug 16, 2010


Typology is a helpful way of acknowledging divinely-intended revelatory patterns in Scripture. Typology is also a legitimate way to read the Old Testament in light of the New. However, sometimes Christian interpreters can become so focused on a New Testament antitype that the meaning of the Old Testament passage on which the type is based is ignored or neglected. This is a fundamental error. Indeed, one could argue that in the progress of revelation, the contextual meaning of an Old Testament passage would have been recognized prior to its significance as a type. Furthermore, failure to interpret the Old Testament type in its original context will likely mean that the full significance of the New Testament antitype will be missed as well. As John Feinberg notes,

“The matter of typology can be summarized as follows: (1) a type must have meaning in its own context; (2) the meaning of the type in its own context is essential for a type/antitype relationship (otherwise we have an example of a parable or perhaps an allegory, but not an example of typology); and (3) ignoring items 1 and 2 threatens the very integrity of the Old Testament.”

John S. Feinberg, “Salvation in the Old Testament,” in Tradition and Testament: Essays in Honor of Charles Lee Feinberg (Chicago: Moody, 1981), 47.

Aug 15, 2010

"What's Love Got to Do With it": Another Hays' Quote on 1 Corinthians 13

"The first task for the interpreter of 1 Corinthians 13 is to rescue the text from the quagmire of romantic sentimentality in which popular piety has embedded it. The common use of this text in weddings has linked it in the minds of many with flowers and kisses and frilly wedding dresses. Such images are far removed from Paul's original concerns. He did not write about agape in order to rhapsodize about marriage; he was writing about the need for mutual concern and consideration within the community of the church, with special reference to the use of spiritual gifts in worship. It may be legitimate to appropriate his words in another context to speak of the love that binds man and woman in marriage, but only if we are clear about the hermeneutical transfer that we are performing when we do that. Most members of our congregations will find their thoughts about love challenged and sharpened if they are invited to reflect in a sustained way about the connection between 1 Corinthians 13 and its original historical context. The passage is originally an impassioned vision of the ‘more excellent way’ in which members of the Corinthian church should treat one another."

Richard B. Hays, First Corinthians, Interpretation (Louisville: John Knox, 1997), 231.