Jan 22, 2011

Witherington on Readers and Literacy in the Ancient World

See this post by Ben Witherington on readers and literacy in the ancient world.

Three Reasons Not To Delegate

Delegating certain tasks is practically essential for those involved in ministry leadership. But David Murray (building on the work of Whitney Johnson) provides a helpful advice on when delegating should be avoided.


Jan 21, 2011

Interview With Frank Thielman

Matthew Montonini has a nice interview with Frank Thielman on his recent Ephesians commentary here.

Top Ten Systematic Theology Books

C. Michael Patton has a good discussion of his top ten systematic theology recommendations here.

David Allen on Text-Driven Preaching

See Michael Duduit's interview of David Allen on text-driven preaching here. The interview relates to a book that David co-edited entitled Text-Driven Preaching.

Jan 20, 2011

Applicational Faux Pas

See this post on some of the challenges and mistakes made in application.

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews that may be of interest from a Bible Exposition perspective include:

Elie Assis
Flashes of Fire: A Literary Analysis of the Song of Songs
Reviewed by Francis Landy
Athalya Brenner and Frank H. Polak, eds.
Performing Memory in Biblical Narrative and Beyond
Reviewed by Ovidiu Creanga
Harry T. Fleddermann
Q: A Reconstruction and Commentary
Reviewed by Leslie Robert Keylock
Chris Franke and Julia M. O'Brien, eds.
Aesthetics of Violence in the Prophets
Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer
A. R. George
Babylonian Literary Texts in the Schoyen Collection
Reviewed by Alan Lenzi
Harry A. Hoffner Jr.
Letters from the Hittite Kingdom
Reviewed by Ludek Vac韓
Brigitte Kahl
Galatians Re-imagined: Reading with the Eyes of the Vanquished
Reviewed by Eric Noffke
Reinhard G. Kratz and Hermann Spieckermann, eds.
Divine Wrath and Divine Mercy in the World of Antiquity
Reviewed by Michael S. Moore
J. Gordon McConville and Stephen Williams
Reviewed by Ernst Axel Knauf
Eckart Otto
Die Tora: Studien zum Pentateuch: Gesammelte Schriften
Reviewed by Reinhard Achenbach
Stanley E. Porter and Matthew Brook O'Donnell, eds.
The Linguist as Pedagogue: Trends in the Teaching and Linguistic Analysis of the Greek New Testament
Reviewed by Buist M. Fanning

Daniel A. Smith
Revisiting the Empty Tomb: The Early History of Easter
Reviewed by Tony Costa
Gregory E. Sterling and David T. Runia, eds.
The Studia Philonica Annual: Studies in Hellenistic Judaism, Volume XX
Reviewed by James E. Bowley
Eugene Ulrich, ed.
The Biblical Qumran Scrolls: Transcriptions and Textual Variants
Reviewed by Aaron D. Rubin

Jan 19, 2011

Barna: Six Megatrends Changing Christianity

See this article on six megatrends changing Christianity according to the Barna Group.

Jan 18, 2011

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews that may be of interest from a Bible Exposition perspective include:

Alejandro F. Botta and Pablo R. Andiñach, eds.
The Bible and the Hermeneutics of Liberation
Reviewed by Jeremy Punt

François Bovon
New Testament and Christian Apocrypha: Collected Studies II
Reviewed by Christopher R. Matthews

Athalya Brenner, Archie Chi Chung Lee, and Gale A. Yee, eds.
Reviewed by John Anderson

Gregg Gardner and Kevin L. Osterloh, eds.
Antiquity in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Pasts in the Greco-Roman World
Reviewed by Matthew W. Mitchell

E. Grypeou and H. Spurling, eds.
The Exegetical Encounter between Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity
Reviewed by Judith M. Lieu

Olav Hammer, ed.
Alternative Christs
Reviewed by Brent Landau

Thomas Holsinger-Friesen
Irenaeus and Genesis: A Study of Competition in Early Christian Hermeneutics
Reviewed by Ludger Schwienhorst-Schönberger

Aren M. Maeir and Pierre de Miroschedji, eds.
"I Will Speak the Riddles of Ancient Times": Archaeological and Historical Studies in Honor of Amihai Mazar on the Occasion of His Sixtieth Birthday
Reviewed by Gilbert Lozano

Hilary Marlow
Biblical Prophets and Contemporary Environmental Ethics
Reviewed by Norman Habel

Steven L. McKenzie
Introduction to the Historical Books: Strategies for Reading
Reviewed by Patrick Russell

Juha Pakkala and Martti Nissinen, eds.
Houses Full of All Good Things: Essays in Memory of Timo Veijola
Reviewed by Carly Crouch

Lorenzo Scornaienchi
Sarx und Soma bei Paulus: Der Mensch zwischen Destruktivität und Konstruktivität
Reviewed by Christof Landmesser

Mark S. Smith
God in Translation: Deities in Cross-Cultural Discourse in the Biblical World
Reviewed by Christopher B. Hays

Peter S. Williamson
Reviewed by Markus Lang

Joel Willitts
Matthew's Messianic Shepherd-King: In Search of 'The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel'
Reviewed by Don Garlington

Ten Commandments for Churches Seeking Pastors

See this article listing ten commandments for churches seeking pastors and other church leaders.The ten commandments are drawn from Chris Brauns' book When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search.

Jan 17, 2011

Jonah Like You've Never Heard It Before

I'm not sure what to say. Just watch.

HT. Mark Massey

Pre-Seminary Reading Recommendations

Nathan Finn has some helpful advice for those who are thinking about or planning to go to seminary.

Jan 16, 2011

The Fourteen Generations in Matthew's Presentation of Jesus' Genealogy

I am currently working through Robert Gundry’s Commentary on the New Testament (Hendrickson, 2010) for an upcoming journal review. Concerning Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew’s Gospel, Gundry writes,

“That Matthew constructs three sets of fourteen also corresponds to the spelling of David’s name in Hebrew with three consonants and puts triple emphasis on Jesus’ Davidic ancestry. So the first set ended with royal power (‘David the king’), the second with loss of royal power (‘the deportation to Babylon’), and the third with a revival of royal power (‘the Christ’)” (p. 3).

The idea that Matthew uses fourteen generations to correspond to the spelling of David’s name is nothing new, but I am intrigued with Gundry’s other suggestion that the fourteens also serve to emphasize royal power established, lost, and revived is intriguing.