Apr 30, 2011

Making Scripture or Reference Indexes in Word

See this helpful post for making Scripture or reference indexes in Word.

Witherington on Honor, Shame, and Apostolic Life

Ben Witherington III has posted an excerpt from his forthcoming socio-rhetorical commentary on Philippians in which he deals with honor, shame, and apostolic Life. You can read it here.

Apr 29, 2011


Earlier this month I posted a link to Louis McBride's challenge of the idea that the Hinnom Valley, or Gehenna, was a first century garbage dump (see here). Since that time, several bloggers have picked up the discussion. Todd Bolen has now provided a helpful survey of scholars who have questioned the garbage dump story. You can read it here .

Proverbs on Money and Possessions

See this post by Kevin DeYoung.

Clarity as a Virtue

See Mike Wittmer's post on "The Charity of Clarity."


Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.

Francesco Cocco
Sulla Cattedra di Mosè: La legitimazione del potere nell'Israele post-esilico (Nm 11; 16)
Reviewed by Donatella Scaiola
Joel B. Green, ed.
Methods for Luke
Reviewed by Robert M. Fowler
Knut Holder and Louis C. Jonker, eds.
Global Hermeneutics? Reflections and Consequences
Reviewed by Susanne Scholz
Reviewed by Gerrie Snyman
Niko Huttunen
Paul and Epictetus on Law: A Comparison
Reviewed by Gitte Buch-Hansen
Rolf A. Jacobson, ed.
Soundings in the Theology of Psalms: Perspectives and Methods in Contemporary Scholarship
Reviewed by Beat Weber
Henning Graf Reventlow and Yair Hoffman, eds.
The Decalogue in Jewish and Christian Tradition
Reviewed by Michael Tilly
Christopher D. Stanley
The Hebrew Bible: A Comparative Approach
Reviewed by Bradford A. Anderson
Shemaryahu Talmon
Text and Canon of the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by James A. Sanders
Hans-Friedrich Weiss
Frühes Christentum und Gnosis: Eine rezeptionsgeschichtliche Studie
Reviewed by Ismo Dunderberg 

Apr 28, 2011

Thomas Constable

Today I attended a retirement reception for Dr. Thomas Constable, Senior Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary. This servant of the Lord is stepping down after forty-five years of ministry at the seminary. I count it a privilege to have had the opportunity to serve Dr. Constable as a grader and a graduate teaching assistant. But more importantly, it has been my honor to count him as a dear brother and friend.

Dr. Constable plans to focus his energies on writing and his growing online ministry (go here). If you have never used his notes, you are missing a great free resource.

Preaching Urban Legends

Trevin Wax has a nice post on oft-repeated urban legends used by preachers and teachers. I am guilty of sharing at least two of them.

Apr 27, 2011

Jesus and the Levitical High Priests in Hebrews

Justin Taylor has a nice table comparing and contrasting Jesus and the Levitical High Priests from the Book of Hebrews here.

Eight Benefits of Historical Theology

See this post.

Apr 26, 2011

Benefits of Expository Preaching

The Crossway Blog lists six benefits of expository preaching here.

Apr 25, 2011

Quality Exegesis as a Moral Responsibility

See Phillip Long's post on quality exegesis.

Prayer in the Old and New Testament

I found the following quote from Christopher Seitz on the study of prayer in the Old and New Testament interesting.

"Any treatment of prayer in the Old Testament that is sensitive to its canonical shape and full scope, therefore, invites reflection from the very start on how such prayer functions in relation to prayer in the New Testament and as a datum for the Christian faith. Or, to change the architectural metaphor, prayer in the New Testament must be seen as fleshing out of a scaffolding that has already been fully raised and is intact in the scriptures of Israel."

Christopher R. Seitz, Figured Out: Typology and Providence (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001), 160.