Jul 23, 2011

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.

Duane L. Christensen
Nahum: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
Reviewed by Donatella Scaiola

Pierre Gibert
L'invention critique de la Bible, XVe-XVIIIe Siècle: L'invention moderne de la critique du texte biblique
Reviewed by Jeffrey L. Morrow

Jo Ann Hackett
A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
Reviewed by George Athas

Ronald Hendel
Reading Genesis: Ten Methods
Reviewed by Matthias Millard

Dirk J. Human and Gert J. Steyn, eds.
Psalms and Hebrews: Studies in Reception
Reviewed by Steve Moyise

Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
Recovering the Unity of the Bible: One Continuous Story, Plan, and Purpose
Reviewed by Joel Stephen Williams

Ross Shepard Kraemer
Unreliable Witnesses: Religion, Gender, and History in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean
Reviewed by Gail Streete

Tremper Longman III
How to Read Exodus
Reviewed by Wolfgang Oswald

Maynard Paul Maidman
Nuzi Texts and Their Uses as Historical Evidence
Reviewed by Christopher Metcalf

Andreas Wagner
Gottes Körper: Zur alttestamentlichen Vorstellung der Menschengestaltigkeit Gottes
Reviewed by Mark W. Hamilton


Jul 22, 2011

DeYoung on Why Pastors Should Study Greek



World's First Question Mark?

See this Reuters article on the possible discovery of the first question mark in biblical manuscripts from the fifth century.

Latest Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

The June 2011 edition of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 54:2 is now out. The articles in this issue are as follows.

A Temple Framework of the Atonement . . . Adam Johnson

Hittites and Hethites: A Proposed Solution to an Etymological Conundrum . . . Bryant G. Wood

Fads and Common Sense: Reading Acts in the First Century and Reading Acts Today . . . Eckhard J. Schnabel

The Near Word of Christ and the Distant Visionof N. T. Wright . . . Mark Seifrid

What Is There between Minneapolis and St. Andrews? A Third Way in the Piper-Wright Debate . . . Michael F. Bird

Ethnocentric Legalism and the Justification of the Individual: Rethinking Some New Perspective Assumptions . . . Andrew Hassler

When a Christian sins: 1 Corinthians 10:13 and the Power of Contrary Choice in Relation to Compatibilist-Libertarian Debate . . . Paul A. Himes

John Calvin’s Movement from the Bible to Theology and Practice . . . Brian C. Dennert 

Jul 21, 2011

High Priest's Bell?

Leen Ritmeyer has a post on the possible discovery of one of the bells that may have been worn by the high priest during the Second Temple period. It is probably a bit early to be speculating too much, but it is interesting.

The Passages Exhibition

If you happen to be in or near the Oklahoma City area, you might be interested in the Passages exhibition hosted by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.running from May 16 to October 16, 2011. Here is the website.

In conjunction with "the 14,000-square-foot exhibition featuring some of the most rare biblical manuscripts, printed Bibles and historical items in the world. Some of the highlights include a Dead Sea Scroll text, ancient biblical papyri, illuminated manuscripts, early printed materials, a portion of the Gutenberg Bible and many first editions of the English Bible through the King James Version. "There will also be weekly guest lecturers including, but not limited tothe following:

July 26: Dr. Peter Flint, Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies, “The Contents and Challenges of the Dead Sea Biblical Scrolls”

Aug. 9: Dr. Edwin Yamauchi, Miami University (OH), “The Greatest Archaeological Discoveries and the Old Testament”

Aug. 23: Dr. Alister McGrath, King’s College (UK), “What Do William Tyndale and C.S. Lewis Have in Common?”

Oct. 11:Dr. Robert Cooley, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, “The Greatest Archaeological Discoveries and the New Testament”

Jul 20, 2011

The Hermeneutics of George Ladd

Michael Vlach has an interesting post on the hermeneutics of George Ladd, especially as it relates to the use of the Old Testament in the New.

How Much Text Should Your Preach?

Steve Holmes has a good post on how much text one should tackle in a sermon.

Preaching Hosea

See this article on preaching from the prophetic books, namely Hosea.

Jul 19, 2011

Creation and Evolution

Tim Challies has a good post on the significant biblical and theological issues at stake in the debate between the creation and evolution views.

Jul 17, 2011

The Significance of the 613 Commandments

Many Bible students know that there are supposedly 613 commandments in the Hebrew Scriptures. But less well known are the varied explanations (if any) for the number 613. See this article for some explanations. I am not sure I buy any of the explanations, but they were fun to read.

Biblical Illiteracy

Here is another article on the growing biblical illiteracy among Christians.