Aug 27, 2011

C. K.. Barrett (1917-2011)

C. K. Barrett, the well-know New Testament scholar has passed away.

Ryken on the King James Bible

See Leland Rykan's tribute to the King James Bible in this Wall Street Journal article.

Aug 26, 2011

Dispensational Humor

C. Michael Patton has the "Top Ten reasons the Dispensationalist Did Not Cross the Road" here.

Reminder: Advanced Expository Preaching Conference

The Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop to be held September 26, 2011 in The Riley Center on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is now only a month away.

This conference is designed to assist pastors in mastering the techniques of preaching and will focus this year on Genesis 1–11.Speakers this year include Drs. Allen Ross, Paige Patterson, Matthew McKellar, and David Allen.

Registration is $25 for all participants and includes lunch. For more information, please see this link, call 1-877-474-4769, or email

Overnight guest accommodations are available. Call 817-921-8800.

Handout on the Mishna

Simon Holloway has made a nice handout on the Mishna that he created available here as a PDF.

Aug 25, 2011

Eugene Nida (1915-2011)

Eugene Nida has died and the United Bible Societies has posted an obituary here. He was well-known primarily for his translation work and a lexicon that he worked on with J. P. Louw (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains).

HT: John Byron

Salvation in Hebrews

Marie Isaacs makes the following interesting observation concerning salvation in Hebrews:

"One of the striking features of Hebrews is that more often than not its author describes salvation in terms of place rather than time. Thus, the consummation of God's purposes, which in Jewish and New Testament tradition alike is predominantly expressed temporally as the age in which God's kingdom will be established, is depicted here spatially as a place: the promised land (3.7–4.11); the shrine's inner sanctum (6.2–10.18); and Mount Zion (12.18–24) – each location becoming a symbol of that most sacred of all space, heaven." 

Marie E. Isaacs, "Hebrews," in Early Christian Thought in its Jewish Context, ed. John Barclay and John Sweet (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), 146.

Aug 24, 2011

Consecutive Expository Preaching

David Murray has a good post on the advantages and pitfalls to avoid in practicing consecutive expository preaching here.

Aug 23, 2011


See this article on ancient Nineveh and modern attempts to preserve it.

Neglecting the Greek New Testament

"One of the most heart-breaking and deplorable things in the 2000 years of church history, is the almost universal neglect by preachers, of the Greek New Testament, with the consequent impoverishment of its message. What a wealth of truth the church has missed in all these years, hidden away back there in the Greek text. Only the one who has fallen in live with the Greek New Testament, only the one who has tasted of its riches, can appreciate the loss involved in its neglect. As the apostasy grows, and the darkness of this age grows deeper, it behooves those servants of God who have a knowledge of Greek, to make the best use of their Greek New Testaments. Thus, the light of the gospel will become more intense and will pierce the surrounding darkness with a brighter beam, lighting many a ship-wrecked sailor on the vast ocean of human life, to the haven of rest, even the Lord Jesus. The Greek New Testament blazed the way for the Reformation, and pierced the spiritual darkness of the middle ages, lighting up the whole of Europe. The Word of God will glow with a great brilliance in the pulpit of any pastor who is a student of that Book of books."

Kenneth S. Wuest and revised by Donald L. Wise, The Practical Use of the Greek New Testament, Revised ed. (Chicago: Moody, 1982), 114.

Aug 22, 2011

Some Resources on Biblical Chronology

The most recent edition of the Associates for Biblical Research Newsletter contains a link to some chronology resources written by Rodger Young. You can access the resources here.

Aug 21, 2011

Wallace on Mark 2:26

Dan Wallace has a fairly thorough post on the problems associated with the reference to Abiathar in Mark 2:26 here.