May 5, 2012

Apostolic Fathers

Jeremiah Bailey has a pretty good advice for those who want to the study of the Apostolic Fathers.

Paul's Thorn in the Flesh

John Byron has finally and definitively identified Paul's thorn in the flesh (2 Cor 12:7).

May 4, 2012

Pastors Forced Out

Christianity Today has an interesting study on the frequency and reasons that pastors are forced out of churches. You can read it here.


May 3, 2012

How Much Time for Sermon Preparation?

See Gary McIntosh's good discussion of the time required for adequate sermon preparation here.


May 2, 2012

Keener on Interpretive Methods to Avoid

See Craig Keener's post on "Bible Interpretation Methods You Should Avoid."

Hurtado on NT Studies and the Septuagint

Larry Hurtado comments here on the importance of the Septuagint (LXX) for the study of the New Testament.

May 1, 2012

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.

Bob Becking and Susan Hennecke, eds.
Out of Paradise: Eve and Adam and their Interpreters
Reviewed by Robert C. Kashow
Martin M. Culy
Echoes of Friendship in the Gospel of John
Reviewed by Anne M. O''Leary
James D. G. Dunn
Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels
Reviewed by Raymond F. Collins
Tchavdar S. Hadjiev
The Composition and Redaction of the Book of Amos
Reviewed by Beth Stovell
Geir Otto Holmås
Prayer and Vindication in Luke-Acts: The Theme of Prayer within the Context of the Legitimating and Edifying Objective of the Lukan Narrative
Reviewed by Kenneth D. Litwak
Jack R. Lundbom
The Hebrew Prophets: An Introduction
Reviewed by Göran Eidevall
Marty Alan Michelson
Reconciling Violence and Kingship: A Study of Judges and 1 Samuel
Reviewed by Klaas Spronk
Seth D. Postell
Adam as Israel: Genesis 1-3 as the Introduction to the Torah and Tanakh
Reviewed by John E. Anderson
Jaroslav Rindos
He of Whom It Is Written: John the Baptist and Elijah in Luke
Reviewed by Clare K. Rothschild
Clint Tibbs
Religious Experience of the Pneuma: Communication With the Spirit World in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14
Reviewed by John Poirier

Free Audiobook: Ken Sande's Resolving Everyday Conflict's free audiobook download for the month of April is Ken Sande's book Resolving Everyday Conflict. The publisher describes that book as,

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Apr 30, 2012

The Temple at Caesarea Philippi

Gordon Franz has an interesting article related to the temple dedicated to Caesar Augustus at Caesarea Philippi. Caesearea Philippi is best known to Bible students as the place associated with Peter's confession of Christ (Matt 16:13-20; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-21; cf. John 6:67-71).

Samaritans and Passover

The Jerusalem Post has another story on the Samaritan observance, an observance which still includes animal sacrifice, of Passover. You can read the article here.

Apr 29, 2012

Christ-Centered Biblical Theology

Those who appreciate the work of Graeme Goldsworthy will be interested to know that he has a new book out entitled Christ-Centered Biblical Theology. "In this valuable complement to his Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics, Goldsworthy defends and refines the rationale for his approach, drawing especially on the work of Australian biblical scholar Donald Robinson." Here is the table of contents:


1. Biblical theology: lame duck or eagles' wings?
Confessions of a biblical theology addict
The big questions about the big picture
The Robinson-Hebert schema
The role of Genesis 1--11
The question of reductionism
Why is biblical theology so neglected?

2. Evangelical definitions and presuppositions
Tentative steps towards a definition of biblical theology
Evangelical theological presuppositions in biblical theology
Evangelical hermeneutical presuppositions in biblical theology

3. Salvation and history
The idea of salvation history
The biblical history as salvation history
Salvation history within Scripture: Old Testament
Salvation history within Scripture: New Testament

4. Evangelical practice
The lack of consensus among evangelicals
The shaping of a biblical theologian: my debt to Donald Robinson
Some leading evangelical biblical theologians

5. Multiplex biblical theology
The problem of unity and diversity in method
Proponents of the multiplex approach

6. Letting the Old Testament speak I: biblical history
What kind of epoch?
The main foci in Old Testament history

7. Letting the Old Testament speak II: prophetic eschatology
The pattern of prophetic eschatology
The canonical shape
The main foci in prophetic eschatology

8. Letting the New Testament speak
Is the New Testament normative in the interpretation of the Old Testament?
Does the New Testament exhibit a structure of revelation?
The Abraham-David/Solomon axis and the fulfilment of prophecy
A comparison of approaches

9. Typology
Robinson's typology
Approaches to typology
Some issues in the debate

10. The Robinson legacy
Robinson's typology and method in biblical theology
Israel and the church

11. How to do biblical theology
Is there a future for biblical theology?
Possibilities for biblical theology


Thanks to Adrianna Wright and the kind folks at IVP Academic for sending a free review copy.