Aug 25, 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.

S. Bar, D. Kahn, and J. J. Shirley, eds.
Egypt, Canaan and Israel: History, Imperialism, Ideology and Literature
Reviewed by Aren M. Maeir
Bruce Chilton and Paul V. M. Flesher
Targums: A Critical Introduction
Reviewed by David Shepherd
Scott W. Hahn
The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire: A Theological Commentary on 1-2 Chronicles
Reviewed by Mark Mcentire
Roy L. Heller
Conversations with Scripture: The Book of Judges
Reviewed by Klaas Spronk
Wes Howard-Brook
"Come Out My People!": God's Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond
Reviewed by David M. Valeta
Jodi Magness
Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus
Reviewed by Sean Freyne
Reviewed by Sarah E. Rollens
Robin Routledge
Old Testament Theology: A Thematic Approach
Reviewed by Hubert James Keener
Erich Zenger; ed. Christian Frevel
Einleitung in das Alte Testament
Reviewed by Trent C. Butler
Reviewed by Jordan M. Scheetz

Aug 24, 2012

The Trinity and Evangelism

See Glen Scrivener's post on the importance of explaining the Trinity in evangelism here.

Aug 23, 2012

Haddon Robinson Videos

You can see three lectures from Haddon Robinson given in 2011 for the John Broadus Lectures on Preaching at Anderson University. The video production is pretty basic, but Haddon Robinson usually has some things worth hearing.


Maintaining Your Biblical Language Skills

Jared Oliphint has some suggestions here.

Aug 22, 2012

Aug 21, 2012

Nathanael in John 1

Steven Coxhead has an interesting post on Nathanael in John 1 here.

Aug 20, 2012

The Book of Daniel and Belshazzar

Late dating the Book of Daniel and questioning its historical accuracy is ubiquitous in modern scholarship. So I found the following comment from Alan Millard interesting.
"Unlike every other known ancient author writing about the fall of Babylon, Daniel preserves the name of Belshazzar, son of the last king of Babylon, according to cuneiform texts. Xenophon is in partial agreement with Daniel, giving an account of a banquet and a king slaughtered (Cyropaedia 7.5.15, 21, 25-30)."

Millard's observation is interesting in two regards. First, the use of Belshazzar argues against a late date. If Daniel was written in the second century BC, as many presume, then how or why would Daniel alone preserve the name of Daniel? Second, the fact that Xenophon agrees, at least in part, with Daniel supports the book's historical reliability. 

Alan R. Millard, “Daniel in Babylon: An Accurate Record?” in Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith: A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture, ed. James K. Hoffmeier and Dennis R. Magary (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012), 279.

Aug 19, 2012

The Tribe of Judah

Nicholas Batzig helpfully traces a biblical theology of the tribe of Judah here.

More on Preaching in Acts

See Kevin DeYoung's summary of Alan Thompson's five characteristics of apostolic evangelistic preaching in Acts. You might want to also see my recently posted comments on preaching in Acts.