Apr 27, 2013
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The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.
Richard B. Hays and Stefan Alkier, eds.
Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation
Reviewed by Greg Carey
Israel, Kirche und die Völker im Matthäusevangelium
Reviewed by Donald Senior
Lukas, der erste christliche Historiker: Eine Studie zur Apostelgeschichte
Reviewed by Thomas Bergholz
Victor H. Matthews
The Hebrew Prophets and Their Social World: An Introduction
Reviewed by Aren M. Maeir
Reviewed by Stewart Moore
Jonathan T. Pennington
Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction
Reviewed by Joel B. Green
Iain Provan and Mark J. Boda, eds.
Let Us Go Up to Zion: Essays in Honour of H. G. M. Williamson on the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday
Reviewed by Keith Bodner
Anthony B. Robinson and Robert W. Wall
Called to Lead: Paul’s Letters to Timothy for a New Day
Reviewed by James Howard
David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling, eds.
Studia Philonica Annual XXIV, 2012
Reviewed by Scott Mackie
Argonauts of the Desert: Structural Analysis of the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by Casper J. Labuschagne
Apr 24, 2013
I recently posted on some of the advantages of preaching on the Decalogue (see here). Now I want address some of the challenges. I see at least five challenges.
First, there are differences of opinion concerning the issue of the Mosaic Law and the Christian. Some see a great deal of continuity and others see much discontinuity.
Second, one has to determine which version of the Decalogue will be used since different traditions have somewhat different lists (see here) and which text will be foundational (Exodus or Deuteronomy).
Third, trying to maintain a balance between affirming the significance of the Decalogue and yet not overemphasizing it can be a challenge. Many Christians already view the Ten Commandments as more important than other Scriptures and a sermon series could exacerbate the problem.
Fourth, relating the individual commandments with the teaching of Jesus and the rest of the New Testament can require a bit of work. The most obvious example of this challenge is the Sabbath commandment.
Fifth, one has to resist the tendency to slip into purely ethical preaching and avoid reinforcing the popular misconception that salvation or the Christian life consists solely of a list of dos and don’ts.
Ultimately these challenges should not dissuade one from preaching through the Decalogue. These five challenges are just that, challenges.
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I was recently asked why we needed new English translations when we already had the KJV. I responded that new translations were needed because languages are constantly evolving. I think that this article on the top ten internet words might help to support my point.