Mar 29, 2014

A Sidonian Coin

One of the places that I visited in my most recent trip to Israel was the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. Among other things, this museum has a nice collection of ancient coins. I was particularly interested in the coin pictured below. The picture is from a postcard from the museum related to a special exhibit.

The scan did not turn out at clear as I would have liked. You can see the coin well enough but the writing is hard to read. So this is what it states.
Special Exhibit:
Sidon, silver double shekel, 27.63 gms, c. 400 BC.
War-galley lying before the towered fortress of Sidon, beneath two lions tail to tail.The King of Persia in a chariot driven by a charioteer and inscription in Phoenician letters.
The city of Sidon is mentioned a number of times in Scripture. For example, Ezekiel prophesies against the city (28:20-23). Many Interpreters understand the fulfillment of this prophecy to relate to the conquests of the Babylonians or Greeks. Nonetheless, the Persians also subdued Tyre. This is apparently reflected by this coin.

Mar 28, 2014

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. 

Mark J. Boda and Lissa M. Wray Beal, eds.
Prophets, Prophecy, and Ancient Israelite Historiography
Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

Walter Brueggemann
The Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipating Word
Reviewed by Ron Clark

Constantine R. Campbell
Paul and Union with Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study
Reviewed by Jonathon Lookadoo

Ron Clark
The God of Second Chances: Finding Hope through the Prophets of Exile
Reviewed by Gerda de Villiers

Zeba A. Crook
Parallel Gospels: A Synopsis of Early Christian Writing
Reviewed by Thomas Bergholz

J. K. Elliott
New Testament Textual Criticism: The Application of Thoroughgoing Principles
Reviewed by Daniel B. Wallace

Jeffrey S. Lamp
The Greening of Hebrews? Ecological Readings in the Letter to the Hebrews
Reviewed by Amy L. B. Peeler

Paul L. Redditt
Zechariah 9–14
Reviewed by Ralph K. Hawkins

Helen Rhee
Loving the Poor, Saving the Rich: Wealth, Poverty, and Early Christian Formation
Reviewed by Michael S. Moore

Joseph Verheyden, ed.
The Figure of Solomon in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Tradition: King, Sage and Architect
Reviewed by Anthony Swindell

Mar 27, 2014

Resources for After Your Holy Land Tour (or Before)

Wayne Stiles has a great post entitled, "Great Resources to Get After Your Holy Land Tour." He does not mention magazine resources so I would add Biblical Archaeology Review and Bible and Spade. By the way, if you are interested in the Holy Land you really should be reading Wayne's blog.

Mar 26, 2014

A Museum to Visit

This article highlights a New York museum, the Living Torah Museum, that I would like to visit at some point. The museum contains a walk-in replica of the biblical Tabernacle, an intact three-handled clay wine storage jug purportedly used by Judean soldiers from the reign of Hezekiah, and an ivory seal, with the bird-image imprimatur as well as the name of King Ahab. Since this is a private collection, provenance might be an issue for some of the items. But it would be interesting to see nonetheless. The museum's website allows you to take a virtual tour of some of the artifacts. Have any of my readers been to this museum?

Mar 24, 2014

New Bibliographic Resource for 1 and 2 Corinthians

See this post by David Pettegrew related to a bibliographic resource for 1-2 Corinthians using Zotero. This looks like a great resource for those working in and and with 1 and 2 Corinthians,