Sep 6, 2014

Exodus Route and Mt. Sinai

Farrell Jenkins has compiled a helpful list of links to posts that he has written related to the route of the Exodus and the location of Mt. Sinai here. Ferrell has an excellent blog related to the Bible lands.

Sep 5, 2014

Reasons for Preaching Predictive Prophecy

Mark Snoeberger has a good post on the advantages of preaching predictive prophecy here. In short he supplies four reasons. Make sure you use the link to read the entire post with explanations related to each point.
  • Preaching predictive prophecy keeps the present in proper perspective. 
  • Preaching predictive prophecy keeps our affections properly aligned. 
  • Preaching predictive prophecy keeps the climax of history in view.
  • Preaching predictive prophecy keeps the mission of the church intact. 
I would add one further point. About a quarter of the Bible consists of prophetic passages. If one is to preach the whole counsel of Scripture, you simply cannot ignore prophetic texts.

Sep 4, 2014

Levirate Marriage in Modern Jewish Practice

The Jerusalem Post has an interesting story here highlighting the modern day practice, or more technically the non-practice of Levirate marriage (Deut 25:5-10; cf. Gen 38, Ruth 3-4). The article also touches upon the topic of remarriage.

Sep 3, 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. 

James K. Aitken, Jeremy M. S. Clines, and Christl M. Maier, eds.
Interested Readers: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David J. A. Clines
Reviewed by Bob Becking
Reviewed by Richard S. Briggs

Mary Ann Beavis and Michael J. Gilmour, eds.
Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture
Reviewed by Matthias Millard

Rachel M. Billings
“Israel Served the Lord”: The Book of Joshua as Paradoxical Portrait of Faithful Israel
Reviewed by Thomas B. Dozeman

Susanne Gillmayr-Bucher
Erzählte Welten im Richterbuch: Narratologische Aspekte eines polyfonen Diskurses
Reviewed by Klaas Spronk

Mark Larrimore
The Book of Job: A Biography
Reviewed by Michael S. Moore
Reviewed by Agnethe Siquans

Reinhard Neudecker
Moses Interpreted by the Pharisees and Jesus: Matthew’s Antitheses in the Light of Early Rabbinic Literature
Reviewed by Abson Joseph

Stanley E. Porter and Eckhard J. Schnabel, eds.
On the Writing of New Testament Commentaries: Festschrift for Grant R. Osborne on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday
Reviewed by Edward W. Klink III

Daniel R. Schwartz
Reading the First Century: On Reading Josephus and Studying Jewish History of the First Century
Reviewed by Jonathan Klawans

Sep 2, 2014

Resource on Isaiah

Students of Isaiah might be interested in this upcoming festschrift for Joseph Blenkinsopp entitled The Book of Isaiah: Enduring Questions Answered Anew. An Amazon link is here.

Table of Contents:


In Praise of Joe Blenkinsopp
Philip Davies

Exegetical Studies

“An Initial Problem”: The Setting and Purpose of Isaiah 10:1-4
G. M. Williamson

On the Structure and Formation of the Book of Deutero-Isaiah
Rainer Albertz

The Legal Capacity of Women in the Biblical Tradition of the Persian Period
Klaus Baltzer and Peter Marinkovic

The Lament in Isaiah 63:7–64:11 and Its Literary and Theological Place in Isaiah 40–66
Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

Joseph Blenkinsopp as an Interpreter of “Third Isaiah”
Hans M. Barstad

“Build up, Pass through” — Isaiah 57:14–62:12 as the Core Composition of Third Isaiah
Andreas Schuele

Thematic Essays

Major Interchanges in the Book of Isaiah Subservient to Its Umbrella Theme: The Establishment of Yhwh’s Sovereign Rule at Mt. Zion (Chs. 12–13; 27–28; 39–40; 55–56)
Willem A. M. Beuken

Little Highs, Little Lows: Tracing Key Themes in Isaiah
Hyun Chul Paul Kim

Kingship and Servanthood in the Book of Isaiah
Ulrich Berges

Eschatology in the Book of Isaiah
Marvin A. Sweeney

Consumerism, Idolatry, and Environmental Limits in Isaiah
Patricia K. Tull

Isaiah’s Interpretive Revolution: How Isaiah’s Formation Influenced Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation
Jacob Stromberg

HT: Eerdword Blog

Sep 1, 2014

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