Jun 20, 2015

A Bereavement Ministry Resource

Dealing with grief is a reality that must be faced in every kind of ministry. It can also one of the more difficult pastoral skills to develop and I know that I have often felt woefully
inadequate in seeking to mediate comfort. So I was delighted to receive a copy of Larry J. Michael's book, A Necessary Grief: Essential Tools for Leadership in Bereavement Ministry. Although other responsibilities have prevented me from a careful reading, what I have seen seems quite helpful. There are numerous lists (e.g., questions children might ask at the death of a loved one, p. 167) and helpful appendices (e.g. funeral planning checklist, pp. 153-55). You can check out the book and read a 32-page excerpt here.

Jun 19, 2015

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. 

Peter Bing and Regina Höschele
Aristaenetus, Erotic Letters
Reviewed by Richard I. Pervo

David E. Briones
Paul’s Financial Policy: A Socio-theological Approach
Reviewed by Julien M. Ogereau

Brandon D. Crowe
The Obedient Son: Deuteronomy and Christology in the Gospel of Matthew
Reviewed by Don Garlington

Philip R. Davies
On the Origins of Judaism
Reviewed by Daniel Boyarin

Patricia Dutcher-Walls
Reading the Historical Books: A Student’s Guide to Engaging the Biblical Text
Reviewed by Iain Provan

J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays
Living God’s Word: Discovering Our Place in the Great Story of Scripture
Reviewed by James W. Thompson

Jörg Frey and Angela Standhartinger, eds.
Neues Testament und frührabbinisches Judentum
Reviewed by Judith M. Lieu

Joel B. Green and Tim Meadowcroft, eds.
Ears That Hear: Explorations in Theological Interpretation of the Bible
Reviewed by Craig L. Blomberg

Martin Hengel
Between Jesus and Paul: Studies in the Earliest History of Christianity
Reviewed by Timothy P. Henderson

Pieter W. van der Horst
Studies in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity
Reviewed by Matthew J. Grey

Alexander Kyrychenko
The Roman Army and the Expansion of the Gospel: The Role of the Centurion in Luke-Acts
Reviewed by James M. Morgan

Clemens Leonhard and Hermut Lohr, eds.
Literature or Liturgy?
Reviewed by Thomas Bergholz

Jared L. Miller
Royal Hittite Instructions and Related Administrative Texts
Reviewed by Michael S. Moore

Birger Olsson
A Commentary on the Letters of John: An Intra-Jewish Approach
Reviewed by Daniel R. Streett

Stanley E. Porter and Cynthia Long Westfall, eds.
The Church, Then and Now
Reviewed by Nijay Gupta

Rafael Rodríguez
Oral Tradition and the New Testament: A Guide for the Perplexed
Reviewed by Werner H. Kelber

Michael Tuval
From Jerusalem Priest to Roman Jew: On Josephus and the Paradigms of Ancient Judaism
Reviewed by Jonathan Klawans

David R. Wallace
Election of the Lesser Son: Paul’s Lament-Midrash in Romans 9–11
Reviewed by A. Chadwick Thornhill

Matt Waters
Ancient Persia: A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550–330 BCE
Reviewed by Jason Silverman

Ola Wikander
Drought, Death, and the Sun in Ugarit and Ancient Israel: A Philological and Comparative Study
Reviewed by Laura Quick

Jun 18, 2015

Lucas on Proverbs

Ernest Lucas, the author of the forthcoming commentary on Proverbs in the Two Horizons series discusses the book here.

Jun 17, 2015

Revelation's Interpretive Challenges

Ian Paul has an interesting and helpful post here on some of the interpretive challenges presented by the way language is used in Revelation.

Jun 16, 2015

Upcoming Lectures at the Lanier Theological Library

If you live in or around the Houston area you might be interested in some upcoming lectures at the Lanier Theological Library

9/12/15 – Lynn Cohick
September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
“We are the Circumcision:” Philippians 3 and the Christian Life"

10/30/15 – Lecture by Peter Williams
October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
"Does the Bible Support Slavery?"

2/6/16 – Lecture by Michael Bird
February 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
"An Invasive Story: Paul’s Theology between Messianic Event and Salvation-History"

Jun 15, 2015

Reading Josephus

Philip Jenkins has a helpful introduction to reading Josephus here.