Jul 17, 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.

Nathan J. Barnes
Reading 1 Corinthians with Philosophically Educated Women
Reviewed by Timothy A. Brookins

Richard J. Bautch and Jean-François Racine, eds.
Beauty and the Bible: Toward a Hermeneutics of Biblical Aesthetics
Reviewed by Richard Viladescu

Raffaella Cribiore
Libanius the Sophist: Rhetoric, Reality, and Religion in the Fourth Century
Reviewed by Thomas Olbricht

Roland Deines; Christoph Ochs and Peter Watts, eds.
Acts of God in History: Studies Towards Recovering a Theological Historiography
Reviewed by Wil Rogan

Leann Snow Flesher, Carol J. Dempsey, and Mark J. Boda, eds.
Why? … How Long? Studies on Voice(s) of Lamentation Rooted in Biblical Hebrew Poetry
Reviewed by George Savran

Greg W. Forbes
1 Peter: Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament
Reviewed by Terrance D. Callan

Lisbeth S. Fried
Ezra and the Law in History and Tradition
Reviewed by Thomas Hieke

Martin Heide
Das Testament Abrahams: Edition und Übersetzung der arabischen und äthiopischen Versionen
Reviewed by Curt Niccum

Clayton N. Jefford
The Epistle to Diognetus (with the Fragment of Quadratus): Introduction, Text, and Commentary
Reviewed by Jonathan A. Draper

Lance Jenott and Sarit Kattan Gribetz, eds.
Jewish and Christian Cosmogony in Late Antiquity
Reviewed by Steven Thompson

Hubert James Keener
A Canonical Exegesis of Psalm 8: YHWH’s Maintenance of the Created Order through Divine Reversal
Reviewed by Philippus J. Botha

Karl McDaniel
Experiencing Irony in the First Gospel: Suspense, Surprise and Curiosity
Reviewed by Glenna Jackson

Maciej M. Münnich
The God Resheph in the Ancient Near East
Reviewed by Michael S. Moore

Douglas E. Oakman
Jesus, Debt, and the Lord’s Prayer: First-Century Debt and Jesus’ Intentions
Reviewed by David A. Fiensy

Iain Provan
Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters
Reviewed by Richard S. Briggs

Robert M. Royalty Jr.
The Origin of Heresy: A History of Discourse in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity
Reviewed by Joseph Azize

Benjamin Sargent
David Being a Prophet: The Contingency of Scripture upon History in the New Testament
Reviewed by Kenneth D. Litwak

Ched Spellman
Toward a Canon-Conscious Reading of the Bible: Exploring the History and Hermeneutics of the Canon
Reviewed by John Barton

Rivka Ulmer and Moshe Ulmer
Righteous Giving to the Poor: Tzedakah (“Charity”) in Classic Rabbinic Judaism
Reviewed by Zev Garber

Samson Uytanlet
Luke-Acts and Jewish Historiography: A Study on the Theology, Literature, and Ideology of Luke-Acts
Reviewed by Andrew W. Pitts

Songs 8:6 and Cylinder Seals

Leon Mauldin has a nice post here on cylinder seals and how that relates to the seal imagery used in Songs 8:6.

Jul 16, 2015

Owning but Ignoring the Bible

Apparently, Christians are not the only ones who own a Bible but don't actually read it. According to this article, "95 percent of Jewish Israelis have a Bible at home, six percent of those are not sure where it is."

Jul 15, 2015

Free Audio: Doug Moo on Galatians

You can access free audio Of Doug Moo speaking on Galatians here. This was recorded In July 2014 at a two-day intensive course at Oak Hill.

HT: Brian Fulthrop

Jul 14, 2015

Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology Quizzes

Ancient Near Eastern history and archaeology nerds might enjoy taking these quizzes at the ASOR website.

Jul 13, 2015

From Where Did God Bring Out the Israelites (Exod 20:2)?

Lee Fields has a great post here asking and answering, "From Where Did God Bring Out the Israelites (Exod 20:2)?"

Jul 12, 2015

The Pe before Ayin in Lamentations

Many Bible students know that Lamentations contains four alphabetic acrostics. And those who have studied biblical Hebrew know that the letter ayin precedes pe. But a question then arises as to why the acrostics in Lamentations 2, 3, and 4 has the pe lines before ayin. A number of answers have been provided but they do not usually appear in a newspaper. So check out this interesting article in the Jewish Link of New Jersey.