Nov 26, 2016

Hipster Nativity Set?

Do we really need a hipster nativity set? Apparently, some think so. You can read about it here.


Nov 25, 2016

IVP's Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale

IVP is offering a number of titles at 50%-off for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is even better than the 45%-off at the just concluded ETS and SBL meetings. You can check out the sale here.

Video on Hebron

A 15-minute video on Hebron from a Jewish perspective can be seen here.

Nov 24, 2016

Peter Flint

I had seen several reports noting that Peter Flint had died but here is the first published confirmation that I could find. I have benefited greatly from his books and he always gave engaging lectures

Nov 23, 2016

Wallace on Romans, Corinthians, and Galatians Resources

Dan Wallace provides a brief annotated bibliography here of mostly commentaries on the books of Romans. 1-2 Corinthians, and Galatians.

Nov 22, 2016

Lament as Praise

I was glad to read the following comment by Christopher Wright regarding lament in general and lament psalms in particular.
"Is this not a bit surprising? Here we have a book that bears the title 'The Praises,' yet the largest group of 'Praises' are actually laments! This may seem contradictory to us, but that is because we unusually think of 'praise' only as something we do when we feel happy and joyful. But for Israel, praise was something far deeper than that. Praise could happen even in the darkest momentsin fact, especially in those darkest moments.

"For Israel, praising God meant recognizing God's reality and presence. Praise meant affirming that the LORD God of Israel is the one and only true and living God. Praised described the character of God and declared the acts of God. Praise was essentially, God-talk. Praise is to bow down in God's presence (no matter what the circumstances) and affirm, 'God is alive, and God is here, and God is like this, and God has done that.'"  

Christopher J. H. Wright, How to Preach and Teach the Old Testament for All Its Worth (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016), 237.

Nov 21, 2016

Jerusalem Temple Resource

This is a pretty cool website featuring the first century Jerusalem temple. You can access two videos here.