Feb 18, 2017

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 but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.

Terri Bednarz
Humor in the Gospels: A Sourcebook for the Study of Humor in the New Testament, 1863–2014
Reviewed by David B. Gowler

Mark J. Boda
The Book of Zechariah
Reviewed by Anthony R. Petterson

Helen K. Bond and Larry W. Hurtado, eds.
Peter in Early Christianity
Reviewed by Timothy Peace

Philip Wesley Comfort
A Commentary on the Manuscripts and Text of the New Testament
Reviewed by Richard I. Pervo

John H. Elliott
Beware the Evil Eye: The Evil Eye in the Bible and the Ancient World: Volume 1: Introduction, Mesopotamia, and Egypt
Reviewed by Nicole L. Tilford

John H. Elliott
Beware the Evil Eye: The Evil Eye in the Bible and the Ancient World: Volume 2: Greece and Rome
Reviewed by Nicole L. Tilford

Shai Gordin
Hittite Scribal Circles: Scholarly Tradition and Writing Habits
Reviewed by Yitzhaq Feder

George Anton Kiraz
The Syriac Dot: A Short History
Reviewed by Jerome A. Lund

Michael A. Knibb
The Ethiopic Text of the Book of Ezekiel: A Critical Edition
Reviewed by Curt Niccum

Amanda Beckenstein Mbuvi
Belonging in Genesis: Biblical Israel and the Politics of Identity Formation
Reviewed by Benjamin D. Giffone

Maarten J. J. Menken
Studies in John’s Gospel and Epistles: Collected Essays
Reviewed by Cornelis Bennema

Nicholas Moore
Repetition in Hebrews: Plurality and Singularity in the Letter to the Hebrews, Its Ancient Context, and the Early Church
Reviewed by Amy Peeler

Karl-Wilhelm Niehbuhr, ed.
Sapientia Salomonis (Weisheit Salomos)
Reviewed by Helmut Engel, S.J.

Matthew S. Rindge
Profane Parables: Film and the American Dream
Reviewed by Emily O. Gravett

Melissa C. Stewart, ed.
Simulating Aichele: Essays in Bible, Film, Culture and Theory
Reviewed by Jay Twomey

Feb 17, 2017

Not Everything Is a "Bible Study"

Jen Wilken has a great reminder and challenge here not to use the label "Bible study" for a catch-all for any gathering at church. Rather "Bible study" should be reserved for classes where you actually study the Bible.

Feb 16, 2017

Intertextuality, Again

Earlier this year, I shared a link to a post by James Hamilton that was fairly critical of intertextuality (see here). Now Kyle Dunham at the Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary blog has two posts, here and here, that doesn't shy away from issues raised by Hamilton but does see some value in using intertextuality as a hermeneutical tool. Dunham will be posting a third installment on how John's use of Zechariah in his account of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion in John 19.

Feb 15, 2017

Genesis 6:7: A Reversal of Creation

Here is another visual from my Genesis course.

Feb 14, 2017

A Tale of Two Brothers

I have been reworking my teaching materials in Genesis. Here is one the visuals that I have used before.

Feb 13, 2017

Genesis 1:1

Lee Fields has a good discussion here on the various syntactical issues and options for translating Genesis 1:1.