Jan 6, 2018

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. 

Eric D. Barreto, Matthew L. Skinner, and Steve Walton, eds.
Reading Acts in the Discourses of Masculinity and Politics
Reviewed by Christy Cobb

Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen
The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story
Reviewed by Carl Long

Marie-Claire Beaulieu
The Sea in the Greek Imagination
Reviewed by Edmund P. Cueva

Daniel I. Block
For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship
Reviewed by J. Michael Thigpen

Suzanne Boorer
The Vision of the Priestly Narrative: Its Genre and Hermeneutics of Time
Reviewed by Roy E. Garton
Reviewed by Brandon Grafius

Luc Dequeker
Studia Hierosolymitana
Reviewed by Jacques T. A. G. M. van Ruiten

Deena E. Grant
Divine Anger in the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by Bruce E. Baloian

John Paul Heil
The Letter of James: Worship to Live By
Reviewed by Patrick J. Hartin

Paul A. Himes
Foreknowledge and Social Identity in 1 Peter
Reviewed by Ruth Anne Reese

Mischa Hooker, trans.
Origen of Alexandria: Exegetical Works on Ezekiel
Reviewed by Peter W. Martens

Eric C. Lapp
Sepphoris II: The Clay Lamps from Ancient Sepphoris; Light Use and Regional Interactions
Reviewed by James Riley Strange

Jens-Christian Maschmeier
Rechtfertigung bei Paulus: Eine Kritik alter und neuer Paulusperspektiven
Reviewed by James D. G. Dunn

Vincent K. H. Ooi
Scripture and Its Readers: Readings of Israel’s Story in Nehemiah 9, Ezekiel 20, and Acts 7
Reviewed by Steve Smith

Benjamin Porter and Alexis Boutin, eds.
Remembering the Dead in the Ancient Near East: Recent Contributions from Bioarchaeology and Mortuary Archaeology
Reviewed by Kristine Henriksen Garroway

Charles M. Stang
Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite: “No Longer I”
Reviewed by Hennie Stander

Jan 5, 2018

Free Commentaries on 1-2 Kings

Rob Bradshaw has posted about four free commentaries and other resources on these books here.

Jan 3, 2018

Douglas Campbell on 1 Corinthians

The Christian Century has a good article written by Douglas Campbell on 1 Corinthians here. Is a fairly lengthy article so here are two paragraphs that I appreciated. 
"The church at Corinth was a mess. I count 15 distinguishable problems that Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians: partisanship, with the Corinthians factionalizing behind rival leaders (1:10–4:21; 16:10–18); incest (5:1–13); prostitution (6:12–21); celibacy within marriage (7:1–7); Christians married to one another asking about divorce (7:8–11, 39); Christians married to pagans asking about divorce (7:12–16); questions surrounding marriage and remarriage (7:25–40); lawsuits (6:1–11); idolatry (8:1–11:1); concerns about women praying and prophesying in immodest ways (11:2–16); chaos in worship, with speaking in tongues and competing voices (chapter 14); inequality in the communal meal (11:17–34); denials of the bodily resurrection of Jesus and of Christians (15:1–58); the collection of a large sum of money to be sent to Jerusalem (16:1–4); and a change in Paul’s travel plans (16:5–9).
 "Underlying this mess, there were four main difficulties: a basic failure in relating to one another in love; a dramatic failure of the local church leaders to act considerately in the face of their competition for status and influence; arrogant theological reasoning that denied the importance of the body (which we might call “Christian intellectualism”); and tensions arising from the pressures that Paul’s teaching about sex placed on his converts. Each of these problems would have been bad enough, but when they were all present together, the combination was toxic."

Jan 2, 2018

Free Audio Book of the Month: Twelve Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

Christianaudio.com is offering Tony Reinke's Twelve Ways Your Phone Is Changing You as their free audio download for the month of January. To read more about this resource and to get your free audio download in either MP3 or M4B formats go here.