Dec 31, 2018

One Final Biblical Archaeology Top 10 List

Just in time for the end of 2018, Todd Bolen has posted his "Top 10 Discoveries in Biblical Archaeology in 2018" here. This is not just a list but a compendium of biblical archaeology stuff for 2018. By the way, if you are a Bible preacher or teacher and you are not using Todd's BiblePlaces photos you really owe it to yourself to check them out here. The most recent volumes on  Ruth, Psalm 23, and Persia are currently on sale.

Dec 30, 2018

The Latest Issue of the 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.

Penelope Barter and William A. Tooman, eds., Ezekiel: Current Debates and Future Directions
Reviewed by Benjamin Kilchör

Bradley J. Bitner, Paul’s Political Strategy in I Corinthians 1–4: Constitution and Covenant
Reviewed by  Wendell Willis

Michael Carasik, The Bible’s Many Voices
Reviewed by Sandie Gravett

Jione Havea and Peter H. W. Lau, eds., Reading Ruth in Asia
Reviewed by James S. Lee

Christoph Heilig, Hidden Criticism? The Methodology and Plausibility of the Search for a Counter-imperial Subtext in Paul
Reviewed by David J. Lull

Brad E. Kelle, Telling the Old Testament Story: God’s Mission and God’s People
Reviewed by Jeff Anderson

Tremper Longman III and John H. Walton, The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate
Reviewed by Bernhard Lang

Ingeborg Löwisch, Trauma Begets Genealogy: Gender and Memory in Chronicles
Reviewed by Christine Mitchell

Dennis R. MacDonald, The Dionysian Gospel: The Fourth Gospel and Euripides
Reviewed by Tyler Smith

Erica A. Mathieson, Christian Women in the Greek Papyri of Egypt to 400 CE
Reviewed by Benjamin R. Overcash

Mercedes Navarro Puerto and Marinella Perroni, eds., Gospels: Narrative and History
Reviewed by Heather M. Gorman

Lukasz Niesiolowski-Spanò, Chiara Peri, and Jim West, eds., Finding Myth and History in the Bible: Scholarship, Scholars and Errors
Reviewed by Ian D. Wilson

John Riches, ed., The New Cambridge History of the Bible, Volume 4: From 1750 to the Present
Reviewed by John Barton

Michael Rosenberg, Signs of Virginity: Testing Virgins and Making Men in Late Antiquity
Reviewed by Michael R. Whitenton

David J. Shepherd and Christopher J. H. Wright, Ezra and Nehemiah
Reviewed by Bob Becking

Samuli Siikavirta, Baptism and Cognition in Romans 6–8: Paul’s Ethics beyond ‘Indicative’ and ‘Imperative’
Reviewed by Garwood P. Anderson

Dec 29, 2018

Christianity Today's Top 10 Biblical Archaeology Discoveries of 2018

You can view the article here and you can compare it with this earlier list I posted a week ago here.

Dec 28, 2018

Eckhard Schnabel on the Last Days of Jesus

Eckhard Schnabel is interviewed here concerning his recent book The Last Days of Jesus.

Dec 27, 2018

Animated History of the Bible

This is a nice little video from the folks at National Geographic.

Dec 26, 2018

King Ahab and the Kurkh Monolith

References to the Kurkh Monolith in biblical teaching and preaching are not as common as references to other archaeological artifacts. But it is a significant affirmation nonetheless and you can read more about it in this recent article.

Dec 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!

shallow focus photo of the Nativity figurine
4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons" Galatians 4:4-5).

Dec 24, 2018

Sermon Introductions

Peter Mead has some helpful thoughts here.

Dec 23, 2018

First Issue of Tyndale House INK

The first Issue of Tyndale House INK came out a few weeks ago. There are several articles that might be of interest to Bible students. You can access it here.

Dec 22, 2018

The Latest Issue of the 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.

David H. Aaron, Genesis Ideology: Essays on the Uses and Meanings of Stories
Reviewed by Anna Rozonoer

Jeffrey G. Audirsch, The Legislative Themes of Centralization: From Mandate to Demise
Reviewed by Philippe Guillaume

Joel Barker, From the Depths of Despair to the Promise of Presence: A Rhetorical Reading of the Book of Joel
Reviewed by Andrew M. Gilhooley

J. R. C. Cousland, Holy Terror: Jesus in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas
Reviewed by Christopher A. Frilingos

William G. Dever, Beyond the Texts: An Archaeological Portrait of Ancient Israel and Judah
Reviewed by Thomas H. Olbricht

Norman K. Gottwald, Ideology, Class, and the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by Marvin A. Sweeney

Nicholas Hardy, Criticism and Confession: The Bible in the Seventeenth Century Republic of Letters Reviewed by Jeffrey L. Morrow

Marjo C. A. Korpel and Lester L. Grabbe, eds., Open-Mindedness in the Bible and Beyond: A Volume of Studies in Honour of Bob Becking
Reviewed by Soo J. Kim

Francisco Lozada Jr., Toward a Latino/a Biblical Interpretation
Reviewed by Leonardo Pessoa da Silva Pinto

Cynthia Long Westfall and Bryan R. Dyer, eds., The Bible and Social Justice: Old Testament and New Testament Foundations for the Church’s Urgent Call
Reviewed by Michael A. Harbin

Dec 21, 2018

Dec 19, 2018

10 Things You Should Know about Christmas

Andreas Köstenberger talks about them here.

Why Did Paul Mention His Large Handwriting In Galatians?

A fairly extensive interview with Steve Reece here addresses that question and some others as well.

Dec 18, 2018

Online Divinity Degrees

Daniel Wallace has an excellent post here on "Online Divinity Degrees: Two-Dimensional Preparation for a Three-Dimensional World." Wallace is not simply being a Luddite but expresses legitimate concerns related to online education and those preparing for ministry.

Dec 17, 2018

A Couple of Recent Psalms Posts

Claude Mariottini posts on theodicy and Psalm 73 here

William Barrick posts a visual representation of Psalm 150 here.

Dec 16, 2018

Dictionary of Nature Imagery of the Bible

Apparently this online resource has been out for several months and looks to be still be under construction but it could turn out to be a helpful site. 

HT: David Moster via Todd Bolen

Dec 15, 2018

5 Myths about the Trinity

Fred Sanders identifies and discusses them here.

Dec 14, 2018

The Latest Issue of the 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.

Athalya Brenner-Idan and Archie Lee, eds., Samuel, Kings and Chronicles I
Reviewed by Sara M. Koenig

Edward M. Cook, Dictionary of Qumran Aramaic
Reviewed by Albert Lukaszewski

Peter Dubovsky, The Building of the First Temple: A Study in Redactional, Text-Critical and Historical Perspective
Reviewed by Ziony Zevit

David L. Eastman, The Ancient Martyrdom Accounts of Peter and Paul
Reviewed by Janet E. Spittler

Martin Ravndal Hauge, Solomon the Lover and the Shape of the Song of Songs
Reviewed by Jennifer L. Koosed

Jonathan Douglas Hicks, Trinity, Economy, and Scripture: Recovering Didymus the Blind
Reviewed by Kyle R. Hughes

Yung Suk Kim, Resurrecting Jesus: The Renewal of New Testament Theology
Reviewed by Frank E. Dicken

John P. Meier, A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume 5: Probing the Authenticity of the Parables
Reviewed by Tobias Hägerland

Matthew H. Patton, Hope for a Tender Sprig: Jehoiachin in Biblical Theology
Reviewed by George Athas

Adam Y. Wells, ed., Phenomenologies of Scripture Reviewed by Davis Hankins