Mar 31, 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.

Peter Claver Ajer
The Death of Jesus and the Politics of Place in the Gospel of John
Reviewed by Gilberto A. Ruiz

Menahem Ben-Yashar and Jordan Penkower
The Bible in Rabbinic Interpretation: Rabbinic Derashot on Prophets and Writings in Talmudic and Midrashic Literature, Volume Two: Joel and Amos [Hebrew]
Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz

Thomas Boomershine
The Messiah of Peace: A Performance-Criticism Commentary on Mark’s Passion-Resurrection Narrative
Reviewed by David Seal

Sebastian P. Brock and George A. Kiraz
Gorgias Concise Syriac-English, English-Syriac Dictionary
Reviewed by Lindsey A. Askin

Sarah S. U. Dixon
The Testimony of the Exalted Jesus in the Book of Revelation
Reviewed by Robyn Whitaker

John H. Elliott
Beware the Evil Eye: The Evil Eye in the Bible and the Ancient World: Volume 4: Postbiblical Israel and Early Christianity through Late Antiquity
Reviewed by Nicole L. Tilford

Florence M. Gillman, Mary Ann Beavis, and HyeRan Kim-Craag
1–2 Thessalonians
Reviewed by Jennifer Houston McNeel

Juan Manuel Granados Rojas
La teología de la reconciliación en las cartas de san Pablo
Reviewed by Thomas W. Hudgins

Hermann Gunkel
Elijah, Yahweh, and Baal
Reviewed by Bálint Károly Zabán

Robert Kitchen, trans.; George A. Kiraz, ed.
The Book of Acts according to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation
Reviewed by David A. Smith

Thomas J. Kraus and Michael Sommer, eds.
Book of Seven Seals
Reviewed by Darius Müller

James D. Nogalski
The Book of the Twelve and Beyond: Collected Essays of James D. Nogalski
Reviewed by Soo J. Kim

Lidija Novakovic
Resurrection: A Guide for the Perplexed
Reviewed by Archie T. Wright

Katharine E. Southwood
Marriage by Capture in the Book of Judges: An Anthropological Approach
Reviewed by George G. Nicol

Matthew Thiessen
Paul and the Gentile Problem
Reviewed by Nijay Gupta

Mar 30, 2018

Free Gary Habermas Course on the Resurrection

You can access most of Gary Habermas' Credo Course on the Resurrection for free here. Free resources include the PowerPoint/Keynote, PDF of the workbook, and video and audio downloads. There is a cost if you want hard copies of the DVD's ($25) or workbook ($15). I don't see a deadline for the offer so you might want to act sooner rather than later. The website was a bit slow so you might need to be patient.

10 Pointers for Preaching Easter Messages

See Peter Mead's helpful suggestions here.

Mar 28, 2018

Reconstructions of Seven Ancient Ruins

Although not strictly biblical, I enjoyed these reconstructions of seven ancient sites.

Mar 27, 2018

Journal of Biblical Literature 137:1

Volume 137:1 of the Journal of Biblical Literature is now out. Here is a list of the articles with links to abstracts.

The Meanings of the Book of Job
Michael V. Fox

The Impact of Siege Warfare on Biblical Conceptualizations of YHWH
Elizabeth Bloch-Smith

Double Trouble: Counting the Cost of Jephthah
Robin Baker

2 Kings 6:24–30: A Case of Unintentional Elimination Killing
Kristine Garroway

Transformations in Translation: An Examination of the Septuagint Rendering of Hebrew Wordplay in the Fourth Book of the Psalter
Elizabeth Backfish

A Call to Law: The Septuagint of Isaiah 8 and Gentile Law Observance
Alex P. Douglas

The End of Exile: The Reception of Jeremiah’s Prediction of a Seventy-Year Exile
Steven M. Bryan

The Elijah Forerunner Concept as an Authentic Jewish Expectation
Anthony Ferguson

A Tense Discussion: Rethinking the Grammaticalization of Time in Greek Indicative Verbs
Timothy Brookins

A Greek Papyrus Fragment with a Citation of Matthew 1:20
Brice C. Jones

The Question of Punctuation in John 1:3–4: Arguments from Ancient Colometry
Dan Nässelqvist

How Jewish Is God? Divine Ethnicity in Paul’s Theology
Paula Fredriksen

Subsistence, Swapping, and Paul’s Rhetoric of Generosity
Ryan S. Schellenberg

Is There a Kenosis in This Text? Rereading Philippians 3:2–11 in the Light of the Christ Hymn
Dorothea Bertschmann

Mar 26, 2018

Some Study and Research Links

Steve Walton has a helpful list of his favorite study and research links here.

Mar 25, 2018