Sep 22, 2018

Five Types of Mentors

Although this article is geared for the business world, there is some helpful advice on mentors here.

Sep 21, 2018

Free Audio: Top Ten Discoveries in Biblical Archeology

Credo Courses is offering free audio of their "Top Ten Discoveries in Biblical Archeology" course here. It is unclear how long this offer will be available so you might want to get it while you can.

Although it is not a new offer, you can also download the Ten Top Biblical Archaeology Discoveries ebook for free here

Sep 20, 2018

Jehoiachin's Rations Tablets

There is a nice article here on the so-called Jeconiah’s (aka Jehoiachin) Rations Tablets" that help illustrate 2 Kings 25:27-30 and Jeremiah 52:31-34.

Sep 19, 2018

Free PDF of John Calvin's Commentary on Romans

Rob Bradshaw continues to bless us with free out-of-copyright biblical studies resources like John Calvin's commentary on Romans.

Sep 18, 2018

Suzerain-Vassal Treaty Forms and the Deuteronomistic History

I have often expressed my reluctance to using the so-called suzerain-vassal treaty forms as an interpretive grid for the Pentateuch. Although, I would disagree with Terence Fretheim on some aspects of the Deuteronomistic History theory, he raises a good point below on how the suzerain-vassal treaty approach might not reflect the God portrayed in Deuteronomy─Kings.
"It is often suggested that Israel’s understanding of the Sinai covenant was based upon analogy with international political treaties of the suzerainty type. However, such dependence, in the case of the Deuteronomic historian, is much less than is commonly claimed, particularly in drawing out theological implications of the covenant. As we shall see, the historian makes it abundantly clear that God is not bound to react to the people in some schematic or univocal fashion. The relationship between God and people is much too personally oriented, has too much flexibility in it, for contractual language to do it justice. God’s mercy and compassion go beyond simple justice, again and again. God is not bound by form in responding; his actions are not legalistically defined or determined in advance.”
Terence E. Fretheim, Deuteronomic History, Interpreting Biblical Texts (Nashville: Abingdon, 1983), 22.

Sep 17, 2018

Mounce on Acts 14:1

Bill Mounce has an interesting post here on the best way of translating a prepositional phrase in Acts 14:1.

Sep 16, 2018

Ethical Leadership

Although this post from the Harvard Business Review is not geared specifically to ministry, there is good advice that is applicable to ministry.