Nov 17, 2019

Eat Like the Ancient Babylonians

I have never really thought much about eating ancient Babylonian food but for those who might be interested this NPR story might be a place to start.

Nov 15, 2019

Books, Bed Bugs, a Library, and the Old Testament

If you are reading the title above and wondering how all of this fits together you need to read this article about a local library is banning borrowing privileges of those who return books with pests and somehow framing at the Old Testament’s leprosy policy.” There should be a good illustration of bad Bible interpretation or sermon illustration to be found here.

Nov 14, 2019

Mirror Reading and 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Jay Smith has a nice article in DTS Magazine here on the practice of mirror reading and applying that practice specifically to 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.

Nov 13, 2019

Psalm 2 Links

I have been working on a commentary on the Psalms. I have decided to compile some of my favorite links that I discovered during my research. There is a mix of exegetical and sermonic links. Here is what I have for Psalm 2 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful in the comments section.

D. A. Carson Sermon:

Spokane Bible Church:

Literary analysis of Psalm 2:

Analysis by C. J. Labuschagne:

William Barrick’s notes:

“Jesus the Warrior Messiah” sermon by Steven Smith:

Nov 12, 2019

Preaching The Tower of Babel (Gen 11:1-9)

David Allen is starting a three part series of posts here on preaching the Tower of Babel from Genesis 11:1-9.

Nov 11, 2019

Teaching Esther

Nancy Guthrie talks to Christopher Ash here about teaching Esther.

Nov 10, 2019

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.

Lonnie D. Bell, The Early Textual Transmission of John: Stability and Fluidity in Its Second and Third Century Greek Manuscripts
Reviewed by Charles E. Hill

Katell Berthelot, In Search of the Promised Land? The Hasmonean Dynasty between Biblical Models and Hellenistic Diplomacy
Reviewed by Daniel L. Smith

Ingolf U. Dalferth, Wirkendes Wort: Bibel, Schrift, un Evangelium in Leben der Kirche und im Denken der Theologie
Reviewed by Gottfried Adam

Zev I. Farber and Jacob L. Wright, eds., Archaeology and History of Eighth-Century Judah
Reviewed by Kyle H. Keimer

Susan Gillingham, Psalms through the Centuries: A Reception Commentary on Psalms 1–72
Reviewed by William P. Brown

Thomas Hieke, Studien zum Alten Testament im Neuen Testament
Reviewed by Christopher R. Lortie

Matthew H. Patton, Hope for a Tender Sprig: Jehoiachin in Biblical Theology
Reviewed by Benjamin J. M. Johnson

Frederik Poulsen, The Black Hole in Isaiah: A Study of Exile as a Literary Theme
Reviewed by Marvin A. Sweeney

Matthew Scott, The Hermeneutics of Christological Psalmody in Paul: An Intertextual Enquiry
Reviewed by Siu Fung Wu

Eric C. Smith, Jewish Glass and Christian Stone: A Materialist Mapping of the “Parting of the Ways”
Reviewed by Adele Reinhartz

Albert Vanhoye; Nicholas J. Moore and Richard J. Ounsworth, eds., A Perfect Priest: Studies in the Letter to the Hebrews
Reviewed by J. Michael McKay Jr.

Jason M. Zurawski and Gabriele Boccaccini, eds., Second Temple Jewish Paideia in Context
Reviewed by Lindsey A. Askin

Nov 9, 2019

"Like the Angels" in Luke 20

Ian Paul has a thoughtful and interesting discussion here on what Jesus meant by "like the angels" in Luke 20.

Nov 8, 2019

The Historical Adam Debate

Brandon Smith handles the issues pretty well in this blog post.

Nov 7, 2019

Improving Your Teaching

This list of ten suggestions is not really new but still pretty good.

Nov 6, 2019

Humor in Preaching

Jeff Robinson has some pretty good thoughts here. I would add that there are different kinds of humor and so use the type that best fits your personality. Some can do jokes while others excel puns or witticisms. It is akin to the old Ed Wynn saying, "A comic is one who says funny things; a comedian says things funny."

Nov 5, 2019

Free eBook: Beware the Evil Eye Volume 1

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Nov 4, 2019

The Love of God in the Prophets

Preachers are sometimes reticent to preach the Prophets because they see little relevance or practical importance in the literature. But note what Larry Walker has to say about the subject of love in the Old Testament.

"The prophets, utilizing a rich religious heritage, proclaimed a manifold love of God. The entire range of Hebrew vocabulary for love, loyalty, mercy, kindness and grace is used in preaching the message of Cod to the heirs of the covenant promises. It is in the prophetic books that the love of Cod is made vivid, being preached with great force and conviction."

Larry Walker, "Love in the Old Testament: Some Lexical Observations," in Current Issues in Biblical and Patristic Interpretation: Studies in Honor of Merrill C. Tenney Presented by his Former Students (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1975), 284.

Nov 2, 2019

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 M. Allen, The Historical Character of Jesus: Canonical Insights from Outside the Gospels
Reviewed by Craig A. Evans

Tayfun Bilgin, Officials and Administration in the Hittite World
Reviewed by Amir Gilan

Jeffrey M. Cohen, The Book of Psalms: Poetry in Poetry
Reviewed by Steven Bishop

Devorah Dimant, From Enoch to Tobit: Collected Studies in Ancient Jewish Literature
Reviewed by Archie T. Wright

Jörg Frey, The Glory of the Crucified One: Christology and Theology in the Gospel of John
Reviewed by R. Alan Culpepper

Kristine Henriksen Garroway, Growing Up in Ancient Israel: Children in Material Culture and Biblical Texts
Reviewed by Shawn W. Flynn

Martin Karrer, Johannesoffenbarung, Teilband 1: Offb 1,1–5,14
Reviewed by Russell Morton

Mark D. Nanos, Reading Romans within Judaism: Collected Essays of Mark D. Nanos, Volume 2
Reviewed by Kyle B. Wells

Michael D. Rasmussen, Conceptualizing Distress in the Psalms: A Form-Critical and Cognitive Semantic Study of the Sarar Word Group
Reviewed by Marilyn E. Burton

David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling, eds., Studia Philonica Annual: Studies in Hellenistic Judaism, Volume XXX (2018)
Reviewed by Tyler Smith

Marcus Sigismund and Darius Müller, eds., Studien zum Text der Apokalypse II
Reviewed by David Warren

L. L. Welborn, The Young against the Old: Generational Conflict in First Clement
Reviewed by Mona Tokarek Lafosse