Apr 6, 2019

Best Bible Study Software

Kevin Purcell at Christian Media Magazine shares his top five here.

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.

Woojin Chung, Translation Theory and the Old Testament in Matthew: The Possibilities of Skopos Theory
Reviewed by Edmon L. Gallagher

Philip R. Davies, Rethinking Biblical Scholarship: Changing Perspectives 4
Reviewed by Paola Mollo

Paul Gardner, 1 Corinthians
Reviewed by Andrew Spurgeon

Stephen M. Hildebrand, Basil of Caesarea
Reviewed by Kevin M. Clarke

Alex Hon Ho Ip, A Socio-rhetorical Interpretation of the Letter to Philemon in Light of the New Institutional Economics: An Exhortation to Transform a Master-Slave Economic Relationship into a Brotherly Loving Relationship
Reviewed by Demetrius K. Williams

Wolfgang Kraus, Michaël van der Meer, and Martin Meiser, eds., XV Congress of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies
Reviewed by Ville Mäkipelto

Elritia Le Roux, Ethics in 1 Peter: The Imitatio Christi and the Ethics of Suffering in 1 Peter and the Gospel of Mark, a Comparative Study
Reviewed by Joel Stephen Williams

Nicole Rupschus, Frauen in Qumran
Reviewed by William Loader

Ariel Clark Silver, The Book of Esther and the Typology of Female Transfiguration in American Literature
Reviewed by Jennifer L. Koosed

Ambjörn Sjörs, Historical Aspects of Standard Negation in Semitic
Reviewed by Dennis Pardee

Michael J. Thate, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, and Constantine R. Campbell, eds., “In Christ” in Paul: Explorations in Paul’s Theology of Union and Participation
Reviewed by Max Botner

Michael Wolter, The Gospel according to Luke: Volume II (Luke 9:51–24)
Reviewed by David Lertis Matson

Apr 5, 2019

Apr 4, 2019

Bees and Honey

Old Testament references to bees are relatively rare (e.g., Deut 1:44; Judg 14:8; Ps 118:12; Isa 7:18). The Hebrew term דְּבוֹרָה could also be translated as "wasp" or as the name "Deborah." Bees are not mentioned in the New Testament. References to "honey" on the other hand, are more frequent, almost sixty times and found in both Testaments. In any case, a beehive apparently found at the so-called "Solomon’s Pools" was discovered recently in the attic of the Albright Institute in Jerusalem. You can read about this interesting and curious find here.

Apr 3, 2019

Some Thoughts on Psalm 37

What does the psalmist mean that we should not be concerned about the ungodly? Perhaps the way to look at this is to first address what it does not mean. The psalmist is not stating that one should absolutely ignore the wicked as if they did not exist. Nor is he advocating taking a “head in the sand” approach to deny the pain and harm that the wicked cause or that we should not pursue righteousness and justice. What the psalmist is advocating is having a theistic perspective regarding those who do evil. That is, we do not ignore or deny evil but rather we trust that God will ultimately deal with it. Our primary strategy for dealing with the evil around us is not to make the wrong world right but rather to live right in a wrong world.

Apr 2, 2019

Humor in Old Testament Narratives?

Ian Paul takes a look at the issue here focusing on Elijah and Elisha.

Apr 1, 2019

Free Logos Book for April: A Theology of Matthew

The free Logos Book for the Month for April is Charles Quarles's A Theology of Matthew: Jesus Revealed as Deliverer, King, and Incarnate Creator. You can also purchase Tremper Longman's Immanuel in Our Place: Seeing Christ in Israel’s Worship or Mark Boda's After God’s Own Heart: The Gospel According to David in The Gospel according to the Old Testament series for $1.99 and $2.99 respectively. You can also register for a chance win the four-volume A Theology of Lordship. For all these offers, go to the Logos' Free Book of Month page here.