Apr 25, 2020

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.

James H. Charlesworth, Has Psalm 156 Been Found? With Images of MS RNL Antonin 798
Reviewed by Felix Albrecht

Hwagu Kang, Reading the Wife/Sister Narratives in Genesis: A Textlinguistic and Type-Scene Analysis
Reviewed by Koowon Kim

Esther Kobel, Paulus als interkultureller Vermittler: Eine Studie zur kulturellen Positionierung des Apostels der Völker
Reviewed by Robert L. Brawley

Aaron J. Kogon and Jean-Philippe Fontanille, The Coinage of Herod Antipas: A Study and Die Classification of the Earliest Coins of Galilee
Reviewed by David M. May

Marshall H. Lewis, Viktor Frankl and the Book of Job: A Search for Meaning
Reviewed by Seong Whan Timothy Hyun

Donn F. Morgan, The Oxford Handbook of the Writings of the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by David Rothstein

Clare K. Rothschild, New Essays on the Apostolic Fathers
Reviewed by Judith M. Lieu

Michael Rydryck and Stefan Alkier, eds., Paulus – Das Kapital eines Reisenden: Die Apostelgeschichte als sozialhistoriche Quelle Reviewed by Lars Kierspel

Apr 24, 2020

Some Thoughts on Genesis 5:21–24

I recently did a talk on Hebrews 11:5 which focuses on Enoch. In preparation, I went back to Genesis 5:21–24. Here are some thoughts related to the Genesis passage.

1. It doesn’t take a long life, to live a meaningful life. Although Enoch lives 365 years, it is the shortest lifespan recorded in Genesis 5. In fact, his son lives nearly three times as long. Don't obsess with trying to out live everyone but strive live out whatever years that Lord gives you to his glory.

2. To walk with God is apparently uncommon. This can be noted in at least two ways. First, the Bible does not often speak of people “walking with God.” It is said of Noah (Gen 6:9) and by inference also of Abraham (Gen 17:1) but the commendation is not as frequent as one might think. Second, its relative rarity can be seen in that it is commended or said to please God. Apparently, not everyone does it. The Lord is not in the habit of handing out participation trophies.

3. Walking with God is a metaphor for relationship and harmony. One can walk by yourself. But one cannot "walk with" yourself. So "walking with" is relational. "Walking with" also requires at least some measure of harmony. Two people can go for a walk but they cannot walk together unless they are going in the same direction, at the same speed, at the same time, etc. "Walking with" requires, harmony. An example of having harmony and then losing it might be exemplified by Adam and Eve whose walk with God was seemingly affected by the Fall (Gen 3:8).

4. If you want to walk with God know that it requires at least three elements. First, you have to decide that you want to walk with God. It is not going to just happen. Second, walking with God requires direction. God is heading in a particular direction and he will not be deviating to go your way. So if you're going to walk with God you need to reorient yourself to his direction. Third, walking with God requires devotion. Walking with God is not something you do one day and then check it off your list. It is a consistent commitment of faithfulness and obedience. 

Apr 23, 2020

Leviticus 12 and Postpartum Impurity

Zev Farber has an interesting article here as to why the length of postpartum impurity was twice as long for having a female child in Leviticus 12.

Apr 22, 2020

Psalm 19 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 19 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful in the comments section.

Spokane Bible Church: http://www.spokanebiblechurch.com/books/psalm-19

Literary Analysis of Psalm 19: http://psalmsstudy.com/psalms-literary-analysis-by-chapter/literary-analysis-psalm-19

Ray Stedman., “Opening the Books,” Psalm 19: https://www.raystedman.org/old-testament/psalms/opening-the-books

Analysis by C. J. Labuschagne: https://www.labuschagne.nl/ps019.pdf

William Barrick’s notes: https://drbarrick.org/files/studynotes/Psalms/Ps_019.pdf

“The Bible and Divine Revelation” sermon by S. Lewis Johnson: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/sljinstitute-production/doctrine/gods_plan_for_the_ages/01_SLJ_Gods_plan_of_the_ages.pdf

Getting into the Word: A Sermon on Psalm 19: https://davidschrock.com/2016/01/04/getting-into-the-word-a-sermon-on-psalm-19

John Piper, Do You See the Joy of God in the Sun?: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/do-you-see-the-joy-of-god-in-the-sun