Jun 27, 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.

Thomas Andrew Bennett, Labor of God: The Agony of the Cross as the Birth of the Church
Reviewed by Edmon L. Gallagher

Joshua D. Garroway, The Beginning of the Gospel: Paul, Philippi, and the Origins of Christianity
Reviewed by Paula Fredriksen

Marshall H. Lewis, Viktor Frankl and the Book of Job: A Search for Meaning
Reviewed by Davis Hankins

Stanley Lombardo, Gilgamesh
Reviewed by Kathryn Slanski

Eyal Regev, The Temple in Early Christianity: Experiencing the Sacred
Reviewed by Timothy Wardle

Nicole Rupschus, Frauen in Qumran
Reviewed by Peter Porzig

Daniela Scialabba, Creation and Salvation: Models of Relationship between the God of Israel and the Nations in the Book of Jonah, in Psalm 33 (MT and LXX) and in the Novel Joseph and Aseneth
Reviewed by Brandon R. Grafius

Andrew Kimseng Tan, The Rhetoric of Abraham’s Faith in Romans 4
Reviewed by Jeffrey Aernie

Jun 26, 2020

James D. G. Dunn (1939–2020)

James D. G. Dunn has passed away. He was a prodigious and influential New Testament scholar. I did not know him personally but was sharpened and challenged by his scholarship.

On Writing a Commentary

Carey Moore notes the following on writing commentaries.
Just as 'it takes a village to raise a child', so it also takes a village to produce a biblical commentary, including such 'villagers' as past and present scholars; the 'who' (including one's own gender), 'what', 'when', 'where' and 'why' of the commentator; the collaborative efforts of the editor(s); and the marketing savvy of the publisher. Just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so a biblical commentary is only as strong as its weakest 'villager.'
Carey Moore, "'It Takes a Village' to Produce a Commentary: A Case in Point," in The Book of Esther in Modern Research, ed. Sidnie White Crawford and Leonard J. Greenspoon (London: T&T Clark, 2003), 3.

Jun 25, 2020

Arrowheads and Battles in Biblical Israel

I wish that more information would have been given on the typology of the arrowheads but I enjoyed this article.

Jun 24, 2020

Psalm 23 Links

I have been working on a commentary on the Psalms. I have decided to compile some helpful links that I discovered during my research. It includes a mix of exegetical and sermonic links. Here is what I have for Psalm 23 (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-23

Literary analysis of Psalm 23: http://psalmsstudy.com/psalms-literary-analysis-by-chapter/literary-analysis-psalm-23

Ray Stedman., “The Shepherd Psalm,” Psalm 23: https://www.raystedman.org/old-testament/psalms/the-shepherd-psalm

Analysis by C. J. Labuschagne: https://www.labuschagne.nl/ps023.pdf

William Barrick’s notes: https://drbarrick.org/files/studynotes/Psalms/Ps_023.pdf

“The Good Shepherd” David Klingler: https://voice.dts.edu/chapel/the-good-shepherd-klingler-david-r

John Piper, The Shepherd, the Host, and the Highway Patrol: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-shepherd-the-host-and-the-highway-patrol

Jun 23, 2020

The Battle of Megiddo Podcasts

I have been listening to a number of podcasts while I jog/walk. One that I have enjoyed is The History of Egypt Podcast. I recently listened to three that related to Thutmose III and the Battle of Megiddo fought 15th century BC. Although it is not strictly speaking a biblical event, I thought I would include the links here.

67. Armageddon
67b. The Battle of Megiddo (A Dramatic Reading)
68. Campaigns of Victory

Jun 22, 2020

The Wisdom of Silence

Tim Challies has some helpful advice in this post: "Sometimes It’s Best To Express Your Wisdom in Silence." It is a timely reminder in our days where silence is regarded as anything but wise.

Jun 21, 2020

Jesus as the Prophet Like Moses

David Schrock talks about it here. Although there is a tendency today in distancing a Christological reading of Deuteronomy 18:15-22, I think is a mistake.