Oct 3, 2020

Oct 2, 2020

Lamentations: What Kind of Grief?

I was recently listening to a podcast on teaching Lamentations where the point was being made that the book teaches about grieving generally. While there is much grief in Lamentations, is it really about grieving in the general sense? Aren't the poetic expressions about the devastating consequences of sin against God (historically of the devastation of Jerusalem in 586 BC by the Babylonians). While the podcast mentioned sin and judgment it was almost an aside. Lamentations is not really  designed primarily as a book of comfort for those who have experienced tragic and unimaginable losses but a warning that rejecting God has tragic and unimaginable consequences. Sin and judgment frame the grief so powerfully expressed in the text.We should preach and teach it accordingly.

Oct 1, 2020

Free Logos Book for October: Interpreting the Pentateuch

The free Logos Book for the Month for October is Interpreting the Pentateuch by Peter Vogt. You can also purchase Interpreting the Historical Books by David Howard, and A Commentary on 1-2 Chronicles by Eugene Merrill, Exodus by Duane Garrett, and What the Old Testament Authors Cared About edited by Jason DeRouchie for $1.99, $3.99, $5.99, and $7.99 respectively. While you are at it, you can register for a chance to win Kregel's 40 Questions Series Collection. For all these offers, go to the Logos' Free Book of Month page here.

Sep 30, 2020

Biblical Languages for Everyone

Ryan Martin lays out four benefits here of studying Hebrew and Greek for any serious student of the Bible. The benefits are spot on but I rarely find folks that are devoted enough to really move on from "they know enough to be dangerous" mode. If I could go back and speak to the younger version of myself, I would say that learning the languages is more of a journey than a destination.

Sep 28, 2020

David's Unfortunate Census

David's unfortunate census is recorded in 2 Samuel 24:1-17 and 1 Chronicles 21:1-30. There are a number of interpretive challenges related to this event, but perhaps one of the stickiest is whether David's numbering was prompted by God (2 Sam 24:1) or Satan (1 Chr 21:1). Sinclair Ferguson attempts to address this conundrum here. While I tend to agree with the principles behind his proposed theological solution, I do wish he would have spent more time in the actual texts of 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles and looking first at the possible textual reasons behind the different approaches taken by the authors of the respective books.