Oct 10, 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.

Melanie Baffes, ed., Text and Context: Vernacular Approaches to the Bible in Global Christianity
Reviewed by Dorothy Jean Weaver

Fiona C. Black and Jennifer L. Koosed, eds., Reading with Feeling: Affect Theory and the Bible
Reviewed by Shawn Kelley

Daniel Castelo, Sara M. Koenig, and David R. Nienhuis, eds., The Usefulness of Scripture: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Wall
Reviewed by Derek Morton Tovey

Kristin Divjanovic, Paulus als Philosoph: Das Ethos des Apostels vor dem Hintergrund antiker Populärphilosophie
Reviewed by Timothy A. Brookins

Elaine Wei-Fun Goh, Cross-Textual Reading of Ecclesiastes with the Analects: In Search of Political Wisdom in a Disordered World
Reviewed by Raymond C. Van Leeuwen

JoAnna M. Hoyt, Amos, Jonah, and Micah
Reviewed by John Ahn

Rivka Nir, The First Christian Believer: In Search of John the Baptist
Reviewed by Nathan Shedd

Lucy Peppiatt, Unveiling Paul’s Women: Making Sense of 1 Corinthians 11:2–16
Reviewed by J. J. Johnson Leese

Meira Polliack and Athalya Brenner-Idan, eds., Jewish Biblical Exegesis from Islamic Lands: The Medieval Period
Reviewed by Jason Kalman

Marie Noonan Sabin, Evolving Humanity and Biblical Wisdom: Reading Scripture through the Lens of Teilhard de Chardin
Reviewed by Thomas Andrew Bennett

Oct 9, 2020

Steve Walton on the Gospel of Mark

Steve Walton has made two sets of slides from a recent presentation on the Gospel of Mark available as pdfs here.

Oct 8, 2020

Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 24:1: Reflections on Hebrews

The newest issue of Southern Baptist Journal of Theology focuses on the book of Hebrews. You can access it for free as individual articles here, or the entire issue here.

HT: Antony Billington

Oct 7, 2020

Psalm 32 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 32 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful in the comments section.

Literary analysis of Psalm 32: http://psalmsstudy.com/psalms-literary-analysis-by-chapter/literary-analysis-psalm-32-bliss-teshuvah-return-repentance

Analysis by C. J. Labuschagne: https://www.labuschagne.nl/ps032.pdf

William Barrick’s notes: https://drbarrick.org/files/studynotes/Psalms/Ps_032.pdf

The Happiness That Godly Sorrow Brings: Ten Things About Psalm 32: https://davidschrock.com/2019/08/02/the-happiness-that-godly-sorrow-brings-ten-things-about-psalm-32

John Piper, Go to God in Prayer: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/go-to-god-in-prayer

Oct 6, 2020

The Public Reading of Scripture

Jeffrey Arthurs provides eight best practices here. I am not where I want to be on this but at least I try and pay more attention to doing this well. Sometimes preachers and teachers see Scripture reading as a means to get to the sermon/lesson rather than seeing our sermon/lesson as a means to get to Scripture.

Oct 5, 2020

Ecclesiastes: Meditating on Futility

Tzvee Zahavy looks here at Ecclesiastes (Qohelet) from a Jewish perspective. Zahavy posits that "Kohelet is a collection of meditative chants on the futility of life, cast in a decidedly Israelite key." And he notes that, "Kohelet’s message is not entirely an expression of futility, for meditating on futility may be the one endeavor the book does not believe to be entirely futile." Some interesting thoughts on a challenging book.

Oct 4, 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.

Amy L. Balogh, Moses among the Idols: Mediators of the Divine in the Ancient Near East
Reviewed by Paul Korchin

Cédric Brélaz, Philippes, colonie romaine d’Orient: Recherches d’histoire institutionnelle et sociale
Reviewed by D. Clint Burnett

Kristine Henriksen Garroway, Growing Up in Ancient Israel: Children in Material Culture and Biblical Texts
Reviewed by Claudia D. Bergmann

Getatchew Haile, ed. and trans., ‘Life’ and ‘Miracles’ of Abunä Akalä Krəstos
Reviewed by Nebeyou A. Terefe

Jione Havea, ed., Scripture and Resistance
Reviewed by Marshall C. Johns

John Paul Heil, The Gospel of Matthew: Worship in the Kingdom of Heaven
Reviewed by David Z. Blackwell

David Janzen, Trauma and the Failure of History: Kings, Lamentations, and the Destruction of Jerusalem
Reviewed by Mark McEntire

Gideon R. Kotzé, Christian S. Locatell, and John A. Messarra, eds., Ancient Texts and Modern Readers: Studies in Ancient Hebrew Linguistics and Bible Translation
Reviewed by Tarsee Li

Brian Neil Peterson, Qoheleth’s Hope: The Message of Ecclesiastes in a Broken World
Reviewed by Katharine Dell

Nadine Ueberschaer, Theologie des Lebens bei Paulus und Johannes: Ein theologisch-konzeptioneller Vergleich des Zusammenhangs von Glaube und Leben auf dem Hintergrund ihrer Glaubenssummarien
Reviewed by Kari Syreeni