Apr 24, 2021

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 to read them.

David J. H. Beldman, Judges
Reviewed by Eric D. McDonnell Jr.

Joseph Blenkinsopp, Essays on the Book of Isaiah
Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

Johann Cook and Martin Rösel, eds., Toward a Theology of the Septuagint: Stellenbosch Congress on the Septuagint, 2018
Reviewed by A. Jordan Schmidt

Melissa Eppihimer, Exemplars of Kingship: Art, Tradition, and the Legacy of the Akkadians
Reviewed by Sebastian Fink

Tchavdar S. Hadjiev, Joel, Obadiah, Habakkuk, Zephaniah: An Introduction and Study Guide
Reviewed by Andrew T. Abernethy

Walter A. Maier III, 1 Kings 12–22
Reviewed by David B. Schreiner

Edoardo Maria Palma, Transformàti in Cristo: L’antropologia paolina nella Lettera ai Galati
Reviewed by Gudrun Nassauer

Madison N. Pierce, Divine Discourse in the Epistle to the Hebrews: The Recontextualization of Spoken Quotations of Scripture
Reviewed by J. Michael McKay Jr.

Martin Schott, Sacharja 9–14: Eine kompositionsgeschichtliche Analyse
Reviewed by Edgar Kellenberger

Ruth Sheridan, The Figure of Abraham in John 8: Text and Intertext
Reviewed by Adele Reinhartz

Hagith Sivan, Jewish Childhood in the Roman World
Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz

David L. Stubbs, Table and Temple: The Christian Eucharist and Its Jewish Roots
Reviewed by Lori Baron

Apr 23, 2021

The Samaritans

There is a pretty good article here on the Samaritans, both past and present.

Apr 22, 2021

Parables on the Kingdom of God/Heaven

Steve Walton has made his slides from a recent talk he gave on the parables and the kingdom of god/Heaven available here as a free PDF.

Apr 21, 2021

The Beatitudes

Nijay Gupta has a good interview with Rebekah Eklund on the Beatitudes here. It sounds like her forthcoming book on the reception history of the Beatitudes will be helpful.

Apr 20, 2021

Skin Diseases in Leviticus 13

Albert Baumgarten has an interesting post here that focuses on why partial skin infections are apparently "unclean" and complete skin infections considered "clean" (Lev 13). Although the article is framed by that issue it also addresses the issue of skin diseases more generally.

Apr 19, 2021

Worship Fail

Recently while teaching through Zechariah 14, I was struck by the idea that worship is an expression of obedience and as such failure to worship has consequences. This can be seen in vv. 17-19. Here, failure to observe the Feast of Tabernacles leads to the withholding of God's blessings ("rain") and the reception of God's punishment ("plagues"). So, although care needs to be exercised here since this is an eschatological passage, a principle derived from this text suggests that we might fail to experience God's goodness because we fail to acknowledge God's greatness.