Jul 31, 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.

Author Response
Michael S. Moore responds to a review of his WealthWarn: A Study of Socioeconomic Conflict in Hebrew Prophecy

Richard Bauckham, Who Is God? Key Moments of Biblical Revelation
Reviewed by J. Michael Thigpen

Eva Elm and Nicole Hartmann, eds., Demons in Late Antiquity: Their Perception and Transformation in Different Literary Genres
Reviewed by Brandon R. Grafius

Stefan Fischer and Gavin Fernandes, eds., The Song of Songs Afresh: Perspectives on a Biblical Love Poem
Reviewed by Laura S. Lieber

Bonifatia Gesche, Christian Lustig, and Gabriel Rabo, eds., Theology and Anthropology in the Book of Sirach
Reviewed by Jeremy Corley

Justin King, Speech-in-Character, Diatribe, and Romans 3:1–9: Who’s Speaking When and Why It Matters
Reviewed by Max J. Lee

Andreas J. Köstenberger, Handbook on Hebrews through Revelation
Reviewed by Timothy B. Cargal

Joachim J. Krause, Die Bedingungen des Bundes: Studien zur konditionalen Struktur alttestamentlicher Bundeskonzeptionen
Reviewed by William S. Morrow

Manolis Papoutsakis, Vicarious Kingship: A Theme in Syriac Political Theology in Late Antiquity
Reviewed by Jacob A. Lollar

Dana Robinson, Food, Virtue, and the Shaping of Early Christianity
Reviewed by Meredith J. C. Warren

Johann Tischler, Hethitische Texte in Transkription KUB 49
Reviewed by Livio Warbinek

Jul 30, 2021

Albert Vanhoye (1923–2021)

Albert Vanhoye, a French New Testament scholar has passed away. See this article. Although not well known outside of academic circles, I found his work on the book of Hebrews helpful.

Jul 29, 2021

The Superscriptions in the Psalms

Peter Gentry has a good discussion here on the superscriptions in the Psalms. I happen to agree with his view that these should be considered part of the text.

Jul 28, 2021

The Presentation of the Promised Land in the Old Testament

David Frankel has a very interesting discussion here concerning the Old Testament's presentation of the Promised Land.

Jul 27, 2021

Psalm 48 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 48 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful in the comments section.

The Text this Week: http://www.textweek.com/writings/psalm48.htm

Analysis by C. J. Labuschagne: https://www.labuschagne.nl/ps048.pdf

William Barrick’s notes: https://drbarrick.org/files/studynotes/Psalms/Ps_048.pdf

Psalm 48 devotional: https://www.generations.org/devotionals/59

Jul 26, 2021

Biblical Wisdom Literature

The material in the books that are identified as wisdom (e.g., Prov) tends to be be characterized by the following.

  • Literature that is related to the Hebrew root hkm (~kx). This root occurs over 180x in Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes (or about 55% of all the occurrences in the OT).
  • Literature that is concerned with the basic issues of life.
  • Literature than prefers the experiential (what happens).
  • Literature that is universal (transcends ethnic lines).
  • Literature that emphasizes the rule rather than the exceptions.
  • Literature where the theology is generally more implicit than explicit.