Aug 14, 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.

Eve-Marie Becker, Paul on Humility
Reviewed by Tyler A. Stewart

Jione Havea, Jonah: An Earth Bible Commentary
Reviewed by Yitzhak Berger

Innocent Himbaza and Clemens Locher, eds., La Bible en face: Études textuelles et littéraires offertes en hommage à Adrian Schenker, à l'occasion de ses quatre-vingts ans
Reviewed by Frédérique Dantonel

Joel B. Kemp, Ezekiel, Law, and Judahite Identity: A Case for Identity in Ezekiel 1–33
Reviewed by Corrine Carvalho

JongHyun Kwon, The Historical Jesus’ Death as “Forgiveness of Sins”: A Comparative Study of Paul and Matthew
Reviewed by William Horst

Chin Ming Stephen Lim, Contextual Biblical Hermeneutics as Multicentric Dialogue: Towards a Singaporean Reading of Daniel
Reviewed by Ekaputra Tupamahu

Roberto Martínez Rivera, El amigo del novio: Juan el Bautista; Historia y teología
Reviewed by Marcelo Wall

Yifat Monnickendam, Jewish Law and Early Christian Identity: Betrothal, Marriage, and Infidelity in the Writings of Ephrem the Syrian
Reviewed by Maria E. Doerfler

Timothy J. Murray, Restricted Generosity in the New Testament
Reviewed by Thomas R. Blanton IV

Fabian Pfitzmann, Un YHWH venant du Sud? De la réception vétérotestamentaire des traditions méridionales et du lien entre Madian, le Néguev et l’exode (Ex–Nb ; Jg 5 ; Ps 68 ; Ha 3 ; Dt 33)
Reviewed by Axel Bühler

Aug 13, 2021

Books on the Book of Revelation

Mike Bird lists his top seven here. I don't agree with all the choices but the annotations are helpful.

Aug 12, 2021

Paul’s Use of the Old Testament in 1 Corinthians 5

Jeremy Kimble's article here on Paul’s use of the Old Testament ("purge the evil person from among you") in 1 Corinthians 5 from the latest issue of Themelios is worth reading. It is  another example of a New Testament author using an Old Testament text with contextual sensitivity.

Aug 11, 2021

True and False Prophets: Jeremiah Versus Hananiah

James Diamond has an interesting discussion of how Jewish tradition has understood true versus false prophets in light of Jeremiah 27–28. Some explanations are more convincing than others and Maimonides approach seems outright strange.In any case, you can check it out here.

Aug 10, 2021

Proverbs as Promises

Jim Davis has an interesting take on viewing Proverbs as promises here. He suggests that proverbs, "set the bare minimum for what the Christian can expect." But I am not sure the dichotomy that Davis sets between "probabilities" and "promises" are the only options. I would prefer the idea of principles rather than promises. That is, if one follows a line of true wisdom, then the aspect of life covered by that wisdom is more skillfully navigated. Wisdom as a genre does not typically operate with mathematical precision.

Aug 9, 2021

Psalm 49 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 49 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful in the comments section.

The Text this Week:

Into the Word with Paul Carter:

Analysis by C. J. Labuschagne:

William Barrick’s notes:

Psalm 49 devotional:

Steven Cole, A Psalm for the Recession: