Aug 28, 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.

Niv Allon, Writing, Violence, and the Military: Images of Literacy in Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt (1550–1295 BCE)
Reviewed by Rune Olsen

Craig G. Bartholomew, The God Who Acts in History: The Significance of Sinai
Reviewed by Andrew Abernethy

Daniel I. Block, David C. Deuel, C. John Collins, and Paul J. N. Lawrence, eds., Write That They May Read: Studies in Literacy and Textualization in the Ancient Near East and in the Hebrew Scriptures; Essays in Honour of Professor Alan R. Millard
Reviewed by Kurtis Peters

Paul M. Blowers, Visions and Faces of the Tragic: The Mimesis of Tragedy and the Folly of Salvation in Early Christian Literature
Reviewed by Courtney J. P. Friesen

Sebastian P. Brock, Singer of the Word of God: Ephrem the Syrian and His Significance in Late Antiquity
Reviewed by Lucas Van Rompay

Steven Fine, ed., Jewish Religious Architecture: From Biblical Israel to Modern Judaism
Reviewed by Shalom Sabar

Roy A. Harrisville III, The Faith of St. Paul: Transformative Gift of Divine Power
Reviewed by Nélida Naveros Córdova, CDP

Nyasha Junior, Reimagining Hagar: Blackness and Bible
Reviewed by Jennifer M. Matheny

ChoongJae Lee, Metánoia (Repentance): A Major Theme of the Gospel of Matthew
Reviewed by Robert H. Gundry

Mar Pérez i Díaz, Mark, a Pauline Theologian: A Re-reading of the Traditions of Jesus in the Light of Paul’s Theology
Reviewed by Michael F. Bird

Shai Secunda, The Talmud’s Red Fence: Menstrual Impurity and Difference in Babylonian Judaism and Its Sasanian Context
Reviewed by Marjorie Lehman

Joshua Joel Spoelstra, Life Preservation in Genesis and Exodus: An Exegetical Study of the Tebâ of Noah and Moses
Reviewed by David M. Carr

Michael J. Thate, The Godman and the Sea: The Empty Tomb, the Trauma of the Jews, and the Gospel of Mark
Reviewed by Albert L. A. Hogeterp

Howard Thurman; David B. Gowler and Kipton E. Jensen, eds., Sermons on the Parables
Reviewed by S. D. Giere

Markus Tiwald, ed., The Q Hypothesis Unveiled: Theological, Sociological, and Hermeneutical Issues behind the Sayings Source
Reviewed by John S. Kloppenborg

Aug 27, 2021

A Biblical Theology of David and Goliath

Jason Hood has a very interesting treatment treatment here of the David and Goliath story (1 Sam 17). His biblical theology treatment is interesting and even persuasive. But, I am wrestling with how his approach is different from the allegorical approaches that he rejects at the beginning of the article. I see two differences. First, Hood replaces anthropocentric allegorical approaches with what he sees as a theocentric biblical theology approach. Second, he approaches the David and Goliath within the broader story of the Bible whereas some other popular allegorical approaches fall outside of the biblical story line. But some of Hood's connections, his tracing of the biblical theology, seem a bit of a stretch for me. In any case, the article is worth checking out.

Aug 26, 2021

A Chronology of Paul

Ken Berding shares his Pauline chronology here. I like the fact that he dates the death of Christ to AD 33 and that Paul writes Galatians before the Jerusalem council.

Aug 25, 2021

The Value of the Talmud

This article does a fair job of explaining what the Talmud is and why this Jewish text it might be beneficial for Christians.

Aug 24, 2021

Social Media Toxicity

Thom Rainer has a good post here on six ways toxic social media affects pastors. I think Rainer's comments also apply to Christians in general. I recently saw an online exchange where a fellow preacher's reasonable comments were labeled dumb and ridiculous by a fellow preacher. Although I did not agree with the first preacher's comments, I winced when I saw the second pastor's demeaning response.

Aug 23, 2021

Psalm 52 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 52 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful in the comments section.

Into the Word with Paul Carter:

Analysis by C. J. Labuschagne:

William Barrick’s notes:

Psalm 52 devotional:

Psalm 52: The Fate of the Arrogant Man:

J. Ligon Duncan Sermon:

Aug 22, 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. 

Patricia D. Ahearne-Kroll, Aseneth of Egypt: The Composition of a Jewish Narrative
Reviewed by Tyler Smith

Dongbin Choi, The Use and Function of Scripture in 1 Maccabees
Reviewed by Peter Altmann

Francesco Cocco, Women in the Wilderness: The “Female Legislation” of the Book of Numbers (Num 5,11–31; 27,1–11; 30,2–17)
Reviewed by Deborah Rooke

Benjamin H. Dunning, ed., The Oxford Handbook of New Testament, Gender, and Sexuality
Reviewed by Amy Peeler

J. Cheryl Exum, Samson and Delilah: Selected Essays
Reviewed by Gregory Mobley

Jennifer Eyl, Signs, Wonders, and Gifts: Divination in the Letters of Paul
Reviewed by Matthew V. Novenson

Rhiannon Graybill and Peter J. Sabo, eds., “Who Knows What We’d Make of It, If We Ever Got Our Hands on It?”: The Bible and Margaret Atwood
Reviewed by Anthony Swindell

Richard B. Hays, Reading with the Grain of Scripture
Reviewed by James W. Thompson

Nahorai Kotkin, Hebrew Root Dictionary
Reviewed by Samuel Arnet

Eric Lawee, Rashi’s Commentary on the Torah: Canonization and Resistance in the Reception of a Jewish Classic
Reviewed by Aaron Koller

Cécile Michel, Women of Assur and Kanesh: Texts from the Archives of Assyrian Merchants
Reviewed by Greta Van Buylaere

Jeanette Hagen Pifer, Faith as Participation: An Exegetical Study of Some Key Pauline Texts
Reviewed by S. D. Giere

Geoffrey S. Smith, Valentinian Christianity: Texts and Translations
Reviewed by Antti Marjanen

Ian J. Vaillancourt, The Multifaceted Saviour of Psalms 110 and 118: A Canonical Exegesis
Reviewed by Jordan M. Scheetz

Michael R. Whitenton, Hearing Kyriotic Sonship: A Cognitive and Rhetorical Approach to the Characterization of Mark’s Jesus
Reviewed by Abson Joseph