Sep 10, 2021

Top Ruth Commentaries

Jenny Matheny lists and annotates her top commentaries on Nijay Gupta's blog here. It is a decent list but I would have found a place for commentaries by Block and Hubbard.

Sep 9, 2021

The Narrative of Ruth: Plot (Part 1)

Ruth is a brief but powerful picture of God's redemptive provision. The book can be studied in a variety of ways, one of which is from a literary perspective. And one way to do so is to try and analyze the plot structure 

As I see it, the Book of Ruth is a “problem based” plot. In this kind of plot, a problem is introduced in the beginning which will be addressed in the rest of the story. The major problem is the emptying of Naomi’s life through the death of her husband, two sons, and a daughter-in-law.

Naomi’s plight may have symbolic, theological, and canonical implications. That is, Naomi may be representative of the nation Israel as a whole, her plight and redemption highlighting the loyal love of Yahweh, and the book’s place within the so-called “Bethlehem Trilogy”involving two stories in the book of Judges involving Bethlehem.

In a forthcoming post I will lay out this plot as I see it.

Sep 8, 2021

New Issue of Tyndale House's Ink

The ninth issue of Tyndale House's magazine Ink is now out. You can check it out for free here.

Sep 7, 2021

Psalm 53 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 53 (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 53 devotional:

Psalm 53 in canonical perspective:

Sep 6, 2021

Chronicles as the Last Book of the Old Testament

Claude Mariottini has a very good post here regarding the canonical placement of Chronicles in Jewish tradition.

Sep 5, 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.

Garrick V. Allen, Manuscripts of the Book of Revelation: New Philology, Paratexts, Reception
Reviewed by Alexander E. Stewart

Dominique Angers, L' « Aujourd'hui » en Luc-Actes, chez Paul et en Hébreux: Itinéraires et associations d'un motif Deutéronomique
Reviewed by Laurent Pinchard

David R. Bauer, The Gospel of the Son of God: An Introduction to Matthew
Reviewed by Charles L. Quarles

Kevin Burrell, Cushites in the Hebrew Bible: Negotiating Ethnic Identity in the Past and Present
Reviewed by Joel B. Kemp

Vasile Condrea, Syntactic Studies in Targum Aramaic: A Text-Linguistic Reading of 1 Samuel
Reviewed by Andrew Daniel

David deSilva, The Letter to the Galatians
Reviewed by Frank W. Hughes

Arthur Jan Keefer, Proverbs 1–9 as an Introduction to the Book of Proverbs
Reviewed by Alice Ogden Bellis

Edmondo F. Lupieri, ed., Mary Magdalene from the New Testament to the New Age and Beyond
Reviewed by Siobhán Jolley

Kenneth Seeskin, Thinking about the Prophets: A Philosopher Reads the Bible
Reviewed by Nathan Mastnjak

Andrew Kimseng Tan, The Rhetoric of Abraham’s Faith in Romans 4
Reviewed by Timothy J. Christian