Sep 17, 2022

PhD after Seminary?

Tavis Bohlinger has some really helpful thoughts here. A PhD is not for everyone and it is wise to count the costs before you start. A PhD can be personally and vocationally rewarding but do go in with your eyes open.

Sep 16, 2022

SBL Seminar Papers

The Society of Biblical Literature recently made the following statement.
Each November from 1971 through 2003 the Society of Biblical Literature published a collection of papers that would be presented in the sessions (or seminars) at that year’s Annual Meeting: the SBL Seminar Papers. The contents of the collection were determined not by theme or topic but by which papers were submitted to SBL early enough to be assembled into a volume and printed for distribution at the Annual Meeting.
Over the thirty-three years of the Seminar Papers’ existence, SBL published forty-one physical volumes (two volumes each for 1971–1975, 1978–1979, and 1998) containing 1,126 papers that filled 19,849 pages. Although the Seminar Papers explicitly identified their contents as “working documents,” “experimental and initial work on a subject,” many continue to be cited in scholarly work today—that is, when one can locate a library that owns them.
Now, nearly twenty years after the last volume was published, SBL is happy to announce that all 1,126 papers have been digitized and are openly available for anyone to read online or download. All forty-one volumes can be accessed here as a part of the Pitts Theology Library Digital Collections.

Sep 15, 2022

We Still Need the Old Testament

Jennifer Holloran, chief operating officer of Wycliffe Bible Translators, tells us why here.

Sep 14, 2022

The Parable of the Unjust Steward

Ian Paul has a good discussion here of the Parable of the Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-13). 

Sep 13, 2022

Seeking the Lord in Chronicles

1–2 Chronicles are often neglected and routinely left unread. But Ken Berding provides a helpful but surprising insight. He notes, "I recently stumbled upon a delightful biblical discovery while doing a word search on the word “seek.” I discovered that the most common place in the Bible where the word shows up in connection with God is 1 and 2 Chronicles." You can read the rest here.

Sep 12, 2022

New Photo Resource: Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, Jude, and 1, 2, & 3 John

BiblePlaces has released their latest volumes in the "Photo Companion to the Bible" series. These resources contains nearly 5,000 photos related to Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, Jude, and 1, 2, & 3 John. The BiblePlaces photo companions are excellent resources for teaching and preaching. The photos are carefully curated, painstakingly researched, attractively presented, helpfully organized, and currently on sale.

Hebrews - 1,950 photos; reg. $59; on sale: $39
James - 950 photos; reg. $49; on sale: $39
1 & 2 Peter, Jude - 1,400 photos; reg. $59; on sale: $39
1, 2, & 3 John - 650 photos; reg. $49; on sale: $29

Or you can purchase all four collections for the special sale price of $49. These companions are available as either a  DVD+download or as a download-only.

Check out these free downloads excerpted from the collection if you are still uncertain.

Hebrews 7 PowerPoint (145 slides).
James 3 PowerPoint (185 slides
1 Peter 2 PowerPoint (175 slides)
1 John 4 PowerPoint (90 slides)

Sep 11, 2022

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 E. Aune and Reidar Hvalvik, eds., The Church and Its Mission in the New Testament and Early Christianity: Essays in Memory of Hans Kvalbein (Mohr Siebeck)
Alicia J. Batten

Paul Elbert, Essays in Biblical Studies: New and Penetrating Ideas on the Work of the Holy Spirit (The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship)
William Horst

Robert B. Foster, Renaming Abraham’s Children: Election, Ethnicity, and the Interpretation of Scripture in Romans 9 (Mohr Siebeck)
James C. Miller

John Goldingay, The Book of Jeremiah (Eerdmans)
Marvin A. Sweeney

Joel B. Green, Discovering Luke: Content, Interpretation, Reception (Eerdmans)
Julie Newberry

Catherine McDowell and Philip Towner, The Rewards of Learning Greek and Hebrew: Discovering the Richness of Bible in Its Original Languages (Hendrickson)
Rebecca W. Poe Hays

Iain Provan, Seeking What Is Right: The Old Testament and the Good Life (Baylor University Press)
Benjamin J. M. Johnson

Charles B. Puskas and C. Michael Robbins, The Conceptual Worlds of the Fourth Gospel: Intertextuality and Early Reception (Cascade)
Christopher Seglenieks