Dec 2, 2022

Genesis 25 and Marshmallow and Jell-O Salad

I missed this bit of humor from The Babylon Bee for Thanksgiving but I reckon it is appropriate for Christmas as well. 


How Long Should You Spend on Sermon Prep?

Herschel York has posted a video here answering this question.

Dec 1, 2022

Free Logos Books for December

Logos is offering two freebies this month: Logos mobile-ed course "Bible Survey Video Series: The Gospels as the Story of Jesus," Donald Senior's The Passion of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. You can also purchase other resources at significant discounts and enter to win the "Old Testament: Advanced Background and Context Studies Study Bundle." These offers can be accessed here and here.

Nov 30, 2022

Abraham, a Servant, Rebecca, and Isaac (Gen 24)

David Frankel asks the following question.
Abraham tells his servant to go to his hometown to find a wife for Isaac. When the servant returns, he never reports back to him or introduces Rebecca to him. Why does Abraham disappear from the narrative? And, as Rebecca is his great-niece, why not send the servant to her father’s home directly?
I don't agree with some of the critical methodologies on display in answering the question but I found the discussion here interesting.

Nov 29, 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.

John-Christian Eurell, Peter’s Legacy in Early Christianity: The Appropriation and Use of Peter’s Authority in the First Three Centuries (Mohr Siebeck)
David L. Eastman

W. Edward Glenny, Amos: A Handbook on the Greek Text (Baylor University Press)
William A. Ross

Justo L. González, The Bible in the Early Church (Eerdmans)
Miriam DeCock

Matthias Henze and Liv Ingeborg Lied, eds., The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Fifty Years of the Pseudepigrapha Section at the SBL (SBL Press)
Archie T. Wright

Jimmy Hoke, Feminism, Queerness, Affect, and Romans: Under God? (SBL Press)
Benjamin H. Dunning

Chris Seglenieks, Johannine Belief and Graeco-Roman Devotion: Reshaping Devotion for John’s Graeco-Roman Audience (Mohr Siebeck)
Sung Uk Lim

Joseph Verheyden, Jens Schröter, and Tobias Nicklas, eds., Texts in Context: Essays on Dating and Contextualising Christian Writings from the Second and Early Third Centuries (Peeters)
Einar Thomassen

Brittany E. Wilson, The Embodied God: Seeing the Divine in Luke-Acts and the Early Church (Oxford University Press)
F. Scott Spencer

Nov 28, 2022

BiblePlaces: Book of Revelation

The folks at BiblePlaces have completed the New Testament volumes of their outstanding Photo Companions to the Bible with the Book of Revelation. As one who has taught Revelation numerous times, I believe that it is perhaps one of the biblical books that benefits most from the kind of photos found in this resource. Speaking of photos, there are plenty of them, about 3,000. All the photos are displayed in helpful PowerPoint presentations and each slide contains insightful descriptions.

Just in time for Christmas, the Revelation volume can be purchased here for the sale price: $49. Or you can purchase the entire 
New Testament as either a DVD+download or as download-only. This week it is on sale for only $299 (with coupon ALLNT).