Jan 7, 2023

Free Webinar: Contextualizing Your Preaching

David Allen is offering a free webinar on Thursday, January 19, on how to contextualize preaching. You can sign up here.

Jan 6, 2023

Praying the Psalms

Claude Mariottini has a nice post on the topic here.

Jan 5, 2023

Free eBook: Of Martyrs, Monks, and Mystics

Wipf and Stock is offering a free eBook copy of Of Martyrs, Monks, and Mystics: A Yearly Meditational Reader of Ancient Spiritual Wisdom by Charles Ringma and Irene Alexander. I did not see an expiration date so you might want to act sooner rather than later. Here are the instructions to get your copy.

1. Click on this link.
2. Click "BUY" on the eBook option.
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4. Upon checkout completion, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions of how to download your free eBook.

Jan 4, 2023

The OT Background to Jesus' Baptism

Ian Paul has an interested discussion here on the OT background to Jesus' baptism focusing particularly on Matthew's account. 

I would make just one minor comment concerning Paul's statement that, "Contrary to all artistic depiction (including the mosaic above from Ravenna), what happens next occurs after Jesus has ‘gone up out of the water’, in other words, once he has left the river and is on the bank once more." While the text does state, "Jesus came up immediately from the water" (NASB), this does not have to mean that he would have have to have go to shore. For example, one could say that "a whale came up out of the water." Furthermore, the idea of "immediately" (εὐθὺς) seems more naturally to refer to coming up out from under the water than hastening back to shore. So, I am not sure certainty is warranted in either case.

Jan 3, 2023

Bible Reading

One of my regular practices is to read through the Bible every year. There are many reasons to do this and Tim Casteel give five of them here.

Jan 2, 2023

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.

Israel Finkelstein and Mario A. S. Martin, eds., Megiddo VI: The 2010–2014 Seasons (Eisenbrauns)
Avraham Faust

H. H. Hardy II, The Development of Biblical Hebrew Prepositions (SBL Press)
Elitzur A. Bar-Asher Siegal

Brian Larsen, Archetypes and the Fourth Gospel: Literature and Theology in Conversation (T&T Clark)
Paul N. Anderson

Hanne Løland Levinson, The Death Wish in the Hebrew Bible: Rhetorical Strategies for Survival (Cambridge University Press)
David G. Firth

Kevin M. McGeough, Representations of Antiquity in Film: From Griffith to Grindhouse (Equinox)
Philippa Carter

Nicolò Rizzolo, Pesher: L’interpretazione della Parola per la fine dei giorni (Peeters)
Jeffrey L. Morrow

Love Lazarus Sechrest, Race and Rhyme: Rereading the New Testament (Eerdmans)
Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Wilbert P. Stelzer, A New Reconstruction of the Text of 2 Corinthians in Pelagius’s Commentary on the Pauline Epistles (Gorgias)
W. Andrew Smith

Jan 1, 2023

Free Logos Resources for January

Logos is offering two freebies this month: After God’s Own Heart: The Gospel According to David by Mark Boda and Herbert McCabe's The New Creation. You can also purchase other resources at significant discounts and enter to win the 13-volume Eerdmans Commentary Collection." These offers can be accessed here and here.

Year in Review

Faculty Focus has posted a nice year in review here. For those who are teachers, there are posts that are worth reading or reading.