Nov 10, 2023

New Ezra/Nehemiah Resource

Regular readers of this blog know that I am a huge fan of the pictorial resources produced by BiblePlaces. Todd Bolen has assembled a great team and together they produce visual materials that are great aids for Bible preachers and teachers, or really anyone who wants to know the Bible better. Their latest offering is Ezra and Nehemiah in the Photo Companion to the Bible Series. Not only are there more than 4,500 photos in this collection but the notes are informative. I am a Bible professor and I often learn stuff from the notes.

You really do owe it to yourself to check it out. And right now these resources are on sale. You can get the best price on the two books together: Ezra ($39), Nehemiah ($49), or Ezra and Nehemiah together for $59 as DVD+download or as download-only


Nov 9, 2023

Preaching Moral Examples from the Old Testament

Mitch Chase has a balanced discussion here on preaching moral examples from the Old Testament. I have often been uncomfortable with the one-sided condemnation of preaching the morality of the people of the Old Testament. Yes, preaching (and teaching) just morality (e.g., be a better person) is problematic but we need to avoid throwing out the baby with the bathwater. The New Testament provides abundant examples of using people from the Old Testament as exemplars, many more than Chase notes.

Nov 8, 2023

Free eBook: The Apocalyptic Paul

Wipf and Stock is offering a free eBook copy of The Apocalyptic Paul by Jamie Davies. Keep in mind that offer is only good until November 12. Here are the instructions to get your copy.

1. Click on this link.
2. Click "ADD TO CART" on the eBook option.
3. Use the code "APOCALYPSE
4. Upon checkout completion, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions of how to download your free eBook.

Nov 6, 2023

The Theology of Colossians

Kevin McFadden writes about some of the theological distinctives of Colossians here.

Nov 5, 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.

Janice Capel Anderson, Colossians: An Introduction and Study Guide (T&T Clark)
Holly Beers

Cilliers Breytenbach and Christoph Markschies, eds., Adolf Deissmann: Ein (zu Unrecht) fast vergessener Theologe und Philologe (Brill)
Albert L. A. Hogeterp

R. Alan Culpepper, Matthew: A Commentary (Westminster John Knox)
Bruce Chilton

Idan Dershowitz, The Valediction of Moses: A Proto-Biblical Book (Mohr Siebeck)
Nathaniel E. Greene

Santiago Guijarro, The Gospel of Mark in Context: A Social-Scientific Reading of the First Gospel (Cascade)
Ernest van Eck

J. M. F. Heath, Clement of Alexandria and the Shaping of Christian Literary Practice: Miscellany and the Transformation of Greco-Roman Writing (Cambridge University Press)
Thomas J. Kraus

Susan E. Hylen, Finding Phoebe: What New Testament Women Were Really Like (Eerdmans)
Benjamin H. Dunning

Jill Middlemas, Lamentations: An Introduction and Study Guide (T&T Clark)
Nancy C. Lee

Sara J. Milstein, Making a Case: The Practical Roots of Biblical Law (Oxford University Press)
Zev Farber

Lisa K. Sabbahy, Kingship, Power, and Legitimacy in Ancient Egypt: From the Old Kingdom to the Middle Kingdom (Cambridge University Press)
Robyn Gillam