May 17, 2024

Teaching through Storytelling

While my task in preaching or teaching is to proclaim God's Word, I am seeing greater value in using stories to explain, illustrate, and apply that Word. This Faculty Focus article provides help with that even though it is not specifically aimed at preaching or teaching the Bible. Don't miss the link in the article for other resources.

May 16, 2024

Psalm 130

I am 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 130 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful in the comments section.

Analysis by C. J. Labuschagne:

William Barrick’s notes:

Psalm 130 devotional:

Mark Throntveit commentary:

Doug Bratt’s commentary:

Witherington on Romans

Ben Witherington is teaching through Romans via video. This series is an overview rather than a detailed exposition. Here is a link to to the first video.

May 15, 2024

Child Sacrifice

Daniel Vainstub has a sobering but good examination of child sacrifice to Molekh (also spelled  Molech) here.

May 14, 2024

The Best Books on Ecclesiology

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen identifies what he thinks are the sixteen best books on Ecclesiology here.

May 13, 2024

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.

Michael Avioz, Legal Exegesis of Scripture in the Works of Josephus (T&T Clark)
David M. Miller

Blaine Charette and Robby Waddell, eds., Spirit and Story: Pentecostal Readings of Scripture, Essays in Honour of John Christopher Thomas (Sheffield Phoenix)
Alaine Thomson Buchanan

Tucker Ferda, Daniel Frayer-Griggs, and Nathan C. Johnson, eds., “To Recover What Has Been Lost”: Essays on Eschatology, Intertextuality, and Reception History in Honor of Dale C. Allison Jr. (Brill)
William R. G. Loader

John Frederick, The Ethics of the Enactment and Reception of Cruciform Love: A Comparative Lexical, Conceptual, Exegetical, and Theological Study of Colossians 3:1–17 (Mohr Siebeck)
Philip J. Lowe

Drew N. Grumbles, YHWH Is There: Ezekiel’s Temple Vision as a Type (Wipf & Stock)
Andrea K. Di Giovanni

Christoph Heilig, The Apostle and the Empire: Paul’s Implicit and Explicit Criticism of Rome (Eerdmans)
Vien V. Nguyen

Jean-Baptiste Humbert, Alain Chambon, and Jolanta Mlynarczyk, The Archaeology of Qumran: Reassessment of the Interpretation; Peripheral Constructions of the Site; Qumran Terracotta Oil Lamps (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht)
Alan H. Cadwallader

Douglas E. Oakman, The Radical Jesus, the Bible, and the Great Transformation (Cascade)
Christopher B. Zeichmann

John D. Schwandt, An Introduction to Biblical Greek: A Grammar with Exercises (Lexham)
David H. Warren

Pieter G. R. de Villiers and Annette B. Merz, eds., Power in the New Testament (Peeters)
Clarissa Breu

May 12, 2024

Free eBook: Colossians

Wipf and Stock is offering a free eBook copy of Colossians: A Short Exegetical and Pastoral Commentary by Anthony Thiselton. The offer is valid until May17. Here are the instructions to get your copy.

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