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May 27 2017, 8AM

As I was wrapping up a study of Genesis, I was struck by the fact that the final restoration scene between Joseph and his brothers ends well (Gen 50:15-21). This is unlike most of the brotherly relationships in Genesis that tend to end in dysfunction or d... [Genesis] [old testament]

May 26, 7AM

Scott Hafemann along with Richard Schultz developed the following “Ten Theses on Biblical Theology.” 1. Biblical theology should be biblical, taking the canon in its entirety as its starting point and criterion. 2. Biblical theology should be the... [Biblical Theology]

May 25, 7AM

Paul Henebury evaluates a number of biblical theology books here. [Biblical Theology] [Books]

May 24, 9AM

L. Michael Morales’ biblical theology of Leviticus is an interesting read. The following quote sets up where Morales sees Leviticus going. As the fiery glory of YHWH fills the tabernacle at the end of the book of Exodus, the drama of redemptive history ... [Biblical Theology] [Exodus] [Genesis] [Leviticus] [Pentateuch] [Torah]

May 23, 7AM

The latest issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament is out. Here is a list of the articles and links to abstracts.‘The Sanctuary of his Body’: Body and Sanctuary in Paul and John: Morna D. Hooker Accidental Publication, Unfinished Te... [Journal for the Study of the New Testament]

May 21, 10AM

Mike Bird lists his top ten resources on Acts here. [Acts] [Books]

May 20, 7AM

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.John J. Collins The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature http:... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

May 19, 6AM

I think Doug Moo’s explanation of the difference between James’ and Paul’s use of Genesis 15:6 to be helpful. To borrow a metaphor from the world of photography, Paul uses a telephoto lens to isolate the inherent meaning of the verse whereas James l... [faith] [Galatians] [Genesis] [james] [New Testament] [Paul] [Romans]

May 18, 7AM

I appreciate the words below from Dale Ralph Davis. I often tell my students that the biblical authors did not have emoticons so one has to read especially carefully and closely. One basic way is to observe repetition."Biblical writers did not have the lu...

May 17, 7AM

“Matthew’s gospel bears witness to a Jewish Jesus whose person and work are shaped by his people’s history as interpreted in the scriptural record. The gospel was placed first in the canonical collection because its early readers were convinced by i... [gospel] [jesus] [Matthew]

May 16, 6AM

Peter Mead has five pointers on using humor in preaching here. [humor] [Preaching] [Sermons]

May 15, 7AM

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. M. Eugene Boring I and II Thessalonians: A Commentary http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

May 14, 12 PM

Videos of the three plenary sessions from the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Southwest Region of the Evangelical Theological Society are now available on Youtube. The theme was “Progressive Covenantalism and Progressive Dispensationalism” and the plenary ... [dispensationalism] [Evangelical Theological Society] [theology] [video]

May 13, 8AM

Charlie Trimm has a brief but enlightening post here on how soldiers used the bathroom in the ancient Near East. [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [warfare]

May 12, 7AM

This is fairly balanced article on the advantages and  disadvantages of taking notes on a computer in class.HT: George Hillman [education] [Technology]

May 11, 8AM

Brian Croft has a good word here about what he learned from preaching in a dying church. I think his observations might also fit most churches. In any case, I am looking forward to his further unpacking of these lessons. [church] [Preaching]

May 10, 8AM

Clint Archer does a nice job of arguing that the 144,000 means 144,000 here. Readers might also want to check out Joel White's essay, "The 144,000 in Revelation 7 and 14: Old Testament and Intertextual Clues to Their Identity" (pp. 179-97) in the festschr... [Interpretation] [Revelation]

7AM

Daniel Darling has some good advice for those beginning seminary later in life here. In fact, this advice is worth considering for anyone coming to seminary. [seminary] [Theological Education]

May 9, 8AM

Peter Mead shares 20 ways for creating a better connection between preachers and hearers here.20 suggestions for a better connection between preacher and listeners.See more: http://evangelicalfocus.com/blogs/2548/peter_mead_The_preacher_listener_connectio... [church] [preachers] [Preaching]

May 7, 1PM

One aspect of blogging that I find helpful is the opportunity to be exposed to what others are reading and studying. a case in point is this post by Shane Lems summarizing part of Timothy Laniak's, Shepherds After My Own Heart, where he discusses three wa... [Deuteronomy] [Exodus] [israel] [leadership]

May 5, 7AM

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. James Aitken and James Paget, eds.The Jewish-Greek Tradition in Antiquity and the Byzantine E... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

May 4, 2PM

Peter Cockrell explains why he does so here. I would encourage all my preaching friends to consider it as well. [Bible Exposition] [Preaching] [Sermons]

May 3, 4PM

You can read about 10 things you should never do in a theological research paper by downloading a free ebook from Michael Kibbe here. [seminary] [Theological Education] [Writing]

May 2, 7AM

Christianaudio.com is offering The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Steven Lawson as their free audio download for the month of May. You can access this offer here. [Audio] [Lloyd-Jones] [Preaching]

May 1, 5PM

The free Logos Book of the Month for May is Live in Liberty: The Spiritual Message of Galatians by Daniel Bush and Noel Due. You can also purchase Embracing God as Father: Christian Identity in the Family of God by the same authors for .99 cents and a th... [Books.] [logos]

April 30, 5AM

Christianity Today has posted an article on, "The Skeptical State of Bible Reading in 2017" here. [Bible] [reading]

April 29, 7AM

Mark Wilson notes the problems associated with translating Jacob with James in the New Testament here. [Greek] [james] [New Testament]

April 28, 7AM

David Pettigrew notes here that the Corinth Excavations Archaeological Manual is being published but you can download a free PDF. David's informative post is here and you can download the PDF here. [1 Corinthians] [2 Corinthians] [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [New Testament]

April 27, 8AM

Credo Courses is offering audio of Craig Blomberg's "The Historical Reliability of the Gospels" for $5. That is not bad for over 13 hours of content. Credo is also offering 50%-off for video and other materials associated with this course. You can see the... [Apologetics] [Audio] [Blomberg] [gospels] [New Testament]

April 26, 7AM

David Murray has a helpful list here for helpful resources for studying the Song of Solomon. [old testament] [Song of Solomon] [Song of Songs]

April 25, 8AM

Terry Wilder argues here that archaeology and biblical studies are distinct but friendly disciplines. [Biblical Archaeology] [Biblical Studies]

April 24, 6PM

Ph.D.? by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#90214)
Todd Chipman has some important questions to ask here. [seminary] [Theological Education]

April 23, 11AM

Gary Manning has posted a clever and humorous parable for language students here. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [Hebrew]

April 22, 7AM

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.Jeff W. Childers, trans.; George A. Kiraz, ed. The Antioch Bible: The Gospel of Luke according to t... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

April 21, 6AM

I have been enjoying Ben Witherington's interaction with the book Adam and the Genome by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight. I am not sure how many posts Witherington will do but the first five are here, here, here, here, and here. [Ben Witherington] [Creation] [evolution] [Genesis]

April 19, 7AM

William Barrick has some great thoughts here on Christ's resurrection and missions. [gospels] [jesus] [Missions] [New Testament] [resurrection]

April 18, 11AM

Zondervan is offering its lecture videos at 55%-off with free shipping. This sale is only good for three days, April 18-20. Use the source code VIDEO. You can check it out here. [videos]

7AM

Livia Gershon talks about the process of paying taxes in biblical times here. [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [Money]

April 17, 1PM

Rodger You has links to a number of resources related to biblical chronology here.HT: Kevin Woodruff [Bible] [chronology]

April 16, 6AM

April 15, 8AM

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.Richard A. Burridge Four Gospels, One Jesus? A Symbolic Reading http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdeta... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

April 14, 9AM

Kyle Dillon has an excellent post here on the "Seventy Week" prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27. He has summarized and organized quite a bit of material. [Daniel] [old testament] [Prophecy]

April 13, 2PM

Doug Petrovich thinks so and he explains briefly how and why in this article. This is beyond my expertise so I will await the judgment of others but the proposal is intriguing. [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [Biblical languages] [Hebrew]

April 12, 7AM

Today marks the ninth anniversary of the beginning of this blog. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by over the years. [blog]

April 11, 7AM

Andy Naselli has some good questions for students considering a PhD to ask here. [seminary] [Theological Education]

April 10, 8PM

Carl Rasmussen has an interesting post here discussing the potential connection between the Pilate Inscription at Caesarea Maritima and a tiberieum dedicated to the imperial cult. [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology]

April 9, 3PM

With the proliferation of study Bibles, it is easy to forget how groundbreaking the Scofield Reference Bible was. And whether you like it or not, it did get many people into the Word of God. So check out the Oxford Blog's nice write-up on the Scofield's 1... [Bible] [Bible study]

April 8, 8AM

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.Terrance Callan Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor: The Second Letter of Peter http://www.bookrevi... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

April 7, 2PM

Mike Bird discusses the question of whether first century Jews considered themselves to be still in exile here. The discussion is brief and will not shed much light on the particulars but Bird does provide a good bibliography on the topic.  [backgrounds] [israel] [n.t. wright] [Second Temple]

7AM

This article by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor came out a few years ago but it provides a good argument for AD 33 rather than 30 for the death of Jesus. [Crucifixion] [gospels] [jesus] [New Testament]

April 6, 8AM

See this article on the possibility that some of the Dead Sea Scroll fragments that have been sold/purchased recently are likely fakes. [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [Dead Sea Scrolls]

April 5, 8AM

Eric Davis has a good word here on keeping the “para” in parachurch ministries. [church] [Ministry]

April 4, 11AM

I really wish I could attend this conference on coins in the Bible.HT: Larry Hurtado [backgrounds] [Bible] [Coins]

April 3, 8PM

Trying to identify a center for Old Testament has proven to be a daunting task. In a recent article, Richard Davidson notes that he has identified 28 different centers and has added his own seven-fold multiplex suggestion to the pile.[1] The article itsel... [Biblical Theology] [New Testament Theology] [Old Testament Theology]

April 2, 1PM

The free Logos Book of the Month for April is Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by Brandon O’Brien and E. Randolph Richards. You can also purchase Reading Scripture with the Church Fa... [Books] [hermeneutics] [Interpretation] [logos]

April 1, 6AM

Gary Shogren's post here relates his five favorite recent New Testament related archaeological discoveries. [Biblical Archaeology] [New Testament]

March 31, 8AM

I really want to add videos to my teaching repertoire. This post on "10 Tips for Creating Effective Instructional Videos" looks helpful. [teaching] [Technology] [videos]

March 30, 11AM

March 29, 4PM

I have found The Bible Project's videos to be creative, well-done, and helpful. I recently watched the video on Ezra-Nehemiah. The presentation is fairly straightforward but the video presents Ezra 4, 9–10 and Nehemiah 13 as  strange anti-climaxes.... [Ezra] [Nehemiah] [old testament]

March 28, 8AM

Tom Schreiner explains here why he believes that Christians are not required to tithe. [giving] [New Testament] [Tithes]

March 27, 7PM

Credo Courses are offering free audio of Gary Habermas' course on the historicity of the Resurrection. You can access the offer here. [Audio] [gospels] [jesus] [New Testament] [resurrection]

March 26, 3PM

Dr. Mike Burer has provided a nice diagram created by some of his students on Paul's soteriology. Check it out here. [New Testament] [Paul] [Soteriology]

March 24, 1PM

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.Giuseppe de Carlo Il Bagliore delle luci antiche: Una lettura sapienziale della Bibbia ebraica http... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

March 23, 1PM

Jason Allen provides some solid advice and encouragement here for the hard work of sermon preparation. [Preaching] [Sermon Preparation] [Sermons]

8AM

What 3 elements need to be in every funeral sermon? An answer can be found here. [funerals] [Pastoral Advice] [Sermons]

March 22, 11AM

There is a three-day sale on volumes in the Interpretation series with prices as low as $1.99. The sale ends Friday, March 24. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors should all have the sale prices. See here. [Books] [commentaries]

8AM

Robert Godfrey explains why he does here. [old testament] [Psalms]

March 21, 11AM

Recent renovations at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre have been completed. You can read about it here. [backgrounds] [holy land] [Jerusalem] [jesus] [resurrection]

March 20, 6PM

In Genesis 19, there are several clues that Lot may have compromised morally and spiritually. Consider the following list.Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom (19:1). Lot addressed the wicked men of Sodom as “brothers” (19:7). Lot was willing to offer... [Genesis] [old testament]

March 19, 11AM

March 18, 6AM

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.Todd S. Berzon Classifying Christians: Ethnography, Heresiology, and the Limits of Knowledge in Late A... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

March 16, 4PM

Wipf and Stock is having a 50%-off sale. The sale is good until April 3. Use code INV50 at checkout to get the discount. Here is a list of the books on sale. [Books]

March 15, 6PM

Jackson Wu has some helpful advice here for doing word studies when you don't know Hebrew or Greek. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [Hebrew]

7AM

The Babylon Bee has this post about choosing a dissertation topic. But those who have been through the process of trying to select a topic know how true to life this can be! [seminary]

March 14, 2PM

You can download free audio of a textual criticism course by Dan Wallace here. Note video and other options are not free but the audio portion is. I am also unsure of how long it will be free so you might want to take advantage of the opportunity sooner r... [Audio] [Dan Wallace] [Textual Criticism]

7AM

Thomas Kidd explains here. [Books]

March 13, 11AM

Michael Duduit explains the difference between exegesis and exposition here. [Bible Exposition] [Biblical Preaching] [exegesis] [Expository Preaching]

March 12, 5PM

Will Brooks argues that training in biblical interpretation should be an integral part of every missions strategy here. [hermeneutics] [Missions] [seminary]

March 11, 7AM

Greekonomics by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#87737)
Rob Plummer explains how to set goals, manage your time, and grow your Greek here. [Biblical languages] [Greek]

March 10, 12 PM

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.Keon-Sang An An Ethiopian Reading of the Bible: Biblical Interpretation of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewa... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

March 9, 11AM

March 8, 8PM

You can read this interesting article on the tombs of Esther and Mordechai located in Iran. [backgrounds] [Esther] [old testament]

March 7, 10AM

William Barrick provides some suggestions here. [Genealogies] [old testament] [Spiritual Reading]

March 6, 8PM

Check out "Paul’s Letters to Timothy and Titus: A Literature Review (2009–2015)" by Charles J. Bumgardner in the winter issue of the Southeastern Theological Review. [New Testament] [Pastoral Epistles]

March 5, 2PM

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.Rainer Albertz Exodus 19–40 http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10926 Reviewed by Will... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

March 4, 8AM

Gary Manning provides a New Testament flavored parody of Gilbert and Sullivan's "I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" from The Pirates of Penzance here. [academics] [humor] [New Testament] [seminary]

March 3, 9AM

Peter Leithart has an interesting post here interacting with Jeremy Sexton's 2015 critique of William Henry Green's fairly well-known article, "Primeval Chronology" (Bibliotheca Sacra 47 [1890]: 285-303). [Genealogies] [Genesis] [old testament]

March 2, 7AM

Gary Byers has a fairly comprehensive article on mudbricks and the Bible here. [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology]

March 1, 7AM

The free Logos Book of the Month for March is This Risen Existence: The Spirit of Easter by Paula Gooder. You can also purchase Fruit of the Soul: Luther on the Lament Psalms for $1.99. For both offers you can go to the Logos' Free Book of Month page he... [Easter] [logos] [Luther] [Psalms] [resurrection]

February 28, 12 PM

On Footnotes by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#87153)
"For most theological writers/researchers, the writing of footnotes is secondary to the primary task of researching and writing the paper. Footnotes are intended to support your argument, not to draw attention to themselves. When footnotes are well writte... [Writing]

February 27, 7AM

David Murray has some really good advice developing pastoral antennae here. I remind my students frequently that ministry is people. Unfortunately, the pastor as CEO model has done great harm to the traditional pastoral ministries. [Ministry] [pastors]

February 26, 3PM

Christianity Today has an interesting study of pastors perceive domestic violence here. [church] [pastors]

February 25, 9AM

Greg Lanier has a good correction and explanation here of the use of Saul and Paul in the New Testament. [New Testament] [Paul]

February 24, 9AM

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.Kristian A. Bendoraitis ‘Behold, the Angels Came and Served Him’: A Compositional Analysis of Ange... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

February 23, 7AM

Ian Paul discusses Philip Jenson's alternative three-fold division of the law here. It is an interesting proposal but I am not sure that setting up a tiered-system solves some of the thornier problems related to Christians and the law. [Law] [old testament]

February 22, 7AM

Andreas Köstenberger and Robert Plummer talk about maintaining your Greek here. I especially liked this quote: “Greek is like the neighborhood cat. If we don’t feed it, eventually it will leave.” The same could be said of Hebrew as well. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [Hebrew]

February 21, 11AM

Michael Vlach has a good  post here on the three phases of the Jerusalem temple in Daniel 9:24-27. [Daniel] [Jerusalem Temple] [old testament] [Prophecy]

February 20, 8AM

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is providing a free full-color PDF timeline of the ancient Near East here. [ancient Near East] [backgrounds] [chronology]

February 19, 7PM

See this article at the Harvard Business Review.HT: Trevin Wax [reading]

February 18, 9AM

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.Terri Bednarz Humor in the Gospels: A Sourcebook for the Study of Humor in the New Testament, 1863–2... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

February 17, 1PM

Jen Wilken has a great reminder and challenge here not to use the label "Bible study" for a catch-all for any gathering at church. Rather "Bible study" should be reserved for classes where you actually study the Bible. [Bible study] [church]

February 16, 1PM

Earlier this year, I shared a link to a post by James Hamilton that was fairly critical of intertextuality (see here). Now Kyle Dunham at the Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary blog has two posts, here and here, that doesn't shy away from issues raised ... [hermeneutics] [Interpretation] [Intertextuality]

February 15, 8AM

Here is another visual from my Genesis course. [Genesis] [old testament]

February 14, 12 PM

I have been reworking my teaching materials in Genesis. Here is one the visuals that I have used before. [Genesis] [old testament]

February 13, 8AM

Genesis 1:1 by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#86397)
Lee Fields has a good discussion here on the various syntactical issues and options for translating Genesis 1:1. [Biblical languages] [Genesis] [Hebrew] [old testament]

February 11, 7AM

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.Sonja Ammann Götter für die Toren: Die Verbindung von Götterpolemik und Weisheit im Alten Testament... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

February 10, 8AM

I think they do. But according to this study, not nearly as hard as STEM majors. Theological studies majors come in at 30 out of 86 majors. At least we beat philosophy which comes in at 31. [bible college] [seminary] [Theological Education]

February 9, 10AM

This was heavily reported yesterday but just in case you missed it, a new cave, the twelfth, that likely held some Dead Sea Scrolls has been discovered and excavated. Unfortunately, no new scrolls or fragments of scrolls with texts were found. But they di... [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Manuscripts] [Textual Criticism]

February 8, 8AM

February 8 is one suggested date for Paul's departure from Malta. You can read more about it here. [Acts] [backgrounds] [New Testament] [Paul]

February 7, 9AM

You can read H. B. Charles' understanding of biblical preaching here. [Biblical Preaching] [Expository Preaching] [Sermons]
Michael Kruger has a good discussion here on what implications that an imminent return of Christ might of had on the production of Scripture. Kruger seems skeptical that the early church had an expectation of the imminence of the Lord's return but argues ... [canon] [eschatology] [New Testament]

February 6, 8AM

This article has been out a few days, but D. A. Carson's article here is worth reading. [Bible] [Carson]

February 5, 12 PM

Trinity College principal Emma Ineson recently posted a request on Facebook for preaching tips from alumni and friends could that could be shared in an Introduction to Preaching module she was about to teach. Here is a post on the results and an edited c... [Preaching] [Sermons]

February 4, 7AM

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.Bill T. Arnold and Richard S. Hess, eds. Ancient Israel’s History: An Introduction to Issues and Sou... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

February 3, 7AM

I don't know much about this project but some might be interested in this Judaism and Rome website. This project attempts to re-think Judaism’s relationship with the Roman Empire, especially from the 2nd Century BC to the 4th Century AD. [backgrounds] [Judaism] [Rome]

February 2, 7AM

Benjamin H. Walton, Preaching Old Testament Narratives (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2016).Preaching narratives, especially Old Testament narratives well, can be a challenge. So I approached Benjamin Walton’s treatment with some anticipation. This fairly brief... [old testament] [Preaching] [Review] [Sermons]

February 1, 6AM

The free Logos Book for February is N. T. Wright’s Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Christian Discipleship. Unfortunately many may have already picked this up last year when it was offered for 99 cents. In any case, you can check out the offer ... [logos] [n.t. wright]

January 31, 8AM

Eric Geiger attempts to answer that question here. [Biblical Preaching] [preachers] [Sermons]

January 30, 1PM

Carl Rasmussen has a fascinating post here on where he might have eaten on his travels. [Acts] [New Testament] [Paul]

January 29, 1PM

Elizabeth Garn writes about five reasons she is glad that she went to seminary here. Number three is huge. [seminary] [Theological Education]

January 28, 9AM

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.David Balch Contested Ethnicities and Images: Studies in Acts and Arts http://www.bookreviews.org... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

January 27, 9AM

Larry Hurtado has a good post here on the “conversion” of Paul. Although Hurtado leaves the question of whether Paul's experience should be understood as a conversion or a call open, I lean toward the conversion side. But I recognize that an awful lot... [New Testament] [Paul]

January 26, 8AM

Some points in Anna Pitoniak's article, "What Being an Editor Taught Me About Writing" are worth reading and adapting for academic writing and the writing of sermons. HT: George Hillman [Writing]

January 25, 8AM

Brill is offering a number of free eBooks during Academic Book Week (Monday 23 – Saturday 28). See Brill's offer here. The following two titles have the most relevance to biblical studies.Studies in the Making of the Early Hebrew BookEarly Christian Man... [Books]

January 24, 8AM

Ray Van Neste and Jason Allen discuss why pastors should study the biblical languages here. [Audio] [Biblical languages] [Greek] [Hebrew]

January 23, 8PM

Although this posted a few days ago, N. T. Wright has some interesting and helpful thoughts on Bible study here in case you missed it. [Bible study] [n.t. wright]

January 22, 1PM

The Bible Society has posted the interesting results of their survey of over 3,700 Bible readers mostly from the UK. You can access a PDF of the results here.HT: Antony Billington [Bible] [reading]

January 21, 8AM

This new study dates and explains the sun standing still Joshua 10. The study assumes the solar eclipse explanation. I believe that the dating is wrong and I am doubtful that the eclipse view best explains the event. [Apologetics] [Joshua] [old testament]

January 20, 4PM

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.Samuel E. Balentine Have You Considered My Servant Job? Understanding the Biblical Archetype of Patien... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

January 19, 8PM

David Murray has some good advice for providing constructive sermon critiques here. Although these are more geared to the classroom one could also adapt these for a church setting or even self-evaluation. [Preaching] [Sermons]

January 18, 5PM

Those in the Dallas-Fort Worth area might want to consider attending the Text-Driven Preaching Conference being held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on March 6-8, 2017. You can access more information here. [Expository Preaching] [Pastoral training] [pastors] [Sermons]

January 17, 4PM

January 16, 10AM

Fake Readers by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#84999)
I have often wondered whether my students actually read their assigned readings but according to this story, some librarians seem to have created fake readers of another kind. Apparently, these readers were created in order to bolster the circulation numb... [Illustrations] [reading]

January 15, 12 PM

Henry Neufeld talks here of the different "contributions" of practices and experiences and not just formal training that helps equip a person for Bible study.While on the topic of Bible study, one might want to take a look at this website. [Bible study]

January 14, 7PM

Many Bible students today see the Garden of Eden in Genesis as a prototype temple or sanctuary. Greg Beale identifies fourteen reasons for this identification (The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God, New St... [Biblical Theology] [Genesis] [old testament] [temple] [Typology]

January 13, 1PM

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.Simeon Chavel Oracular Law and Priestly Historiography in the Torah http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdet... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

January 12, 2PM

I just couldn't resist linking to this Babylon Bee "story." [humor] [Jeremiah] [old testament]

January 11, 5PM

This article provides an interesting account of a surreptitious visit to Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs. Because of security issues most tourists do not go to Hebron much less see the features described and pictured in the article. [Abraham] [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [Genesis]

January 10, 8AM

Matthew Holst has some good advice here for reading Proverbs. [Interpretation] [Proverbs] [wisdom]

January 9, 1PM

Several sources have noted that John Sailhamer has died (here is one). Although, I did not know Dr. Sailhamer personally, I found his writings to be helpful and stimulating. I did not always agree with his conclusions but he frequently caused me to think ...

January 8, 1PM

I am not sure if I would call it the biggest challenge of theological education, but Greg Forster's post here is worth considering. [bible college] [seminary] [Theological Education]

January 7, 8AM

Here is another article on the most and least profitable college majors. Biblical studies is listed fifth in the least profitable category. As the article notes, "If you want to follow your heart, and not necessarily the dollar signs, these jobs may be fo... [bible college] [Christian Education] [seminary]

January 6, 8AM

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.Michal Beth Dinkler Silent Statements: Narrative Representations of Speech and Silence in the Gospel o... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

January 5, 8AM

Charles Lee Irons, A Syntax Guide for Readers of the Greek New Testament (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2016). A plethora of resources are available for students and potential students of the Greek New Testament, including books, software, videos, and apps. ... [Biblical languages] [book] [Greek] [Review]

January 4, 9AM

I think that having a book table at church is a wonderful idea. Here is a post on one church that tried it. [Books] [church] [reading]

January 3, 9AM

The free Logos "Book" of the Month for January is Bulletin for Biblical Research, Volume 1. To get this resource you can go to the Logos' Free Book of Month page here. [Journals] [logos]

8AM

Mahlon Smith has a good post here on listening and applying a sermon. In essence, the recipient of the message participates in the message with an attitude of obedience and expectation of life change. Ultimately, application is a collaborative effort betw... [application] [Preaching] [sermon]

January 2, 3PM

I have previously posted on a list of 2016's significant biblically-related archaeological discoveries by Christianity Today here, then a list here of 2016's significant archaeological discoveries in Israel by Haaretz, and now and probably finally, a list... [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology]

8AM

Michael Vlach has a helpful post here on eight ways that the New Testament uses the Old Testament. [hermeneutics] [Interpretation] [New Testament] [old testament]

January 1, 12 PM

This article by Russell Meek on intertextuality is a couple of years old but is worth reading. It is a great reminder of the dangers of using/misusing terms without understanding the presuppositions that undergird them.HT: James Hamilton [hermeneutics] [Interpretation] [Intertextuality]

December 31 2016, 8AM

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. Miriam Bier ‘Perhaps There Is Hope’: Reading Lamentations as a Polyphony of Pain, Penitence, and ... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

December 30, 8AM

A few days ago, I posted on Christianity Today's list of top ten Bible-related archaeological discoveries in 2016. Now Haaretz here has a list of the best archaeological discoveries in Israel for 2016. [Biblical Archaeology] [holy land] [israel]

December 29, 9AM

Carl Rasmussen has an interesting discussion and photos of an ancient synagogue, perhaps the oldest discovered. You can about it here. [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [holy land] [israel] [Judaism]

December 28, 5PM

Godon Govier at Christianity Today lists and discusses the top ten biblical archaeology discoveries of 2016 here. [Biblical Archaeology]

December 27, 9AM

William Ross has posted a brief description and video here of Peter Williams' ETS paper, “On the Invention and Problem of the Term ‘Septuagint’” [Evangelical Theological Society] [LXX] [Septuagint]

December 26, 4PM

Dr. William Barrick lists his recommended Bible background books and Old Testament commentaries here. [Books] [old testament]

December 25, 8AM

December 24, 9AM

Jason DeRouchie has a new website worth checking out here.HT: Andy Naselli

December 23, 9AM

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.Stephane A. Beaulieu “Behold! My Servant”: An Exegetical and Theological Study of the Identity and... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

December 22, 6PM

Ian Paul has a good post here on Luke's dating of the birth of Christ. [backgrounds] [Christmas] [Luke] [New Testament]

December 21, 5PM

A coin of Antiochus IV (see Daniel 8, 9, 11) was found recently during some repairs at the Tower of David. You can see it and read about it here and here. [backgrounds] [Coins] [Daniel] [old testament] [Second Temple]

December 20, 7PM

Carl Rasmussen has an interesting post here on a relatively unknown Christmas-related site near Bethlehem. [backgrounds] [Christmas] [pseudepigrapha]

December 19, 12 PM

Wayne Stiles has some helpful advice and tips on reading more here. [reading]

December 18, 3PM

Bryan Windle has a pretty good post here discussing some connections that one can make between archaeological finds and the Christmas story. [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [Christmas] [gospels] [jesus] [New Testament]

December 17, 9AM

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.James Donkor Afoakwah The Nathan-David Confrontation (2 Sam 12:1–15a): A Slap in the Face of the Deu... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

December 16, 4PM

You can access free audio here of Nancy Guthrie talking with Michael Kruger on teaching Romans 1–7. [Audio] [New Testament] [Romans]

December 15, 8AM

I have seen several and surely there will be more, but here are two year-end best book lists that might be of interest.Christianity Today's 2017 Book AwardsBiblical Foundations Best Books in Biblical Studies 2016 [Books]

December 14, 7AM

Bible Gateway has a simple but good Christmas story timeline here. [Christmas] [Luke] [Matthew] [New Testament]

December 13, 8AM

December 12, 5PM

Apparently a number of F. F. Bruce's works will be republished in the near future. You can read about the effort here. [F.F. Bruce] [New Testament]

11AM

Logos Bible software has a number of Zondervan titles on sle as part of their "Twelve Days of Christmas" promotion here. [Christmas] [logos]

December 10, 8AM

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.Garrick V. Allen, Ian Paul, and Simon P. Woodman, eds. The Book of Revelation: Currents in British Res... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

December 8, 10PM

William Barrick discusses the royal priesthood here. [1 Peter] [New Testament] [old testament] [priests]

December 7, 1PM

You can access the latest issue of Themelios either in PDF or Logos formats for free here. [journal] [Themelios]

December 6, 8AM

Some might be interested in this new website that seeks to collect all ancient textual references to the gift of tongues.HT: Roger Pearse [Church History] [glossolalia] [tongues]

December 5, 8AM

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.Mary Ann Beavis and HyeRan Kim-Cragg Hebrews http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10988 R... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

December 4, 8AM

The Fall 2016 issue pf the Southwestern Journal of Theology is available as a free PDF here. [journal] [Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary]

December 3, 8AM

Timothy George has some interesting tidbits here from the the forthcoming Reformation Commentary on Scripture, volume covering 1–2 Samuel, 1–2 Kings, and 1–2 Chronicles. [1 Chronicles] [1 Kings] [1 Samuel] [2 Chronicles] [2 Kings] [2 Samuel] [commentary]

December 2, 12 PM

Herschel York shares three helpful responses when one preaches a bad sermon here. I think number three is particularly important. [pastors] [Preaching] [Sermons]

8AM

You can access free audio here of Nancy Guthrie talking with Paul house on teaching the book of Jeremiah. [Audio] [Jeremiah] [old testament]

December 1, 10AM

Wyatt Graham gives four reasons here. [Books] [reading]

6AM

The free Logos Book of the Month for December is How to Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman III. You can also purchase Longman's How to Read the Psalms for $1.99. For both offers you can go to the Logos' Free Book of Month page here. [Books] [commentary] [logos] [old testament] [Proverbs] [Psalms]

November 30, 8AM

Stephen McAlpine has some important thoughts here and here on the challenges that many pastors face in trying to balance the expectations placed on them by academics concerning the use of Greek and Hebrew and the realities of pastoral ministry. [Greek] [Hebrew] [Ministry] [preachers] [Preaching] [Sermons]

November 29, 8AM

November 28, 9PM

November 26, 8AM

Do we really need a hipster nativity set? Apparently, some think so. You can read about it here.  [Christmas] [humor]

November 25, 8PM

IVP is offering a number of titles at 50%-off for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is even better than the 45%-off at the just concluded ETS and SBL meetings. You can check out the sale here. [Books]

7PM

A 15-minute video on Hebron from a Jewish perspective can be seen here. [backgrounds] [Genesis] [holy land] [old testament]

November 24, 10AM

Peter Flint by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#82762)
I had seen several reports noting that Peter Flint had died but here is the first published confirmation that I could find. I have benefited greatly from his books and he always gave engaging lectures [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Flint]

November 23, 8AM

Dan Wallace provides a brief annotated bibliography here of mostly commentaries on the books of Romans. 1-2 Corinthians, and Galatians. [1 Corinthians] [2 Corinthians] [commentaries] [Galatians] [Romans]

November 22, 9AM

I was glad to read the following comment by Christopher Wright regarding lament in general and lament psalms in particular. "Is this not a bit surprising? Here we have a book that bears the title 'The Praises,' yet the largest group of 'Praises' are ... [old testament] [Psalms] [Worship]

November 21, 8AM

This is a pretty cool website featuring the first century Jerusalem temple. You can access two videos here. [Jerusalem] [Jerusalem Temple] [New Testament]

November 18, 1PM

This article in the Daily Mail is one of the better articles on the ancient Ten Commandments tablet that was recently sold at auction. [Decalogue] [Deuteronomy] [Exodus] [Ten Commandments]

November 17, 8AM

"The application should always relate to what God has done, will do, wants done, or instructs people to do. Preaching is not just a process of encouraging people to be nice to one another and live a happy life. The Bible is all about how God works with an... [application] [Preaching] [Prophets] [Sermons]

November 16, 8AM

I have been slowly making my way through O. Palmer Robertson's book The Flow of the Psalms: Discovering Their Structure and Theology (Phillipsburg, PA: P&R, 2015). I created the following table to illustrate Robertson's argument regarding the structur... [old testament] [Psalms]

November 15, 9AM

In his discussion on preaching parables, Steven W. Smith states, “We could so fall in love with the cultural background, the fascination of it all, that we miss the theological point Christ is attempting to communicate, a point that is imbedded in the t... [backgrounds] [gospels] [New Testament] [parables] [Preaching] [Sermons]

November 14, 8AM

Christopher J. H. Wright provides a great caution against a simplistic application of biblical narratives. He writes. “But we cannot turn stories about what God did do—stories that indeed do demonstrate what God can do—into blank-cheque promises abo... [application] [Biblical Narratives] [inductive Bible study] [Interpretation]

November 12, 9AM

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.James K. Aitken, ed.T&T Clark Companion to the Septuaginthttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

November 11, 8AM

Luke 2:1-7 by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#82210)
James Gray discusses Luke 2:1-7 here. This post does a good job of summarizing some of the problematic issues related to this text. Those working on Christmas sermons or lessons might find it useful. [Christmas] [gospel] [jesus] [Luke] [New Testament]

November 10, 7AM

George Guthrie discusses six characteristics of biblical faith according to Hebrews 11 here. [faith] [Hebrews] [New Testament]

November 9, 2PM

Robert Hubbard has a nice run through here of books which you might want to consider in building an Old Testament library covering Genesis — Ruth. [Books] [commentary] [old testament]

November 7, 7PM

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.James S. Anderson Monotheism and Yahweh's Appropriation of Baal http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

November 6, 2PM

Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson has some good suggestions here. [pastors]

November 5, 7AM

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.Ward Blanton A Materialism for the Masses: Saint Paul and the Philosophy of Undying Life http://www.bo... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

November 4, 3PM

Grant Osborne writes about four keys to kindling your love for the Book of Revelation here. [New Testament] [Revelation]

November 3, 8AM

Joshua Mann has three very brief thoughts on Luke-Acts commentaries here. [Acts] [commentaries] [Luke] [New Testament]

November 2, 7AM

This Jesus and the Gospels Museum is probably not new but it was new to me. [backgrounds] [gospels] [New Testament]

November 1, 9AM

The free Logos Book of the Month for November is Philippians: How to Have Joy from Precept Ministries International. You can also purchase the volume on Jonah for .99 cents. For  these offers you can go to the Logos' Free Book of Month page here. [Bible Study Resources] [logos] [New Testament] [Philippians]

7AM

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.Mette Bundvad Time in the Book of Ecclesiastes http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10974... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

October 31, 7AM

Here is a list of articles in the latest of Currents in Biblical Research. The link takes you to an abstract.Eric A. Seibert – Recent Research on Divine Violence in theOld Testament (with Special Attention to Christian Theological Perspectives)Arthur Ke... [Currents of Biblical Research] [Journals]

October 30, 11AM

Scott Redd gives you seven reasons here. [academics] [theology]

October 29, 7AM

Chuck Swindoll addresses that issue here. [academics] [Preaching] [scholarship]

October 28, 7AM

National Geographic has an interesting story here on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the likely place of the death and burial of Christ. Ongoing renovations and repairs are exposing parts of the tomb which are not normally seen. [Biblical Archaeology] [gospels] [jesus] [New Testament]

October 27, 1PM

I know that formatting issues are not of interest to everyone. But some might be interested in this post from the SBL Handbook of Style blog on how to properly format titles from books to blogs.  [Writing]

7AM

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.G. K. Beale, with David H. Campbell Revelation: A Shorter Commentary http://www.bookreviews.org/bookde... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

October 26, 4PM

A few days ago I posted on an ancient papyrus which contains the word “Yerushalma” (possibly meaning “to Jerusalem”). Today, two of my favorite bloggers have posts containing additional information on this manuscript here and here. [Biblical Archaeology] [Hebrew] [Manuscripts]

3PM

Gary Ledbetter has some thoughts here. [death] [funerals]

October 25, 5PM

Todd Scacewater shares 14 of them here. [Expository Preaching]

October 24, 7AM

George Guthrie discusses 6 ways to transform your reading of the Gospels here. [gospels] [Interpretation] [New Testament] [reading]

October 23, 11AM

Peter Mead reminds us to do just that here. [Illustrations] [Preaching] [Sermons]

October 22, 7AM

Apparently, an 8th century BC papyrus which mentions the word “Yerushalma” (possibly meaning “to Jerusalem”) has been discovered. You can read about it here. [backgrounds] [Jerusalem] [Manuscripts]

October 20, 3PM

Ann Michael thinks so in this post. [Books]

October 19, 7AM

According to a recent Preaching magazine survey, humor is used quite often in preaching. Respondents were asked, "How often do you use humor in preaching?" Here are the results. Frequently - 54% Sometimes - 44% Rarely - 2% Never - 0%An interesting follo... [humor] [preachers] [Preaching] [Sermons]

October 18, 11AM

See this post related to St. Luke's Day and the accompanying sonnet by Malcom Guite. [gospels] [Luke] [New Testament]

8AM

You can access all the sessions of the 2016 Advanced Expository Workshop here. This year's focus was on the book of Ruth.  [Expository Preaching] [old testament] [Ruth] [Sermons]

October 17, 12 PM

Here is a list of the top 10 books every pastor should read. [Books] [pastor]

October 16, 6PM

See this interesting article on biblically-related foods. [backgrounds] [food]

October 15, 9AM

Tim Challies, building on the work of Lou Priolo, has a good discussion here of the provocative people of Proverbs. [old testament] [Proverbs]

October 14, 4PM

Not new, but some readers might be interested in this helpful annotated bibliography by Todd Scacewater on the War Scroll. [backgrounds] [Dead Sea Scrolls]

October 13, 7AM

The video for Larry Hurtado's recent Lanier Theological Library lecture entitled, “A New and Mischievous Superstition: Early Christianity in the Roman World” is now up. You can access it here. [Christian Origins] [Christianity] [Hurtado]

October 12, 8AM

Scott Slayton has five excellent suggestions here for making sure that one continues to grown theologically after your time in seminary is over. [Ministry] [seminary]

October 11, 6AM

Live Science has two articles here and here on the Dead Sea Scrolls. The first article highlights newly revealed Dead Sea Scrolls while the second addresses the possibility that at least some of these newly revealed scrolls are forgeries. [backgrounds] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Manuscripts] [old testament] [Textual Criticism]

October 10, 8AM

John Frye has a good caution here concerning the temptation of preaching Saturday night specials sermons. [Preaching] [Sermons]

October 8, 7AM

D. Jeffrey Bingham and Glenn R. Kreider, eds., Eschatology: Biblical, Historical, and Practical Approaches (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2016). The volume under review serves two purposes. First, it is intended festschrift for Craig Blaising in honor of his si... [Book Reviews] [Books] [eschatology] [theology]

October 7, 9AM

Sotheby's will be auctioning Charles Ryrie's million dollar Bible collection on December 5 in New York. Items being offered "will include some 200 lots of manuscript and printed Bibles, ranging from the tenth-century “Benton” Gospels in Greek (estima... [Bibles] [Ryrie]

October 6, 6PM

Those interested in reading a summary of Larry Hurtado's most recent book, Destroyer of the God's might want to check out this article in Catalyst magazine. [Christianity] [Hurtado]

October 5, 10AM

Jason Duesing has a thoughtful post here on the lack of and need for "gentlemen theologians." [academics] [theology]

October 4, 7AM

Faculty Focus has good post here sharing the results of a readers' survey on the challenges of teaching higher education. Although I did not participate in this survey, a number of the findings seem to be true to my own experiences. [bible college] [seminary] [Theological Education]

October 3, 6AM

Matt Emerson has a great reminder here that biblical studies and systematic theology are "covenanted friends." [Biblical Studies] [theology]

October 2, 11AM

Tel Lachish by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#80358)
Many of you may have already heard about some exciting discoveries at Tel Lachish announced a few days ago by the Israel Antiquities Authority here. There are a number of news reports out there. I would start here for additional information and here for t... [2 Kings] [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [Books] [old testament]

October 1, 7AM

The free Logos Book of the Month for October is Romans by Craig Keener in the New Covenant Commentary series. You can also purchase Revelation by Gordon Fee in the same series for $1.99 or enter to win the entire six-volume series. For all these offers ... [Books] [commentaries] [Fee] [Keener Craig] [logos] [New Testament] [Revelation] [Romans]

September 30, 7AM

I am encouraged by this Chicago Tribune article on the fact that people are apparently still reading. I am firmly committed to the proposition that those who are involved in ministry should be readers. [reading]

September 29, 8AM

Some readers might already be aware of this, but one can access free PDFs of the current and past issues of the Journal for Inductive Bible Study here. [Bible study] [Bible Study Resources] [Journals]

September 28, 7AM

Jason DeRouchie has a good discussion here on the meaning and implications of Proverbs 22:6. [children] [old testament] [Proverbs] [wisdom]

September 27, 9AM

John Dyer has a fascinating post here on the history of Bible software. [Bible] [software]

7AM

Ian Paul has a helpful post here covering some good resources for preaching the Gospel of Matthew. In the post, mention is made of a commentary list by Antony Billington but the link takes you to a bio. Here is the link to the actual document. [Matthew] [New Testament] [Preaching] [Sermons]

September 26, 6PM

Old Testament scholar Elmer Martens has passed away. I especially appreciated his work God's Design: A Focus on Old Testament Theology. You can read more about Martens here. [old testament]

September 24, 8AM

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.Jonathan Draper and Clayton Jefford, eds. The Didache: A Missing Piece of the Puzzle in Early Christia... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

September 23, 8AM

Andy Stanley recently preached a message that seemed to minimize the value of the Bible in the Christian faith (see here). In think that two posts here and here provide some of the better responses to Stanley. [Bible] [Preaching]

September 22, 9AM

David Murray shares Dale Van Dyke's advice on preaching Old Testament narratives here. And Jesse Johnson has some helpful thoughts here on true and false repentance in 2 Samuel 19. [2 Samuel] [Biblical Narratives] [old testament] [Preaching] [Sermons]

6AM

Andrea Eidinger has a great post here answering that question and she also has this great flowchart.HT: Mike Burer [academics] [seminary] [Theological Education]

September 21, 1PM

See this New York Times article on a charred fragment containing the first two chapters of Leviticus. The scroll was read using a new computer imaging program. This scroll was found in 1970 and has been dated by Ada Yardeni and Emanuel Tov to the first ce... [Leviticus] [Manuscripts] [old testament] [Textual Criticism]

8AM

Colin Adam's post, "Preachers, Plagiarism and What to Do with My Peter O’Brien Commentaries" is worth reading, especially his advice on staying on the right side of the line. [Plagiarism] [Preaching] [Sermons]

September 20, 8AM

Todd Chipman has some sound advice on striking the right balance in using the biblical languages here. [aramaic] [Biblical languages] [Greek] [Hebrew]

September 19, 8AM

Those interested in reading Aramaic and Syriac might be interested in this forthcoming Facebook group. The fun starts on October 16. For more information see this blog post. [aramaic] [Biblical languages] [Facebook] [syriac]

September 18, 4PM

George Athas has an interesting take on Lot's actions in Genesis 19. You can access his blog post with a link to his article in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures here. [backgrounds] [Biblical Narratives] [Genesis] [old testament]

September 17, 5PM

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.Kevork B. Bardakjian and Sergio La Porta, eds. The Armenian Apocalyptic Tradition: A Comparative Persp... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

September 16, 5PM

The lasted volume of the Journal of Biblical Literature is now out. Here is a list of the articles with links to abstracts.Editor’s Foreword. Snared by Words? (Proverbs 6:2): On the Perils of Editing Adele Reinhartz preview Demons in the Hebrew Bible an... [Journal of Biblical Literature]

September 15, 1PM

I think a fair amount of skepticism is warranted, but this story about a possible stone of the high priest's breastplate is certainly interesting. [Biblical Archaeology] [old testament] [temple]

12 PM

Eric Davis has a thoughtful post here on using peace as a way of making decisions might not be the best way to go.

7AM

Eerdmans is publishing a new collection of essays in honor of Richard Bauckham. You can read more about it here but the table of contents are as follows.Part 1: Thematic Studies The Birth of God and the Resurrection of Life Jürgen Moltmann Time and Etern... [Bauckham] [book]

September 14, 9AM

Edmond Sanganyado has a solid post on Bible interpretation which also lists some of what he considers the best Bible study books. I think that the list might be more helpful if he included the authors and not just the titles. In any case, you can read the... [Books] [hermeneutics] [Interpretation]

September 13, 1PM

Theology Nerd’s Wife Has Book Detector Installed. [Books] [humor] [theology]

9AM

Eric Cline answers the questions, "Who are the Sea Peoples and what role did they play in the devastation of civilizations that occurred shortly after 1200 BCE?" at ASOR's The Ancient Near East Today here. [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [old testament] [Philistines]

September 12, 7AM

Matt Waymeyer has a good discussion here on Luke 24 and its implications for the so-called Christological hermeneutic. [hermeneutics] [Interpretation]

September 11, 5PM

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.James P. Allen The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

12 PM

English language nerds will enjoy this post on the challenges of putting your adjectives in the right order.HT. Ben Blackwell [Writing]

September 10, 8AM

Here is a list of ten must-read Spurgeon biographies. [biography] [Books] [spurgeon]

September 9, 7AM

My friend and former colleague, R. Alan Streett (PhD, University of Wales) has written very helpful piece on earning a PhD from a UK university without leaving the United States. I reproduce Dr. Streett's post with his permission in its entirety. ________... [scholarship] [Theological Education]

September 8, 12 PM

This interview with Dr. Andy Jones has a nice discussion on the topic of generosity in the Old Testament. [giving] [Interview] [old testament]

7AM

George Guthrie has some basic but valuable guidelines for reading Old Testament stories here. [Biblical Narratives] [Interpretation] [Narrative] [old testament]

September 7, 8AM

Many Bible students already know that the longest book in the Bible is Jeremiah. But Justin Taylor here provides some data to support that view as the next nine longest books. [Bible] [Jeremiah] [old testament]

September 6, 7AM

A number of news outlets are reporting that archaeologists have been able to reconstruct the tile flooring of the second temple, more specifically and most likely Herod's temple. You can see these three stories (with one in Hebrew). I list all three becau... [backgrounds] [Jerusalem Temple] [New Testament] [Second Temple]

September 5, 12 PM

Joe Thorn provides a good reminder here that ministry demands theology. [Ministry] [seminary] [theology]

September 4, 11AM

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.Samuel E. Balentine, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology http://www.bookreviews.org/... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

September 3, 8AM

See this post for ten speaking tips from Charles Spurgeon. [Preaching] [spurgeon]

September 2, 7AM

This post examines the purpose of seminaries as it relates to training scholars and/or pastors, this interview with Ligon Duncan discusses the role of seminaries to help students discern their call, this article reports on the current state of Southern Ba... [seminary] [Theological Education]

September 1, 9AM

The free Logos Book of the Month for September is What Is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile. You can also purchase the Mark Dever's What Is a Healthy Church or $1.99 or enter to win the entire eleven-volume 9marks series. For all these offer... [book] [church] [logos]

6AM

Those interested in preaching should check out this brand new website from the School of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. [Bible Exposition] [pastors] [Preaching] [Sermons]

August 31, 8AM

I am teaching the poetic and wisdom books of the Bible this fall (Job– Song of Solomon). I have been reminding my students of the challenges of interpreting poetry in general. These challenge are well illustrated in an article by David Orr, "You’re Pr... [Ecclesiastes] [Interpretation] [Job] [poetry] [Proverbs] [Psalms] [Song of Solomon]

August 30, 4PM

There are a couple of posts that those interesting in Paul's journeys in Acts might want to take a peek at. Ferrell Jenkins here has a nice picture and brief description of Pamphylia and Lycia (Acts 27:5) and Carl Rasmussen here has a very interesting pos... [Acts] [backgrounds] [geography] [New Testament] [Paul]

7AM

The Pew Research Center recently put out this study on what Americans are looking for in choosing a new church. This study is interesting at a number of levels but I was most interested in what it had to say about preaching. For example, "Among U.S. adult... [church] [Preaching] [Sermons]

August 29, 8AM

Matthew Harmon gives us four reasons here. [Jeremiah] [old testament]

August 28, 11AM

This post discusses the following five tips.1. Make Writing a Priority 2. Don’t Waste Your E-Mail 3. Send Helpful Newsletters 4. Share Your Devotions 5. Thorough Sermon Notes or Manuscripts [Pastoral Advice] [pastors] [Writing]

August 27, 7AM

This article discusses the divisions of the Bible and Talmud. Many Bible students are familiar with the work of Stephen Langton is often credited (and sometimes blamed) for giving us the chapter divisions we now have in our Bibles. The issue is a actually... [Bible] [Judaism]

August 26, 3PM

J. Alec Motyer has gone to be with the Lord. I only knew him from his writings, especially his commentary on Isaiah. You can read more about Motyer here. [Isaiah] [old testament]

7AM

My friend and colleague, Dr. David Hutchison, has created the following helpful video explaining how to read the textual apparatus in UBS5 using 1 John 1:4 as an example. [1 John] [Biblical languages] [Greek] [New Testament] [Textual Criticism]

August 25, 12 PM

See this story by Babylon Bee. The sad thing is that it is not too far from the truth! [humor] [logos] [software]

7AM

Here is an interesting take on what the tabernacle might have looked like. I am not convinced this new understanding is correct but I appreciate the attempt to take the details of the text seriously. [Exodus] [old testament] [Tabernacle]

August 24, 7AM

Those who are well-versed in biblical studies are familiar with the name Jacob Neusner. To say that Neusner is prolific is an understatement. But the man himself is a controversial and complicated character evidenced by a recent bibliography that you can ... [Books.] [Judaism]

August 23, 7AM

See David Murray's post here on the difference between the pursuit of perfectionism and the pursuit of excellence. 

August 22, 9AM

Here are the articles to the forthcoming issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. The links will take you to an abstract.Investigating the Apocalyptic Texture of Paul’s Martial Imagery in 2 Corinthians 4–6 Lisa M. Bowens ‘Like the ... [Journal for the Study of the New Testament] [Journals]

August 20, 1PM

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.Jonathan Ben-Dov and Seth Sanders, eds. Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge in Second... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

August 19, 11AM

Gary Shogren has a good reminder here of the limited value of using a Strong's Concordance for understanding the meaning of Hebrew or Greek terms.  [Bible study] [Biblical languages] [Greek] [Hebrew] [Word Study]

August 18, 7AM

Michael Kruger has made handouts and videos from a two-year study of Romans available for free here. [New Testament] [Romans] [video]

August 17, 8AM

Michael Cooper has some good advice for Bible college and seminary students here on how to contribute to one's own education. [bible college] [seminary]

August 16, 8AM

Mark Goodacre has a nice post here on how professors should respond to students' emails and he provides a link to another post here advising students on how to email their professors. Both of these posts are worth reading and I think they might apply, wit... [academics] [communication]

August 15, 2PM

I was a bit shocked to see this notice from Eerdmans about plagiarism in some fairly well-known commentaries from a scholar whose work I have used and appreciated. At minimum, it is a reminder of how careful one needs to be in documenting one's sources an... [commentaries] [Plagiarism] [Writing]

7AM

The 2016 Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop will be held on October 10, 2016 from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM at the Riley Center of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. This year's focus will be the book of Ruth. You can get more information here or re... [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching] [old testament] [Ruth] [Sermons]

August 14, 12 PM

Lee Fields has a good post here on Jeremiah 13:23 and how meaning is not merely grammatical. [Hebrew] [Jeremiah] [old testament]

August 13, 8AM

Preaching Magazine ran a poll recently concerning the average length of a sermon series. Here is what they found.Longer than 15 weeks – 8% 10–15 weeks – 12% 6–10 weeks – 36% 2–5 weeks – 31% I do not preach in series – 13%There were no big ... [Preaching] [Sermons]

August 12, 7AM

Rob Plummer has a nice explanation here of the Greek of the "Great Commision" (Matt 28:19–20a). [Biblical languages] [Greek] [Matthew] [New Testament]

August 11, 6AM

Check out Ed Glenny's article, "The Septuagint and Biblical Theology." It is available as a free PDF here. [backgrounds] [Biblical languages] [LXX] [old testament] [Septuagint]

August 10, 3PM

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.Sébastien B. Abalodo Structure et théologie dans le Trito-Isaïe: Une contribution à l’unit... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

August 9, 7AM

Apparently readers live longer according to a recent article in the journal Science and Social Order. You can read about it here. [Books] [reading]

August 8, 7AM

Jeremy Smoak has an interesting article here on the background and function of the priestly blessing in Numbers 6:22-27. [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [Numbers] [old testament]

August 7, 7PM

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.Giorgio Agamben Pilate and Jesus http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10338 Reviewed by R... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

August 5, 7AM

A Noah Coin by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#77855)
Recently, while reading through Richard Abdy and Amelia Dowler’s Coins and the Bible I came upon an interesting reference to a 2nd–3rd century AD coin from Apamea in Phrygia that references the Noah story.[1] “These rare coins were issued under Sept... [Coins] [Genesis] [Noah] [old testament]

August 4, 7AM

Recently while reading through the Aaronic blessing in Numbers 6:24–26, I noticed the references to grace and peace. 24 May Yahweh bless you and protect you; 25 may Yahweh make His face... [General Epistles] [New Testament] [Numbers] [old testament] [Pastoral Epistles] [Paul] [priests]

12 AM

Just in case you missed it, he free Logos Book of the Month for August is Ecclesiastes by Douglas Miller in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series. You can also purchase the Ephesians commentary in the same series for $1.99 or enter to win the entir... [Books] [Ecclesiastes] [Ephesians] [logos]

August 3, 7AM

Christopher Wright's new book, How to Preach and Teach the Old Testament for All Its Worth, identifies five key characteristics of Old Testament prophets.  Prophets Had Mouths: They Spoke for GodProphets Had Ears: They Heard God’s WordProphets Had ... [old testament] [Prophets]

August 2, 7AM

I was interested to  read the following list from James Kugel regarding common attitudes and approaches of Jewish interpreters of the biblical text. Kugel derives these four assumptions from reading Second Temple literature.The Bible is a fundamental... [Interpretation] [Jewish Interpretation] [Judaism]

August 1, 7AM

The Bible Project continues to churn out excellent video summaries. Here is the one on Esther.  [Esther] [old testament] [video]

July 31, 7AM

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.Sharon Betsworth Children in Early Christian Narratives http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?Titl... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

July 29, 8AM

Michael G. McKelvey, in discussing the message and theology of Ezekiel to be intimately tied up with the narrative pattern of creation, de-creation, and re-creation. McKelvey writes, In light of the preceding outline and discussion, the thematic structure... [Ezekiel] [old testament]

July 28, 7AM

"Early Christian commentary, whether Alexandrian or Antiochene, focused on the world of the Bible, its vision and understanding of the created world. Patristic commentary did not start with the world or life and then go to the Bible for understanding, whe... [commentaries] [Theological Hermeneutics]

July 27, 7AM

Clint Archer has a good post here on the issue of the Mosaic Law and the Christian. [Law] [old testament]

July 26, 7AM

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.Marvin L. Chaney, Uriah Y. Kim, and Annette Schellenberg, eds. Reading a Tendentious Bible: Essays in ... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

July 25, 7AM

Albert Vanhoye, The Letter to the Hebrews: A New Commentary, trans. Leo Arnold (New York: Paulist, 2015).   Serious academic students of the book of Hebrews are familiar with the work of Vanhoye and especially his seminal studies on the structure o... [Book Reviews] [commentary] [Hebrews] [New Testament]

July 22, 7AM

Karl Shuve has some brief but interesting thoughts here on the interpretation of Song of Songs in Early Latin Christianity. [Church History] [old testament] [Song of Solomon] [Song of Songs]

July 21, 7AM

There are a number of links and resources (many free) at Dave Black's New Testament Greek Portal. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [New Testament]

July 20, 7AM

The nine published volumes of The Old Testament in Greek according to the Text of Codex Vaticanus, are available as free PDFs at Internet Archive here. HT: David Stark [Biblical languages] [Greek] [LXX] [old testament] [Septuagint]

July 19, 9AM

This is a fairly interesting discussion of how the Talmud harmonizes the goring ox laws in Exodus 21:28-36. [Exodus] [Judaism] [old testament] [Talmud]

July 18, 9AM

Michael Kruger has a good post here challenging the supposed cultural objectivity of the New Perspective on Paul.  [New Testament] [Paul]

July 17, 11AM

Tony Merida discusses the benefits and dangers of expository preaching here. [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching]

July 16, 8AM

Michael Kruger has a post here pointing to further evidence concerning the authenticity of Origen’s list of New Testament books. [canon] [New Testament]

July 15, 3PM

Zondervan is offering free three month access to the course "Introduction to the Cultural Background of the Old Testament" taught by John Walton and Andrew Hill. You can check it out and sign up  here. [academics] [backgrounds] [old testament]

8AM

I found this post on logical fallacies interesting. One could apply these not only to our society in general but also biblical studies. This is why D. A. Carson has a whole chapter on logical fallacies in his book Exegetical Fallacies. [philosophy]

July 14, 6AM

Steve Snyder has a good discussion here related to increasing or improving class interaction through a better use of questions. Make sure to look at the PDF, "Prompts to Elevate Students' Questioning Skills." [teaching]

July 13, 6AM

Andy Nasselli has a brief but helpful post here interacting with John Hammett on whether baptism and the Lord’s Supper are only for Churches to practice. [baptism] [Ecclesiology] [Lord's Supper] [theology]

July 12, 10AM

John Carrol's new introduction to Jesus and the Gospels is coming out in October. I don't know much about it, but you can read an excerpt here or visit a website dedicated to the book here. The website was a bit underwhelming to me but the resources are f... [gospels] [jesus] [New Testament]

July 11, 9AM

In celebrating Richard Gaffin's eightieth birthday, Westminster Theological Seminary is making the following two resources available as free PDFs.Seeing Christ in All of Scripture: Hermeneutics at Westminster Theological SeminaryIssues in New Testament Th... [Books] [hermeneutics] [New Testament Theology]

July 10, 12 PM

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.Samuel L. Adams Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

July 9, 12 PM

Iain Duguid discusses the four most popular ways to read the Song of Songs here. [old testament] [Song of Solomon] [Song of Songs]

July 8, 8AM

James Tabor has an interesting blog post here related to the bones found in Yigael Yadin's excavation of Masada. [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [Masada]

July 7, 8AM

This excerpt from the God's Justice Bible does a nice job of highlighting the three spheres of divine justice evidenced in the book of Joel. [ethics] [Joel] [old testament]

July 6, 4PM

Susan Esther Barnes has interesting discussion here related to the issue of Ruth’s conversion in the Bible and how that conversion would not be sufficient for modern rabbinic standards. This discussion is not only interesting but it is also a great remi... [Judaism] [old testament] [Ruth]

July 5, 4PM

Steve Walton describes how he did it in his article in ReflectEd: St. Mary's Journal of Education. You can access Walton's article in this PDF of the journal. [academics] [Writing]

July 4, 2PM

Sorry about being a few days late, but the free Logos Book of the Month for July is Pentacostalism: A Guide for the Perplexed. You can also purchase the T&T Clark Companion to Reformation Theology for $1.99 or enter to win the entire five-volume T&... [Books] [logos] [theology]

11AM

This author seems to think so. In my opinion, the author's case is overstated (and probably deliberately so). But there are things to think about for those who use PowerPoint. [communication] [Technology]

July 3, 11AM

Some might find this list of resource links helpful. [faith] [Work]

July 2, 7AM

I am not sure that I buy the claim that the manuscripts of the Cairo Geniza is more important than the Dead Sea Scrolls, but this article on the geniza is interesting. [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Judaism] [Manuscripts] [old testament]

July 1, 8AM

Fred Butler has a good post here related to the issue of food sacrificed to idols in 1 Corinthians 8–10. I often point people to David Garland’s work, namely, his BECNT commentary on 1 Corinthians and his article, “The Dispute Over Food Sacrificed ... [1 Corinthians] [idolatry] [New Testament]

June 30, 8AM

Here is "A Handy Translation Guide For Christian Facebook Statuses." [humor] [Technology]

June 29, 7AM

This day in AD 67 is one of the suggested dates for Paul's martyrdom. You can read an article here.

June 28, 8AM

David Stowe has a diverse collection of music and songs related to Psalm 137 here. I had no idea that there were this many. [music] [old testament] [Psalm 137]

June 27, 7AM

I appreciated this post on the use of the paragogic nun in Ruth 1:9 and its implications. But, I would probably exercise a bit more caution given the uncertainty concerning the paragogic nun. The author's applicational point might be made on the basis of ... [Biblical languages] [Hebrew] [old testament] [Ruth]

June 25, 7AM

William Barrick does a nice job here of defending the inspiration of the inscriptions or superscriptions that occur in about 116 psalms. [old testament] [Psalms]

June 24, 5PM

Michael Hyatt says "no" and explains why here.HT: Wayne Stiles  [communication]

June 23, 8AM

Here is another reminder on the value of studying the biblical languages. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [Hebrew]

June 22, 10AM

See Seth Rodriguez's interesting post on sheep tails and Leviticus 3 here. By the way, the post is illustrated with pictures taken from the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands. If you teach or preach the Bible then you really should be familiar with this re... [Leviticus] [old testament]

June 21, 8AM

Peter Leithart has some interesting comments here on the meaning of the phrase "treasure in heaven" (Matt 19:21). [jesus] [Matthew] [Money] [New Testament]

June 20, 1PM

Putting Jesus in His Place by Rob Bowman and Ed Komoszewski, is free today as a Kindle book on Amazon. Use this link. HT: Dan Wallace [book] [jesus]

7AM

Allen P. Ross, A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 3 (90–150), Kregel Exegetical Library (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2016). This volume is the third and final installment of Ross’ commentary on the Psalms. The author is professor of divinity at Beeson Div... [Book Reviews] [old testament] [Psalms]

June 18, 8AM

Although most of the research related to this article involves sling bullets found in Scotland, the article does point out that similar bullets have been around since biblical times. And bullets like these have been found in the Holy Land usually dated to... [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology]

June 17, 7AM

I just received this notice by email: SBL Press is pleased to announce that @SBLPress is on Twitter and that we have launched the SBL Handbook of Style blog. @SBLPress provides news of new publications, e-book releases, and special sales. The SBL Han... [SBL]

June 16, 1PM

Just in case you missed it, Ariel Sabar's article in The Atlantic Monthly seems to be the final nail in the coffin of the so-called "Jesus Wife" fragment. [backgrounds] [jesus] [Manuscripts]

June 15, 6AM

Sadly, this "article" from Babylon Bee hits pretty close to how some approach sermon writing. [humor] [preachers] [Preaching] [Sermons]

June 14, 8AM

I found this article on proper use of the hyphen at The Chronicle of Higher Education more interesting than I probably should. I remember that during the writing of my dissertation, a serious discussion took place over whether it should be Luke-Acts with ... [Acts] [New Testament]

June 13, 8AM

Larry Hurtado has an interesting post here on "Coins and Early Christianity." It looks like defacing money goes way back. [Christian history] [Coins]

June 11, 8AM

Some might be interested in Olivia Friedman take here on the Ruth story. [old testament] [Ruth]

June 10, 5PM

Baylor University Press is having a three-day (June 10-12), 50%-off, sale starting today with two caveats: (1) the sale items only include titles published before 2015, and (2) you must use the code BJUN. You can access the sale here.There are some good o... [Books]

June 9, 6AM

You can read about John Piper's six favorite books on Romans here. [commentaries] [New Testament] [Romans]

June 8, 6AM

Lindsay Kennedy has an interesting post here on the New Testament's use of Psalm 8. [New Testament] [old testament] [Psalms]

June 7, 6AM

It’s all Greek to me…and that’s the way I like it!Deeper Greek Resources [Biblical languages] [Greek]

June 6, 7AM

Here are ten prayers of Paul for God's people. [New Testament] [Paul] [Prayer]

June 5, 6AM

This is not a translation I would recommend but you can read about a new emoji translation of the KJV here. Or you can visit the website here. "For God so loved the world" is rendered as, "4 😇 so 😍 the 🌎". [Bible] [humor] [translation]

June 4, 7AM

Dr. William Barrick has posted some excellent excellent material related to the Psalms. So far he only has Psalms 1 and 2 but apparently the plan is to go through the entire Psalter. You can check it out here. [Biblical Langugaes] [old testament] [Psalms]

June 3, 6AM

Kevin DeYoung offers so good advice here on how to improve one's preaching. [Preaching] [Sermons]

June 2, 7AM

Andreas Köstenberger, Benjamin Merkle, and Robert Plummer offer advice here on how to make learning Greek a lifetime journey. [Biblical languages] [Greek]

June 1, 6AM

The free Logos resource for June is Study the Word: 12 Christian Leaders on Bible Study. You can also purchase a related bundle for $1.99 or enter to win the Lexham Press Preaching and Teaching Bundle. For all these offers you can go to the Logos' Free Bo... [Bible study] [logos]

May 31, 4PM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Wilson de Angelo Cunha LXX Isaiah 24:1–26:6 as Interpretation and Translation: A Methodological Discussion http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetai... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

May 30, 6AM

Seen this on the Nerdy Language Majors Facebook page. [Biblical languages] [humor]

May 29, 6AM

Peter Mead has an excellent post entitled, "Praying Your Way to the Pulpit"." [Prayer] [Preaching]

May 20, 6AM

David Hendin, a recognized expert on biblical coins, has a nice blog post here related to Matthew 17:24-27, the account of the coin in the fishes mouth. [backgrounds] [Coins] [Matthew] [New Testament]

May 19, 2PM

Here is a diagram that I created a few years ago illustrating Exodus 25–40. [Exodus] [old testament]

May 18, 7AM

Here are a couple of Greek resources that some of you might be interested in.Logeion is produced by the University of Chicago. Apparently this works for Latin as well.Master Greek is produced by Paul and Cheryl Hoskins. Paul Hoskins is Associate professor... [Biblical languages] [Greek] [Latin] [Technology]

May 17, 8AM

"In the Bible, education originated with a desire for order and continuity. To combat the powerful and seductive lure of chaos in various forms, societal or persona;, older and more experienced individuals tried their best to prevent the younger generatio... [education] [old testament]

May 16, 7AM

Daniel Smith has nice article in the most recent issue of Currents in Biblical Research where he takes a careful look at the use of “new exodus” in New Testament studies. The “new exodus” idea is not “new” but its use always seemed to me a bit... [Exodus] [New Testament]

May 14, 7AM

According to some reckonings and traditions (see here), May 14 AD33 is the day the Lord Jesus Christ ascended. But whether the date is correct or not, it would be a great time to remember the importance of the Ascension. [Acts] [ascension] [gospels] [jesus] [Luke] [New Testament]

May 13, 7AM

I have been reading through John Grainger’s The Rise of the Seleukid Empire (323-223 BC): Seleukos I to Seleukos III. I found the book quite by accident, but it has been an enjoyable read so far. I do wish they had used footnotes rather than endnotes th... [backgrounds] [book] [history] [New Testament] [old testament]

May 11, 6AM

Tim Challies has some suggestions here. [Books]

May 9, 6AM

May 8, 12 PM

William Barrick has an eight part series entitled, “Prophets in the Life of a Believer.” The series was also translated into Russian. You can access the free video here. [old testament] [Prophecy] [Prophets] [video]

May 7, 8AM

Tim Challies has a thoughtful post here on what to do with books and other resources of leaders after they have fallen. [Bible Study Resources] [leadership]

May 6, 6AM

William Ross has an interesting interview here with Emanuel Tov related to Septuagint studies. [Biblical languages] [Interview] [LXX] [old testament] [Septuagint]

May 5, 8PM

Leland Ryken in a recent volume on biblical narratives notes that there are six kinds of closing conventions in narratives.A brief recapitulation of the main action A summary of the immediate results of the action that has been narrated A summary of the... [Biblical Narratives] [Literary Analysis] [Narrative]

May 4, 10AM

You can see a Lifeway Research survey of the eschatological views of pastors here. [eschatology] [pastors]

May 3, 7AM

David Schrock has a brief annotated bibliography for studying biblical theology here.HT: Rodrick Sweet [Bible Study Resources] [Biblical Theology]

May 2, 6AM

Christianaudio.com is offering A. W. Tozer's Delighting in God as their free audio download for the month of May. You can access this offer here. [Audio] [theology proper] [Worship]

May 1, 2PM

The free Logos Book for May is Why God Won't Go Away by Alister McGrath. You can also purchase Dawkins Delusion authored by McGrath and others for $1.99 and enter to win the ten-volume SPCK Alister McGrath Collection. For all these offers you can go ... [Apologetics] [Books] [theology proper]

April 29, 11AM

Here are the articles to the forthcoming issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. The links will take you to an abstract.The Neighborhood (vicus) of the Corinthian ekklēsia: Beyond Family-Based Descriptions of the First Urban Christ-Belie... [Journal for the Study of the New Testament] [Journals]

April 28, 6AM

I personally believe that something miraculous happened in Joshua 10:12-14. But I think it is past time that we stop referring to the old urban legend about NASA calculating and finding the missing day. You can read more about it here. [Illustrations] [Joshua] [old testament]

April 27, 6AM

Although I have only been an interviewee rather than an interviewer, Michael Kruger seems to have some really sound advice here on how to handle an academic interview at a confessional institution . [academics] [bible college] [seminary]

April 26, 6AM

John Piper has a good word and modest proposal on the cremation versus burial debate here. [death] [Pastoral Advice]

April 25, 7AM

C. Marvin Pate, 40 Questions about the Historical Jesus (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2015). That Jesus of Nazareth continues to be a person of much interest after nearly 2000 years is encouraging. But examining his incomparable person and life can present signi... [gospels] [jesus] [New Testament]

April 24, 11AM

Erik Raymond has a good post on the challenging theology of Lamentations here. [Biblical Theology] [Lamentations] [old testament]

April 23, 6AM

Rob Bradshaw has a list of some online resources available for the book of Daniel here. [Daniel] [old testament] [research]

April 22, 7AM

I recently received John F. Evans' A Guide to Biblical Commentaries and Reference Works in the mail. This looks like a very helpful resource. One will not agree with every evaluation but so far everything I have read has been balanced and fair. I need to ... [Books] [commentaries]

April 21, 7AM

Paul Lamey has some good thoughts on "The Pastor’s ‘Typical’ Week" here. I particularly enjoyed this point, "My Week Reflects My Theology." [pastors] [preachers]

April 20, 8AM

Dr. Jason K. Allen, the president of Midwestern Seminary, is producing a series of free podcasts on preaching and preachers.You can check it out here.HT: Rodrick Sweet [preachers] [Preaching] [Sermons]

April 19, 8AM

April 18, 7AM

For you teachers and professors out there, this is a good article on getting the most from your last class session.HT: George Hillman [teachers] [teaching]

April 17, 6AM

You can access free audio of Michael Gorman's lecture "Reading John Missionally" here. [Audio] [John] [New Testament]

April 16, 6AM

The Bible contains a number of "tax" related passages including Matthew 22:16-22 in which Jesus referred to a denarius and famously said, "render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." One can be thankful that our L... [backgrounds] [Illustrations] [Matthew] [Money] [New Testament]

April 15, 7AM

Many of us have been there. Chuck Lawless has some good advice here on how to respond to less than spectacular sermons or lessons.HT: Trevin Wax [Lesson] [Preaching] [sermon] [teaching]

April 14, 7AM

Someone has tried to replicate the smells of the book of Revelation. According to this article, the creators worked with "perfumer Euan McCall to translate the burnt flesh, blood, and sea creatures of biblical end times into chemistry and producing a su... [humor] [Illustrations] [judgment] [New Testament] [Revelation]

April 13, 6PM

Walt Russell has a very good discussion on what I would call a hermeneutics of application here. [application] [hermeneutics]

April 12, 7AM

A number of news outlets (e.g., ABC News, New York Times, Haaretz) are reporting on a study published this Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study was based on a trove of about 100 letters inscribed in ink on pieces of pot... [Biblical Archaeology] [old testament]

April 11, 7AM

I recently picked up a copy of Torah from Alexandria: Philo as Biblical Commentator, Volume III: Leviticus. According to the publisher's description, "Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel has meticulously culled from all of Philo’s exegetical comments, and arranged... [backgrounds] [Leviticus] [old testament] [Philo] [Second Temple]

April 8, 1PM

Chanan Tigay's book, The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible sounds interesting. I am not sure my book list can stand another offering but you may have more time than me. You can read about it here. [Bible] [book] [Deuteronomy] [old testament] [Textual Criticism]

April 7, 6AM

Larry Hurtado asserts that, "The continued claim that there was a datable “recension” of NT writings sometimes resembles the stubborn rear-guard action of a retreating force that’s been beaten in battle but won’t surrender." Read his explanation h... [Hurtado] [New Testament] [Textual Criticism]

April 6, 1PM

Dr. David Hutchison, Associate Professor of New Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Houston campus recently gave a presentation related to a paper that he had presented at the 2015 Evangelical Theological Society meeting entitled, ... [Greek] [New Testament] [Sex]

April 5, 8PM

Phillip Long has a brief but good discussion of the dating of Revelation here. [New Testament] [Revelation]

April 4, 7AM

Chuck Miller has pretty good rundown of animated Bible productions here. [Bible] [videos]

April 3, 7AM

Paul Lawrence provides a brief history of the Septuagint here. [LXX] [old testament] [Septuagint] [translations]

April 2, 7AM

Christianaudio.com is offering Kevin DeYoung's Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me as their free audio download for the month of April. You can access this offer here. [Audio] [Bible]

April 1, 7PM

The free Logos Book for April is Athanasius: On the Incarnation of the Word of God. This book comes with audio. You can also purchase Tertullian Against Praxeas for $1.99. You can also enter to win the seven-volume Life and Works of Athanasius the Great. ... [Books] [Church History]

March 31, 11AM

The Westminster Bookstore is offering a sale on all the volumes of the Pillar New Testament commentary. Individual commentaries are at 40% off and the entire series for 50%. The sale ends April 6. [commentaries] [New Testament]

7AM

I have just started reading Steven Smith's Recapturing the Voice of God: Shaping Sermons Like Scripture (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2015). Smith suggests that the better way to preach texts is by allowing the genre and structure of the text to drive the... [Books] [Genre] [Preaching] [Sermons] [videos]

March 30, 6AM

Although this probably does not apply to the gifted readers of this blog, Rachel Herrmann provides some advice on how to salvage the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad dissertation here. There might also be some help here for really good dissertations.... [academics] [Books] [Writing]

March 29, 4PM

Michael Holmes, University Professor of Biblical Studies and Early Christianity at Bethel, was recently presented with a Festschrift entitled Studies on the Text of the New Testament and Early Christianity: Essays in Honor of Michael W. Holmes on the Oc... [Books] [Textual Criticism]

7AM

"The Temple Institute has announced a bold new initiative to identify, select and register kohanim-priests who would be eligible to participate in the process of preparing the Red Heifer, which is used in the ritual of purifying Jews from the tuma-impurit... [Judaism] [temple] [Temple Institute]

March 28, 9PM

Recently while browsing the books at a local Goodwill store, I happened upon a dirt-cheap copy of Thomas C. Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines. Browsing through the introduction, ... [Bible colleges] [hermeneutics] [Interpretation] [reading] [seminary]

March 25, 1PM

I encourage my students to watch the Daily Dose of Greek and Daily Dose of Hebrew videos. Here is the Daily Dose of Greek for today from Matthew 27:51-52. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [jesus] [Matthew] [New Testament]

March 24, 7AM

Psalms Video by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#71761)
This is a another nice video from the folks at The Bible Project. This one provides a nice explanation of the structure of the Psalms as argued by Gerald Wilson and others. [Old Testament Video] [Psalms]

March 23, 6AM

Michael Kok has a helpful compilation of links related to studying Q here. Many of the links might also be helpful for studying the synoptic problem in general. [gospels] [New Testament] [Synoptics]

March 22, 11AM

Here is a word from Terry Wilder on the importance of studying the biblical languages. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [Hebrew]

7AM

Rob Jenkins asks and attempts to answer the question, "Why Are Some Academics So Unprofessional?" here. As one who has spent a fair amount of time in the academic world, I think that the author's negative experiences are more common than they should be. T... [academics] [leadership] [Ministry] [service]

March 21, 6AM

The following video came out last year but it is worth watching if you haven't seen it or maybe worth watching again if you have. [Exodus] [old testament] [Passover] [video]

March 20, 12 PM

It is rare these days to find someone who will affirm the historicity of Esther. So this brief article was a pleasant surprise. [Esther] [Judaism] [old testament]

March 19, 6PM

Some might be interested in two different kinds of products.First up, Credo Courses is offering 50% off of a course by Craig Blomberg  on "The Historical Reliability of the Gospels." You can purchase DVDs, audio, and workbooks all at 50%-off. You can... [Audio] [gospels] [Greek] [New Testament] [video]

7AM

This is a fairly interesting list but but most Bible students are aware of #3 (and it might not be correct depending on one's translation of Songs 8:6). [Esther] [Judaism] [old testament]

March 18, 7AM

Alan Lenzi has an interesting article on the ASOR blog entitled, "Akkadian Prayers in Ancient Mesopotamia." Here are a couple of excerpts just in case you can't access the article.The Mesopotamians never defined “prayer,” though they had a number of w... [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [Prayer]

March 17, 6AM

Craig Evans recently spoke at Southwestern Seminary for the first annual E. Earle Ellis lecture series on the topic of the Jewish roots for a divine of Messiah in early Christianity. You can read about it here or access the message through free video (her... [backgrounds] [Christology] [Craig Evans] [jesus] [Judaism] [New Testament]

March 16, 12 PM

Some might find this list of books for helping one to be more productive helpful.

11AM

If you have not read it yet, the Eerdword blog has this good interview with Stephen Chapman. The blog is about the new commentary,1 Samuel as Christian Scripture, but it actually has more to say about hermeneutics. [1 Samuel] [hermeneutics] [Interview] [old testament]

6AM

Here are the articles to the forthcoming issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. The links will take you to an abstract.Demonic Symposia in the Apocalypse of John Robert M. Royalty, JrHearing the Word and Seeing the Light: Voice and Visio... [Journal for the Study of the New Testament] [Journals]

March 15, 4PM

The Israel Bible is a new, or at least new to me, Bible study website focusing on the Hebrew Bible wend of things. The website claims that, The Israel Bible is the world’s first Bible to highlight the Land of Israel, the People of Israel, and the uniqu... [Bible Study Resources] [old testament]

5AM

As many Bible students know, Marcion of Sinope was a second century "Christian" heretic whose ideas concerning the Old Testament and New Testament were ultimately rejected. Michael Kok has provided a brief bibliography odf secondary sources on Marcion her... [Church History] [heresy] [Marcion] [New Testament] [old testament]

March 14, 3PM

Fortress Press is offering 50%-off of many of its titles from now until March 31. Keep in mind that you need to factor in postage and taxes but it might still be a good deal. You can access the sale here. [Books]

March 12, 9AM

This is probably not the best way to apply Genesis 1:28. [application] [Genesis] [Illustrations]

March 11, 5PM

David Murray has a couple of helpful checklists for preachers. Here is one on exegesis and here is one on introductions. [preachers] [Preaching] [Sermons]

March 10, 5PM

Bloomsbury T&T Clark launched a new commentary series entitled the International Theological Commentary (ITC) Series. The first volume is Joel by Christopher Seitz. You can read more about this volume and the series through an interview with the serie... [commentary] [Joel] [old testament] [Theological Hermeneutics]

March 9, 8AM

You can listen to or watch Mark Dever's three messages on preaching that he recently gave at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for the E.Y. Mullins Lectures here. [Audio] [Preaching] [Sermons] [videos]

March 8, 8AM

You can access a free PDF of the latest issue of the Southwestern Journal of Theology for free here. The theme of this issue is the book of Jude. Other free issues are also available at the same link. [Journals] [Jude] [New Testament] [Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary]

March 7, 1PM

A seal found in Jerusalem and dated to the first temple period belonging to a woman named Elihana bat Gael has been found. You can read about it here,  here, and here. A seal like this might help illustrate passages such as Proverbs 31:16. [Biblical Archaeology] [Jerusalem] [Proverbs]

7AM

Nijay Gupta continues his helpful "How I Do Research" series with Craig Blomberg here. [Blomberg] [research]

March 6, 12 PM

Carl Rasmussen has a nice post here on pagan worship at the city gate using et-Tell as an example. [Biblical Archaeology] [old testament] [Worship]

March 5, 8AM

Here is another take on online education and the real value of attending a "brick and mortar" institution. [Bible colleges] [education] [seminary]

March 4, 8AM

The Corinthianmatters blog has made available a pretty nifty open bibliography for sources related to Corinth and New Testament studies here. This is particularly nice if you are using the free bibliographic program Zotero. [1 Corinthians] [2 Corinthians] [bibliography] [New Testament]

March 3, 7AM

Rob Bradshaw continues to provide older but still helpful digitized resources for free. Here are three of his recent offerings.Notes on Some Problems in the Book of DanielEssays on the Patriarchal Narratives New Testament Interpretation: Essays on Pr... [Books] [Daniel] [Genesis] [Interpretation] [New Testament] [old testament]

March 2, 7AM

The free Logos "book" for March is not a book but it is free. The resource is over 100 videos by John Piper entitled "Look at the Book." You can also purchase Finish the Mission: Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged for $1.99 and ente... [John Piper] [logos] [videos]

March 1, 7AM

Ian Paul has an interested post here on the biblical teaching concerning usury. [Bible] [Money]

February 29, 7AM

Oxford University Press is offering 60% site-wide (see here) and Barnes and Noble has 20% off (see here). These sales are for today only. [Books]

February 27, 6PM

My friend, Dr. Steven Anderson, is making his eight interpretive guides to the Bible available as free PDF downloads here. Check it out. This is a great resource. [Bible Study Resources] [New Testament] [old testament]

February 26, 4PM

Torrey Seland interacts in this post with Brant Pitre's assertion that the Gospels were not originally anonymous and that the traditional ascriptions to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are likely correct [gospels] [John] [Luke] [Mark] [Matthew] [New Testament]

February 25, 4PM

"We, in theological colleges must be preachers as well as teachers. We must not only model good preaching but show students how to become good preachers. We must persuade our students that it is the word which is powerful, accurately interpreted, applied ... [academics] [Bible colleges] [old testament] [Preaching] [seminary] [Sermons]

February 24, 5PM

Ed Stetzer has posted a third installment on expository preaching here. You can see post 1 here and 2 here. [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching] [Sermons]

February 23, 5PM

Recently while doing some reading I was reminded of a statement in one of the Dead Sea Scrolls that David might have been much more prolific than might be indicated by the 73 psalms associated to him in the Psalter. In fact, we are told that David compose... [David] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [old testament] [Psalms]

February 22, 6AM

Carl Rasmussen has a nice post here on the standing stones found at Gezer. [Biblical Archaeology]

February 19, 5PM

February 18, 8AM

See this brief post interacting with Michael Bird on the purpose of Romans drawn from Bird's new commentary. [Michael Bird] [New Testament] [Romans]

February 17, 7AM

February 16, 8AM

Dr. Charles Ryrie has gone to be with the Lord. He was one of the best at explaining the complicated simply. [Dallas Theological Seminary]

7AM

David Murray has a terrific list of links to online resources for biblical exegesis here. [Bible Study Resources] [exegesis] [Interpretation]

February 15, 7AM

Joshua Mann has some helpful interaction and push back here concerning the recent discussion of the "New Exodus" theme in the New Testament, especially Luke-Acts. [Acts] [Exodus] [hermeneutics] [Moses] [New Testament]

February 13, 10AM

Brian S. Rosner, Paul and the Law: Keeping the Commandments of God, New Studies in Biblical Theology 31 (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2013).     This volume addresses the much-debated issue of Paul’s view of the Mosaic Law. Indee... [book] [Law] [New Testament] [Paul]

February 12, 7AM

If you are in the New Orleans area this weekend, you might be interested in catching this year's Greer-Heard Point-Counter-Point Forum concerning the question, "How Did Jesus Become God?" But if you can't be there you can also live stream it here. Speaker... [gospels] [jesus] [New Testament] [theology]

February 11, 7AM

Dallas Theological Seminary held their annual W. H. Griffith Thomas lectures last week. This year’s speaker was Walt Kaiser and he spoke on the Psalms. Here are links to his presentations. The Structure of the Psalms The Message of Book III The People o... [Dallas Theological Seminary] [old testament] [Psalms] [Walter Kaiser]

February 10, 1PM

Zondervan has a sale on 13 of it titles until February 15. Biblical studies titles include  A Theology of Mark's Gospel by David E. Garland ($7.99)A Theology of John's Gospel and Letters by Andreas J. Köstenberger ($7.99) A Theology of Luk... [Books]

February 9, 8AM

In a previous post I mentioned attending the Lanier Theological Library for a lecture by Michael Bird. After the lecture I was wandering through the library and noted that they have apparently acquired Trude Dothan’s personal library. Some readers might... [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [old testament] [Philistines]

February 8, 10AM

Paul may have sailed from Malta to Rome on this day nearly two thousand years ago. You can read more about it here.Today is also the 10th annual International Septuagint Day. You can read about that here. [Acts] [geography] [LXX] [New Testament] [Paul] [Rome] [Septuagint]

7AM

A couple of days ago, I had the opportunity to hear Michael Bird speak at the Lanier Theological Library. His talk was entitled “An Invasive Story: Paul’s Theology between Messianic Event and Salvation History.” Here is a paragraph describing the to... [apocalyptic] [Michael Bird] [New Testament] [Paul]

February 7, 3PM

Lindsay Kennedy has some good interaction here with Andrew Streett regarding Psalm 80 as a neglected messianic psalm. [Messianic] [old testament] [Psalm 80] [Psalms]

February 6, 7AM

Tim Challies has a great post here on the hidden beauty of a bad sermon. Make sure to read the whole post but this final paragraph is gold.Young preachers, new preachers, preach bad sermons. They preach bad sermons as they learn to preach good sermons. An... [Preaching] [Sermons]

February 5, 9AM

John Piper has a three-part series on Proverbs 22:17-19 here, here, and here. I am not sure whether there will be more but this will get you started

February 4, 2PM

David Allen has an interesting and helpful side-by-side comparison here of text-centered preaching versus text-driven preaching. [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching] [Illustrations] [Preaching] [Sermons]

9AM

Derek Thomas looks at five "bad" models of expository preaching here. There are some interesting and surprising (at least for some) names mentioned. [Expository Preaching] [Preaching] [Sermons]

February 3, 9PM

George Athas has a pretty good discussion on Christians and the Old Testament Law here. [Law] [old testament]

February 2, 6AM

Christianaudio.com's free audio selection for February is Norm Geisler and Frank Turek's I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist. You can access the offer here. [Apologetics] [atheism] [Audio]

February 1, 6AM

The free Logos Book for February is volume 1 of the Journal of Theological Interpretation. You can also purchase John Walton's Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology. You can also enter to win the entire 12 volumes of the Journal of Theological Interpretation.... [Genesis] [Interpretation] [John Walton] [old testament] [Theological Hermeneutics]

January 29, 7AM

Steven Anderson has a very good post here on the Urim and the Thummim (e.g., Exod 28:30; Lev 8:8; Deut 33:8). [Deuteronomy] [Exodus] [high priest] [Leviticus] [old testament]

January 28, 10AM

This article seems to be fairly accurate. [Christian Education] [seminary]

January 27, 8AM

Larry Hurtado here identifies seven key points regarding the early Christian use of the codex form. [Bible] [Christian history] [Manuscripts]

January 26, 8AM

Timothy George has a nice post here on the use of, and implications for, the designations of God that one finds in the Bible. [theology proper]

January 25, 3PM

Check out Ben Witherington's series interacting with Brevard Child's book, The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture. Witherington is already up to five posts. Go here and access all five. [Ben Witherington] [Isaiah] [old testament]

January 22, 5PM

Samuel Emadi has a good overview-type of article on intertextuality in the latest volume of Currents in Biblical Research (Oct. 2015). The article is entitled, "Intertextuality in New Testament Scholarship: Significance, Criteria, and the Art of Intertext... [hermeneutics] [Interpretation] [Intertextuality] [New Testament] [old testament]

January 21, 2PM

Here are the articles to the forthcoming issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. The links will take you to an abstract. What to Expect when you’re Expecting: Maternity, Salvation History, and the ‘Apocalyptic Paul’J.P. Davies The U... [Journal for the Study of the New Testament] [Journals]

January 20, 5PM

Don Whitney identifies five benefits of praying the Psalms here. [old testament] [Prayer] [Psalms]

January 19, 8AM

Lindsay Kennedy has another nice post on preaching resources on the Psalms. In this post he addresses articles and audio resources. For the first post you can see here. [Audio] [old testament] [Psalms]

January 18, 8AM

Dennis Swanson has a good discussion here on innerancy (mostly) and how it can affect preaching. [Inerrancy] [Preaching]

January 16, 5AM

The Smithsonian has a nice article in its latest issue entitled, "Unearthing the World of Jesus." You can see the article here. [2 Chronicles] [Biblical Archaeology] [gospels] [jesus] [New Testament]

January 15, 11AM

George Wood thinks that they should in this review of The Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism.HT: Eerdword Blog [Books] [Review] [Textual Criticism]

7AM

J. Carl Laney identifies and discusses his five favorite Bible atlases here.The list is fairly good but I am not sure why Laney lists the older edition of Rasmussen's atlas. I think that the 2010 edition has much nicer graphics (see my review here). Also,... [Books] [geography] [holy land]

January 14, 7AM

You can download three volumes of messages from Alistair Begg on 1 Thessalonians here. [1 Thessalonians] [Audio] [Sermons]

January 13, 8AM

Erik Raymond has some good advice here for giving your pastor feedback on their sermon. [Preaching] [Sermons]

January 12, 6PM

See this post on Psalms resources by Lindsay Kennedy. [Books] [old testament] [Psalms]

January 11, 3PM

The Eerdman's blog has a brief but interesting 14 minute interview with John Barclay here related to his book Paul and the Gift. [Books] [grace] [Interview] [New Testament] [Paul]

January 10, 12 PM

Bible students might want to check out the Free Bible Images website here.HT: Rob Bradshaw [Bible Study Resources] [pictures]

January 9, 7AM

Here is an interesting article on 15 different Christian board games. Here are a couple of more that the article does not mention.Biblequest Champions of FaithKingdom of Solomon Kings of Israel The Armor of God Settlers of Canaan Egypt to Canaan... [Biblical] [games] [humor]

January 8, 7AM

The Eerdmans'  Commentary Club Store is offering 40%-off or $34.80 and free shipping for their brand new Zechariah commentary by Mark Boda in the NICOT series. It is so new that Amazon is still listing it as a pre-order (the official Eerdmans website... [commentary] [old testament] [Zechariah]

January 7, 7AM

Psalm 24:4 by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#67893)
Lee Fields has a good post on Psalm 24:4 here. [Biblical languages] [Hebrew] [Psalm 24]

January 6, 2PM

Larry Hurtado provides some good push back here to Robert Gundry's recent thesis that Peter is presented as an apostate disciple in the Gospel of Matthew. [book] [Hurtado] [Matthew] [New Testament] [Peter]

9AM

Most students of the New Testament recognize that the church at Corinth was troubled and dysfunctional at a variety of levels. Much is often made of where and how they were wrong. But Matthew Malcolm does a nice job here of reminding us that the Corinthia... [1 Corinthians] [church] [New Testament]

January 5, 8AM

Berding, Kenneth, and Matt Williams, eds. What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2015. What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About is a concise evangelical survey of the New Testa... [Book Reviews] [New Testament]

January 4, 8AM

Hershel York has some advice on how long one should preach here.  [Preaching] [Sermons]

January 2, 8AM

The free Logos Book for January is Nahum Sarna’s commentary on Exodus in the JPS series. You can also purchase Jonah by Uriel Simon in the same series for $1.99. You can also enter to win the 11 volume JPS series. You can access these deals here. [commentaries] [Exodus] [Jonah] [Judaism] [logos] [old testament] [Technology]

January 1, 10AM

Christianaudio.com's free audio selection for January is the audio edition of the Common English Bible. You can access the offer here. [Audio] [Bibles]

December 31, 10AM

Some might be interested in joining William Varner as he leads (through video) a study of Acts, particularly as it relates to advanced Greek grammar. This might make for a great New Year's resolution! You can check out the first video on Acts 1:1 here. [Acts] [Biblical languages] [Greek] [New Testament] [Varner] [video]

8AM

 Brian Small on Facebook's Biblical Studies Discussion List provides the following accounting of New Testament scholars who passed away in 2015. It is a humbling reminder of the transitory nature of this life and the importance of believing in and pr... [death] [New Testament]

December 30, 7AM

Here is Nathan Busentiz's list. [Technology]

December 29, 7AM

I have seen the following quote a number of times (sometimes it is attributed to John Wycliff) but it is still an important reminder that no matter how sophisticated our hermeneutical method becomes we never move beyond paying attention to the actual text... [hermeneutics] [inductive Bible study] [Interpretation]

December 28, 7PM

HeritageDaily lists their top 10 archaeological discoveries for 2015 here. Numbers 5 and 6 are most biblically significant. [Biblical Archaeology]

9AM

Amos Yong has an interesting post here on he Holy Spirit in the book of Judges. [Holy Spirit] [Judges] [old testament]

December 25, 9AM

 Merry Christmas Everyone! [Christmas]

December 24, 7AM

Eric Davis has a helpful post on the virgin conception here. [Christology] [gospels] [jesus] [New Testament]

December 23, 1PM

Ian Paul has a good post on preaching the infancy narratives here. [Christmas] [gospels] [jesus] [New Testament]

December 22, 8AM

The lasted volume of the Journal of Biblical Literature is now out. Here is a list of the articles with links to abstracts.Ancient Prayers and the Psychology of Religion: Deities as Parental FiguresDavid A. BosworthabstractLeft-Handed Benjaminites and the... [Journals]

December 21, 1PM

See Andreas Kӧstenberger and Alexander Stewart's article in Christianity Today here. [Christmas] [gospels] [New Testament] [Sermons]

December 18, 5PM

Psalm 121 by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#66951)
Randy McKinion has a nice treatment of Psalm 121 here. [old testament] [psalm 121]

December 17, 5PM

I know that it seems a bit early to be talking about 2016 but Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is hosting another one of its expository preaching workshops on March 7. This year's theme is "Recapturing the Voice of God: Preaching the Genres of Sc... [Expository Preaching] [Genre] [Sermons] [Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary]

December 16, 2PM

I would have thought that these would be the 2015 book awards but you can check Christianity Today's list here. [Books]

December 15, 9AM

December 14, 11AM

Rob Bradshaw has posted 5 videos with I. Howard Marshall on Acts. The videos are from the Moore College Lectures in 1991. You can check out the post and videos here. [Acts] [I. Howard Marshall] [New Testament.] [video]

December 13, 4PM

The Zondervan Blog's lists their top 12 biblical-theological posts for 2015 here. [blog]

December 12, 2PM

It is being reported that the New Testament scholar I. Howard Marshall has died. You can read more information here. [I. Howard Marshall]

8AM

I am not sure how long this video has been out but it was new to me. [Ancient Israel] [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology]

December 11, 8AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Deborah Levine Gera Judith http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10052 Reviewed by Patricia Ahearne-Kroll Christopher B. Hays Hidden ... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

December 10, 8AM

I recently stopped by the Westminster Bookstore website and noted that the following volumes are on sale. Paul and Judaism Revisited: A Study of Divine and Human Agency in Salvation by Preston Sprinke – $12 (50% off).Galatians: Gospel Rooted Living... [Books]

December 9, 7AM

Brett Younger discusses how seminaries are reluctantly selling their souls here. Ron Crawford responds to Younger by discussing how seminaries are forging a future here. [seminary] [Technology] [Theological Education]

December 8, 10AM

Peter Gurry has a nice post at the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog here on the number of variants  in the Greek New Testament. [New Testament] [Textual Criticism]

7AM

I found this story interesting: "Stanley Hauerwas tells Wycliffe College how to write a good sentence." [theology] [Writing]

December 7, 7AM

The T & T Clark blog has noted the release of two new titles that might be of interest.Luke’s Christology of Divine Identity by Nina Henrichs-Tarasenkova Nina Henrichs-Tarasenkova employs a narrative approach to establish how Luke binds Jesus' ident... [Bible Exposition] [Biblical Studies] [Books] [Luke] [New Testament] [old testament] [Psalms]

December 5, 8AM

Just in case you missed it, Logos Bible software is giving away a resource a day in celebration of Advent. The giveaways so far are:Day 1: Scripture and the Authority of God by N. T. WrightDay 2: Calvin's CalvinismDay 3: 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Hebre... [Books] [Christmas] [logos]

December 4, 8AM

Andreas Köstenberger identifies and discusses his top ten books of 2015 here. [Books]

December 3, 8AM

Michael Kruger has some good advice on manuscripting sermons here. [Preaching] [Sermons]

December 2, 7AM

Christianaudio.com's free audio selection for December is Matt Chandler's Recovering Redemption. You can access the offer here. [Audio]

December 1, 9AM

The free Logos Book for November is Stephen Fowl’s commentary on Ephesians in the New Testament Library series. You can also purchase Hebrews by Luke Timothy Johnson in the same series for $1.99. You can also enter to win 15 volume NTL series. You can a... [commentaries] [Ephesians] [Hebrews] [logos]
Logos is helping to celebrate Advent by offering N. T. Wright's Scripture and the Authority of God free today. You can access this offer here. [book] [n.t. wright] [scripture]

November 30, 7AM

November 28, 6AM

Here are some sales that might be of interest.Amazon has a 30% off sale of one item until 11/30. Use the code "HOLIDAY30." But do note that it caps out at $10 so you won't get a great break on more expensive volumes. If you don't have Prime then free ship... [Books]

November 27, 3PM

A new festschrift honoring Dr. Elliott Johnson was presented at the recent Dallas Theological Seminary alumni breakfast at the Evangelical Theological Society. The volume entitled, The Theory and Practice of Biblical Hermeneutics: Essays in Honor of Ellio... [Books] [Dallas Theological Seminary] [hermeneutics]

November 26, 8AM

Here are the articles to the latest issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. The links will take you to an abstract.Where is Philemon? The Case for a Logical Fallacy in the Correlation of the Data in Philemon and Colossians 1.1-2; 4.7-18 V... [Journal for the Study of the New Testament] [Journals]

November 25, 7AM

Mike Skinner has an interesting post suggesting that, "the locus of atonement as happening in heaven at the time of the ascension." You can check it out here. [ascension] [Atonement] [Hebrews] [New Testament]

November 24, 7AM

Philip Wesley Comfort, A Commentary on the Manuscripts and Text of the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2015).Those who preach, teach, or study the Bible seriously will at some point encounter issues related to variant readings in the text and whether... [Biblical languages] [Book Reviews] [Textual Criticism]

November 23, 3PM

Apparently a papyrus fragment containing a small portion of the Gospel of John was being listed on eBay for an opening bid of $99. You can read about it here. [John] [Manuscripts] [New Testament] [Textual Criticism]

8AM

Recently while going through some old articles in my files, I reread this piece by Jerome Murphy-O'Conner. I thoroughly enjoyed going through it but especially tthe following excerpt about bedbugs.  "Those who could afford better rented beds in the r... [Acts] [New Testament] [Paul]

November 21, 8AM

Michael Vlach in Has the Church Replaced Israel?, argues that supersessionists (those that hold that the church replaces Israel) need to prove their position in three areas to be considered a biblical doctrine.  1. “Supersessionists need to expla... [church] [Covenant] [eschatology] [israel]

November 20, 8AM

I do not agree with everything Adele Berlin argues for in her explanation of the main message of the book of Job, but I think that her concluding paragraph is worth thinking about. “If Job was wise at the beginning of the story, he is even wiser at its ... [Job] [old testament] [wisdom]
The video for this year's Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop held on October 5 focusing on the topic of preaching Christ from the Old Testament is available on Youtube using the following links.Session 1 with Vern Charette Session 2 with David Allen ... [Bible Exposition] [Christ] [Expository Preaching] [old testament] [Preaching] [Sermons]

November 19, 8AM

I am enjoying a read through Kenneth Way's book, Donkeys in the Biblical World. In his discussion of the Balaam story, he addresses the "exceptional treatment" of the animal as evidenced in Numbers 22:33: "The donkey saw me and turned aside before me thes... [Animals] [Numbers] [old testament]

November 18, 9AM

Although I do not have a copy yet of How to Read Job, a new book by two well-known Old Testament scholars, John Walton and Tremper Longman, it looks interesting. I look forward to getting it and perhaps incorporating it into my Old Testament wisdom and po... [book] [Job] [John Walton] [Longman Tremper] [old testament]

November 17, 8AM

Abraham Kuruvilla continues his "how I Preach" interview series with this interview of Paige Patterson. Here are a few of Patterson's responses that stuck out to me.Most used English Bible version:New King James Version.(I am not at all a King James-only ... [Interview] [preachers] [Preaching]

November 16, 9AM

Just in case you missed it this weekend, The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts has launched a new and improved version of their website here. [Manuscripts] [New Testament] [Textual Criticism]

7AM

Jason Allen provides interesting insight on five words that weaken any sermon here. [Preaching] [Sermons]

November 14, 11AM

See this interesting article.HT: Ben Blackwell [Books]

November 13, 9AM

Phillip J. Long has a nice summary of the proposed provenances of Paul's letter to Philemon here. [New Testament] [Philemon]

November 12, 7AM

Wayne Stiles has a helpful post on how to capture and saving great quotes found in a variety of formats here. [Illustrations] [Sermons]

12 AM

See this post at the Crossway blog in which Leland  Ryken provides a brief paragraph explaining what every book of the Old Testament is about. [old testament]

November 10, 7AM

Anyone who has taken Greek in either Bible college or seminary has probably heard of the Granville Sharp rule. The rule regarding a certain construction involving the definite article was first articulated in Sharp's book, Remarks on the Uses of the Defin... [Biblical languages] [Greek]

November 9, 7AM

Rob Bradshaw has made a free PDF of William Ramsay’s classic work The Cities of St Paul available here. [Acts] [Books] [New Testament] [Paul]

November 7, 7AM

See this blog interview with R. Kent Hughes reflecting on forty years of pastoral ministry. [Interview] [Pastoral Advice] [pastors]

November 6, 8AM

Although, Beale's book, The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God, has been out since 2004, Tony Reinke does a nice job summarizing Beale's argument that the Garden of Eden was the first and prototypical templ... [Beale] [Biblical Theology] [Genesis] [temple]

November 5, 7AM

Ben Roger's explains why seminarians should read J. C. Ryle here. [reading] [Spiritual Reading]

November 4, 8AM

Timothy Raymond has a brief but good list of recommended resources for studying the book of Exodus and the Decalogue here and here.HT: David Murray [Decalogue] [Exodus] [old testament] [Ten Commandments]

November 3, 8AM

Zondervan has all volumes of the New International Version Application Commentaries on sale in the ebook format for $4.99 per volume or even a bit less if you buy the volumes in a bundle. For example, the Pentateuch bundle has four volumes for $17.99. To ... [commentaries]

November 2, 8AM

Christianaudio.com is offering a free audio download of Paul David Tripp's book Sex & Money here. [Audio]

November 1, 5PM

The free Logos Book for November is Ulrich Luz’s commentary on Matthew 1-7 in the Hermeneia series. You can also purchase Luz's commentary covering Matthew 8-20 in the same series for $1.99 and enter to win the entire sixty nine volume Hermeneia seri... [commentary] [logos] [Matthew] [New Testament] [Technology]

October 30, 1PM

Nicholas Batzig has a good post on what he calls "particle board preaching" here. [Preaching] [Sermons]

October 29, 5PM

See this interesting discussion of Sodom's sin from a Jewish perspective. [Genesis] [Judaism] [old testament]

October 28, 5AM

Todd Scacewater offers five tips on reading the Bible devotionally in the original languages here. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [Hebrew]

October 27, 7AM

The Washington Post has an interesting article concerning how to act less stupid here. According to a recent psychological study discussed in the article, stupidity commonly involves three kinds of behavior. The first and highest level of stupidity involv... [Illustrations]

October 26, 7AM

According to this article in The Atlantic, there is a movement to gain access to academic "paywalled" articles via Twitter. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I understand that some of the fees for accessing articles are too high and often... [Technology]

October 25, 12 PM

Those interested in Semitics (e.g., Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, Aramaic) night want to check out my friend Steven Anderson's website here for free charts and notes. [Biblical languages]

October 24, 9AM

Alvin Rapien has an interesting interview with Richard Bauckham here. [Bauckham] [Interview]

7AM

Here is another article supporting the much-maligned lecture. [Teaching.]

October 23, 6AM

Lee Fields has a good discussions here about Zechariah 1:1 and the tricky nature of relational terms like "father" and "son" in Hebrew. [Biblical languages] [Hebrew] [old testament] [Zechariah]

October 22, 11AM

Logos has twelve volumes of the International Critical Commentary on sale for $1.99 and one volume from the Sacra Pagina series (The Gospel of Mark) for .99 cents here. Most of the ICC volumes are older volumes but does include several newer volumes (McKa... [logos] [Technology]

6AM

Check out Mike Burer’s post, “Paul and Flesh: A Case for Theological Development here. [Galatians] [New Testament.] [Paul]

October 21, 9AM

Dr. Paige Patterson just made the following exciting announcement.Great happiness surges through my heart today as I announce that the trustees have just approved the creation of Southwestern’s seventh school – the School of Preaching. This provides S... [academics] [Preaching] [Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary] [Theological Education]

7AM

Michael Kruger has an interesting take on the earliest complete canonical list of the New Testament here. He argues that Origen (ca. 250) articulated a complete list of NT books in an allegorical reading of Joshua. [canon] [Church History] [New Testament]

October 20, 7AM

Marty Duren has a list of 11 Things not to get your pastor for Pastor Appreciation Month here.HT: Marc Cortez [humor] [pastors]

October 19, 7AM

Rob Plummer talks about grammatical diagramming. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [video]

October 17, 7AM

Luke's Day by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#63672)
Today is the day that some Christian traditions celebrate Luke, the author pf the Gospel of Luke, Acts, and maybe Hebrews. [Acts] [Luke] [New Testament]

6AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Daniel I. BlockBeyond the River Chebar: Studies in Kingship and Eschatology in the Book of Ezekielhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?Title... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

October 16, 11AM

All seminarians should take note of this post by Hershael York. [seminary] [Theological Education]

6AM

Tim Challies has a nice infographic on seven popular study Bibles here. [Bibles]

October 15, 7AM

I think this post from Chuck Swindoll is worth reading. [Ministry] [pastors]

October 14, 7AM

Alfred Plummer's commentary The Pastoral Epistles in the Expositor’s Bible Series is now available for free download in PDF here.HT: Rob Bradshaw [commentary] [New Testament] [Pastoral Epistles]

October 13, 7AM

The Crossway blog has a list here of 50 books that  J. I. Packer thinks you should read. [Books] [j. i. packer]

October 12, 6AM

See this blog post which is an excerpt from Murray Harris' forthcoming Gospel of John commentary in the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series (EGGNT). You can also see this post for another excerpt on 3:16-21. Or you can dowload a 59-page exc... [commentary] [John] [New Testament]

October 11, 11AM

Just in case you missed it, there is now a Daily Dose of Hebrew to go with your Daily Dose of Greek. In the following video Mark Futato discusses the divine name, YHWH. [Biblical languages] [Hebrew] [old testament]

October 10, 9AM

October 9, 6PM

See Mark Dance's "8 Common Guest Speaker Mistakes" here. I know that I have been guilty of a number of these.HT: Denny Burk [2 Corinthians] [Preaching]

October 8, 7AM

The latest issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament is out. Here is a list of the articles and links to abstracts.The Background of ἐκκλησία Revisited G.K. Beale Sincerely James: Reconsidering Frederick Francis’s Proposed Health... [Journal for the Study of the New Testament] [Journals]

October 7, 7AM

Some might be interested in the latest report from the Association of Theological Schools entitled, "How 2015 Graduates Are Faring." You can access it here. [Bible colleges] [seminary] [Theological Education]

6AM

See Andreas Köstenberger's ten reasons for studying the history of biblical interpretation here. [hermeneutics] [history] [Interpretation]

October 6, 7AM

I enjoyed reading this post by Ben Bailie on reading Martyn Lloyd-Jones. [Lloyd-Jones] [reading]

October 5, 7AM

Alan S. Bandy and Benjamin L. Merkle, Understanding Prophecy: A Biblical-Theological Approach (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2015). Alan Bandy is assistant professor of New Testament at Oklahoma Baptist University, and Benjamin Merkle is professor of New Testamen... [1 Chronicles] [Prophecy] [Review]

October 4, 6AM

Gary Manning has a great post here on the use of σκύβαλα (skubala) in Philippians 3:8 in light of the use of the term in Greek literature. If Manning is right then preachers and teachers might have to find other ways to play their naughty school b... [Biblical languages] [Greek] [New Testament] [Philippians]

October 3, 12 PM

The Art of Manliness has a great post entitled, "How to Be a Gentleman Scholar: Classroom Etiquette for the College Man." Check it out here. Having been both a student and a professor I say "amen" and "amen."HT: Michael Cooper [education]

7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Jeff S. AndersonThe Blessing and the Curse: Trajectories in the Theology of the Old Testamenthttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=99... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

October 2, 5AM

The free Logos Book for October is Michael Whiting’s Luther in English: The Influence of His Theology of Law and Gospel on Early English Evangelicals (1525-35). You can also purchase Grace and Reason: A Study in the Theology of Luther for $1.99 and ent... [book] [logos] [Luther]

October 1, 6AM

Just in case you missed it, Rob Plummer talks about learning Greek vocabulary and a free resource on the video below. Here is the link to the Van Voorst book. [Biblical languages] [Greek]

September 30, 6AM

The Eerdman's blog has a brief interview with Stan porter on his forthcoming book, John, His Gospel, and Jesus: In Pursuit of the Johannine Voice here. [Interview] [John] [New Testament]

September 29, 6AM

You can read Michael Bird's annotated listing of the top ten resources to read related to the New Testament and the imperial cult here. [backgrounds] [New Testament]

September 28, 5PM

Andrew Wilson thinks it might be and he explains why here. [academics] [pastor] [scholarship]

September 27, 12 AM

September 26, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Gary A. Anderson and Joel S. Kaminsky, eds.The Call of Abraham: Essays on the Election of Israel in Honor of Jon D. Levensonhttp://www.bookreview... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

September 25, 8AM

My friend, Steven Anderson, has a helpful visualization of Daniel 11 available for free here (follow the links). Anyone who has studied this chapter knows how difficult it can be to unpack all that is going on. Do note that this visualization does not ide... [Daniel] [old testament] [Prophecy]

September 24, 7AM

SermonCentral has 20 quotes on preaching here. [preachers] [Preaching]

September 23, 7AM

David Murray has an infographic and list of "20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Exegesis" here. [exegesis] [Interpretation]

September 22, 8AM

There is an interesting article in Haaretz concerning the origins of the Philistines here. [backgrounds] [old testament] [Philistines]

5AM

This year's one-day Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop focusing on the topic of preaching Christ from the Old Testament. The workshop will take place on Monday, October 5, 2015 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in The Riley Center  on the campus of Southwe... [Bible Exposition] [Christ] [Expository Preaching] [old testament] [preachers] [Preaching] [seminary] [Sermons] [Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary]

September 21, 9AM

Facebook users can enter to win a copy of Philip Comfort's A Commentary on the Manuscripts and Text of the New Testament here. [book] [Textual Criticism]

7AM

Jim Gray has a nice chart on the Old Testament parallels to Mary's Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) here. [gospels] [Luke] [New Testament.] [old testament]

September 20, 12 PM

Those interested in biblical archaeology might want to check out this website. It has been around for a while, but I don't recall ever mentioning it. [Biblical Archaeology]

September 19, 6AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Wilhelm BoussetKyrios Christos: A History of Belief in Christ from the Beginning of Christianity to Irenaeushttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

September 18, 1PM

See these 20 dumb-downed Ph.D. thesis statements. This might be fun to do with some biblical and theological dissertations as well.HT: John Williams [education] [humor] [Theological Education]

7AM

My friend Paul Weaver has made his brand-new book, Introducing the Old Testament Books, available as a free electronic download at Amazon until Monday, September 21. Use this link. He does ask that you would consider leaving a review but that is not requi... [Books] [old testament]

September 17, 8AM

Preachers might want to check out this post by Caleb Suko entitled, "Nine Confessions of a Struggling Preacher."  [preachers] [Preaching]

September 16, 8AM

Marc Cortez provides a great answer to this question here. [Inerrancy]

September 15, 7AM

Watch this video by Michael Burer on how to download and set up the fee Faithlife flashcard app for Hebrew and Greek vocabulary. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [Hebrew] [Technology]

September 14, 7AM

Westminster Theological Seminary has a new faculty website here. You can access free articles, lectures, and courses. For example, under courses you can access audio of A New Testament Biblical theology taught by Greg Beale or Biblical Hermeneutics by Ver...

September 13, 5AM

Lindsay Kennedy has a good presentation here of the various views of the "I" in Romans 7. [New Testament] [Romans]

September 12, 7AM

See Jon McWhorter's story in the Atlantic entitled, "Where Do Languages Go to Die? The tale of Aramaic, a language that once ruled the Middle East and now faces extinction." [Biblical languages]

September 11, 6AM

Kenneth Berding has an interesting post here suggesting that one way to explain the hermeneutic of the New Testament author's approach to the Old Testament is to see them using sub-themes rather than main themes of given passages. [hermeneutics] [New Testament] [old testament]

September 10, 7AM

There is much to consider here from Kevin Vanhoozer on pastors as public theologians. [pastors] [theologians]

September 9, 5PM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.James H. Charlesworth, ed.The Tomb of Jesus and His Family? Exploring Ancient Jewish Tombs Near Jerusalem’s Wallshttp://www.bookreviews.org/boo... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

September 8, 5PM

Interesting story here about one man's attempt to revive the half-shekel commandment found in Exodus 30:15. This includes minting new coins. But much of the process appears to be more traditional than biblical. Also, the article states that, "it is forbid... [Coins] [Exodus] [Judaism] [old testament]

September 7, 7AM

My favorite homiletics teacher is fond telling neophyte preachers, “We deal in words, friend.” The more I preach, the more I think about how I am going to say what I have so diligently unearthed in my study. In the following quote, Charles Bartow gets... [Preaching] [Sermons]

September 3, 6AM

I am not sure how long this offer has been available, but Logos users can download Walt Kaiser's The Promise Plan for God for free. Use this link. [Bible] [Technology] [Walter Kaiser]

September 2, 5AM

The free Logos Book for September is Gary V. Smith’s commentary on Amos in the Mentor Commentary series. You can also purchase Joel and Obadiah in the same series for $1.99 and enter to win the entire sixteen-volume Mentor commentary series. Go the L... [commentaries] [Technology]

September 1, 8AM

“Perhaps no single factor is more detrimental to Biblical exposition in our day than a widespread failure to recognize that the Bible is a unity and in order to be adequately interpreted must be treated as such. In many circles this unity is lost sight ... [Bible] [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching]

August 28, 2PM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Adesola Joan AkalaThe Son-Father Relationship and Christological Symbolism in the Gospel of Johnhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

August 25, 2PM

After unpacking boxes and boxes of books in a recent move, I wondered whether I had too many. My wife certainly thinks so! But books are important tools for those in ministry. This post by Steve Weaver makes a case for the importance of books for the mini... [Books] [preachers] [reading]

August 24, 3PM

Andrew Bernhard has a guest post on Mark Goodacre's blog here that pretty convincingly demonstrates that the so-called "Gospel of Jesus" and its related documents are a fraud.  [gospels] [jesus] [Manuscripts] [Textual Criticism]

August 21, 7AM

Larry Hurtado provides links to two interview podcasts featuring himself here. [Audio] [Hurtado]

August 20, 9AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Katherine BainWomen’s Socioeconomic Status and Religious Leadership in Asia Minor: In the First Two Centuries C.E.http://www.bookreviews.org/bo... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

6AM

Leadership Journal has an interesting article related to different approaches to getting people engaged with Scripture here. [Bible] [Spiritual Reading]

August 19, 7AM

Here are the articles to the latest issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. The links will take you to an abstract.Introduction: The Study of the Use of the Old Testament in the New David M. AllenThe Old Testament in the New, Intertextual... [Journal for the Study of the New Testament] [Journals]

August 18, 7AM

I have and will preach with or without PowerPoint. If given the choice I normally use it. Craig Schill gives four reasons to use it here. I do think that media software can become a crutch and I have seen some PowerPoint presentations that seemed to serve... [powerpoint] [Preaching] [Sermons] [Technology]

August 17, 11AM

Richard Longenecker's Romans NIGTC commentary is not yet available but you can access a 12-page excerpt here. I would have liked a little more of a sneak peak, especially of the commentary proper, but I suppose that something is better than nothing. [commentaries] [New Testament] [Romans]

August 14, 5PM

I found the following comments from a 1989 article by F. F. Bruce on Acts commentaries interesting. Two points were of particular interest. First, I appreciated Bruce's positive affirmation of the commentary by Kirsopp Lake and Henry J. Cadbury. Second, i... [Acts] [New Testament]

August 12, 7AM

Here is another great quote from Stephen Farris.“It is not that it is impossible to preach a good sermon without sound exegesis. It is, however, hard to imagine preaching a good sermon regularly without such a discipline. Stephen Farris, Preaching That ... [exegesis] [Preaching Sermons]

August 11, 8AM

Duvall and Hays, in their book Grasping God’s Word, identify three dangers associated with studying backgrounds as part of the interpretive process.[1]1. Use inaccurate background information.2. Elevating the background of the text above the meaning of ... [backgrounds] [hermeneutics] [Interpretation]

August 10, 7AM

I was recently looking back through Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren's excellent work, How to Read a Book. This book is chock-full of insights but one in particular struck me as especially appropriate for those of us involved in the academic side of m... [reading]

August 7, 7AM

Scott Tatum's article on preaching from 1 Peter might be a bit difficult to find but it is worth checking out. Here is the opening paragraph. "Preaching from I Peter affords a wide variety of possibilities for both the traditional and contemporary models ...

August 6, 7AM

Readers interested in some free F. F. Bruce audio can go here. [Audio]

August 5, 7AM

"There is nothing more practical for the preacher than the thorough study of the biblical text. A constant complaint of weak preachers is 'What am I going to preach on next Sunday?' The complaint of the parishioners is different; they know what the pastor... [exegesis] [Preaching] [Sermons]

August 4, 7AM

Yesterday, I provided an excerpt from William G. T. Shedd's Romans commentary. What I failed to not was that this out-of-copyright work can be downloaded as a free PDF here. [commentaries] [New Testament] [Romans]

August 3, 7AM

Students of the Bible sometimes misuse commentaries in two ways. First, some allow commentaries to replace their own careful study of the text. Rather, commentaries should serve as a dialogue partner between the student and the text. It is never a re... [commentaries] [New Testament] [Romans]

August 2, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Eve-Marie Becker, Troels Engberg-Pedersen, and Mogens Muller, eds.Mark and Paul: Comparative Essays Part II For and Against Pauline Influence on ... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

August 1, 4AM

The free Logos Book for August is Mikeal Parson’s commentary on Acts in the Paideia Commentary series. You can also purchase Ephesians and Colossians by Charles Talbert in the same series for $1.99. You can also enter to win the entire twelve-volume P... [Acts] [logos] [New Testament] [Technology]

July 31, 7AM

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is offering a free flexible-access class on the book of 1 Corinthians with Dr. Paige Patterson this fall. You can find more information here. [1 Corinthians] [New Testament] [seminary] [Technology]

July 30, 7AM

You can access a sixteen minute interview by Shawn Wilhite and Trey Moss with Craig Keener here. [Audio] [Interview] [Keener Craig]

July 29, 1PM

Bible Archaeology Review's website has an interesting article entitled, "Biblical Bread: Baking Like the Ancient Israelites" here. [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [biblical archaeology review]

July 28, 4PM

David Allen has been posting excerpts from Marvin R. Vincent's 1884 volume, The Expositor in the Pulpit. This has been particularly valuable since this volume appears to be very difficult to find. And if you haven't been following along you would miss som... [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching] [Preaching] [Sermons]

July 27, 9AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Robert L. ColePsalms 1–2: Gateway to the Psalterhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9054Reviewed by W. Dennis Tucker Jr. Paba Nid... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

July 25, 7PM

Matt Capps has lists and links here to some resources for studying the book of Revelation. [New Testament] [Revelation]

10AM

The following video by Rob Plummer has some mnemonic suggestions for remembering some of the major Greek prepositions. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [video]

July 24, 7AM

Peter Mead has a helpful nine-point illustration checklist here. [Illustrations] [Preaching] [sermon]

July 23, 7AM

I like books and I like when people talk about about books that influenced them and why. So I like this post by J. Ramsey Michaels on some of the books that influenced him. [academics] [Books] [John] [New Testament] [reading]

July 22, 7AM

Chris McKinny at the BiblePlaces blog  has an interesting discussion of Joshua 12 generally and includes a nifty interactive map. You can check it out here. [geography] [Joshua] [maps] [old testament]

July 21, 9AM

You can read about three types of pastor-theologians here. [church] [pastor] [theologians]

July 20, 10AM

David Miller has some helpful thoughts on reading the Mishnah here. [backgrounds] [Judaism] [Mishnah]

July 17, 1PM

Leon Mauldin has a nice post here on cylinder seals and how that relates to the seal imagery used in Songs 8:6. [Song of Solomon] [Song of Songs]

10AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Nathan J. BarnesReading 1 Corinthians with Philosophically Educated Womenhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9820Reviewed by Timoth... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

July 16, 7PM

Apparently, Christians are not the only ones who own a Bible but don't actually read it. According to this article, "95 percent of Jewish Israelis have a Bible at home, six percent of those are not sure where it is." [Bible] [reading]

July 15, 4PM

You can access free audio Of Doug Moo speaking on Galatians here. This was recorded In July 2014 at a two-day intensive course at Oak Hill.HT: Brian Fulthrop [Audio] [Doug Moo] [Galatians] [New Testament.]

July 14, 5PM

Ancient Near Eastern history and archaeology nerds might enjoy taking these quizzes at the ASOR website. [ancient Near East] [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology]

July 13, 6AM

Lee Fields has a great post here asking and answering, "From Where Did God Bring Out the Israelites (Exod 20:2)?" [Biblical languages] [Exodus] [Hebrew] [old testament]

July 12, 12 PM

Many Bible students know that Lamentations contains four alphabetic acrostics. And those who have studied biblical Hebrew know that the letter ayin precedes pe. But a question then arises as to why the acrostics in Lamentations 2, 3, and 4 has the pe line... [Biblical languages] [Hebrew] [Lamentations] [old testament]

July 11, 7AM

Facebook users might be interested in Trinity Western University Dead Sea Scrolls Institute relatively new Facebook page. See here. [Dead Sea Scrolls]

July 10, 9AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Rainer AlbertzExodus 1–18http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9028Reviewed by William Johnstone Wolfgang GrunstaudlPetrus Alexandr... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

July 9, 1PM

David Murray has a nice post here listing seven characteristics of the best online education videos. [education]

July 8, 7AM

See Michael Kruger's discussion here on whether you should you be a pastor or professor?" [academics] [pastor] [Professors] [seminary]

July 7, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Bob Becking, ed.Reflections on the Silence of God: A Discussion with Marjo Korpel and Johannes de Moorhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?T... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

July 6, 7AM

Dane Ortlund has a great post here asking the question, "What's the Message of the Bible in One Sentence?" and then listing answers from "a handful of thoughtful scholars and pastors." HT: Justin Taylor [Bible]

July 5, 7PM

Robert Plummer has a nice description and illustration below of the reverse etymological fallacy. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [New Testament]

July 4, 2PM

Matthew Malcolm has some healthy push-back here to those who argue that Paul’s Areopagus speech in Acts 17 alludes to Socrates’ Athenian trial defense speech. [Acts] [backgrounds] [New Testament] [Paul]

July 3, 7AM

I am not sure how long this website has been up and running, but you might want to check out Marc Brettler's Tools for Studying the Hebrew Bible here.HT: Gary Gromacki  [Biblical languages] [Hebrew] [old testament]

July 2, 6AM

Readers will want to check out a new online publication called Exegetical Tools Quarterly. My initial impressions are "Wow." This appears to be a helpful resource. So check out the work of Todd Scacewater and others here.  [exegesis] [journal]

July 1, 3PM

The free Logos Book for July is Tom Schreiner’s book 40 Questions about Christians and Biblical Law in the 40 Questions and Answers series. This is an excellent resource. You can also purchase Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews edited by Her... [Biblical Theology] [Books] [Hebrews] [Law] [logos]

June 30, 8PM

I am not sure how old this article is, but "Ministers Don’t Use Libraries, and Nobody Knows Why" does ask some important questions.HT: Jeremiah Mutie [Books] [pastors]

June 29, 12 PM

Zondervan just sent me a copy of Reading Romans in Context: Paul and Second Temple Judaism. The volume contains a foreword by Francis Watson and twenty essays edited by Ben. C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich, and Jason Maston.  I haven't had a chance to... [Books] [New Testament] [Paul] [Romans]

June 28, 3PM

Leon Mauldin has a nice write-up here on King Saul's final battle against the Philistines. This is a good example of how one can use geography to enhance one's understanding of events in the Bible. [1 Samuel] [geography] [holy land] [israel] [old testament]

June 27, 6AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Herbert W. Bateman IVInterpreting the General Letters: An Exegetical Handbookhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9717Reviewed by Br... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

June 26, 7AM

Jonathan Sacks has an interesting discussion of Chukkim, "commands that seem to have no obvious reason – either in terms of social justice or historical memory." One example that I found most interesting was the Chukkim concerning the red heifer (Num 19... [backgrounds] [Judaism] [Numbers] [old testament]

June 25, 2PM

Samaria by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#57733)
Ferrell Jenkins has a nice post here related to a recent visit to Samaria. It has been about four years since I was there so his comments were interesting to me. By the way, if you have any interest in the Holy Lands you might want to visit Ferrell's blog... [geography] [holy land] [israel]

June 24, 7AM

A couple of days ago, I provided an extended quote fromWilliam Bruinsma's recent article entitled, "The Minister's Development of His Preaching after Seminary." Here is another quote worth considering."There are a few practical methods that ministers can ... [preachers] [Preaching] [Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary]

June 23, 9AM

Those with an interest in the apostle Paul and ancient coins might be interested in this site created by Breck Breckinridge. According to the website,This is a survey of those Roman Provincial coins which the Apostle Paul would have seen and even possibly... [Biblical Archaeology] [Coins] [New Testament] [Paul]

June 22, 4PM

"In the first place, there is a need soon after seminary to develop our own style. I realize there are some students who already begin to do this in seminary. But that is not true for most. And even for those who do begin to develop this already in semina... [preachers] [Preaching] [seminary]

June 20, 8AM

Dealing with grief is a reality that must be faced in every kind of ministry. It can also one of the more difficult pastoral skills to develop and I know that I have often felt woefully inadequate in seeking to mediate comfort. So I was delighted to recei... [Ministry]

June 19, 10AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Peter Bing and Regina HöscheleAristaenetus, Erotic Lettershttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9887Reviewed by Richard I. Per... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

June 18, 12 PM

Ernest Lucas, the author of the forthcoming commentary on Proverbs in the Two Horizons series discusses the book here. [commentary] [old testament] [Proverbs]

June 17, 6AM

Ian Paul has an interesting and helpful post here on some of the interpretive challenges presented by the way language is used in Revelation. [apocalyptic] [hermeneutics] [Interpretation] [Literary Analysis] [New Testament] [Revelation]

June 16, 11AM

If you live in or around the Houston area you might be interested in some upcoming lectures at the Lanier Theological Library.  9/12/15 – Lynn Cohick September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm “We are the Circumcision:” Philippians 3 and the Christian...

June 15, 8AM

Philip Jenkins has a helpful introduction to reading Josephus here. [backgrounds] [Josephus]

June 12, 11AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. George AicheleThe Letters of Jude and Second Peter: Paranoia and the Slaves of Christhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9077... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

June 11, 3PM

There is an interesting discussion taking place at the Euangelion blog here and here on the so-called "Radical Perspective on Paul." [Judaism] [New Testament] [Paul]

June 10, 7AM

I enjoyed reading Anthony Thiselton's thoughts on his new systematic theology here. Although my field is in biblical studies, I have a great appreciation for those who work in systematics. I hope to pick up this volume soon. [book] [theology] [thiselton]

June 9, 9AM

Matt Perman has some pretty sound advice on how to get things done in seminary here. [New Orleans Baptsis Theological Seminary]

June 8, 7PM

Regent Audio is offering a free audio download of a message by Bruce Waltke entitled, "Why I have Kept the Faith." You can access it here. The free offer expires Monday, June 15. [Audio] [Waltke Bruce]

June 7, 12 PM

The Sacred Sandwich has a great spoof of reader responses if Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians was published in Christianity Today here. HT: Lisa Robinson [Galatians] [humor] [Paul]

June 6, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Pablo R. AndiñachIntroducción hermenéutica al Antiguo Testamentohttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8681Reviewed by Diego ... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

June 5, 7AM

This post on the structure of Romans in recent commentaries came out last year but I must have missed it. But better late than never.  [commentaries] [New Testament] [Romans]

June 4, 7AM

Brian Harbour in his article "Preaching from Acts" notes several approaches to preaching the book. One interesting approach is to preach the churches in Acts. I like the idea, but this would have to be done very carefully since Acts only provides limited ... [Acts] [New Testament] [Preaching] [Sermons]

June 3, 7AM

Kenneth Mathews made the following observation concerning his seminary days. When I was in seminary in the 1970s, the most popular facility on campus was not the break room, but the bookstore. Students spent hours browsing the stacks and would squeeze out... [Books] [reading] [seminary]

June 2, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Moshe Bar-Asher; Aaron Koller, ed.Studies in Classical Hebrewhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9804Reviewed by Jerome A. Lu... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

June 1, 6AM

The free Logos Book for June is Anthony Tomasino’s commentary on Esther in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series. You can also purchase 1, 2, 3 John by Gary Derickson in the same series for .99 cents. You can also enter to win the entire Evangel... [1 John] [2 John] [3 John] [commentaries] [Esther] [logos] [old testament] [Technology]

May 31, 11AM

Amazon offers a Kindle version of the Psalms in Klingon here. Apparently, this "translation" is based on the World English Bible. I would not recommend purchasing it and make sure you read the customer reviews. I only mention it here for two reasons. Firs... [Bible] [humor] [Illustrations] [Psalms] [translation]

May 30, 7AM

Many students of Mark are familiar with the problem of the naming of Abiathar in Mark 2:26. Rob Plummer has a pretty nice explanation of the issue and some of the potential solutions in the video below. [Biblical languages] [gospels] [Greek] [Mark] [New Testament] [video]

May 29, 6AM

WordMp3.com is offering the complete set of 630 mp3 downloads from the 2014 Evangelical Theological Society Meeting for the sale price of $69.99. You can check it out here. [Audio] [Evangelical Theological Society]

May 28, 11PM

Matthew Malcom has an interesting observation here related to the use of gnorizo in 1 Corinthians 15:1 [1 Corinthians] [New Testament] [Paul]

May 27, 6AM

Loveday Alexander, in a chapter entitled, “Community and Canon: Reflections on the Ecclesiology of Acts,”makes the following insightful comment regarding the use of Acts in debates concerning church practices. In such debates, all protagonists te... [Acts] [New Testament]

May 26, 7AM

The HuffPost has an article entitled, "6 Of The Most Ridiculous Stunts Pastors Have Pulled To Get People To Church" here. I am not a fan of this approach to ministry and think that generally it is not ultimately helpful. But I must admit that some of the ... [church] [Preaching] [Prophets]

May 25, 7AM

The book of Joel is known for its use of locusts as a metaphor for coming judgment. Many of us in the Western world have little personal experience with locusts or locust plagues. And I have always wondered what the difference was between grasshoppers and... [backgrounds] [Joel] [old testament]

May 23, 5AM

David Murray apparently thinks so. You can read his explanation in an article from the latest issue of Christian Computing here (or here if you just want to read David's article) [Technology]

May 22, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Susanna DrakeSlandering the Jew: Sexuality and Difference in Early Christian Textshttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9399Rev... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

May 21, 2PM

I recently won a copy of a new volume entitled, The Kingdom according to Luke and Acts. This looks to be an interesting read. Here is the publisher's description.This substantial, reliable introduction examines the character and purpose of Luke and Acts a... [Acts] [book] [Luke] [New Testament]

May 20, 5PM

Those interested in Pauline studies might want to check out the Spring 2015 issue of the Criswell Theological Review. You can read more about the contents of the issue here. [Journals] [New Testament] [Paul]

May 19, 7AM

Noah Kelley has a helpful blog post entitled, "Resources for Learning German for Biblical/Theological Studies" here. [German] [seminary]

May 18, 8AM

Lee Fields has a good discussion here related to translating Zechariah 9:1, in particular the owner of the "eyes." [exegesis] [Hebrew] [old testament] [Zechariah]

May 17, 3AM

Haaretz has an interesting article here discussing how Jerusalem came to be called Jerusalem. I was able to read the article but it may be behind a pay wall depending on how you access it. [Biblical Archaeology] [geography] [Hebrew] [Jerusalem]

May 16, 7AM

You can access an excerpt of John Goldingay's new book, Do We Need the New Testament? here. I often find myself disagreeing with Goldingay but this looks like an interesting read. [book] [New Testament] [old testament]

May 15, 6AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. John AshtonThe Gospel of John and Christian Originshttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9819Reviewed by Seth Pollinger Corneli... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

May 14, 7AM

Claude Mariottini has an interesting wrap-up post on the genealogy of Jesus according to his great-grandmothers here. [Genealogies] [gospels] [jesus]

May 13, 7AM

Although the post is from 2012, Peter Mead's post on "5 Reasons Why I Love Preaching Psalms" is worth a look here. [old testament] [Preaching] [Psalms]

May 12, 7AM

Some might be interested in these five new and forthcoming books on Paul published by Eerdmans. [Books] [New Testament] [Paul]

May 11, 7AM

Here are the articles to the latest issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. The links will take you to an abstract.Why Do Things Move People? The Jerusalem Temple as Emotional Repository Stephen C. Barton What Type of Resistance? How Apo... [Journal for the Study of the New Testament] [Journals]

May 8, 9AM

Bloggers David Allen and Dennis Wretlind have several posts related to 1 John. Allen posts expositional treatments of 1 John 2:16 and 2:18-19, here and here. He is also the author of the volume on the Johannine Epistles in the Preach the Word series ... [1 John] [New Testament]

May 7, 6AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Markus Bockmuehl and Guy G. Stroumsa, eds.Paradise in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Viewshttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleI... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

May 6, 2PM

Tertullian responding to groups like the Marcionites who rejected the book of Acts gave the following response, Those who do not accept this volume of Scripture can have nothing to do with the Holy Spirit, for they cannot know whether the Holy Spirit ha... [Acts] [New Testament]

May 5, 8AM

Larry Hurtado has a great discussion here concerning a recent proposal rejecting Philippians 2:6-11 and Colossians 1:15-20 as examples of early Christ-Hymns. I remain agnostic on the issue and have gone back-and-forth in my own thinking. So I really appre... [Colossians] [Hurtado] [New Testament] [Philippians]

May 4, 3PM

Jim Gray has a good discussion on John 2:1-11 here. [gospels] [jesus] [John] [New Testament]

May 3, 12 PM

Now for something a bit different, see Kim Fabricius' post, "The New Testament in Bob Dylan Song Titles" here.HT: Jeff Carter [Illustrations] [music] [New Testament]

May 2, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Francis BorchardtThe Torah in 1Maccabees: A Literary Critical Approach to the Texthttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9803Rev... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

May 1, 9AM

The free Logos Book for May is N. T. Wright’s The Lord and His Prayer. You can also purchase Following Jesus: Biblical Reflection on Discipleship by Wright for .99 cents. While you are at it, you can enter to win  the 48 volume Works of N. T... [logos] [n.t. wright] [Prayer] [Technology]

April 29, 10AM

Christina Bucher discusses her commentary on the Song of Solomon in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series here. [commentary] [old testament] [Song of Solomon]

April 28, 7AM

Peter Davids has some reflections on the changes that he has seen in theological education here. [Theological Education]

April 27, 1PM

I was an early adopter and current user user of Bibleworks. It is a terrific resource. I just found out that version 10 has been released. I am not sure about all the upgrades yet but you can check it out here. [Bible] [software] [Technology]

7AM

David Murray has a really well-organized bibliography on preaching organized by topic here. [Books] [preachers] [Preaching] [sermon]

April 25, 3PM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. James Aston and John Walliss, eds.Small Screen Revelations: Apocalypse in Contemporary Televisionhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

April 24, 7AM

Careful readers of the Gospels have noted the similarities between the accounts of Jesus' baptism and His transfiguration. Charles Talbert has created the following table that shows these similarities. Parallels between Jesus’ Baptism and Transfi... [gospels] [jesus] [Matthew] [New Testament]

April 23, 7AM

Careful readers of the Gospel of Matthew have noted the numerous similarities between Moses' experience on Mt. Sinai and Jesus' transfiguration. The following table tries to illustrate these similarities.  Some Similarities between Moses’ Sina... [gospels] [jesus] [Matthew] [Moses] [New Testament]

April 22, 7AM

C. Richard Wells has an interesting chapter on Applying the Old Testament from Reclaiming the Prophetic Mantle: Preaching the Old Testament Faithfully. This work looks to be out of print and Amazon has used copies starting at $172! In any case, consider t... [Narrative] [old testament] [Preaching] [Sermons]

April 21, 6AM

In Matthew 16:18, the Lord states, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (ESV). Just about every point in this verse is debated. One debated issue relates to the st... [gospels] [hell] [Matthew] [New Testament]

April 20, 7AM

Some time back I posted an extended quote from an article by Stewart Custer entitled “The Theology of First Corinthians” looking at the titles of Christ used in 1 Corinthians (see here). I thought I would post another article by Custer on the titles o... [1 John] [Christ] [New Testament]

April 17, 6AM

Here is a table outlining various views concerning the unpardonable sin in Matthew 11:31-32.  The Unpardonable Sin: Three Questions What is it? Why is it unpardonable? Can it be committed today? Rejection of the work of the Spirit thro... [Matthew] [New Testament] [sin]

April 16, 7AM

In a recent article in Near Eastern Archaeology, Ameera Elrasheedy and Daniel Schindler have a fascinating article on ancient oil lamps that look to me to be Iron Age and Hellenistic (“Illuminating the past: Exploring the Function of Ancient Lamps,” ... [Biblical Archaeology]

April 15, 7AM

A number of years ago, I used to receive an email “update and ezine” called The Preacher’s Study by Dave Redick. These updates often provided helpful information and addressed practical topics related to preaching. I am not sure if it is still being... [Preaching] [Sermons]

April 14, 7AM

Yesterday, I commented on the use of Lord's prayer. Today, I want to make a simpler but more profound point, or three. As many know, the Lord's Prayer is also called, Pater Noster (Latin) or "Our Father" based on the first words of this well-known prayer.... [gospels] [Luke] [Matthew] [New Testament] [Prayer]

April 13, 7AM

The so called Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9–13 and Luke 11:2–4 has often been used as a prayer to be recited. There is evidence from as early as the second century that Christians would recite the prayer three times a day (Did. 8.1–3). While reciti... [gospels] [Luke] [Matthew] [New Testament] [Prayer]

April 12, 8AM

I started posting on this blog on this day and at this time in 2008. This calculates to seven years, 2556 days, 61,344 hours, 3,680,640 minutes, and 220,838,400 seconds. I am thankful to the Lord that he has enabled this blog to reach this milestone.&... [blog] [blogging]

April 11, 7AM

J. Julius Scott has an interesting discussion on Tertullian's view of the Apostolic Decree in Acts 15. According to Scott, He calls the decree the "pristine law" and the "compendia of discipline" that relaxes the OT law but binds 'from the more noxious' a... [Acts] [church fathers] [Jerusalem Council] [New Testament]

April 10, 7AM

Some time back, I began digitizing material that I had in my multiple file cabinets. Occasionally, I have posted material from these articles here. Today, I have an extended quote from an article by Stewart Custer entitled “The Theology of First Corinth... [1 Corinthians] [New Testament]

April 9, 8AM

“Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, "Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream" (Matt 27:19, ESV). One of the unique contributions of Matthew’s... [backgrounds] [gospels] [jesus] [Matthew] [New Testament]

April 8, 7AM

Trevin Wax has an interview with Cody Curtis, a musician who has set the epistle to the Romans to music. Check it out here. [music] [New Testament] [Romans]

April 7, 9AM

Christianaudio.com is offering David Platt's Radical for free for three days only (ending April 9). Go here. [Audio] [book]

April 6, 7AM

See this funny article on, "What Your Pastor’s Jeans Say About Their Theology" here. [humor]

April 5, 6AM

He is Risen! by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#52809)
And as Jaroslav Pelikan proclaims, “If Christ is risen—then nothing else matters. And if Christ is not risen—then nothing else matters.” [Easter] [jesus] [resurrection]

April 4, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Itzhak Benyamini Narcissist Universalism: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Paul’s Epistles http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

April 3, 7AM

Guy Prentiss Waters, Acts, EP Study Commentary (Holywell: EP Books, 2015).  Students of the Book of Acts have many options related to commentaries. Indeed, one is almost overwhelmed by the plethora of choices and new works continue to be added to t... [Acts] [Book Reviews] [commentary] [New Testament]

April 2, 9AM

Matthew Montinini has posted three videos here of a younger Gordon Fee teaching on 1 Corinthians. [1 Corinthians] [Fee] [New Testament] [video]

April 1, 6AM

The free Logos Book for April is Brevard Child’s commentary on Isaiah in the Old Testament Library series. You can also purchase Jeremiah in the same series for .99 cents. While you are at it, you can enter to win  7 volumes from the OTL ser... [commentaries] [Isaiah] [Jeremiah] [logos] [old testament] [Technology]

March 30, 5PM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Miryam T. BrandEvil Within and Without: The Source of Sin and Its Nature as Portrayed in Second Temple Literaturehttp://www.bookreviews.org... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

2PM

Yesterday I preached on the Triumphal Entry from Matthew 21:1–11. Among other things in my PowerPoint, I was able to use several photographs from Todd Bolen’s excellent Pictorial Library of Bible Lands (PLBL). I thought I might share a few thoughts on... [geography] [gospels] [holy land] [jesus] [New Testament.] [Preaching] [Sermons] [Technology]

March 29, 12 PM

Jared Wilson has some interesting thoughts here on whether to encourage or discourage note-taking during sermons. To be honest, I have not really done either one and have left it to my hearers to decide what they want to do, [Preaching] [Sermons]

March 27, 9AM

HistoryToday has an interesting article about the problem of footnotes related especially to online documents using permalinks here. According to the article, Digital library researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory found in a survey of three an... [research] [Technology] [Writing]

7AM

David Allen has an extensive twelve-part series of posts on water baptism defending a Baptistic perspective. "These articles are a slightly revised version of my chapter “Dipped for Dead: The Proper Mode of Baptism,” in Restoring Integrity in Baptist ... [baptism] [Baptists] [Ecclesiology]

March 26, 9AM

We are excited to have Dr. Mark Yarbrough join us to talk about his new book, How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor: A Practical and Entertaining Exploration of the World’s Most Famous Book. Dr. Yarbrough is Vice President for Academic Affairs... [Bible Study Resources] [Books]

March 25, 7AM

Good article here on "5 Verses You Thought Were in the Bible… But Aren't." Here are the faux verses but do read the article for the explanation.1. "God helps those who help themselves.” 1 Americanians 17:76 2. "This, too, shall pass.” Wisdomonius 4:... [Bible]

March 24, 7AM

Peter Mead has ten excellent pointers for seminary trained preachers here. [preachers] [Preaching] [seminary]

March 23, 7AM

Claude Mariottini has an interesting post here discussing a few of the great-grandmothers of Jesus that Matthew did not include in his genealogy. [Genealogies] [Matthew] [New Testament]

March 22, 11AM

David Allen has a nice comment on 1 John 2:4 here. This post shows the value of reading older works and then reframing those thoughts in contemporary garb. [1 John] [Books] [New Testament] [Preaching] [Sermons]

March 21, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Alex DammAncient Rhetoric and the Synoptic Problem: Clarifying Markan Priorityhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9291Reviewe... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

March 20, 7AM

Don McMinn has a well-written and thought-provoking exhortation to be a reader here. You might want to bookmark Don's blog as well. [reading]

March 19, 7AM

B&H Academic is offering free downloads of Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul's Theology in the Pastoral Epistles in MOBI format if you sign up to receive their updates. You can check it out here. [book] [New Testament] [Pastoral Epistles]

March 18, 7AM

Free audio for the 2015 Expository Preaching Workshop focusing on the book of Jude can be accessed here or you can access the individual links below.Plenary Session 1 - Dr. Jerry VinesPlenary Session 2 - Dr. David AllenPlenary Session 3 - Dr. Paige Patter... [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching] [Jude] [New Testament] [Preaching] [Sermons]

March 17, 7AM

Jonathan Warren at the Emerging Scholars Blog has a three-part post on what he learned from writing a dissertation here, here, and here. I would echo Warren's points. [academics] [education] [Ph.D.]

March 16, 1PM

Eerdmans is offering select titles at a 50% discount until April 15. I did not find many titles of interest or ones that I did not already have but you might. You can access the sale here. [Books]

6AM

John Broadus by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#51487)
Today is the 120th anniversary of the death of John Broadus, the well-known Baptist professor of homiletics. Bible students might be most familiar with his commentary on Matthew or his book, A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. Church Hi... [Baptists] [Church History] [Preaching] [Sermons]

March 13, 8AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Robert B. Chisholm Jr.A Commentary on Judges and Ruthhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9746Reviewed by Mark E. Biddle John ... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

March 12, 10AM

Christopher J, H, Wright is the featured speaker this week for the World Evangelization Conference at Dallas Theological Seminary. I have enjoyed Dr. Wright's plenary addresses. You can view the first message here and others will be posted later. I also h... [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching] [Missions] [Sermons]

5AM

Robert Bell notes that Paul quoted from the Old Testament about one hundred times, nearly a fifth of those occur in 1 Corinthians. See the following table compiled by Bell (Robert D. Bell, “Paul’s Use of the Old Testament in 1 Corinthians,” Biblical... [1 Corinthians] [New Testament] [old testament]

March 10, 1PM

There is an interesting article about the recent completion of the burnt offering altar by the Temple Institute here. What I found most interesting is that it is built with fired brick rather than natural stones. The article notes that the Bible prohibits... [backgrounds] [Deuteronomy] [Exodus] [old testament] [temple] [Temple Institute]

March 9, 12 PM

First Things has an article by Timothy George entitled, "Timothy George: Reading Luke with the Reformers" here. [Books] [Church History] [gospels] [Luke]

March 8, 3PM

Jim Gray lists his favorite preaching books here. I would include the following recent volumes. I would be in general agreement with Jim's list and would nominate the following two volumes.Daniel L. Akin, David L. Allen, and Ned L. Mathews, eds., Text-Dri... [Books] [Preaching]

March 6, 3PM

William Lane Craig has some advice here for a student whose wife does not share his passion for philosophy and apologetics and in fact finds it an "annoyance." I think that this problem is also common with biblical studies students as well. To Craig's com... [education] [seminary]

March 5, 12 PM

The Ceipplegate Blog has a good interview with Steven Lawson related to expository preaching here. Note that this only part one of a projected three-part series. [Expository Preaching] [Interview]

March 4, 1PM

I have seen a couple of references indicating that C. E. B. Cranfield has passed away. I did not know Cranfield personally, but I am indebted to his work, especially his two volumes on Romans in the International Critical Commentary series. [New Testament] [Romans]

March 3, 10AM

The free Logos Book for March is Roy Harrisville’s commentary on 1 Corinthians in the Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament series. You can also purchase Frederick Danker's 2 Corinthianscommentary in the same series for .99 cents. While you are at ...

March 2, 7AM

Christianaudio.com is offering Lee Strobel's The Case for the Real Jesus as their free audio download for the month of March. To read more about this resource and to get your free audio download in either MP3 or M4B formats go here.  [Apologetics] [Audio] [jesus]

March 1, 12 PM

Tim Bulkeley has posted audio and video links for six lectures by Richard Bauckham entitled “The Sons of Zebedee: The Lives of Two Galilean Fishers” here. This is typical Bauckham and therefore worth checking out. [Audio] [backgrounds] [Bauckham] [Biblical Archaeology] [New Testament] [video]

February 28, 8AM

Nathan Busenitz has 10 reminders for preachers here. [preachers] [Preaching]

February 27, 6PM

Trevin Wax shares his five favorite seminary classes from his MDiv here. Feel free to identify your favorites in the comments. [seminary] [Theological Education]

February 26, 8AM

One of the challenges of having a preaching schedule that goes through different books of the Bible consecutively is what Peter Mead calls genre shock. That is, when you finish a series on a book in one genre and then begin a new series with a book in ano... [Preaching] [Sermons]

February 25, 10AM

Gordon Johnston gives 14 reasons here why he does not believe that Song of Solomon tells a single love story. I realize that the chronological view is currently popular and to some degree persuasive, but Dr. Johnston's arguments at least should be conside... [old testament] [Song of Solomon] [Song of Songs]

February 24, 10AM

Haaretz has a pretty good article here on the function of gates in ancient times. Note: I was able to access the full article but it may be restricted for some. [Biblical Archaeology]

7AM

Matthew Malcolm has summarized 1–2 Samuel and 1–2 Kings in eight words here. [1 Kings] [1 Samuel] [2 Kings] [2 Samuel] [old testament]

February 23, 9AM

Romans 8–16 For You claims that it is not a commentary but rather an expository guide (p. 9). But many (including myself) would probably slot this as a devotional commentary although it is more textually detailed than many commentaries in this category.... [Book Reviews] [commentary] [New Testament] [Romans]

February 21, 11AM

Here are the articles to the latest issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament.The Social Relationships of Gospel Writers: New Insights from Inscriptions Commending Greek Historiographers Richard Last Galatians 3.10-12: Assumptions and Argum... [Journal for the Study of the New Testament] [Journals]

February 20, 9AM

The latest edition of Baylor University's Christian Reflection journal is focused on the Book of Acts. You can access the entire journal online here or the articles individually here. There appears to be a number of interesting articles.HT: Steve Walton [Acts] [Journals] [New Testament]

February 19, 10PM

National Geographic has a sad but interesting story here on the toll that the war in Iraq has taken on ancient sites, in particular, the traditional burial place of the prophet Nahum. [Biblical Archaeology] [Nahum] [old testament]

February 18, 7AM

Peter Mead has some great advice for older preachers here. [preachers] [Preaching]

February 17, 10AM

Brian Croft has some helpful advice here on how to evaluate your sermon an hour after preaching it. [Preaching] [Sermons]

February 16, 1PM

Just in case you may not have heard, Codex Vaticanus is now available online. See it here.HT: Russell Beatty [Bible] [Manuscripts] [Textual Criticism]

February 15, 6PM

I know that this is a day late but I thought you might enjoy this. The image comes from this post.HT: Sheri Klouda [humor]

February 13, 10AM

Tim Gombis has a good reminder here for preachers and teachers to avoid Brian Williams-like errors in their use of personal illustrations. I still remember a professor in Bible college who admonished us to never use the phrase "ministerially speaking" as ... [Illustrations] [Preaching]

February 12, 7AM

Tim Bulkeley has a nice post here on identifying humor in the Bible. [Bible] [humor]

February 11, 3PM

David Murray has a helpful list of over 150 links on getting the most from seminary here. [seminary]

February 10, 7AM

Check this out. Yup, most of these fit me! [Books] [humor]

February 9, 8AM

Ferrell Jenkins has a very nice post here related to the location of Herod’s Augusteum. Many would hold that it was located in Caesarea Philippi/Banias/Panias but as Ferrell notes a good case can be made for Omrit. John Francis Wilson has a good discuss... [Biblical Archaeology] [Mark] [Matthew] [New Testament] [Peter]

February 8, 12 PM

William Varner has noted seven parallels between the Joseph and Esther stories here. The parallels are interesting but some seem to oversimplify the details a bit (See #1. Is the setting really the court for both narratives? Or is the court part one of th... [Esther] [Genesis] [old testament]

February 6, 4PM

Tel Burna by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#49078)
International BusinessTimes has a nicely-illustrated article on Tel Burna which might be biblical Libnah here. [Biblical Archaeology]

February 5, 10AM

A newly-identified papyrus fragment containing a single verse from Acts and tentatively dated to the fourth century has been reported here.HT: Larry Hurtado [Acts] [Biblical Archaeology] [Manuscripts] [Textual Criticism]

February 4, 3PM

Interpreters seeking to identify a logical structure to the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-12 have proposed several options. Here are three. [Matthew] [New Testament]

February 3, 7AM

David Murray has identified over 500 of the best online resources for preaching here. If you are not familiar with David's blog you really should be. [preachers] [Preaching] [Sermons]

February 2, 6AM

Christianaudio.com is offering R. C. Sproul's Everyone's a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology as their free audio download for the month of February. To read more about this resource and to get your free audio download in either MP3 or M... [Audio] [theology]

February 1, 12 PM

I enjoyed read these 50 micro-book reviews from Nicholas McDonald. [Book Reviews]

January 31, 3PM

The T & T Clark blog has a brief post here by Daniel Smith discussing his new book Into the World of the New Testament. Here is the table of contents. Contents Preface Chapter 1: What is the New Testament? Part 1: The Setting Chapter 2: The King... [backgrounds] [Books] [New Testament]

9AM

William Varner has some helpful thoughts on the Chronicler's idealized presentation of David and Solomon here. [1 Chronicles] [2 Chronicles] [old testament]

January 30, 7AM

Larry Hurtado has noted that Jan N. Bremmer's Initiation into the Mysteries of the Ancient World is available for free access here. This sounds like a must read for those interested in Roman-era mystery cults and the New Testament. You can read what Hurta... [backgrounds] [New Testament]

January 29, 8AM

Smithsonian.com has an interesting article on how ancient Assyrian soldiers might have suffered from PTSD here. This would not be surprising if the Sennacherib palace reliefs tell even half the story regarding the atrocities committed by the troops. For e... [Assyrians] [Biblical Archaeology]

January 27, 4PM

If the answer to the above question is"yes," then you might want to check out Brian Renshaw's helpful post here. [research] [Technology]
If so, you might enjoy this. [humor] [theology]

January 26, 1PM

Peter Mead has some sound advice for young preachers here. [preachers] [Preaching]

9AM

Someone at church recently asked me about who actually sold Joseph into slavery. He had been reading Genesis 37 and noted that the text is not as clear on the answer to that question as many would assume. The ambiguity in the account has resulted in three... [Genesis] [old testament]

January 24, 9PM

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is holding its annual Expository Preaching Workshop on March 2-3, 2015. The theme this year is "Preaching Jude in Today's Culture." Early registration for the workshop is $25 for students and $50 for non-students ... [conference] [Expository Preaching] [Jude] [New Testament] [Preaching] [Sermons] [Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary]

January 23, 8AM

Barna has just released their 2015 list of Bible-minded cities in America."In the annual “Bible-Minded” cities report, Barna Group explores how Bible engagement plays out regionally in the United States. The study, based on interviews with 62,896 adul... [Bible]

January 22, 7AM

Thom Ranier has some helpful suggestions about talking to preachers before they preach here. I know that before I started preaching I was fairly oblivious to some of the challenges faced by those who preach.  [preachers] [Preaching]

January 21, 6PM

Students of the Gospels are aware that there is some debate as to whether the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5–7 is the same as the Sermon on the Plain in Luke 6:17–49. Although most have concluded that they are the same sermon, I created the followin... [gospels] [Luke] [Matthew] [New Testament]

January 20, 1PM

Those who have done serious work in the Gospel of Matthew are certainly familiar with the ICC commentary by W. D. Davies and Dale Allison. What I had not realized is the extent to which this helpful work can be attributed to Allison. Note the following co... [commentary] [Matthew]

January 19, 1PM

Nicholas Carlson has some helpful advice for writing here. [Books] [Writing]

January 18, 12 PM

William Varner has an interesting take on Acts 20:13 and Paul's decision to travel alone. You can read about it here. [Acts] [New Testament] [Paul]

January 17, 8AM

Craig Schill has some helpful advice for guest preachers here. Having done a bit of guest preaching myself, I think that a number of these points are spot on. [preachers] [Preaching]

January 16, 8AM

You can download free audio from the first volume of "Unseen God: A Study in the Book of Esther" preached by Alistair Begg here. This series contains the following messages.Introducing Esther, Part One (1:1–9) Introducing Esther, Part Two (1:1–9) Wine... [Audio] [Esther] [old testament] [Preaching] [Sermons]

January 15, 11AM

The documentary Patterns of Evidence: Exodus has been generating some interest. The trailer looks pretty good (see below). The movie's website contains quite of bit of information and you can access it here. Right now the movie is only being shown on one ... [Exodus] [old testament]

January 14, 3PM

I have been working in the Gospel of Matthew. This Gospel is often, and rightly, recognized as the most Jewish of the Gospels. But what is less well known is that there is a significant Gentile thread that runs through the book. Although others have surel... [Matthew] [New Testament]

January 13, 10AM

The latest issue of Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament is available here. Here is a list of the articles with links. “Was Elihu Right?” by Martin A. Shields “Queens, Widows, and Mesdames: The Role of Women in the Elijah-Elis... [Abraham] [Daniel] [Elijah] [Elisha] [Genesis] [Job] [journal] [old testament]

January 12, 3PM

Louis McBride has an extensive quote here related to Acts 20:37 ("And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him," ESV) on kissing in the ancient world from from Craig Keener's Acts 15:1-23:35 commentary. The comments are... [Acts] [backgrounds] [Keener Craig] [New Testament]

January 11, 12 PM

Most who have written a dissertation know that it can be a bear. Derek Brown has 20 tips here on how to defeat that bear. Many of these tips probably also apply to writing in general. [seminary] [Writing]

January 10, 7AM

Rob Plummer talks about the fairly new Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series. The only volumes currently available are Colossians and Philemon, James, and 1 Peter. [Biblical languages] [Books] [Greek] [New Testament]

January 9, 6AM

The free Logos Book for January is Herbert Edward Ryle’s commentary on Genesis in the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges series. You can also purchase An Introduction to the Pentateuch in the same series for .99 cents. While you are at it, you can... [commentary] [Genesis] [logos] [old testament] [Technology]

January 8, 7AM

Randy McCracken, building on the work of others, has a very interesting take on how David actually defeated Goliath here. I am typically a bit skeptical of stuff like this, but I think there is something to at least think about here.HT: Lindsay Kennedy [David] [old testament]

January 7, 8AM

The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts has announced the completion of their effort to digitize P46, which is as many know the earliest collection of Paul's epistles and Hebrews (c. AD 200). You can read about it here. [Hebrews] [New Testament] [Paul] [Textual Criticism]

January 6, 5PM

Matt Smethhurst has some good points regrading what to avoid  in reading your Bible in 2015 here. [Bible] [reading]

8AM

You can see all the articles from the Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal (1996-2013) and access a number of free articles here.A list with links to some of the free articles are listed below.HT: Bill CombsThe Message of Ecclesiastes Persevering and Falling ... [Journals]

January 5, 12 PM

See Thom Rainer's posts here and here on his top 15 trends for churches in 2015. [church] [Ministry]

7AM

Larry Hurtado notes on his blog that his September 2014 lecture given at New College is now available on Youtube. The lecture was entitled, “Paul’s Messianic Jesus: A Variant-Form of Ancient Jewish Messianism.” [backgrounds] [Hurtado] [New Testament] [video]

January 3, 9AM

Michael Barber has an interesting post on Doug Campbell's recent affirmation of Pauline authorship of Ephesians here. Barber goes on to note that, "a significant shift seems to be occurring as a growing number of leading scholars have written works argui... [Ephesians] [New Testament]

January 2, 8AM

See this funny list of the even most annoying things to say to a theology major. Most of these apply to biblical studies majors as well. [humor] [theology]

January 1, 9AM

Christianaudio.com is offering Charles Spurgeon's well-known devotional, Evening and Morning, as their free audio download for the month of January. This would be a great way to start off the year. To read more about this resource and to get your free au... [Audio] [spurgeon]

December 31 2014, 8AM

“This great diversity of emotion and perspective is the source of Psalter’s richness for believers. Because the Psalter is a collection of poetry, it does not have a plot in the same way that narrative books of the Bible do. Nor does it have a central... [commentary] [old testament] [Psalms]

December 30, 9AM

I found this list of the top ed-tech trends of 2014 to be interesting. [education] [Technoloby]

December 29, 8AM

For fun, I have been reading Herbert Rix’s Tent and Testament: A Camping Tour in Palestine with Some Notes on Scripture Sites, a book published 1907. I came upon the following statement and was reminded of two points. First, traveling in the Holy Land, ... [holy land]

December 28, 12 PM

FWIW, I own most of the volumes published in this series so far and have found what I have used has to be helpful.

December 27, 8AM

One of my personal disciplines is to read through the Bible every year. Over the years, I have followed a number of different plans and utilized a number of different translations. So I am not devoted to any singular approach but I am committed to the val... [Bible] [reading]

December 26, 9AM

This article is about translating and writing Chinese but some of the tips are probably applicable to Hebrew and Greek and for doctoral students, French and German. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [Hebrew]

December 25, 5AM

I want to wish all of you, from our family to yours, a very blessed Christmas. [Christmas]

December 24, 8AM

This article identifies their suggested top five biblical sites to visit. I'm not sure that all of these would make my top five. For example, how could one choose the Mount of Beatitudes over Capernaum? In any case, here is their list.1. The Church of the... [holy land]

December 23, 8AM

See this NPR interview with Robert Alter on the new Exodus movie. [Exodus] [old testament]

December 22, 4PM

See the Air & Space Smithsonian article on the star of Bethlehem (Matt 2:2, 9) here. There is not much new here for those familiar with the various astrological theories but I was interested to learn that over 400 books have been written on the topic.... [Matthew] [New Testament]

December 19, 3PM

Those interested in the Psalms might also be interested in The Psalms as Christian Lament: A Historical Commentary. This volume written by Bruce K. Waltke, James M. Houston, and Erika Moore offers “Informed historical-theological-pastoral insights into ... [Books] [old testament] [Psalms]

December 18, 8AM

Read this lighthearted reminder why books make great gifts. See the post for further explanation but here are the first ten reasons.1. They’re easy to wrap. 2. They don’t need to be plugged in. 3. They don’t expire. 4. They don’t go out of date. 5... [Books] [Christmas]

December 17, 11AM

This article provides an interesting explanation of how ancient Babylonian songs were recreated. The article also contains a link to allow you to hear one of the recreated songs as well.HT: David Burnett [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology]

December 16, 10AM

Peter Mead has some really good advice on what to do and not do in preaching about Christmas here. [Christmas] [Preaching] [Sermons]

December 15, 8AM

I am excited that my friend Dr. Steven Anderson has agreed to be interviewed about his new Bible study resource. This resource, Dr. Anderson’s Interpretive Guide to the Bible, consists of eight volumes covering the entire Bible. The entire series is ove... [Bible Study Resources] [Books]

December 14, 12 PM

December 13, 2PM

Eerdmans has put the new Psalms commentary by Nancy deClaisse-Walford, Rolf A. Jacobson, and Beth LaNeel Tanner, in the NICOT series on sale for $36 (40% off) for three days only (until Saturday, December 13. But please note that there is a charge for po... [Books] [commentary] [Psalms]

8AM

Watch Rob Plummer's thoughts on the newly revised 5-volume New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis edited by Moisés Silva.  Plummer notes that Zondervan is offering this resource at a 50% discount Until December 31 with f... [Biblical languages] [Books] [Greek] [video]

December 12, 8PM

Earlier this week, I posted on ten ideas for sermon application (see here). If you found that interesting you might take a look at Shane Lems' post here summarizing Murray Capill's explanation why so many preachers struggle with application here. [application] [sermon]

4AM

Andreas Köstenberger has identified his top ten books of 2014 here. Make sure to read his annotations, but here is Köstenberger’s list. 1. New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis. 5 vols. Second edition. Edited by Moises Si... [Books]

December 10, 9AM

Jack P. Lewis, Early Explorers of Bible Lands (Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2013). Early Explorers of Bible Lands is a fascinating, inspiring, and sometimes humorous glimpse into the lives of ten nineteenth-century men who made signi... [geography] [holy land] [israel]

December 9, 9AM

Craig Schill has some really good ideas and suggestions regarding sermon application here. [application] [sermon]

December 8, 12 PM

I struggle with catching typos in my own work although I am pretty good at spotting them in general. I continue to work at it but this article at least gives a bit of an explanation of why I struggle. [Writing]

8AM

See this post by Dan Wallace on lexical fallacies by linguists here. [Biblical languages] [Interpretation] [translation]

December 5, 9AM

Skimming through a book I picked up last year, Reading Paul’s Letter to the Romans, I particularly enjoyed the essay by Francis Watson on the law. Here is Watson’s very first paragraph which is also a nice summary of the topic. “Paul uses the w... [Law] [New Testament] [Paul] [Romans]

December 4, 9AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Constantine R. CampbellColossians and Philemon: A Handbook on the Greek Texthttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9361Reviewed ... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

December 3, 7AM

The latest edition of Themelios is out and available as a PDF or Logos version here. You can access individual articles via the links below.D. A. Carson | EDITORIAL: The Underbelly of Revival? Five Reflections on Various Failures in the Young, Restle... [Journals] [Themelios]

December 2, 2PM

Christianaudio.com is offering John Piper's Advent devotional, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy, as their free audio download for the month of December. To read more about the book and to get your free audio download in either MP3 or M4B formats go her... [Audio] [Christmas] [John Piper]

9AM

Whether you participate or just want to know what others are talking about, Mark Roberts has a fairly thorough blog post on Advent here. [Christmas] [holiday]

December 1, 2PM

My Digital Seminary is running a series of question and answer posts on Daniel 9:24-27 (the well-known "Seventy-Week Prophecy") with various Bible scholars. I am not sure how many participants they will ultimately have, but here are those who have been po... [Daniel] [old testament] [Prophecy]

November 30, 12 PM

I noted yesterday that one noteworthy part of the recent 50th anniversary dinner and program celebrating the commissioning of the NIV was a presentation of a festschrift in honor of Doug Moo. The book is entitled Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in... [Doug Moo] [New Testament.] [Paul]

November 29, 8AM

Three parts of the recent 50th anniversary dinner and program celebrating the commissioning of the NIV at the Evangelical Theological Society meeting in San Diego are worth noting. First, there was a paper presented by Doug Moo. His paper was printed and ... [Bible] [Doug Moo] [translation] [translations]

November 28, 9AM

I recently picked up Steve Mason’s book Josephus, Judea, and Christian Origins: Methods and Categories and found this introductory statement to be interesting. “The following study addresses what seems to me a fundamental problem in the use of Josep... [Acts] [Bible] [gospels] [history] [Josephus]

November 26, 7PM

Vern Poythress makes a provocative and interesting suggestion regarding the human authors of Scripture in an article that appears in the most recent Journal of the Evangelical Society. Here are the first four paragraphs introducing the article. How import... [Interpretation] [old testament] [Prophecy] [Zephaniah]

November 24, 8AM

In looking at the altar-making crisis in Joshua 22, I found the following point by Dale Ralph Davis to be spot on. “Now to chapter 22; let us try to mount the right hermeneutical horse at the outset. Clearly, the keynote of this chapter is the pervasi... [Joshua] [old testament]

November 23, 1PM

See this post by J. Carl Laney on Isaiah 14 and its possible connection to Satan. Whether one agrees with Laney or not, he does raise textual issues that need to be considered. [Isaiah] [old testament] [Satan]

6AM

A few days ago I noted that those going to SBL might want to stop by the Bibleplaces booth (#411). I did today. They have significant discounts on the collections, plus a free volume of choice for just stopping by. If you teach the Bible and are looking f... [Bible Study Resources] [israel] [Technology]

November 22, 8AM

Donald R. Sunukjian, Invitation to James: Persevering through Trials to Win the Crown, Biblical Preaching for the Contemporary Church (Wooster, OH: Weaver, 2014). Invitation to James is a collection of fourteen messages on the book of James. The author, D... [Book Reviews] [james] [New Testament] [Preaching] [Sermons]

November 21, 9AM

Charles L. Quarles, Illustrated Life of Paul (Nashville: B&H, 2014). The writings, theology, and life of the apostle Paul continue to generate interest. Some works seek to present new and novel ways of approaching the subject, whereas others take a mo... [book] [Book Reviews] [New Testament] [Paul]

November 20, 9AM

Here is a snippet for my readers who are at ETS and SBL this week. This comes from William Baird’s delightful third volume on the history of New Testament research and concerns the esteemed C. H. Dodd.  “Like Zacchaeus, Dodd was self-conscious a... [New Testament] [scholarship]

November 19, 8AM

All NIVAC Commentaries in Ebook format are on sale for $4.99. But note that the sale is only good until November 23. You can check out this deal at the Zondervan Academic blog here. [Books] [commentaries]

November 18, 12 PM

Dr. William Varner has a good post listing some of the biblical problems with replacement theology (aka supersessionism) here. [church] [eschatology] [israel]

7AM

R. Larry Overstreet, Persuasive Preaching: A Biblical and Practical Guide to the Effective Use of Persuasion (Wooster, OH: Weaver, 2014). Like the author I came to faith and cut my teeth on a persuasive preaching style that typically included some ki... [Book Reviews] [Preaching] [Sermons]

November 17, 1PM

Those interested in a free 1 Samuel Bible study written by George and Koula Athas can go here. Here are the titles of the individual studies.  Study 1 The blind leading the blind (1 Samuel 1-4)Study 2 Putting God in a box (1 Samuel 5:1-7:14)Study 3 T... [1 Samuel] [Bible Exposition] [Bible Study Resources] [old testament]

8AM

If you are looking for an outstanding collection of Holy Land photos and if you are headed to SBL you will want to stop by the BiblePlaces exhibit, #411. They will have major discounts on the collections, plus a free volume of choice to anyone who stops b... [geography] [Society of Biblical Literature] [Technology] [Todd Bolen]

November 15, 8AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Ian BoxallPatmos in the Reception History of the Apocalypsehttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9257Reviewed by Craig R. Koest... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

November 14, 8AM

The Crossway blog has an interesting post on Bible paper here. Although I have complained about the size and weight of some of the Bibles I have owned, it really is amazing how much can written information, pictures, and maps can be put into a study Bible... [Bible]

November 13, 8AM

The OUPBlog has a brief interview with Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler here. The interview is related to a revision of the Jewish Study Bible that Berlin and Brettler worked on but also includes questions related to biblical studies in general. [Biblical Studies] [Interview]

November 12, 8AM

Larry Hurtado has an engaging post here challenging the commonly-held assumption of a theological divide between Hebrews and Hellenists. This piece also serves as a good caution related to making the historical and/or theological leaps that most if not al... [Acts] [backgrounds] [Hurtado] [New Testament]

November 11, 8AM

In this video, Rob Plummer discusses the new An Interpretive Lexicon of New Testament Greek: Analysis of Prepositions, Adverbs, Particles, Relative Pronouns, and Conjunctions. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [video]

November 10, 8AM

See this interview of Mark Seifrid related to his new 2 Corinthians commentary in the Pillar series. Here is an excerpt from the interview."Listening to the text is the most difficult part of writing a commentary, or any interpretation of Scripture. Liste... [2 Corinthians] [commentary] [New Testament]

7AM

Those who have taken Greek are familiar with the Granville Sharp rule or construction. Dan Wallace in his Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics spends 21 pages discussing this construction. In any case, Granville Sharp was born today in 1735. You can read a bit... [Biblical languages] [Dan Wallace] [Greek]

November 9, 2PM

My friend Craig Schill has a good post on the need for application in sermons here. Make sure to read the entire post, but here are Craig's three main points.1) Doctrine and Duties Go Hand in Hand. 2) You are a Shepherd not just a Spokesperson. 3) Knowled... [application] [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching]

November 7, 8AM

I am delighted to be able to interview my friend Dr. Stephen Bramer. He chairs the Bible Exposition Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Bramer is also a teaching pastor at Waterbrook Bible Fellowship in Wylie, Texas and speaks and travels exten... [Books] [humor] [Interview] [Preaching]

November 6, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Walter BrueggemannThe Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipating Wordhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=84... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

November 5, 8AM

One of my favorite bloggers is Ferrell Jenkins at Ferrel's Travel Blog. If you are interested in the intersection points between the Bible, the Holy Lands, and archaeology, this blog might be for you. Every now and again, Ferrell produces a topical index ... [Babylon] [Biblical Archaeology] [geography] [New Testament] [old testament] [Prophets] [Revelation]

November 4, 7AM

Peter Mead offers some options for preaching bigger books of the Bible here. While I do think that, all things being equal, we should preach even the bigger biblical books expositorily and consecutively, there might be occasions where this is not possible... [Bible Exposition] [Preaching] [Sermons]

November 3, 7AM

Rob Plummer commented on BDAG last week (here) and this week he offers a brief introduction to Louw & Nida.  [Biblical languages] [Greek] [video]

November 2, 7AM

Christianaudio.com is offering A. W. Tozer's book, The Attributes of God, Volume 1: A Journey into the Father's Heart, as their free download for the month of November. To read more about the book and to get your free audio download go here. [Audio] [theology] [theology proper]

October 31, 1PM

Free audio from the 2014 Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop focusing on the book of Jonah has just been posted. You can access the audio page here or click the individual messages below.Jonah 1 – David Allen Jonah 2 – Steven Smith Jonah 3 – Vern... [Audio] [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching] [Jonah] [Minor Prophets] [old testament] [Preaching] [Prophets]

October 30, 10AM

David Allen has another helpful post on preaching. In this case, he makes some helpful comments and observations related to preaching the prophetic book of Amos. You can check it out here. [Amos] [Bible Exposition] [old testament] [Preaching] [Sermons]

October 29, 8AM

Those interested in studying the Old Testament tabernacle might be interested in this website.  [old testament]

October 28, 7AM

See David Allen's thoughts on "Lessons on Preaching Hebrews . . . from Hebrews" here. [Hebrews] [New Testament] [Preaching]

October 27, 8AM

Watch this somewhat humorous video discussion on A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature or what is simply and commonly known as BDAG. [Biblical languages] [Greek] [video]

October 24, 8AM

Jay Sklar has a nice post on "4 Things That Happen When You Study Leviticus More Than 10 Years" here.Sklar also has the helpful article "Suggestions for a Sermon/Teaching series on Leviticus" here and some audio here.HT: David Murray [Leviticus] [old testament]

October 23, 7AM

The animated video "This Land Is Mine" by Nina Paley has apparently been out for a couple of years but I had never seen it before. It is a semi-dark look at the history of warfare in Canaan. You can access Paley's website which includes some explanation h... [israel] [video]

October 22, 9AM

David Friedman and B. D. Friedman, James the Just: Ya’akov Hatzaddik Presents Applications of Torah, Messianic Commentary (Clarksville, MD: Lederer, 2012).  The commentary at hand is to be commended for attempting to read James and his book in ligh...

October 21, 7AM

You can access the first volume of the free open-access journal: Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting here. You can also access individual PDF articles here.HT: Cliff Kvidahl [Journals] [New Testament]

October 20, 8AM

I recently noted a new bi-monthly publication entitled Expositor here. Having obtained a copy of the premier issue, I am happy to say it is very well done. The production quality is very good. The big guns were called out for this issue with articles by S... [Bible Exposition] [exposition]

October 19, 12 PM

Rob Plummer has a good video discussion here on buying a Greek New Testament. Those who are going to ETS or SBL might want to wait about a month to catch these volumes on sale. Plummer also notes, what we have noted before, that Nestle-Aland 28th edition ... [Biblical languages] [Greek] [New Testament]

October 18, 7AM

In some church traditions, October 18 is designated a feast day for St. Luke. I am not sure exactly how to celebrate the author of Luke-Acts but spending time in one or both books would seem appropriate. After all, Luke probably wrote more of the New Test... [Luke] [New Testament]

October 17, 6PM

I have just started looking through Aaron Chalmer's Exploring the Religion of Ancient Israel.In his introductory discussion of ancient Near Eastern texts, he notes two terms which represent ends of a spectrum. The first, parallelomania, has been used in b... [ancient Near East] [backgrounds] [old testament]

October 16, 7AM

Eerdmans is offering a three-day sale on Mark Seifrid's brand new 2 Corinthians commentary. You get it at 40% off and free shipping to boot. You have to email Eerdmans directly at sales@eerdmans.com with "3 Day Sale: The Pillar 2 Corinthians Commentary" i... [2 Corinthians] [commentary] [New Testament]

October 15, 7AM

Tavis Bohlinger provides an interesting glimpse into the life of Ph.D. students here. My own approach was not as regimented as many here but maybe that is why it took me longer than some. In any case, this post does give a good idea of the kind of commitm... [Theological Education]

October 14, 6AM

Peter Head has posted a helpful compilation of scholarly survey studies related to the Gospel of Mark here. [gospels] [Mark] [New Testament]

October 13, 8AM

Accomplished preachers, teachers, and speakers, know the value of using humor. My good friend Dr. Stephen Bramer has finally published his collection of over 2,000 biblically related jokes, puns, funny stories, and sayings. What makes this collection pa... [Books] [humor] [Preaching] [Sermons]

October 12, 6PM

Mark Strauss's new commentary on Mark in the Zondervan exegetical Commentary series is out now. Although I have not obtained a copy yet, I have used the authors Four Portraits, One Jesus and my experience with the ZECNT series has been generally positive.... [commentary] [gospels] [Mark] [New Testament]

October 11, 11AM

The Euangelion Blog recently posted this video by noted New Testament scholar, Ben Witherington III. While the better part of wisdom might suggest ignoring the video outright, I posted the following in the comments section. "There are numerous proble... [dispensationalism] [eschatology] [rapture] [video] [Witherington]

October 10, 9AM

I just received the most recent edition of the Journal of the Evangelical Society. Although there appears to be a number of interesting articles one in particular caught my attention, an article by Elijah Hixson entitled  "New Testament Textual Criti... [Journals] [New Testament] [preachers] [Preaching] [spurgeon] [Textual Criticism]

October 9, 8AM

The recent release of the Left Behind movie has the critics of a pretribulational rapture out in full force. I will leave judgment of the artistic merits of the movie to the box office and movie critics, but I do want to challenge those who frequently mis... [dispensationalism] [eschatology] [Matthew] [Pretribulationism] [rapture]

October 8, 7AM

On this day in 451, the first meeting of the Council of Chalcedon was held. Two weeks later, on October 22, the council produced the following creed."We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, ... [Christology] [Church History]

October 7, 11AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Abel Mordechai BibliowiczJews and Gentiles in the Early Jesus Movement: An Unintended Journeyhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?Titl... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

6AM

If your looking for resources to help teach people about the Bible you might want to check out the Bible Fluency website here. I was especially interested in the musical resources like the Pentateuch Song here. [Bible] [Bible Study Resources] [music]

October 6, 11AM

If you are even remotely interested in the geography of the lands associated with the Bible, then you really should subscribe to Todd Bolen's BiblePlaces Newsletter. The newsletter is cost-free and spam-free and your email address will never be used for a... [geography] [israel] [teaching] [Todd Bolen]

6AM

Today is the Expository Preaching Workshop that I mentioned last week. This year the workshop's focus is on the book of Jonah. Even if you can't attend (like me), Dr. David Allen, one of the speakers, has made his notes available on his website here. [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching] [Jonah] [old testament] [Preaching] [Sermons]

October 5, 12 PM

If you are a preacher or you want to bless your preacher, you might want to consider the brand new Expositor Magazine. You can see the table of contents for the premier issue here. I haven't actually seen a copy but it looks like it might be helpful. [Expository Preaching]

October 4, 6AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Stéphanie AnthoniozLe Prophétisme biblique: De l’idéal à la réalitéhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9375Reviewed b... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

October 3, 11AM

If you want to know how Law-observant Israelis farm in Israel today see this USA Today article. [israel] [Judaism] [Law] [old testament]

7AM

David Murray posts his top ten books for elders here. [church] [elders] [leadership]

October 2, 7AM

Danny Zacharias has a nice video with his explanation of the differences between Matthew's and Luke's genealogies here. [Genealogies] [gospels] [jesus] [Luke] [Matthew]

October 1, 8AM

This is not not new news, but you can download free audio books of some of Josephus' works at LibriVox. Currently available are The Antiquities of the Jews (in four volumes), The Wars of the Jews, and  Minor Works of Josephus which includes Against A... [Audio] [backgrounds] [Josephus]

September 30, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.  George J. Brooke, Daniel K. Falk, Eibert J. C. Tigchelaar, and Molly M. Zahn, eds.The Scrolls and Biblical Traditions: Proceedings of... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

September 29, 7AM

There is still time to sign up for this year's Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop scheduled for Monday, October 6, 2014 in The Riley Center on the campus of Southwestern Seminary. The focus of this workshop will be the book of Jonah. Registration, ... [conference] [Expository Preaching] [Jonah] [old testament] [Sermons]

September 28, 12 PM

Matthew Holst has six suggestions on how to benefit from reading the biblical genealogies here. Make sure to read the entire post, but here are Holst's six points. 1. Read Them 2. Pay Attention to Every Word 3. Pay Attention to Every Missing Word 4. ... [Bible] [Genealogies] [reading]

September 27, 8AM

The B&H Academic blog has a write-up about the forthcoming Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation commentary series here. The series looks interesting. Here is a list of the volumes and authors.Old Testament contributors:T. Desmond Alexander&nbs... [commentaries]

September 26, 1PM

Joshua 5:1–15 records Israel's final preparations before beginning the conquest at Jericho. Four specific preparatory events are related in this chapter. Here is a table noting the event and the message it is likely emphasizing.Event Emphasis Re-... [Abraham] [Genesis] [Joshua] [Moses] [old testament]

September 25, 12 PM

Fellow blogger Nijay Gupta has some insightful remarks concerning blogging and its benefit/detriment to pursuing an academic career here. [blogging]

September 24, 7PM

Larry Hurtado has some helpful summarizing thoughts on the continuing and renewed focus given to the book of Acts here. Those interested in Acts might also be interested in a sale that Eisenbrauns has on select books on Acts here.  [Acts] [Books] [Luke] [New Testament]

September 23, 2PM

I made this table for a class I am teaching. Some Comparisons between the Crossing of the Red/Reed Sea with the Crossing of the Jordan River Exodus Joshua God separated the waters (14:21; 15:8) God separated the waters (3:13, ... [Exodus] [Joshua] [old testament]

September 22, 7AM

The Southern Blog has a nice interview with James Hamilton related to the development of his new book Exalting Jesus in Ezra and Nehemiah. [Books] [Ezra] [Interview] [Nehemiah] [old testament]

September 21, 6AM

John Aloisi has a discussion about the purchase of seminary textbooks and ebooks here. The post provides a helpful list of fairly inexpensive theological books available in ebook format. But I would note that his list of books consists of older works and ... [seminary]

September 20, 7AM

A couple of days ago I posted on some similarities between the birth of Moses and the birth of Jesus (see here). James Gray has now posted a table with a fairly extensive list of similarities between Moses and Jesus in general (see here). [Exodus] [gospels] [jesus] [Moses] [Typology]

September 19, 1PM

There are many ways to keep up with the Greek that you learned in seminary. If your way is not working for you, you might consider signing up Rob Plummer's "Daily Dose of Greek." Plummer is a professor of Greek and New Testament at Southern Baptist Theolo... [Biblical languages] [Greek] [New Testament]

September 18, 9AM

Recently while working through Exodus, it struck me that there are a number of similarities between the birth narratives of Moses and Jesus. Consider the following list.Both birth narratives are associated with Egypt Both birth narratives occur during tim... [Exodus] [gospels] [jesus] [Moses] [Typology]

September 17, 9PM

The Study Hacks blog has a helpful post discussing the correlation between the best young professors and research. According to the post, the following four characteristics typified these professors and their research habits.The exemplary faculty did not ... [academics] [Professors] [research]

September 16, 7AM

See this article and infographic listing 64 of the world's most popular books, including the Bible, with estimates related to total reading time of an average reader reading 300 words per minute.HT: Matt Larsen [reading]

September 15, 3PM

The Didache by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#40110)
David Capes has posted on the Didache here. He provides a good summary of this early Christian document. I also found it interesting that he taught a series on the Didache in a church context. Unfortunately, I am not sure that most Christians would be int... [Church History]

September 14, 5PM

I think that too much is often made of the similarities between the suzerain-vassal treaty forms and the books of Torah, most notably Deuteronomy. But whatever the similarities exist between Deuteronomy and the treaty forms seem to better fit the extant s... [Biblical Archaeology] [Deuteronomy]

September 13, 12 PM

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary blog recently had a nice post on A.T. Robertson here. The blog post focuses on Robertson views related to the purpose of seminaries. According to the authors, Robertson "rejected the idea that the purpose of the s... [A. T. Robertson] [preachers] [Preaching] [scholarship] [seminary]

September 12, 8AM

Concerning text criticism, Michael V. Fox states, “The primary aim of text criticism is representation of authorial intent. The recovery of intention is the essence of interpretation. A text, strictly speaking, doesn't mean; it transmits meaning. Again,... [Textual Criticism]

September 11, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. C. Clifton BlackThe Rhetoric of the Gospel: Theological Artistry in the Gospels and Actshttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

September 10, 7AM

The latest issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament is out. Here is a list of the articles and links to abstracts.Jesus in Jerusalem: Armed and Not Dangerous Dale B. Martin Grace, the Law and Justification in 4 Ezra and the Pauline Lette... [Journal for the Study of the New Testament] [Journals]

September 9, 6AM

The lasted volume of the Journal of Biblical Literature is now out. Here is a list of the articles with links to abstracts.Aaron D. Hornkohl, "Her Word versus His: Establishing the Underlying Text in 1 Samuel 1:23" ... [Journals]

September 8, 9AM

I am a big proponent of the idea that geography is an important component of a well-rounded biblical understanding. I find it puzzling that the some who devote themselves to learning the biblical languages and Second Temple Judaism are relatively unconcer... [Bible] [geography] [Joshua] [old testament]

6AM

David Allen highlights a book by O. S. Hawkins as a resource for preaching Philemon. You can access Allen's thoughts here. [New Testament] [Philemon] [Preaching] [Sermons]

September 6, 5AM

Farrell Jenkins has compiled a helpful list of links to posts that he has written related to the route of the Exodus and the location of Mt. Sinai here. Ferrell has an excellent blog related to the Bible lands. [Exodus] [geography] [old testament]

September 5, 7AM

Mark Snoeberger has a good post on the advantages of preaching predictive prophecy here. In short he supplies four reasons. Make sure you use the link to read the entire post with explanations related to each point.Preaching predictive prophecy keeps the ... [Preaching] [Prophecy] [Sermons]

September 4, 7AM

The Jerusalem Post has an interesting story here highlighting the modern day practice, or more technically the non-practice of Levirate marriage (Deut 25:5-10; cf. Gen 38, Ruth 3-4). The article also touches upon the topic of remarriage. [Deuteronomy] [Judaism]

September 3, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. James K. Aitken, Jeremy M. S. Clines, and Christl M. Maier, eds.Interested Readers: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David J. A. Clin... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

September 2, 7AM

Students of Isaiah might be interested in this upcoming festschrift for Joseph Blenkinsopp entitled The Book of Isaiah: Enduring Questions Answered Anew. An Amazon link is here.Table of Contents: Introduction In Praise of Joe Blenkinsopp Philip Davies Exe... [Books] [Isaiah] [old testament]

September 1, 6AM

Christianaudio.com is offering Francis Schaeffer's well-known work How Should We then Live? as their free download for the month of September. The book was first published in 1976. It also served as the basis for a series of ten films. To read more about... [Apologetics] [Audio]

August 29, 6AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Scott A. AshmonBirth Annunciations in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East: A Literary Analysis of the Forms and Functions of the Heavenl... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

August 28, 8AM

Mark Taylor, 1 Corinthians, New American Commentary 28 (Nashville: B&H, 2014). First Corinthians continues to draw significant commentary interest. Taylor’s work now joins the crowded field of recent efforts (since 2000) by Lockwood (Concordia 2000)... [1 Corinthians] [commentary] [New Testament] [Review]

5AM

Wine is referenced over 230 times in the Bible. So some readers might be interested in this post from the Smithsonian blog on the chemical analysis of the contents of large jars found at Tel Kabri, tentatively identified as a wine cellar of a Middle Bronz... [backgrounds] [Biblical Archaeology] [old testament]

August 27, 12 PM

This announcement was actually made a few weeks ago, but fans of Charles Spurgeon might be interested to know that B&H will be publishing The Lost Sermons of Charles Spurgeon, a multi-volume collection of over 400 sermons and outlines with critical co... [Books] [Sermons] [spurgeon]

August 26, 7AM

Roger Olson has a good word here on the oft expressed concern, even by many evangeliicals, of being on the wrong side of history. Ultimately, we will not answer to "history" but to God.

August 25, 3PM

Sorry for the late notice, but the Kregel Facebook page notes that Paul Maier’s Pontius Pilate is available as a free download today at Amazon here or Barnes and Noble Nook here. [Books] [Technology]

6AM

Deron Biles offers five good suggestions here to churches considering younger pastoral candidates. [pastors]

August 21, 8AM

Wilson, Mark, Victory through the Lamb: A Guide to Revelation in Plain Language (Wooster, OH: Weaver, 2014). To take a challenging book in the Bible and attempt to make it accessible is a commendable exercise. Dr. Mark Wilson tries to do just that with th... [Book Reviews] [commentary] [New Testament] [Revelation]

August 20, 4PM

David Allen identifies five characteristics of his ideal seminary student here. [education] [seminary] [Theological Education]

August 19, 9AM

The latest edition of Themelios is out and available as a PDF or Logos version here. [Journals] [Themelios]

August 18, 2PM

Larry Hurtado has a fascinating explanation here related to how the Divine name YHWH was written and pronounced in Second-Temple Judaism and what the implications that this may have for Jesus being called Lord. [Manuscripts] [New Testament] [old testament] [Second Temple]

August 17, 4AM

See "20 World-Class Presentation Experts Share Their Top Tips" here.HT: George Hillman [powerpoint] [Preaching] [teaching]

August 16, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Johann Cook and Hermann-Josef Stipp, eds.Text-Critical and Hermeneutical Studies in the Septuaginthttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

August 15, 6AM

Allen White has some good advice here about using Robin Williams in your sermons. In general I think that if you are going to use Robin Williams as a way of showing your audience that your preaching is relevant then don't. If your congregation doesn't alr... [Preaching] [Sermons]

August 13, 1PM

Larry Hurtado has a brief primer on the Septuagint and some suggestions on related helpful resources here. [Greek] [LXX] [old testament] [Septuagint] [translation]

August 12, 1PM

Steve Patton, in the latest issue of Preaching, has some helpful advice here on handling text-critical issues in the context of preaching. [Preaching] [Sermons] [Textual Criticism]

August 11, 3PM

Every now and again, I meander through my bookshelves. While doing this the other day, I noticed a slim volume on writing and my curiosity got the better of me. In it, I found the following observations to be true of much of what I read in biblical studie... [Writing]

August 10, 12 PM

Some sound advice here for those in, or considering, seminary. [seminary]

August 8, 10AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Jody A. BarnardThe Mysticism of Hebrews: Exploring the Role of Jewish Apocalyptic Mysticism in the Epistle to the Hebrewshttp://www.bookrev... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

1AM

Recently, I have been reading through a commentary on Revelation. The author implies that a futurist reading of Revelation would rob the book of its relevance to the original audience. This is a fairly common argument. But is this valid? I think not. If i... [New Testament] [Prophecy] [Revelation]

August 6, 2AM

Claude Mariottini has a nice post on the Seal of Hezekiah here. [Ancient Israel] [Biblical Archaeology] [Isaiah]

August 4, 7AM

Many tours to the Holy Land do not spend much time exploring Joppa for the simple fact that there is not as much to see in comparison to other sites. However, for Christians, one stop in Joppa is the so-called house of Simon the Tanner, a house mentioned ... [Acts] [geography] [israel] [Peter]

August 2, 7AM

"The whole Gospel is 'demand' insofar as it expresses God's sovereign will concerning us. His sole demand is, however, in reality only this: that we must accept His gift."Arnold T. Ohrn, The Gospel and the Sermon on the Mount (New Your: Fleming H. Revell,... [gospel] [New Testament] [sermon on the mount]

August 1, 7AM

Many readers of Acts know that the character of Paul dominates the book. But Sean Adams has put some mathematical quantification to that observation. It is also interesting to see how other characters in Acts fare as can be seen in Adams' table below. ... [Acts] [New Testament]

July 31, 8AM

This is the final part of a three-part series on proverbs related to work and laziness.Proverbs on Work and Laziness Verse(s) Text (NASB) Type Parallelism 12:11 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,But he who pursue... [old testament] [Proverbs]

July 30, 2PM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Robert L. ColePsalms 1–2: Gateway to the Psalterhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9054Reviewed by Richard S. Briggs Avrah... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

7AM

Yesterday, I started a three-part series on proverbs related to work and laziness.Proverbs Solely on Laziness Verse(s) Text (NASB) Type Parallelism 6:6-11 6 Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, 7 Which, h... [old testament] [Proverbs]

July 29, 8AM

I was looking through some materials that I created some time back related to the book of Proverbs. I will post three tables related to work and laziness.Proverbs Solely on Work Verse(s) Text (NASB) Type Parallelism 16:3 Commit your w... [old testament] [Proverbs]

July 28, 7AM

David Allen continues to post some good stuff on his blog. Check out his sermon notes on 1 John 3:11-18 here. [1 John] [New Testament] [Preaching] [sermon]

July 27, 7PM

Brian Croft has some good advice here on how one should respond to praise that is received after preaching a sermon. This would also be applicable, with some modification, to other areas of ministry as well.   [Preaching] [Sermons]

July 26, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. T. Desmond AlexanderFrom Paradise to the Promised Land: An Introduction to the Pentateuchhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

July 25, 7AM

The nice folks at Kregel recently sent me a copy of Sue Edwards' recent study guide on the book of Daniel. I am not a big user of guides like this, but a quick scan of the contents suggests that there is some good stuff here. The questions are straightfor... [Bible Study Resources] [Daniel]

July 24, 2PM

You can download 22-lecture Biblical Theology course by Greg Beale for free on iTunes U. Use this link. Here is a list of the 22 lectures.1: Introduction; Inaugurated Eschatology I 2: Inaugurated Eschatology II 3: Inaugurated Eschatology III 4: Inaugurate...

6AM

Contemporary students of the Bible often ignore or disparage older commentators and commentaries. But I try to make them a regular part of my study. While these older works may be bereft of the latest research, they are often rich sources of pastoral wisd... [commentaries] [Jude] [New Testament]

July 23, 6AM

The newest issue of Bibliotheca Sacra has a fascinating article entitled, "Pyrotechnics on Mount Carmel." The author begins by noting that,"Three biblical fire miracles involve the prophet Elijah: fire from heaven  that consumed a water-soaked sacrif... [2 Kings] [Elijah] [Old Testament. 1 Kings]

July 22, 7AM

Here is a recommended booklist produced by the faculty of the Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. [Books]

July 21, 7AM

Near the end of Paul's third missionary journey, Luke mentions the city of Rhodes (Acts 21:1). I found the following statement interesting on a variety of levels."Next day they sailed and passing Cape Triopium where Cnidus is situated and spotting the isl... [Acts] [Colossians] [geography] [New Testament] [Paul]

July 20, 6AM

Steve Walton has provided this link handouts and videos from his study on Acts at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. [Acts] [New Testament]

July 19, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Jason D. BeDuhnThe First New Testament: Marcion's Scriptural Canonhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9528Reviewed by Richard... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

July 18, 8AM

The Syllabus by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#36861)
Those involved in the academic side of things might want to read Allan Metcalf's examination of the origin of the word syllabus here. [Chronicle of Higher Education] [education]

July 17, 7AM

Phil A. Newton and Matt Schmucker, Elders in the Life of the Church: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership, updated ed. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2014). Elders in the Life of the Church is an updated edition of the 2005 Elders in the Congreg... [Book Reviews] [Church Polity] [elders] [leadership]

July 16, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Thomas L. BrodieBeyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus: Memoir of a Discoveryhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9079Revie... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

July 15, 7AM

Brian Croft has identified three helpful ways to incorporate singing the Psalms into a worship service here. [music] [old testament] [Psalms]

July 14, 6AM

Andreas J. Köstenberger, Benjamin L. Merkle, and Rob Plummer offer five suggestions for studying and retaining  your Greek here. Make sure to read the explanations in the post but here are the five suggestions.1. Read the GNT in your daily devotions... [Biblical languages] [Greek]

July 11, 8AM

Paul's ministry in Philippi in Acts 16 is one of the highlights of his second missionary journey. Similarly, Paul's epistle to the Christians in Philippi is a favorite among Bible readers. But this biblical material might give the impression of a thriving... [Acts] [Church History] [geography] [Paul] [Philippians]

July 10, 1PM

Westminster Bookstore has partnered with Crossway to make eBooks available. For the next 48 hours they are offering 300 titles for only $1.99. You can see all titles here. Here is a list of some of the sale titles.James Hamilton, God's Glory in Salvati... [Books] [Technology]

6AM

Randall Hardman has a nice post on N. T. Wright that includes a pretty funny fictional argument between N. T. and his wife over taking out the garbage. You can check it out here.HT: Shaun Tabatt [humor] [n.t. wright]

July 9, 11AM

Eisenbrauns is offering a 60%-off, 10-day sale, on select Jesus studies. Among the volumes on sale are the first two volumes of John Meier's Marginal Jew series. You can check out the sale here. [Books] [jesus] [New Testament]

7AM

See David Allen's post entitled “Altar to the Unknown Sermon Method” here. This post is a slightly revised version of Allen's introduction in Text-Driven Preaching: God’s Word at the Heart of Every Sermon. This is an excellent book. You can read an ... [Expository Preaching] [Sermons]

July 8, 5PM

I meant to mention this the other day, but the Society of Biblical Literature's initiative "Bible Odyssey" is up and running here. Looks interesting. [Bible]

12 PM

This infographic was produced by Crossway. See this post on their blog. [Bible] [inductive Bible study]

July 7, 6AM

This year's Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop is scheduled for Monday, October 6, 2014 in The Riley Center on the campus of Southwestern Seminary. The focus of this workshop will be the book of Jonah. Registration, including lunch, is only $25. For m... [conference] [Expository Preaching] [Jonah] [old testament] [Sermons]

July 4, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Harold W. AttridgeThe Acts of Thomashttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9253Reviewed by James F. McGrath George E. Demacopoul... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

July 3, 6AM

David Allen has produced a 168-page PDF annotated bibliography for every book of the Bible. This resource is geared specifically towards preachers but all students of the Bible would likely benefit. You can check out the section on Galatians here. You can... [Books] [preachers] [Preaching] [Sermons]

July 2, 6PM

David Allen continues to put good stuff on his blog. Check out this post on sermon outlining and his example using Acts 2:41-47. [Acts] [New Testament] [Sermons]

July 1, 9AM

The free Logos Book for July is The Righteousness of Faith according to Luther by Hans J. Iwand. Here is a description of the book. Hans Joachim Iwand’s 1941 monograph, The Righteousness of Faith According to Luther, is an important contribution to... [faith] [logos] [Luther] [Technology]

June 30, 7AM

Sometime back I posted on the Holman Bible Atlas (see here). In that post I expressed my uncertainty as to whether this was a revision or reformatting of the content. Now that I have a copy of the "new" version, it appears that it has merely been reformat... [Bible] [Books] [geography]

June 28, 6AM

Michael Barber has a nice post responding to Bart Ehrman (and others) and interacting with Dale Allison on the assertion that Peter and Cephas refer to different individuals. You can check the post out here. [Galatians] [New Testament] [Paul] [Peter]

June 27, 5PM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Wm. Randolph BynumThe Fourth Gospel and the Scriptures: Illuminating the Form and Meaning of Scriptural Citation in John 19:37http://www.bo... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

June 26, 7AM

In William Kurz's new commentary on Acts, a sidebar discusses the Council of Florence's decision regarding the apostolic prohibitions of the Jerusalem Council."In 1442 the ecumenical Council of Florence addressed the question of whether the apostolic decr... [Acts] [Catholicism] [Church History] [Jerusalem Council] [New Testament]

June 25, 8AM

A friend of mine recently let me look through a couple of books that he picked up while leading a trip to Turkey, Greece and Italy. One book was entitled, Journeys of Paul: From Tarsus to the Ends of the Earth by Fatih Cimok. The book contains some really... [Books] [geography] [New Testament] [Paul]

June 24, 3AM

David Stark has provided links to free pdf's of Edward Robinson's three-volume Biblical Researches in Palestine, and in the Adjacent Regions here. [Biblical Archaeology] [geography]

June 23, 8AM

David Bosworth had an interesting article in a recent article in Vetus Testamentum related to weeping the Psalms. I have included his conclusions below."Within the Psalter, weeping is most often mentioned to accentuate the pain and misery of the speaker. ... [old testament] [Psalms]

June 22, 4AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Vita Daphna ArbelForming Femininity in Antiquity: Eve, Gender, and Ideologies in the Greek Life of Adam and Evehttp://www.bookreviews.org/b... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

June 21, 8AM

I "amen" this statement from Craig Blomberg.“New methodologies in biblical studies come and go; the academy is extremely faddish. Liberationist exegesis has mutated into postcolonialism. Form criticism and structuralism have seen their heyday, but a cl... [Bible] [Blomberg]

June 20, 8AM

Curtis Martin, the now retired football player, recounts how he chose his #28 jersey number. “They only had the number 39, which I thought was horrible, and then I finally got a chance to get number 26 and shortly after that when I took number 26... [Deuteronomy] [old testament]

June 19, 9AM

The historical veracity of Esther has been questioned by many interpreters. One point of contention relates to the historicity of the persons identified in the book. So part 1 examined two characters in Esther, namely, Ahasueras and Esther. In this post, ... [Esther] [old testament]

June 18, 2PM

The historical veracity of Esther has been called into question by a number of interpreters. These critics typically point to the characters in the book as proof of the book’s historical unreliability. In a two-part post, four characters from Esther wil... [Esther] [old testament]

5AM

You can access a free 28-page pdf sample of Charles Quarles' new Illustrated Life of Paul here. You can learn more about this book here. [book] [New Testament] [Paul]

June 17, 1PM

I have been making my way through William Baird’s third volume on the History of New Testament Research. So far it has been an interesting read. I did not realize that it was Henry J. Cadbury who coined the hyphenated designation Luke-Acts that is so co... [Acts] [Luke] [New Testament] [scholarship]

June 16, 6AM

The historicity of Esther has clearly been called into question particularly in recent times. As Moore has noted, “Even though the book of Esther claims to be a strictly historical account, ever since the work of J. S. Semler in 1773, that claim has bee... [Esther] [old testament]

June 15, 11AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Marielle FriggeBeginning Biblical Studieshttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9377Reviewed by Markus Lang Jenny R. LabendzSocr... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

June 14, 6AM

The Chronicle of Higher Education has this article on the top ten books on teaching. I can't vouch for the books on the list but it might be worth checking out. [teaching]

June 13, 9AM

See this brief article by Eugene Merrill on atonement in the Old Testament. [Atonement] [Merrill Eugene] [old testament]

7AM

The purpose of Esther seems twofold. On a theological level, it serves to remind the reader of God’s providence and sovereignty. This message would be particularly appropriate for a post-exilic Israel still wrestling with their covenantal relationship w... [Esther] [old testament]

June 12, 2PM

See this post from Justin Taylor on the proper pronunciation of Augustine. [Church History]

7AM

See David Allen's five reasons for consulting commentaries here. I would add at least two other reasons.1. It helps to cultivate humility, an important quality for those who seek to understand and communicate Scripture.2. It helps us to connect us with ou... [commentaries]

June 11, 7PM

David Croteau has a brief but interesting post related to "urban legends" related to the New Testament here. [Journal for the Study of the New Testament]

6AM

Opinions on the genre of Esther vary widely from historical narrative to short story or novel. Early Jewish opinion saw it as “both law and history.”[1] Some interpreters have seen it as either wholly fictitious or partially so, while others have rega... [Esther] [old testament]

June 10, 5AM

You should check out the David Allen's blog. Dr. Allen is an excellent expository preacher and there are a number of resources available with more to come. You can access the blog here. [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching]

June 9, 7AM

The Book of Hebrews provides a powerful encouragement to press on in faith. This exhortation runs to the very end of the book. Recently while teaching through Hebrews I came upon this comment on Hebrews 13:22–25. "The declaration that ‘I encourage... [grace] [Hebrews] [New Testament]

June 7, 5AM

Charles Spurgeon preached his last sermon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle on this day in 1891. The so-called "Prince of Preachers" had preached at the Tabernacle for thirty years. You can read an interested write up here and here is one site where you can ... [Church History] [Preaching] [spurgeon]

June 6, 1PM

Christian Book Distributor's "Fab Friday" sale has C. Marvin Pate's The Writings of John: A Survey of the Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse on sale for $14.99 (67% off). I have only briefly used this book but what I have used has been good. You can access ... [Books] [John]

7AM

Herbert W. Bateman IV, Interpreting the General Letters, Handbook for New Testament Exegesis, ed. John D. Harvey (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2013). Interpreting the General Letters is the third of four volumes intended to introduce and demonstrate a methodolog... [1 John] [1 Peter] [2 John] [2 Peter] [3 John] [Book Reviews] [Books] [Hebrews] [Interpretation] [james] [Jude] [New Testament]

June 5, 10AM

I am not sure when this became available, but all of the Society of Biblical Literature's Ancient Near Eastern Monographs are available as free pdfs. You can see what is available here or click the individual links below.Divination, Politics, and Ancient ... [ancient Near East] [Books] [Society of Biblical Literature]

June 4, 9AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Elie Assis The Book of Joel: A Prophet between Calamity and Hope http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9300 Reviewed by Stephen... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

June 3, 8AM

You can access a free pdf of A Guide to Expository Ministry edited by Dan Dumas here (you will need to fill out a form). A Spanish version can be had here. [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching]

June 2, 11AM

Logos in conjunction with Baylor University Press are offering Ben Witherington's What’s in the Word: Rethinking the Socio-Rhetorical Character of the New Testament for free.I can't speak for all of the essays in the volume but I did find the one on eid... [New Testament] [Witherington]

6AM

The free Logos Book for June is Walter Brueggemann's Spirituality of the Psalms. You can also enter to win the entire 24-volume Walyer Brueggemann Collection. Go the Logos' Free Book of Month page to enter and download your free book today! [Books] [Brueggemann] [Psalms] [Technology]

May 31, 1PM

The folks at Southern Seminary have put together these summer reading lists. HT: Brian Renshaw [reading]

6AM

Blane Bachelor's recent article on "The History of Luggage" mentioned this interesting, if somewhat trivial, biblical connection: "Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company, which eventually changed its name to Samsonite (a nod to the biblical figure Samson, b... [Illustrations] [Judges] [old testament] [Samson]

May 28, 9AM

I had not seen this panel discussion held last year at the Harvard Divinity School  on the Song of Songs. Video of the discussion can be seen here. The wepage contains the following description.This panel discussion was held on April 15, 2013, and fe... [old testament] [Song of Solomon] [Song of Songs]

May 27, 8PM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. William P. Atkinson Baptism in the Spirit: Luke-Acts and the Dunn Debate http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9075 Reviewed by... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

May 26, 8AM

Many students of the Bible are aware of the numerous "one anothers" in the New Testament (e.g., Rom 15:7; Gal 6:2; Eph 4:2; Col 3:16; etc.). But Ray Ortland has a thoughtful post on the "one anothers" that are not found in the NT but seem to practice...

4AM

Ph.D. Humor by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#33407)
Been there. Done that. [education] [humor]

May 25, 2PM

The New Testament scholar Rod Decker has gone to be with the Lord. I met Dr. Decker only a few times over the years at conferences but I very much appreciated his ministry through his writings and his fine blog/website. A word from his wife about his home...

May 24, 12 PM

I have restarted a project to digitize most of the hard copy material in my file cabinets. The table below represents my adaptation of a handout on John 6:27–59 created by the late Dr. Roy Zuck. He made some great handouts. John 6:27–59 What ... [John] [New Testament]

May 22, 8PM

Reading The Return of the Kosher Pig will leave some feeling a bit like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. Strange names, unfamiliar terms, an unconventional hermeneutic, and a challenging train of argumentation could prove to be a challenge. But if the ... [Review]

May 21, 4PM

The Society of Biblical Literature has launched a web page providing resources for text-critical research, writing, and collaboration. SBL members who log in will find the reading text (the upper text without critical apparatus) of four GBS editions avail... [Biblical languages] [Society of Biblical Literature]

May 20, 6AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. William Baird History of New Testament Research, Volume 3: From C. H. Dodd to Hans Dieter Betz http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?Ti... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

May 19, 10AM

I am surprised to see Jonah in this list but not surprised by the rest. I am also a bit surprised that Chronicles did not make the list. Go here for a bit of explanation and the source of the infographic.HT: George Hillman. [Bible]

May 18, 7AM

It looks like the Holman Bible Atlas has been revised or at least reformatted and repackaged. The 1998 edition was 11.25 X 8.75 X 1 inches and 256 pages. The 2014 edition is 11 X 8.5 X .75 inches 304 pages. But I see no indicated that this is a second edi... [Bible] [Books] [geography]

May 17, 7AM

This week only you can get Kevin J. Vanhoozer’s Theological Interpretation of the New Testament for free. You will need to provide your email and sign up to receive emails from Baker Publishing. To sign up you can use this link.HT: Greg Williams [book] [logos] [New Testament] [Theological Hermeneutics]

May 16, 8AM

John W. Schmitt and J. Carl Laney, Messiah’s Coming Temple: Ezekiel’s Prophetic Vision of the Future Temple, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2014). I was excited to receive a copy of the second edition of Messiah’s Coming Temple: Ezekiel’s Prophe... [book] [Ezekiel] [old testament]

May 15, 6AM

Christopher Ash provides seven reasons for studying the book of Job here. [Job] [old testament]

May 14, 7AM

See Philip Ryken's post on Calvin and the need for pastor/scholars here.  Here is one paragraph from the post.  "Calvin’s example as a pastor-scholar is instructive today. For pastors, his life serves as a call to work hard in ministry, g... [academics] [Calvin] [pastors] [scholarship]

May 13, 7AM

May 12, 7AM

See Christopher Cowan's helpful discussion on biblical words and their relation to  theological concept here. I am grading some biblical theology papers right now where many fail to either discuss the relevant terminology or to only discuss the passa... [Biblical Theology]

May 9, 8AM

Here is the memorial service for Dwight J. Pentecost.

May 8, 7PM

The Westminster Bookstore is offering Zack Eswine's Recovering Eden: The Gospel according to Ecclesiastes for $5. This is a 67% discount. I don't know much about the book, but it comes with some pretty prominent endorsements. Ecclesiastes can be a challen... [Books] [Ecclesiastes] [old testament]

May 7, 9AM

Kyle Rohane makes one here. [seminary]

May 6, 9AM

Lecture by N.T. Wright from Lanier Theological Library on Vimeo. [n.t. wright] [New Testament] [video]

May 5, 8AM

Robert B. Chisholm Jr., A Commentary on Judges and Ruth, Kregel Exegetical Library (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2013). A number of years ago I had the opportunity to take a class that covered Judges taught by the author of this book. In fact, I believe that t... [Book Reviews] [commentary] [Judges] [old testament] [Ruth]

May 4, 7AM

The free Logos Book for May is 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. You can also enter to win the entire 12-volume Pastorum series. Go the Logos' Free Book of Month page to enter and download your free book today! [Technology]

May 3, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Mary Ann Beavis Mark http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9018 Reviewed by Jeff Jay Katherine M. Hayes Proverbs http://www.boo... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

May 2, 12 PM

Kenneth Berding, Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves to One Book (Wooster, OH: Weaver, 2014). Back in the 1970s a book called The Battle for the Bible was a clarion call to return to biblical fidelity. Although not perfect, many heard that call. I see K... [Bible] [Book Reviews]

May 1, 10AM

Christianaudio.com is offering J. I. Packer's classic Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God as their free download for the month of May. This is a great book and typical Packer. To read more about the book and to get your free audio download go here. [Audio]

April 30, 2PM

You can now access free audio to the Expository Preaching Workshop held in March 2014. The focus this year was on preaching 1 John although a few of the messages are not from 1 John. You can access the audio here. [1 John] [Audio] [Expository Preaching] [New Testament] [Preaching] [Sermons]

April 29, 6AM

Steven Mathewson has more good advice about preaching from the Gospels. I have summarized five suggestions that he offers.1. Read and reread the Gospels.2. Purchase a couple of the best commentaries of the Gospel you intend to preach.3. Do some background... [gospels] [Preaching]

April 28, 2PM

Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost, or "Dr. P." as he was affectionately known, has gone to meet his Lord. He celebrated his 99th birthday last week. He has had a profound impact on many men and women around the world including myself. I count it one of God's gracio...

8AM

Holsteen, Nathan D., and Michael J. Svigel, eds. Exploring Christian Theology: The Church, Spiritual Growth, and the End Times. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2014. This volume of Exploring Christian Theology is authored and edited by Drs. Nathan Holstee... [Book Reviews] [Books] [theology]

April 27, 6AM

Jacob Cerone has a nice summary here of a recent conference held at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on the Pericope Adulterae.HT. Brian Fulthrop [conference] [John] [New Testament] [Textual Criticism]

April 25, 11AM

Those looking to pick up the Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament edited by Ernst Jenni and Claus Westermann might want to check out Christianbook.com's academic deal of the day here. They have all three volumes for $29.99. [Biblical languages] [Books] [Hebrew]

8AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Zeba A. Crook Parallel Gospels: A Synopsis of Early Christian Writing http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8404 Reviewed by Ma... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

April 24, 1PM

David Murray has created another helpful collation of online resources. See here for his listing of online resources for how one can see and communicate Christ in Proverbs. [Christ] [New Testament] [old testament] [Preaching] [Proverbs]

8AM

Recently I introduced Genesis: A Theological Commentary for Preachers. Today I want to share an interview with the book’s author, Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla. Abe is Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministries, at Dallas Theological Seminary and has a particul...

April 23, 1PM

Schmutzer, Andrew J., and David M. Howard Jr., eds. The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul. Chicago: Moody, 2013.   This work is an interesting collection of essays and sermons on the Psalms divided into five categories: Part 1: Psalm... [Books] [old testament] [Psalms]

April 22, 7AM

The latest edition of Themelios is out and available here. The main articles include:D. A. Carson | EDITORIAL: Do the Work of an Evangelist Michael J. Ovey | OFF THE RECORD: The Covert Thrill of Violence? Reading the Bible in Disbelief Brian J. Tabb ... [Journals] [Themelios]

April 21, 6AM

David Murray has presented his top ten books on preaching here. Make sure to check out his honorable mentions as well and vote on your favorite as well. I am a bit surprised that Haddon Robinson's Biblical Preaching (now in a 3rd ed.) did not make the top... [Books] [Preaching]

April 20, 3PM

This might be a tad bit late, but Brian Renshaw has created a nifty PDF for reading the resurrection accounts in all four Gospels. You can check it out here. [Biblical languages] [gospels] [Greek] [jesus] [New Testament] [resurrection]

April 19, 4PM

The B&H blog has a nice interview with L. Scott Kellum related to his book, Preaching the Farewell Discourse. You can access the interview here and get a 12-page PDF of a semantic structural analysis of the passage here. [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching] [John] [New Testament] [Preaching]

April 18, 7AM

Matt Capps has a helpful list of free theology books that are available for Kindle. You can see Matt's post here. [Books] [Technology] [theology]

April 17, 6AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Rainer Albertz and Rüdiger Schmitt Family and Household Religion in Ancient Israel and the Levant http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.as... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

April 16, 7AM

Scott Postma has some challenging but insightful words in his post: "10 Pastors I'm Concerned About." You can read it here. [pastors]

April 15, 8AM

Jared Moore has a Screwtape Letters-like post that is worth reading here. In the post, Jared mentions 20 ways to lead God's people astray. One might not agree with all 20 points but I think Jared nails it more often than not. In any case, here is his list... [church]

April 14, 7AM

April 13, 12 PM

Eric McKiddie argues that pastors really should consider starting a mid-week sermon feedback meeting. You can read his thoughts here. [preachers] [Preaching] [Sermons]

April 12, 12 PM

The latest issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament is out. Here is a list of the articles and links to abstracts.Tyrant or Servant? Roman Political Ideology and Mark 10.42-45 Adam Winn The Eschatological Conversion of ‘All the Nations’... [Journal for the Study of the New Testament] [Journals]

7AM

This blog has now completed six years with my first post being on this day in 2008. In 2008, the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII, Bill Gates stepped down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation, and Barack Obama bec... [blog] [blogging]

April 11, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Herbert W. Bateman Charts on the Book of Hebrews http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9123 Reviewed by Philip Church Michaela ... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

April 10, 6AM

April 8, 7AM

See the article in Preaching magazine entitled, "The 2013 Preaching Survey of the Year’s Best Books for Preachers" here. [Books] [Preaching]

April 7, 7PM

Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla's new commentary on Genesis is now out. Check out this link at the author's own website devoted to preaching: Homiletix. You can download a chapter and there are links to purchase the book. You might also want to check out the author... [book] [Genesis. Commentary] [old testament]

April 4, 11AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Angelika Berlejung and Michael P. Streck, eds. Arameans, Chaldeans, and Arabs in Babylonia and Palestine in the First Millennium B.C. http:... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

April 3, 2PM

A few days ago, I posted about a Sidonian coin that was on display at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. Today, I will post about another item at the museum. It is a bust of King Herod Agrippa I. This sculpted head was prepared by the Israel Museum Rest... [Acts] [Coins] [New Testament]

April 2, 5PM

Larry Hurtado has some interesting and insightful comments here related to N. T. Wright's treatment of Paul's eschatology in his Paul and the People of God. [eschatology] [Hurtado] [n.t. wright] [New Testament] [Paul]

April 1, 6AM

The free Logos Book for April is Jesus and Scripture by Steve Moyise. You can also enter to win the entire 6-volume Jesus Studies series. Go the Logos' Free Book of Month page to enter and download your free book today! [Books] [logos] [Technology]

March 31, 7AM

See this helpful post entitled "How to Read Fiction and Become a More Interesting Preacher." One might be able to adapt some of these thoughts as it relations to movies and music as well. [Preaching]

March 29, 7PM

One of the places that I visited in my most recent trip to Israel was the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. Among other things, this museum has a nice collection of ancient coins. I was particularly interested in the coin pictured below. The picture is fro... [Biblical Archaeology] [old testament]

March 28, 4AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Mark J. Boda and Lissa M. Wray Beal, eds. Prophets, Prophecy, and Ancient Israelite Historiography http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.as... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

March 27, 6AM

Wayne Stiles has a great post entitled, "Great Resources to Get After Your Holy Land Tour." He does not mention magazine resources so I would add Biblical Archaeology Review and Bible and Spade. By the way, if you are interested in the Holy Land you reall... [Biblical Archaeology] [israel]

March 26, 7AM

This article highlights a New York museum, the Living Torah Museum, that I would like to visit at some point. The museum contains a walk-in replica of the biblical Tabernacle, an intact three-handled clay wine storage jug purportedly used by Judean soldie... [Biblical Archaeology]

March 24, 6AM

See this post by David Pettegrew related to a bibliographic resource for 1-2 Corinthians using Zotero. This looks like a great resource for those working in and and with 1 and 2 Corinthians, [1 Corinthians] [2 Corinthians] [bibliography] [New Testament] [Technology]

March 21, 8AM

“If there is a thinker behind every great movement, there is a library behind every great preacher. What tools are to mechanics, books are to preachers. Just as no mechanic can do an effective job without adequate tools to perform precision work, so no ... [Biblical languages] [Books] [Greek]

March 20, 6AM

"Mission is often thought of as a New Testament and post–New Testament phenomenon. Is it possible to read the Old Testament also as a missional text? The clearest justification for doing so is that Jesus himself told his disciples to read it that way. I... [Missions] [old testament]

March 19, 8AM

Check out Joseph Hellerman’s recent book entitled Embracing Shared Ministry: Power and Status in the Early Church and Why It Matters Today. Whether you agree with every point or not, one can appreciate the careful presentation and application of a histo... [Books] [Ecclesiology] [leadership] [New Testament]

March 18, 8AM

At last years Society Biblical Literature meeting I picked up a copy of An Illustrated Guide to the Holy Land for Tour Groups, Students, and Pilgrims by Lamontte Luker. I selectively worked through this compact volume in preparation for a trip that I am h... [geography] [israel]

March 17, 7AM

"The NT was written for believers, not for doubters. Believers are the implied readers of the NT texts, and therefore believers are in the best place to make sense of the NT texts. It is to believers that the texts open themselves most readily. This is co... [New Testament]

March 15, 8AM

“Scripture reading is the missing jewel in much contemporary evangelical preaching. Think about the sermon you heard or preached last weekend. How well was the Scripture read? If you were the one preaching, how much time did you spend preparing yourself... [gospels] [Preaching]

March 14, 7AM

I developed the following table for a course that I am teaching on Romans. It was developed from discussions found in Colin G. Kruse, Paul’s Letter to the Romans, PNTC, ed. D. A. Carson (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 149-51; Douglas Moo, Romans, NICNT ... [New Testament] [Romans]

March 13, 7AM

If you are planning to study or teach the Gospel of John you should check out Andreas Köstenberger’s revised edition of Encountering John: The Gospel in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective. There is much that could be said about this work... [Book Reviews] [John] [Kostenberger] [New Testament]

March 12, 10AM

March 11, 8AM

"First, I began to see that the primary purpose of instruction in Greek is service to Christ's body, the church. Training in New Testament Greek may be an exceedingly important part of the seminary curriculum, but it is primarily a servant’s heart—a l... [Biblical languages] [Greek]

March 10, 6AM

Miles Van Pelt has passed on some good advice about learning biblical languages.HT: Koinonia Blog [Biblical languages] [video]

March 9, 5AM

I suppose that almost as long as there have been soldiers there have been letters home. Read this fascinating article about a letter written by an Egyptian soldier serving in the Roman army about 1800 years ago. As I was reading this articles, I couldn't ... [Archaeology] [Greek] [Paul]

March 8, 7AM

Josh Philpot has a nice post on some helpful apps for writers. Check it out here. [Technology] [Writing]

March 7, 8AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.  Jason David BeDuhn Augustine’s Manichaean Dilemma, Volume 2: Making a “Catholic” Self, 388–401 C.E. http://www.bookreviews.org/boo... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

March 6, 9AM

Thabiti M Anyabwile. Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. This book is basically a topical treatment of five questions drawn from five texts (Matt 26:42; 27:46; 1 Cor 15:50-5... [Book Reviews]

March 5, 4PM

See this fascinating post that calculates the time and cost of Paul's missionary journeys. Here are the final numbers but see the post for additional details.JourneyDistance (miles)Travel Time (days)Cost per Person (denarii)*First1,58153237Second3,050100... [New Testament] [Paul]

March 4, 9AM

My friend Dr. Ken Hanna has just published a nice 512-page New Testament survey entitled, From Gospels to Glory: Exploring the New Testament. The book is chock-full of useful information and its format is user friendly. You can buy the book here. Dr. Hann...

March 3, 10AM

Biblical Archaeology Review has posted a web-exclusive supplement to Lawrence Mykytiuk's “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” feature from the March/April 2014 issue of BAR here. This supplement includes a helpful table and listing of t... [Biblical Archaeology] [biblical archaeology review]

8AM

The free Logos Book for January is Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians. You can also enter to win the entire 13-volume Armchair Theologian series. Go the Logos' Free Book of Month page to enter and download your free book today! [logos] [Technology]

March 1, 8AM

The Eerdman's blog has a fairly extensive interview with Andrew Lincoln related to his recent book on the virgin birth. Whether one agrees with Lincoln or not, he is a careful scholar and his work will likely need to be addressed by those interested in th... [Books] [gospels] [jesus] [New Testament]

February 28, 8AM

I don't use a Mac, but those that do might be interested in this post identifying the best Mac apps for pastors. [Technology]

February 27, 8AM

David Murray has a good defense of a positive reading of Jephthah's vow in Judges 11 here. I remain less than convinced but I appreciate David's argument. [Judges] [old testament]

February 26, 10AM

You can still sign up to attend the 2014 Expository Preaching Workshop held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The workshop will take place next week on March 3-4, 2014. Registration for the workshop is $25 for students and $50 for non-students... [Expository Preaching]

February 25, 7PM

I saw this picture on Facebook (HT: Abraham Joseph). Although this is not my usual biblical fare, it was too funny not to share. [philosophy]

February 24, 8AM

The Biblical Archaeology Society's Bible History Daily has an interesting slide show here on how to make mud brick. This might be a project to consider when teaching Exodus 5:6-21. The link above also includes the following instructions.Their efforts prod... [Biblical Archaeology] [biblical archaeology review] [Exodus] [Illustrations]

February 22, 7AM

See this article on two new books written from a Jewish perspective by Conservative rabbis: A New Psalm: The Psalms as Literature, by Rabbi Benjamin Segal and Joy, Despair and Hope: Reading Psalms, by Rabbi Edward Feld. [Books] [old testament] [Psalms]

February 21, 9AM

Christianity Today has brief summary of the debate regarding Steven Collins' identification of Tall el-Hammam with the biblical Sodom. You can access the article here. [Biblical Archaeology]

February 20, 8AM

The Biblical Archaeology Society’s Bible History Today website has added over a dozen new full-length free lecture videos from the recent Out of Egypt Conference. You can access links to the videos here. [Exodus] [old testament] [video]

February 19, 3PM

Shane Lems, interacting with Timothy Witmer's book The Shepherd Leader, has enumerated five observations concerning the authority of elders (and I would suggest all church-based leadership). Lems distilled list is further summarized below. See his entire... [church] [elders] [leadership]

February 18, 9AM

I have refrained from getting into the recent flood of reports related to camel domestication, archaeology, and the accuracy of the Bible. A great irony here is that many of the same folks who criticize so-called fundamentalist Christians for misusing arc... [Biblical Archaeology]

February 17, 9AM

I just received a review copy of Daniel Block's Beyond the River Chebar: Studies in Kingship and Eschatology in the Book of Ezekiel. This volume consists of a collection of essays from Ezekiel 25-40 and is a companion to Block's By the River Chebar which ... [Books] [Ezekiel] [old testament]

February 16, 3PM

Those who appreciate the work of J. Carl Laney might also appreciate this list of his recommended books. [Books]

February 14, 10AM

Nick Page. Simply the Bible. Oxford: Lion Books, 2013.  Kregel recently sent me a copy of Simply the Bible by Nick Page. The publisher describes the book as follows. “For those who find the Bible a bit daunting, or those who require a quick, pithy... [Bible] [Books]

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The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Rainer Albertz and Jakob Wöhrle, eds. Between Cooperation and Hostility: Multiple Identities in Ancient Judaism and the Interaction with Foreig... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

February 13, 9AM

Fortress Press has posted three 30 minute videos of N. T. Wright with Ronald Allen, Michael Gorman, and Richard Hays on Paul and the Faithfulness of God. You can access all the videos here. [n.t. wright] [Paul] [video]

February 12, 9AM

Brandon Cox's article in Christian Media Magazine entitled "5 Reasons Why the Church Must Engage the World with Social Media" is worth considering. [media] [Technology]

February 11, 9AM

David Murray has a nice post here on the use of the Old Testament in counseling. [counseling] [old testament]

February 10, 7PM

Some might be interested in this article in Christian Century. [seminary] [Theological Education]

February 8, 8AM

Dave Miller has some interesting thoughts and helpful advice on sermons and copyright issues here. I wonder if and how this might relate to materials created in an academic setting. [Sermons]

February 7, 8AM

Brandon offers some common-sense advice about handling distractions when preaching. If you preach regularly, distractions are not an if but a when. Check out Brandon's advice here. [Preaching]

February 6, 9AM

I am not trying to be controversial here but this New Republic article offers a provocative challenge related to the traditional study of French. While the article is not specifically concerned with academic biblical studies, I think that there might be s... [Biblical Studies] [French]

February 5, 2PM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Claire Clivaz, ed. Infancy Gospels: Stories and Identities http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8991 Reviewed by Tony Burke John J.... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

February 3, 10AM

I found this post on how to use infographics to support your preaching series to be interesting. [Preaching] [Technology]

February 2, 9AM

Reading by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#25450)
Although the following infographic and poster were created with younger readers in mind, similar strategies could be employed by more seasoned readers in studying the biblical text. You can download a PDF of this poster here.

February 1, 12 PM

The free Logos Book for February is Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry by Michael Lawrence. You can also enter to win the entire 11-volume 9Marks series. Go the Logos' Free Book of Month page here to enter and download your ... [Biblical Theology] [logos]

9AM

Christianaudio.com is offering When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert as their free download for the month of February. To read more about the book and to get your free audio download go here. When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian ... [Audio]

January 31, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Jack Barentsen Emerging Leadership in the Pauline Mission: A Social Identity Perspective on Local Leadership Development in Corinth and Eph... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

January 30, 8AM

This is pretty neat. You can access the original here. HT: James McGrath [Acts] [New Testament] [Paul]

January 29, 9AM

Dave Miller has some good thoughts on how Bible exposition and discipleship work together here. [Bible Exposition] [discipleship] [Preaching]

January 28, 9AM

Daniel I. Block. By the River Chebar: Historical, Literary, and Theological Studies in the Book of Ezekiel. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2013. Anyone who has recently undertaken a serious study of Ezekiel has probably looked at Dan Block’s two-volume com...

January 27, 8AM

Recently as I was preparing to teach Romans, it struck me that the introduction contained some important principles related to ministry. Here is a list that I observed.Ministry is about people (“I long to see you,” v. 11) Ministry is about giving (“... [Ministry] [New Testament] [Romans]

January 26, 5PM

The video below was recorded at The Lanier Theological Library. Here is a description of the video."In the theology of early Judaism there is “one God” who has “one people.” The Gospel of John takes the remarkable step of including Jesus the div... [Bauckham] [gospels] [John] [New Testament]

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I thought this infographic was interesting.Please include attribution to Open-Site.org with this graphic. [Books] [Technology]

January 24, 7AM

You can access Ray Clendenen’s recently revised 385-page Old Testament bibliography here. Note: you have to have an account with academia.edu to access it but if you don't already have an account,signing up is free.HT: Rusty Osborne [Books] [old testament]

January 23, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.  Wendy J. Cotter The Christ of the Miracle Stories: Portrait through Encounter http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=7857 Revie... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

January 22, 9AM

David Murray lists 21 reasons to choose the pastorate over professorship here. There are some very good points made here but I am not sure that professors have to lose as much as is suggested. That being said, these thoughts are worth pondering.Also, lest... [education] [pastor] [Professors] [teachers]

January 21, 6AM

Marc Cortez uses the analogy of landing an airplane as a helpful reminder of reaching theological conclusions and taking theological stands here. [theology]

January 20, 12 PM

The Eerdword blog (the blog for Eerdmans) has posted an interview with James Dunn related to the oral gospel tradition. [Dunn] [Eerdmans] [gospel] [gospels] [New Testament]

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January 19, 6AM

You can download a free 84-page PDF copy of the Daniel and Romans commentaries from the forthcoming Moody Bible Commentary (release date: Feb. 1, 2014). The Daniel commentary is written by Michael Rydelnik and Romans is written by Michael Vanlaningham. Yo... [commentaries] [Daniel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Romans]

January 18, 6AM

The Society of Biblical Literature has released its "second Jobs Report, tracking employment listing data in biblical, religious, and theological studies from 2011 through 2012. This report, which you can view and download from this link, adds to the repo... [Bible colleges] [seminary] [Society of Biblical Literature]

January 17, 9AM

The Atlantic Monthly recently posted an interview with the historian Eric Foner entitled, "You Have to Know History to Actually Teach It." At the end of the interview Foner states in response to the qiuuestion, "Do you have other specific advice for what ... [Bible] [teaching]

January 16, 8AM

See this Huffington Post article entitled, "12 Craziest Stunts Pulled By Pastors." I just have to shake my head. Yes, the world may be watching but is also must be laughing. I also wonder how these stunts relate to a passage like 2 Timothy 4:5.  [pastors]

January 15, 8AM

The Westminster Bookstore is offering some good deals on G. K. Beale books. You can buy a 4-volume set consisting of Temple and the Church's Mission: Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God, We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatr... [Books]

January 14, 11AM

Readers might be interested in this infographic introducing the Book of Daniel. [Daniel] [old testament] [Technology]

January 13, 9PM

The new Biblical Studies Online website looks interesting. It seems that they have a little bit of everything. Check it out here.HT: Mark Goodacre [Biblical Studies]

January 12, 7AM

I don't mention very many contests or promotions on this blog but readers might be interested in this one by Moody Publishers. Five people will win a library package—more than 80 books over the course of 2014! Not only that but everyone who enters can c... [Books]

January 11, 7AM

Peter Cockrell identifies seven qualities here to help answer this question. [Expository Preaching]

January 10, 8AM

Pastors who own an iPhone might be interested in this. [Technology]

January 9, 2PM

Recent graduates from seminary or those who are about to graduate might want to read this post. [seminary]

January 8, 8AM

Dr. David Allen has a good post discussing text-driven preaching and pragmatic textual analysis here. Make sure to read the entire post but see the conclusion below to whet your appetite."In summary, text-driven preachers will do their exegetical homework... [exegesis] [Preaching]

January 7, 9PM

I have been making my way through a set of essays on the Psalms and was struck by the following comment made by Allen Ross concerning lament psalms (my bold). “All of this recognition that God’s hiddenness is a part of his self-revelation. Since onl... [old testament] [Psalms] [theology]

January 6, 2PM

C. Marvin Pate, Apostle for the Last Days: The Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2013). C. Marvin Pate is professor of Christian theology at Ouachita Baptist University and an author and editor of a number of books related ... [Book Reviews] [eschatology] [New Testament] [Paul]

January 5, 1PM

See this article on eLearning trends that dominated 2013. [education] [Technology]

10AM

Ben Simpson has a good post here about respecting authorial intention. Too often it seems that we are willing to sacrifice what a passage means contextually for what we might wish it to mean pastorally or communicatively. A great illustration, poem, song,... [exegesis] [hermeneutics] [Preaching]

January 4, 8AM

Regent Audio is offering a free audio download of a presentation by Bruce Waltke entitled "The Problem of Evil: An Exposition of Psalm 131." Note that the offer ends at midnight on January 5. Details can be found here. [Audio] [Waltke Bruce]

January 3, 4PM

The free Logos Book for January is Frederic Farrar’s commentary on Hebrews in the Cambridge Greek Testament series. You can also enter to win the entire 21-volume Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges. Go the Logos' Free Book of Month page ... [Hebrews] [logos] [Technology]

January 2, 2PM

Patrick Schreiner has an interesting post on using Twitter in teaching. As a teacher, I want to find ways of using technology without the exercise descending into gimmickry. I think that some of the suggestions that are made in this post could also apply ... [Technology]

10AM

See this article discussing the expansion of online degrees is seminary education. [education] [seminary] [Technology]

January 1, 10AM

Christianaudio.com is offering the Hear the Word ESV Audio Bible as their free download of the month. To get your free audio download go here. Listening your way through the Bible might make for a great New Year's resolution. [Audio] [Bible]

December 31, 10AM

See this article by Gordon Govier on "Biblical Archaeology's Top Ten Discoveries of 2013." I have posted his list below. See his article for additional explanation.1. The Egyptian Scarab of Khirbet el-Maqatir 2. Jezreel Winepress 3. The Wine Cellar of Tel...

December 30, 5PM

“We need to show people that profitable Bible reading begins with careful Bible reading, reading the letter attentively as it stands. We want to show people that the youngest Christian can read Romans and profit by it. Of course we thank God for those w...

December 29, 9PM

Regent Audio is offering a presentation by Miriam Kamell entitled "Surprised By Grace: The Overlooked Foundation of the Letter of James" for free download but the offer ends at midnight on December 30. Check it out here. [Audio] [grace] [james] [New Testament]

December 28, 10AM

This article thinks so. [education]

December 27, 12 PM

Christian Book Distributor's "Deal of the Day" is I. Howard Marshall's Concise New Testament Theology for $1.99 (originally $23). You can check it out here. If you spend $35 or more you can choose between free shipping (use promotion code 419677) or 10% o... [Books]

9AM

I had a good chuckle when I read the Peanuts comic below. It reminds me a lot of the world of biblical studies. [Bible] [humor]

December 26, 10AM

Regent Audio is offering a presentation by John Walton entitled "Origins Today: Genesis Through Ancient Eyes" for free download but the offer ends today. Check it out here. [Genesis] [John Walton] [old testament]

9AM

Bill Mounce has just announced that BiblicalTraining now has iOS and Android apps that will allow you to access and listen to their lectures wherever you are. Go here to find out more. [Technology] [Theological Education]

December 25, 9AM

December 24, 7AM

Peter Cockrell has a nice ten-point reminder explaining why Jesus came. Read it here. [Christmas] [jesus] [New Testament]

December 23, 8AM

Ferrell Jenkins has a nice annotated list of blogs devoted to the Bible lands here. By the way, if you are not reading Ferrell's blog you should be. [Biblical Archaeology] [geography]

December 22, 12 PM

Eric McKiddie has a nice post here on "22 Productivity Principles from the Book of Proverbs." [old testament] [Proverbs]

December 21, 9AM

See this post for five online tools for creating infographics. [teaching]

December 20, 8AM

Jason DeRouchie has posted a link to a PDF of his contribution to the recent festschrift to Dan Block entitled "Counting the Ten: An Investigation into the Numbering of the Decalogue." [Decalogue] [old testament] [Ten Commandments]

December 19, 3PM

This post identifies twenty questions to ask before preaching your Christmas sermon. In reality, these many of these questions ought to be asked before preaching any sermon. [Preaching] [Sermons]

December 18, 8AM

Larry Hurtado has a helpful post clarifying the ongoing discussion related to early high Christology here. [Christology] [Hurtado] [New Testament]

December 17, 8PM

Mark Goodacre pokes a bit of fun at a oft-used definition of apocalypse here. Although the point Goodacre makes is interesting, I think that there are more serious methodological challenges based on how the definition was developed (descriptively) and how... [apocalyptic] [Genre]

December 16, 4PM

Those already starting to make plans for next year might be interested in the 2014 Expository Preaching Workshop to be held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on March 3-4, 2014. The workshop will run from 4:00-9:00 pm on Monday and 8:00 am-4:00... [conference] [Expository Preaching]

December 13, 9AM

The kind folks at Kregel recently sent me a copy of The Story of the Holy Land: A Visual History by Peter Walker. This is an attractive book. The selection of pictures and printing are outstanding. As a visual history, this work is divided into seven chap... [Biblical Archaeology] [Books] [israel]

December 12, 9AM

Bethlemian RhapsodyI have used this one before. Passover RhapsodyThis was new to me. HT: Ben Blackwell for the Passover rhapsody [video]

December 11, 10AM

Andreas Köstenberger has posted a best books of 2013 list here. I have summarized his list below but you really should read his full discussion.1. William Baird, History of New Testament Research, vol. 3 2. Joel B. Green, gen. ed., Dictionary of Jesus an... [Books]

December 10, 10AM

Haaretz has an interesting article entitled "Lifestyles of the rich and famous in ancient Israel" here. You will have to register to read the full article. [Ancient Israel] [Archaeology] [backgrounds]

December 9, 9AM

I found this piece on the value of self-editing as a means to better writing to be helpful. I [Writing]

December 8, 12 PM

The following infographic is interesting even if it totally ignores biblical poetry. [Genre] [Interpretation] [poetry]

December 7, 12 PM

If you are in the market for a good Bible atlas, I would encourage you to take a look at the new hardcover edition of the Satellite Bible Atlas. This is a nice resource. BiblePlaces now has the hardcover edition for $28. You can also buy a 55" x 20" wall/... [Books] [geography] [israel] [maps]

December 5, 7AM

The latest edition of Themelios is out and available here. The main articles include:D. A. Carson | EDITORIAL: The Hole in the GospelMichael J. Ovey | OFF THE RECORD: Liberty, What Crimes Are Committed in Thy Name?Keith Ferdinando | Jesus, the Theolo... [Themelios]

December 4, 3PM

My friend Cecil Price has just published The Unique One: 18 Distinctives of Jesus Christ. "In The Unique One, you will discover how: the Bible compares to other ancient documents Jesus Christ differs from the founders of other major religions both Old a... [Books] [jesus]

December 3, 8AM

Motyer, Alec. Preaching? Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching. Ross-shire: Christian Focus, 2013. While this book is a about preaching, it is a bit different in its approach from other how-to volumes. It is mixture of preaching methodology and biblical ex... [Books] [Preaching] [Review]

December 2, 9AM

Some readers might be interested in this in this article in Publishers Weekly about academic publishing and the recent AAR/SBL meeting. I guess I did my part in helping academic publishing to thrive, although I bought considerably less this year than in ... [Books]

7AM

The latest issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament is out. Here is a list of the articles and links to abstracts. ‘The Rock Was Christ’: The Fluidity of Christ’s Body in 1 Corinthians 10.4 Matthew Thiessen pp. 103-126 http://jnt.sage... [Journal for the Study of the New Testament] [Journals]

November 30, 9AM

Barnes & Nobel is offering a 30% off coupon through Sunday, December 1. This can turn out to be a good deal. Here are two examples to demonstrate what you might be able to do. N. T. Wright - Paul and the Faithfulness of God is listed at $53.93 or... [Books]

November 28, 8AM

Rahab's Lie by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#20747)
J. Carl Laney has a good discussion of the ethics of Rahab's lie (Josh 2:5). Laney notes that,"Several key hermeneutical principles are helpful in responding to this question. First, it is important to remember that the Bible often records what God does n... [ethics] [Joshua] [old testament]

November 27, 8AM

See this blog post for eleven helpful and common-sense tips related to guest preaching opportunities. In the post, Brandon identifies the following eleven points.1. Honor the senior pastor 2. Respect the time limit 3. Arrive early 4. Stay late 5. Know you... [Preaching]

November 26, 12 PM

You can access video of a lecture by Udo Middelmann given at the Lanier Theological Library. Here is a description of the contents of the lecture."The Bible teaches us that God is sovereign over all. Does that mean that in his sovereignty and foreknowledg...

November 25, 8AM

The lecture method of teaching has fallen into disfavor these days. But read Abigail Walthhausen's article entitled, "Don't Give Up on the Lecture" in the The Atlantic. See You can access the article here. [teaching]

November 24, 9PM

Warren Wiersbe in an essay entitled, "Your Preaching is Unique," provides the following helpful observation."God help the preacher who abandons his ideals! But, at the same time, God pity the preacher who is idealistic that he fails to be realistic. A rea... [pastors] [Preaching]

November 23, 11AM

Those in the Houston area might be interested in registering for a free lecture on January 18, 2014 by James Hoffmeier and Stephen Moshier at the Lanier Theological Library.The lecture is entitled, "Moses Did Not Sleep Here! A Critical Look at Some Sensa...

November 22, 11AM

Jason DeRouchie, ed., What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2013). The Old Testament is unexplored territory for many Christians. So any resource that can help one to navigate through this par... [Review] [old testament] [Books]

November 21, 8AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Georg Fischer Theologien des Alten Testaments http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8791 Reviewed by Martin Leuenberger Mercedes L.... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]

November 20, 8AM

" . . . a preaching schedule driven by the Bible rather than by perceived needs will over the long haul, stimulate greater maturity in a church. Substantial long-term growth requires a steady diet of the Word. Rather than beginning with our people's needs... [Preaching] [Sermons]

November 19, 7AM

Last week I had a brief post here on message statements for the books of the Bible. I noted that a message statement is a one-sentence summary consisting of a subject and compliment(s). In this post, I will offer a few suggestions for crafting message sta... [Bible] [message]

November 17, 10AM

I hope to pick up a copy of Doug Moo's new Galatians commentary soon. But until then I will have to be content with this PDF excerpt. This excerpt contains a very good  treatment on the the issue of whether the Jerusalem visit of Galatians 2:1-10 sho... [Doug Moo] [Galatians] [commentary]

November 16, 8AM

A number of years ago In Bible college, I had an assignment where among other things, I wrote about biblical references and theology that is woven through a number of Bruce Springsteen's songs. So it is with some interest that I note that Rutgers Universi... [music] [Bible] [education]

November 15, 6PM

I am thankful to Zondervan and the Koinonia blog for allowing me to participate in the Evangelical Theology blog tour. I realize that I may be one of the last ones to contribute but in my defense, I was assigned to cover the longest part in the book! But ... [theology] [Book Reviews]

November 14, 7AM

Free ESV App by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#19863)
To celebrate their 75th anniversary, Crossway is offering the ESV Study Bible Web App for free through the end of November. You can access this free app at Crossway.org/75th. [Technology] [Bible]

November 13, 9AM

The Westminster Bookstore is offering The Incarnation in the Gospels by Daniel Doriani, Philip Ryken, and Richard Phillips for 52% off or $11. Use this link. This looks like a good resource that might come in handy for that Christmas series you are planni... [gospels] [Books] [Christmas]

November 12, 8AM

As part of my doctoral work, I had to write an argument for every book of the Bible. In order to write an argument I needed to craft a one-sentence summary of what the book is about. This one-sentence summary consisting of a subject and compliment(s) is c... [Bible] [message]

November 11, 9AM

It is being reported that Jerome Murphy-O'Conner has died. I never had the privilege of meeting him, but two of his books have been particularly helpful to me. St. Paul's Corinth: Texts and Archaeology, 3rd revised and expanded ed. (Collegeville, MN: Li...

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If you are interested in the metanarrative of the Bible you might be interesting in The Biblical Story, a set of videos featuring Dr. Charles Baylis. Dr. Baylis is a Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary. [Bible] [Biblical Narratives]

November 10, 6AM

The folks at Kregel recently sent me a copy of Sunday School That Really Excels: Real Life Examples of Churches with Healthy Sunday Schools edited by Steve Parr. I was glad to receive this volume because I am a proponent of Sunday school and have taught i... [Christian Education]

November 9, 8AM

Ed Stetzer summarizes the findings of a LifeWay Research study 450 sermons here. He suggests that the study revealed the following four preaching truths. Do read Stetzer's entire article for explanation of the points1. The Word should be heard.2. The Word... [Preaching] [Sermons]

November 8, 8AM

Steven Smith continues his series on preaching different genres. You can find his discussion on preaching from the Law here. [Preaching] [Law] [Sermons]

November 7, 6AM

Larry Hurtado has a brief but helpful reminder concerning the social diversity of the early Christ followers here. [New Testament] [backgrounds]

November 6, 7AM

David Allen has a nice post entitled "Text-Driven Preaching and Linguistics: What the Preacher Must Know to be a Good Exegete" here. [Biblical languages] [exegesis] [Preaching]

November 5, 8AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Emily Arndt Demanding Our Attention: The Hebrew Bible as a Source for Christian Ethics http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=7969 R... [Review of Biblical literature] [Book Reviews]

November 4, 8AM

Herb Bateman has made four charts on Jude available here. The PDF is available for free until for free until December 15. The charts survey various commentaries on the issues of authorship, date, recipients, and opponents. This resource is one of the reso... [New Testament] [Jude]

November 3, 5PM

Zondervan has two free theology infographics related to Michael Horton's Pilgrim Theology. The infographics are available here and here. [theology]

November 2, 9PM

See Steven Smith's post on preaching Old Testament narrative here. [old testament] [Narrative] [Preaching]

November 1, 5AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Beth A. Berkowitz Defining Jewish Difference: From Antiquity to the Present http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8971 Reviewed by ... [Review of Biblical literature] [Book Reviews]

October 31, 7AM

James R. Davila has an interesting piece on the recently published Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, Volume 1 here. According to Davila, this new volume "contains new translations of nearly fifty complete or fragmentary texts,... [book] [pseudepigrapha]

October 30, 6AM

Audio for the 2013 Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop featuring the book of Revelation can be accessed here. For individual messages you can use the links below.   Preaching from the Apocalypse, Dr. Paige PattersonThe Letters to the Seven Church... [New Testament] [Audio] [Revelation] [Expository Preaching] [Bible Exposition]

October 29, 9AM

Phil Newton has a call to expository preaching here. He points out the inconsistency of claiming to have a high view of Scripture and then not really preaching the Scripture. [Expository Preaching] [Bible Exposition]

October 28, 7AM

You can access Dr. Gabriel Barkay's recent talk at the Criswell College here (scroll down to 10.7.2013). Or use this link to download or this link to listen. Unfortunately there is no video and the presentation used PowerPoint. But if you are somewhat fam... [Jerusalem] [Biblical Archaeology]

October 27, 4PM

Daniel Overdorf's new book, One Year to Better Preaching: 52 Exercises to Hone Your Skills, looks to be a helpful resource whether one is a seasoned preacher who needs a refresher or a neophyte preacher looking to start off on the right foot. As the title... [Preaching]

October 26, 7AM

I found this to be a fascinating presentation. HT: Eerdword Blog [old testament] [Job]

October 25, 12 PM

October 24, 6AM

The Gospel Project is making a free ebook entitled Christ-Centered Preaching and Teaching available here. Contributors includ Ed Stetzer, Editor (LifeWay Research),Daniel Block (Wheaton College),David Murray (Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary),Walt Ka... [old testament] [Preaching]

October 23, 4PM

Steven Smith has a good post on preaching from wisdom literature here. [old testament] [wisdom] [Preaching]

October 22, 9AM

Gerald M Bilkes, Memoirs of the Way Home: Ezra and Nehemiah as a Call to Conversion. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2013.  Memoirs of the Way Home is a thematic exposition of the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Combining these books into singl... [old testament] [Nehemiah] [Ezra] [Book Reviews]

October 21, 7AM

Steven Coxhead has a nice post on circumcision here. [old testament]

October 19, 7AM

The kind folks at Kregel recently sent me a copy of Penelope Wilcock's 100 Stand-Alone Bible Studies to Grow Healthy Home Groups. As a former home groups pastor I could see this book as providing access to a quick study. The 100 studies are categorized an... [Bible Study Resources]

October 18, 3PM

Check out David Allen's post on outlining Ephesians 4:1-6 here. [sermon] [New Testament] [Ephesians]

October 17, 6AM

Ben Witherington has posted the following notice on his blog. "The Princeton Theological Seminary Library has recently made available online full texts of some 80,000 volumes, so of which, one would presume, are now out-of-print works, but still valuab... [Books] [theology]

October 15, 10AM

Many involved in ministry know the importance of reading as a discipline. But according to this article, reading might have some less well-known benefits as well. [reading]

October 14, 10AM

Roger Isaacs has a good post on the Urim and Thummim here. [old testament]

October 12, 6AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. OED Bennett and David B. Growler, eds.Radical Christian Voices and Practice: Essays in Honour of Christopher Rowlandhttp://www.bookreviews.org/b... [Review of Biblical literature] [Book Reviews]

October 11, 6AM

Sometime back, I posted a quote from Gerald Bray's book God is Love (here). Here is another quote that I think is worth noting, especially since I have an interest in biblical genealogies (see here).  "What do the genealogies reveal about God? They ... [Genealogies]

October 9, 3PM

The latest issue of Southwestern News, a publication of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is focused on archaeology. It includes articles on Archaeology 101, Gezer, Cyprus, and the Tandy Institute for Archaeology. You can read through the entir... [Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary] [Biblical Archaeology]

October 8, 7PM

See this interesting post that survey's some well-known preachers concerning the time that they spend in sermon preparation. HT: Denny Burk [Preaching] [Sermons]

October 7, 5PM

Daniel Bernard who has a Ph.D. in religion, has created a comic book based on Deborah from the Book of Judges. You can read more about it here. [old testament] [Judges] [Deborah]

October 6, 3PM

See this post by Dr. David Allen on outlining Hebrews 10:19-25. Dr. Allen has a fine commentary on Hebrews in the New American commentary series. [David Allen] [Hebrews] [Preaching]

October 5, 5AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Ulrich F. Berges Isaiah: The Prophet and his Book http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9078 Reviewed by Marvin A. Sweeney Walter Bru... [Review of Biblical literature] [Book Reviews]

October 4, 8AM

Ian Paul has an interesting post on the place of rhetoric in preaching. You can read the post here. [Preaching]

October 3, 6AM

Well-known pastor Chuck Smith has died after an extended battle with cancer. Christianity Today has a brief report here.

October 2, 6PM

Those in the Dallas area might be interested in coming to hear Dr. Gabriel Barkay who will be speaking in chapel at the Criswell College on Tuesday, October 8 from 11:00-12:00. If you are interested in archaeology in the Holy Land and especially Jerusalem... [Jerusalem] [israel] [Biblical Archaeology]

October 1, 5AM

Christianaudio.com's free audiobook download for the month of October is A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards by George M. Marsden.  Here is part of the publisher's description: "George M. Marsden — widely acclaimed for his magisterial large study of ... [Audio] [theology]

September 30, 4PM

The 2013 one-day Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop is only one week away. This year's workshop will focus on the Book of Revelation.Speakers include Drs. Paige Patterson, David Allen, Steven Smith, and Craig Blaising. You can access the workshop s... [New Testament] [Revelation] [Expository Preaching] [Preaching] [Sermons]

September 29, 12 PM

Dave Miller asks and addresses a great question, "Whatever Happened to Bible Study?" You can read what Dave has to say here. Whatever Happened to Bible Study? [Bible]

September 28, 6AM

Jared Moore has written about ten pastoral and ministerial sacred cows that need to be tipped and in this article identifies his top three. The three are:  Sacred Cow #1: Entertaining SermonsSacred Cow #2: Relevant SermonsSacred Cow #3: Successful Mi... [pastors] [Ministry] [Sermons]

September 27, 12 PM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. John J. CollinsJoel, Obadiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachihttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9152Reviewed by Bradford A. Anderson ... [Review of Biblical literature] [Book Reviews]

September 26, 6AM

Tom Finley has a good basic explanation of the value of commentaries for those seeking to study the Bible here. [commentaries]

September 25, 6AM

Ben Witherington provides some interesting observations related to what the New Testament does and does not state about preaching here. [New Testament] [Ben Witherington] [Preaching]

September 24, 9AM

IVP Academic is celebrating the release of Brian Rosner’s Paul and the Law by offering a 50% off sale through Friday, September 27 on their website, including print and ebooks (if available): Use the coupon code 405-24 to get your discount at check-out.... [New Testament] [Paul] [Books]

7AM

I know that not all of my readers are members of the Society of Biblical Literature. So some may not have received the news that regarding the completion of SBL fonts project. You do not have to be an SBL member that to use the fonts. In any case, here is... [Biblical languages]

September 23, 7AM

I am thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to pursue and complete a Ph.D. But David Fitch raises some very practical considerations and concerns here that future students need to be aware of. [seminary] [Theological Education] [education]

September 21, 7AM

Although I am not an advocate of the Pauline authorship of Hebrews, I do believe that critics of this view are often too dismissive. So I am thankful that a new blog has been set up for David Alan Black's new book, The Authorship of Hebrews. The book chal... [New Testament] [Paul] [Hebrews]

September 20, 7PM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Yairah Amit In Praise of Editing in the Hebrew Bible: Collected Essays in Retrospect http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9062 Rev... [Review of Biblical literature] [Book Reviews]

9AM

The Eerdmans blog has a two-part interview with Jack Lundbom related to his new Deuteronomy commentary. You can read part one here and part two here. [Deuteronomy] [commentary]

September 19, 9AM

In the following video, Eckhard Schnabel provides some good advice to prospective ministerial students. Although, I would typically recommend a Th.M. rather than M.Div. HT: Koinonia Blog Eckhard Schnabel Eckhard Schnabel [seminary] [Theological Education]

September 18, 4AM

Those interested in New Testament textual-criticism will be excited to know that the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts has been allowed to photograph and make available online the Chester Beatty Papyri collection. You can read about it her... [New Testament] [Manuscripts] [Textual Criticism]

September 17, 11AM

Robin Schumacher has an interesting article that seems to undermine the often asserted idea that religion is the primary cause for war. See Schumacher's article here. HT: Rob Bradshaw [religion] [Apologetics]

September 16, 8AM

Dr. David Allen has a nice blog post on developing sermon outlines here. [Expository Preaching] [Sermons]

September 15, 5AM

You can access this article on "5 Fascinating Bible Infographics" here. I have seen some of the infographics before but some were new to me. [Technology] [Bible]

September 14, 8PM

September 13, 6PM

Peter Leithart has a great reminder for having an "open ear" when interpreting Scripture here. [application] [hermeneutics] [Interpretation]

September 12, 12 PM

You might want to check out this website for free and discount ebooks for Amazon Kindle. [Technology]

September 11, 4PM

Regular readers of this blog know that I post a number of lists here. But that doesn't mean that we can't poke fun at such lists. I found this post to be pretty funny. [humor]

September 10, 8AM

Ed Stetzer has a balanced discussion on the missions vs. missional debate here. [Missions] [missional]

September 9, 8AM

This year's one-day Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop focusing on the Book of Revelation is less than a month away. This year's speakers include Drs. Paige Patterson, David Allen, Steven Smith, and Craig Blaising. You can access the workshop schedu... [New Testament] [Revelation] [Expository Preaching] [Preaching] [Sermons]

September 8, 5AM

David Murray has some great questions to ask before you criticize a preacher. [Criticism] [Preaching] [Sermons]

September 7, 8AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Lawrence Boadt; Richard Clifford and Daniel Harrington, eds. Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.as... [Review of Biblical literature] [Journals] [Books]

September 6, 7AM

Even though some of Brian Doyle's advice here is not as relevant for academic writing, I think that there is still wisdom to be gleaned. Use the link above to read the entire article, but these two humorous paragraphs are what I found most helpful. The b... [Writing]

September 5, 6AM

The Americans Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) has created a new resource called ASORtv which is hosted at YouTube. Here are links to some of the presentations. “ASOR Fellowships: Excitement on a Dig” "ASOR Fellowships: How Fellowships Help Studen... [Biblical Archaeology]

September 4, 7AM

Go here to download a free eBook entitled, The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor by John Piper and D. A. Carson. There are also links on this page to video presentations from both Carson and Piper. [scholarship] [pastor]

September 3, 6AM

Do check out this post by Dr. David Allen entitled, "An Altar Inscribed 'To the Unknown Preaching Method.'” The post begins with this great paragraph. On any given Sunday in today’s preaching pantheon, one can observe a diverse group of devotees, som... [Expository Preaching] [Preaching]

September 2, 12 PM

Larry Hurtado has a good word here on the importance of being self-critical and cautious about new proposals in biblical studies. As Hurtado sums up, "if such great scholars of the past could hold confidently ideas that we now know to be fallacies, today... [scholarship]

August 30, 2PM

I am making my way through Daniel Block’s new book By the River Chebar: Historical, Literary, and Theological Studies in the Book of Ezekiel. In the opening chapter entitled, “Preaching Ezekiel,” Block offers six propositions* for preaching the book... [old testament] [Preaching] [Ezekiel]

August 29, 12 PM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.  Dominique Barthélemy Studies in the Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Old Testament Text Project http://www.bookre... [Review of Biblical literature] [Journals] [Books]

August 28, 2PM

Richard J. Krejcir reports on some problematic statistics related to a survey of 1050 pastors. Here are a few of the troubling findings.Of the one thousand fifty (1,050 or 100%) pastors we surveyed, every one of them had a close associate or seminary budd... [pastors] [church]

August 27, 2PM

Michael Svigel has a great post entitled, "Twelve Myths of Church History Unraveled" here. [Church History]

August 26, 3PM

Bryan Kelly has some interesting observations about public speaking in a post entitled, "Six Psychological Secrets to Public Speaking." Those of us who preach and teach might do well to consider what he has to say. HT: Brandon [Preaching]

August 24, 6AM

The Fall 2013 Baker Academic catalog is out. I am particularly interested in two Acts commentaries that are scheduled to be available this year. Hopefully, both will be done in time for SBL/ETS.  Craig Keener's Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, vol. 2... [New Testament] [commentaries] [Acts]

August 23, 4PM

See this article on the growing problem of seminary debt. I am so thankful that I was able to finish seminary without any debt. HT: Steve Lemke [Money] [seminary]

August 22, 5AM

See this interesting blog post at Lingua Franca on the challenges and politics of delineating and counting the languages of the world. The work of the Summer Institute of Linguistics receives special notice. [translation]

August 21, 5AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Johann Cook and Arie van der Kooij Law, Prophets, and Wisdom: On the Provenance of Translators and Their Books in the Septuagint Version http://... [Review of Biblical literature] [Journals] [Books]

August 20, 8AM

Sometime back I reviewed Douglass Huffman's The Handy Guide to New Testament Greek: Grammar, Syntax, and Diagramming (click here). Now Credo Magazine has a short but helpful interview with the Huffman here. [New Testament] [Biblical languages] [Greek]

August 19, 5AM

Haaretz has an interesting article on a new interpretation of a phrase from the Dead Sea Scrolls' Psalm Scroll in a poem called the “Apostrophe to Zion.” You can read the article here. [translation] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Hebrew]

August 17, 3PM

Carl Rasmussen has an interesting post on Paul's journey on the road to Assos (Acts 20:13-14) here. The post contains some nice illustrations. [New Testament] [Paul] [geography] [Acts]

August 16, 8AM

William H. Marty, The World of Jesus: Making Sense of the People and Places of Jesus’ Day (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2013).  The World of Jesus is a popular-level introduction into the history and culture that serves as the context for the w... [Review] [backgrounds] [jesus]

August 15, 7AM

G-dcast, a "nonprofit that uses new technology to do Jewish education, is synthesizing the scapegoat and PostSecret.com in its “Atonement App,” which allows users to confess, anonymously, with the help of an animated goat who roams the web." You can ... [Technology] [old testament] [Atonement]
Michael Svigel has a balanced discussion on Christians and cremation here. [theology] [death]

August 14, 12 PM

This announcement might be a bit late, but the latest issue of Themelios is available as a free PDF here. [Journals]

7AM

National Geographic is planning to present a program during the Christmas season entitled, "The Lost Faces of the Bible." The four part series will include: Lost Face of the Bible: Delilah Revealed A 3,000-year-old female skull gives the forensic team th... [Bible] [backgrounds]

August 13, 9AM

Bible students and professors might be interested in a back-to-school sale on Pictorial Library of Bible Lands. In my opinion, this Pictorial Library is the best photographic resource available for teaching and personal study of the Holy Lands as it ... [Technology] [geography]

6AM

Last week while teaching through Jeremiah, I cautioned my students about claiming the promise found in Jeremiah 29:11. Here is a recent article on the controversy surrounding the Christian appropriation of the verse. [old testament] [Jeremiah]

August 12, 2PM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Judith Baskin and Kenneth Seeskin, eds. The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?Ti... [Review of Biblical literature] [Journals] [Books]

August 11, 10PM

Seven common-sense Facebook tips for pastors here. [Facebook] [pastors]

August 10, 4AM

Nicolas Batzig has a post on the biblical theology of exile/restoration in the Old Testament Prophets here. [old testament] [Prophets]

August 9, 4PM

Ezra 7:10 by [Unnamed] via BibleX (#13010)
Andy Naselli has some thoughts and links related to Ezra 7:10 here. [old testament] [Ezra]

August 8, 6AM

"The ministry in any age is in danger of losing its purpose. Only when it remembers the one who gave us that ministry-the one who did not consider equality with God as something to be grasped, the one who humbled himself by taking the very form of a serva... [Ministry] [Church History]

August 7, 6AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.  Christoph Dohmen Studien zu Bilderverbot und Bildtheologie des Alten Testaments http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8501 Rev... [Review of Biblical literature] [Journals] [Books]

August 6, 7AM

I think that more attention should be paid to the theology of the songs that we sing. So whether I agree or disagree with the PCUSA’s decision to exclude “In Christ Alone” from the denomination’s hymnbook, I do appreciate that theological concerns... [music] [Worship] [Atonement] [theology]

August 5, 8AM

"The element of surprise is the key structural device employed by the writer of Jonah. Before 3:10–4:1, the writer misdirects the readers, leading them to picture Yahweh as a God of wrath who pursues persons or groups until they are appropriately punish... [old testament] [Jonah]

August 4, 8AM

"By now it will be clear that we shall not get anywhere with this until we have defined what we understand by Biblical theology. If we take it to mean the theological content of the Bible, and in particular the common outlook that binds the New to the Old... [Biblical Theology] [Hebrews]

August 3, 7AM

These days it is not theologically fashionable to affirm Davidic authorship of Psalm 110 or to see the psalm as primarily Messianic rather than merely royal. So in this instance I am wholly unfashionable. That being said, as I was sorting through some art... [Psalm 110] [old testament]

August 2, 5AM

Christianaudio.com's free audiobook download for the month of August is Basic Christianity by John R. W. Stott.  For more information or to get your download go here. [Audio]

August 1, 5AM

“I am keenly aware that in proposing to address this subject I have guaranteed for myself a limited hearing. There are many reasons why there is little interest in preaching Old Testament law in our churches, whether they are mainline protestant, or cha... [old testament] [Law]

July 31, 5AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Bohdan Hrobon Ethical Dimension of Cult in the Book of Isaiah http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8252 Reviewed by Wilhelm J. ... [Review of Biblical literature] [Journals] [Books]
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Bohdan Hrobon Ethical Dimension of Cult in the Book of Isaiah http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8252 Reviewed by Wilhelm J. Wesse... [Review of Biblical literature] [Journals] [Books]

July 30, 8AM

Dr. David L. Allen graciously agreed to answer five questions about his new book on 1–3 John in the Preaching the Word series edited by R. Kent Hughes. Dr. Allen is professor of preaching, director of expository preaching, George W. Truett Chair of mini...

July 29, 7AM

If you are interested in the book of Acts, or preaching the book of Acts, and live in the Dallas Metroplex, you might want to consider taking my course this fall on Preaching from the New Testament: Acts (NT333) at The Criswell College this fall. The cour... [New Testament] [Acts] [Preaching]

July 28, 11AM

Eerdmans is publishing a collection of essays from Bruce Waltke in a volume entitled, The Dance between God and Humanity: Reading the Bible Today as the People of God that is due out in August. You can read a interview with Dr. Waltke concerning this volu... [Waltke Bruce] [Books]

July 27, 6AM

Although this article in the Economist is not specifically about Bible translation, it does illustrate issues that also occur in Bible translation.   [translation] [Translating]

July 26, 6AM

The latest issue of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament is out. Here is a list of the articles and links to abstracts. Suffering in Vain: A Study of the Interpretation of ΠΑΣΧΩ in Galatians 3.4 John Anthony Dunne pp. 3-16 http://jnt.... [Journal for the Study of the New Testament] [Journals]

July 25, 5AM

See Christopher J. H. Wright's article in Christianity Today entitled "Learning to Love Leviticus" here. The CT website also has a brief discussion on the topic of sexual morality and Leviticus which was a sidebar to the article above here. [Leviticus] [morality] [ethics] [Sex]

July 24, 6AM

Check out Andy Naselli's blog post entitled,''Is 'Background Information' Ever Necessary to Understand the Bible?" I appreciate Naselli's cautious and nuanced approach. [backgrounds] [Interpretation]

July 23, 7AM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. David J. H. Beldman and Craig G. Bartholomew, eds. Hearing the Old Testament: Listening for God’s Address http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdet... [Review of Biblical literature] [Journals] [Books]

5AM

This Time magazine article reports the efforts of the monks at St. Catherine's monastery, located at the traditional site of Mt. Sinai in Egypt, to preserve their priceless collection of manuscripts. [Manuscripts] [Egypt]

July 22, 6AM

See this blog post/interview with Timothy Michael Law entitled "Why Should We Care about the Septuagint?"

July 21, 5AM

Thom Ranier recently conducted an unscientific Twitter poll related to sermon preparation time. According to this article he tabulated the following results.1 to 3 hours — 1% 4 to 6 hours — 9% 7 to 9 hours — 15% 10 to 12 hours — 22% 13 to 15 hours... [Preaching] [Sermons]

July 20, 5AM

This would have come in handy when I was going through my theology courses! HT: Abraham Joseph [seminary] [theology] [Theological Education]

July 19, 5PM

Gary Millar and Phil Campbell, Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God’s Word and Keep People Awake (Kingsford: Matthias Media, 2013).  Saving Eutychus is a book that preachers might be tempted to hide in a plain brown wrapper. No one wants to admit th... [Review] [Preaching] [Sermons]

10AM

Go here to read about the opportunity to take a virtual tour of Jerusalem's temple mount and here to take the tour. The tour is in Hebrew. [Jerusalem] [Biblical Archaeology]

July 17, 8PM

This is a nice summary of the book of Malachi from J. D. W. Watt. The last of the prophetic books is Malachi. It epitomizes the prophetic insistence on God’s continued love for this chosen people. It is very practical in demanding faith and faithfulnes... [old testament] [Malachi]

July 16, 6AM

See Bryan Chapell's post on Christ-centered hermeneutics here. The post is part of a larger series hosted on Ed Stetzer blog on Christ-centered hermeneutics. The four parts series has or will include posts by, ● Dr. Daniel Block (Wheaton College) ... [New Testament] [old testament] [hermeneutics] [Interpretation]

July 15, 7AM

This year's one-day Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop will focus on preaching the Book of Revelation. The workshop is designed to assist pastors in mastering the techniques of expository preaching as it relates to Revelation.  Speakers this yea... [New Testament] [Revelation] [Expository Preaching] [Preaching] [Sermons]

July 14, 5AM

The latest issue of Bible Magazine is available for free here. This issue continues an examination of the Lord's prayer and focuses on Matthew 6.16-18.    [New Testament] [Bible] [Matthew]

July 13, 6AM

   "Thanks to Overhead Projectors" is a good reminder to be thankful about, and to have the right attitude toward, using technology in ministry.   [Technology]

July 12, 4PM

   See this blog post on writing better sermon titles.   [Sermons]

July 11, 11AM

   The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Constantine R. Campbell Paul and Union with Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp... [Review of Biblical literature] [Journals] [Books]

July 10, 5AM

   See Walt Kaiser's post on Christ-centered hermeneutics here. The post is part of a larger series hosted on Ed Stetzer blog on Christ-centered hermeneutics. The four parts series has or will include posts by, ● Dr. Daniel Block (Wheaton C... [New Testament] [old testament] [hermeneutics] [Interpretation]

July 9, 5AM

   In this article, a recent discovery of a sphinx at Tel Hazor is described. According to the article, "A team of researchers from the Institute of Archaeology, headed by Prof. Amnon Ben-Tor and Dr. Sharon Zuckerman found in Tel Hazor Nation... [Biblical Archaeology]

July 8, 8AM

Harvey, John D. Interpreting the Pauline Letters: An Exegetical Handbook. Handbook for New Testament Exegesis, ed. John D. Harvey. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2012.The Pauline Epistles continue to be some of the most popular sections of Scripture to preach and ... [Review] [Paul]

July 7, 3PM

July 6, 11AM

   The British Library has created and made available an Excel spreadsheet listing all the manuscripts they have online, with the URL. You can read more about it and access it here.   HT: Roger Pearse [Manuscripts]

July 5, 8AM

   The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Peter Arzt-Grabner and Christina M. Kreinecker, eds.Light from the East: Papyrologische Kommentare zum Neuen Testament. Akten ... [Review of Biblical literature] [Journals] [Books]

July 4, 8AM

   You can access a preliminary version of the program book for the Society of Biblical Literature's 2013 annual meeting to be held in Baltimore here. You can do specific searches or leave all the fields blank and click the search button. &nbs... [Society of Biblical Literature]

5AM

   Exodus: Out of Egypt is a new website that is described by Thomas Levy as follows. "This website does not advocate any solutions to the story of ancient Israel’s Exodus from Egypt, known from the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible. Rather, it ... [old testament] [Exodus]

July 3, 9AM

   This is an interesting article on the challenges of theological education within a global context.   [Christian Education]

July 2, 6AM

   In this article, archaeologist are purported to claim that evidence for the tabernacle at Shiloh has been found. I would suggest that a bit of caution is in order since what is identified as evidence does not appear to be conclusive.  ... [Biblical Archaeology]

5AM

   NBC announced Monday that it will join with producer Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, on a sequel to the Bible miniseries that aired earlier this year on the History Channel. The sequel has been given the working title "A.D.: Beyond the Bible" ... [Bible]

July 1, 10AM

   The free Logos book for the month of July is volume 5 of The Expositor's Greek Testament. You can read more about it or enter a drawing to win the entire set here.    [Technology] [logos]

June 30, 4PM

"Biblical narrators were concerned not only to describe historical events, but also to interpret them. Indeed, it is in the authors’ interpretation that we find the permanent message. Although God did in fact reveal himself and speak through the events ...

June 29, 10AM

   Crown College is offering a free online course (MOOC): Understanding the New Testament. You can get details here. Note that it is free but you must register before July 1.HT: Zondervan Academic     [Technology] [New Testament] [Christian Education]

June 28, 4PM

   The July-September 2013 issue of Bibliotheca Sacra is now out. The issue contains the following articles. A Literary Tribute to Dr. Roy B. Zuck Compiled by Matthew S. DeMoss Helping People REACH Forgiveness of Others: Part 3 of 4 Everett ... [Journals] [Bibliotheca Sacra]

June 27, 7AM

   Leon Kass has a pretty decent article on the Ten Commandments here.   [old testament] [Decalogue] [Ten Commandments]

June 26, 3AM

   See Michael J. Kruger's post entitled, "Why the Biblical Languages Matter—Even if You Forget Them" here.    [Biblical languages]

June 25, 6PM

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Mark J. Boda and J. Gordon McConville, eds. Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8691 Rev... [Review of Biblical literature] [Journals] [Books]

8AM

Dr. R. Alan Street graciously agreed to answer five questions about his new book Heaven on Earth: Experiencing the Kingdom of God in the Here and Now. Dr. Streett is Senior Research Professor of Biblical Exegesis at the Criswell College.    Qu... [Interview] [Books] [Kingdom of God]

June 24, 7PM

   Read this post on thirteen ways to beat sermon writer’s block. While this is specifically directed toward sermon writing, it should work for other kinds of writing as well.   [Writing] [Sermon Preparation]

June 23, 3PM

The interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount and its implications for the Mosaic Law and Christian ethics is much debated. Alan Johnson has a pretty good discussion of the issues in a festschrift for Samuel J. Schultz. He offers the following six points ... [New Testament] [Matthew] [jesus] [Law]

June 22, 9AM

   Although this list of recommended Old Testament commentaries from Princeton Theological Seminary is apparently not new, it was new to me. One interesting aspect of this list is that it also includes a bibliography of New Testament books as w... [old testament] [commentaries]

June 21, 8AM

Here is Alan Millard's lecture entitled, "Did Moses Know the Alphabet? Was There Writing in Ancient Israel?" from the Lanier Theological Library. [Moses] [old testament] [Biblical Archaeology]

June 20, 6AM

   Kregel is offering Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament by Matthew A Elliott as a free Kindle ebook here. The book is described as  an "interdisciplinary, widely researched study reclaim[ing] the vital importance ... [New Testament] [Books]

June 19, 2PM

June 18, 5AM

   Ed Stetzer is hosting what should be an interesting four-part series on Christ-centered hermeneutics. The four parts will be presented by, ● Dr. Daniel Block (Wheaton College) ● Dr. David Murray (Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary)... [hermeneutics] [Interpretation]

June 17, 6AM

   Here is one answer from a blogger.   [blogging]
   I haven't tried it out yet, but this looks like an interesting app. Architip is a new app that uses augmented reality (AR) technology to recreate what sites might have actually looked like. HT: JoAnna Hoyt   [Technology]

June 16, 3PM

Al Fasol, in an article entitled “Preaching from Malachi,” points out the importance careful and repeated reading of the text to be preached. Fasol states,  “The first step, then, in preparing to preach the book of Malachi is to read the book ... [reading] [old testament] [Malachi] [Preaching]

June 15, 5AM

   Adam Kirsch has a review of sorts on Robert Alter's new book on Ancient Israel here.   [Literary Analysis] [old testament] [Biblical Narratives]

June 14, 6AM

   The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Mersha Alehegne The Ethiopian Commentary on the Book of Genesis: Critical Edition and Translation http://www.bookreviews.org/bookd... [Review of Biblical literature] [Journals] [Books]

June 13, 7AM

A new commentary in the Teach the Text series on 1 and 2 Samuel recently came out. Its author Dr. Robert Chisholm Jr. is professor of Old Testament and chair of the department at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of Handbook on the Prophets, A... [2 Samuel] [old testament] [Interview] [1 Samuel] [commentary]

June 12, 6AM

   The latest issue of the New Testament Studies is out. Here is a list of the articles. Passover and Last Supper Revisited Joel Marcus pp 303-324 Der Geist und das Reich im Lukanischen Werk: Konkurrenz oder Konvergenz zwischen Pneumatologie u... [Journals]

June 11, 8AM

   You can download a free eBook from the 2013 John 3:16 Conference in either ePub or PDF format here. The conference was held on March 21-22, 2013 at North Metro Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The following papers were presented and... [salvation] [John] [conference]

June 10, 5PM

  Eric has some good advice for studying the Old Testament here.   [old testament]

June 9, 4PM

Jimmy Millikin, in his discussion on the theology of Malachi notes the following in relation to the titles used for God in the book. "Three significant titles for God are found in Malachi–father (1:6; 2:10), master (1:6), and king (1:14). None of these ... [old testament] [Malachi]

June 8, 3PM

   This is a great app, y'all.   [Technology] [Bible]

June 7, 2PM

  The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. M. Eugene Boring An Introduction to the New Testament: History, Literature, Theology http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=... [Review of Biblical literature] [Journals] [Books]

June 5, 6PM

   Some might be interested in this simple chart I created based on information in Robert Bell's article (see below).   Some Titles for God in the Psalms Titles related to God and His people Titles related to God’... [old testament] [Psalms]

June 4, 5AM

   The Forbes website has this interesting story on the Dead Sea Scrolls.   [Dead Sea Scrolls]

June 3, 6AM

   Leonard J. Greenspoon has posted on "Humor in the New Testament" here. While the New Testament does not typically contain obvious slapstick kind of humor, there are passages which can bring a smile to the careful reader.    [New Testament] [humor]

June 2, 7PM

   Check out David Murray's listing of the top 70 online resources on the Book of Psalms. I am delighted that this blog made this list a few times. By the way, David's blog is one of the blogs that I read regularly.   [old testament] [Psalms]

June 1, 10AM

  Christianaudio.com's free audiobook download for the month of June is The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler with Jared C. Wilson. For more information or to get your download go here.    [Audio]

May 31, 3PM

   A Statement from the Calvinism Advisory Committee of Southern Baptist Convention entitled "Truth, Trust, and Testimony in a Time of Tension" can be read here. [Calvinism] [theology] [Arminianism]

May 30, 5AM

   I recently received an email from Sage Publications which noted that they are now publishing The Bible Translator from 2013 on behalf of United Bible Societies. Sage is offering free access to the journal until the end of June. The email hig... [Journals] [Biblical languages] [translation]

May 29, 2PM

   See this brief article by John Piper on the traits that make for a good teacher.   [teaching] [John Piper]

May 28, 6PM

   See this blog post that builds on the work of Haddon Robinson.   [Illustrations] [Preaching]

May 27, 5AM

   Chuck Lawless has some pointers on how to teach theology in the local church. Check it out here.   [teaching] [Ministry] [theology] [Preaching] [church]

May 26, 4AM

   According to this article, some fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls can still be purchased. Unfortunately, I don't think that they would be within my budget!   [Dead Sea Scrolls]

May 25, 2PM

After brief discussion on the literary form and message of Malachi James Fischer summarizes Malachi in this way.    "Or to put it in simpler words, the message of the prophet was to tell who Yahweh was. The message was not from men to God (“We... [old testament] [Malachi]

May 24, 2PM

At the conclusion of a fine chapter on the theology of the Balaam oracles, Ron Allen makes the following point. "A final word concerns the relationship Balaam bears on the issue of the Christian ministry. It is sometimes said that God never uses an unclea... [old testament] [Numbers] [Balaam]

May 23, 6PM

   According to a recent Christian Post article,  "The head of the Episcopal Church has garnered outrage from some in the Anglican Communion over her claim that St. Paul of Tarsus' curing of a demon-possessed slave girl as described in th... [New Testament] [Paul] [Acts]

May 22, 6PM

   Nicolas Batzig has an interesting post on seeing Christ in the Psalms. I found the criticism of Calvin's approach particularly interesting.   [old testament] [Psalms] [Messianic] [jesus] [Interpretation]

May 21, 2PM

Robert Gordis suggests that,   "The outstanding literary characteristic of the author of Esther is his interest in the swift flow of the action. He, therefore, strips the plot of all non-essentials, concentrating on events rather than on motivations,... [Literary Analysis] [old testament] [Expository Preaching] [Esther] [Preaching]

May 20, 4PM