A Brief History of O...

On my trip to India over spring break—which you can read a little bit about here—I brought along a delightful little introduction to Old Testament Criticism by Mark S. Gignilliat, called, A Brief History of Old Testament Criticism: From Benedict Spinoza to Brevard Childs (check it out on...

Deuteronomy and th...

Ernest Nicholson. Deuteronomy and the Judaean Diaspora. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 196 pgs. Hardcover. £55.00. 9780198702733. Ernest Nicholson’s latest work builds on his previous research concerning the development of Deuteronomy (Dt) and the Deuteronomistic History (DtrH). The...

My Book, Esther and ...

I am pleased to say that my book, Esther and Her Elusive God: How A Secular Story Functions As Scripture, is finally available for purchase. The book was endorsed by N. T. Wright (St Andrews) and Chris Miller (Cedarville), and Dr. Ronald W. Pierce (Biola) wrote the Foreword. The book can be...

Ancient Readers ...

My colleague Garrick Allen and I are organizing a symposium at the University of St Andrews on 2–3 June, 2014. We’re currently still accepting abstracts until 1 February, which is also the last day for our early bird registration (more details below), so do sign up and come join...

Echoes of the Old Te...

I recently went to an Intervarsity meeting where we read the first half of Luke 18—the parable of the widow, and the prayers of the Pharisee and the tax collector. While everyone else read Luke, I was searching for the Old Testament parallel: what is Luke intending to echo in this story? The...

Esther & Cover-...

[Update (2/14/2014)—My new book Esther and Her Elusive God: How A Secular Story Functions As Scripture is now available. My posts on this site represent stages in the development of my thinking about Esther. For the full argument check out the book]. Over the last three weeks I’ve...

Esther & Compro...

[Update (2/14/2014)—My new book Esther and Her Elusive God: How A Secular Story Functions As Scripture is now available. My posts on this site represent stages in the development of my thinking about Esther. For the full argument check out the book]. Last week I wrote briefly about whether...

Hermeneutics of Love...

Withstanding the apostles and Jesus himself, Saint Aurelius Augustine is arguably the greatest Christian theologian of the first millennium.  His contributions to the understanding and development of Bible interpretation are incalculable.  He was a man ahead of his time.  Indeed many of the...

How Many Kingdoms?  Abrogation  and  Illegitimacy Dec03

How Many Kingdoms? ...

Over the past couple weeks I have attempted to lay a framework for the one-kingdom v. two-kingdom debate. I have done this by providing a brief sketch of crucial post reformation thinkers on the issue such as Abraham Kuyper and the later neo-Calvinists. Here we saw that while Kuyper was...

God with Us

…A manger was His Throne. From “Rise and Shine” by Andrew Peterson The aforementioned lyric from Andrew Peterson serves as a great illustration of the paradox that is “God with us.” Stop and think about that for a minute: God with us. Not God for us, or God near us; God with us! If...

Philosophy in the Bi...

Earlier this year I submitted the following entry for The Lexham Bible Dictionary.  This will be the entry for “Philosophy”.  It’s obviously too late to change it for the dictionary, but let me know what you think anyways! (I like it alright, but the quote from Kierkegaard...