Old Testament

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    Reading Other Peoples’ Mail

    Returning from the mailbox, you flip through the stack that is your recent prize. You begin the important task of separating the pertinent letters from the ones that will be quickly discarded without even being read. Postcards and invitations in one stack, ads in another; bills, the things you...
  • “A Reconciled Community…of those Justly Condemned”

    In his commentary on Amos, Hans Walter Wolff writes, …Amos with his message of judgement thrusts Israel back among the nations, there appears here a negative print of Pentecost. The wall between God’s people and the nations of the world is already being broken down. The Church will suffer...
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    Review of Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks by Walter Brueggemann

    Brueggemann, Walter. Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014. 165 pages. Softcover. Retail: $15.00. In Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks, Walter Brueggemann suggests that the ancient Israelite ideological crisis caused by the destruction of Jerusalem can act as an analogy for the...
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    A Brief History of Old Testament Criticism—by Mark S. Gignilliat (A Review)

    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 Amazon)....
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    Deuteronomy and the Judaean Diaspora by Ernest Nicholson

    Review of Ernest Nicholson's latest: Deuteronomy and the Judaean Diaspora...
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    My Book, Esther and Her Elusive God, is Out!

    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...
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    Ancient Readers & Their Scriptures: Early Bird Registration Ends Soon!

    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 Testament in the New (Guest Post)

    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...
  • Esther & Cover-up?

    . Over the last three weeks I’ve been looking at...
  • Esther & Compromise?

    . Last week I wrote briefly about whether Esther belongs...
  • Hermeneutics of Love (Guest Post)

    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 current debates on hermeneutics and postmodern...
  • How Many Kingdoms? Abrogation and Illegitimacy

    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...
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    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...
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    Philosophy in the Bible

    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 and the...
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    Alcohol in the Bible: Part One (The Old Testament)

    “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” This quote, uttered by Benjamin Franklin, is closer to the mark than most Christians may realize. Growing up in a fairly conservative evangelical tradition (albeit in Las Vegas!), I was basically raised to believe that alcohol...