Bible Study: Can It Be Spirit-Led and Academic?

Bible Study: Can It Be Spirit-Led and Academic? Let’s face it, many Christians are intimidated by an academic approach to the Bible. In fact, some are very suspicious of an academic approach to Bible study. Doesn’t it leave out dependence on the Spirit? Aren’t academics “know-it-alls,” and full of arrogance? Don’t they reject the inspiration … Continue reading Bible Study: Can It Be Spirit-Led and Academic?

Why Do We Have to Interpret the Bible?

Why Do We Have to Interpret the Bible? Can’t we just take the Bible for what it says? Isn’t it plain enough? Do we really need others to help us interpret the Bible? These questions came home to me this past week when an old friend of mine emailed me about his concern regarding interpretation … Continue reading Why Do We Have to Interpret the Bible?

New Testament Bible Background Commentary

New Testament Bible Background Commentary IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, Second Edition by Craig S. Keener, (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2014), 816 pp. Available from Amazon USA / UK The New Testament Bible background commentary by Craig Keener has been a standard reference work for many years. The new second edition only makes this … Continue reading New Testament Bible Background Commentary

Jephthah’s Daughter (Part 2): Was She Sacrificed?

  Jephthah’s Daughter (Part 2): Was She Sacrificed? In my last post entitled “Jephthah’s Vow: What Did Jephthah Do to His Daughter?,” I noted that there are two views regarding the fate of Jephthah’s daughter: 1) He offered her as a burnt offering; or, 2) She became a lifelong virgin. In that post, I argued … Continue reading Jephthah’s Daughter (Part 2): Was She Sacrificed?

Exploring the Old Testament: The Histories

Exploring the Old Testament: The Histories Exploring the Old Testament: The Histories, vol. 2, by Philip Satterthwaite and Gordon McConville, continues the same excellent standard of evangelical scholarship found in volume 1 of this series on The Pentateuch. Having already given an overview of the purpose of this series (read my review on vol. 1 … Continue reading Exploring the Old Testament: The Histories

Reading the Historical Books

Reading the Historical Books Written in a clear, nontechnical style, with an eye toward the modern young reader Reading the Historical Books: A Student’s Guide to Engaging the Biblical Text by  Patricia Dutcher-Walls is an excellent introduction on reading the historical books of the Old Testament. For those who might wonder, the historical books include … Continue reading Reading the Historical Books

HOW MANY SONS DID ABSALOM HAVE?: INTENTIONAL AMBIGUITY AS LITERARY ART

The following article of mine was recently published in the July-Sept 2015 issue of Bibliotheca Sacra. It is a more academic treatment of my post: “Important or Impotent: How Many Sons Did Absalom Have?” posted last year on this blog. Both articles are based on the research from my book Family Portraits: Character Studies in … Continue reading HOW MANY SONS DID ABSALOM HAVE?: INTENTIONAL AMBIGUITY AS LITERARY ART

This Strange and Sacred Scripture

This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities Anyone interested in the Old Testament, especially those difficult passages and concepts found in it, cannot help but be drawn in by the title of this book. In This Strange and Sacred Scripture, Matthew Richard Schlimm tackles some of the most difficult … Continue reading This Strange and Sacred Scripture

Exploring the Old Testament: Vol. 1 The Pentateuch

Exploring the Old Testament: Vol. 1 The Pentateuch The Exploring the Old Testament (as well as Exploring the New Testament) Series, has similar goals to the “Encountering Biblical Study Series” (see my review here on Encountering the Book of Genesis), and the “Teach the Text Series” (see my review here on 1&2 Samuel in the … Continue reading Exploring the Old Testament: Vol. 1 The Pentateuch

Encountering the Book of Genesis: Book Review

Encountering the Book of Genesis: Book Review Bill T. Arnold, Encountering the Book of Genesis (Baker Academic, 2003), 234 pp. Encountering the Book of Genesis: Goals Encountering the Book of Genesis is part of the Encountering Biblical Studies (EBS) series. According to the editors, the goals of the EBS series include 5 intellectual goals and … Continue reading Encountering the Book of Genesis: Book Review