The Theme of the Book of Genesis

The Theme of the Book of Genesis Whenever possible, I like to summarize a biblical book in one statement. This is much harder than it might seem, and sometimes I am unsuccessful in coming up with a single statement. While it might seem like an oversimplification to summarize a book of the Bible in one sentence, … Continue reading The Theme of the Book of Genesis

Favorite Genesis Commentaries

Favorite Genesis Commentaries Last year I intended to begin a series of posts on my favorite biblical commentaries. I began with a post on my favorite commentaries from 1&2 Samuel (click here), but unfortunately I have not taken the time to continue this series until now. Below I list some of my favorite Genesis commentaries. … Continue reading Favorite Genesis Commentaries

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

Cosmic Warfare in the Book of Joshua

Cosmic Warfare in the Book of Joshua The book of Joshua has suffered a damaged reputation in recent years. Many archaeologists consider the account of the Conquest as fantasy. Kathleen Kenyon’s dating of the fall of Jericho to 1550 BC has led them to conclude that there was no city to conquer in the time … Continue reading Cosmic Warfare in the Book of Joshua

Motifs in Samuel: Meaning and Significance

Motifs in Samuel: Meaning and Significance A number of years ago I wrote a post that pointed out how the recognition and study of motifs within a biblical narrative can contribute to its understanding (see here). In that post I surveyed motifs found in Genesis (the Jacob story), Judges (the Samson story), and Samuel (Saul’s … Continue reading Motifs in Samuel: Meaning and Significance

The Serpent in Samuel: A Messianic Motif

The Serpent in Samuel: A Messianic Motif As the title suggests, this recent book by author Brian A. Verrett, advocates that the messianic theme found in the books of Samuel is enhanced by tracing a serpent motif (on the subject of biblical motifs, see my post here). The serpent referred to is the serpent of … Continue reading The Serpent in Samuel: A Messianic Motif

The Unseen Realm: The Movie

The Unseen Realm: The Movie If you’ve ever wondered about some of the strange passages in the Bible that talk about the Nephilim (Gen. 6:1-4; Num. 13:33), the disobedient “spirits in prison” (1 Pet. 3:18-22; 2 Pet. 2:4-5), or the cosmic battle we face against the “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places,” (Eph. … Continue reading The Unseen Realm: The Movie

The Theology of 1&2 Samuel

The Theology of 1&2 Samuel I’m a big fan of getting the “Big Picture” of a biblical book. The old cliche that “You can lose the forest for the trees,” is definitely true in biblical studies. We can become so microscopic by examining a word or verse (which definitely has its place!), that we can … Continue reading The Theology of 1&2 Samuel

Mahanaim: Insights From Biblical Geography

 Mahanaim: Insights From Biblical Geography Mahanaim is certainly not a household word. Even if you are a student of the Bible it may not be a familiar place to you. Don’t feel bad, my spell corrector doesn’t recognize it either! In spite of its relative obscurity, Mahanaim is an excellent example of important lessons that … Continue reading Mahanaim: Insights From Biblical Geography

Mark Through Old Testament Eyes

Mark Through Old Testament Eyes Because of the plethora of commentaries available today, each series seeks for legitimate reasons to be written. One can at times see the tortuous twists and turns an editor makes in the series Preface to substantiate their reason for yet another commentary series. No such twists and turns are necessary, … Continue reading Mark Through Old Testament Eyes