But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Bible X - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 23:57

The Primary Theme of the Old Testament

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I have been working through John Walton's recent Old Testament Theology. Here is what Walton has to say about the main theme of the OT.
"I propose that the primary theme that progresses throughout the Old Testament and indeed throughout the Bible, is the establishment of God’s presence among...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:36

Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry

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The fall 2018 issue of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry is available online for free here.

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Monday, 12 November 2018 23:09

Three Functions of the Genealogies in Genesis

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According to Bill Arnold, “the genealogies of Genesis have three functions. First, by means of a process known as “divergence,” each paragraph of ancient Israel is the father of other children who are not part...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 00:01

Robert Lowth and Poetry in the Prophets

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I knew of Robert Lowth's contributions to the understanding of Hebrew poetry and parallelism. But I did not realize that he was one of the first (if not the first) to suggest that much of the prophetic books were poetic. For example, according to Jack Lundbom, "Lowth estimated about half of Jeremiah...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 04:37

Responding to People Who Don't Like You

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Joel Rainey has some pretty good advice here. In a nutshell he suggests that one should recognize, pray, learn, lead and love them but do read the entire post.

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Friday, 09 November 2018 23:41

The Latest Issue of the Review of Biblical Literature

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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.<!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 04:40

Paul's Missionary Journeys Map Resource

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There is an outstanding new map resource for Paul's missionary journeys here. Two blog posts here and here describe the features of this free resource.

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 23:26

Journal for the Study of the New Testament 41:2

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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.Why Paul’s Fabulous Body is Missing its Belly: The Rhetorical Subversion of Menenius Agrippa’s Fable in 1 Corinthians 12.12-30:Daniel Lynwood SmithObedient...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 01:19

The Old Testament Is Important for Christians

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Jason DeRouchie gives us ten reasons here.

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 02:06

A Quadrans of Claudius and the Bible

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 22:56

Preservation in Archaeology

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One of the things I learned on my recent experiences on archeological digs in the Holy Land was that not everything that is uncovered stays uncovered. Because archaeology is necessarily destructive (removing layers of civilization from the ground), one way to preserve a site for future study is to...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 06:39

Grant Osborne (1942-2018)

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Scot McKnight has reported here of the home going of Grant Osbourne. I did not know Dr. Osbourne personally but benefited much from attending his sessions at academic conferences and his many books and articles. His book The Hermeneutical Spiral is a rite of passage for many seminarians.

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 00:36

The Latest Issue of the Review of Biblical Literature

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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.Lesley R. DiFransico, Washing Away Sin: An Analysis of the Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible and Its InfluenceReviewed by Ryan P. Bonfiglio Anne Elvey,...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 00:25

Free Audio Book of the Month: Foxe's Book of Martyrs

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Christianaudio.com's free audio book of the month is the Christian Classic, Foxe's Book of Martyrs.To read more about this resource and to get your free audio download in either MP3 or M4B formats go here.

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The free Logos Book for the Month for November is Aida Spencer's 2 Timothy and Tituscommentary in the New Covenant Commentary series. Two other volumes in the same series are also on sale, Nijay Gupta's 12 Thessaloniansfor 99¢and Michael Bird's Colossians and Philemon for $1.99.There...

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This article is not really a new revelation for serious Bible students but it does a decent job laying out and illustrating the archaeological evidence supporting the idea. 

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 01:58

Acts 15 and Table Fellowship

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I was recently listening a speaker talking about Acts 15 at an academic conference. He made the remark that the issue of table fellowship as a rationale for the Apostolic Decree (which many hold) seemed unlikely since there was...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 07:09

Pseudo-Ephraim and the Rapture

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Roger Pearse does an excellent job examining pseudo-Ephraim and whether it teaches a pre-tribulational rapture here. Pearse's discussion involves points on languages, textual criticism, church history, and theology and is done in a thorough and balanced way. In many ways, this blog post is a model...

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Saturday, 27 October 2018 05:53

Asbury Journal 73, 2

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The latest volume of the Asbury Journal is available as afree PDF download.This issue focuses on Brent A. Strawn’s recent book, TheOld Testament is Dying but there are other articles as well.You can access the entire journal here.HT: Antony Billington

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Friday, 26 October 2018 01:21

The Latest Issue of the Review of Biblical Literature

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 02:47

Older Jewish and Christian Commentaries

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This is an interesting article concerning similarities between older Jewish and Christian commentaries.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 06:41

The Rejection of Saul

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I meant to post this earlier, but Claude Mariottini has an interesting set of posts here and here on the rejection of Saul.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 01:37

Searching for the Historical King David Video, Again

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About two weeks ago, I posted a video here of Yosef Garfinkel's recent presentation, "Searching for the Historical King David: Excavating Kh. Qeiyafa and Kh. al-Ra'i," made at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can find another version of the presentation given a few days later at the...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 01:24

Using Grading Rubrics

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I don't get many grade appeals from students. Maybe this is because I use grading rubrics, a practice that I adopted from some of my professors in seminary. This article suggests that using rubrics might be helpful if or when students make grade appeals. I actually think the main advantage of...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 04:17

The Latest Issue of the Review of Biblical Literature

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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. ...

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