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

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Saturday, 16 June 2018 13:25

Online Resources for Paul’s Missionary Journeys

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Michael Kok has a brief but helpful list of resources here.

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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. Adolf von Harnack; Johann Anselm Steiger, ed. Einleitung in das Neue Testament: Berliner Vorlesung im Wintersemester 1899/1900https://www.bo...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 01:16

Psalms as a Source of Ethics

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When considering the ethical texts in the Bible, one does not normally think of the Psalms. But Gordon Wenham does a nice job of bringing out the ethical elements in the book. One way he does this is by showing that parts of the psalms deal with each "command" of the Decalogue. There are too many...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 00:42

The Assyrians

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Here is a pretty good article on the Assyrians.

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Saturday, 09 June 2018 23:42

Galatians 2 and Acts 15

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Michael Kok has a brief but fair post here addressing the issue of Galatians 2 and Acts 15.

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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. Peter Arzt-Grabner 2. Korinther: Papyrologische Kommentare zum Neuen Testamenthttps://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10015 Revie...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 03:19

Route of the Exodus and the Location of Mount Sinai

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Ferrell Jenkins has a nice post here which helpfully indexes his articles related to the route of the Exodus and the location of Mount Sinai.

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 00:42

Abbott and Costello Do 2 Kings 17:4

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With apologies to Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First."
Abbott: We're in 2 Kings 17:4. Let's go over the story. Hoshea quit paying tribute to the king of Assyria and sent envoys to Egypt. I forget the King of Egypt's name.
Costello: So. 
Abbott: Huh?
Costello: So.
Abbott: You're right, it's not...

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Interpreters have wrestled with how Paul is using Deuteronomy 25:4 in 1 Corinthians 9:9. Allyson Presswood Nance has created a helpful table surveying a number of the different views. I have made a few minor changes and additions.
 

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Saturday, 02 June 2018 02:56

Negative Comments on Course Evaluations

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Anyone who teaches, preaches, or otherwise is involved in ministry knows that criticism is par for the course. Even the Lord was criticized. Maryellen Weimer's post here provides some good advice on dealing with critical course evaluations in an academic setting but this probably applies to...

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Friday, 01 June 2018 00:14

Free Logos Book for June: Ecclesiastes (WBC)

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The free Logos Book for the Month for April is Roland Murphy's Ecclesiastescommentary in the Word Biblical Commentary series You can also purchase John Durham's Exodusfor $1.99 and George Beasley-Murray's John commentaryin the same seriesfor $9.99. While you are there you can register for a...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 23:15

The Use of Lament Psalms

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Gordon Wenham gives four theological reasons for using lament psalms (with slight modification). 1. The lament psalms are some of the most quoted in the New Testament. 2. Jesus prayed the lament psalms. 3.The martyr’s prayers in the book of Revelation is...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:33

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. Stan Harstine A History of the Two-Hundred-Year Scholarly Debate about the Purpose of the Prologue to the Gospel of John: How Does Our...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 00:12

Paul, the Apostolic Decree, and 1 Corinthians

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Recently while working on 1 Corinthians, I came across an older article in my files addressing the question of why Paul does not mention the Jerusalem Council’s decree on the issue of food sacrificed to idols (8:1–11:1). A. S. Geyser suggests that that Acts 16:4 is a later addition....

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:32

Psalm 150 as the Conclusion to the Psalter

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In discussing how Psalm 150 serves as an apt conclusion to the Psalter, Edward Feld provides the following summary. 
And so it is with this orchestral symphony of praise that the book of Psalms ends. The book begins with a single individual, one person who...

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Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:44

Why You Should Be Read

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I am probably preaching to the choir here, but here is another article touting the benefits of reading.

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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. Jan Assmann From Akhenaten to Moses: Ancient Egypt and Religious Changehttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10607 Reviewed by...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 01:22

The Eye of the Needle

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David Gowler has a helpful summary here of the "camel through the eye of the needle" statement in Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25, and Luke 18:25. There is not anything new here but it is a nice summary and I think that Gowler is correct in his view.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 01:14

Kress Biblical Resources

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Kress Biblical Resources offers helpful resources for pastors and teachers. They are celebrating a new website and blog with a special offer of 50% off all their titles and free shipping. The offer is good through 5/30/18. Check it out here.

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Monday, 14 May 2018 03:37

Preaching the Old Testament

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Clint Archer asks and answers the question, "Why Preach the Older Testament?" here. This is a much better approach than the one advocated recently by a well-known pastor who advocates unhitching the Old Testament from the New. In any case, Clint's four points are as summarized as follows.1. The Old...

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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. Robbie F. Castleman, Darian R. Lockett, and Stephen O. Presley, eds. Explorations in Interdisciplinary Reading: Theological, Exegetical, and...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 09:04

Latest Volume of the Master's Seminary Journal

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The latest volume of the Master's Seminary Journal (29:1) features articles by the late Robert Thomas is available as free PDF here.HT: Alf Cengia

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Friday, 11 May 2018 00:24

"Love" in John 21, Again

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Ian Paul has a good discussion here on the use of agapeand phileoin John 21. I am not sure there is a lot that is new here but it is a good summary.

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 08:10

Σκύβαλον in Philo

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Mike Aubrey has a nice post here on the use of σκύβαλον in Philo. Like many Greek students, I was taught that Paul's use of the term in Philippians 3:8 was edgy at best and perhaps profane. This study and others help to show that this view is not...

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 00:38

What the Word of God Says About the Word of God

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See Jared Wilson's post here on the Bible's testimony related to God's Word both spoken and written.

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