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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Monday, 13 February 2017 07:51

Genesis 1:1

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Lee Fields has a good discussion here on the various syntactical issues and options for translating Genesis 1:1.

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Saturday, 11 February 2017 06:12

Latest Issue of 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.Sonja Ammann Götter für die Toren: Die Verbindung von Götterpolemik und Weisheit im Alten Testamenthttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookde...

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Friday, 10 February 2017 07:56

Do Theological Studies Majors Work Hard?

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I think they do. But according to this study, not nearly as hard as STEM majors. Theological studies majors come in at 30 out of 86 majors. At least we beat philosophy which comes in at 31.

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Thursday, 09 February 2017 09:52

New Dead Sea Scrolls Cave

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This was heavily reported yesterday but just in case you missed it, a new cave, the twelfth, that likely held some Dead Sea Scrolls has been discovered and excavated. Unfortunately, no new scrolls or fragments of scrolls with texts were found.But they did find, pieces of six jars consistent with...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 07:21

Paul's Departure from Malta?

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February 8 is one suggested date for Paul's departure from Malta. You can read more about it here.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 08:37

H.B. Charles on Biblical Preaching

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You can read H. B.Charles' understanding of biblical preaching here.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 08:25

The Imminent Return of Christ and the Canon

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Michael Kruger has a good discussion here on what implications that an imminent return of Christ might of had on the production of Scripture. Kruger seems skeptical that the early church had an expectation of the imminence of the Lord's return but argues that even if they did, the conclusions...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 07:43

Abandoning Scriptural Authority

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This article has been out a few days, but D. A. Carson's article here is worth reading.

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Sunday, 05 February 2017 11:30

Preaching Tips

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Trinity College principal Emma Ineson recently posted a request on Facebook for preaching tips from alumni and friends could that could be shared in an Introduction to Preaching module she was about to teach. Here is a post on the results and an edited compilation of the tips can be accessed on...

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Saturday, 04 February 2017 06:18

Latest Issue of 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.Bill T. Arnold and Richard S. Hess, eds.Ancient Israel’s History: An Introduction to Issues and Sourceshttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail...

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Friday, 03 February 2017 06:46

Judaism and Rome Website

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I don't know much about this project but some might be interested in this Judaism and Rome website. This project attempts tore-think Judaism’s relationship with the Roman Empire, especially from the 2nd Century BC to the 4th Century AD.

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 06:30

Review of Preaching Old Testament Narratives

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imageBenjamin H. Walton, Preaching Old Testament Narratives (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2016).Preaching narratives, especially Old Testament narratives well, can be a challenge. So I approached Benjamin Walton’s treatment with some anticipation. This fairly brief volume (208 pp.) consists of two parts,...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:39

What is Biblical Preaching?

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Eric Geiger attempts to answer that question here.

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Monday, 30 January 2017 12:50

Where Paul May Have Eaten

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Carl Rasmussen has a fascinating post here on where he might have eaten on his travels.

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Sunday, 29 January 2017 12:12

The Value of Seminary

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Elizabeth Garn writes about five reasons she is glad that she went to seminary here. Number three is huge.

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Saturday, 28 January 2017 08:34

Latest Issue of 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.David Balch Contested Ethnicities and Images: Studies in Acts and Artshttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10369 Reviewed by...

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Friday, 27 January 2017 08:30

Hurtado on the “Conversion” of Paul

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Larry Hurtado has a good post here on the “conversion” of Paul. Although Hurtado leaves the question of whether Paul's experience should be understood as a conversion or a call open, I lean toward the conversion side. But I recognize that an awful lot depends on how conversion is...

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 07:52

Writing from an Editor's Perspective

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Some points in Anna Pitoniak's article, "What Being an Editor Taught Me About Writing" are worth reading and adapting for academic writing and the writing of sermons. HT: George Hillman

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 07:45

Free Ebooks from Brill

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Brill is offering a number of free eBooks during Academic Book Week (Monday 23 – Saturday 28). See Brill's offer here. The following two titles have the most relevance to biblical studies.Studies in the Making of the Early Hebrew BookEarly Christian Manuscripts

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 07:57

Audio: The Pastor and Biblical Languages

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Ray Van Neste and Jason Allen discuss why pastors should study the biblical languages here.

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Sunday, 22 January 2017 12:21

Bible Usage Survey

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The Bible Society has posted the interesting results of their survey of over 3,700 Bible readers mostly from the UK. You can access a PDF of the results here.HT: Antony Billington

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Saturday, 21 January 2017 07:31

Joshua's Long Day, Again

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This new study dates and explains the sun standing still Joshua 10. The study assumes the solar eclipse explanation. I believe that the dating is wrong and I am doubtful thatthe eclipse view best explains the event.

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Friday, 20 January 2017 15:22

Latest Issue of 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.Samuel E. Balentine Have You Considered My Servant Job? Understanding the Biblical Archetype of Patiencehttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?T...

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 19:57

Constructive Sermon Critique

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David Murray has some good advice for providing constructive sermon critiques here. Although these are more geared to the classroom one could also adapt these for a church setting or even self-evaluation.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:16

Text-Driven Preaching Conference

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Those in the Dallas-Fort Worth area might want to consider attending the Text-Driven Preaching Conference being held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on March 6-8, 2017. You can access more information here.
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