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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The free Logos Book for the Month for December is John Feinberg's No One Like Him: The Doctrine of God. You can also purchase Graham Cole'sHe Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit or Bruce Demarest'sThe Cross and Salvation: The Doctrine of Salvationin the same series for$2.99 and$4.99...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 20:13

"Pilate" Ring

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There are numerous reports that a ring found at the Herodian found in excavations in 1968-1969 might contain an inscription to Pontius Pilate. One of the news stories can be found here. It is an interesting find but caution is warranted because many archaeological announcements related to finds in...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 08:14

The Search for Sacred Texts

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National Geographichas a nice article here related to manuscripts in general and the Dead Sea Scrolls in particular. The pictures are wonderful as usual.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 23:18

Empty Churches

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The Atlantic has a sobering look at "America’s Epidemic of Empty Churches" here.

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This is a delightfully nerdy post about translating the headpiece of the staff of Ra in the Raiders of the Lost Ark film.HT: Elijah Hixson

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Monday, 26 November 2018 00:54

Philippians for Pastors

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Philippians for Pastors by John Kitchen has just been released. This 530-page work interacts with the Greek text (but not in an overly technical way) and also provides "ministry maxims," "digging deeper" questions and thoughts, and several helpful appendices. It is published by Kress Biblical...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 00:24

Lessons for Evangelical Scholars in the Academy

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Michael Kruger, interacting with Thomas Oden, offers seven lessons for evangelical scholars in the secular academy that are worth reading here.

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Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:21

Reader's Edition of the Septuagint

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You can listen here to the two editors talk about the Septuagint generally and the Reader's Edition of the Septuagint specifically.

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Friday, 23 November 2018 00:01

Of Books and Blimps

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I recently obtained a copy of The Messianic Temple: Understanding Ezekiel’s Prophecy and while thumbing through it I noticed the following statement, "All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner without written permission from the author, except in the...

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"As Romans employs the Old Testament, drawn from diverse canonical units and text-types, in creative combinations, employed in explicit or implicit ways, and using a variety of hermeneutical strategies that range from...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:16

Puns for All

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The Paris Review has an article here on puns. The article references some from the Bible and the creative preacher knows the value of a timely pun.

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Monday, 19 November 2018 23:12

Average Bible Reading Times

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The folks at Crossway have a nice infographic here on the average time it takes someone to read the English Bible. I try to read the Bible through once every year. By God's grace, I have been able to do so twenty out of the last twenty-one years. If you haven't done so, I would encourage you to do...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 00:04

Names in the Book of Ruth

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When I teach Ruth, I often note the significance and role that the names of the characters play in the narrative. While I obviously think that such an approach is valid, one needs to exercise a bit of caution as noted by James Schipper below.
Regarding the names of characters and geographic...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 03:29

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, 16 November 2018 23:43

Is Today Jesus' Birthday?

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Clement of Alexandria (ca. AD 150-215), "speculated that Christ was born on this day, November 17, 3 BC." You can read more about it here.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 23:14

Old Testament Holiness in Ancient Near Eastern Context

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Some additional thoughts from John Walton's recent Old Testament Theology.
"In the ancient Near East, gods were rarely designated as holy. They were considered pure or clean, but there is no term comparable in semantic range to the Hebrew term (qādôš). The closest concept we find...

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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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