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 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.Johannes Beutler A Commentary on the Gospel of Johnhttps://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11870 Reviewed by Stephen C. Barton Christian...

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Claude Mariottini has a nice post here about the portrayal of Nebuchadnezzar in 2 Kings and Jeremiah.

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 03:29

Balaam and Rembrandt

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Here is an interesting article on Rembrandt's interpretive depiction of Balaam and the donkey.

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:38

Bibliography on Jews in Acts

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Michael Kok has provided a brief but solid bibliography covering scholarly views on how the Jewish community is portrayed in the book of Acts here.

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 07:28

A Series of Posts on Σκύβαλον

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Mike Aubrey posts his complete discussion of σκύβαλονhere.

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Monday, 25 June 2018 00:14

Recent Fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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There have been a number of recent challenges to the authenticity of at least some of the recently acquired fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls including this one by Kipp Davis.

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Sunday, 24 June 2018 12:09

Tips for Bible Memorization

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Bible memorization is a wonderful and ancient spiritual discipline. Here are five tips to help one do it.

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Saturday, 23 June 2018 01:50

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.Garwood P. Anderson Paul’s New Perspective: Charting a Soteriological Journeyhttps://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11472 Reviewe...

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Friday, 22 June 2018 01:01

David and Goliath

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Carl Rasmussen has a good post on the geography of the battle between David and Goliath.David and Goliath here.

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:44

A Four-Horned Altar near Tel Shiloh

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I was finally able to see the four-horned altar at Givat Harel, near Tel Shiloh today. I don't know that much about it but some information on it can be found here. and here. Unfortunately, the area was not well maintained. 
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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 01:03

Free Revelation PowerPoint

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Credo Courses is offering Mark Hitchcock's slides from his Revelation course for free here. Note only the PowerPoint is free.

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Sunday, 17 June 2018 23:30

Imprecations in Lament Psalms

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Gordon Wenham addresses the problem of imprecations within the lament psalms by making the following three points (with some modification). 1. It is surely better to pray for God to punish the wicked than do it yourself. 2. These prayers for God to punish the...

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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.
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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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