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

Saturday, 30 May 2020 11:47

Journal for the Study of the New Testament 42:4

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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. "The Cost of Baptism? The Case for Paul’s Ritual Compensation"Brigidda Bell"1 John 3.12, Early Judaism and the Greek Life of Adam and Eve"John R. Levison"Pa...

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Carl Rasmussen has an interesting post here about the location of Paul and Silas' appearance before the magistrates and Philippi (Acts 16:19-21). I had always been taught that it was the bema but Rasmussen points out (and I think rightly) that this is probably incorrect. In sum he suggests that,
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Friday, 29 May 2020 00:36

Andreas Köstenberger on the Gospel of John

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Andreas Köstenberger has videos here of talks that he did on the Gospel of John during two yearly For The Church Workshops in 2019 and 2020 hosted by Midwestern Seminary.

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 08:30

Judean Pillar Figurines

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One of the presentations made for the Temple Mount Sifting Project Symposium (see here) was by Aaron Greener on “The Characteristics of the Terracotta Figurines from the Temple Mount Soil.” Greener provided a good overview of these terracotta pillar figurines. When I was first exposed...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 07:03

Ruth 4:5

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Gary Rendsburg has a fairly technical explanation here of how he understands Ruth 4:5. Although the discussion is technical Rendsburg does a good job explaining things. I am not sure I agree with the conclusion but it is worth considering.

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 00:13

Ecclesiastes in a Syllogism

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Shawn Lazar has a helpful short post on Ecclesiastes here. He gets bonus points for referencing Peter Kreeft's book, Three Philosophies of Life: Ecclesiastes, Life As Vanity; Job, Life As Suffering; Song of Songs, Life As Love.

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Monday, 25 May 2020 03:34

Canaanite Prisoner Scene

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There is an interesting article related to a find by a six year old child at Tel Jemmah/Gama near the Gaza border in The Times of Israel here. Supposedly, it is "3,500-year-old depiction of a naked, humiliated Canaanite prisoner and his victorious warden." The clay artifact found in March is...

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Monday, 25 May 2020 02:42

Psalm 21 Links

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I have been working on a commentary on the Psalms. I have decided to compile some helpful links that I discovered during my research. It includes a mix of exegetical and sermonic links. Here is what I have for Psalm 21 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful in...

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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, 22 May 2020 03:15

The Authorship of Ecclesiastes

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John Byl argues for Solomonic authorship of Ecclesiastes here. I lean towards this view myself but a bit less dogmatically.

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 01:05

Bar-Ilan University Archaeology Lectures

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The academic staff of the Dept. of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University are Zooming a series of eight lectures (schedule below) related to the history and archaeology of the Land of Israel. Three of the talks were recorded and can be found using these links. Dr. Nira...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 01:18

Differences in Manasseh’s Genealogies

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Aaron Demsky offers an interesting take on the change in Manasseh’s Genealogies between Numbers, Joshua, and Chronicles here.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 01:04

A Fourrée and Matthew 7:21–23

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I acquired a fourrée some time ago (see below). For all the non-numismatists, this is an ancient counterfeit coin that was typically made of a base metal and then overlaid with a thin sheet of silver or gold. So, from the outside, the coin looked to be solid silver or gold but in reality, it...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 00:49

The Temple Mount Sifting Project Symposium

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In celebration of Jerusalem Day, the Temple Mount Sifting Project will conduct a free symposium (via Zoom) on Sunday, March 24. The lecture schedule is below and include some new finds from the Herodian Temple Mount walls. It is free but you will need to register here.16:00 Yuval Marcus, Live...

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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";...

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Saturday, 16 May 2020 02:07

Jeremiah's Land Purchase

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Jeremiah 32 discusses in surprising detail Jeremiah's purchase of a cousin's field. Here is a pretty good summary of the account from a Jewish perspective.
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Friday, 15 May 2020 02:00

Blank Dead Sea Scroll Fragments Aren't Blank

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Apparently, new research discussed here reveals that four Dead Sea Scroll fragments at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library which were thought to be blank actually contain some text. According to the article, "The most substantial fragment has the remains of four lines of text...

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 02:37

The Coronavirus and Biblical Archaeology

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The Jerusalem Post discusses the impact that the Coronvirus has had on biblical archaeology here.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 05:28

Three Lessons on Joel

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I recently taught three lessons on the book of Joel for my church. This study is part of a larger one on the Minor Prophets.Joel 1:1-20: Learning from a DisasterJoel 2:1-27: Looking to Avoid a Disaster Joel 2:28–3:21: Prophetic Peaks and Valleys

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 02:46

Psalm 20 Links

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I have been working on a commentary on the Psalms. I have decided to compile some helpful links that I discovered during my research. It includes a mix of exegetical and sermonic links. Here is what I have for Psalm 20 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful in...

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Monday, 11 May 2020 00:28

Seven Insights About God from Job 42

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I recently watched a sermon from Chuck Swindoll entitled, “Seven Insights from Job About Our God” from Job 42:1–17. Here are his seven insights.There is nothing God cannot do (42:2)
  1. It is impossible to frustrate, hinder, or stop God’s purposes (42:2)
  2. God’s ways are...

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Sunday, 10 May 2020 05:48

Thoughts on Grading

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Recently saw a Facebook post where a religious studies professor stated that he loved teaching but "loathed" grading. This comment was affirmed by a number of other professors or educators (presumably). One noted that, it was "the worst thing ever invented by the human species." Another used the...

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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. Michael Allen and Jonathan A. Linebaugh, eds., Reformation Readings of Paul: Explorations in History and ExegesisReviewed by Christopher T....

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Friday, 08 May 2020 02:03

Biblical Imitation

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Jason Hood has some helpful thoughts on "How to Imitate Biblical Heroes" here. Some have dismissed the idea of imitation because they see it as minimizing the theology of Scripture. But imitation if done properly is wholly biblical and theological. 

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 01:24

Comparing Vashti and Esther

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I know I am not the first one to try and compare Queen Vashti and Queen Esther but here is a visual that I made recently. There are no doubt other points of comparison but I tried to keep it fairly simple.
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