Latest Issue of Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus

The latest issue of Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, includes these articles: Anthony Le Donne Editorial: The Third Quest in Retrospect James Crossley Editorial: Some Future for Historical Jesus Studies Dale C. Allison Memory, Methodology, and the Historical Jesus: A Response to Richard Bauckham Richard Bauckham The General and the Particular in Memory: [Read More…]

Book Notice: Daniel Hawk on the Book of Ruth

L. Daniel Hawk Ruth  Apollos Old Testament Commentary. Downers Grove, IVP, 2015. Available at By Jill Firth L. Daniel Hawk (PhD, Emory University) is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio and an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. His work on narrative and identity formation includes [Read More…]

Book Notice: Stephen Chapman on 1 Samuel

Stephen B. Chapman  1 Samuel as Christian Scripture: A Theological Commentary Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at By Jill Firth Stephen B. Chapman (PhD Yale) is associate professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School, director of graduate studies in religion at Duke University, and an ordained American Baptist minister. He is author of [Read More…]

Book Notice: Joy Schroeder on Genesis

Joy A. Shroeder (trans, ed) The Book of Genesis  The Bible in Medieval Tradition Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015. Available at By Jill Firth Joy Shroeder (PhD Notre Dame) is holder of the Bergener Chair in Theology and Religion at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Capital Seminary in Ohio. Schroeder works in feminism in medieval thought [Read More…]

Some Notable New Studies about the Septuagint

A couple of great articles about the Septuagint (LXX) that you need to know about are: W. Edward Glenny, “The Septuagint and Biblical Theology,” Themelios  41 (2016). This article is an excellent survey of scholarly views on how the LXX relates to the biblical canon and its uses for biblical theology. This article addresses the question: How does [Read More…]

Book Notice: Soong-Chah Rah on Prophetic Lament

Soong-Chan Rah  Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times Downer’s Grove, IVP, 2015. Available at By Jill Firth Soong-Chen Rah (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of The Next Evangelicalism (2009) [Read More…]

Kyle Greenwood GETS Why I Wrote What Christians Ought To Believe

My thanks to Kyle Greenwood for a great review of What Christians Ought To Believe. It was for guys like him and for churches like his that I wrote it! So, how did I underestimate the value of this book? It’s not just for my teenagers who are lacking formal theological education. It’s for pastors, needing [Read More…]

Bird on a Wire – Dear GOP, How could you let this happen?

I think I might start posting short videos of political, social, and theological commentary under the title “Bird on a Wire.” Here is my comical attempt to identify the depth of the GOP’s blunder in nominating Donald Trump as its candidate for president. Goes for 4:00 mins. [Read more…]

The St. Paul Hip Hop Contest

Okay, I’m gonna throw down at Jarvis Williams and challenge him to a St. Paul Hip Hop Contest. Jarvis is working on the Galatians volume for the NCCS (Wipf & Stock) and is threatening to insert some hip hop lyrics into his . However, I already did this in my Romans commentary for the SGBC [Read More…]

Book Notice: Lim and Castelo on Hosea

Bo H. Lim and Daniel Castelo  Hosea  Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2015. Available at By Jill Firth This interdisciplinary work is the fruit of collaboration between Bo H. Lim and Daniel Castelo, who are associate professors at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary. Lim teaches Old Testament and Castelo works in [Read More…]

Free Book Giveaway – Mark Strauss on Mark (ZECNT)

Hi folks, in celebration of Zondervan’s epic Gospel commentary eBook sale with 80% off, I’m giving away a free hard copy of Mark L. Strauss’s  commentary on the Gospel of Mark (ZECNT) to the person who: (A) Purchases one of the Gospel commentaries (I’d go for McKnight on Sermon on the Mount or Garland on Mark) [Read More…]

Who is the World’s Most Interesting Theologian! Watch “The Now and the Not Yet” to find Out!

Okay, here is the most recent episode of Ridley College’s The Now and the Net Yet vodcast featuring Mike Bird and Scott Harrower. Before you watch it, first watch the Dos Equis beer commercial about The Most Interesting Man in the World (at least the first couple of minutes). In this video, we cover: – Who is the Most [Read More…]

Zondervan eBook Sale on Gospel Commentaries with 80% Off!

The good folks at Zondervan are having an epic sale on ebooks with an astounding 80% off Gospel commentaries. This commentary sale features 17 eBooks on Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Do you know what that means? It means books by people like McKnight, Bock, Garland, Strauss and a whole lot more, cheap as chips! [Read More…]

Book Notice: Ernest Lucas on Proverbs

Ernest C. Lucas  Proverbs  Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2015. Available on By Jill Firth Ernest C. Lucas is author of Exploring the Old Testament: A Guide to the Psalms & Wisdom Literature, and has written the Apollos commentary on Daniel and several articles on Daniel. He is vice-principal and tutor [Read More…]

Book Notice: Selderhuis on the Reformation Commentary on the Psalms

Herman J. Selderhuis (ed) Psalms 1-72. Old Testament Volume 7, Reformation Commentary on Scripture. Downers Grove, IVP Academic, 2015. Available at By Jill Firth Herman Selderhuis is a leading Reformation historian who is President of the International Calvin Congress. He is professor of Church History at the Theological University Apeldoorn (The Netherlands) and director [Read More…]