Scripture and (Ancient) Cosmology (RJS)

The Bible is a collection of ancient texts. The most recent, by any reckoning, were written over nineteen hundred years ago. The oldest date back another five hundred to a thousand years and likely use sources dating back even further.  They relate events that happened in the ancient world and were originally intended for an [Read More…]

A Chosen People!? (RJS)

The second chapter of R. W. L. Moberly’s Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture turns to an issue that raises many questions about Judaism and Christianity – the status of Israel as a chosen people.  Two related, but distinct, questions are raised in this chapter – the first is the exclusive [Read More…]

Three Ways to Avoid Reading the Old Testament

By Jayson Bradley, where you can read the full essay: What would you add to his list of three? But Jesus validates the Old Testament, and so I’ve come to a place where I enjoy wrestling with this inspiring (and often frustrating) collection of books. But there are ways that many churches and pastors handle the [Read More…]

Matthew as an Annotated Study Bible

If you read the Gospel of Mark and then Matthew and compare them when they can be easily compared you will be forgiven for thinking Matthew is annotating Mark’s Gospel. This is indeed the claim of Richard Hays in his new and very clear and compelling record of how the Gospel writers read the Bible [Read More…]

“Too Scandalous for Direct Speech”

If I could convince ordinary Bible readers of one thing it would be this: look up those Bible references in your Bible’s cross-referencing notes. They are not only a goldmine but the result of lots and lots of work, and they are designed to help Bible readers see that the NT authors knew they were taking [Read More…]

Reading the Bible vs. Being Read by the Bible

This set of images comes from a wonderful article by James Bryan Smith, at Friends University and with Apprentice Institute, and illustrates the differences of reading the Bible for information vs formation or reading the Bible vs being read by the Bible: [Read more…]

Reading the Bible Backwards

Historians want to know what happened, if possible why it happened, and then they want to string what happened into a narrative that makes sense of what happened. Bible historians tend to devalue the interpretive layer of the Old Testament, like the one that says Israel’s condition was shaped by its choice to obey or [Read More…]

Does Personal Bible Reading Destroy the Church? (Paul Penley)

Bible Reading Destroys the Church (Part 1 of 2), by Paul Penley (contact info at bottom of post) Would Jesus promote personal Bible reading? You probably never thought to ask yourself that question. Protestant Christians assume getting a Bible into everyone’s hand is a good thing. Christian donors pump hundreds of millions into Bible translation [Read More…]

The Emperor and Inerrancy

On the inerrancy posts I’ve had a number ask me to explain what I think. When I was a professor at TEDS inerrancy came up often; when I was at North Park, among many evangelical students and a seminary attached to the school and as I got to know Covenant pastors, inerrancy almost never came [Read More…]

Reading the NT in its Galaxy

Brent Sandy’s sketch of reading the NT in the context of its own world of composition and communication, in his jointly authored book, The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture and Biblical Authority, sketches a number of propositions that will helps us comprehend the NT in its context. (We begin with 5 because the first [Read More…]