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July 30, 2021

Zondervan is running a great commentary sale, grab these OT volumes at $6.99 (Kindle) LINK TO SERIES Or Click on images below Read more

July 16, 2021

  New Testament scholar Warren Carter’s latest publication is in the Cascade Companions series, Jesus and the Empire of God: Reading the Gospels in the Roman Empire. This 200-page book distills Carter’s career long work on reading the New Testament in the Roman world. In terms of method, Carter especially utilizes what he calls “cultural intertextuality,” reading the Gospels in relationship to various ancient texts of the Roman world. Carter spends time examining the Gospels as an (adapted) form of Greco-Roman… Read more

July 12, 2021

Dr. Michelle Knight (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is an expert on the book of Judges. She wrote her dissertation on Judges and is currently working on a commentary and other writing projects on the historical books. So, you can trust she has worked extensively with the academic commentaries. Thank you for sharing your expertise, Dr. Knight! FYI: She is also one of the hosts of the TEDS Foreword Podcast—Check it out. (If you want to look back at earlier posts… Read more

June 28, 2021

After a short break, we are back with our “Top 6” series featuring recommendations by expert Old Testament/Hebrew Bible scholars. Today we are fortunate to have picks from Dr. Lissa Wray Beal. She is a seasoned commentary writer, with a volume on 1 & 2 Kings (Apollos), and another on Joshua (Story of God). And she is planning more to come on 1-2 Samuel, Ruth, and Jeremiah. So, we can be sure she does her homework and offers excellent recommendations! Without… Read more

June 26, 2021

This is the end—for me the beginning of life (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) My friend Dr. Javier Garcia died while surfing on Saturday, June 19, 2021. (You can read more about his life in these posts from his institution, George Fox University). He was full of life and definitely too young to die. I met Javier a handful of years ago while I was his colleague at GFU. He lived in Newberg (Oregon) and I lived in Portland. Whenever I drove down… Read more

June 25, 2021

I continue to be impressed with how Seminary Now (sponsored by Northern Seminary and IVP) continues to expand and add new courses from expert theologians, pastors, and ministry practitioners. You can join and view courses from Scot McKnight, Beth Felker Jones, Carmen Imes, John Walton, Esau McCaulley, Tish Harrison Warren, Dave Fitch, Sandra Richter, Roger Olsen, Greg Boyd, Brenda Salter McNeil, Robert Chao Romero, and many more. This is a great way to “try out” seminary and dip your toes… Read more

June 18, 2021

My friend, Dr. David A. deSilva, has written an excellent new book, DISCOVERING REVELATION (Eerdmans, 2021). He was kind enough to write up a helpful little blog post on getting the most out of reading Revelation. Read and enjoy this post—and be sure to check out his new book! Four Tips for Reading the Book of Revelation David A. deSilva #1: Be Not Afraid First – and perhaps this doesn’t apply to many among the readership of this blog, but… Read more

June 9, 2021

We are continuing our series on top picks on OT commentaries from OT experts. Here is where we are at so far: Genesis (Dr. J. Richard Middleton) Exodus (Dr. Carmen Joy Imes) General OT Resources (Dr. Cyndi Parker) Leviticus (Dr. John T. Noble) Numbers (Dr. Matt Schlimm) Today, I bring you the top 6 picks on DEUTERONOMY from Dr. Sandy Richter. Sandra Richter is Robert H. Gundry Chair of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. She is author of the widely popular… Read more

June 1, 2021

We are continuing our series on top picks on OT commentaries from OT experts. Here is where we are at so far: Genesis (Dr. J. Richard Middleton) Exodus (Dr. Carmen Joy Imes) General OT Resources (Dr. Cyndi Parker) Leviticus (Dr. John T. Noble) Today, I bring you the top 6 picks on NUMBERS from Dr. Matthew Schlimm. (See my profile interview with Schlimm HERE). Matthew Schlimm is Professor of Old Testament at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He has written… Read more

May 26, 2021

This is the third and final part of our guest writer series, by Dr. F. Scott Spencer, And the WORD “Felt” Among Us.  Part 1 Part 2 This series relates to Spencer’s excellent new book, THE PASSIONS OF THE CHRIST: JESUS’ EMOTIONAL LIFE. Are Jesus’s Emotions “Readable”? It’s fine to say we should focus on Jesus’s emotions. But how do we do that responsibly? We certainly must guard against imposing our heightened psychological imaginations on the much less introspective Gospels. We… Read more




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