March 2, 2021

Friends, I am really excited to introduce you to our podcast. AJ Swoboda is a professor of theology at Bushnell University, I teach New Testament at Northern Seminary. AJ wrote a stellar book, After Doubt (which releases TODAY!). We dreamed up this podcast as a way for Christians to process their doubt and deconstruction.  Our first series of episodes (airing March-April, 2021) will focus on faith, theology, deconstruction, and reconstruction as a journey to a deeper life with Jesus. All relationships… Read more

February 17, 2021

Looking for Part 1? Click here What is a “Spirit”? In order to get at an answer to the question, is the Holy Spirit a “he”?, we need to step back and ask, “what is a ‘spirit'”? According to the New Testament, Spirit (pneuma) language is used for essentially three things: the (1) Holy Spirit/God’s Spirit, (2) unclean (i.e., evil) spirits, and (3) the human spirit. We will spend another blog post later on looking at how the NT describes the… Read more

February 17, 2021

My buddy, Sean Adams, has published a really helpful study of Jewish literature and genres in the Greco-Roman world.  Greek Genres and Jewish Authors: Negotiating Literary Culture in the Greco-Roman Era (Baylor University Press, 2020) Why did you write this book, Greek Genres and Jewish Authors? I did not set out with the intention to write this book. It began as a postdoctoral project that was going to look at a handful of Jewish authors (Luke, Paul, Philo, and Josephus) and… Read more

February 16, 2021

Is the Holy Spirit a “He”? Is God’s Spirit male?  I get these kinds of questions from students or friends from time to time. It’s a good question because it forces us to go back to the Scriptures to see what is there. Therefore, this blog series will take such questions seriously and help to provide a “thick description” of how Scripture characterizes the Holy Spirit. First, the problem, what pronouns should we use for the Holy Spirit in English… Read more

February 12, 2021

Daniel M. Gurtner, Introducing the Pseudepigrapha of Second Temple Judaism: Message, Context, and Significance (Baker Academic, 2020). Dr. Daniel Gurtner has written a helpful textbook on the Jewish Pseudepigrapha, a set of texts of used and misused in New Testament studies. Learn more from Gurtner about his new book in this interview. What is the Pseudepigrapha? DMG: Generally, these are writings that celebrate some figure from Israel’s past. I say “generally” because this by no means accounts for them. Technically, the term… Read more

February 11, 2021

This is part 6 of an ongoing series 0n Accordance. This time we will be talking about which packages to buy. part 1: Translation Comparison part 2: Greek Lexicons part 3: Deeper Word Studies part 4: Digital Library part 5: Accordance Mobile App Which Packages to Buy? Ok, so you are interested in Accordance. You’ve heard from folks it is handy for Bible study, you’ve collected some nickels and dimes, and you are ready to dive in. But what packages… Read more

February 11, 2021

Congratulations to my wonderful colleagues Volker Rabens, Jacqueline N. Grey, and Mariam Kamell Kovalishyn on publishing this robust volume: KEY APPROACHES TO BIBLICAL ETHICS.  Table of Contents Part 1 How to Approach Ethics in the Bible: A Dialogue on the Fundamental Methodological Questions of Biblical Ethics “How to Read Biblical Texts Ethically: The New Method of “Implicit Ethics” for Analyzing Biblical Ethics”/Ruben Zimmerman “Reading Biblical Texts Ethically: A Discussion of Ruben Zimmermann’s Method of “Implicit Ethics” from an Old Testament Perspective”/Markus… Read more

February 10, 2021

This is part 5 of an ongoing series 0n Accordance. This time we will be talking Accordance’s mobile app. part 1: Translation Comparison part 2: Greek Lexicons part 3: Deeper Word Studies part 4: Digital Library Using the Accordance Mobile App There’s an app for that! Remember when we used to say that? Anyway, a nice perk of having Accordance is getting the app as well for your mobile device. Obviously you won’t be doing long-term, rigorous research via phone, but… Read more

February 9, 2021

My friend Patrick Gray (Rhodes College) is editor of an exciting new project, The Cambridge Companion to the New Testament—24 chapters, 400 pages. It is a bit surprising to me that Cambridge had not already published a CCNT (after all, the volumes on Paul and the Gospels are now in second editions). But this looks to be a really impressive volume covering a range of the key issues and texts in New Testament studies. Patrick was kind enough to share with… Read more

February 9, 2021

This is part 4 of an ongoing series 0n Accordance. This time we will be talking using Accordance as a digital library. part 1: Translation Comparison part 2: Greek Lexicons part 3: Deeper Word Studies Using Accordance as a Digital Library When I think about why and how I use Accordance Bible Software, I use it primarily for fast, convenient, and in-depth analysis of primary texts like LXX, GNT, Pseudepigrapha, DSS, Josephus, Apostolic Fathers, etc. But Accordance can be used… Read more

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