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

February 8, 2021

Mind the Gap: How the Jewish Writings Between the Old and New Testament Help Us Understand Jesus  Book Description:   Do you want to understand Jesus of Nazareth, his apostles, and the rise of early Christianity? Reading the Old Testament is not enough, writes Matthias Henze in this slender volume aimed at the student of the Bible. To understand the Jews of the Second Temple period, it’s essential to read what they wrote—and what Jesus and his followers might have… Read more

February 8, 2021

Susan Docherty, The Jewish Pseudepigrapha: An Introduction to the Literature of the Second Temple Period   Book Description: This is a concise yet comprehensive guide to the Pseudepigrapha: the Jewish texts of the late Second Temple Period (ca. 250 BC–100 AD) that are not included in the Hebrew Bible or standard collections of the Apocrypha. Each chapter deals with a specific literary genre (such as apocalyptic, testaments, and “rewritten Bible”), encouraging readers to appreciate the texts as literature as well… Read more

February 7, 2021

Eve-Marie Becker (University of Muenster) has published an excellent book on the concept of humility in Paul and early Christianity (German edition published in 2015; ET 2020). This is a wide-ranging study that looks at the ancient meaning of tapeinophrosynē (“humility”), Paul’s usage in Philippians and other letters, other uses in the New Testament, and also in the Apostolic Fathers and Patristic writers. Marie-Becker is also interested in what the ethical concept of humility contributes to modern European societies today (see… Read more

February 5, 2021

John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow, ed. Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism (Eerdmans, 2010).     Book Description: This comprehensive and authoritative volume is the first reference work devoted exclusively to Second Temple Judaism. A striking and innovative project, it combines the best features of a survey and a reference work: 13 major essays synthesizing significant aspects of Judaism in the period between Alexander the Great and the Bar Kokhba Revolt 520 alphabetical entries, many with cross- references and all… Read more

February 4, 2021

Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald, ed. The World of the New Testament (Baker Academic, 2017). Book Description: Two respected senior scholars have brought together a team of distinguished specialists to introduce the Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman history and culture relevant for understanding the New Testament and the early church. The book includes seventy-five photographs, fifteen maps, numerous tables and charts, illustrations, and bibliographies. All students of the New Testament will value this reliable, up-to-date, comprehensive textbook and reference… Read more

February 4, 2021

This is part 3 of an ongoing series 0n Accordance. This time we will be talking about doing deeper word studies. part 1: Translation Comparison part 2: Greek Lexicons Going Deeper with Word Studies One of the main uses of Accordance in my own research involves the ability to search for a Greek word (from the New Testament) in parallel and related texts like the Septuagint, Josephus, Philo, Epictetus, the OT Pseudepigrapha, the Greek texts of Qumran, and also reception-related… Read more

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