March 17, 2019

At last year’s SBL I picked up a Greek/English diglot of Melito of Sardis, On Pascha, ed. and trans. Alistair C. Stewart (Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2016). One thing I’ve noticed is how the apostles and church fathers had no inhibitions about finding/seeing/imagining Christ in the Old Testament. Melito’s pascha is a case in point in § 57-60. — The Lord made advance preparation for his own suffering in the patriarchs and in the prophets and in the whole people; through… Read more

March 17, 2019

Fred R. Anderson  Singing God’s Psalms: Metrical Psalms and Reflections for Each Sunday in the Church Year Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at Eerdmans. By Jill Firth Singing God’s Psalms had its genesis in a time of spiritual dryness for pastor Fred Anderson, who turned to the Psalms for nourishment, recalling advice from seminary professor Bernhard Anderson (no relation). Following the example of John Calvin, who had valued the metrical psalms, Anderson began rendering one psalm into meter each week…. Read more

March 16, 2019

The world mourns the death of 49 innocent Muslim worshippers gunned down in an extreme of rightwing terrorism in Christchurch, New Zealand. In response, Australian Senator Fraser Anning has made outrageous remarks, condemning the attack while also implying that the Muslims deserved it, referring to the massacre as vigilantism rather than terrorism, and quoting the words of Jesus to justify his remarks. I’ve written a response to Senator Anning over at Eternity on Fraser Anning: Don’t drag Jesus into your hatred…. Read more

March 15, 2019

There are three cool books on Trinity and the subordination debate now out or about to come out. First, Michael F. Bird and Scott Harrower (eds.), Trinity without Hierarchy: Reclaiming Nicene Orthodoxy in Evangelical Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2019). A collection of essays on the Trinity, subordination, and Nicene Orthodoxy, with some close interaction with advocates of EFS/ERAS, a very diverse cast of contributors. Surveying Scripture, church history, and theology, sixteen contributors present a defense of the full and equal… Read more

March 14, 2019

Just came across an article (thanks to Logan Williams) by Richard Bauckham where he defends his notion of divine identity: I have very rarely said that “Jesus is identified with God,” because that phrase is too vague, as Kirk’s ability to use it regularly about his idealized human figures shows. Or it could be taken to mean that “Jesus is identical with God,” as James Dunn has misunderstood me to be claiming.29 I chose the term “included in the identity… Read more

March 11, 2019

Matthew R. Malcolm From Hermeneutics to Exegesis: The Trajectory of Biblical Interpretation Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2018. Available from Lifeway. Review by Michael Phillips In this slim volume, Malcolm sets out to establish a robust practice of Christian biblical exegesis on rigorous hermeneutical foundations. As a final year Bible College student, I greatly enjoyed the breadth of hermeneutical approaches he surveys, and the respect and attention he pays to general hermeneutics. As the title suggests, the first half of the… Read more

March 8, 2019

Bryan D Estelle Echoes of Exodus: Tracing a Biblical Motif. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2018. Available at IVP By Andrew Judd (Lecturer in Old Testament, Ridley College) Echoes of Exodus shows how the exodus event develops as a persistent literary motif throughout the canon of scripture. The indefinite article in the subtitle is important. Bryan Estelle has taken to heart James Barr’s warning that setting out to distil the theology of the whole Bible is a ridiculous undertaking, and… Read more

March 5, 2019

Helen Bond Jesus: A Very Brief History  London: SPCK, 2017. Available at Prof. Helen Bond (Edinburgh Uni) has written a very brief and yet concisely rich introduction to the historical Jesus (I’m guessing this is a slightly shorter version of her book The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed [London: T&T Clark, 2012]).  The book design is brilliant with the cut out “J” in the front cover revealing an iconic picture of Jesus. Bond provides a good overview of the evidence… Read more

March 2, 2019

Here is a sample lecture on “What is the Gospel?” from the Zondervan video lectures Evangelical Theology. You can buy the whole set on DVD or streaming. Read more

March 1, 2019

Over at RBL, Nijay Gupta has a great review of God and the Faithfulness of Paul, a collection of (mostly) European essays interacting with N.T. Wright’s massive Paul and the Faithfulness of God. What makes God and the Faithfulness of Paul unique is not only its length but also its contributors. It is well-known (and made explicit in the introduction) that on the subject of Paul’s thought Anglophone and Deutschophone scholarship do not interact often enough (see 5). Several prominent German scholars feature in God… Read more

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