July 22, 2020

Ellen F. Davis, with Austin McIver Dennis Preaching the Luminous Word: Biblical Sermons and Homiletical Essays  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at Amazon.com By Dr. Jill Firth Have you ever gone home from church, still chuckling about a funny anecdote from the sermon, or moved by a contemporary illustration, but unable to recall what the day’s Bible text was? In Preaching the Luminous Word, Ellen Davis offers an introduction to exegetical preaching, where we are invited to enter the world… Read more

July 21, 2020

I had a great time a few months back chatting with DTS’s Darrell Bock about the New Perspective and things we’ve learned since then. You can watch below or else listen to The Table Podcast. 00:30 Dr.Bock introduces Dr.Bird 03:18 Bird discusses his involvement in the “New Perspective on Paul” 06:48 What are the features of the New Perspective? 12:09 What are some positive aspects of the New Perspective? 16:27 Did first century Jews believe in God’s grace? 19:53 How does the ministry of Jesus fit… Read more

July 20, 2020

I’m looking forward to recording a short video series on Paul with Seminary Now in the near future. Seminary Now is a new, on-demand streaming video platform that provides exclusive Bible, theology, and ministry courses from today’s leading teachers, ministry practitioners, and authors. In associating with InterVarsity Press, it will provide some great content for churches, colleges, and seminaries. Like Netflix or Disney+, subscribers get unlimited access to all courses—available on smartphone, tablet, and TV devices. You can earn also a certificate… Read more

July 19, 2020

Every now and then I pick up something on Paul, gender, and culture, to keep myself abreast of how biblical studies and gender studies interface – though I’m no expert in this field, it is a somewhat exotic area of discourse with its own lexicon and luminaries, quite different from the more mundane history and theology seminars that I usually inhabit. That said, there’s always interesting stuff to find here, and I’ve learned a lot. Most recently, I’ve had a… Read more

July 16, 2020

Nijay Gupta Reading Philippians: A Theological Introduction Cascade Companions Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2020. Available at Wipf & Stock. Nijay and I have written a Philippians commentary together, however, this little book by Nijay on Philippians is a great companion and an excellent summary of Philippians and its well worth getting if you are a pastor/teacher. The book has good descriptions of the Philippian’s situation, Paul’s ministry, letter writing and rhetoric. Gutpa regards 1:27 as something of a central thesis of… Read more

July 14, 2020

Okay, I’ve been slowly reading Tom Holland’s Dominion and it is easily one of the best books of the year. In sum, the book is a breath-taking analysis of western history and Holland shows through episode after episode how much of our western values and beliefs are umbilically connected to Christianity. A good summary of the book is this quote: Just as a bishop of Oxford refused to consider that he might be descended from an ape, so now are many… Read more

July 13, 2020

David J. H.  Beldman Judges Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Series Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2020. Available at Eerdmans. Reviewed by Dr. Lindsay Wilson. This is a good book in a series that takes seriously the theological message of the Old Testament. It is more self-consciously theological than others in the series (the 3 sections are theological introduction, theological commentary and theological reflection). Amongst other volumes in this series, it surprisingly stands out in giving nearly 60% of the words to… Read more

July 10, 2020

Here is my interview with Lynn Cohick about her forthcoming Ephesians commentary in the NICNT series (Eerdmans) which is due for release in November 2020. You published your first commentary on Ephesians back in 2013 (for the NCCS), you’re about to publish a more extensive commentary in 2020 (for the NICNT series). What have you learned about Ephesians in that time? In the time since I wrote my NCCS commentary, I had more time to explore ways to approach the… Read more

July 7, 2020

John Goldingay. An Introduction to the Old Testament: Exploring Text, Approaches and Issues. Downers Grove: IVP, 2015. Available at InterVarsity Press. By Jill Firth In his inimitable style, John Goldingay brings a distinctive approach to an Old Testament introduction. ‘I spend little time telling you what the OT says or what scholars say,’ Goldingay explains in the Preface. His aim is to enable students to study the OT for themselves, so the book focuses on background information, hermeneutics, and raising… Read more

July 4, 2020

Who is the Beloved Disciple of the Fourth Gospel? John the apostle, John the elder, Thomas Didymus, Lazarus, an “ideal” disciple, a literary fiction, who? According to Harold Attridge: The unidentified Disciple is a challenging riddle that invites readers to return to the Gospel in an attempt to solve the riddle. Whatever they do with the riddle, they will probably stumble across that other major witness, the only true and reliable witness to the Father, and, if they do so,… Read more

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