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Logos is celebrating the most distinctive American holiday, Black Friday, with a week of deals. From November 16 at 10AM PST until Sunday November 25 at 11:59 PM PST, you can save up to 90% on selected resources for your Logos Library, including a few Mobile courses and a free copy of the Christian Standard Bible.

Check out all the deals here, but here are a few highlights:

There is a little something for every budget, so poke around and see what you can find. The deals are better because you do not have to leave the house or deal with holiday mall music (unless you are into that sort of thing).

Do not forget the November 2018  “Free book of the Month” is New Covenant Commentary on 2 Timothy and Titus (2014) by Aída Besançon Spencer, Nijay Gupta’s 1 & 2 Thessalonians (2016) for only 99 cents, and Michael Bird’s Colossians and Philemon (2009) for only $1.99. That is three good commentaries for your Logos library for a mere $3, less than a cup of that fancy coffee you like so much. As I was purchasing these commentaries I noticed Aída Spencer’s 1 Timothy commentary is only $4.99, if you want to complete your set of commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles in the New Covenant series. In fact, all the volumes of the New Covenant series available in the Logos Library are $4.99 right now.

My book, Jesus the Bridegroom for the Logos Bible Software for $4.99. This is part of the Wipf & Stock sale through Logos which (I assume) runs through the end of November 2018. The book is also available through Amazon and the Wipf & Stock website (the retail price is $33 but there are discounted copies at Amazon and Wipf & Stock). The Kindle version is only $9.99 and claims to have real page numbers, but I cannot see them reading the book with the Kindle App on an iPad. Still, the book looks great in Kindle.

In case you have not seen the announcements, Logos Bible Software released a major upgrade last week. I did a “first look” review of Logos 8 here. There are plenty of new features to justify an upgrade and the software runs much more efficiently than the previous version. Everything seems to run faster than Logos 7. You can save 25% on any upgrades to Logos 8 and pick five free books when you upgrade to Logos 8. Follow the link and used the code READINGACTS8.

The deals start November 16 at 10AM PST and end on Sunday November 25 at 11:59 PM. So enjoy your turkey and stock up some on great Logos Resources.

 

 

I was quite surprised today with a tweet from a former student who bought my book, Jesus the Bridegroom for the Logos Bible Software for $4.99. This is part of the Wipf & Stock sale through Logos which (I assume) runs through the end of November 2018.

Jesus the Bridegroom has been reviewed in a couple of places. Marianne Blickenstaff reviewed the book for SBL’s Review of Biblical Literature (click here to read the review) and Peter Leithart reviewed the book at First Things a bit earlier. Don K. Preston reviewed the book at Amazon, saying he loves “the research that went into this. While Dr. Long’s emphasis is on ‘source’ and my focus is on theology, Nonetheless, I did find this book to be very helpful. I particularly appreciated the linguistic studies, showing the marital language that is used in some texts (e.g. especially Isaiah 4-5) that I had never seen before, and I truly appreciated it. His inter-textual notations were also fruitful. Long’s conclusion that Jesus drew together several strands of Jewish thought, and conflated those strands into a harmonious message, thus, suggesting that Jesus stood well within the framework of a Jewish prophet, is very good”

The book is also available through Amazon and the Wipf & Stock website (the retail price is $33 but there are discounted copies at Amazon and Wipf & Stock). The Kindle version is only $9.99 and claims to have real page numbers, but I cannot see them reading the book with the Kindle App on an iPad. Still, the book looks great in Kindle.

Obviously I would love for you to buy a copy, but I know that is not always possible. Here’s how you can help get the word out for me:

  • Buy the book while it is on sale at Logos, it is only $4.99!
  • Request that the book be added to your college, university, or seminary library.
  • Leave a review on Amazon.com. I cannot stress this enough, it is very difficult to get people to leave a review on Amazon, but the sad fact is Amazon reviews count for something in today’s book buying world.

What is the book about? The full title of the book is Jesus the Bridegroom: The Origin of the Eschatological Feast as a Wedding Banquet in the Synoptic Gospels. The book is an edited version of my dissertation. As I was working on my dissertation, people would ask what I was writing on. I usually said “an intertextual study on messianic banquet imagery in the Synoptic Gospels.” After a moment of awkward silence, I clarified: “Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven is like a Wedding Banquet – what’s up with that?”

The book attempts to study the marriage metaphor / motif in the teaching of Jesus. There are a few places in the Synoptic Gospels where Jesus describes the Kingdom of Heaven as a Wedding Banquet, Matt 22:1-14 and 25:1-13 are the most obvious texts. But there are a few places where Jesus describes himself as a bridegroom, and a marriage metaphor appears in a number of other places. My proposal is that Jesus combined the metaphor of an eschatological banquet with the common Old Testament marriage metaphor and described his ministry as an ongoing wedding banquet to which all Israel is now invited. The long period in the wilderness is over and it is time for Israel to return to her Bridegroom.

In order to make this case, I apply what might be called an intertextual method to traditions or set of metaphors. The “text” in this intertextual study is the Hebrew Bible, but that text was heard by Jesus’ original listeners rather than read. They knew the metaphors because they heard them taught in their homes and synagogues. Jesus used these metaphors because they were current, but by combining them to describe himself, he created a new image of the eschatological age as a wedding banquet.

I first examine the eschatological “victory banquet” motif in the Hebrew Bible, starting with Isa 25:6-8 (ch. 3), the use of the Wilderness Tradition in Isaiah 40-55 (ch. 4), and the Marriage Metaphor in Hosea, Isaiah and Jeremiah (ch. 5).  I trace the development of these three themes through the Second Temple Period in chapter 6, and finally apply that database to the sayings of Jesus in chapter 7.

There are a few things that you will not find in this book. First, I did not cover John’s gospel, although there is much there that can be described as “wedding motif.” My reason for this omission are simple-the dissertation was already too long to include another major section on John’s Gospel! Second, there is nothing in this book on the application of the Bridegroom metaphor to the church. I wanted a study of Jesus’ use of the metaphor, not the (much) later theological development of that metaphor. Again, the reason for this is simply that I was writing a New Testament dissertation, doing “biblical theology” rather than “systematic theology.” I wanted to focus on the teaching of Jesus and the origin of the wedding banquet metaphor.

I would really like to hear feedback from anyone who reads the book – feel free to send me an email to continue the discussion. Thanks!

Biblical Studies Carnival

Jacob Prahlow posted the October Biblical Studies Carnival at his blog, Pursuing Veritas. Jacob has a great collection of links to the best biblical and theological posts over the last month. Jacob often does a “weekly roundup” on his blog and usually points out things I have missed. Head over to the Carnival, browse the links and see what people have been saying this month.

In other blogging news, Brian Small posted the schedule for SBL Sessions on Hebrews and related issues (with abstracts) and ETS Sessions on Hebrews. This will help you schedule your time and the November meetings and know what sessions Brian will be attending.

The last two carnivals for 2018 are set. Bob MacDonald (@drmacdonald) will take a short break from his detailed analysis of every chapter of the Hebrew Bible to host the November 2018 (Due December 1) and  Christopher Scott will be hosting the December 2018 carnival (due January 1, 2019).

As of this time, I do not have hosts for any carnivals for 2019. I have reached out to a few newer bloggers as well as previous hosts, but I have had fewer volunteers recently. This is your chance to step up and host a carnival. This is true for veteran bloggers as well as newer academic blogs. Hosting the carnival is a great way to draw attention to your work, so consider hosting in the near future. Seriously….PLEASE email me  (plong42 at gmail.com) or direct message on Twitter (@plong42) to volunteer. You can also leave a comment here with your contact info and I will get back to you.

You can also review older carnivals by browsing this tag. Follow me on twitter (@plong42) if you are into that sort of thing. I have a Biblical Studies magazine on Flipboard, an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests (including biblioblogs).

Jim West DripI had a particularly busy Monday, and now it is a busy Tuesday before I get to the monthly Biblical Studies Carnival.

Jim West posted Biblical Studies Carnival 151 for September 2018 at Zwinglius Redivivus.  As always, Jim draws together a wide range of blogs and topics, he has a good eye for historical theology. He begins my drawing attention to Dan Wallace’s post on the importance of the biblical languages in theological education. I am aware of a graduate program (PhD classes in fact) which does not teach the languages, but how to use Bible Software. This is dangerous, like putting guns in the hands of people who do not know how to use them.

Next month Jacob Prahlow (@prahlowjacob) hosts the October Carnival (Due November 1) and in November 2018 (Due December 1) Bob MacDonald (@drmacdonald) will take a short break from his detailed analysis of every chapter of the Hebrew Bible to host the November 2018 (Due December 1). As of today, I do not have a volunteer for the December 2018 carnival (Due January 1), or any carnivals for 2019. I have had fewer volunteers over the last few months, so this is your chance to step up and host a carnival. This is true for veteran bloggers as well as newer academic blogs. Hosting the carnival is a great way to draw attention to your work, so consider hosting in the near future. Seriously….PLEASE email me  (plong42 at gmail.com) or direct message on Twitter (@plong42) to volunteer. You can also leave a comment here with your contact info and I will get back to you.

You can also review older carnivals by browsing this tag. Follow me on twitter (@plong42) if you are into that sort of thing. I have a Biblical Studies magazine on Flipboard, an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests (including biblioblogs).

Summer Carnival

Celebrate the end of long hot summer with the September 2018 Biblical Studies Carnival hosted by Jim West, the Grand Poobah of Biblio-blogging. Jim has hosted many carnivals and often has focused on some particular issue or theme. Not sure what he has planned for this carnival, but he is asking for readers to send him nominations for the best and brightest blog posts on biblical or theological topics, biblical languages, Church history, archaeology, or anything else you think worthy of inclusion in this Month’s carnival. Contact him on Zwinglius Redivivus  or direct message him on Twitter @drjewest, or you can try his FaceBook group, Biblical Studies Discussion List. He may have Pinterest and Etsy account as well.

Looking ahead to the last few months of the year, Jacob Prahlow @prahlowjacob hosts in October 2018 (Due November 1) at Pursuing Veritas. Bob MacDonald @drmacdonald will host in November 2018 (Due December 1) at Dust. I am sure they would appreciate some help as their carnival time draws close.

At this point I have no one for December 2018 (Due January 1) and the 2019 carnival schedule completely open. I would like to have a volunteer for December and start filling in the 2019 schedule. If you are a new blogger, hosting a carnival is a great way to get some exposure. I would also like to see some veterans host again. Contact me via email plong42@gmail.com, or DM on Twitter @plong42 or leave a comment here and I can contact you.

Tenessee Carnival

Photo Stolen from @TheKevenTurner

Kevin Turner posted the 150th Biblical Studies Carnival at Monday Morning Theologian.  August is always a slow month, Kevin says “scholars being busy this month due to school being back in session,” which being interpreted means, we are milking the last few moments of freedom from this summer. He says his blog ” about me pretending to be a theologian. I have no seminary education and do not work in ministry, which is kind of reason behind the name. Theology and the Christian life is something that interest me, though, so here we are.” But he posts quite a bit of good material Follow him on Twitter:  @TheKevenTurner.

In other blogging news, Brian Small posted a few Hebrews Highlights on POLUMEROS KAI POLUTROPOS for August 2018, including a few from Andreas Köstenberger at Biblical Foundations. I have a Biblical Studies magazine on Flipboard, an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests (including biblioblogs).

Next month, the Gaylord Perry of Bibioblogging Jim West, (@drjewest) will host the September 2018 (Due October 1). But I have no one for November 2018 (Due December 1) or December 2018 (Due January 1). If you would like to volunteer PLEASE email me  (plong42 at gmail.com) or direct message on Twitter (@plong42) to volunteer. You can also leave a comment here with your contact info and I will get back to you. Do not make me beg….too late, I am begging.

You can also review older carnivals by browsing this tag. Follow me on twitter (@plong42) if you are into that sort of thing.

Labor Day Sale

Wipf & Stock is having a Labor Day Sale. Through the weekend you can get 40% off any purchase through their website, using the discount code LABOR40. The best use of this discount is to buy my book, Jesus the Bridegroom (Pickwick, 2015).

cover-1000x1500Marianne Blickenstaff of Union Presbyterian Seminary reviewed the for Review of Biblical Literature (here is a link to the RBL Review)  I am very happy to have her review the book, especially since I read her book, ‘While the Bridegroom is with Them’: Marriage, Family, Gender and Violence in the Gospel of Matthew (London: T&T Clark, 2005) at the very beginning stages of my research on the Wedding Banquet Parable and was influenced by her reading of the Banquet Parable in Matthew 22. I appreciate her very kind review. She summarizes the book and concludes “This study is a compelling counterargument to scholarship that claims the church, and  not Jesus himself, developed the bridegroom and wedding banquet themes. Long has provided well-researched and convincing evidence that Jesus could have operated within Second Temple Jewish interpretive conventions to develop Hebrew Bible themes in new
ways to elucidate the purpose of his ministry.”

The full title of the book is Jesus the Bridegroom: The Origin of the Eschatological Feast as a Wedding Banquet in the Synoptic Gospels and is an edited version of my PhD dissertation. As I was working on my dissertation, people would ask what I was writing on. I usually said “an intertextual study on messianic banquet imagery in the Synoptic Gospels.” After a moment of awkward silence, I clarified: “Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven is like a Wedding Banquet – what’s up with that?” I considered that as a title for a (very) short time.

The book is also available through Amazon in paperback and Kindle. The Kindle version is only $9.99 and claims to have real page numbers. There is also a Logos version of the book, if you prefer that format. If you live in the Grand Rapids area, I have a three copies in my office if you want to get one directly from me.

If you have read the book (or at least looked it over semi-seriously), please leave a review on AmazonI would appreciate your comments. Unfortunately Amazon reviews carry weight, so please consider giving the book a good rating and leaving a comment on Amazon if you can.

I would really like to hear feedback from anyone who reads the book – feel free to send me an email to continue the discussion. Thanks!

AnniversarySeptember marks the ten-year anniversary for Reading Acts. The site has grown from an average of only 4 hits a day that first year to about 1300 per day this year. Based on the search engine terms used to find Reading Acts, I assume the site is useful for students working on their homework as well as the occasional pastor looking for some background for sermons and Bible Studies (hits go up on Saturday night for some reason). For the last three years the Summer Series on Second Temple Literature has kept things moving during the otherwise dull days between semesters.

Since most people only show up when I give away books, I have The Gospel of John and Christian Theology, edited by Richard Bauckham and Carl Mosser on offer through August 31, and another couple of books planned as giveaways to celebrate the beginning of a new academic semester and new series for Fall 2018.

I will be teaching a class on the Synoptic Gospels this fall semester so I thought I would do something a bit different and blog through the Sermon on the Mount for the next three months. I had the opportunity to teach the Sermon in a Bible Study format last fall at my church and found that was not enough time to cover everything I thought was important. I have read through Scot McKnight and Jonathan Pennington’s recent commentaries on the Sermon and will be interacting with them as I move through Matthew 5-7. I plan to occasionally comment on the Luke version of the Sermon as well, but I do not anticipate doing any full-blown synoptic parallel studies.

Hopefully this focus on the Sermon will be valuable for readers of this blog. Any suggestions for the series?

Of course I will continue to write book reviews, I have several books ready for review now and a small pile of books I need to write up soon.

I also plan to make some cosmetic changes in the near future (assuming I can find some time!)  I want to gather some of the major series into a single page to help users navigate the blog and find the information they need. The search box works, but it is not always clear which posts go where.

Thanks for ten good years, hopefully there are many more to come.

Carnival MaskKaren R. Keen (@Keen_KR) has posted the Biblical Studies Carnival for July 2018. She has done an excellent job collecting a wide range of links to biblical and theological topics posted last month. This is Karen’s first time hosting the Biblical Studies Carnival, and she says “there is far more material churned out on a regular basis than I realized. Some folk even manage to put out a post almost every day (profs procrastinating on fall course prep??).” That may be the case, or some professors turn are using posts to work out lecture points for the fall. Not every professor of biblical or theological studies spends their summer lounging at the beach.

Stick around until the end, this carnival has two bonus features. First, Karen has a list of announcements (tributes to scholars who recently passed away, book notices, etc.) Second, she has a list of women scholars who blog. As she admits, this is not a complete list, so Karen asks for links to overlooked blogs to be added to the comments. Another thing you can do is visit these blogs and offer some encouragement to post more often. Several of the blogs Karen lists have not been updated in months.

Next month Kevin Turner at Monday Morning Theologian is hosting the Biblical Studies carnival (August 2018, Due September 1) and veteran carnival host Jim West has the September 2018 carnival (Due October 1).  If you would like to host a Biblical Studies Carnival, now is the time to volunteer.

I am borderline desperate for the rest of the year!  Please contact me via email (plong42@gmail.com), twitter direct message (@plong42) or comment here in this carnival. Whether you are a relatively new blogger or you have hosted a carnival in the past, do not hesitate to contact me. October, November and December are open as of July 1. It is not too early to volunteer for a 2019 carnival.

If you use FlipBoard to read blogs, consider following my Biblical Studies magazine. The Web-based version is good, but FlipBoard is an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests (including biblioblogs). If you are looking for a more wild biblical studies experience, stop in at r/AcademicBiblical or  r/AskBibleScholars at Reddit. Reddit can be a scary place, but these two subreddits are often quite good for academic discussions (trolls are quickly moderated out of existence).  If you are into twitter, follow me @plong42. I promise I am not a Russian tweet-bot trying to fluoridate your water.

Melania Trump jacketJune is usually a slow month for Bibliobloggers. Academics disappear for three months, pastors go on vacation and some strange people go outside and enjoy warm weather. nevertheless there was quite a bit activity of interest to biblical studies blogging, especially at the end of the month.

Just in time to be included in this carnival is the return of Peter Kirby’s The Biblioblog Top 50 return for a Top Fifty List. Although the site is celebrating ten years, there has been nothing new on the site since January of 2016, and the last “top fifty” list was April 2015. The June 2018 list is dated; many of the blogs on Peter’s list have not posted more than a handful times in 2018. I notice Marg Mowczko is missing entirely (perhaps Peter did not notice she moved from New Life to a new URL), yet Mark Goodacre’s NT Podcast is included although it has not been updated since January 18, 2018. Dr. Platypus is on the list, even though he has posted only once in 2018 and that a link to Jacob Prahlow’s carnival in February. Why Jacob’s fine blog Pursuing Veritas is missing is another mystery. Dan Wallace’s blog has two (albeit significant) posts in the first half of 2018 and makes the list, but Conciliar Post has four years of quality post and does not crack the top fifty. Bart Erhman does post regularly, but most of his posts are behind a paywall. There are other long time, active bloggers missing as well.

Peter also updated the list of Biblioblog Carnivals and corrected an error (or textual variation, which sounds better). Since January the Carnival numbers have been off. I blame the shift away from Roman numerals (which no one really understands when the are too large). [Update: Peter’s list was off, Bob MacDonald did an exegetical study on the original Hebrew numbering of the carnivals and conclusively demonstrated the proper numbering. This means this is carnival #148 after all].

James McGrath is thinking about starting a podcast. He is asking for suggestions for topics and potential interviews, so follow the link and offer a few suggestions.

Long time Grand Rapids Theological Seminary prof David Turner has launched a new blog. He made two posts in May then went on vacation, but I am expecting good things.

I have the next three carnivals scheduled: Karen R. Keen (@Keen_KR) is hosting the July 2018 carnival, so feel free to send her some links. Karen is a Ph.D. Candidate in Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity at Marquette University, with a specialization in Old Testament. Kevin Turner at Monday Morning Theologian has the August 2018 (Due September 1). Jim West will be our host for the September 2018 carnival (Due October 1). In the six years I have been organizing the Carnival, Jim has hosted ten times and always does a great job (even if he never spells my name right). [Late Edit: Jim likes doing carnivals so much he went ahead and did one even though he was not on the list until September! Senior Moment?]

If you would like to host a Biblical Studies Carnival, now is the time to volunteer. Please contact me via email (plong42@gmail.com), twitter direct message (@plong42) or comment here in this carnival. Whether you are a relatively new blogger or you have hosted a carnival in the past, do not hesitate to contact me. October, November and December are open as of July 1. I tis not too early to volunteer for a 2019 carnival.

In other news, despite the typical June-swoon for traffic, Reading Acts hit a milestone this month by passing the 4000 follower mark. If you use FlipBoard to read blogs, consider following my Biblical Studies magazine. The Web-based version is good, but FlipBoard is an essential app for your iOS device. I use it on my iPad for news and other special interests (including biblioblogs). If you are looking for a more wild biblical studies experience, stop in at r/AcademicBiblical or  r/AskBibleScholars at Reddit. Reddit can be a scary place, but these two subreddits are often quite good for academic discussions (trolls are quickly moderated out of existence).  If you are into twitter, follow me @plong42. I am less interesting than the president’s twitter account, but I also promise to not impose tariffs on you.

Before starting this month’s carnival, I will take a moment to mark two significant events in June for Biblical Studies. First, Philip Davies passed away on May 31 and many bloggers offered tribute to Davies, if I missed yours feel free to add it to the comments below.

Another sad recent passing this month is Bibleworks, which is shutting down after 26 years. The software will continue to work, but support will shift to the community (forums and knowledge base). Many bloggers lamented this and offered tributes to their favorite Bible software.  Mark Hoffman offers some advice on what to do if you are invested in Bibleworks and points out some migration offers from Accordance.  Abram K-J laments the passing of Bibleworks, saying “BibleWorks has been a big part of my ongoing journey through the Bible via Hebrew and Greek.”

 

Old Testament

 

Old Testament Meme Game of Thrones

For links and commentary on the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Literature, check out James Davila’s PaleoJudaica. If you are looking for the real #1 biblioblog, PaleoJudaica is it. Another daily source of links to similar resources is The Ancient World Online (AWOL). You need to bookmark/subscribe to both of these sites.

Claude Mariottini comments on Pharaoh and His Army and Nebuchadnezzar and the Fall of Jerusalem.

Konrad Schmid, Who Wrote the Torah? Textual, Historical, Sociological, and Ideological Cornerstones of the Formation of the Pentateuch.

Tim Bulkeley has several interesting podcasts this month, including Arguing with God (Jer 12:1-4) and another on the audience for Genesis.

Joshua Schendel, Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken (Psalm 46).

The most productive blogger of the month is Bob MacDonald. He continues his detailed analysis of Hebrew texts as music. This month he has done: Genesis 43; Isaiah 24; Jeremiah 4; Judges 7; Psalms 9-10; Nehemiah 5; 2 Chronicles 13; Genesis 44; Ezekiel 39; 2 Samuel 16; Jeremiah 10; Psalms 20; 1 Chronicles 24; Deuteronomy 25; Isaiah 27; 1 Samuel 16; Judges 6; 2 Chronicles 24; Psalms 113; Numbers 35; 1 Samuel 23; Genesis 38; 1 Chronicles 23; Ezekiel 26; Jeremiah 12; Psalm 81; 2 Samuel 21; and Judges 18.

William Brown at The Bible Review asks “What is Akkadian?”

Lindsay Kennedy at My Digital Seminary has been producing The Psalmcast, episode #09 launched in June, Jesus, the Psalmist.

Brian W. Davidson calls attention to Critique textuelle de l’Ancien Testament Online.

Archaeology

 

Archaeologist Meme

 

Not exactly a BiblioBlogger, but an interested long-read in Hyperallergic by Michael Press, An Illegal Archeological Dig in the West Bank Raises Questions About the Museum of the Bible.

This Times of Israel article on “Upstart carbon dating study could force rewrite of Holy Land’s biblical timeline” should spark some discussion.

Ticia Verveer posted an excellent piece on the 2,000-year-old synagogue at Gamla with some photographs.

A small head dating from the late Iron Age IIA (9th century BC) was put on display this month at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The head was discovered in a joint excavation by Azusa Pacific University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem at Tel Abel Beth Maacah. “Despite the head’s small and innocuous appearance, it provides us with a unique opportunity to gaze into the eyes of a famous person from the past.”

eBay, Organized Crime, and Evangelical Christians: The Ethical Minefield of Studying Ancient Civilizations.

Three fourth century BCE Jewish-minted coins found in Jerusalem and a Bar Kochba coin in a cave near Modiin.

Second Temple Period

Tim Chastain at Jesus without Baggage looks at The Fall of Satan in the Book of Enoch.

Jones Mendonça at Numinosumteologia discusses Philo’s view of Jewish law on the lawfulness of certain sexual practices.

Reading Acts has a series of posts on Second Temple Literature:

Punishment for Self Citation

New Testament

 

Hopster Jesus Meme

Benjamin Corey, What Jesus Talked About When He Talked About Hell.

Matthew W. Ferguson (doctoral candidate in Classics at the University of California, Irvine) asks “Should Legendary Development Have Occurred More Rapidly for Alexander the Great than Jesus?”

Tim Chastain At Jesus Without Baggage asks How Dependable are the Books of Matthew and Luke?

David Watson on The Real Message of Romans 13

James McGrath, Jesus: A Gluttonous Drunken Disobedient Son?

Paloma Herrera at The Two Cities (A collaborative blog on theology, culture, and discipleship) examines a “new trend” in Biblical theology: The Apocalyptic Perspective.

Tim Chastin asks, Did Jesus Send Demons into a Herd of Pigs?

At The Jesus Memoirs Michael Kok has been hard at work this month in the book of Acts.

Marg Mowczko had several fascinating posts this month: Junia: The Jewish Woman who was Imprisoned with Paul, Paul on Gender Roles in Ministry and Marriage, and  “Must manage his own household well” (1 Timothy 3:4-5)

Ian Paul offers The historic reading of 1 Tim 2 at his blog, Phiszo. He interacts with a Kevin Giles atrticle EQ from 2000. Congratulations to Ian as his commentary in the IVP Tyndale Series was published this month.

Dan Wallace did a mea culpa on p137, “First Century Mark” Fragment: Second Update and Elijah Hixson offers a summary and update on this interesting (but not as interesting as first claimed) papyri. James McGrath has additional links, summary and commentary on the issue as well, see his The Fragment Formerly Known as “First Century Mark.”  Here is the Christianity Today new roundup on the manuscript.

The Complete Series on Σκύβαλον. Mike Aubrey shares everything you ever wanted to know about Σκύβαλον in four posts.

Keith Giles on The Mark Of The Beast.

Theology

 

Theology Meme

June marks four years of blogging for the Conciliar Post.  Contributor Caleb Little (doctoral student at Baylor University) has an excellent piece on Gregory of Nazianzus and the practice of silence as a spiritual discipline:  A Humble Silence.

John Bergsma on The Nativity of John the Baptist at The Sacred Page.

Kayle Curley, contributor at The Two Cities, Augustine, Original Sin, and a Lesson on Friendship

Timon Cline, Power Perfected in Weakness: Luther on Politics and the Church. Cline also compared Andy Stanley to Erasmus in A Modern Erasmian. “Andy Stanley’s vision of the Christian life, and indeed church reform, mirrors that of Erasmus. . . Like Erasmus, Stanley, though he has never said it outright, seems to think that those who insist on doctrinal rigidity exhibit a hostile, unwholesome attitude that founders the Church.

Andrew Perriman offers ” a simple schematic overview of the history of interpretation” – Alexandria and Antioch: a revised tale of two cities.

D. G. Hart points out Reformed Does Not Equal Calvinist.

Ian Paul asks, “Should we proclaim that ‘God is love’?”

Henry Neufeld has some problems with church buildings.

Joshua Gillies at Theologians Inc., Against Pure A Priori-ism

Book Reviews

 

Book Review Meme

 

Ashford, Bruce. Letters to an American Christian (B&H 2018).

Albertz. Rainer. Pentateuchstudien. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018. Reviewed by Airton José da Silva at Observatório Bíblico.

Beitzel ed. Barry J. Lexham Geographical Commentary on the Gospels (Lexham 2018). Reviewed by Phillip J. Long.

Beitzel ed. Barry J. Lexham Geographical Commentary on the Gospels (Lexham 2018). Reviewed by Randy McCraken.

Brannan, Rick. The Apostolic Fathers in English (Lexham 2018).

Brannan, Rick. Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha. (Lexham 2017).

Couey, J. B. Reading the Poetry of First Isaiah: The Most Perfect Model of the Prophetic Poetry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Crossway ESV Archaeology Study Bible (2018). Reviewed by Mark Hoffman at Biblical Studies and Technology Tools.

Hurtado, Larry W. Honoring the Son (Lexham, 2018). Reviewed by Phillip J. Long.

Hurtado, Larry W. Honoring the Son (Lexham, 2018). Reviewed by Randy McCraken

Myers, Ben. The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism (Lexham 2018).

Schreiner, Thomas R. Spiritual Gifts: What They Are and Why They Matter (B&H 2018).

Wenham, David. From Good News to Gospels: What Did the First Christians Say about Jesus? (Eerdmans 2018).

Wenham, Gordon J., Exploring the Old Testament, Volume 1: A Guide to the Pentateuch. (IVP Academic, 2016). Reviewed by Kevin McKissick.

Zoccali, Christopher. Reading Philippians after Supersessionism (Cascade, 2017). Reviewed by Lindsey Kennedy.

Book Notes

Nijay Gupta is crowdsourcing a revision of his Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond (Wipf & Stock, 2011). He is asking for your advice on navigating a PhD program. Follow the link and offer him a few suggestions.

John Fea’s Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump was published by Eerdmans at the end of June and is generating some good discussion. Fea himself answers ten questions about the book, and Chris Gehrz thinks you should read the book. Kevin Turner at Monday Morning Theologian has already posted a review.  Salon has a lengthy and mostly friendly write up of the book: “Fea’s individualist focus truncates his analysis repeatedly throughout his book, despite his clear understanding and concern for the importance of community. This does not detract from his stated intention in writing the book, to “spur conversations and initiatives born out of possible answers.” Hopefully there will be some engagement with this book in the next month or two.

Jacob Cerone announced the publication of his 1 & 2 Clement Greek Reader (Glossalia, 2018) in March, and gave away a copy in June. I have used these readers for classes in the past and they are very handy for reading the Greek Apostolic Fathers.

Culture, Politics, and Etc.  

 

V for Vendetta Meme

Keith Giles welcomes us to Post Christian America.

Neil Carter, Evangelicals and the Whitewashing of Jesus. “Simply put, there is no natural place for social justice within white evangelical theology.” James McGrath posted a follow-up, A Social Justice Shaped Hole in the Evangelical Church.

Methodist biblical scholar Jeff Sessions offered some exegesis of Romans 13 as applied to the current US border debate. Other (actual) scholars disagree. Craig Keener on Families Separated at the Border—Genesis 12 and Romans 13ConsiderFaith also has a few comments about Jeff Sessions and Romans 13, “For the Bible tells me So (Well, at least those parts that support my politics)” and suggests Peace and Honesty Can help Solve Our Immigration Problem. John Fea has a few words on Sessions use of Romans 13 as well.  Fea aslo commented on Evangelicals and Immigration: 4 Views.

Ian Paul, Should we always obey the government?

Melania Trump wore a particularly controversial jacket.

Benjamin Corey, Trump’s Dehumanizing Language Is An Assault Against Our Christian Foundation. “Regardless of how one interprets the book of Genesis, the Christian foundation ultimately begins with the belief that human beings were created in the image and likeness of God.”

Whisky Tango Foxtrot

Basta to John W. Loftus pointing out this video (which I wish was a Babylon Bee parody, but it isn’t): Pastor Jim Bakker Helps You Stay Alive During the Apocalypse! Come for the goofy apocalyptic stuff, stay for the praise band cover of Staying Alive.

 

 

 

 

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