While compiling notes for my dissertation on the Book of Revelation, I came across this note on Revelation 1:16 in Craig Koester’s Revelation commentary: The section climaxes by noting that [Jesus] holds seven stars in his right hand (Rev 1:16). This cosmic imagery conveys sovereignty. An analogy appears on a coin from Domitian’s reign that depicts … Continue reading John the Seer vs. Caesar
I just sent in a review of David DeSilva's recent book, The Letter to the Hebrews in Social Scientific Perspective (Cascade Companions; Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012). As the title indicates, it is a social scientific study of Hebrews. In the review I articulated my concern with some fundamental assumptions with this approach to biblical studies, … Continue reading The Thorny Issue of Historical Background Research
Well after blogging for four days straight a week and a half ago, an unprecedented blogging feat for me, the law of averages kicked in and I haven't written my final two posts on method. I'll try to get back into the swing of it with this post on textual method. By textual method I … Continue reading Textual Method
With Resurrection Sunday coming, a video on the resurrection is called for. The lecture begins around the 8:40 mark.
I'm thankful for STR for conducting a round table discussion concerning some of the brouhaha around Licona's interpretation of Matthew 27. I won't get into my own personal feelings of how this situation unfolded. You can read the dialogue here and decide for yourself. (HT Ben Blackwell)
Jim West recently posted a video of Dan Wallace being interviewed on the discovery of 7 early NT manuscripts. This is, to say the least, a very important find for NT studies. Watch the video here: Dan Wallace on 7 Early MSS via Dan Wallace on the Discovery of 7 Early Manuscripts.
I'm currently reading George Parsenios' work Rhetoric and Drama in the Johannine Lawsuit Motif for review. In it Parsenios explores the implications of reading John's Gospel through the lens of Greek tragedy and forensic rhetoric. I must admit that I'm a bit skeptical of this endeavor, namely because I don't see how we are supposed … Continue reading John’s Use of Drama
Here's an interesting video from Carson and Piper on the necessity of studying the historical background of a particular biblical book for preaching and teaching. You can see all three of the videos at The Gospel Coalition.
Kevin DeYoung has asked a similar question to mine about the historical Adam. Essentially his point is that in the genealogies of 1 Chronicles there is no indication from the author that part of the record is mythological or figurative while the rest is historical. You can check it out here. Just another side note … Continue reading Historical Adam 2.0
I haven't paid much attention to all the hoopla going on in the blogosphere about Adam and Eve and their historicity lately. Suffice it to say that this article in CT seems to have started a flurry of blogging activity concerning the historicity the "First Couple." I'll just go ahead and say up front that … Continue reading A Canonical Take on Adam and Eve