Theological Moorings for Canonical Readings

My doctoral supervisor, David Hogg, was once asked in my Theological Method PhD seminar what his method is. I still love his response: "I look for patterns and weird stuff." That is, his approach to reading Scripture consists largely of paying attention to what is repeated and what stands out as extraordinary, either in terms … Continue reading Theological Moorings for Canonical Readings

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John Sailhamer: In Memoriam

I learned on Twitter earlier that John Sailhamer has passed away.  Due to his failing health over the last decade, his last major project - The Meaning of the Pentateuch - was published way back in 2009. In our consumer-driven, what-have-you-done-for-me-lately American culture, that may as well have been a century ago. But Sailhamer's influence … Continue reading John Sailhamer: In Memoriam

Intertextuality in Revelation

Today on Twitter (and by today I mean 2 minutes ago) I mentioned that I think there is much work to be done on intertextuality between Revelation and the rest of the New Testament. Because of John's obvious reliance on the Old Testament, there have been an increasing number of articles and books published on … Continue reading Intertextuality in Revelation

How to Find Allusions in the Bible Using Accordance

A friend of mine is writing a chapter on intertextuality in Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs and I explained to her how Accordance can help find possible allusions with the infer search command. I thought I would pass along how I use Accordance in order to help find possible allusions. If you use other tools … Continue reading How to Find Allusions in the Bible Using Accordance

Typology in Chronicles

I'm currently reading Scott Hahn's masterful work on Chronicles, The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire: A Theological Commentary on 1-2 Chronicles (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012). Hahn so far has exhibited exegetical acumen (working both the MT and LXX), historical awareness, and theological brilliance. I realize this glowing description may seem to be so … Continue reading Typology in Chronicles

Daniel Block and Christ Centered Interpretation

Daniel Block has written Part I of his view of Christ-centered preaching on Ed Stetzer's blog. While I appreciate Dr. Block's desire to honor the Old Testament authors' original intent, I do not think his articulation of what that means does justice to the messianic eschatological hope that colors the entire Hebrew Bible. While every … Continue reading Daniel Block and Christ Centered Interpretation

The Gnashing of Teeth

I'm reading through the Psalms for my daily devotionals, and today I read Psalm 35 [34 LXX]. In this psalm, the speaker asks the LORD to contend for him and deliver him from his adversaries. Interestingly, in v. 16 when speaking of these enemies, he says "like profane mockers at a feast, they gnash at … Continue reading The Gnashing of Teeth

The Bible is About Jesus

The entire Bible, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, is about Jesus Christ. Let me give a few reasons why I believe that is the case, as well as a few clarifications about what that means. First, reasons: I suppose #1 ought to be the fact that Jesus says on numerous occasions that the Old … Continue reading The Bible is About Jesus

The Cohesion of the Biblical Witness: Inner-Biblical Use of Scripture–Mark Boda

I've been reading through Hearing the Old Testament edited by Bartholomew and Beldman. I thought this quote from Mark Boda was worth passing along. This hermeneutical agenda for biblical theology, which arises from the self-witness of Scripture, explains the ubiquitous interconnections between the various parts of the canon. The Old Testament canon itself displays inner cohesion … Continue reading The Cohesion of the Biblical Witness: Inner-Biblical Use of Scripture–Mark Boda

NT Studies and Intertextual Interpretation

I. Howard Marshall published his review of G. K. Beale's A New Testament Biblical Theology yesterday in Themelios, and was generally positive towards Beale's work. After giving an extensive summary of the book, Marshall praises Beale for being exegetically mindful, but then brings up three areas "for discussion." One of these is Beale's use of … Continue reading NT Studies and Intertextual Interpretation