A Book Review on Eugene Merrill’s 1–2 Chronicles Commentary

I’m a bit late in posting this (actually very late). But I thought some might be interested in reading my recent book review of Eugene Merrill’s commentary on 1–2 Chronicles that was published in the latest Themelios journal. Especially helpful are discussions on three theological themes in a redemptive-historical framework that are central to the … Continue reading A Book Review on Eugene Merrill’s 1–2 Chronicles Commentary

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Earthy Signs of Israel’s Restoration

At the end of Hosea, God promises to restore Israel, and he declares his redemptive purposes using the earthy symbols of grain and vine: They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow;     they shall flourish like the grain; they shall blossom like the vine;     their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon (Hos. 14:7). … Continue reading Earthy Signs of Israel’s Restoration

Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar 2015

As ETS/SBL/AAR/etc approaches, I want to invite those interested to this year's Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar and to the newly formed Scripture and Doctrine Seminar. The theme for the former is The Old Testament and Worldview, and Al Wolters, Raymond van Leeuwen, Koert van Bekkum, Jamie Grant, David Beldman, and I will be speaking on … Continue reading Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar 2015

The Silliness of (Some) Source Criticism

My current course load includes one class on the Former Prophets, and this week we've dealt with the critical theories about these books' composition. Of course for Joshua-Kings the prevailing scholarly consensus is the "Deuteronomistic (or Deuteronomic) History," most famously postulated  by Martin Noth but having undergone many subsequent revisions. For Noth and most OT … Continue reading The Silliness of (Some) Source Criticism

Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar 2015

The Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar, which has produced the 8-volume Scripture and Hermeneutics Series with Zondervan, as well the upcoming Manifesto for Theological Interpretation with Baker, will host its annual meeting this year in Atlanta, GA (in partnership with IBR) on the topic of Worldview and the Old Testament. Speakers include Al Wolters, Jamie Grant, … Continue reading Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar 2015

Quote of the Day

Right now I'm doing some research on the nature of wisdom in Solomon's judgment over the case of the two women claiming the same baby. I came across this great quote from Richard Briggs: Complaints against the supposition that this is a paradigm of wise judgment have come thick and fast from various quarters, including the rabbis, … Continue reading Quote of the Day

Hermeneutics and the Eternal Generation of the Son

In two weeks I'll be presenting a paper with the same title as this blog post at the Southeast Regional meeting of ETS in Birmingham, AL. I'm also presenting the same paper at the ETS Far West Regional meeting in LA in April. I've never presented the same paper at two different conferences, so it … Continue reading Hermeneutics and the Eternal Generation of the Son

Athanasius and Proverbs 8

Right now I’m researching the hermeneutical foundations for the patristic and medieval use of Proverbs 8 to support the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son. One of the essays I've been working through for the last few days is Luise Abramowski's "Das Theologische Hauptwerk Des Athanasius.”[1] My German is below poor, so I … Continue reading Athanasius and Proverbs 8

Joseph’s Pride

This weekend I watched Joseph: King of Dreams (Ben Affleck's greatest role, aside from Gigli) with my girls, and we also happened to read the Joseph story in the Jesus Storybook Bible. In both of these interpretations of the Genesis 37-50 narrative, Joseph is portrayed in his youth as more than a bit prideful, even … Continue reading Joseph’s Pride

Gordon McConville on the Paradox of Deuteronomy

Lately much of my research has focused on the Solomon narrative in 1 Kings 1-11. With this it is impossible to escape the voluminous amount of secondary literature that has been written on the Deuteronomistic History where the narrative is embedded. While researching various theories on the DH and the theology of Deuteronomy in general I … Continue reading Gordon McConville on the Paradox of Deuteronomy