The Thorny Issue of Historical Background Research

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

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Southeastern Theological Review’s Round Table Discussion with Michael Licona

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)

John’s Use of Drama

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

Pet Peeves, Soapboxes, and Hobby Horses

Was Paul intending for his readers to conjure this picture in their minds in Ephesians 6:10-20? Or this? Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins (Isa 11:5). How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good … Continue reading Pet Peeves, Soapboxes, and Hobby Horses