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
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
I wanted to highlight another video from St. John's, Nottingham. This video is from my friend, Prof. Steve Walton. In this video, Steve gives an overview of the book of Acts. It is well worth your time. Be sure to also check out Steve's personal blog here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pZcNWzqhM4
Brian LePort recently posted a positive short review of Steve Runge's Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament (Hendrickson 2010). My linguistic journey began when I was introduced to using linguistics as tool for exegesis when I took a Biblical Hebrew Syntax course at Southeastern Seminary. Then while at Edinburgh I purchased Runge's DGGNT and ultimately utilised the concepts from … Continue reading Brian LePort’s Short Review of Runge’s Greek Discourse Grammar
Chances are you haven’t given much thought to why the New Testament books are arranged as they are in your Bible. We haven’t been trained, nor have we trained our congregations, to think that way when we read the scriptures. If we consider context, it is typically the immediate, and if we consider the canonical … Continue reading The Order of the Books of the New Testament
I just read over at Mike Bird and Joel Willitts' blog that there is a new gospel website: 4Gospels. Some of the authors of the website are Peter Williams (Warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge) and Simon Gathercole (University of Cambridge). I'm sure it will be an interesting website with content on both canonical and non-canonical gospels.
I thought I would pass along a link to a lecture on New Testament Textual Criticism from Dirk Jongkind (Tyndale House Cambridge). Click here to be directed to the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog where you can find the link to his lecture.
I received exciting news this morning that my article "Victory, Atonement, Restoration, and Response: The Shape of the New Testament Canon and the Holistic Gospel Message" has been accepted for publication the Winter 2012 issue of Southeastern Theological Review. This article was a fun one to write, since it was the first new project I've … Continue reading STR Article Accepted
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
A common view I often encounter is that God is going to completely obliterate the entire physical universe at Christ's return and basically just start over. It always reminds me of Darth Vader destroying Alderaan in Episode IV. Alderaan Destroyed The text most often used in these encounters is 2 Peter 3:1-13, which says this: … Continue reading Is God Going to Go All Death Star on the Earth When Jesus Returns?