Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Journals (compiled by the Divinity School at Vanderbilt)
The Bible Today.
The Bible Translator.
Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches.
Biblical Theology Bulletin.
Cahiers De Biblia Patristica.
Catholic Biblical Quarterly.
Elenchus Bibliographicus Biblicus.
Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses Elenchus Bibliographicus.
Foundations and Facets Forum.
Havard Theological Review.
Horizons in Biblical Theology.
Index to Book Reviews on Religion.
Journal of Biblical Literature.
Journal of New Testament Studies.
Literature and Theology.
New Testament Studies.
New Testament Abstracts.
Religion Index One.
Religion Index Two:Multi-Author Works (Rit).
Religious Index Two: Festschriften 1960-1969.
Religious Studies Review.
Review and Expositor.
Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric.
Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers.
Zeitschrift Fur Die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft Und Die Kunde Der Alteren Kirche (Znw).
*Excerpted a Vanderbilt Divinity School bibliography, revised 2003. [http://divinity.library.vanderbilt.edu/bibliographies/new_testament.pdf]
Misc. Resources for NT studies:
Aufstieg und Niedergang der romischen Welt (ANRW – “The Rise and Decline of the Roman World). This is actually a series of books which contain various essays by experts on the subject. It contains articles in English among other languages. You may be able to search the index here: http://www.uky.edu/AS/Classics/biblio/anrw.html. Also, Rodney Decker has a running bibliography of relevant articles within this series. You can retrieve this as a .pdf file at: http://www.ntresources.com/documents/ANRW_bibliog.pdf
Australian Biblical Review. Table of Contents and book reviews available at website. [http://www.fbs.org.au/abr.html]
*The Bible and Critical Theory. Published online. [http://publications.epress.monash.edu/loi/bc/index.html]
*Biblica. Full text .pdf files available. Published by the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome [http://www.bsw.org/project/biblica/].
*The Denver Journal. Published by Denver Seminary. Available online. [http://www.denverseminary.edu/resources/the-denver-journal/]
*Filología Neotestamentaria. Volumes 7-19 available online. [http://www.bsw.org/project/filologia/index.php]
*Journal of Biblical Literature. Quarterly publications can be accessed online as far back as 2003. [http://www.sbl-site.org/publications/journals_JBL_backissues.aspx]
*Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism. Current year available online; past years available in print through Sheffield press. RSS feed available. [http://jgrchj.net/home].
Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum (SEG). Bibliography of Greek inscriptions updated each year.
* = Available online in part or whole.
http://www.ntresources.com Many resources from Dr. Rodney Decker. Very useful.
http://www.NTGateway.com Mostly links and references for New Testament studies.
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu Texts, maps, and archeology.
http://www.tlg.uci.eduThesaurus Lingua Graecae.
Duke Papyrus Archive: http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/papyrus/.
Oxyrhynchus Papyri. Online at: http://www.papyrology.ox.ac.uk/POxy/papyri/the_papyri.html
Pseudepigrapha online at: http://ocp.acadiau.ca/
List of Papyri links at: http://members.tripod.com/~papyri/links-2.html - Collections.
Images of inscriptions at http://epigraphy.packhum.org/inscriptions/ (Packard Humanities Institute – PHI).
The Denver Journal publishes a NT Bibliography every year. [http://www.denverseminary.edu/article/new-testament-exegesis-bibliography-2008/]
Glynn, John. Commentary and Reference Survey. Grand Rapids: Kregal, 2007. Very useful.
Bibliography from Vanderbilt Divinity School, revised 2003. [http://divinity.library.vanderbilt.edu/bibliographies/new_testament.pdf]
Monday, September 1, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
If most of the first century world was illiterate, could the NT have been written and transmitted so quickly during this time? Or must we assume, as some scholars would suggest, that the NT was written late, the content of which sprang forth from oral traditions which were tens (and perhaps hundreds) of years old?
Carson and Moo, in An Introduction to the New Testament, suggest that "the world into which Jesus was born was highly literate" (p 24). In their context, however, it is important to note that they are avoiding such notions implicit in the questions above, namely, that the NT is late and based on oral traditions. Most scholars (conservative and liberal) have accepted the fact the literacy rate in the Greco-Roman world was low, perhaps 20% or lower (specific stats vary widely). But in recent years, the prominence of a first century 'literary culture' has begun to emerge in research. In other words, there is substantial evidence that even though many in the first century were illiterate, there existed an influential written culture, books, contracts, letters, etc..
For more information, read this fascinating article by Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts: "Paul's Bible, His Education and His Access to the Scriptures of Israel." This article addresses essential issues for Greco-Roman background studies.
Here are a few 'highlights' I found interesting:
"The first stage is to try to create a scenario in which to place Paul. Though orality was significant in the Greco-Roman world, including the world of Diaspora Judaism, it maintained a complex interplay with literacy and a growing and developing book culture. " (p26).
"As a literate person and a major letter writer (we believe it is impossible for Paul not to have known that he was a major letter
writer, on the basis of simply seeing how his letters compared to other, more typical letters of the ancient world), he probably wrote or had written multiple copies, with copies being kept, with later copies being made from them, and with the copies perhaps forming the basis of his letter collection." (p27).
Regarding Paul and his 'parchments' (2 Tim 4.13): "A likely hypothesis, therefore, is that Paul, or one of his early Christian colleagues, compiled an anthology of significant texts for specific purposes, as liturgical, doctrinal or compositional tools" (p29).
"More than likely, the Greek text was dealt with in terms of individual books and their respective scroll(s)—it did not exist as a single volume until the dissemination of the codex in the second century CE" (p29).
Dealing with question regarding the Scriptures brings up a topic about which I'd like to blog soon: Biblical apologetics, that is apologetics that utilize arguments based on biblical studies, especially original language studies.
By the way, my position is that the books of the New Testament were completed by AD 90-95 (though many of the books were written around the 50s and 60s). I also maintain verbal plenary inspiration.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
We must help people wrestle with what Scripture says by putting their finger on the text and working it through. The best preaching does that. That means it's not enough just to summarize accurately what the Bible says. That's a good and important thing to do, but it's not enough. Preaching the gospel has to be done in such a way that everything of significance that is said is demonstrably tied to the text. The preacher must constantly say, "The Bible says," or words to that effect. Look at the text itself. Cite it again. Show that the connection is to be made. In other words, there is some preaching that is biblically faithful but does not make the truth demonstrably biblical. In a biblically illiterate age, one of the things that must be done is to show that what is being said is demonstrably the Word of God.As usual, Carson articulates his point very well. He summarizes a significant point I attempted to make in my previous post: The content of preaching (i.e., content of sermons) should be text-centered, asking and answering the question: "What does the Scripture say?"
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Josh, I hope God raises up many young men with the same concern for biblical preaching. Not just preaching about the Bible, or using the Bible when preaching, but actually preaching the Bible–what the Bible says.These words express a great concern of mine in regard to popular preaching today, specifically in Evangelical churches. I would like to briefly discuss what I feel is necessary for faithful, effective preaching.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
To the left, you see a very small section of Arlington Cemetery in D.C. Countless soldiers have been laid to rest here - more men who sacrificed much for the sake of freedom. As my family and I approached the site, we heard parts of a "21 gun salute" - a funeral going on near by. I couldn't help but feel indebted to those who had shed their blood (or exposed themselves to the risk thereof) for my sake.
As we visited the Iwo Jima Memorial, the following
sight (left) was a nice reminder that freedom is not free.
Three of the six marines commemorated in this picture died at Iwo Jima. They join those who have sacrificed much to maintain the freedoms we enjoy, including the freedom to fly (notice the plane flying high above beyond the memorial).
At one point during my visit to D.C. and the surrounding area, I was afforded the rare opportunity to be inside the chapel at Camp David where the Commander in Chief attends the Sunday Worship services when visiting. Inside, my wife played, "How Great Thou Art" on the piano as I sang the first verse. I prayed (and now pray) that our nation, beginning from the top and trickling right down to all of us, might turn to our Creator which we often acknowledge, and turn to our Redeemer in whom (as a nation) we rarely trust and that we would submit ourselves wholly to Him.
I'm thankful for the freedoms afforded me by this United States of America, but how much more I long that God would grant us revivals in which the Holy Spirit might quicken men and women to repent and trust in Christ. All this for the sake of God and of Christ, for God's honor and glory.
Believers, regardless of nation, race, and language have been granted by God salvation: a unique freedom from the penalty and power of sin, and a freedom to live in submissive obedience to the Creator and Redeemer of our Souls, Christ Jesus. His blood was of greater value than all other blood which has been shed upon the earth, and for the incarnation, atonement, resurrection, and salvation I am eternally grateful.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Emerging folks often talk about a need to communicate "God's Story" to people. They says, "The Bible is story - the story of how God redeemed man - and there are many stories within that story." At first, I want to say, "Sounds 'far out' (do I smell smoke?) and 'liberal' (an abused adjective, I know)." But I recently reflected on what I see as a major problem in youth ministry and found myself in agreement (I think) with this 'story' talk:
In my observation, many youth ministries are not feeding their students the Word of God in such a way that they teach the youth how to study for themselves. Teens need to know, for example, what God says through Paul to the church at Ephesus. They need to understand that the whole book of Ephesians cries out to the church: "You have been called by God, saved by grace through faith in Christ, and placed into a body of other 'saved folks', all of whom are gifted in special ways to promote unity and the building up of this body!" To get this, one must understand the whole book of Ephesians, not just a couple of verses.
Youth pastors must stop feeding their teens piece-meal devotionals (i.e., here’s five verses from here and there that teach such and such) after which the hearers are left with only a handful of principles (like I can do all things through Christ . . .) and have no idea what that means in the context of (in this case) Philippians 4 – It does not mean Christ helps my three point shooting percentage go up if I pray about it! Paul is talking to the Philippians about his economic situation, being content whether in need or having abundance. His point: whichever the circumstance, I can do all things by means of the one who strengthens me!
The Bible has a story to tell, and many stories within the greater story (I am surpised I can use such language with conviction). While Ephesians is full of “propositional truth” (which I find very helpful and necessary), these truths can only be understood in the context of the whole passage, section, book, etc., and historical situation! We’re too often giving teens a book of rules to follow with verses as references. We need to teach them how to read Ephesians, understand the context and original situation, and apply it to their lives. Rule books can be handy, but they become tedious and disconnected from their source. The Bible lives – the epistles (not just the narrative texts) are vivid (and very true) stories in which God reveals his will, commands that must be obeyed, and truth related to who He is, who we are, and how we ought to relate to Him and others. If we rip verses out of their 'story' (context), we rob our students of the coherance and beauty of a book like Ephesians.
p.s. - Oops, I recognize that while I desired to "give the following praise without qualification," I clearly qualified many of my statements.