Biblical Studies

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Stand Firm and Hold to the Faith – 2 Thessalonians 2:15

“So then” (Ἄρα οὖν) is a common Pauline way of drawing a logical conclusion to a section. Since his readers have been chosen by God as the first to …

Faith

Main Themes of 2 Thessalonians

The situation in Thessalonica has changed since Paul wrote his first letter to the church. In fact, the second letter is so different from the first …

Faith

How Can We Live to Please God? (1 Thessalonians 4:1-2)

The verbs translated “ask” and “urge” (ἐρωτάω and παρακαλέω) in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 are commonly used to encourage a reader to a particular action. …

Theology

"The Life of the Professor" -- My Talking Points for our New Faculty Workshop

I was asked earlier this week by the provost here at Southern to come in and speak to our new professors. We have a large and growing faculty and in …

Teaching

Review: Preaching in the New Testament by Jonathan Griffiths

Is preaching simply an invention of the Reformation? Is the preacher a quirk of Protestantism, with no counterpart in the early church? The …

Theology

What is Brotherly Love? (1 Thessalonians 4:9–10)

In 1 Thessalonians 4:9–10 Paul encourages the church at Thessalonica to pursue “brotherly love.” What is brotherly love? The noun used here …

Theology

Main Themes of 1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians fits well into the book of Acts 17:1-9. Paul arrived in the city from Philippi, where he had been arrested illegally and released …

Faith

Romans 1 and Human Sexuality, Pt 2

In this series, I am reflecting on the manner in which the overall thrust of Romans might transform the way Christians discuss issues of human …

Faith

Romans 1 and Human Sexuality

I have been troubled for some time about the way Evangelical Christians use Scripture when addressing moral issues. The recent fraught discussions …

Sexuality

Digitisation for the Web on a (very small) budget

I was invited by the Committee of the Association of European Theological libraries (BETH) to speak at their 2017 conference. Located in the …

Archaeology

Book Review: Michael F. Bird, An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans

<b>Bird, Michael F. An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2017. xii + 322 pages; Pb. $28. Link to</b> …

Theology

Book Review: Jason DeRouchie, What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About

<b>DeRouchie, Jason S., editor. What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich. Kregel, 2013. 496 pp.</b> …

Theology

Gentiles and the Jewish Law

Acts 15 concerns the first major controversy in the early church, although the issue seems strange to modern readers. Unlike later theological debate …

Theology

Are There Anti-Imperial “Echoes” in Paul’s Letters?

<b>1. Empire and the “Traditional” Paul</b><p>The notion of “empire” regularly pops up in discussions both in the church and in academic theology. One the one …

Theology

Book Giveaway – Ernst Käsemann, On Being a Disciple of the Crucified Nazarene

Somehow I lost a week in the flurry of a new school year. I promised to give away another book I have recent purchased then found it was already on …

Theology

Was Paul “Predisposed to Conversion”?

[I wrote this post almost exactly six years ago, September 14, 2011. Howard Pepper asked some good questions in a recent post about the idea of …

Theology

F. F. Bruce on Paul’s Conversion

This series on the New Perspective on Paul has generated several conversations (online and in real life). I was chatting about F. F. Bruce with a …

Theology

Paul and the Pagans

In his role as the apostle to the Gentiles, Paul is sometimes described as trying to bridge the gap between Judaism and the pagan world. His sermon …

Theology

Book Review: Benjamin L. Merkle and Robert L. Plummer, Greek for Life

<b>Merkle, Benjamin L. and Robert L. Plummer</b><b>. Greek for Life: Strategies for Learning, Retaining, and Reviving New Testament Greek. Grand Rapids, Mich.:</b> …

Theology

Was Paul as an Apostle?

Paul claims to be called to be an apostle in each of the undisputed letters (Rom 1:1, 1 Cor 1:1, 2 Cor 1:1, Gal 1:1) as well as several other letters …

Theology

What Did Jesus Teach about the Future?

Jesus’ most explicit teaching on the end times is found in the so-called “Olivet Discourse,” which is found in all three Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, …

Theology

Paul’s Radical Gentile Mission

One of the basic assumptions most Christian have about Jews in the first century is that they kept separate from the Gentiles. Josephus said that …

Theology

Hebrews in Contexts

<b>2017.09.19 | Gabriella Gelardini and Harold W. Attridge, eds. Hebrews in Contexts. Leiden: Brill, 2016. ISBN: 9789004311688.</b><p><b>Reviewed by Bryan Dyer,</b> …

Theology

Book Review: J. David Pleins, Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories

<b>Pleins, J. David and Jonathan Homrighausen</b><b>. Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories: A Student’s Guide to Nouns in the Old Testament.</b> …

Theology

Why did Paul go to Arabia?

One of the more tantalizing aspects of Paul’s early ministry is his “three years in Arabia.” In Galatians 1:17, Paul claims he did not go to …

Theology

Book Review: Todd Bolen, The Gospels: Photo Companion to the Bible

Todd Bolen has been producing high quality resources for Bible teachers for many years on his website Bible Places.com. I first became aware of …

Theology

Paul and the Suffering Servant

Like Philippians 3, in 2 Corinthians 11:23–33 Paul boasts about his ministry. Since this letter is written in the mid-50s, the list refers to Paul’s …

Theology

How do we make sense of the Beatitudes?

By onSeptember 7, 2017 in Biblical Studies 0<p>The Beatitudes—the collection of sayings that introduce the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ in Matt 5, with their …

Theology

Paul’s Calling as Apocalyptic

<b>Galatians 1:11–12 (ESV)</b> For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it …

Theology