Biblical Studies

By Phillip Long | The Best of the BiblioBlogs

Testament of Moses

The first few fragmentary verses set the context for the testament. Moses called Joshua and commanded him to go forth in the strength of the Lord. …

Faith

What is the “Testament of Moses”?

This book is called <i>The Assumption of Moses</i> in Charles, although the <i>Testament</i> and the <i>Assumption</i> may be two separate books. The only extant copy of the</i> …

Testament of Jacob

This testament is a Christian work with a Trinitarian introduction (the exact same words as the <i>Testament of Isaac</i>). The writer refers the reader to …

Theology

Is Baptism for Today?

Though there are some possible alternatives to water baptism which will be discussed in later posts, there are three reasons to continue the rite of …

Spirituality

Testament of Isaac

Originally written in Greek, this testament is only know in translation. The book is dependent on the <i>Testament of Abraham</i> and therefore must be dated …

Theology

The Corruption of Biblical Studies

Academic scrutiny of scripture, a discipline prey to intellectual fashion since its inception, is today pursued by many in the service of secular …

Theology

Abraham’s Heavenly Journey – Testament of Abraham 10- 14

Many apocalyptic texts include a heaven journey. For example, in the Book of the Watchers Enoch passes through the heavens and sees various …

Faith

“Destoyer of the gods”: A Recent Review and a Plea for Accuracy

I suppose many authors experience the uncertainty and occasional frustration with reviews of their books. A recent review of my book, <i>Destroyer of the</i> …

Christianity

Christian Graffiti in Smyrna - not as early as once thought

by<p>Peter M. Head at<p>Monday, July 10, 2017 0<p>Back in 2012 I posted a brief note about some Christian graffiti in Smyrna that was dated by Roger Bagnall …

“Communal Reading” in Early Christianity

A forthcoming book by Brian J. Wright, <i>Communal Reading in the Time of Jesus: A Window into Early Christian Reading Practices,</i> is a solid and valuable …

Theology

Walking in Darkness – Ephesians 2:1

This is one of the best loved passages in the Pauline letters, virtually everyone knows Ephesians 2:8-9 and is able to recite it quickly. Paul …

Faith

The Death of Abraham – Testament of Abraham 15-20

The Lord tells Michael it is time for Abraham to return to his home so that he can make arrangements for his death. Abraham refuses to follow the …

Theology

“No One Escapes Death” – Testament of Abraham 1-9

The book begins like other examples of testament literature. Abraham, now at the age of 995 years, is about to die “unexpectedly.” In this case, …

Theology

What is the “Testament of Abraham”?

E. P. Sanders notes in his introduction to the next three testaments that they all three likely come from Greek-speaking Jewish author living in …

Theology

1, 2 & 3 John (ZECNT) by Jobes

The Reagan Review<p>Mark this down as another outstanding entry in an exceptional series. Jobes has provided a thoughtful, scholarly, and easy to read …

History

Questions and Rhetoric in the Greek New Testament: An Essential Reference Resource for Exegesis

Douglas Estes. <i>Questions and Rhetoric in the Greek New Testament: An Essential Reference Resource for Exegesis</i> . Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic, …

Evangelical Quarterly 1929-2011 Now On-Line

Rob Bradshaw at BiblicalStudies.uk.org has been scanning theological journals and other resources for many years, with more than 32,000 articles …

Theology

The Case for a 'New Christian Zionism'

Gerald McDermott challenges simplistic thinking about Israel’s past, present, and future. Christians have never been certain about what to do with …

Israel

Testament of Benjamin

The historical expansion section of Benjamin concerns an apocryphal story about Joseph in his trip down to Egypt (chapters 1-2). Joseph is a model of …

Faith

Testament of Joseph

Joseph has a lengthy historical expansion which covers the entire book. Joseph describes his initial imprisonment (chapter 1) and spends chapters 2-9 …

Faith

The Christ-Gift in Galatians—Part III: Paul & the Gift

In Part III of Barclay’s <i>Paul & the Gift</i> he exegetically and theologically analyzes Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Barclay’s treatment of Galatians …

Theology

Testament of Asher

Asher is missing the historical expansion found in previous testaments. He begins with a moral exhortation concerning the “two ways.” This ethic is …

Faith

Testament of Gad

Like most of this collection, the Testament of Gad begins with an expansion of the Joseph story. Although there is virtually nothing about Gad known …

Faith

Testament of Naphtali

Like most of these testaments, the author has expanded on very minimal information about Naphtali to create the final words of this son of Jacob. …

Theology

Book Review – McKnight and Mocida, Jesus is Lord (Part 2)

McKnight, Scot and Joseph B. Modica, editors. <i>Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies</i>. Downers Grove, Ill.: …

Book Review – McKnight and Mocida, Jesus is Lord (Part 1)

McKnight, Scot and Joseph B. Modica, editors. <i>Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies</i>. Downers Grove, Ill.: …

Nobody is Hiring, So What Can I Do with My PhD in Theology?

Nathan A. Finn. Photo courtesy of Union University.<p>Dr. Nathan A. Finn contributed today’s post. Dr. Finn is Dean of the School of Theology and …

Theology

Testament of Zebulon

This testament is fragmentary in Armenian and Slavonic versions and several Greek manuscripts are mission 6.4-8.3 (Kugler, 64). Kugler suggest the …

Faith

Book Giveaway – Gerald R. McDermott, Israel Matters

I have not given away a book on Reading Acts in a while, but a giveaway is a good way to overcome the summer blogging malaise. I recently reviewed …