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Book Review: Michael J. Gorman, Apostle of the Crucified Lord, Second Edition

<b>Gorman Michael J. Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters. Second Edition. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans,</b> …

Theology

Psalms of Solomon and the Hasmoneans

If 1 Maccabees can be described as pro-Hasmonean propaganda, the <i>Psalms of Solomon</i> vilify the Hasmoneans as corrupt law-breakers who have brought the …

First Maccabees as Pro-Hasmonean Propaganda

1 Maccabees is clearly in favor of the revolution against the Seleucid and the Hasmonean dynasty. It is “a thoroughgoing pro-Hasmonean” (Fischer, …

Christianity

Factors Leading to the Maccabean Revolt (Part 2)

In 168 B.C. Antiochus made a second campaign into Egypt with the intention of annexing it to his own kingdom. This time things were not to go as well …

Theology

Factors Leading to the Maccabean Revolt (Part 1)

Early in his reign, Antiochus IV Epiphanes was involved in a dispute over the high priesthood in Jerusalem. Onias III was the legitimate High Priest. …

Theology

Is There a Messiah in 1 Maccabees?

If the writer of 1 Maccabees positioned Judas as David-revisited, it would be unlikely that he would look forward to a future messiah. The book …

Christianity

1 Maccabees and the Legitimacy of the Hasmoneans

The book of 1 Maccabees clearly favors the revolution against the Seleucid and the Hasmonean dynasty. In fact, it is “a thoroughgoing pro-Hasmonean . …

Christianity

How the Vatican Library celebrates LXX Day

• Share on Facebook.<br>• Share on Google+<p><i>Marieke Dhont (PhD, KU Leuven & Université catholique de Louvain) is a Visiting Fellow at St. John’s College</i> …

Ancient History

New Dead Sea Scroll Cave Discovered after 60 Years

• Share on Facebook.<br>• Share on Google+<p>A New Cave, an Old Controversy: Dramatic New Discovery in Israel will Re-Ignite Debates<p><i>Craig A. Evans, Ph.D.,</i> …

Archaeology

Antiochus IV Epiphanes and the Beginning of the Rebellion

The conflict between the Hellenists and the Hasidim came to a climax during the reign of Antiochus IV Epiphanes (175-163 B.C.), leading to the …

Theology

Ecclesiology and the Scriptural Narrative of 1 Peter

<b>2017.02.04 | Patrick T. Egan. Ecclesiology and the Scriptural Narrative of 1 Peter. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2016. 273 pp. ISBN:</b> …

Christianity

Jubilees and Sacred Geography

Just as the writer of <i>Jubilees</i> sought to insert the Law into primeval history, so to the boundaries of the Land. <i>Jubilees</i> begins with the recognition …

Christianity

The Law in Jubilees

In <i>Jubilees</i>, the law is established in creation, therefore “obedience to the Law is the central message of <i>Jubilees</i>” (Wintermute, “<i>Jubilees</i>,” <i>OTP</i> 2:40). …

Religion

John (ZECNT) by Edward Klink

Edward Klink has provided us with a major commentary on the beloved Gospel of John. It’s the latest title in the emerging Zondervan Exegetical …

Theology

Jubilees and the Eternal Covenant

The book of <i>Jubilees</i> is a critically important book for the study of the New Testament. The book was written in the second century B.C. in Hebrew as a …

Theology

“At/In the Right Hand”: An Exhortation

I really must appeal to readers to do a bit of reading and checking of data before “winging it” with proposals that are baseless. This exhortation …

Christianity

Sirach and the Greeks

The book of Sirach was originally written in Hebrew by Yeshua ben Sira at the beginning of the second century B.C.E. and was translated into Greek by …

The Failure of Sirach

Sirach wrote in the period before the events which led to the Maccabean revolt. He is friendly toward the Greeks and optimistic that Jewish people …

Theology

Hellenization and the Jewish Diaspora

From 336-323 Alexander the Great conquered most of the known world. The empire extended from Greece to Egypt, and as Far East as Babylon and parts of …

Theology

Jewish Purity Practices in Roman Judea: The Evidence of Archaeology

Biblical Studies Carnival 131 – January 2017

BiblioBlogger Carnival Barker?<p>Cassandra Farrin hosts the January 2017 Biblical Studies Carnival at her Ethics & Early Christianity Blog hosted by the …

Flipboard

Daniel Boyarin and the Christian Invention of Judaism

How did Judaism and Christianity become separate religions? There are three problems with this question: the words religion, Christianity, and …

Religion

Logos Free Book – N. T. Wright, Following Jesus

Logos Bible Software is offering N. T. Wright’s <i>Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Christian Discipleship</i> for free in the month of March. This …

Christianity

Hope for the Future during the Exile

The Jewish diaspora begins as early as 722 B.C. when Assyria destroyed Samaria and deported some of the population to other Assyrian cities. For …

Christianity

Book Review: Reading Acts Today: A Festschrift for Loveday Alexander

Walton, Steve, Thomas E. Phillips, Lloyd Keith Pietersen, F. Scott Spencer, eds. <i>Reading Acts Today.</i> FS Loveday C. A. Alexander. LNTS 427; London: T&T …

Christianity

Book Review: Richard A. Taylor, Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature

<b>Taylor, Richard A. Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature: An Exegetical Handbook. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Ministry, 2016. 205 pp. Pb; $21.99.</b> <b>Link</b> …

Theology

Tobit: Remembering the Covenant

The author the book of Tobit presents Tobit as keeping the Covenant in the diaspora by consciously paralleling him to Joseph and Daniel, the two …

Christianity

Tobit: A Faithful Israelite

The book of Tobit is, on the face of it, a fairy-tale about a young man, Tobias, who goes out into the wide world, encounters many dangers, but is …

Theology

Using Rabbinic Literature for the Study of the Second Temple Period

In a previous post I included rabbinic literature as a possible source for the study of the Second Temple period. I hesitated to include this on my …

Religion