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Some Random Thoughts on the Tyndale House Greek New Testament

I received in the mail from the publisher a couple of weeks ago a copy of <i>The Greek New Testament</i>, which will probably be referred to as the Tyndale …

Theology

Belief AND Practice – Titus 3:4-8a

This long sentence might be a summary of what Paul means by “sound doctrine” in Titus 2:1. Gordon Fee called these lines “semi creedal” (<i>1-2 Timothy,</i> …

Theology

Book Review: Michael F. Bird, Jesus The Eternal Son

<b>Bird, Michael F. Jesus The Eternal Son: Answering Adoptionist Christology. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2017. xv + 155 pages; Pb. $18.</b> <b>Link to</b> …

Theology

Book Review: Nick Norelli, Christology in Review

<b>Norelli, Nick. Christology in Review: A Layman’s Take on Books about Christology. Lulu, 2017.</b> <b>149pp.; Pb.; $10.84.</b> <b>Link to Lulu</b><p>This small book collects …

Theology

Book Notice: Communal Reading in the Time of Jesus, by Brian J. Wright

One of my former interns, colleague on some CSNTM expeditions, and a DTS alumnus, Brian Wright, has written a book on ancient book culture that has …

Theology

Diligence and Vices: Andreas Köstenberger on Plagiarism

In light of the recent discovery of Andreas Köstnberger’s plagiarism of D. A. Carson’s Pillar commentary on John in his own BECNT volume I thought …

Plagiarism

Suffering as Godliness – 2 Timothy 3:10-12

In contrast to the false teachers, Paul lists his own suffering as an example of what will happen to anyone that wants to live a godly life (vv. …

Faith

How to Approach Difficult Bible Passages

As a teacher, I am regularly asked about Bible passages and the theology they convey. Sometimes the questions are straightforward; other times, not …

Theology

Handing Down Good Teaching – 2 Timothy 1:13-14

Paul was “appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher” of the Gospel (1:11). This description of Paul’s ministry is similar to 1 Tim 2:7. The …

Theology

The Mystery of Godliness – 1 Timothy 3:14-16

This section of 1 Timothy is the center of the letter, perhaps the center of the three Pastoral Epistles as a whole. The main metaphor Paul works in …

Faith

What are the Qualifications for Elders? (1 Timothy 3:2-7)

The qualifications for the overseer are moral virtues which would be worthy of respect in the Greco-Roman world. <i>He must be “above reproach.”</i> Along …

Faith

Did John see Revelation as a vision?

By onNovember 7, 2017 in Revelation 0<p>Most ordinary readers of Revelation assume that John had some sort of vision, and that what we have is a …

Theology

The Pastoral Epistles – The Opponents in Ephesus

One of the problems for reading the Pastoral Epistles is the identity of the “opponents” in Paul’s churches. Paul seems to have a group of elders in …

Faith

Background to the Pastoral Epistles

The background to the Pastoral epistles is a matter of some speculation. The letters to Timothy and Titus are collectively called the “pastoral …

Theology

What are the Pastoral Epistles?

First and Second Timothy and Titus are usually described as “pastoral epistles.” The standard view of these three letters is that Paul is writing to …

Theology

Book Review–The Handy Guide to Difficult and Irregular Greek Verbs: Aids for Readers of the Greek New Testament. A Kregel Academic publication

<i>The Handy Guide to Difficult and Irregular Greek Verbs: Aids for Readers of the Greek New Testament</i>, is the newest addition to Kregel Academic’s …

Publishing

Like a Virgin Bride (Ephesians 5:25-30)

The idea that the church is the bride of Christ is common in popular thinking, especially in hymns and songs. This is based on the common metaphor …

Theology

Jesus Christ Has Defeated the Powers of Darkness – Ephesians 1:20-23

After spending some time reading in the so-called anti-Imperial texts in Paul, I would suggest that Paul does in fact envision the eventual …

Faith

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 …

Theology

What are the Powers of this Age in Ephesians 1:20?

Several times in Ephesians Paul mentions rulers and authorities, powers and dominions. Most commentators observe Paul has spiritual forces in view …

Theology

Biblical Studies Carnival for October 2017

Welcome to the Carnival<p>Coming back to host a Biblical Studies Carnival many years after I last did so (but that was on another website and besides …

Theology

Book Review: Mark J. Keown, Evangelical Exegetical Commentary on Philippians

<b>Keown, Mark J. Philippians 1:1-2:18. Bellingham, Wash.: Lexham Press, 2017. 533 pp.; Hb.; $39.99. Link to Lexham Press</b><b>Keown, Mark J. Philippians</b> …

Theology

Philemon and Slavery in the First Century

There is an obvious need for a clear understanding of slavery as we approach the book of Philemon. In this post I want to summarize a few points from …

Theology

Book Review: Scot McKnight, Philemon (NICNT)

<b>McKnight, Scot. Philemon. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2017. 126 pp.; Hb.; $25.00. Link to Eerdmans</b> Commentaries on Philemon are often added to the …

Theology

Why Did Paul Write to Philemon?

The traditional “background” to Philemon posits Philemon as a wealthy man and slave owner (15-16) probably living in Colossae. He is described as a …

Theology

Romans 1 and Human Sexuality, Pt 4

In this series of reflections on Romans, I am asking how the context and purpose of the entire letter might shape Christian discussions about human …

Faith

God has Reconciled Us (Colossians 1:22)

Colossians 1:22 begins with “but now” (νυνὶ δὲ). These are two very important words in the Greek, indicating an important contrast. The contrast is …

Theology

Are We Alienated from God? (Colossians 1:21)

Paul beings by pointing out humans are alienated from God, or perhaps “estranged.” In English, estranged can simply mean separation, “a man and his …

Faith

What was the Problem in Colossians?

One of the main issues we need to sort out for understanding the letter to the Colossians is the nature of the false teaching which was causing …

Theology