But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:00

The Danger of Obscuring the Text

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As I was preparing to teach Romans again, I came across the following reminder from Doug Moo. 
The interpreter of Romans is faced with the danger that the text of what Paul himself wrote will become obscured by the reams and reams of material that other people have written about the text....

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Eduard Verhoef suggests that the church numbered around 33 in the AD 60s. He arrives at this number by noting that, “All in all we can list 11 people who had chosen to go the way indicated by Paul: Lydia, the goaler [sic, jailer], two bishops, two deacons, Epaphroditus, Eudia, Syntyche, the...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 01:17

New Open Access Journal: Text and Archaeology

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There is a new open access journal entitled Archaeology and Text, edited by Itzik Shai and David Small. You can access the first volume hereHT: Aren Maier

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 13:15

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

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The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.Michael F. Bird The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesushttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9962 Revi...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 13:16

Canonization as a Card Game

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Apparently, there is now a card game related to the biblical canon. You can read about it here.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 14:18

The Idea of Missions in the Old Testament

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"J. H. Bavink once observed that “at first sight the Old Testament appears to offer little basis for the idea of missions,” adding that “that entire pagan world is portrayed more as a constant threat and temptation to Israel than as an area in which God will reveal his...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 10:33

Repetition in Genesis

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Sam Bray notes here the importance of noting and translating repetitions in the Bible, notably in this case Genesis.

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 12:41

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

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The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.Barbara Aland, Kurt Aland, Johannes Karavidopoulos, Carlo M. Martini, and Bruce Metzger, eds.The Greek New Testament with Dictionaryhttp://www....

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Friday, 14 July 2017 01:25

Staff Bios

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Thom Rainer has some good suggestions here on six things to include in church staff bios. I think this would also relate to faculty bios as well.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 23:47

Archaeological Conservation

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During my recent participation at the Tel Gezer dig, I learned that what is uncovered must either be protected or conserved. So sometimes what is uncovered is re-covered to protect it. In other cases, what has been exposed is left exposed. In such instances, conservation or preservation is...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 01:12

Fly Through Animation of Ai (Khirbet el-Maqatir)

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Fly Through Animation of the fortress of Ai based on the archaeological excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 00:48

The Corruption of Biblical Studies?

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This essay does a decent job in pointing out the tensions between religious and academic studies of the Bible and how the latter is not as agenda driven as the former. As the subtitle points out, the "Academic scrutiny of scripture, a discipline prey to intellectual fashion since its inception, is...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 06:39

Project Habakkuk

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This story might need to be put in the bizarre file, but you can read about a secret proposal called "Project Habakkuk," to build aircraft carriers out of ice during WW II.

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You can read this story about the Tandy Archaeological Museum here. I visited the Tandy museum a few years ago but it sounds like I need to make a return visit. The museum has a decent website here and you can view photos of the collections here.

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 09:53

Text-Driven Preaching Workshop: Philemon

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Some readers might be interested in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Text-Driven Preaching Workshop focusing on Philemon. The workshop is on Monday, October 9 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). Speakers include David Allen, Denny Autrey, Deron Biles, Barry McCarty, Matthew McKellar,...

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Friday, 07 July 2017 13:10

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

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The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.Aaron Chalmers Interpreting the Prophets: Reading, Understanding and Preaching from the Worlds of the Prophetshttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdet...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 11:44

Original Turabian?

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In the process of packing some things today, I can across this copy of Turabian. There is no indication of a second or later edition so it may be a first edition. In any case, it is only 61 pages long!
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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 03:25

Two Views on Applying 2 Chronicles 7:14

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Steve Gaines argues for direct application here and Russell Moore argues against direct application here (written in 2016). I wonder whether at least some of the differences between Gaines and Russell relates to a failure to distinguish between principles and applications.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 02:52

Leviticus and Sexual Morality

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Jeff Mirus has a good post here on what Leviticus has to teach us about sexual morality and ourselves.

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Monday, 03 July 2017 00:56

Infographic: Singleness, Dating, and Marriage

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Crossway has a helpful infographic on singleness, dating, and marriage here.HT: David Murray

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The free Logos Book of the Month for July is The Old Religion in a New World: The History of North American ChristianitybyMark A. Noll.For this and other offers you can go to the Logos' Free Book of Month page here.

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Friday, 30 June 2017 05:52

On the Value of Biblical Hebrew

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Here is a Roman Catholic perspective. Note also the author's encouragement to visit the Holt Land.

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 02:31

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

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The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.Stephen Carlson The Text of Galatians and Its Historyhttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10563 Reviewed by Akio Ito Lynne St....

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 00:46

Charles Spurgeon's Schedule

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Check out this blog post related to Charles Spurgeon's schedule. I know it puts my schedule to shame!

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 06:38

Free Hebrew Course

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Kevin Bauder notes that you can take a free Biblical Hebrew course taught by William Barrick. You can access it out here.

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