The Meaning of the Pentateuch by John Sailhamer (IVP, 2009, 632 pp.) was the most stimulating and insightful book on the Bible that I read in the decade of 2000-2010. Sailhamer boldly went where most fear to tread in his proposal about the textual composition of the Pentateuch and the entire Hebrew Bible – as well as their implications for a theology of the OT. He argues for a two stage composition of the….
In a recently published article (full PDF linked below), I suggest a different reading in Jas 3.3a from what is found in the critical texts of NA28/UBS4 which read: εἰ δὲ τῶν ἵππων τοὺς χαλινοὺς εἰς τὰ στόματα βάλλομεν εἰς τὸ πείθεσθαι αὐτοὺς ἡμῖν, καὶ ὅλον τὸ σῶμα αὐτῶν μετάγομεν. I suggest that ἴδε instead of εἰ δὲ has both older external evidence and a better argument from internal evidence for its adoption….
In recent years I have noticed a lot of criticism of Christians who love Jer 29:11 and have personalized it for their lives. Recently even the Babylon Bee satirizes a young Christian who has it as a tattoo to commemorate his return from exile in Babylon. You certainly have hear it quoted, but here it is again….
Do we need to get inside the Hebrew minds of the New Testament authors?
Someone in the modern Messianic movement posted the following on Facebook….
Dr. William Varner discusses our English convention of calling Jesus’ brother Ἰάκωβος “James,” even though his Greek name means “Jacob.”
This video is an excerpt from Dr. Varner’s James Greek Reading Videos….
I have worked through enough of this volume to offer a positive recommendation. Porter has complained that most commentaries are composed of comments on other commentaries. This is an observation that I echo as well. He has succeeded, in my opinion, in avoiding that pitfall. As would be expected, Porter is very familiar with the literature….
In this four part series, I look at the four sections in Matthew 1-2 and how Matthew utilizes Old Testament passages that are “fulfilled” in the life of the Young Messiah. Find the rest of the series here….