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A Truly Inspiring Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics from Craig Bartholomew

There many introductions to biblical hermeneutics, but none have truly inspired me in the many ways Craig Bartholomew’s has. His Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics is truly a tour de force of the many methodologies, historical precedents, and disciplines that are wrapped up in the process of interpreting the Bible. This book has inspired me in at least two ways. First, I’ve never seen another hermeneutics textbook that includes a chapter on lectio divina and the necessity of listening to Scripture, as Bartholomew does in ch. 2. I was inspired…

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It’s Time to Rethink Traditional Covenantal Theology

Ever since Johannes Cocceius in the seventeenth century, the dominant model for federal or covenantal theology has been the Covenant of Works — Covenant of Grace dichotomy. This bi-covenantal scheme holds that Adam was under the Covenant of Works, potentially with the reward for obedience of eternal life, while all covenants after the fall were covenants of….

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Five Myths about the New Testament You Should Re-Examine

David Croteau has written a unique book with a sneaky purpose: to teach good hermeneutics. Many hermeneutics textbooks spend hundreds of pages on theory with some examples here and there. But not many books have been written with only examples of good exegesis for the purpose of teaching good exegesis….

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The Most Important Modern Theological Discussion

Feel free to push back, but I dare say that the most important modern theological discussion is the relationship between Israel and the Church.

It all started in the early church: who were these “Christians?” Of course they were Jews, but by the end of the first century we had the famous….

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Tom Schreiner Helps You Bring Biblical Theology to the Pulpit

The major contribution of each volume, however, is a thorough discussion of the most important themes of the biblical book in relation to the canon as a whole. This format allows each contributor to ground biblical theology, as is proper, in an appropriate appraisal of the relevant historical and literary features of a particular book….

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A Concise Guide to Every New Testament Manuscript, Their Variants, and Uses of Nomina Sacra

Textual criticism is a specialized practice with lots of symbols, methodologies, and esoteric knowledge. Moreover, in order to be extremely skilled at textual criticism, one must have access to manuscripts to study or at least see them physically, which some scholars have the opportunity to do. But the best most of us can do is use the critical apparatus of our Greek New Testaments to see the variants and try to discern the original reading….

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A Guide to Every Greek Phrase in Philippians: A Huge Time-Saver for Students and Pastors

Preparing a sermon on difficult texts can be extremely time-consuming. In Philippians 1, what does Paul mean when he says “I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my salvation” (1:19)? How should the difficult Greek phrase τοῦτο φρονεῖτε ἐν ὑμῖν ὃ καὶ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ (2:5) be understood? What does the word ἁρπαγμὸν mean in 2:6? To give one more example, what about everyone’s favorite word in Philippians, σκύβαλα – just exactly how strong is that word? For each of these exegetical problems, and the many more you would find in almost every paragraph of Philippians, you might need to consult a few commentaries and a couple lexicons, assuming you’re working from the Greek….

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Paul and the Gift, by John M. G. Barclay: A Crucial Corrective to the New Perspective on Paul

In 1977, E. P. Sanders wrote his landmark Paul and Palestinian Judaism, which argued that second temple Jews did not believe in meriting salvation by works, but believed Jews were included in the covenant by grace and kept in by works. Thus, Judaism, like Christianity, was a religion of grace. Since Sanders’ work, Pauline studies has not been the same. Some followed Sanders’ view of Judaism, including James Dunn who applied these results to a re-reading of Paul, dubbed the “New Perspective on Paul.” Paul did not rail against Jews trying to merit salvation, but against those who tried to use boundary markers or separation from Gentiles to prove (or vindicate?) their right inclusion in the covenant….

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