Category Biblical studies

Canon Revisited (Book Review)

Introduction Michael J. Kruger, professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, has produced a volume entitled Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books. The book divides into two parts. In part number one Kruger spends the first two chapters interacting with the prevailing models of Canonicity in the Christian […]

The Bible Made Impossible (Book Review)

Introduction Christian Smith, professor of Sociology at the University of Norte Dame, has written a book entitled The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. The book divides into two parts. In part number one, Smith defines his use of the term Biblicism and explains why its goals and […]

Misquoting Jesus (Book Review)

Bart Ehrman, chairman of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, has authored this book as both an introduction to the field of New Testament Textual Criticism and a critique of ancient scribal practices. In this book, Ehrman has provided the reader with a brief and handy overview of the history of textual transmission […]

Window, Mirror, or Picture: 3 Ways to Read the Bible

Recently I read an article by Richard Pratt, called Pictures, Windows, and Mirrors (WTJ 45, 1983) and it has given me a helpful image to explain something I gleaned while in seminary. In the article he lays out three ways of reading the Bible: As a WINDOW As a MIRROR, or As a PICTURE We tend to read the Bible in the first […]

Learning the Biblical Languages

I’ve been off line for awhile as I’ve tried to finish up some end of the semester projects. I’m currently taking an exegesis course on the book of Genesis. And let me tell ya, Hebrew exegesis is a painstaking process. I will probably never drill this deep on a regular basis, but, hey, at least I’m […]

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