The NLT Illustrated Study Bible, is an update of the NLT Study Bible line of products, which have ranked among the most comprehensive study Bibles on the market. Using the popular and easy-to-read New Living Translation for its text and a tabloid-like style of graphic design, this study Bible is extremely accessible and visually stimulating. Its commentary covers a wide range of theological, hermeneutical, and historical subjects in a thorough and generally responsible way. At the same time, however, it demonstrates a decidedly conservative point-of-view, meaning it avoids challenging fundamentalist Bible interpretation strategies, even where those strategies are most vulnerable and least helpful.
A Brief Guide to the Hebrew Bible introduces the reader to the literature of the Old Testament and the history of scholarship pertaining to it in an accessible and engaging way. While intended for undergraduate students, this book is useful for laypeople, pastors, non-specialist scholars, or graduate students in Old Testament who desire a quick overview of Old Testament literature and scholarship.
Paul’s gospel is not really one of justification, but of reconciliation. Humanity, because of its sin, exists in a state of rebellion and enmity with God. Despite our best efforts to improve ourselves we find we cannot. Because our problem is not just sinful behavior but really hatred and mistrust towards God, the solution for our problem is not just legal justification but reconciliation. God demonstrates his love for us despite our rebellion. We respond in loving faith and are empowered by the Holy Spirit to love and trust God, to no longer want to rebel.
The Testing of God’s Sons by Gregory Smith is an accessibly written academic monograph that examines the idea of “testing” throughout the Bible. Perhaps its best contribution is its sensitive reading of the Joseph story in Genesis.
The literal interpretation of Genesis 1:1-2:3 runs into serious problems on more than one level, not the least of which is how to understand the “firmament.”
Merrill, Rooker, and Grisanti’s OT introduction “The World and the Word” unfortunately represents a step backward for fundamentalist Bible scholarship, when what it needs is honesty, courage, and creativity.
While mostly successful as a conservative introduction to the Old Testament, The World and the Word fails as an introduction to OT scholarship, being weighed down by an underlying fundamentalist apologetic and an inaccurate dualistic view of biblical scholarship.
The lack of positive evidence for the existence of something is not logically equivalent to evidence against its existence. Neither does a lack of archaeological evidence for camels in the time of Abraham prove the Bible to be a bunch of lies.
Is neo-source-criticism a thing? Is it actually possible that so many recent PhD candidates and recipients don’t realize that source-criticism is dead, buried, and mostly decomposed? Source-criticism as a method has proven a completely unsatisfactory way to do diachronic study since at least the 1970s because of what it assumes about the texts under consideration and about what may be discerned with certainty from certain kinds of features of those texts.