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Bible Atlas

posted by Scot McKnight

I will never forget the first time I read the Old Testament’s historical books (Genesis — 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah) cover to cover with a Bible atlas. I was in college and I learned so much. The atlas I used, […]

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Ancient-Future Interpretation 3

posted by Scot McKnight

J. Todd Billings, in The Word of God for the People of God: An Entryway to the Theological Interpretation of Scripture ,  is seeking to explain how to read the Bible according to a theological method. This approach is against what can be […]

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Ancient-Future Interpretation 2

posted by Scot McKnight

J. Todd Billings, in The Word of God for the People of God: An Entryway to the Theological Interpretation of Scripture ,  is seeking to explain the new “theological interpretation of Scripture.” This approach is heavy on “theology” and critical of the more […]

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Ancient-Future Interpretation 1

posted by Scot McKnight

Reading the Bible is both easier than ever before, because of all the resources available, and more complex, because of all the resources available. One could argue that the oldest method of Bible reading is now back on the front […]

Peoples Behind the New Testament

posted by Scot McKnight

No passage in the New Testament ever describes the groups it assumes everyone knows. Yet, we beg for those descriptions and so scholars over the years have sketched and re-sketched, and then discarded and reconstructed what can be known about […]

Currents in Biblical Research: Special 30% Discount

posted by Scot McKnight

Along with Alan Hauser (Appalachian State University) and Jonathan Klawans (Boston University), I am co-editor of the journal Currents in Biblical Research. This journal can be read to keep up with “what’s going on?” in Old Testament studies, Judaism studies, […]

New Perspective and a Metaphor for Sin

posted by Scot McKnight

Sin has a history, and the history of the use of words for sin sheds light on the current debate about the new perspective on Paul.  Gary Anderson, in his superbly written Sin: A History , demonstrates that the oldest and most […]

The Way Forward? (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Darrel Falk posted an excellent column on Science and the Sacred yesterday. In this post he comments on three conversations with highly educated people who hold a young earth view of creation. The reasons are not scientific, all three will […]

Book Comments: Zondervan’s Encyclopedia Revised

posted by Scot McKnight

Every Bible reader, especially every teacher and pastor, needs a solid Bible encyclopedia that does its best to tell us what we need to know about history and theology and archaeology as well as sketch each book of the Bible. […]

Going Beyond the Bible Biblically 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Here are our big questions in this series of posts: How do we move beyond the Bible? Should we? Better yet: Since we have to, how do we move beyond the Bible into our world but do this biblically? This […]

Scholarships for PhD Studies in Scotland

posted by Scot McKnight

I received this notification of six new scholarships at the University of St Andrews in the School of Divinity, which involves teaching a language class in the second and third year of the scholarship. St Mary’s College, The School of […]

Book Comments: Hippo Commentary Series

posted by Scot McKnight

Many today admit the need to have multiple voices at the table when important subjects are discussed, and one such “table” is Bible study: and the “voices” are commentaries.  We fool ourselves thinking we’ve got genuine diversity when we examine […]

Book Comments: Bird and Hansen

posted by Scot McKnight

We’ve now completed our commentary listing, but commentaries will continue to be produced so I will use the Book Comments to update commentaries. I want to mention two that have recently crossed my desk.  First, there is a brand new […]

Book Comments: John Goldingay #3

posted by Scot McKnight

John Goldingay’s 3volume theology of the Old (First) Testament is now complete. I blogged through volume one way back when but volume two wore me down … Yet, my courage has been refreshed and I will begin volume 3 in […]

Using and Abusing Scripture

posted by Scot McKnight

Manfred Brauch, now retired from many years of teaching at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer), calls us to a more serious approach to Scripture in order to end the all-too-common abuse of Scripture.  Scripture is used for everything by […]

Book Comments: Commentary Set of the Year

posted by Scot McKnight

I just spent a bundle of time with John H. Walton, who is the General Editor of a brand new series on the Old Testament, and it is a series we desperately need. This new series is a commentary unlike […]

Young Christian Authors: Margaret Feinberg

posted by Scot McKnight

In our series on young Christian authors, it’s a bit unfair to include Margaret Feinberg — not because she’s not young, which she is, but because she’s written already a bundle of good books. Her newest book is a treat. […]

Genesis One 9

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 9 is another big one: The seven days of Genesis 1 relate […]

Genesis One 8

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 8 of Walton’s book, and one that can reorient everything one sees […]

Genesis One 7

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Each chp in Walton’s book is a “proposition” and today we look at […]

Genesis One 6

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 6: Days 4 to 6 install functionaries. “… in most cases the […]

Genesis One 5

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. What about Day 1 to Day 3 in Genesis 1? Is this about […]

Genesis One 4

posted by Scot McKnight

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. One reason why this book will be read, digested, and influential is because […]

What do you tell your son if he asks…

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you tell your son if he asks for discernment about what to do for a vocation? Michael Jenkins, in Called to Be Human: Letters to My Children on Living a Christian Life ,advises his son through a life […]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Ephesians

posted by Scot McKnight

When it comes to commentaries on Ephesians, I still turn first to the Ephesians commentary that I first learned from so much… Markus Barth, but I’m getting ahead of myself. This series is intended to help pastors who are preparing […]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Galatians

posted by Scot McKnight

Galatians was the first book I studied when, as a high schooler, a claim on my life was experienced. I tell more of this story in the opening to my own commentary on Galatians (Galatians (The NIV Application Commentary) ), […]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: 2 Corinthians

posted by Scot McKnight

Ah, Second Corinthians. One of the most formative classes I had in seminary was Murray Harris’ class on 2 Corinthians, and I’ve paid attention to the commentaries ever since. I begin with C.K. Barrett because I learned so much from […]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: 1 Corinthians

posted by Scot McKnight

1 Corinthians doesn’t have as many good commentaries as does 2 Corinthians, but these are my top four picks: I begin with Gordon Fee: The First Epistle to the Corinthians . Then I back up in time and read C.K. […]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Romans

posted by Scot McKnight

<!– document.write('‘); //–> In college a professor of mine told me he realized he had 40+ commentaries on Romans and that he decided that 10 was enough — so he unloaded 30. It is not hard to accumulate commentaries on […]

Paul: Theologian of Cruciformity

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t see Michael Gorman’s outstanding work on Paul cited enough; and therefore not enough are interacting with him. I say this because Gorman has become one of the most fruitful, irenic, and astute theologians of Paul in the contemporary […]

The Power of “With” 2

posted by Scot McKnight

Andrew Marin has earned the right to be heard about gays and the Church. Why? His book, Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation With the Gay Community , tells the story of what I am now calling the “power […]

Coming Conversations

posted by Scot McKnight

We will begin this Friday and then next week two new conversations. One will be about Andrew Marin’s new book about homosexuality and the Church, called Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation With the Gay Community . And the […]

The New Perspective and Resurrection

posted by Scot McKnight

I get asked this about once a week, often in an e-mail: “What is the New Perspective on Paul?” Let me answer that question with three brief lines, but first I provide what inspired me to think through the NPP […]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Acts of the Apostles

posted by Scot McKnight

There was a time, and not that long ago, that more than one good commentary on Acts was hard to find. There were some old ones, and FF Bruce’s two (very different) commentaries were consulted, but it ended there. But […]

Earliest Christianity: Where to go?

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s say you want to know what the earliest churches and Christians were like. Is there a book that puts it all together? that sorts out all the scholarship? one that is up-to-date? When I was a student, we turned […]

Biblical Diet?

posted by Scot McKnight

There are many today who advocate specific diets — more organic food, no pork, no shrimp, etc — on the basis of the Bible. One can go back to the Bible for such things to carry out a number of […]

Introducing the New Testament in its Historical Context

posted by Scot McKnight

I don’t know how long it lasted, but it had to be at least twenty years. Famed Wheaton professor Merrill C. Tenney’s two books on the historical context and the contents of the New Testament were standard textbooks. I got […]

Bible Readers: Lawbook

posted by Scot McKnight

In our series on Bible readers, based on our book The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible , we have taken some brief looks at the bad habits or exaggerations in our reading of the Bible. I want […]

Third Way Thinkers Writers

posted by Scot McKnight

Who then are the Third Way thinkers and writers? The other day I accidentally posted this and then took it down when I realized it, but Andy Rowell (see below) caught it first and contributed a wonderful set of links […]

Reading the Bible with the Fathers

posted by Scot McKnight

How do you read Genesis 32:22-32? Today I want to return to an issue I mentioned in our post about the vigorous conversation over reading the Bible theologically. In that post I mentioned Frances Young’s wonderful book, Brokenness and Blessing: […]

Hard Questions for the Bible

posted by Scot McKnight

Christopher Wright openly and honestly admits that those of us who adhere to a classic form of belief in God — God is good, holy, loving, sovereign — have a problem: evil. Evil is a problem for any thinking Christian […]

Do you read Greek?

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

If you do and you have heard about “aspect” or “aspect theory” or “verbal aspect” and you wonder what in the world is going on, I urge you to read this book: Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek. If […]

Loosening the Grip 6

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m holding in my hands at this very moment the original German edition of Gerhard Kittel’s famous Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. I’ve got volume 4. The foreword, written by Kittel himself, is preceded by a page of German […]

Beginning with the Dead Sea Scrolls

posted by xscot mcknight

How many times have you asked or been asked this question: How can I learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls in a way that I can understand what is going on? Books about the DSS tend to be very academic […]

Blue Parakeet has landed

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m happy to announce that that our new book, Blue Parakeet, has “landed” at Amazon and local bookstores.

Teaching the Gospels and Acts

posted by xscot mcknight

Teachers are always looking for textbooks, and good textbooks are hard to find. Those two points come from 25 years of teaching. Textbooks have to complement lectures and class sessions, and most of us don’t want to use a textbook […]

The 5 E’s in Rob Be.e.e.e.e.ll

posted by xscot mcknight

The most important thing that will come of Rob Bell’s newest book, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, is that Christians will be given an approach to reading the Bible that both makes sense of the Bible and makes sense of […]

Good Idea

posted by xscot mcknight

It’s a good idea when seasoned scholars produce a synthetic book that puts a life of study and writing into one big bundle, which is what I. Howard Marshall did when he wrote New Testament Theology. It’s an even better […]

The Bible Experience

posted by xscot mcknight

I don’t know if you heard this, but The Bible Experience — the audio recording of the Bible by Hollywood African Americans — won a huge award. (It is on Audio DVD and MP3.) It has won the 2007 Audio […]

Livin’ Leviticus

posted by xscot mcknight

I wasn’t able to find it online (oops), but Christianity Today‘s most recent print edition has a piece that I’d like to talk about. Daniel Harrell, a pastor at Park Street Church in Boston (say, “bah-ston”), got 21 folks to […]

Sinaiticus Online!

posted by xscot mcknight

This is cool. Codex Sinaiticus, one of the most storied manuscripts of the entire New Testament and one of the earliest and best manuscripts as well, is now online at this site. When I was doing my PhD and our […]

Do you use a Study Bible?

posted by xscot mcknight

Our daughter, Laura, asked the other day about a study Bible and I recommended this one: TNIV Study Bible. What are your favorite study Bibles? OK, I messed up. I wasn’t thinking — I recommended to her the TNIV, not […]

Our Missional God 2

posted by xscot mcknight

If chp 1 of Christopher Wright, The Mission of God, took issue with various ways Christians have tried to make sense of a missional calling, chp 2 explains his own big ideas … and, again, drink these in because they […]

Our Missional God 1

posted by xscot mcknight

I begin this new series on Christopher Wright’s book, The Mission of God, with a view to helping us (1) understand the Bible better and (2) understand “missional” better. I’ve mentioned Wright’s book before, and I’ve mentioned that we will […]

The Bible and Politics

posted by xscot mcknight

Some thought Barack Obama’s comment about which passages we should choose if our country was to follow the Bible was messing with the authority of Scripture. What wasn’t clear in the criticisms of Obama was this: it was when Obama […]

Salvation and Community

posted by xscot mcknight

When someone brings together salvation and community (Israel, Church), I’m listening. Chris Wright does just that in a new book, but before I get to it, a brief note. When I first began teaching our survey of the Bible course […]

Tools for Students

posted by xscot mcknight

Roger Omanson’s excellent A Textual Guide to the GNT does something that many of us have known we need. For years those who are curious about the apparatus — the footnotes to the Greek NT — have had only two […]

First Day is Goldingay

posted by xscot mcknight

We are working through John Goldingay’s multi-volumed “First Testament” theology, and we are in volume 2 — Israel’s Faith. The first theme in Israel’s faith is God, and this chp — 151 pages long! — is worth the price of […]

Our Reasonable Faith 8

posted by xscot mcknight

This series and this post are by RJS; and we are glad Scot is back ? because the challenges confronting us in this chapter are up his alley not mine. Come on, many ask us today, you can’t really take […]

Deeper Connections 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Today I examine Jesus? prayer life from The Prayers of Jesus in <a href="Deeper Connections. Prayer was the backbone of Jesus? life and ministry. From his baptism to his crucifixion, the Gospels portray Jesus as a man of prayer who […]

Deeper Connections 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Healer of diseases. Master of nature. Conqueror of demons and death. Jesus not only preached the Kingdom of God in word, but he demonstrated it in power through his miraculous deeds. The Miracles of Jesus in <a href="Deeper Connections reveal […]

Deeper Connections 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Today I would like to talk about the Prodigal Son study from the The Parables of Jesus in the <a href="Deeper Connections series. After an introduction from the Gentile city of Susita, on the eastern side of the Sea of […]

Deeper Connections 2

posted by xscot mcknight

In the introductions to each of the Deeper Connections 18 Bible studies?shot in various locations in Israel?one can see the hills from which Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, see the desert in which he found refuge from the […]

Deeper Connections 1

posted by xscot mcknight

As a former doctoral student of Scot?s, I?ve been asked to write about a new DVD Bible study series that I edited called Deeper Connectionsfor the next five days. There are three DVDs (and participant?s guides) in the series: The […]

First Day is Goldingay

posted by xscot mcknight

Well, Goldingay’s 2d chp (Israel’s Faith (OT Theology, vol. 2)) is bogging me down, but this chp has a section that is a virtual open theism statement. So, here are some thoughts from the chp…

First Day is Goldingay

posted by xscot mcknight

John Goldingay ends the preface to volume 2 of his OT Theology (OT Theology: Israel’s Faith) with a zinger that I find to be so, so true: he gives credit to readers who have saved him “from some of my […]

First Day is Goldingay

posted by xscot mcknight

OK, it’s not the first day of the month but I want you to know that April 1 (no fooling) I will post the first in an 8-part [maybe 10-part] series — once a month, on the first day of […]

First Day is Goldingay

posted by xscot mcknight

We come to the 11th and final chapter of John Goldingay’s Old Testament theology — OT Theology: Israel’s Gospel. Goldingay takes cuts through the First Testament rather than building a synthetic theology; his books provide an excellent example of narrative […]

The Bible Experience

posted by xscot mcknight

I mentioned this before, but just in case you haven’t heard, there is a wonderful reading of the Bible — with some background effects — in The Bible Experience. I’ve enjoyed it while driving, and it is now with mp3 […]

The Hermeneutics Quiz

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) I didn’t get home early enough to post our usual Friday is for Friends, so instead…

Stump the Professor

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Here’s the offer. I will send a copy of Donald McKim, Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, to the first person who can stump the professor. At what? Here’s the deal:

B3 4U

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) OK, I don’t normally get so corny for the titles of posts, but “B3″ is how I often refer in my notes to Ben Witherington. B3 writes commentaries 4U. Ben is […]

Psalms

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) I’m old enough to remember a story you may not know. When the Anchor Bible commentary series got off the ground, it was designed to be a new, ecumenical translation with […]

Who Said What

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) One of the most mind-numbing as well as frustrating things about biblical studies is learning the “names” and “ideas” of the major interpreters. So, for instance, Augustine or Aquinas or Luther […]

First Day is Goldingay

posted by xscot mcknight

I missed doing the 10th chp of John Goldingay’s Israel’s Gospel (OT Theology) in the month of January. I have to admit it: his chps are well-nigh endless and their lack of coherence a bit annoying to me. Still, Goldingay’s […]

Picking and Choosing

posted by xscot mcknight

It is often said, fairly or not, that we all “pick and choose” when it comes to living out the Bible. In your opinion, what is the most obvious example of “picking and choosing”? (For instance, picking head coverings for […]

Reading the Bible in a Postmodern Context

posted by xscot mcknight

Saturday I was up in bitterly cold Minneapolis where I addressed a gathering of Covenant pastors and lay folks on reading the Bible in a postmodern context. This was the first time I’ve spoken about the stuff I’ve been writing […]

A, B, or C? [We

posted by xscot mcknight

A, B, or C? [We are picking covers now for the book; the book will be published next Fall.] A B C

Experiencing the Bible

posted by xscot mcknight

I mentioned this once, but I have to mention it again. Just in case you haven’t listened to The Bible Experience, I think it is a must. As I am driving I often listen to this recording of the Bible […]

First Day is Goldingay

posted by xscot mcknight

John Goldingay closes chp 9 of Israel’s Gospel (OT Theology) with this statement, a summing up insight into how First Testament writers understood history and how we might understand our own:

A Letter from a Bible Student

posted by xscot mcknight

If this letter becomes as controversial as the letter on Monday then I’ll have to rethink my strategies!

Our Ancient Evangelical Future

posted by xscot mcknight

Nov 30 and Dec 1, at Northern Seminary here in the suburbs of Chicago, The Ancient Evangelical Future Conference and the Grow Center are hosting an event dedicated to the primacy of the biblical narrative. There will be some papers […]

San Diego and SBL and the Publishers

posted by xscot mcknight

Attending the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego isn’t the worst of gigs, but it was surely no vacation. A brief rundown and then some thoughts on the books.

Uncomfortable Bible Passages

posted by xscot mcknight

Most of us have read enough Bible to know texts that make us uncomfortable, texts like ignoring Hagar or sacrificing Jephthah’s daughter or patriarchs behaving badly. But most of us do the same thing: ignore them and hope no one […]

Knowing the Currents 4

posted by xscot mcknight

In the 1980s, alongside the rise of narrative and literary studies of the Bible — which it so happens made people readers of the Bible again and not just archaeologists digging behind the texts, was the rise of the multi-disciplinary […]

Knowing the Currents 3

posted by xscot mcknight

In the 80s the methods of Gospel Criticism were pushed off the table in academic circles to make room for the surge and flowering of a bundle of disciplines that reshaped Gospels studies into texts that needed to be studied […]

Knowing the Currents 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Today we look at Gospel Criticism, the methods used in studies of the Gospel from the beginning of the 20th Century until the hey-day of redaction criticism in the 70s and 80s.

Knowing the Currents 1

posted by xscot mcknight

If you were to attend the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and either wander through the bookstalls or spend an hour or so with the book that lists sessions, times, and locations, one thing would surely strike […]

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